The first phase of a case is developing the record. This process often begins by interviewing you to get your side of the story. Your attorney will also request official copies of the police report and your medical records.
Car accidents are unfortunately an all too common occurrence in our nation, and they impact families all over every day – in big and small ways. One of the most impactful, and oftentimes the most long-lasting consequences of these accidents is the injuries they leave on the body.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, distracted driving tends to be the norm rather than the exception. And it only takes a second for a driver to not be paying full attention for something horrible and unintended to happen.
If you share fault for a wreck, that does not necessarily mean the end of your case under Texas law. In fact, in the state of Texas, you can be partially at fault for an accident and still recover some compensation, under what is called a comparative fault system.
Drunk driving accidents are some of the worst accidents that we see – because they’re both entirely preventable and they can have devastating consequences for everybody involved. So with that said, let’s take a look at some ways you can protect yourself, and your family from drunk driving accidents and the injuries they cause.
The law also allows you to recover non-economic damages for an accident. You likely suffered physical pain and mental anguish because of your injuries, and you are entitled to money to make up for that suffering. You can also get money for physical disfigurement you’ve suffered, like scars and burns, and for physical impairment, such as the loss of your ability to perform certain activities. Certain close family members like spouses can even recover money for their personal emotional suffering when a loved one is injured.
As many people have found out when they filed a claim, the insurance company will often exploit any loopholes and employ less than honorable tactics that ultimately will lessen the amount of money that they have to pay out.
If you or a family member needs to hire a personal injury lawyer, there are three important things you should look for when doing your research: experience, resources, and tactics.
The first step you need to take after a car accident is to report the accident to the police. If other cars were involved in the accident, gather insurance and contact information from all drivers and passengers. It’s a good idea to reach out to witnesses who were at the scene of the accident to get their information as well.
When we discuss property damage, the first determination that needs to be made is whether the vehicle is a total loss or not. That’s because the valuation process is a little bit different if your car is damaged but repairable versus if your vehicle is a total loss.
After a car accident, first you want to make sure everybody in your vehicle is safe and okay. After you determined that everybody is safe and okay, next you want to call 911 and request that a police officer come to the scene, and if you’re injured, also request that an ambulance come.