Car accidents, even minor ones, are traumatic.
In the blink of an eye, they can turn your world upside down. In the immediate aftermath, there may be broken glass and smoke, and you may have suffered serious injuries.
Even if you are not injured, you are likely to be shaken and disorientated.
However, what you do in the moments following an auto accident can significantly impact your health as well as your ability to file a claim for compensation if the accident was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver.
Steps to take after a car accident in Houston
Car accidents are varied in nature – and the steps you take will depend largely on your condition after the accident.
In some motor vehicle accidents in Houston, victims of injuries can walk away unaided. In others, they may be left unconscious, incapacitated, in shock, or worse.
The following are not hard and fast rules but are suggestions depending upon the condition of the victim(s):
What NOT to do after a car accident
After a car accident, people commonly make decisions that will negatively affect their claim later on if legal action is pursued.
Some examples of what NOT to do after an accident include:
What can you claim in a car accident?
Am I entitled to a rental car after an accident?
If your car is not roadworthy after an accident, you may be entitled to a rental car either through your insurer or through the insurance company of the at-fault party.
Most people in Texas rely on their cars to get around. A rental car can ease your situation while your car is in the repair shop. If your car is a total write-off, a rental vehicle can be provided until you receive an acceptable offer from the insurance company to purchase a new car.
If you must pay out of your own pocket for the rental, keep the receipts and claim reimbursement after the at-fault party is confirmed. Your lawyer can help with this.
Been in a car accident in Houston?
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in the Houston area, following the above steps after an accident can help you get compensation.
Whether a negligent or reckless driver was partly or wholly to blame for the accident, Ryan A. DeHoyos will work tirelessly to help you claim what you are due if you have suffered an injury in Houston.