When you or a family member has been involved in a car accident it is important to handle it correctly. The negligent driver that caused the car accident may or may not have insurance. If they do have automobile liability insurance, they will probably contact you quickly and request a recorded statement and potentially will attempt to settle your injury claim as quickly as possible. Insurance companies typically will try to resolve car accident claims as quickly as possible before the injured party has a chance to consult with a qualified injury attorney to assist them with their claim. It is important that you not fall for the insurance companies’ tactics. Once you settle your claim you will typically be unable to seek any additional compensation regardless of what happens after settlement.
Properly Handling a Car Accident
It is also important to gather as much information as possible at the scene. Contact the appropriate police or sheriff department to make a report. All accidents should be reported even if you feel that it is only a minor wreck. If the police department is unable to come to the scene or refuses then you should submit a “blue form” to the Texas Department of Public Safety regarding how the accident occurred.
If an individual is injured they should seek medical treatment as quickly as possible. It is important to follow the advice of the medical providers. When insurance companies review an injury claim the carefully review all medical records, police reports, and witness statements.
If there are any witnesses to the car accident it is vital that you obtain their contact information. Many times witness statements can help resolve a car accident claim or may play an important factor in court.
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident contact me today for assistance. I will provide a free review of your case. I can go over the options that you have in pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver.