car : Odessa Law Practice Google+ odessa law practice  odessa law practice

Tag: car

Top 10 Things To Do After a Car Accident

Stay Calm & Stay in the Car (if Possible)   

Here are the top 10 things to do after a car accident.  The air bag will mostly likely go off – which is a good thing. So, prepare yourself for the ‘airbag gasses’. They are very unpleasant.

Air bags definitely save body parts from damage. They also release an unpleasant gas that sort of makes you choke.

The experts say to stay in the car and call 911 (or the equivalent if you’re outside of the United States). That may or may not be good advice – so, you should make a judgement call when you have an accident.

For instance, if you’re in the middle of an intersection and can safely get out of harm’s way – then do it.  If you’re able to drive the car – then try to get it out of the road.  If, after the accident, you’re on the side of the road with no one around – then just stay in the car and wait for help.


2. Report the Car Accident

Call 911 as soon as you find your cell phone. Stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive and you’ve told them your description of what happened. The emergency help might not be able to get there as quickly as you want them to. Don’t believe what you see on television or the movies – when the ambulance gets there immediately.


Your injuries might not be apparent right after the accident. Call for an ambulance right away if you think you or your passengers need it. Many injuries will start off as minor pains (like whiplash) which if not taken care of properly could get worse over a few short days. Besides, getting a doctor to document EVERYTHING sooner can only help any insurance claims you need to make later.


3. Exchange Insurance details with other driver(s)

Always exchange driver details (after an accident) and take some accident notes. Write down the following details:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone Numbers
  4. Driver License
  5. License Plate Number
  6. Insurance Company Name & Policy Number

It’s possible that the driver of the car will be different than the name of the insured on the accident vehicle. They could also be borrowing someone else’s car. Take down the details for each of the drivers and the car owner. Also write down a description of the truck, including: make, model, and color.


4. Locate Any Witnesses

Hopefully someone else saw the accident. Try to get their name and number just in case you need a witness. They might not volunteer – so, you should ask.


5. Don’t Admit Fault

It’s easy to be upset when you’ve been run into (or when you crash into someone else). Don’t yell at them and say that it’s their fault, even if it is. Don’t admit to it even if you think it’s your fault. It might not be your fault.

Let the authorities do their jobs and use their tools to come to a conclusion. You don’t want to admit to something – as – you could just be in a state of shock or sadness. Or even hurt badly.

Don’t sign any documents – unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.

6. Don’t Share Injury Concerns

If someone asks, “How are you doing?” keep a low profile by saying, “I’m shaken up”. The truth of the matter is you don’t know what is or isn’t wrong with you at this early stage. Besides, you don’t want to make statements while in shock and later have to refute them after seeking the advice of a medical professional.


7. Know What Your Car Insurance and Health Insurance Covers

Knowing your car and health insurance details could save you a lot of grief when dealing with a car accident scenario. It’s always better to know BEFORE an accident that you’re fully covered for ambulance trips, tow trucks, or rental cars.

Check your policies for specifics and get extra coverage today for those essentials you’ll need covered if you’re injured or your car cannot make the drive home.


8. Photograph and Document the Accident

Use your cell phone to take pictures. Take photographs of the damage to your car, the other driver’s car, and the entire accident scene to give perspective of the event. Take wide shots of tire skid markings to show vehicle travel paths. Photographs showing the entire accident can help you make your case to claims adjusters if there is a dispute.

If you require the services of an attorney, he or she won’t be able to help you without enough knowledge of the accident. Pictures will serve to prove what happened.


9. Report Accident To Your Insurance Company

As soon as your stomach has settled and you’ve gone to the doctor to get checked over, call your insurance company to report the accident – even if the damage seems minor or the other driver wants to settle without making an insurance claim. Seemingly small fender-bender car accidents can reveal major damage later on – like a bent car frame – so get your insurance company in the know sooner or you might be without coverage when you really need it.


10. Call Your Lawyer

While your car is sitting on the side of the road, take that time to call your lawyer. Ask the lawyer exactly what should you do before the car gets towed. If you get your legal beagle in the know sooner – than that might help you get the most from an insurance claim and help you see things more clearly later on.

Remember to remove your belongings from your car before it’s towed. Rescue any driving gadgets, insurance papers, repair reports, receipts, purse, wallet, school books, computers or music before leaving your keys with the tow operator.

Remember that vehicles are just stuff. People are priceless. Try the best you can to be thankful for what you have today, not for what you lost. Be sure to thank a higher power for your teeth and your toes.

In the next blog – I’ll discuss how to prepare an Emergency Road Kit.


In case of an Accident –

Call Odessa Law Practice @


Install this web app on your Android: Tap menu or ☆, choose Save to bookmarks, then Add To: choose Home screen.×

Do I Have To Stop Car If I Have An Accident?

Do I have to stop the car if I have an accident?  Hit and run penalties are severe. So if you don’t stop the car when you have an accident, you could be fined, sent to jail or both. This depends on the extent of the damage and/or injuries. You also could lose your driver’s license.

The law says you must stop your car if you have an accident, whether the accident involves a pedestrian, a moving car, a parked car or someone’s property.

If you drive away, you can be charged with hit and run even if the accident was not your fault. You must also exchange information with the other driver. You need to give them your name and driver’s license number, the vehicle identification number of the car you are driving, the name and address of the car’s owner, the name and address of your insurance company and your insurance policy number (or other evidence of financial responsibility, such as a bond posted with the Department of Motor Vehicles).

If you hit a parked car or other property, try to find the owner or driver. If you cannot, the law says you may drive away only after you leave behind, in a conspicuous place, your name, address and an explanation of the accident, and the name and address of your car’s owner (if other than yourself). You also must notify the local police either by telephone or in person as soon as possible.

You need to call the police if the accident caused a death or injury. An officer who comes to the scene of the accident will conduct an investigation. If an officer doesn’t show up, you must make a written report on a form available at the police department or office as soon as possible.

Do not volunteer any information about who was to blame for the accident. You may think you are in the wrong and then learn that the other driver is as much or more to blame than you are. You should first talk to your insurance agent, your lawyer or both.

Anything you say to the police or the other driver can be used against you later.
Don’t agree to pay for damages or sign any paper except a traffic ticket until you check with your insurance company or lawyer.

Be sure to cooperate with the police officer investigating the case. But, stick to the facts. For instance, if you were driving 30 miles an hour, say so. Don’t say, “I wasn’t speeding.” Say “I was only driving 30 miles an hour”.

Feel free to contact us for any questions at: 432-301-9252

Accident in Pleasanton, CA

Install this web app on your Android: Tap menu or ☆, choose Save to bookmarks, then Add To: choose Home screen.×

FREE: New Phone App For Car Accidents

Accidents Car accidents happen every day, but a survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners showed many Americans don’t know exactly what to do after an accident. Now there’s a smartphone app that walks you through the crucial steps to take if you’re in a car accident.

It’s called the “Wreck Check App”.

The WreckCheck mobile application, available to download for free for iPhone and Android users, helps remove the guesswork.  I put it on my cell phone & filled out the data too.  I want to have everything there to help me in case I get into an accident.

While drivers need to share information, the survey revealed consumers aren’t sure about exactly how much personal information to exchange. Consumers generally need only share their names and car insurance information. It’s unnecessary and could be risky to share additional information like driver’s license numbers and home addresses.

The WreckCheck App – available on your IPhone from Apple; or on your Android Phone from Google – walks you through the step-by-step process of creating you own accident report. It also provides tips for staying calm, safe and smart on the road, and makes it easy to capture accident photos and collect the necessary information to file an insurance claim. Additionally, the app lets you email a completed accident report directly to yourself and your insurance agent.

Click here to download the FREE Car Accident APP.






Have you been physically injured as a result of someone’s negligence?

If so, you might have the right to compensation. Knowing your rights, understanding the personal injury laws, and getting the right compensation can be tricky. Not knowing if you have a personal injury claim can be confusing and every case is different, but you can speak with a local attorney about your case and your rights to compensation.

Being injured, physically or emotionally can be a tough time, with medical bills mounting up, taking time off work, and dealing with getting better can be a burden and a financial strain. Connecting with a local personal injury attorney and getting your questions answered could make this time a lot easier. There are many types of personal injuries that can happen when you are harmed by someone else.

If you’ve been injured, or are suffering from a personal injury, a local attorney may be able to help answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.
A personal injury attorney can explain some compensable damages you may be eligible to receive.

Working with a personal injury lawyer can allow you to focus on getting better while they handle your claim and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Call us at: 432-301-9252 and connect with a local personal injury attorney to learn your rights and learn more about your personal injury options.


Install this web app on your Android: Tap menu or ☆, choose Save to bookmarks, then Add To: choose Home screen.×