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What info should I share after a car accident?

In the immediate aftermath of a car crash, it’s normal to feel a bit out of sorts. It happens so quickly — and is often so unexpected — that it can make your head spin. You might not know how to proceed, so here are a few pointers that you can tuck away and use if you find yourself in an auto accident. Your first thought is to make sure that everyone is OK.

If anyone is hurt, ensure an ambulance is called to attend to the injured. If you see that the person is suffering from back or neck pain, try not to move them unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Once, you’ve done what you can for the injured and called the police, here’s what to do while you wait:

Unless you fear for your life, never flee the scene of an accident. Doing so will only land you in a heap of trouble.

  • Be sure to get information from the other drivers. This includes phone numbers, names, insurance info and the numbers of their driver’s licenses and license plates. This goes for any passengers as well. At the same time, make sure they have your information as well.
  • Do not discuss the details of the accident with the other driver. In the chaos that ensues after an accident, it’s not always clear who was at fault, so don’t put yourself at a legal disadvantage by admitting to anything.
  • Only talk about the accident with the police, your attorney and your insurance company. Never give any information to the other driver’s insurance company. Ask them to contact your attorney or insurance company directly.

Your situation may require more specific advice and guidance from a professional. You may want to consider speaking with a Texas attorney.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” Retrieved July 24, 2014

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