Filing an Auto Accident Claim
For the average person, a car accident leads to weeks or even months of stress as they struggle to recover claim amounts, or simply physically recover from their injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, seeking any form of compensation is often the last thing on your mind. However, seeking the guidance of a personal injury attorney can allow you to focus solely on your recovery, while your attorney handles the messy business of handling the claim against the negligent party who caused the accident.
An attorney will answer the calls you are unable to answer, including those from the other side’s insurance company. The insurance company will often be persistent in attempting to settle the claim. Insurance companies are in business to make or save money, and they will attempt to cut corners wherever possible, including your accident claim. It is therefore important to avoid reaching any settlement with the insurance company after your accident.
How to File an Auto Accident Claim
Filing an auto accident claim is relatively simple. If you would like to go through the opposing side’s insurance company, you can work with your own insurance company in ensuring that the cost of your vehicle damage is appropriately covered in any settlement. However, if you have been involved in a more serious accident, you may choose to enlist the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney will research all the facts of your case, including analyzing the police reports, witness statements, and the surrounding area of the accident site. If your accident claim gets taken to court, a jury will want to know the intricacies of the case, including weather, other cars, the color of the light, and other outstanding issues. It is important to collect witness statements as soon as possible after the accident, to ensure you receive the most accurate recollections. Delaying even a few weeks can result in a lapse of your memory of the facts or witness memories.
It is equally important to ensure that the opposing side is unable to prove that you were not more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Since Texas is a comparative negligence state, if the other side is able to prove you were also liable for the accident, you could lose your ability to bring a claim for your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney will assist you in fully understanding the facts of your case, and the claim process itself.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with filing their auto accident claims. It is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following a severe accident to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.