The shock of a motor vehicle accident can make it hard to remember what you need to do. Here are several important dos and don'ts in the aftermath of an accident.

Do:

  • Call the police. It's important to have an official report of the accident.
  • Exchange information with the other driver. Exchange names, contact information and insurance information with the other driver or drivers.
  • Take photos. Use your cellphone camera to take photos of the scene, including all damage to vehicles, if you can do so safely. You may also want to take notes of what you remember happening while the incident is fresh in your mind.
  • Get medical attention. Even if you don't think you're hurt, you should always see a doctor after a car accident. Injuries such as whiplash may not show up right away.
  • Call an attorney. If you can, get legal advice before you talk to an insurance company. A lawyer can guide you through the right steps to take to make sure you maximize your potential compensation for the accident. Don't worry if you're not sure who or what caused the accident — that's part of what an attorney can help determine.

Don't:

  • Admit fault. Even if you think you might have contributed to the accident, don't say that to the police, the other driver or an insurance company before you talk to a lawyer.
  • Downplay potential injuries. You might be tempted to shake it off and tell the other driver you're fine, especially if he or she seems concerned. Resist this temptation. Remember that you may not know the full extent of your injuries until some time has passed.
  • Talk to an insurance company before consulting an attorney. Insurance companies may try to get you to accept a lowball settlement, and it can be tempting to have the process done with quickly. But you need to make sure your settlement will fully cover your medical expenses, damages and pain and suffering. It's best to discuss what happened with a lawyer and let him or her deal with the insurance companies.

What Next? Call Us To Discuss.

At The Levine Law Firm, we can guide you through what to do after a car accident to help ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible. Start with a free consultation with our experienced attorney, Jeremy Levine. Call our Austin office at 512-893-6128 or send us a message online. We work with clients throughout central Texas and never charge a fee unless we win the case.