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Know what steps to take if you're in a fatal crash

When you were headed to downtown Houston with your friends, you were simply paying attention to the road and considering where you wanted to start your day. Maybe you'd go to a local cafe with your friends, or you'd go shopping first. The options were seemingly endless.

As you made the decision to turn left onto a neighboring street, a vehicle wanting to cross the intersection did not stop at its stop sign. You crossed directly into their path, with the green light to do so, but ended up involved in a T-bone collision. You were lucky, because the vehicle hit behind your driver's seat door, but your friend wasn't as fortunate. The impact was direct, and she did not survive.

After being involved in a fatal accident, do you know what to do?

After a fatal collision, do you know the steps to take next? Many people may be disoriented or confused about what happened, and that's okay. Call 911 and make sure emergency medical care is on the way. Even if one person has passed away, others may still need care.

When the police arrive, they may start asking questions about what happened and how it happened. You can tell them what you remember, but try not to do or say anything that would admit guilt. Never admit responsibility, because it's up to your insurance carrier and the police to assign fault.

When the emergency medical team arrives, you should go to the hospital, even if you think you're fine. Shock is a natural part of going through trauma, and even if you have no physical wounds, your mental state may not be perfect. Get medical care, so you can rest and heal.

After you receive care, it's important to reach out to your attorney to talk about the collision. The person who pulled out and hit you should be responsible for covering your financial losses, including the medical bills you've accrued as a result of the collision. Your attorney will help you negotiate a settlement that is fair, so that you can move forward with your life and focus on healing emotionally and physically after a fatal crash.

Losing someone you love is never easy, but having someone walk you through a claim can help you get compensated for your injuries while being able to focus on mourning and recovering from the accident. Your attorney will take the lead and help you get what you deserve.

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