Car accidents that result in injuries can be costly. The injured party is often left with considerable medical bills for hospitalization, surgeries, and ongoing medication or physical therapy. At the least, a car accident injury results in an ambulance ride and an emergency room visit with testing, which is costly on its own.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of car accidents take place across the country. In 2019, there were nearly 13,000 car accidents with serious injuries in Texas and nearly 16,000 people who sustained serious injuries. If you were in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness and resulted in injuries, you’re entitled to compensation. The settlement amounts for car accident injuries can vary and are greatly influenced by the decisions drivers make following an accident. Continue reading to find out how to get the most money from your car accident injury in Amarillo.
Report the Accident to Your Insurance
Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you should report it to your own insurance company to inform them about your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. In many cases, insurance companies require you to report your accident to them, regardless of the circumstances, or your policy may be canceled.
Always be honest and factual with your insurance company, but remember that they want to reduce their own responsibility as much as the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Avoid comments about who is to blame or your emotional state.
Keep Accurate and Thorough Records
Documentation of your medical expenses, property damage, and loss of wages from the car accident injury is necessary to determine your compensation. The more detailed and thorough your records are, the more likely you are to get a settlement that covers all your expenses.
Be sure to keep all your insurance documentation and medical bills, starting from your emergency room visit immediately following the accident. This may include an ambulance ride, doctor’s appointments, diagnostic testing, medications, hospitalization, and physical therapy. All of these may be eligible for compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance.
If the car accident injury prevents you from working, causes you to miss days, or request days off, be sure to keep those records as well. Keep documentation showing your regular wages and salary, any sick or vacation time you may have used, or shifts you had to forfeit for appointments.
Don’t Speak to Anyone Without Your Attorney
Insurance companies and defense attorneys investigate accidents, which may include interviewing your friends, family, and coworkers. They will look for information that suggests fault on your part or other details that may reduce your claim.
Don’t discuss your accident with other people, don’t post anything about it on social media, and avoid speaking to the other side’s insurance company or defense attorney. If you receive a call, direct the insurance company or lawyer to your own attorney.
We’ll Go to Bat for You
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, hiring an experienced car accident attorney is one of the best moves you can make to get the most money for your settlement. Our attorneys at Tormey & McConnell have 50 years of combined experience, plus an expert team of support staff to take on your case. Call 806-355-2700 or fill out the online form to get your free case review and let us go to bat for you!