Determining the extent of a car accident

Residents of Texas who are involved in a car accident will want to remain as calm as possible. This is the first step in the process of physically documenting and determining the extent of damages and injuries: an essential process that can help the police with their incident report and victims with their insurance claims.

Before victims begin the documentation, they must tend to any emergencies. If anyone is injured, call 911. If the vehicles are blocking traffic, move them. Ideally, though, the crash scene should be kept as is. That is when victims can start taking photographs of the vehicle damage and physical injuries. Skid marks and damage to objects like light poles and trees should also be photographed.

Victims can write down what they remember of the crash and ask any witnesses for their testimony as well. When the testimonies differ, victims must not argue but maintain a neutral stance. If victims are feeling any pains at all, they should take note of these. Even a slight ache can develop into a condition.

Once the police arrive, cooperate with them. They will likely produce an incident report, but if they do not, request one. At all times, neither side in an accident should admit guilt. Both sides should only discuss the details of the accident with the police.

After the liability of each party in an auto accident has been determined, those who are less than 51 percent at fault may file a claim against the other party's auto insurance company. Insurance companies have legal teams to fight such claims, so it may be wise for victims to hire a lawyer of their own. The lawyer may hire medical experts to determine the extent of injuries and investigators to gather proof of negligence before going on to negotiations.

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