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Post Car Crash Checklist

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Right after being involve involved in a car crash, you are probably overwhelmed. Crashes can happen in the blink of an eye, and the experience can be terrifying. In the heat of the moment, it can be difficult to remember what steps you should take next. However, what you do next is important. Not only for your safety but your case as well. Here are a few things you should do after a wreck to ensure the safety of yourself, and those around you.

Stay Calm

The most important thing to do in this situation is to try and remain calm. You can’t help anyone when you are in a panic. It can be difficult to keep your cool after a car wreck but try your hardest. Keeping an even temperament will help diffuse any tense situation, and avoid an unnecessary conflict. Being tense has also been known to increase the severity of injuries. Just remain calm and breathe.

 Call for Help

No matter how seemingly “minor” a car crash is, always call 911. A police report is going to be needed for a multitude of reasons. Especially if you need to file an insurance claim. Never let the other party in the crash talk you out of filing a police report. A police report is an official record of what happened. If you agree to avoid calling the police, you could face legal and liability issues.

Move Your Car

If it’s safe to do so, make sure you remove all involved vehicles off the road. Not only is it state law, but it’s also a major safety concern. Leaving your vehicle to obstruct traffic can risk more crashes piling up. If it’s too dangerous to move the vehicles, remove yourself. You’ll need to get yourself to a safe place while you are awaiting help from the authorities. However, you should not move people who are seriously injured. This is especially true if there is possible spine or head trauma. Moving them can make their injury much worse.

 Exchange Information

You want to make sure you write down any important information after the crash. The driver’s name, insurance information, and details about the vehicles involved. If there were any witnesses who saw the crash, take down their names, phone numbers, emails, and physical address. Getting a witness’s information could become key to your case. Also gather the name, department, and badge number of the police officer filing the accident report. Getting the report number will be helpful also. That way you can easily get the report, once it is completed.

Take Pictures

Thankful, taking pictures of an accident is easier than ever. Many insurance companies even have apps that allow you to send pictures related to your claim directly to them. If it’s possible, take as many pictures of the crash as possible. Getting imagines of the damage and the cars involved will help when determining what caused the wreck. You might also what to take photos of the scene of the crash. This can help greatly if you plan on making a personal injury claim. These pictures can help determine if there were any witnesses or even video footage of the crash as it happened.


Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio car accident law firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients across Texas with offices in San Antonio, Austin, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.