When you have suffered a motor vehicle accident, it is vital that you speak with a experienced auto accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible. If you delay valuable evidence in your case may be lost regarding your car crash. When the Reyes Law Firm P.C. accepts your car accident injury claim, we begin an immediate investigation in order to secure and preserve evidence in your case. Physical evidence and medical evidence are important in any successful auto accident claim. The Eric Reyes Law Firm P.C represents clients in most types of motor vehicle accidents, including rear end collisions, intersection accidents, alcohol related crashes, hit and run, uninsured and underinsured motorists, and accidents involving commercial vehicles. We represent clients who have been involved in accidents throughout the Metroplex and Texas .WHAT TO DO AFTER A MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH.
- Be Prepared! Carry a cell phone, as well as pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera to take photos of the vehicles at the scene, and a card with information about medical allergies or conditions that may require special attention if there are serious injuries. A set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares should be kept in the trunk.
- Immediately after the Accident:
- Stay at the scene of the motor vehicle accident. In Texas, the penalties for hit and run are severe. Check for severe injuries and call 911 if necessary.
- Call the police to request that they come to the accident scene to take a report. When the police arrive make sure the officer gets your version of the accident . Take down the name and the badge number of the police officer involved. Ask when and where you can pick up a copy of the accident report. If the police do not arrive at the accident scene then you should file a report. In most cities you have only 10 days to go to the police station to file a written report.
- Exchange Information. After the accident, exchange the following information: name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number for the driver and the owner of each vehicle. If the driver's name is different from the name of the insured, establish what the relationship is and take down the name and address for each individual. Also make a written description of each car, including year, make, model and color and the exact location of the collision and how it happened.
- Photograph, film and record the facts of the accident. Use your camera or camera phone to document the damage to all the vehicles. If there were witnesses get their contact information and their version of what happened. This maybe crucial to your case if the other driver denies responsibility.
- Go to the emergency room or personal physician immediately if you feel you are injured. Do not practice medicine if you are not trained in that area and seek medical care as necessary.
- If you are insured you have a legal obligation under your policy to report the accident to your own insurance company. However it is prudent to have the advise and counsel of an experienced attorney even before talking to your own insurance. They maybe your adversary down the road.
- Contact the Reyes Law Firm immediately for a free consultation to fully inform you regarding your rights and remedies under the law.
IMPORTANT: Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance adjuster until after you have consulted with an attorney. You can ruin or severely damage your case if you give a statement without the advise and counsel of an experienced attorney.