First Steps After A Car Accident
If you’ve just been involved in a car accident, you are most likely under stress and may even still be in the hospital. The combination of physical pain, emotional duress and concern about your future can leave you confused and feeling depressed. Hospital bills pile up quickly and you may not be able to return to work for weeks or longer.
In spite of all this, there are certain important things you should do as quickly as possible. First, of course, notify the police and you insurance company and let them know exactly what happened. In cases where you believe that the accident was caused by someone’s negligence, then the very next step should be to contact the Austin auto accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group.
Let’s say for instance, you were hit by a driver who was drunk or texting. That is clearly negligence and you might be able to recover every single expense from lost and future wages to hospital bills. Other clear cases of negligence might be a reckless or speeding driver and there are many similar cases just like this.
In any auto accident, it’s never a good idea to admit fault. Even if you think your actions may have been partly responsible, don’t say things like, “I’m so sorry! That was totally my fault.” A subsequent investigation may prove that you weren’t at fault at all, but now the other party’s insurance company has ammunition to use against you in court.
If possible, it’s a good idea to take pictures of the accident. If you have been injured, then ask family or friends to do so. Making some notes about what happened can also help you later when your memory is fading and you can’t quite recall what happened. Accident investigators strive to learn exactly what occurred in your accident, but those involved and the witnesses are often the best source of information.
As soon as you’re able, get a copy of the police report. This will provide you with a lot of the details and includes the findings and comments of the police officers who were on the scene. Regardless of how your car accident occurred, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.
At Zinda Law Group PLLC we’ve been helping accident victims for years with their legal needs. We have all the resources and expertise to help you get justice in your case. You may be able to recover compensatory damages, which include personal property damages, lost wages, pain & suffering, and future economic losses. In some cases, you can also get punitive damages and these might be awarded whenever an accident is caused by a drunk or distracted driver. These damages are awarded by courts to punish the guilty party and prevent them from future reckless behavior.
The Austin Personal Injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group PLLC have successfully represented many clients over the years in car accident claims. We possess the experience and knowledge to help you get the settlement you deserve. Call today to set up your free appointment and find out about your options and your legal rights.