We all know that car accidents are largely unavoidable in our state. Texas is often cited as one of the most dangerous states to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. This is why it is so important for Houstonians to be ready for impacts from motor vehicles.
Cameras, cameras, cameras
Whether you are in a car, on a motorcycle, on a bicycle or on foot, the best prep you can have for an impact with a motor vehicle is to have a camera. For a car or truck, get a dashboard camera. For a motorcycle, there are specialty cameras, and for bicycles and those on foot, there are GoPro style cameras to record your travels.
Each can help you hold negligent Beaumont motor vehicle operators accountable. This can be especially important for the ever-increasing problem in Texas with hit-and-run accidents that we see on the news, seemingly, every day.
The first moments after the impact
The first moments after the impact are all about assessing the situation to see what you need to do next. If it is an emergency situation, where you or a passenger need emergency medical attention, or one of the vehicles involved appears like they may explode, call 9-1-1 immediately.
If not, the more immediate concern is documenting the accident, and then, getting to safety. Take out your phone and video the accident scene quickly, if it is safe to do so. If you are on an active highway, skip this step as it is likely not safe. Then, safely move the vehicle to the side of the road. Turn off the engine, turn on the hazards and safely stow your camera’s SD card (or cards).
Next, now that you are in a safe parking spot, dial 9-1-1. Let the dispatcher know you were in a severe car accident, and you need medical assistance (as well as your passengers, if you have any), as well as the other driver, along with police and fire, if you think there is a fire risk (some cities always send fire first responders). Let them know the location, and unless you need help with first aid, disconnect the call.
After the call
While you are waiting for the Beaumont, Texas, first responders, you can exchange information with the other driver. Be sure to get their contact information, insurance information, vehicle information and the contact information of any witnesses. Get the police officer’s contact information, along with how to retrieve the police, ambulance and fire report, in addition to your medical records once you are dispatched from the ER.