Car Accident Basics
Do I need an attorney?
Every case is different, so it’s hard to determine for sure whether or not you need a car accident attorney. Remember, that most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, so it would not hurt to consult with one to be certain. But as a general rule if one of the following applies to your case, it would be a good idea to meet with an attorney:
- you were injured;
- a commercial vehicle or company vehicle was involved;
- the driver that hit you was under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or
- the driver that hit you fled the scene.
After the wreck what should I do?
While the specifics are best address by an attorney, generally, you should contact the police right away. You should see a doctor if you feel any pain at all. It is not unusual for the pain to take a few hours or even a day or two to present. You should seek medical care, typically in the ER, if you feel pain even if it is not immediately after the crash. The longer you wait to see the doctor the harder it can be to relate the injuries to the crash. Make sure you collect the information for any witnesses. Do not rely on the police to do this—they often do not. Take photos of the scene and damages.
Do I talk to the adjuster for the other driver?
It is best to speak with an attorney before talking to the other driver’s insurance. Do not agree to a recorded statement before speaking with an attorney. Many drivers can speak with the property adjuster without problems to get repairs underway and a rental car, but be very cautious when discussing how the crash occurred or your injuries.
How long do I have to make a recovery?
In Texas, there is typically a 2 year statute of limitations on claims against the other driver. If you have Personal Injury Protection or Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage you typically have 4 years to present those claims, but the longer you delay presenting the claim the harder a recovery can be.
Where Zinda Law Group Practices:
As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.
Types of Cases We Handle:
We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents. We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.