In the state of Texas, there is a fault system, which means that insurance companies have to determine who is at fault before they award compensation or require anyone to pay out damages. A seasoned San Antonio side-impact and T-Bone accident lawyer could help you file your injury claim. If you have been involved in a side impact or T-bone accident, contact our attorneys today to discuss your case:
If you are involved in a car accident, you will likely walk away with injuries. These injuries can range from moderate to severe. In the worst of cases, these injuries can result in the death of a loved one. It can be overwhelming to try and consider where the money will come from to cover these medical costs when your primary concern is recovery. Unfortunately, many motor vehicle accidents do cause costly injuries, and money can quickly become a problem. It is for that reason that you have the option of file a claim with insurance companies to get coverage for medical expenses and property damage that results from your car accident. This outcome assumes that the other party is found to be at fault for the accident.
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Throughout San Antonio, the rules for determining fault are much the same no matter the type of car accident. If you and the other driver are both at fault for the situation, you can still file your claim and potentially still receive compensation. As long as you are 50% or less at fault for an accident, a percentage determined by the courts after an investigation, you can still receive compensation. The amount of compensation which you can receive is directly related to the percentage of fault sound for both parties.
After you have been involved in an accident, you need to follow each of these steps:
After you have made sure the scene is safe, you need to exchange contact information and insurance information with the other drivers. You should also collect information from any witnesses or bystanders and any other passengers in the vehicles.
Immediately after that, you need to call the local police department to have them sent to the scene to file an official report. This police report will function as a primary piece of evidence should you choose to file a claim down the line. Without an official police report, it is challenging to prove what happened during the accident. A police report will have both sides of the story and a more data-driven explanation of the accident. The report will be complete with evidentiary support such as official sketches and pictures.
Take notes yourself as to what happened. The contact information for the other parties and details about the make and model of the other vehicles involved are essential. You should note when and where the accident took place and the names and badge numbers of the police officers who show up on the scene. If possible, use your phone to take pictures from the direction the other vehicle traveled before the accident, license plate, damage to the car, and injuries.
Taking pictures and videos of the damage and the injuries sustained will give you photographic evidence. This brings with it the modern benefit of having a timestamp and location directly inside the metadata of the pictures which can prove beyond any doubt where the accident took place and when it took place.
Even if you feel fine after the accident, you must visit a local San Antonio hospital of your choosing to be evaluated by medical professionals. Immediately after a car accident, you may not feel the extent of the damage because of the adrenaline released. You may not have visible injuries, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have internal injuries. Visiting a local hospital will help to document any problems or injuries and provide a reasonable basis for comparison down the line if any injuries or complications involved with time.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make after minor or severe car accidents is not seeking medical attention. You might feel just fine, but things like soft tissue damage are hard to detect and can compound over time. If you don’t have documentation from a physician, it will be challenging to prove that the injuries you sustained were the result of the car accident. This lack of evidence can make it impossible to get compensation.
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Once you have all of this information and the necessary photographs, it’s time to contact your insurance provider and inform them of the accident. You need to let them know what happened up front and they will require certain information about you, virtually everything that was listed above. You will also need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Once you have notified your insurance, contact an attorney who can help you determine if there are any other steps that you need to follow. The attorney will also review the details of your case, submit any necessary paperwork for compensation if applicable, and if appropriate, go to trial for you.