Personal Injury – Carabin Shaw Attorneys At Law
Most of us spend an inordinate amount of time on the road. Whether you’re driving to work, the grocery store, or making your way to the theatre for a night out on the town, an auto accident can still catch you unaware. There are thousands of vehicles plying the streets, avenues, and roads; an auto accident can seem inevitable simply through the sheer number of other drivers and the amount of time spent on the road.
If you find yourself in an auto accident, there are several things that you should do to help the situation. The first, and most important, thing that you should do is to make sure that you and anyone else in your vehicle is not injured. Second, get out of your vehicle and ascertain the condition of the other individuals involved in the accident. The next thing that you should do is call 911. Most drivers have a cell phone these days, call 911 and give the operator important information, such as your exact location, how many cars are involved in the accident, and whether there are any injuries.
Once the authorities have been alerted, there are two options. If you are on a major freeway, or any other major thoroughfare, find out if the accident vehicles can be moved from travel lanes. If this is possible, move them as far to the right as you can, without endangering yourself or others. In the case of a serious auto accident, this will not be possible. However, minor accidents and “fender benders” should be moved out of the way as soon as possible.
The next thing to do to make the entire process run more smoothly is to prepare all of your important information for the police offices when they arrive. You will need to present your license, your insurance card, and your vehicle registration paperwork. Have these in hand when the officer asks for them. Exchanging insurance information with other drivers is another thing that can be done; you’ll need their policy number and the telephone number of the insurance company, as well as the name of the other party.
It is important to handle an auto accident as calmly as possible. Try to avoid making a scene or becoming agitated with other drivers. Most importantly, do not discuss or argue about the accident. Wait until the police arrive and begin documenting the scene, when your turn comes, very calmly state your point of view. The officers will inspect the evidence (skid marks, location of damage to vehicles) and corroborate your story with their findings.
After the accident, it may become necessary to hire an attorney, especially if their injuries occurred to you or your passengers and the accident was not your fault. If the other driver’s insurance is slow to pay, refuses to pay, or otherwise stalls your medical attention, hiring a legal expert may be the only way to attain the required funds to pay for medical treatment.
This Blog was posted By The Carabin & Shaw Law Firm. principle Office in San Antonio, Texas