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What To Do After A Motor Vehicle Collision

If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, the following is a useful guide of what you SHOULD DO and SHOULD NOT DO immediately following the collision:

DO’s

  • Make Sure Everyone is Okay.  Check on every passenger, especially young children, in your vehicle and the occupants of every other vehicle involved in the collision.
  • Call an Ambulance if Someone is Hurt.  Call 911 if anyone is injured, unresponsive, or if they are unsure whether or not they are hurt.
  • Stay Calm. Do not lose your cool.  Do not get into a verbal or physical altercation with the other driver(s) or anyone else no matter how angry you are with them for their actions.
  • Turn on Hazard Warning Lights in Your Vehicle.
  • Call the Police. Even if the other driver asks you not to call the police, call the police.
  • Give Information and Render Aid – It’s the Law.  Give your name, address, registration number, driver’s license number (if requested and available) and insurance information to the other driver(s) involved in the collision AND assist/render aid (provide any person injured reasonable assistance, including transporting or making arrangements for transporting the person to a physician or hospital for medical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if the injured person requests the transportation). Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 550.023. 
  • Get Information.  Get from the other driver(s) the following information:
    • Name of other driver(s) (required by law - Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 550.023)
    • Address of other driver(s) (required by law - Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 550.023)
    • Registration number of the vehicle of the other driver(s) (required by law Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 550.023)
    • Name and policy number of insurance company of other driver(s) (required by law Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 550.023)
    While not required by law, we recommend that you also get the following information:
    • Phone number of other driver(s)
    • License plate number of other driver(s)
    • Year, make and model of other driver(s)
    • Email address of other driver(s)
  • Get Witness Information.  Get the name, address, telephone number, email address and, if possible, a photograph of each witness to the collision.
  • Photograph or Videotape the Evidence.  Take photographs or videos with your phone of the following, but only if it is safe to do so:
    • Position of the vehicle before they are moved
    • Injuries to you and anyone else
    • Damage to other vehicle(s)
    • Damage to your vehicle
    • Damage to other property
    • Other driver(s)
    • Traffic signs and traffic control devices
    • Open container or other illegal items that you observe in possession of the other driver(s)
  • Take Notes of the Collision.  Write down the date and time of the collision, location of the collision (street name(s) and address), how the collision occurred, color, make and model of each vehicle, the lane(s) of traffic on you and the other driver(s) were traveling, the speed of the vehicles, weather/road conditions, a description of injuries and description of how you were feeling.  Also draw a diagram of the crash site and position of vehicles after impact.

DON’T

  • Don’t Get Out of Your Vehicle if It’s Not Safe To Do So.  Instead, leave your seatbelt and the seatbelt of the passengers fastened, turn on your hazard lights, then call 911 for help.
  • Don't Walk In or Stand Near Traffic.
  • Don’t Leave the Scene Without Exchanging Information or Rendering Aid (see above). You have to stop after the collision, check/assist the other person(s) involved, and exchange your information (name, driver’s license number and insurance information). If you don't, you can be arrested and charged with a crime.  In Texas, you can be charged with the misdemeanor offense of Failure to Stop and Give Information or a felony offense of Failing to Stop and Render Aid (See Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 550.021 and 550.023).

CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, please call the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich now at (713) 224-9600. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis. This means you pay for our services only if you recover a monetary award.

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