Car & Motorcycle Crashes
Failing to follow the “Rules of The Road”!
Reckless, Drunk, or Distracted Drivers Put Everyone’s Safety at Risk!
Car wrecks occur with such frequency that sometimes the steps that should be taken to make sure you avoid problematic delays in future are overlooked. With all the disruption that car crash can cause, the last thing that you need is to be battling with the insurance company on your property and personal injury claims.
Whether or not you present a car wreck claim that ultimately proves successful is dependent on several factors:
- How did the car crash occur?
- Is the other driver at fault for causing the crash?
- Could you be found to have some responsibility for causing the crash?
- What injuries did you suffer as a result of the crash?
- What type of insurance coverage does the other driver have?
- What type of insurance coverage do you have?
- Was all the evidence necessary to prove that the other driver was at fault preserved?
- Did you get medical attention immediately following the crash?
- Was the driver of the car the same as the owner of the car?
- Did a police officer arrive and conduct an investigation?
Although some of these questions can easily be answered, others require the examining eye of a Texas car wreck lawyer. Even though you might eventually find yourself making your way into your lawyer’s office, there are some steps you can take immediately following a car wreck to protect your rights to file car wreck claim or lawsuit.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car wreck, the following steps should be taken:
Call Family or a Friend
With so much going on following a car wreck, it can be very difficult to take photographs, write notes, or make sure you ask the right questions. A family member or a close friend that can get to the scene of the wreck fairly quickly can help you make sure you do everything that you need to do to get your life back on track after the crash.
If you’re injured, Get Medical Attention! Don’t Wait
One thing that both car wreck lawyers and the insurance company usually agree on, if you’re injured in a car wreck, you need to seek appropriate medical attention immediately. For a serious injury, those involving head or spine injuries, or broken bones, that means going to an emergency room at a good hospital. Follow-up care may take place at a doctor’s office, but an initial evaluation of a serious injury should only be performed at a hospital emergency room. Although anyone who has been in car wreck understands that you don’t always feel the pain at the scene of an accident, you need to exercise good judgment in making the decision to go to the hospital on the day of the crash or, go a doctor the next day. Delaying your treatment could make your injury worse while also making more difficult to argue that the injuries are related to the crash.
Get the Police to the Scene
Unless it is a minor fender-bender with no injuries, the police should be called to the scene of any accident. Do not allow the other driver to talk you out of calling the police. He or she may be trying to hide drug or alcohol use, or escape responsibility for the damages that have been caused. Only the police can properly document a serious accident, which is often necessary to prove the facts of the accident. Additionally, if you give the other driver time to change his or her story, nine times out of 10, they will deny any responsibility for causing the accident.
Make Notes of all Witness Contact Information
This is one of the most important steps you can take to assure yourself that the facts of a crash can easily be established. Make sure you obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses that stop and tell you that they saw what happened. You need to get their names, addresses, phone numbers and verify that the contact information is correct. Call them at the site if you have to!
Take Photos with Your Phone
Take photographs of anything that would help explain how the crash occurred, the damage that was done to your vehicle and, any visible injuries.
Call Your Insurance company
Whether the crash was your fault or not, you need to inform your insurance company that you were involved in a car wreck. It avoids any argument that any coverage you may have under your policy should be denied.
Do not give a recorded statement
If the insurance representatives call you to get your version of the crash, you need to be as prepared as the experienced insurance adjuster in determining fault. If you’re not, then don’t agree to provide a recorded statement about the crash. The adjuster’s goal is to find out if their insured driver could escape liability. If you don’t understand what questions to expect, even if you did everything else right, you could be giving the insurance company a way to avoid providing coverage in your case.
Call Texas Car Accident Lawyer Hector L. Sandoval at (346) 347-7777
Attorney Sandoval will review all the information involved in your case and give you a quick and honest evaluation of your case. Attorney Sandoval believes that both attorney and potential client should work together to determine if a case should be opened and, both should work towards an understanding as to what each can reasonably expect as an outcome for the case. Even if other lawyers have told you that you don’t have a case, Attorney Sandoval is willing to review your case and provide you with the explanation that you deserve!
Houston Motorcycle accident Attorney
When Drivers Fail to Share the Road!
Drivers on Texas roads are required to respect motorcycle drivers like they would any other vehicle on the road. No matter how much care a motorcycle driver takes in making sure that drivers near them are aware of their presence, drivers are often distracted and cause serious injuries to motorcycle drivers. Sharing the roadway is every driver’s responsibility and those that fail to do so heed to be held responsible.
Crashes involving motorcycles can have devastating results for the driver and their family. The victim will typically undergo vast amount of treatment and could incur large medical expenses and wage loss. Consulting with an experienced motorcycle crash attorney assures you that you will get to the root of the coverage available in the case and, that you will be able to hold the other driver accountable for his negligence.
Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Hector L. Sandoval has experience representing victims in crashes involving:
- Reckless speeding;
- Failure to keep a proper lookout;
- Failure to adjust to the hazards on the road;
- Failure to follow traffic laws, traffic lights, and signs;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Driving while talking or texting on a cell phone;
- Failure to Control Speed;
- 18-Wheeler drivers driving for too many hours at a time.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a wreck of any kind, don’t run the risk that your claim will be denied by trying to fight the insurance company on your own. Call Houston Personal Injury Attorney Hector L. Sandoval and get the representation that you deserve! Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC helps injured wreck victims get their life back on track. Call (346) 347-7777 for a free and informative consultation!