The driver who keeps his or her cool after a car accident is setting themselves up for success. Now one might wonder how anyone involved in a car accident could be "successful," but the truth is navigating the aftermath of an accident requires clear thinking and a coherent plan.
Four months after the accident, your attorney is going to want a stack of papers from you to wave in the air while they either prosecute your claim for damages or defend you from other drivers' accusations.
Whether or not you have that evidence to give them depends on what you do in the thirty to sixty minutes following the crash.
Technology to the Rescue
You know that mobile television station you're carrying around in your pocket? Properly used, it could not only save you from being unfairly billed for someone else's expenses, but it might even provide you the evidence you need to fix your car, cover your medical bills and protect your insurance premiums.
Aside from your adversary jumping up on the judge's desk and screaming obscenities, there are few things more likely to help you win your case than photographs and videos. This is why that camera you have with unlimited film should be used to its fullest potential after the accident.
Get shots of all the paperwork, everyone's ID, license plates, damage, street conditions and video your witnesses if you can. Later, when you're the only person on Earth who can recreate the scene for the judge, your attorney will be thankful.
Among the many things your attorney will not want to hear is how you got into a 45 minute argument with the police about who was at fault, or how the police found smuggled parrots in your trunk. Do not answer any questions at the scene and do not authorize any search of your person or property.
These are examples of the kind of evidence your attorney doesn't want to see. While you're at it, let your attorney do the talking when it comes to reporting the accident to your insurance company.
The truth is, your attorney can't help you if you don't help them. Provide the right kind of evidence and you're likely to come out of your accident much better off. As always, you should contact a qualified Houston car accident attorney like those from The Daspit Law Firm if you are in an auto accident.