If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Texas, you will need to hire an experienced Austin car accident attorney right away. You are probably feeling very stressed out. The injuries can be severe, you can be missing time at work, and your medical bills may be extensive. We want to say that we’re sorry that you’re going through this. Experienced Austin car accident attorney Daniel Smith is here to help you through this difficult time. We will be glad to sit with you and talk about your case, then get right to work on getting you the most compensation possible.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
There are a lot of ways collisions happen and they can cause a lot of damage. You might experience mild injuries that need minimal treatment, or you might need a big surgery that is going to keep you from getting back to normal.
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Do not ignore pains that you feel after the accident. You might not immediately feel injured in the moment because of your adrenaline, but you should get to a doctor right away to check to make sure you are okay.
Important First Steps
Medical attention is the most important thing that needs to happen after the accident. You might have the ability to stay on the scene to collect evidence, which we will talk about later, but if you’re in serious pain or are in danger, you need to have someone else do that for you. Whether it is right away for a few hours later, you need to see a doctor, get to the emergency room, or go to an urgent care center.
Collecting evidence is so important to your case. If you’re unable to stay on the scene, a friend, family member, or your attorney can do this for you. You want to get pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident as well as the tire marks and your injuries. You should also gather contact information from both the witnesses to the accident as well as any other driver involved.
The next big step to take after the accident is getting in contact with an experienced Austin car accident attorney. You may think that you can take on this case alone, but it will almost always end with you having less of a reward than if you had an attorney on your side.
Statute of Limitations
In Texas, after a car accident, you have two years in which you can file a claim. This does not mean that you should wait those two years and call an attorney the day before the time limits run out. There are things that need to be done before you can successfully bring your claim. You will have to go over your case with your attorney then they will get to work. They will want to get an idea of your condition, your treatment plan, and how long you will be in the condition that you are. It is so important that you do not wait to call an attorney so that there is plenty of time to make this a highly successful claim.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Very shortly after your accident, you most likely have an adjuster for the insurance company reach out to you. This will be the insurance company for the liable party. They might seem very friendly and helpful, but you should be very careful of talking to them. They are not fully concerned with your best interests. They are only really looking out for themselves. They might even try to contact you while you are still in the hospital receiving pain medication. If they call you, they will be looking for a recorded statement. You should never give them one. It will not benefit your claim, even if they say it will. What you can tell them without risking ruining your case is that you were involved in the accident. That’s all they really need is a confirmation that it was you. You are in no way obligated to tell them details surrounding the accident. You may also want to tell them that they can ask any questions through your attorney and pass off communication to them.
Contact Our Office Today
Experienced Austin car accident attorney Daniel Smith is here to help you fight for what is right. We will protect your rights, keep your case on track to succeed, and work to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible. Please call our office as soon as you can to set up a free initial consultation.