Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event of an accident. For more information regarding car accidents in Texas, read on.
What are the Most Common Reasons for an Accident?
Though car accidents happen for many reasons, including poor weather conditions, defective or negligently designed roads, and more, they are most commonly caused by driver negligence. Some of the most prominent types of driver negligence we see on the road today include:
- Making illegal turns
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued
- Texting and driving
- Carelessly changing lanes
- Otherwise driving recklessly by ignoring traffic lights, signs, and all other rules of the road
What Should I do if I am Involved in a Car Accident?
You will want to call the police after an accident. The police can help keep the roads safe by directing traffic around the accident. In addition to this, they can draft an official report, take statements from witnesses, and conduct chemical tests. They will also call an ambulance for you. It may seem unnecessary to go to the hospital, but you may be injured without realizing it. While you wait for the authorities to arrive, you should take photos of the accident. Make sure to document the damage to your car, any visible injuries, and the scene, including road and weather conditions. You will want to retain the services of a skilled car accident attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action after a car accident, you will have to file your claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for a car accident in Texas is generally two years. This means if you do not file your claim within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Texas, reach out to our firm today.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.