Being in a car accident is generally terrifying, and especially in that moment of impact. In the Houston area, unfortunately, traffic incidents only continue to rise also, from hit-and-run accidents to head-on collisions, car and truck crashes, and even greater numbers of fatalities for bicyclists and pedestrians. If you have been in a car accident, you may have lost a loved one as well as experiencing serious injuries yourself.
While a fender bender may result in a slight headache—and sometimes even a surprising amount of property damage and expense—more serious accidents are behind a long list of injuries that can be long-lasting. These include cuts and contusions that could even require the hand of a plastic surgeon in the operating room, sprains and breaks that could require surgical procedures for repair, spinal injuries causing issues like whiplash or even paralysis, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, and more.
If you have been in an accident, it is important to know what to do, and assessing your physical status—as well as that of everyone else—is the priority. You are probably at least somewhat knowledgeable on the basics of what to do after an accident. From assessing injuries to calling the police and trading contact information with the other driver, there is protocol and it is simple – although each step really is critical. One thing that is generally not addressed however is what to do with your belongings! There’s nothing worse than that feeling of being carted off in an ambulance, leaving everyone behind, after having been stopped in your tracks in the middle of the day or night by a traumatic event.
If there is no one there with you to keep track of your car and belongings, most likely the car will be towed and impounded. While this is a major inconvenience, the plus side is that your vehicle and possessions should be safe until you can get back to them. It is important to completely inspect your vehicle and make sure your belongings are intact upon returning. Unfortunately, you may be charged a fee to get your car back; however, if you are engaged in seeking a settlement from the other party’s insurer due to negligence, these charges can be figured in as part of your case, and hopefully you will be reimbursed.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of others, please call the law offices of Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC as soon as possible at (713) 748-7453 or visit AttorneySgtPike for a no obligation case review.
As a variation of the system employed in trucking cases, Sgt. Attorney Pike activates and deploys the Car Accident Response Team or C.A.R.T. ™ immediately after being hired and in appropriate cases. A team of specialized personnel trained in every aspect of car wrecks and injuries is deployed. Let us help you!