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Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents in Texas

Knowing what to do after a car accident in Texas can be confusing. You probably have many questions about your accident, but finding accurate information can often be a challenge. We understand your concerns at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC. Our experienced El Paso auto accident lawyers know how complicated car accidents can be in Texas, because we have handled a wide range of car accident cases in El Paso and throughout Texas.

In many cases, car accident victims tell lawyers they regret not being better prepared after the crash.  That's why we hope you will find this list of some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents helpful. If you have a specific question not listed below or you were involved in a car accident caused by another driver, contact us immediately. We can help. Our knowledgeable car accident attorneys in El Paso have years of experience successfully fighting for the rights of injury victims throughout Texas - and we have the case results to prove it.

Put your trust in a law firm that puts your best interests first. Contact us today. Call 915-532-1111 right now!


Q:  Should I move my car after my auto accident?

No. Unless your safety is at risk or your vehicle is blocking traffic and creating the potential for another accident, leave your car and accident debris where it is. It's important to keep your accident scene as intact as possible. That way, investigators can accurately determine how your accident happened.  To protect your rights, ask the other driver not to move his or her vehicle.  Vehicles should be moved if an investigating police officer instructs you to do so.

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Q:  Should I call the police after my auto accident?

Yes. Call the police as soon as possible after your accident and cooperate fully with them. Police officers in El Paso and other cities in Texas have years of experience investigating car accidents. They know what evidence to look for, what questions to ask and how to carefully investigate accidents and uncover the truth. Write down the badge numbers of all investigating officers.  Tell the police if you suspect the other driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Q:  What should I do after I call the police about my car accident?

A:  While you should be cooperative with the police and follow their instructions, don't simply rely on police officers to investigate your accident. They are trained to investigate accidents, but you might find evidence they overlooked.  Gather evidence. This includes talking to anyone who witnessed your accident. Make sure you get that person's full name, address and phone number. Also ask the police to interview the witness. Evidence builds strong cases. The more information you have about your case, the better. Take notes about the weather conditions at the time of your accident, if the street lights were working, if there are any skid marks from the other vehicle. Every detail matters.

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Q:  Should I take photographs of my auto accident?

A:  Yes. Photographs might be the most importance pieces of evidence you can gather at the scene of your accident. Take photos of any injuries you might have after the accident. Take pictures of damage to your vehicle, accident debris on the road, the other vehicle and the accident scene itself. All this information could be useful in helping to obtain the financial compensation you rightfully deserve for your accident.

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Q:  Should I request a copy of my accident report from the police?

A:  Yes. Make sure you get a printed copy of your accident report. Ask the police officer investigating your accident for his or her badge number and the best phone number and time to reach the officer. That way, you can easily obtain a copy of the report. Once you have a copy of the report, make sure all the facts are correct. If you notice a mistake, contact us. We may be able to help you set the record straight about your car accident.

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Q:  Should I see a doctor after my car accident even if I feel fine?

A:  Yes. Make sure you have a doctor, nurse or emergency medical technician (EMT) thoroughly examine you after your accident. You might have a serious injury and not even realize it. Internal injuries can be especially hard to diagnose. That's why it's important you seek immediate medical attention after your accident. It's also critical that you have documentation of your injury. Otherwise, insurance companies might refuse to compensate you for your car accident injuries.

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Q:  Should I hire a lawyer after my car accident in Texas?

A:  Yes! Contacting an experienced Texas car accident attorney might be the single most important step someone can take after an accident involving injury, fatality or significant property damage.  When you have an accident attorney on your side, fighting for your rights, you can take an aggressive stance and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. An accident attorney can investigate your accident, negotiate directly with insurance companies and vigorously protect your legal rights. If necessary, a lawyer can help you file a car accident injury lawsuit in El Paso or wherever your accident took place in Texas.

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