Car Accident Injury FAQ
Car accidents cause a significant amount of injuries and deaths every year. The injuries that result can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and lacerations, and unfortunately, some of these devastating accidents are fatal. There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to car accidents, but oftentimes they are the result of someone talking on the phone or texting, or someone falling asleep at the wheel, some driver was speeding or driving recklessly, or because someone drank too many alcoholic beverages and afterwards decided to drive. No matter the cause of the accident, it’s no secret that car accidents can be frightening and overwhelming. Although it is easier said than done, in the event that you do find yourself in a car accident, remember that it is important to remain as calm as possible. Other actions you should take are often the subject of frequently asked questions that arise when it comes to car accidents:
Q: I’ve been in a car accident, what should I do?
A: Other than remaining as calm and collected as possible, if you’ve sustained any injuries, or if anyone else involved in the accident has been injured, it is important that you seek medical attention right away, particularly if it is an emergency. In these instances, 911 should be called immediately.
If your injuries are minor, and your vehicle has not been totaled, try to drive it off of the roadway to a safe place. After you’ve done this, it’s important to obtain information from any others who were involved in the accident, including witnesses. Be sure to collect their names, phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license and license plate numbers and insurance information. If you have your phone or a camera with you, it’s also a good idea to take photographs of the scene and any damage that occurred. Finally, jotting down notes about the accident as soon as possible after it happens will help you remember the details of the accident later on.
Q: Should I contact a lawyer right away?
A: First of all, if you sustained injuries in the accident, no matter how minor they may be, it’s important that you have a medical professional make sure you are ok. Sometimes a minor bruise can be indicative of internal bleeding, or a bump on the head could be a concussion, so it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. In addition to getting medical help, you should probably also file a claim with your insurance company in order to preserve your rights to compensation under your policy. But if you can’t decide if filing an insurance claim is the right thing to do, you can contact an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer to answer any questions you may have. A Texas Personal Injury Lawyer can also advise you as to whether you may have a viable personal injury claim against anyone who might be at fault for the accident.
Q: How long do I have to decide whether to file a car accident lawsuit?
A: In Texas, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This may seem like plenty of time to decide whether to file a case, but because car accident cases can be complex and/or involve a number of defendants, the sooner you can consult with an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer regarding your case, the better in order to make sure your rights to legal compensation are preserved.
An Experienced Attorney at Hermes E. Flores is Ready to Help You Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or sustained damages in a car accident, it is important that you take the steps outlined above, but you should also think about consulting with an experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as possible, particularly if you believe that someone else is at fault for your injuries. At Hermes E. Flores, we will work hard to obtain the best possible results in your car accident case, so call us today at (512) 947-9103 and find out what we can do to help you.