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What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

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Car accidents happen, if you are in even a minor two-car accident you could still end up with serious, costly injuries. Sometimes when we are in an accident we are more concerned about our car, and the damage to our vehicle than to our own health. If you walk  away with only minor scratches it is important to not ignore any aches and pains as they are usually a sign of a more serious medical condition.

If you have been in a car accident, it’s important to seek an experienced car accident attorney immediately. You need a lawyer who only protects the rights of injury victims.

Why do I Need to Seek Medical Treatment Right After a Car Accident?

In Texas Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage is mandatory for most drivers. Under your PIP insurance coverage, even if the car accident was your fault, you would still be covered for your medical costs and expenses. The best way to show an impartial judge or jury that you take your health seriously is by seeking out medical treatment immediately after your car accident.

The symptoms of injury after an auto accident can vary greatly depending on the type of accident; were you in a fender bender accident, a truck or 18-wheeler crash, a t-bone accident, or intersection crash? You symptoms can develop immediately after your car accident, or within a few days or even weeks. Some of attorney Domingo Garcia’s car accident clients did not feel any symptoms until their situation became an emergency. It is easy to think everything is okay when you could be suffering from internal injuries, whiplash, or even TBI.

Attorney Domingo Garcia sends all of his clients to a trusted personal injury doctor. Even in a low-impact car accident you can still damage your disc, or pinch a nerve in your lower back. If you wait too long to receive treatment you might end up paying for your own medical costs, out-of-pocket, for years to come.

What NOT to Do After a Car Accident

Attorney Domingo Garcia thinks it is important for every injury victim to know their rights. We all react differently to a car accident, especially if we have a passenger in the car or little kids. It is a frightening experience, especially if you are a victim of a roll-over accident or other multi-car collision. Here are some common mistakes injury victims make that could cost you in your car accident claim:

Admitting Blame: It is a natural reaction for some of us, we just feel the need to be apologetic, even if our intention is not to admit guilt. You have probably been taught by someone that, after a car accident, you should just exchange information with the other driver and handle the situation on your own. This advice will really hurt your pocket-book and your health in the long-term as many car accident injuries do not present themselves for weeks after a car accident. Even if you believe you are partly at fault, do not admit blame to anyone.

Not Reporting Your Accident: You were in a small fender-bender, maybe your family car was T-boned in a shopping center. You get out of the car and assess the damage, you think everything is okay so you just exchange information with the other driver and go on your way. Unfortunately, if you have injuries that only present days or weeks after your car accident, you will be hard pressed to find witnesses and actually document your car crash. Always call the police after your car accident, you can even call the non-emergency police line if you think your car accident is not serious.

Accepting an Early Settlement: Your car insurance company will typically use a, “my way or the highway” approach to pressure you to settle your car insurance claim. They take this approach with all car accident injury victims, even their own insurers. They want you to right away accept a settlement that is far below what they need to truly offer you. You never want to sign anything without first speaking to an experienced car accident attorney.

Why Should I Hire Attorney Domingo Garcia After a Car Accident

If you hire a personal injury attorney you will receive more compensation than someone who does not hire a car accident attorney. An attorney will know how to build your case to show the insurance company the true extent of your damages, and how much money will need to be recovered. A good personal injury attorney will not be afraid to go up against the biggest insurance companies, and most importantly, be willing to fight for you.

We offer all car accident injury victims a free consultation. If you were injured in your accident we will work with your insurance company to make sure you do not pay a penny out-of-pocket until your car accident claim is settled. We will ensure you get free medical care, so the only thing you need to focus on is your health (and documenting your recovery!)

With five offices located throughout Texas —Dallas, Houston, Tyler, Fort Worth and Odessa—our car accident lawyers are available to you 24/7, whenever you need help.

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Do I have a Limited Time to File a Claim After my Car Accident?

In Texas the law is pretty clear on this, however you should definitely request a free consultation to discuss your specific situation. You should have your car accident case reviewed to find out if you are over the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim in Texas.

In order to file a lawsuit for benefits after a car accident you need to file your claim within two-years of the date of the accident. This applies to lawsuits filed by pedestrians, passengers, drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists who were injured in a car accident. If you were just in an accident this may seem like a lot of time, but just remember documenting and gathering usable evidence will be harder as time passes by.

While you focus on your health you should contact our experienced car accident lawyers so we can start building your case file, and avoid missing any critical deadlines. Our attorneys provide a free consultation and review of your case. We will help you pick the best legal path for you and your family. Contact us today.

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    Attorney Domingo Garcia has led an active civic, legal and political career. He was born in Midland, Texas and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1980.

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