Car Wreck Lawyer
The moments following a car wreck are often disorienting. Even if you are able to get up and “walk away” from the accident, you are unsure of what to do next. Do you need to call the police? What about notifying your insurance company? And what if I know the other driver was responsible for causing the wreck? Do I have to sue them?
Of course, your first priority following any accident should be to seek medical attention, even just to make sure you are okay. But your next move should be to contact an experienced Pearland car wreck lawyer. Auto accidents frequently raise a number of legal questions and issues. Keith B. French is an experienced Texas personal injury litigator who can advise and represent you throughout the process of dealing with insurance companies and taking a negligent driver to court if it comes to that.
What Steps Should You Take Following a Car Accident in Texas?
It is always a good idea to call 911 following a car accident. If a police officer attends the scene, they can prepare an official accident report. Such a report is generally required if anyone is injured or killed in the wreck, or there was at least $1,000 in estimated property damage. But even if no police report is needed or prepared, you should still make every effort to obtain contact and insurance information from the other driver. You should also identify any witnesses at the scene who might have seen what happened just before the accident.
You should also notify your own insurance company as soon as practicable following an accident to preserve your own rights under your policy. Even if you believe that the other driver was responsible for the wreck, your own insurance coverage may still come into play. It is also advisable that you speak with a qualified car wreck attorney who can represent you in dealing with the insurance companies.
Indeed, when an insurer believes its driver was negligent, they will often jump to make a settlement offer. This offer is often lower than your actual damages. The insurance company is hoping that you are eager to put the wreck behind you. But it is crucial that you never sign any settlement or release without first consulting an attorney. At the end of the day, an insurance company–even your own insurer–is looking out for their interests first. So you need to do the same with respect to your own interests.
Contact Keith B. French Law Today
Your damages following a car wreck may be substantial. In addition to the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle, you may be left with medical bills, lost wages due to time missed from work, and other intangible losses like pain and suffering. You have the right to seek compensation for these damages. A skilled Pearland car wreck lawyer can help. Contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC, today to schedule a free consultation.