Knowing what to do after a car accident in Houston can help you protect your right to compensation. If another driver caused your car crash, Texas law allows you to hold them financially responsible for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. By taking the right steps in the first days and weeks after your accident, you put yourself in a good position to recover the full payout you need and deserve.
For help understanding what to do after suffering injuries in a car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers in Houston at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, at 713-850-8600.
Should I See a Doctor After a Car Crash?
If you suffered serious injuries, you probably got immediate medical care and are undergoing treatment. Even if your injuries were less serious, it is important that you seek immediate medical care, understand your doctor’s prescribed treatment plan, and stick to it. Prompt medical care links your injuries to the car accident and makes it much more difficult for the at-fault driver’s insurance company to dispute them.
At the same time, undergoing any recommended treatments and participating in all prescribed therapies is the best way to ensure your full recovery. This is important to your future quality of life, as well as your car accident claim. If the liable driver’s insurance company can show you failed to follow the prescribed treatment plan, it can claim you are partially responsible for your injuries or their lasting effects. This could prevent us from recovering the full value of your losses associated with your medical bills. It could also adversely affect your pain and suffering damages.
If you have questions about your doctor’s treatment plan for you, we encourage you to get a second opinion or see a specialist. However, it is important to remain under the care of a doctor for your injuries until your treatment is complete.
When Should I Notify My Insurance Company?
An insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance provider. Most policies include rules on how long you have to notify your insurer of an accident. These deadlines can be short. It is important to notify your insurance company of your accident, even if another driver caused the crash.
If you believe you were at fault for the crash and you plan to file a claim based on your collision coverage to repair your car, you may want give us a call before you talk to your insurance company. We also recommend talking to us first before you make any contact with the other driver’s insurance company.
If another driver caused your injuries and property damage, you likely qualify to file a third-party claim based on their auto liability policy. However, their insurance company is not on your side. The insurer will use anything it can to reduce the money it has to pay out to you. This includes anything you say to insurance adjusters. That is why it is paramount to limit the information you give the other driver’s insurance company, or let us manage your communication. This is the best way to protect your rights.
Do I Need to Make Notes About the Crash?
You may think you will remember every detail of your accident for the rest of your life, but this is not how human memory works. Things become hazy, and you will forget important facts in the first few weeks. This is why it is so important to sit down and write out details about your experience. Make notes of everything you can remember as soon as possible after the accident. This will help jog your memory later on.
You will also want to keep track of any information or documentation you collected on the scene. Write down and save the names and contact information of witnesses. Collect any pictures you took at the scene, of your injuries, or of the damages to your vehicle. This will become evidence in your case when we prepare your claim.
How Can I Speak to a Car Accident Lawyer in Houston About My Case?
Even if you are not sure you have a case, we recommend reaching out to one of the Houston car accident lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. We can evaluate your case and explain your legal options for compensation.
Our legal team offers complimentary consultations for car accident victims. If you have a case against the driver who caused your crash, we can file a claim and fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call our Houston office today at 713-850-8600 for a free case review. Since we handle these cases on a contingency basis, you pay us nothing unless we win your claim for you.