If you have been in a collision the most important thing is to immediately get the medical attention you need for your injuries. Lots of people feel fine immediately after a wreck and then start to ache as soon as the adrenaline wears off.
We have handled hundreds of car wreck cases. The most important thing you can do is see your doctor or an emergency physician as soon as possible.
Some doctors will refuse to treat you for injuries relate to a car accident. If that is the case you should consider heading to an emergency room or a 24 hour clinic. If you need help finding medical attention, Herbert Trial Law might be able to help you with this process. Medical treatment is important part of a car accident case. The adjuster will evaluate your case based upon your injuries and will look closely to see when you sought medical treatment for the first time. If you do not seek medical attention, the insurance company may assume that you were not injured or that your injuries are not serious. The doctors you see are the first objective witnesses who can explain how this accident impacted your body and your life. Their medical records will be evidence of how you were injured, your treatment and recovery. Make sure you get as much information as possible at the scene of the collision if you can. Do not rely on the police to get a complete record of what happened. You should take photos and get contact information for any witnesses as soon as possible. Just because the person that hit you says they are sorry does not mean that they think the collision is their fault. The majority of the time even when someone causes a collision, they are very likely to deny fault when they speak to an insurance adjuster days later. So be sure to get contact information for anyone who was present at the scene. Get their name, address and phone number or at least their license plate number. Though police often complete their accident reports accurately, their job is not primarily to help you resolve your car wreck problems. Their biggest concerns are public safety and to make sure that seriously injured people get sent to the hospital. It is you job to talk to witnesses and take photos of the scene.
Be sure to record the other driver's license number and insurance information to make sure they are not just giving you false information. You can simply take photos of their ID and insurance card. Trade your telephone, address, insurance carrier, full legal name, license plate number, and additional contact information with all other drivers involved in the accident. Take photos of your vehicle and the other driver's vehicle. Gather names and telephone number of any witnesses that might have seen the accident take place. Also, look around the scene and see if there were any traffic cameras or surveillance cameras on private property that might have recorded the accident. But act quickly. Many cameras delete their recordings only hours after a collision.
The attorneys at Herbert Trial law are experienced in handling all types of car accident cases. Most car accidents involve a legal claim of negligence. In order to determine the negligence in a car accident, the plaintiff needs establish that the defendant was the party who caused the accident and acted unreasonably or in violation of the traffic laws.
Immediately following an accident an experienced attorney should conduct a prompt investigation of the accident by reviewing witness statements, photographs and the police report. If you or a loved one were in a car wreck and were injured, you may have questions about what to do next. Even knowing where to start at this stressful time. Herbert Trial Law offers a FREE consultation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t have to wait to know your rights. Talking with us is always free.
A car accident can be a complex situation, and insurance companies are NOT on your side. You have many legal rights that no one will inform you about, unless you have an experienced dedicated legal team on your side. Insurance adjusters work to pay as little as possible on the fewest number of claims. It is not their job to inform you of your claims or legal rights. Do not rely on them to give you advice.
This is where the attorneys and legal professionals at Herbert Trial Law can make an important difference in your case and in your chances of recovering damages. If you are uninsured, or cannot afford health insurance deductibles or co-pays, call us today. We may be able to help you obtain the medical treatment you need at no up-front cost to you.
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Even if you take all the right steps after your crash, you will want or need to answer many questions. You will seek out some of these answers right away, while other questions may arise in the days and weeks after the accident. If you’re wondering whether to call a Houston car accident law firm, think about the following:
If you or someone close to you suffered injuries in a crash, the first order of business is to get the medical help you or your loved one needs. If you required medical care or if a loved one didn’t survive, always speak with our law firm as soon as possible to determine the full cost of those injuries.
Car crashes can cause serious damage to your car, and accidents can often completely total a car. You rely on your vehicle to get you around to work, school, or your family obligations. You should not pay for the costs of repairs or replacing your car if someone else caused your crash. You also don’t want to go weeks or months without a vehicle. You deserve full compensation for the damage from the responsible party’s insurance company, and our law firm can help.
Houston law enforcement officers regularly arrive at the scene of crashes. An officer should always try to identify if one or more drivers violated the law, such as intoxication. The police should arrest and charge a drunk driver for DWI. Officers can also issue citations for speeding, running red lights, and other traffic violations. If this happens, it can help you prove who was at fault in your future insurance claim.
If you don’t have any financial losses, you can’t collect compensation from the insurance company. However, even if you have relatively minor medical bills or only paid a little out of pocket, you have the right to recover payment for those costs. Your health insurance company might not cover injuries if they happened in a car crash, as it expects the other driver’s insurance to cover them. Medical bills from car accidents can range from a few hundred dollars to millions of dollars and, in either case, you should call our law firm right away.
What are the legal rights and responsibilities of the drivers?
If any property damage or injuries occurred in a crash, Texas law requires all drivers involved to stop and remain at the scene until they have rendered necessary aid and exchanged information. In the time following a crash, each driver’s rights and responsibilities will depend on whom caused the crash. Any drivers or motorists who didn’t act negligently have the right to file insurance claims against the negligent driver. Drivers who cause a crash will need to contact their own insurance companies, which have the responsibility of reimbursing victims for their losses. In many cases, more than one person may bear some fault. Have our law firm determine liability in your situation.
What kind of settlement should you expect?
If another driver was negligent and you file an insurance claim, the amount of your settlement payment will depend on many factors. These include:
• The severity of your injuries
• The total cost of your medical bills
• Whether you need ongoing medical care in the future
• How much work you missed and income you lost
• Whether you’re able to go back to work in the future
• Whether you have lasting impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities
• The pain and suffering you experienced
Calculating the total amount of your losses can prove challenging, as many people don’t know their full rights when it comes to compensation. You need the help of a skilled car accident law firm to ensure you request and receive the full amount you need to cover your past and future losses.
You will likely have many other questions as you begin medical treatments and start wondering about your legal options. We are here day and night to take your call and start giving you some of the answers you’re looking for. Don’t wait any longer to call and learn about your rights!
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Kyle Herbert’s unique approach to personal injury law gives you the upper hand and is why he was named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer. It’s also the reason why working with Herbert Trial Law is the best way for you to maximize your settlement when you are injured.
At Herbert Trial Law, our attorneys are experienced and work on a variety of personal injury cases, but the focus is singular. Our focus is a demonstrated commitment to each and every case we take on and to the best interest of our clients. At Herbert Trial Law, you will not just be a number. We are committed to a proactive approach to ensuring that our clients’ expectations of client service are met and exceeded. Our goal is to deliver the best possible results for our clients.
Finally, Texas law provides that a negligence claim, which is typically the type of lawsuit for a car wreck, must be filed and served within two years of the date of the collision. However, a lot of investigation and work must be completed before a lawsuit can be filed. Do not wait. It is important o contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Memories fade and evidence gets lost. If you think you have a claim, don’t wait until the insurance adjuster gets around to evaluating your claim. The longer they make you wait the better it is for them. Time is not on your side. Involving a good lawyer early in the process can help ensure that all the information that is helpful to you case is gathered before it disappears.
If you are involved in a collision involving the City, Metro or any other governmental entity like the Police Department, the light-rail, or the Parks department, you must act immediately. In those cases, a claim must be made within weeks of the collision. Do not delay as time is not on your side.
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