Preparing For Your Car Accident Claim
The initial shock of a sudden car crash can leave anyone shaken, especially when severe injuries are involved. In the aftermath, it can be overwhelming when dealing with medical treatments, medical bills, loss of work, and other obstacles related to your accident impacting your life. Know that you have options, and speaking to a personal injury lawyer can help protect your right to seek compensation for your injuries through a car accident claim.
However, being prepared to answer these questions can help you and your attorney navigate the process a little easier.
When Did The Accident Happen?
It's critical to know when your accident happened. Since a car crash can be a traumatic experience, sometimes recalling dates and the events before and after the accident occurred can be difficult. Having the correct date of your car accident is critical since, in most cases, the statute of limitations in Texas is two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
How Did The Accident Happen?
Knowing how your accident occurred is a vital aspect of your case. So your attorney can protect your rights, you'll need to give the following details:
- Do you recall the final moments that led up to your crash?
- Do you remember what you were doing before the crash happened?
- Do you recall what was happening around you?
The details to answer the above question may be challenging to remember, but they can significantly impact the outcome of your car accident case.
Did You Obtain a Police Report?
While police reports are not always admissible in Texas courts, they can be helpful when it comes to having details that you may have forgotten. For example, the police report may have the following information needed to proceed with your car accident claim:
- Names and addresses of all parties involved (drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists)
- Date and time of the crash
- The road conditions, weather, and lighting conditions at the time of the accident
- Description of the vehicles involved in the crash
- The name and badge number of the police officer making the report
- Insurance information for each vehicle involved.
Did The Other Driver Admit Fault?
Texas is an at-fault state for car accidents. This means that the at-fault driver's insurance company is responsible for paying for injuries and other damages. Knowing if the other driver admitted fault could be tricky, but if you recall the following statements made by the other driver, it could implicate they were at fault:
- I'm sorry.
- I didn't see you.
- I lost control of my car.
- I was tending to my child in the back seat.
Try to remember any conversations with the other driver and relay that to your car accident lawyer.
Related Article: Is Texas a Fault or No-Fault State for Car Accidents?
Did You Seek Medical Attention?
After being involved in a car crash, it's imperative to seek medical attention whether you feel "fine" or not. Some injury symptoms may not show up for days or weeks after your car accident. Seeking medical care means you'll receive documentation of your injuries. It's essential to have records of the injuries you sustained and provide this information to your lawyer.
Can You Provide Medical Records?
If you were treated for injuries, you should obtain medical records showing where you were treated. Here are some examples of what medical records you can supply:
- Ambulance records
- Emergency room/hospital stay records
- Admitting charts and doctors' notes
- Prescription records
- Medical documentation of diagnosis and prognosis of your injury
- Imaging/test results
- Physical therapy records
- Bills for medical treatments
What Insurance Coverage Do You and The Other Driver Have?
Your lawyer may need to know your insurance information and the type of coverage you and the other driver each have. The type of insurance coverage the at-fault driver has plays a vital role in the amount of compensation you will be entitled to receive.
Related Article: Do I Need Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance?
How Has The Car Accident Changed Your Life?
While you can seek compensation for economic damages, including medical bills and lost wages, non-economic damages may also be considered in a car accident claim. Be sure to give details of how the car accident has impacted your life. Severe injuries after a car crash can cause someone to experience physical pain and emotional pain. Here are some examples of what can fall under the umbrella of pain and suffering:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Need Help After a Car Accident? Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. Today.
Being involved in a car crash is a stressful situation, and when victims suffer injuries due to the negligence of another party, it can make it that much more difficult. Bandas Law Firm, P.C. is here to protect your right to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical costs after a motor vehicle crash. Managing Partner Christopher Bandas is a highly regarded member of the legal community and rated "Distinguished" by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell® publication. No case is too big or too small, and our team is prepared to handle your case.
If you or someone you love needs legal representation for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash, call (361) 238-2789 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We are available for calls 24/7.