Houston car accidents leave thousands with serious injuries every year. Your wreck can cause a lot of pain and property damage, and you have the right to recover damages from the negligent party.
However, the legal process can be very challenging. It’s important to have a knowledgeable attorney working for you from the beginning. The legal team at The Krist Law Firm has given counsel and advice about personal injury claims to countless clients over the years. We understand what common mistakes must be avoided to secure the compensation a victim deserves.
We also know what actions to take. Contact The Krist Law Firm to speak with an experienced Houston car accident lawyer about how we can help. Call (281) 283-8500 today to set up a free, no-risk consultation.
1. Waiting To Contact a Lawyer
Getting your life back on track after a car accident requires you to secure appropriate compensation without delay. However, the insurance companies involved are mostly concerned with reducing any amount of money they pay out.
That’s why we strongly encourage you to speak with a lawyer with experience negotiating with insurance companies as soon as possible. Additionally, make sure that you don’t do any of the following before speaking with your lawyer:
- Accept any compensation – Accepting a settlement offer will generally void any future claims you make, even if you later find the settlement to have been low. Don’t sign any documents related to your accident.
- Accept any responsibility – It’s understandable to be sorry that your accident happened, but you don’t want to inform the other party of any regret that you have. This may be seen as an admission of negligence, even if it is not.
2. Not Giving A Report Of Your Accident
Texas law requires you to report any car accident where there are injuries or at least $1,000 in damages. However, in addition to notifying law enforcement officials of the accident, it’s crucial to give police a full report of what happened.
A police report can be very helpful evidence used by your lawyer later on as you seek to secure compensation. Don’t worry if you are rushed to the emergency room before you can give police a statement. Your lawyer can help you make sure that law enforcement is able to add your point of view to their report at a later date.
3. Missing An Opportunity To Preserve Evidence
Your lawyer will work to gather all the relevant evidence in your case. A skilled lawyer will know how to work with police, first responders, and eyewitnesses. There is also a lot that the victim of an accident can do to help in this regard.
We understand that the hours and days after your accident can be hectic. However, it’s important to consider preserving evidence as soon as possible. To do this, we recommend:
- Write down details – Your case can last months, but during this time memories may fade and details can be forgotten. Making a written record of your accident’s timeline, and possible witnesses, can help you recall details later on.
- Document injuries – While the best documentation of your injuries can be your doctor’s report, you can still work to make a record before they heal. This generally involves taking photos of mild and moderate harm you sustained that may include cuts and bruises.
4. Failing To Seek Medical Attention
Many car accident victims must be rushed off to the emergency room. However, this is not always the case. Even if you are not gravely injured, it’s very important to address any physical harm you have without delay.
Your car accident lawyer should be able to gain a good understanding of your injuries, but this cannot happen if you fail to seek proper medical attention. Failing to get medical attention can result in the following:
- Injuries can get worse – Some pain and damaged tissue will only get worse if not treated promptly. Many accident injuries, like whiplash, can result in chronic harm that has the potential to get worse over time.
- A weaker case – Failing to see the doctor when necessary after a car accident can help the other party avoid paying compensation. They can argue that your injuries are not actually as bad as we believe them to be.
5. Letting the Time Limit Expire
Texas has a statute of limitations law that prohibits claims for personal injury to be filed once two years have passed. This means that your case can be dismissed if you file a lawsuit more than two years after your car accident that caused your harm.
You might feel as though two years is a long time to consider your options. However, gathering evidence and negotiating for a settlement can take longer than you think. Furthermore, the other parties involved may seek to delay your actions so that your lawsuit fails due to the statute of limitations.
Calling a lawyer quickly can let the other side know that you are not going to let them waste your time.
The Krist Law Firm Can Help After A Car Accident
Car accident victims often fail to seek skilled legal help, and it ends up making their recovery much more difficult. It can be hard to find good advice about personal injury claims and the insurance companies will be working hard to pay as little as possible.
You need a knowledgeable Texas car accident lawyer working for you and your family. At The Krist Law Firm, we have represented many victims in their time of need, and we know how important it is to recover the compensation that you deserve.