What to Do After a Car Accident
April 30, 2021
An auto accident can change your life in a matter of seconds and can easily cause more problems than just physical injury. If your auto accident was caused by no fault of your own, it can be even more frustrating. You deserve legal partners who understand the laws surrounding Texas auto accidents and can help you seek a favorable outcome.
Whether your car collided with another driver, was pushed off the road by a merging vehicle, or was involved in another type of accident, our attorneys are prepared to help. At Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP, we represent individuals affected by auto accidents throughout the Pearland, Texas, area, including Alvin, Friendswood, and Houston. Contact us for a free consultation today.
What to Do After a Car Accident
The most important thing to do following a car accident is to remain calm. It can be easy to let the shock of the matter distract from collecting the vital information you’ll need later on. If you are physically capable, be sure follow these steps:
Seek Medical Attention. Even if you assume you’re physically okay, it is crucial that you’re examined by a medical team. Any accident-related injuries they find may go on your insurance claim.
Collect All Necessary Documentation. The more information you’re able to gather, the better chance you have at receiving fair compensation. Make sure you get copies of all police reports, medical records, photos of the scene and the damaged vehicles, as well as witness statements and witness’ contact information.
Document Your Personal Account. While it’s still fresh in your mind, record a written copy of what happened before, during, and after the auto accident. Small details such as your speed can be easily forgotten, and they greatly affect your insurance claim.
File an Insurance Claim. Many insurance companies enforce strict timelines on when auto accident claims can be submitted. The sooner you report your accident, the better.
Hire an Attorney. If you feel your insurance provider isn’t offering you fair compensation, an auto accident attorney may be able to help you negotiate a better settlement or go to trial if necessary.
We are Always Prepared to Take a Case to Trial
Some attorneys would rather settle for a lesser amount than risk taking a case to trial. While we aim to obtain a settlement that will allow you to avoid litigation, we are always ready to take a case to trial if it is in your best interest.
Determining Fault in a Texas Car Accident
When it comes to assigning fault in an auto accident, Texas law employs a concept known as “proportionate responsibility,” a modified comparative fault standard. Proportionate responsibility means the damages you’re awarded—if any—could be reduced if you are found partially liable for your accident.
As an example, imagine you were answering a phone call when another driver T-boned you at an intersection. The deciding party could find you 25% at fault for the accident, and therefore for your injuries. What started as a $50,000 settlement could be reduced to $37,500.
However, if you are found to be more than 51% responsible for your injuries, Texas law would bar you from collecting any damages.
How an Attorney Can Help
Working with an auto accident attorney can help you determine the strength of your case against an insurance company or other opposing party. With skilled legal counsel on your side, you improve your chance of achieving suitable compensation.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Pearland, Texas, turn to the services of Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP. We’ll listen to your story and provide you with advice backed by years of experience. We’re prepared to take charge of your case while you prioritize your health. Contact us today for a free consultation. In addition to Pearland, we also serve clients in Alvin, Friendswood, and Houston.
AUTO ACCIDENTS ATTORNEYS SERVING PEARLAND, TEXAS
Don’t let the aftermath of an auto accident affect your future. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, work with an experienced team of attorneys to fight for the compensation you deserve. At Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP, we provide free initial consultations at our office in Pearland, Texas. If you live in Alvin, Friendswood, or Houston, contact us today to get started.