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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have a question? Review the information below and contact us for a free evaluation today!

DO I NEED A LAWYER TO HANDLE MY ACCIDENT CLAIM?

It is possible to handle your auto accident claim without the help of a car accident lawyer, but it will likely be much more difficult. A car accident lawyer has experience dealing with insurance companies and insurance adjusters.

A car accident lawyer can also investigate your accident claim and identify key evidence that may help prove your injuries and show you were not the one at fault. Research shows that settlements reached with the aid of a car accident lawyer generally result for more compensation for injury victims after a car accident than settlements reached without a car accident lawyer.

DO I NEED TO CALL THE POLICE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

Calling the police following a car accident is not mandatory in all states. However, in most instances, if you call the police you will be able to obtain a police report which can be an essential part of your car accident claim.

A police report has important information that should outline who the responding officer believes is at fault. The at-fault party should be liable for the damages caused by the car accident.

HOW DO I GET MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE STARTED?

You’ve been injured. Now what? A lot of injury victims are at a loss when it comes to the legal process. After you have sought medical assistance, your next step is to determine whether or not you will require legal representation. To make that determination, contact a personal injury lawyer and educate yourself about the legal process. Have a clear conversation with the law firm you choose and make sure they understand your expectations.

Feel confident that the personal injury lawyer you choose will fight for you and get you the cash settlement you deserve. At the Patel Firm, we are dedicated to aggressively representing our clients and achieving the maximum recovery possible. Contact us today for a free no obligation professional assessment of your case.

HOW DOES THE INSURANCE COMPANY DETERMINE WHO IS AT FAULT?

The most important question after a car accident is whose fault is it and who is going to pay for the damages. In the most common scenario, the police will arrive to the scene and determine who caused the accident and issues a traffic ticket in most cases to the person at fault for the damages. In Texas the person who caused the accident pays for the accident. If you disagree with the police officers decision immediately contact a car accident attorney who can review your case and determine if the decision can be overturned.

But who is at fault if both drivers made a mistake? While different states follow different guidelines the state of Texas generally follows a simple rule: if the other driver is  responsible for fifty one percent or more of the accident they are at fault and are liable for the damages. Car accident rules vary from state to state please consult a licensed attorney in your area to learn about your local laws and procedures.

IF I FEEL OK AFTER AN ACCIDENT, SHOULD I STILL SEE A DOCTOR?

It is always a good idea that you see a doctor following a car accident. In many instances injuries sustained do not arise until later, sometime after the accident occurred. This means that although you may feel alright initially you may still be injured.

Adrenaline and a heightened level of stress on your body can also mask injuries immediately following a car accident. So, get yourself checked out. If you are in fact injured from the car accident, the doctor can properly document those injuries so if you do make an injury claim against the party that caused the car accident, you can prove your damages.

SHOULD I TALK TO THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

You must remember that insurance adjusters work for the insurance company and it is their job to save the insurance company as much money as possible. You should not speak with the insurance adjuster about the car accident until you have spoken to an experienced personal injury lawyer.

After any car accident, it is important to understand your rights by speaking to a car accident lawyer before approaching the insurance company to report your claim.