Getting caught up in a car wreck can be a very overwhelming and stressful experience. While the circumstances surrounding car wrecks vary, the outcome is often the same: injuries happen, and so does property damage.
If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, Texas negligence laws allow you to pursue the liable party for the resulting economic and non-economic damages. However, it helps to understand that what you do or fail to do following a car wreck can greatly impact the outcome of your car accident claim.
Here are two mistakes you want to avoid if you are involved in a car accident.
Failing to call the police
It does not matter how apologetic the other party is, Texas law requires that you call the police to the scene if the accident results in an injury, death or property damage in excess of $1,000. Failure to call the police can hurt your claim down the road, especially if the other party denies liability.
Once the police arrive at the scene, they will investigate the accident and write a report, which also includes their assessment of whom they believe caused the accident or bears the greatest liability.
Taking too long to file your claim
A car accident can throw you off balance, especially if you sustain injuries that require long-term care. However, no matter how strong your claim is, failing to file your claim within the statute of limitations period can cause problems. You have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. You certainly do not want to let this timeline run out.
Fighting for your rights
A car accident can leave you disoriented, confused and traumatized. Find out how you can avoid costly mistakes while pursuing your car accident claim in the Lone Star State.