What Should I Do After A San Antonio Car Wreck?
Secure the scene
Auto accidents in San Antonio can happen when you least expect it. Nobody plans to be involved in a car wreck with an irresponsible driver. Whether you were rear-ended while sitting at a traffic light on Soledad Street, or broadsided on East Commerce Street, you should always follow safety procedure following an accident.
Always secure the scene of an accident. If it’s still drivable, you could move your vehicle out of traffic and into a shoulder or nearby parking lot – but if at all possible, take pictures of the scene before you move your vehicle. If you have cones, warning triangles or road flares, they can be used to secure an accident scene. Always check for injuries, and when in doubt, call for an ambulance.
Never take any chances with an injury sustained from an auto accident. There is no need to worry about the medical costs. With an experienced San Antonio auto accident attorney on your side, you can focus on recovery.
Gather details and obtain a police report
Now that you’ve secured the accident scene and checked for injuries, you should call the police immediately. Even if the damage caused by a car accident is minor, a police report can document the evidence and determine who was at fault. While waiting for the police to arrive, you should always exchange information with the other motorist involved in the accident:
- Names of all drivers and passengers involved
- Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
- Driver’s license numbers
- License plate numbers
- Insurance information
You should also take photos of the accident scene and exchange information with nearby witnesses. Tracey & Fox will gather all the details – including the police report – and build a strong case.
Get an experienced accident lawyer on your side
After you’ve gathered all the accident details, you must notify your insurance company. But be careful not to give them too much information. Anything you say can be used to downplay and even deny your claim. Any further questions the insurance company has can be directed to a highly knowledgeable San Antonio car accident attorney.
You should never, under any circumstance, speak to the other driver’s insurance company. They’ll stop at nothing to pin the blame on you and avoid compensating your losses. Let us deal with them. At Tracey & Fox, we’ll negotiate with the insurance companies, and if they are reluctant to pay, we’ll take them to trial. Contact us online or call our San Antonio office for a free case evaluation.