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Once you are in a car accident, here’s what you can expect:

  • Insurance companies conduct their investigation
  • Medical bills are piling up
  • You are unable to work
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If you live in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, auto accidents are a fact of everyday life. According to a Texas Department of Transportation report, a car accident occurs in Texas every 81 seconds.  Additionally, one person is killed in a car accident every 2 hours and 54 minutes and one person is injured every 2 minutes and 26 seconds.

Things TO DO and NOT TO DO After your Car Wreck

Here are a few things to keep in mind after an accident.

  • Exchange driver and insurance information
  • Get contact information of any witnesses
  • Call the police to make a report
  • Do not discuss the accident details at the scene.  Let the police handle the situation.

People often forget the importance of eye-witnesses:  Get their names, addresses and telephone numbers also. You should keep this form in your car and use it if you are ever in an accident.

You must also get as much information about the other driver as you can:

  • Name, address, telephone number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Insurance company name
  • Policy number

You should also get the year, make, model and license plate number of the other vehicle.  If the other driver says he does not have any insurance, then make sure you still get as much of the information mentioned above.  You will have to give this information to your insurance company when you report the claim.

Auto Accident Information Form

Click on the image to download and print an Accident Information Form.

If the Police Come to the Accident…

Call the police.  Sometimes a police officer will investigate the accident and make out an accident report that contains this information.  If the police do make out a report, then the investigating officer will give you a report number that you can use to get a copy of the report.  If the car your car is not driveable, or if you are taken to the hospital, your car will also be towed to the auto pound.

At the accident scene, never be rude or confrontational with the other driver or police officers.  Also, do not ever sign anything or put anything in writing about the events surrounding the accident or injuries unless you are required to do so by the investigating officer.

However, many police departments have cut back on making police reports for less serious accidents and normally do not come to the scene unless there is a need to keep the peace or if the drivers are not cooperating with each other in exchanging information.

 When Dealing with the Insurance Company…

One of the biggest misconceptions in a car accident case is that the insurance company is there to help and protect you.  In fact, it is quite the opposite!  If you are involved in an auto accident with another driver who is at fault, then that driver’s insurance company has the legal and contractual duty to protect and defend the other driver from your claim or lawsuit.  Although the adjuster will investigate your claim, the investigation is done in order to determine how strong your case is and whether they can uncover some legal defense.  In the end, the insurance company’s loyalty is to their driver, and not to you!

  • Do Not give any written or recorded statement.  The adjuster for the other driver will probably tell you that a statement is legally required, but it is not.  The reason they want to get your recorded statement is to have something to use against you in the event you take legal action for the car wreck.
  • Do Not sign a Release.  Do not sign a release or anything that says it is a release.  Do not even sign a check that says it is a release. If you do, you may lose all your rights.
  • Do Not sign any Authorizations, such as medical or employment authorizations.  If you do, then you may be giving unlimited access to your private records and information.  This gives the adjuster the ability to collect information to defend against you injury claim.

Diminution in Value Claim

If your car was repaired after an automobile accident, it probably will not have the same value as it did prior to the accident.  Under Texas law, you are entitled to recovery for the depreciation in value of your car.  Click here to learn more about making a claim for the diminution in value of your vehicle.

Diminuntion in Value

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Statistics show that a person is killed every 2 hours and 54 minutes on our Texas roadways. Losses resulting from car accidents can range from wrongful death to serious personal injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, as well as physical pain and mental anguish.

The only way you can be sure that your car accident case will be properly handled is to hire an experienced car accident attorney to represent you.  Not only will Robert C. Slim, Attorney at Law, know how to prepare your case for maximum value, he also knows how to properly negotiate your claim to get the highest possible settlement.  Call for a free consultation and personal case review.

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