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Car accidents happen every day. Across Texas, hundreds of motorists get
into accidents that range from fender benders to fatal crashes. Understanding
why these crashes happen and what you can do to lessen the effects of
a crash is vital in resuming a normal life following a car accident.
Texas leads the way in car accidents, with Abilene leading the way in
fatal car accidents. Several major interstates run through the Abilene
and Sweetwater areas, and these roads account for a disproportionately
high number of accidents in the area. Many drivers commute to work and
school, crowding both surface roads and highways and making it more likely
that an accident will occur. If you are involved in one of the daily accidents
that happen on these roads, you may be afraid, shocked and unsure of what
to do next.
Getting into an auto accident is scary. Even if you are not seriously
injured, the experience can leave psychological scars that affect your
ability to drive and go about your daily living activities. Knowing what
to do after an accident will allow you to recover quickly, get the financial
compensation you deserve to pay for damage to your car and for personal
injuries. Your attorney can also help you to get financial compensation
for lost wages and other costs associated with your accident.
What to Do If You Get in a Car Accident in Abilene
The most important thing to do following an accident is to make sure you
and the occupants of your vehicle are safe. If you can, move your vehicle
out of roadways where it can cause a hazard to other drivers. Call for
medical emergency assistance so that you can be sure to get treatment
for any hurt passengers. Allow the medical personnel to examine you even
if you feel fine. In car accidents, people often suffer from soft tissue
injuries that may not be immediately evident.
It is imperative that you choose your words carefully when talking to
the other driver after an accident. Some people will make seemingly innocent
statements that will later cost them the financial compensation they deserve.
Never apologize for the accident, admit fault or volunteer information.
If you were texting when the accident occurred, never reveal this to the
other driver or any witnesses at the scene. Remember, that even if you
were committing a traffic infraction at the time of the accident, the
other driver may still be found to be at fault.
Take photos and video of the accident scene as soon as possible. Remember
that once the police arrive, they will secure the scene and it might not
be possible to get your own photos. Take pictures of the damaged vehicles,
the street signs, the weather conditions and any landmarks. Record a narrative
of yourself describing exactly what happened, including the time, location
and any other essential details. Memories fade quickly and doing this
will help your attorney. This will help your attorneys to argue your case
should the need for a lawsuit arise.
There are several things that you should not do if you are involved in
a traffic accident in Abilene. First, do not leave the scene until you
have exchanged information with the other driver or the police clear you
to leave. Do not wait to get proper legal advice. There are remedies that
are available to you, but there are often deadlines by which you can file
for these in court. Waiting to seek legal help also increases the chances
that witnesses will no longer be available and that your memories of the
accident will be distorted.
Do not sign any statements that the other party's insurance company
sends to you. In some cases, insurance companies will send you a check
and ask you to sign a statement releasing them of all liability. This
can backfire if you ever need to sue the other driver's insurance
company. The opposing insurance company is never going to pay you what
your injuries and damages are worth, so never make any statements to them
or sign anything before talking to your own attorney.
Getting Treatment for Your Injuries
When you are injured in a car accident, it is essential that you seek medical
treatment immediately. Your doctor will keep detailed records about your
injuries, and you will need these records if you decide to sue the other
driver or their insurance company. It is important that you keep all appointments
and stay up to date on any physical therapy or other post-accident treatment.
Hiring an Attorney to Fight Your Case
When it comes to getting the compensation you deserve for your auto accident,
it pays to have an aggressive, passionate and experienced attorney fighting
by your side. Contact the Doan firm for a one on one, in-depth consultation today.