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4 Legal Tips After a Car Crash

Posted in Personal Injury on March 14, 2017

The time right after a car accident can be very confusing. You may be injured. There may be police involved at the scene. With so many things happening at once, you need to be prepared. You should know what you can do to protect your rights.

Here’s some advice on handling the chaos following a car accident, straight from an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney:

Tip #1 – Never leave the scene of an accident.

If you are involved in a car accident, you should not leave the scene unless you need to be transported for emergency medical care. Leaving the scene is illegal and could leave you open for prosecution. Some states even require drivers to render aid to another injured driver. If you fail to do so, you may face penalties.

Tip #2 – Never admit fault at the scene.

Most people feel extremely emotional after experiencing a car accident. However, you still have to think before you speak. If you admit fault at the scene to another driver, passenger, or police officer, you essentially throw away your rights. All you have to do is exchange insurance cards and cooperate with any and all police investigations.

Tip # 3 – Always call the police.

Some drivers, especially if their negligence has caused the car accident, will try to talk you out of calling the police. They may have an expired driver’s license or too many accidents on their record. No matter what, never agree to keep the police out of it. A police report at the scene will act as your evidence in any lawsuit you need to bring. Without it, you could give up the compensation and justice you deserve.

Tip #4 – Report the accident to your insurance agency.

Even if the accident was not your fault, it is still important to report the claim to your insurance agency. Your insurance can provide you with the necessary benefits while you wait for the other driver’s company to accept responsibility. In the event that they dispute fault for the accident, your insurance company will defend you.

Now you are armed with some valuable tips if you are ever involved in a car accident. Do not settle for less than the best when you are injured. When in doubt, get in touch with a car accident attorney. Contact the law offices of McGilberry and Shirer, LLP today at (469) 399-5645 for your consultation. We can help you with your Dallas car accident case.