HOUSTON’S LEGAL TIP: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT?

As a lawyer who has helped car wreck victims for over twenty (20) years, I am often asked by clients what they should do if they are involved in a wreck.The Georgia Driver’s Manual provides a detailed list of actions you should take if you are involved in an accident.


The manual advises that you:

  • Stop and pull over in a safe place.
  • Report the accident immediately to local law enforcement if anyone is killed, if there is an injury, or if there is property damage greater than $500.
  • Provide assistance to those injured, if possible.
  • Activate your vehicle’s hazard lights to alert approaching motorists.
  • Provide your name, address, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information to the other parties involved in the accident, and get the same information from them. You can do this while waiting for law enforcement to arrive on the scene.

  • Practical experience also suggests that you:

  • take pictures of all vehicles involved in such a way as to show the physical damage
  • contact your own car insurance company and advise of the wreck even if you don’t feel you were at fault
  • contact the car insurance for any resident of your household and advise of the wreck
  • seek immediate medical care at an emergency room to be screened for acute injury
  • contact an attorney if you believe you are not at fault and injured.

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