There are a number of things you need to do immediately following a car crash. Besides getting immediate medical attention, you are also required to call the police and file a car accident report. The responding officer will file a crash report at the accident scene; and it is important that you get a copy of the report as soon as you can because it will help strengthen your case and enable you to get the settlement you deserve.
What the Texas law says about car accident reporting
Texas laws require individuals to report car crashes that result in injury, death, or where there is property damage amounting to $1,000 or more. Failure to report the crash to the relevant authorities may attract a jail term and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
Reporting a car crash immediately can actually help you
It is tempting to accept the other driver’s offer if you have suffered no visible injuries or if the damage is minimal. However, if you let the at-fault driver leave the crash scene without making a police report, you will have more difficulty getting compensation or proving that the other driver was at fault. Waiting to file the accident report after the appearance of your injuries too may raise questions why you did not report the accident in the first place. It may also make it difficult to prove that your injuries resulted from the accident.
If you file an accident report with the police, this report can be presented at a later date when seeking claims. This will help justify and make claims for your damages. Remember, insurance companies will also refer to the police conclusion in the report when considering your claim.
Even with the right evidence proving that you were not at fault, it is very important that you file a Texas car accident report. When you are nursing injuries and trying to get your car fixed, you may not have the energy to follow through with your report as you should. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you file an accurate accident report that proves you were not at fault and ensure that you procure the compensation you deserve.