Whether it’s during the morning commute, a quick drive to the store, or on the final leg of a long-distance trek, car accidents can happen anywhere and at any time on the road. However, few—if any of us—are properly prepared for the moment disaster strikes, leaving many victims feeling confused and completely out of their depth.
If you were hurt in a car wreck, you probably have several questions running through your mind in the aftermath. In this article, we answer a few of the most common queries about road accidents and personal injury claims in Texas:
1. What Should I Do after a Car Wreck?
A roadway accident is almost always a traumatic experience, so it can be difficult to stay composed in the aftermath. However, it’s important to take a deep breath and consider your next steps carefully. Making any mistakes at this crucial stage could leave the door wide open to disputes when it comes time to file your personal injury claim.
Let’s look at a few actions you should take:
- Contact authorities;
- Swap information, including insurance and license plate numbers, with the other parties involved;
- Document the accident scene;
- Take down the contact details of eyewitnesses;
- Seek medical treatment;
- Write an account of the accident; and
- Report the accident.
2. What Evidence Can Help Strengthen My Claim?
The evidence you will need to succeed will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the accident. Examples of the types of evidence that may play a role in your claim can include photographs of the accident scene, eyewitness statements, dashcam and surveillance camera footage, expert witness deposition, medical records, and cellphone records.
3. How Much Is My Case Worth?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible for any attorney to guarantee you a specific result in a personal injury claim. There are many different factors that could affect the potential recovery in your case, such as the severity of your injuries, extent of your property damage, and whether your condition prevented you from working.
A personal injury attorney can, however, investigate the accident and assess the available evidence to help estimate fair compensation for your losses so that you will have a clear idea of how much your case is worth. Taking this step will ensure that you aren’t lured into accepting a settlement offer that doesn’t cover the full range of your losses.
4. Can I Use Social Media after an Accident?
While it’s tempting to turn to your loved ones online for emotional support and guidance, posting about the collision could hand ammunition to the insurer to challenge your credibility. For instance, your comments may contradict other evidence in your case or make it seem like you are taking responsibility for causing the crash. As such, it may be in your best interests to completely refrain from using or deactivate your profiles until your claim has been resolved.
Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney in Texas Today
If you’re searching for answers to your car accident-related questions, turn to the legal team at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales, LLP. Our attorneys can provide the knowledge and resources you may need to make informed decisions about your case. Dial 1-800-334-3298 or click through to our contact form HERE to request a case review with a Texas car accident lawyer.