Recovering from a car accident is not an easy process. Thousands of accidents happen every day, and many of them have serious questions about what comes next. Here are some answers to the more common questions you may have:
What do I do at the scene of the accident?
If you are safe and in a position to do so, there are several things you can do to protect yourself after an accident. Determine if the police are necessary and contact them, call for medical help if someone needs it, take extensive photos of the scene of the accident, gather the information of the other driver, and collect witness testimony.
Should I see a doctor?
Even if you do not think you received injuries from your accident, you should see a doctor. You may have a traumatic brain injury that you are unaware of, and a medical professional may be one of the only ones you can identify it and treat it. Their medical report of you can also become evidence to support your personal injury claim.
How can I maximize my compensation?
Some people are not aware that they can negotiate with insurance companies for better compensation. You should be sure that your insurance considers all the expenses of your injury, such as lost income, property damage, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. An attorney can also help by negotiating on your behalf.
Do I need a lawyer?
Insurance companies often try to convince victims that lawyers only slow things down or make things more complicated for everyone. The reality is that lawyers know how to identify the total expenses of your injuries, negotiate on your behalf, and guide you away from possible mistakes that may reduce or eliminate your compensation eligibility.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Texas law gives accident victims two years to file a claim for their injuries. Despite the time you have to file, the sooner you file, the better in these situations. Medical bills, property replacement costs, and other expenses do not wait for your compensation to arrive, so be sure you act to get it as soon as possible.