Many people in Texas are injured in auto accidents each year. The obvious steps that need to be taken immediately after an accident are known to most people but victims of accidents are usually so shocked and upset over the incident that the less obvious steps are frequently overlooked.

The first thing to do if you are involved in an accident is to stop immediately but avoid blocking the traffic. If you fail to stop after a car crash, you might be charged with a criminal offense. Turn the ignition off to prevent fire and stay at the accident scene. If traffic hazards are present, you should warn vehicles that are coming your way. In case the road crash occurred at night, you have to set traffic flares out if it is possible. If not, leave your lights turned on. If approaching vehicles are not sufficiently warned and they suffered damages, you can be held liable.

Take the time to assist the injured in car accidents. Provide first aid if you can and stop any bleeding. Calling the ambulance is often necessary in auto crashes but do not attempt to move the seriously injured unless it is really necessary, since moving the person can aggravate an injury. Call the police on the scene and give your full cooperation to their investigation. Take note of the badge numbers and names of the officers on the scene and see if they are from the city police or the Department of Public Safety. If you think that the other driver may have been intoxicated, tell this fact to the investigating officer.

Do not forget to take down details of all parties involved in automobile accidents. These should include their full names, home and work contact details, license plates numbers and addresses. Record the time and date of the crash, as well as the brand and model of the vehicles involved. Never try to put all these to memory since in a stressful scenario, the important facts may be left out. Hence, you should always have a pen and paper in your vehicle.

Record the scene of the accident and swap car insurance information with the other party. Step off distance and skid marks should be measured. If there is no potential for a second accident or the traffic is not blocked, do not move your car or any debris caused by the accident unless instructed by the police. A rough sketch of the scene will do. Just make sure that the position of all vehicles are shown, together with other details that you thing are essential.

Contact a Farmers Branch auto accident attorney as soon as you can and follow his advice on car accidents. The statute of limitations for damages resulting from a car crash in Texas is two years but the sooner you can have a lawyer, the better he can advise you on your legal rights.

If you are injured in an auto accident call the personal injury lawyers at The Goolsby Law Firm. They understand the financial and physical hardship that a car accident can do so they give their full personal attention to each of their clients. We work on contingent fee basis so you do not have to worry about their legal fees until they recover successfully for your losses.

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