It is often difficult for people to maintain a cool head under both the hot Texas sun and the extreme pressure of a car accident. Matters are only made worse when the incident caused injuries or severe damage. Due to the high incidence of automobile accidents in the state and these uncommon pressures, it could benefit anyone driving in Texas to know a few legal guidelines before setting out on the road.
Statistically, even the most responsible drivers are at some measure of risk on the streets and highways. One need not even get into a car to be at risk for an auto injury. The Texas Department of Transportation crash figures for 2016– the most recent data available at this time– show an increase in the amount of fatal auto accidents, as well as drastic increases in pedestrian and cyclist incidents.
With these figures in mind, it is no surprise that there are many official recommendations and rules as to how individuals should best handle an automobile accident. In particular, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has an excellent resource on the subject of what to do after a car crash. Here is some of the most essential information:
- It is important to remain at the scene of an accident to exchange information or call the authorities
- Injuries, fires or fatalities require the attention of police and emergency services
- Certain types of accidents require driver crash reports in the absence of a police report
- The DMV recommends that injured individuals retain copies of medical bills and records related to the accident
The DMV resource page is, for now, an essential reference for any Texan driver– and for anyone on Texas roadways. Hopefully, the continued work of state agencies and the ongoing education of individual drivers might one day improve road safety to the point that injuries become a thing of the past.