After a car accident, even while still sitting in your vehicle, you can start to wonder about many things:
- Who is going to fix my car?
- Who is going to pay my medical bills for my injuries and pain?
- How am I going to pay my bills if I have to take time off work?
- What happens if I am not able to return to work?
- When will the police and ambulance get here?
- Is the other driver okay?
- Why did the other driver hit me?
The first and most important thing to do is take a deep breath and try to remain calm. If you are injured and not in imminent danger, remain in your vehicle. You might have certain injuries that could become more severe if you move before the paramedics arrive and do an assessment.
Quite frequently, the extent of personal injuries is not evident right away. Sometimes injuries do not manifest until several days later. Taking care of yourself and your health is very important even if you feel fine.
Never admit fault to the police or the other driver. In Texas, admitting even partial fault could affect the amount of money you receive. It is best to stick to the facts when giving statements to the police and notifying your insurance company of the accident.
After obtaining medical treatment, it is highly recommended to consult with a qualified personal injury and car accident attorney. Most attorneys offer a free case evaluation appointment to answer any questions about the claims process and provide you with legal advice.
To find out more about settlements and the timeline for filing a lawsuit after being involved in a car accident, we invite you to continue reviewing the following infographic.
Afterward, if you have further questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney, please feel free to contact Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers directly today!