No Risk No Obligation Consultation With A Car Accident Attorney

No Risk No Obligation Consultation With A Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, working with an experienced attorney can help you to navigate the complexities of getting fair compensation for your injury. At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, we provide victims a no risk, no obligation consultation with a car accident attorney at no cost.

We understand that after your car crash it can be difficult to know exactly what to no next, this is why we have listed the following information to help you make the right steps in your car accident case.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Step 1: Don’t Leave the Scene

Don’t leave the scene of the accident until you’ve exchanged information with others involved in the crash. If a law enforcement officer is investigating, don’t leave without permission from the officer. If you take off before then, you risk a hit-and-run charge.

Step 2: Check for Injuries

Figure out if anyone was injured, starting with you and your passengers. Then, if it’s safe to do so, check on other drivers and passengers. If you discover any injuries, immediately call 911. If you’re not sure if making the call is necessary, call 911 anyway.

Don’t provide assistance that goes beyond your training. And unless someone is in imminent external danger (from a fire, for example) refrain from moving anyone. Learn more about car accident injuries and why it’s important to get prompt medical attention after a car accident.

Step 3: Call the Police

If you’ve called 911, a police officer will likely be dispatched to the accident. If no one appears to be injured, you have to call the police if property damage exceeds a certain amount set by state law (typically around $1,000, but less in some states). The exact cost of damage is impossible to know at the scene, so it’s often best to file a police report.

An officer will speak to everyone involved in the accident and prepare a police report. The presence of a law enforcement officer may also be extremely helpful if it turns out the other driver is driving under the influence or driving without car insurance. Get the name and badge number of the responding officer and the police report number if possible.

Step 4: Move Vehicles

If the accident is fairly minor with no serious injuries, try to get all vehicles moved over to a shoulder and outside the flow of traffic. This will help prevent a bigger traffic jam and will assist first responders in their attempts to reach the accident scene.

Step 5: Exchange Insurance and Contact Information

Identify other drivers involved in your accident and get their names, contact information, driver’s license numbers, and car insurance details (company, policy number). If the driver of the car isn’t the owner of the car, get the owner’s information too. To prevent transcription errors or the loss of information, take a picture of the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license and email or text it to yourself.

If there are witnesses, get their names and contact information. Your insurance company or attorney may need their testimony to confirm your account of what happened.

Step 6: Gather Potential Evidence

In addition to identifying any witnesses to the accident, try to gather evidence. Note details related to the vehicles involved in the accident, including:

  • make
  • model
  • year
  • license plate number (even partial is helpful), and
  • general description (like color, bumper stickers, and dents).

Take pictures of any vehicle damage, skid marks, traffic signals, and area conditions. For example, if the accident occurred at a four-way stop, but your stop sign is lying face down in the grass or missing, take a picture to show this. This could be a critical piece of the liability puzzle.

Look around to see if there are any cameras nearby, such as surveillance or doorbell cameras. Make note of their location and who you might need to contact to get a copy of the footage.

Step 7: Watch What You Say

Regardless of how you feel or what you think may have caused the accident, watch what you say at the scene of the car accident. Do not admit fault to the other driver. Even if you truly believe you’re at fault, facts may come out later that show you were mistaken. But if you admit to liability at the scene of the accident, your words can be used against you.

Do not make any promises to another driver, especially when it comes to the involvement of the police or insurance companies.

Step 8: Write Out What Happened

When you can find a quiet moment, write out exactly what happened, as best as you can remember, including:

  • the specific location, time, and date of the accident
  • the direction you were driving
  • your location on the road and what you were doing at the moment of impact, and
  • what the other car was doing at the time of the accident.

Step 9: Notify Your Car Insurance Company

Your car insurance company will have a number to call to report the accident. You could also call your insurance agent who will ask certain questions and report the accident to your insurance company on your behalf.

It’s important to notify your car insurance company as soon as possible, regardless of who is at fault for the car accident. Your policy requires you to promptly notify your insurance company of any incident that could trigger coverage. Failure to provide timely notice to your car insurance company could jeopardize your coverage.

Keep in mind that reporting the accident to your car insurance carrier doesn’t mean you have to file a claim. Talk to a lawyer or your agent about the advantages and disadvantages of filing a claim, such as whether it could affect your car insurance premiums.

Step 10: Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles

Depending on where you live and the seriousness of your accident, you may need to file an accident report with your department of motor vehicles (DMV). Each state has its own criteria. For example, in California, you must report an accident to the DMV within 10 days if there is more than $1,000 in damage to the property of any person, or if anyone is killed or injured (no matter how slight).

Step 11: Cooperate With Your Car Insurance Company

You typically have a duty to cooperate with your car insurance company’s investigation into the accident. That means you should answer their questions and provide them with evidence or information you collected following the accident.

But if you feel like your car insurance company is wrongfully denying your claim, or you may have criminal liability for the accident, consider contacting an attorney. You’ll still likely need to answer your insurance company’s questions, but your attorney can make sure you don’t say anything that might lead to bigger problems down the road. An attorney can also help you figure out if you can bring a “bad faith” claim against the insurance company.

Step 12: Keep Careful Records

If you have to get medical treatment or vehicle repairs, keep records of everything. Even if you don’t plan on filing a claim, you might change your mind and you’ll need records to show your accident-related losses (called “damages”).

Car accident lawyers recommend that you keep a car accident diary to support your claim. Note your injuries and how they impact your daily life. You should also keep a record of who you talk to and what you talk about. Be sure not to delete any emails you exchange with anyone about the accident.

Step 13: Talk to a Lawyer

If your accident involved serious injuries or major property damage, don’t sign anything that comes from the other driver’s attorney or insurance company without talking to a lawyer.

If you are a car accident victim, reach out to our team for your no risk, no obligation consultation with a car accident attorney. Our law firm works with you to file an insurance claim that will help you to recover the compensation you deserve. We want to ensure your immediate needs are met but that you are also seeking compensation for long term issues that may result from your motor vehicle accident.

Spanish Speaking Car Accident Lawyer in Houston, Texas

Spanish-speaking individuals can have a more difficult time seeking justice in their personal injury cases due to language barriers. This causes them to not take action against those who have left them with financial devastation and physical trauma. At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, our team refuses to let a language barrier affect your right to justice and compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and is in need of Spanish-speaking legal advice, our team is here for you.

Free No Obligation Consultation With Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident and suffered an injury, experienced loss of income, or are unable to work due to a car accident, you can benefit from the services of a Houston car accident expert in your personal injury case. Whether you missed work due to an injury or due to not having access to a vehicle, Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers can help you!

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