Every automobile accident has the potential to be dangerous, even if you only have a “fender-bender.” In this case, your car gets damaged, there could be injuries, and, of course, there is the other party and any passengers that may have been injured in either vehicle.
The police are typically called to an auto accident, and one of the parties is given a citation of fault, such as speeding or running a red light. There is no way for the average person to determine immediately if they have incurred injuries except on their car, even after the officers have declared legal fault. This is why you should call an attorney if you have been involved in any type of auto accident, minor or serious.
As soon as possible, contact an Arlington auto accident attorney to seek legal help and guidance. A consultation will allow you to discuss the details of the accident with a professional and learn your rights.
Personal Injury in an Accident
There are many injuries that do not develop right away, so to automatically declare that the accident was minor, with no injuries, would not be wise. In cases where you cannot gather information, do not worry. Have a physical exam that includes checking the back and spinal cord, if you have no other injuries. Take care of yourself first is the rule. If you have a family physician, it is always good to go to someone who knows you; but get a medical report.
Information for the Lawyer
Below are five tips you can obtain at any accident to get at the scene of the accident, if possible. The most important rule is to talk to no one about how you feel or the fault of the case.
1.) If there are any witnesses, get their name and phone number.
2.) Take a picture of the scene and all vehicles involved; using your cell phone is fine. Take pictures of any injuries, also.
3.) If you have been injured, seek medical help immediately. Your physician or the emergency room of the local hospital, and bring the records, if possible.
4.) Obtain the other party’s name, phone number and insurance company while the police officer is there.
5.) Get the name and badge number of the officer who comes to the scene.
Every year there are over 232,000 auto accidents with injuries in Texas alone. This number allows for mild and major accidents where someone was injured. It is a terrific risk to be involved in a car accident that was not your fault and not have an attorney.