Had an Accident?

Breath and follow these guidelines provided by HABA

What to do at the Scene

1. Safety

  • Turn on hazard lights

  • Move the vehicle out of the roadway if possible

  • Be careful exiting the vehicle


2. Get Help

  • Check to see if anyone is injured

  • If there is an injury, call 911

  • Render first aid if possible

3. Exchange Information

  •  Driver and Vehicle Information

    • DRIVER: Get the name, address, phone number, driver's license number, state, expiration date, birthday. (Note if glasses or contacts are indicated, and if the driver appears to be wearing either.)

    • VEHICLE: Get the make/model/year/color, license plate number, state, expiration, and name, phone and address of the registered owner. Note condition and damage. 

 

  •  Insurance Information

    • Get the name of the insurance company, phone number, address, policy number and expiration, as well as insurance agent’s name and contact information.

 

  • Witnesses and Passenger Information

    • Get the names and contact info for any witnesses and passengers. If no one comes forward to volunteer that they are a witness, ask anyone present if they saw the accident.

 

  •  Take Notes

    • Note the time of day, weather and road conditions, location, etc. Sketch the position and direction of the vehicles, intersection, merging roads, etc.

 

  • Take Photos

    • Take photos, including photos of documents (license, insurance card, registration), the location, the vehicles, damage, license plate, driver and passengers... you can also use video and audio!

    • Be sure to document the damage to the vehicles, the accident scene and surrounding area, position of the vehicles at the time of the accident.

    • Anyone claiming they were injured, road hazards that may have contributed to the accident, etc. Photographs or videos taken at the scene can be extremely valuable when it’s time to settle your case.

 

After the Accident

1. Report the Accident

  • Report the accident to your insurance company.

  • Always call the police when:

    • an injury or fatality is involved,

    • you suspect one of the drivers is intoxicated,

    • the vehicles cannot be moved,

    • one of the drivers has no insurance, or

    • one of the drivers leaves the scene.

 

2. File a Crash Report

  • If a law enforcement officer is not investigating the crash, you must file a crash report with TxDOT within 10 days if any of the following conditions apply:

    • There are injuries or a fatality

    • You suspect property damage exceeds $1,000

    • You suspect a driver is intoxicated, unlicensed, has no insurance or attempts to leave the scene

3. Contact Us