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3 Key Steps to Take if You Have Been in a Car Accident

For those involved in a car accident, the moments immediately following the impact can be filled with confusion. Your actions during and after an accident, however, can ultimately determine the outcome of any potential lawsuit or claim. Therefore it is important to know your rights and take key steps to see that all information is reported accurately, that you are protecting yourself against any false claims, and that evidence is preserved for your attorney to be able to use on your behalf.

The following are 3 of the key steps you need to take if you have been involved in a car accident. First and foremost, call 911 and report the accident. By doing so you will help ensure any injuries you, your passengers, or the occupants of the other vehicle, have sustained will be treated. Filing a police report will also protect against any future false or exaggerated claims. Never admit fault for the accident, simply discuss and report the accident to the police.

Secondly, it is important to gather and preserve as much evidence as possible. This should be done by taking pictures of the accident scene (including pictures of any signs, road hazards or other potential causes for the accident), taking pictures or videos of the vehicles and those involved in the accident to show injuries or lack thereof, gathering all insurance-related information (name, address, phone number, driver's license information, insurance information, vehicle information, and passenger information), as well as contact information from any witnesses at the scene.

The third key step to take if you have been in a car accident is to contact an experienced attorney. We strongly advise you contact a Houston car accident attorney from our firm immediately following your accident. Do not sign anything, allow access to your medical records, agree to any settlement, or give a recorded statement to an insurance company prior to consulting with an attorney. The insurance company usually represents the responsible person – not you. You need your right to fair compensation protected by an attorney.

Contact an experienced Houston car accident attorneyfrom The Law Office of Sebastian J. Simon and schedule your confidential consultation and review of your case.

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