Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accident Lawsuits
During 2015, nearly 250,000 people suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident on Texas roadways. If you’re one of them, or you lost a loved one in an accident, we know you have questions and you’re not sure where to turn for answers. We’ve compiled and answered some of the most common questions we’ve been asked in our personal injury law practice.
What is the Role of law Enforcement Officers After an Accident?
The police officers will take statements at the scene from everyone involved in the accident as well as witness statements. All motor vehicle operators who were part of the accident should receive the contact information for the officers at the scene to allow them to obtain an accident report later. Chances are, the officers will also arrange to have any vehicles in the crash towed. This is all part of the officer’s investigation of the crash.
What Should I do Once the Police Allow me to Leave the Scene?
Seek immediate medical attention from your personal physician or an emergency room. This is important because even if you believe you have only minor injuries, it could take a couple of days for you to develop symptoms of whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries. The next thing you should do is contact a San Antonio car accident attorney. The reason for this is simple: you want to make sure your insurance company gets unbiased information and they don’t ask you questions that could jeopardize your chances of getting a monetary settlement for your injuries.
What Role Does a San Antonio Car Accident Attorney Play?
In addition to serving as your advocate, an attorney can help ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to after an auto accident. Insurance companies have an obligation to protect their bottom line which means their interest is in paying as little as possible in claims. Your attorney is there to protect your interests and make sure you are not suffering financially after an accident. Your attorney will investigate the accident and make sure they have all of the facts to prove your case.
What has to be Proven to Ensure I get a Settlement?
In order to prevail in a personal injury lawsuit you must prove the other person was negligent. In some cases, this is fairly simple, for example, a drunk driver who ran a light and caused an accident is clearly negligent. Other instances of negligence may not be as straightforward but you can feel confident your San Antonio car accident attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident and will be able to show negligence.
What Amount of Settlement can I Expect?
There is no easy way to determine a dollar amount because of the number of variables that will be considered. In general, victims of car accidents caused by another’s negligence can expect to be compensated for medical bills present and future, damage to their automobile, lost wages present and future as well as pain and suffering. The more serious the injury, the higher the settlement is likely to be in the end.
Keep in mind, your attorney will address many of your questions when you meet with them for a free consultation. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to decide on a strategy. In some cases, your attorney may be able to reach a settlement agreement with the insurance company, but if not, you need an attorney who is fully prepared to go to court and fight for a settlement on your behalf. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos at (210) 308-8811 and schedule a free consultation as quickly as possible. We’re committed to serving as your advocate and making sure you get the compensation you are entitled to after a San Antonio car accident.