A recent car accident on U.S. highway 87 near Lubbock caused severe injuries to numerous people involved. One person’s injuries proved fatal. The accident happened at an intersection, where one driver failed to yield right of way to the other. This sort of accident happens all too frequently, and many forget in the aftermath that there is recourse for when such an accident occurs. A Lubbock car accident attorney can help you weigh your legal options and pursue a personal injury case, if needed.
If you are involved in an accident caused by someone else, you are entitled to damages to cover:
Your medical bills
Your car repair (or replacement)
Pain and suffering
Even when they do not prove to be fatal, car accidents are extremely stressful situations. It is in everybody’s best interest to demonstrate that they are not at fault, which can lead to some frustrating encounters with the people truly at fault. Moreover, the very notion of fault can be a somewhat complex question depending on the number of cars involved in the accident and other potential contributing factors.
Regardless of who is ultimately faulted, the other driver or drivers are entitled to receive damages. When the police get involved in a car accident, it is a great tool for the insurance companies. A police report is often regarded by the insurance companies as the most neutral evidence available concerning who is at fault. In less severe situations, however, the police are not always brought on scene. Some motorists choose not to involve the police in simple fender benders, which adds complexity to the question of fault. Generally speaking, it is best practice to involve the police in all accidents because of the strong evidence that this provides insurance companies with regards to fault. A police report of the situation generally incorporates a few key pieces of information, including:
The date, time, and location of the incident
Personal information and statements from drivers, passengers, and witnesses
Descriptions of injuries to drivers and passengers
Detailed description of the cars involved, including make, model, year, and color
A detailed narrative of the details and causes of the accident written by the officer
A diagram of the scene of the accident, including the point of impact, created by the officer
A description of the at-fault driver’s role in causing the accident
A description of road and weather conditions at the time of the accident
A description of the damage done to each of the vehicles and their content
Other factors which may have contributed to the accident, such as speeding, non-working signals or brake lights, and other such factors.
How an Insurance Company Handles a Car Accident
While these reports are invaluable for determining fault and ensuring that people receive compensation for their damages, the insurance companies themselves have far from your best interests in mind. The police report is an excellent tool for ensuring that the right insurance company is paying out, but these companies will try any number of tactics to ensure that they pay as little in damages as possible. One tactic is simply to offer a settlement well below the value of the damages actually sustained. The insurance company may offer to cover the loss in property damages (i.e. your car) and a small slice of your medical bills, but no more.
Because of insurance company practices, you need an attorney who is going to fight for what you are entitled to. This requires someone who is compassionate to your specific situation and has the experience and resources necessary to act. A Lubbock personal injury attorney at The Doan Law Firm can combat this effort and ensure that you receive the full damages to which you are entitled. We offer a free initial consultation so that you can have your most pressing questions answered with no obligation and no pressure.
Why Hire a Lubbock Car Accident Attorney?
The Doan Law Firm works on a contingency basis. What this means is that we earn nothing until we have guided you through to a successful resolution of your case. If you receive nothing, then you don’t pay us a cent. Only when the case resolves in a manner that provides you with a financial reward do we get paid, and it is always a percent of the total settlement we win on your behalf. If you or someone you know have been the victim of a car accident, the worst thing to do is wait.
In Texas, strict statutes of limitations are in place that mean you must move fast on your claim for damages. It is also ideal to get an attorney before you are ever offered a settlement by the insurance company so that you have a clear picture of what damages you are entitled to. The Doan Law Firm is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year (including holidays) to hear your case. Call us now at (806) 557-0000 to get started.