Houston Car Accident Lawyers

Let our Houston car accident lawyers help you recover everything you are entitled to under the law.  Whether you have been injured in a car accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident, or if your loved one was killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident, we can help.  From minor to life-altering injuries, our Houston personal injury attorneys will personally handle your case from beginning to end.  Don’t be overwhelmed by all the intricacies of the insurance, legal, and medical systems after a car accident.

While you focus on getting your life back together, we will deal with the insurance adjusters, coordinate your auto repairs, get you a rental car, and get you a top-dollar settlement. Our legal team is available 24/7. Call us at (855) 545-1777.

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Anthony Milano

Anthony is a dedicated Houston personal injury attorney that handles auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death cases, and other personal injury cases. Anthony provides a hands-on approach to each case that comes through the door and is intimately involved in each and every case, no matter the size or seriousness of injury. From engagement to handling the property damage to settlement or verdict, Anthony personally manages each case to the finish line.

Anthony obtained a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. He went on to attend South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence. Anthony is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.

Types of Compensation in Car Accident Cases

There are two types of damages available in car accident cases in Texas: compensatory damages and punitive damages.

These compensate you for financial losses caused by your accident. There are several types of compensatory damages, including:

Medical expenses: Common auto accident medical expenses include hospital stays, doctor visits, physical therapy, surgeries, medications, and ambulance fees.

Lost wages: If you’ve missed work due to your injuries, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for the wages lost during your absence.

Loss of future income: Car accident injuries may prevent or diminish your ability to earn money in the future. If this applies to your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for the loss of earning capacity resulting from your car accident injuries.

Pain and suffering: Finally, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional, and mental distress you’ve suffered due to your car accident.

Punitive damages: Punitive damages punish defendants whose egregious conduct results in another’s injuries. If your personal injury attorney can prove that your injuries are the result of the defendant’s gross negligence or malicious behavior, then you may be entitled to punitive damages.

 

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Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Although every auto accident is unique, there are a few common behaviors that lead to the majority of car crashes. Common causes of auto accidents in Houston include:

Distracted driving: Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. Forms of distracted driving include texting, applying makeup, eating, and using electronic devices.

Intoxicated driving: Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, and certain prescription medications should always be avoided. Although intoxicated driving isn’t the top cause of car accidents in the U.S., it is the deadliest.

Speeding: Driving over the speed limit drastically increases the odds of being involved in an auto accident. Not only are collisions more impactful at higher speeds, but speeding makes it more difficult to react appropriately to unexpected road conditions.

Reckless driving: Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and aggressive behaviors behind the wheel all routinely lead to car accidents.

Running traffic signals: Drivers who fail to obey traffic signals routinely cause auto accidents. By failing to stop at a red light or stop sign, drivers put themselves and others in danger.

Tailgating: It’s imperative to always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles while driving. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to adhere to this rule, and this can result in rear-end collisions. By driving too closely to another vehicle, the tailgating driver lacks the time to react when the other driver brakes suddenly.

Improper turns and wrong-way driving: Finally, many accidents are caused by drivers who make improper turns or drive in the wrong direction. Often, such behaviors occur when drivers fail to remain alert or pay attention to street signs.

What to Do if You’ve Had a Car Accident

After a car accident, you should take the following steps to ensure that you remain safe and to improve your odds of a successful outcome in a subsequent legal claim.

Call 911: After being involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. Calling emergency services achieves several objectives following an accident in Houston. First, it causes law enforcement to respond to the scene of the accident. Next, it ensures that you receive immediate medical attention. In addition, the responding law enforcement officer will write an accident report that documents the details of the accident and identifies all parties involved. This information can be crucial if you file a claim later. Finally, Texas law requires you to report any accident that results in a severe injury, death, or damage to an automobile that renders it unsafe to operate.

Take pictures and videos: If you are physically capable of doing so safely, you should take photos and videos of the scene of your accident. Pictures and videos can serve as valuable evidence in a future legal claim. When documenting the accident, you should take photos and videos from multiple angles. In addition to documenting the scene of the accident, you should take pictures of any resulting property damage and injuries.

Gather information: After an accident, you should collect the name, contact information, vehicle registration number, vehicle make and model, insurance policy number, and driver license number of all other drivers involved in the accident. You should also collect the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident.

Seek medical attention: Depending on the severity of your accident, you may or may not receive immediate medical attention at the scene of the accident. However, even if you are checked out by responding medical personnel at the scene, you should promptly schedule a follow-up appointment with a doctor. Car accident injuries can sometimes take days or even weeks to manifest, so it’s always a good idea to receive a thorough medical examination even if you don’t have any immediate injury symptoms. A doctor can ensure that you don’t have any internal or head injuries, both of which may not be readily apparent to medical personnel who respond to the scene of your accident.

Notify your insurance company: Be sure to notify your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible. However, don’t discuss the details of your accident with the other driver’s insurer. The other driver’s insurer will not have your best interests in mind. Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company until you’ve first discussed the matter with a Houston car accident lawyer.

Contact a car accident lawyer: Finally, if you’ve been involved in a car accident, you should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Legal representation is almost always necessary following an accident, so it’s imperative that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable auto accident attorney. As we discuss below, there are several ways that an auto accident lawyer can help you following an accident.

How a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Following a car accident in Texas, the other driver’s insurer will often do everything in its power to deny your claim. If you’ve been hurt in a Texas car accident, it can be difficult to take on a powerful insurance company by yourself. When you hire a Houston car accident lawyer, you drastically improve your odds of success.

At Milano Legal Group, our experienced personal injury lawyers have years of experience defending the rights of car crash victims just like you. When you hire us to represent you in your Houston auto accident case, we’ll use our experience and knowledge to fight for your right to obtain financial compensation for your injuries. Specifically, when you come to us for assistance, our Houston personal injury attorneys will:

  • Collect the evidence necessary to improve your chances of a successful outcome.
  • Defend you against the efforts of other parties to minimize the extent or seriousness of your injuries.
  • Aggressively seek financial compensation on your behalf.
  • If necessary, hire professionals such as accident reconstruction specialists, investigators, and expert witnesses to ensure that your car accident case is as strong as possible.

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If you are ready to seek compensation for your Houston car accident injuries, the experienced auto accident lawyers and Houston truck accident lawyers at Milano Legal Group are here for you. To get started, please fill out our Contact Us form, or enter a message in the chat box to speak to a live person anytime of day or night. We look forward to assisting you with your Houston car accident case.

 

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FAQs

What does a personal injury attorney do?

Personal injury lawyers help their clients obtain financial compensation for their injuries. To do so, they use their knowledge and experience to navigate the legal system. Although this process has many moving parts, it can be separated into three stages: (1) investigation and initial demand, (2) litigation, and (3) legal recovery. When you hire a personal injury attorney, he or she will walk you through each step of the process, ensuring that you are fully informed of your rights along the way.

Investigation and Initial Demand

During the investigation and initial demand stage of your case, your lawyer will gather as much information as possible about your accident. Using this information, he or she will then make a demand to the defendant or the defendant’s insurer. If this initial demand results in a satisfactory settlement offer, then your attorney will ensure that you receive the amount you are owed. If, however, the other party declines to settle or makes a lowball offer, your attorney may proceed with a lawsuit.

Litigation

Personal injury litigation is extremely complicated, so your attorney will handle all aspects of it for you, including filing documents, conducting discovery, and gathering evidence. And although most cases settle during the litigation phase, your attorney will be ready and willing to fight for you at trial, if necessary.

Legal Recovery

Finally, whether you win at trial or obtain a settlement, your attorney will ensure that you receive the money you are owed. This may include coordinating payment through the defendant’s insurance company, filing post-trial motions to collect the judgment, or taking any other measures necessary to obtain what is rightfully yours.

How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?

Car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they only receive payment if they negotiate a settlement on your behalf or win at trial. In other words, you only pay if your case is successful. Contingency fees typically range anywhere from 33 1/3% to 40% of the gross settlement before a lawsuit is filed and 40% to 45% of the gross settlement or verdict after a lawsuit is filed.

How do I know if I have a case?

Although every personal injury case is different, there are a few factors that, if present, are a good indicator that you have a case. You may have a case if:

  • You have an injury;
  • Your injury was caused by another party’s negligent behavior;
  • Your injury had financial consequences; and
  • Your injury happened within the applicable statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. (In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident.)

What types of vehicular accidents can a personal injury attorney help me with?

A personal injury attorney can help you with any accident involving a motor vehicle. Common types of vehicular accidents include:

How should I choose a personal injury lawyer?

Following an injury, choosing the right personal injury lawyer is imperative. With the right attorney on your side, your odds of success increase drastically. When choosing a lawyer, you should do the following:

Choose a lawyer who exclusively practices personal injury law: Following an injury, you need an attorney who specializes in personal injury law. For example, you shouldn’t hire an estate planning attorney to handle your personal injury case.

Choose a lawyer who has experience handling cases like yours: Not only should the attorney you choose specialize in personal injury law, but he or she should have ample experience handling cases similar to yours. For example, if you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you should hire an experienced truck accident attorney. And if you were injured while riding a bicycle, you should choose an experienced bicycle accident attorney. The more specialized experience your attorney has, the better.

Choose a lawyer who has a history of taking cases to trial when necessary: Although most personal injury cases settle before trial, you need an attorney who is ready and willing to take your case to trial if necessary. 

Choose a lawyer with a proven history of success: Although an attorney should never guarantee a certain result in your case, lawyers are free to share their past successes with you. When choosing a lawyer, a long track record of success is always a good sign.

Choose an attorney who is happy to provide you with the contact information of past clients: A good lawyer will be eager to share his or her past successes with you, and part of this should include providing you with the contact information of previous clients.

My injuries aren’t severe. Do I still need an accident attorney?

Following an accident, especially a car accident, it can be difficult to gauge the severity of your injuries. Often, people eschew medical care following an accident when they don’t believe they’ve been seriously hurt. Unfortunately, the symptoms of certain types of injuries, such as internal and head injuries, can take days or even weeks to manifest. In other words, your injuries may be more severe than you realize. Therefore, in addition to seeing a health care provider following an accident, you should contact an accident attorney.

What does “negligence” mean in a car accident case?

Negligence may be the most important concept in personal injury law. Broadly, negligence refers to a party’s failure to meet a certain duty of care for a specific situation. When an injured party files a personal injury lawsuit, he or she must prove that the defendant’s negligence caused his or her injuries. Negligence in Texas consists of the following five elements:   

Duty: The first step in proving negligence in Texas is demonstrating that the defendant had a legal duty to behave or not behave in a certain way toward you. For example, if you were injured by a car while traveling on foot, your pedestrian accident lawyer must prove that the driver who caused your accident had a duty to pay attention to the road and obey traffic laws.

Breach: Next, you must prove that the defendant breached his or her duty to you. Using the example above, proving this element in a pedestrian accident case would require your Houston auto accident lawyer to demonstrate that the other driver failed to pay attention to the road and obey traffic laws.  

Cause in fact: After demonstrating that the defendant breached his or her duty, you must prove that the defendant’s breach was the actual cause of your accident and resulting injuries. For example, if you were hit by a car while riding a motorcycle, your motorcycle accident lawyer must prove that the accident itself—and not some other event—was the cause of your injuries.

Proximate cause: Not only must you prove that the defendant actually caused your injuries, but you must successfully argue that a reasonable and prudent person acting under similar circumstances would have known that his or her breach could result in injuries.

Damages: Finally, succeeding on a negligence claim requires you to prove that the defendant’s actions caused you specific and actual damages. In other words, the accident must have resulted in compensable losses, such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

How long will it take to resolve my accident case?

The amount of time it takes to resolve an accident case depends on the facts of the case. In other words, without knowing the details of your case, it is difficult to predict a timeline for resolution. Factors that can affect the time it takes to resolve your accident case include:

  • The value of your case
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The number of parties involved
  • The insurance company involved
  • The case load in your jurisdiction

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

Every state sets a deadline by which you must file a lawsuit after you have suffered an injury. This statutory deadline is called the statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the injury. In other words, after suffering an injury in Texas, you have two years to file a lawsuit in court. If you miss this deadline, you will be barred from recovering for your injury. That’s why, if you’ve been injured in an accident, you should contact our team of experienced accident lawyers in Houston as soon as possible.

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Negotiating a Settlement With State Farm: Insurance Claim Tips & Tactics

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Negotiating a Settlement With State Farm: Insurance Claim Tips & Tactics Here we will cover settlement negotiating tips and secrets State Farm adjusters don’t want you to know in order to maximize your bodily injury settlement, including answers to frequently asked questions regarding State Farm car accident settlements. Overview of State Farm Claims State Farm is the largest insurance company in the United States (by direct premiums written). With their massive marketing budget, they’ve attempted to convince consumers that like a good neighbor, State Farm is there if you ever need them. However, the over the years, their policyholders would likely disagree with their well-known tagline. Playing Hardball State Farm lead the charge in overhauling the handling of auto insurance claims with their internal company philosophy of the Three D’s—DELAY, DENY, DEFEND. Even when presented with valid claims, they decided to unnecessarily delay the handling of these claims by taking their time in investigating and ultimately determining liability on those that were valid. They’d also deny valid claims, leaving the claimant with the only choice of going to court. And they’d aggressively defend these cases throughout litigation. What this all meant for State Farm was more time to hold the premiums in their hands so that they could maximize the investment income on this money. What this meant for their insureds and claimants was frustration, wasted time, and countless lawsuits filed. In an 18-month CNN investigation, it was found that State Farm (along with Allstate) employed a hardball scheme in minor-crash claims, including employing the Three-D’s, convincing juries that these claims were fraudulent, and treating claimants unfairly. Documents CNN obtained in the investigation highlighted that this scheme was purely for profit and was not to crack down on fraud, as State Farm had claimed. Fighting State Farm’s Delay, Deny, Defend Strategy You don’t need to fall victim to State Farm’s strategy to avoid paying or undervaluing your auto accident injury claim. The following 10 tips will help in fighting back and avoid being a casualty to State Farm’s Three-D’s strategy: 1. Get Medical Treatment Immediately If you’re injured, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Preferably go to the emergency room by ambulance. Now is not the time to be cheap. Of course, you only want to seek medical treatment if you’re injured. Don’t go faking your injuries. State Farm will find you out (see #7 below). If you’re not initially in pain immediately after the accident, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not injured. When your adrenaline is rushing through your body after an auto accident, many times you are numb to pain. You may wake up the next day or several days later stiff, sore, or with limited range of motion in your back, neck, or limps. You can go to an emergency room or urgent care later down the road but as time passes, it’ll be more difficult to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident. State Farm certainly gives claimants a hard time if there are substantial gaps in medical treatment. Don’t let this happen. Get to the doctor (this includes the chiropractor)! 2. Do Not Give State Farm a Recorded Statement State Farm is notorious for asking for a recorded statement from claimants. DO NOT GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT! There is no requirement under the law that you give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company. I will preface this by saying do not give a recorded statement to State Farm if they are the insurance carrier of the at-fault party. If they are your insurer and you’re making a claim under your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, PIP, Medical Payments, Collision, or Comprehensive coverages, then you’ll need to talk to them. But be very careful in talking to them. Although they are your insurance company, this is where things become adversarial. It’s probably best in this scenario to discuss your case with a car accident lawyer prior to talking with State Farm. 3. Reject State Farm’s “Nuisance” Offer A “nuisance” offer is an offer made by an insurance company to quickly settle a case for an absurdly low amount to make the claimant go away. These offers range anywhere from the low hundreds to low thousands. Sometimes they may even offer to pay your emergency room bill or a few visits to the chiropractor, at a reduced amount, of course. Reject these types of offers! If State Farm is offering you any money for your bodily injury claim, they likely have more to offer, if you can prove your case’s damages to them. By “damages,” I mean medical expenses, lost wages, and any general damages, including pain and suffering. On many injury claims, specifically those with soft tissue injuries, State Farm assigns the claim to a team. This means State Farm is placing a low value on your case. These team adjusters typically have very low settlement authority and will try to get the case resolved as quickly as possible before the claimant gets a lawyer involved. Before any offer is accepted in writing or over the phone, make sure you at least talk to a car accident lawyer. They always give free consultations and if you hire one, you will not have to pay them anything up front. They’ll only get paid if they are able to win your case. One more thing: if you settle your case by signing a release or accepting an offer orally, it will be extremely difficult to get out of it. Remember a settlement is final! Trying to get State Farm to pay you more money after you’ve settled with them will be futile. 4. Know the “Eggshell Skull Plaintiff” Doctrine State Farm, like the vast majority of insurance companies, ignore this important legal doctrine. Not only do they ignore it, but they try to turn the tables on the claimant when it comes to preexisting conditions or injuries. So, what is the Eggshell Skull Plaintiff doctrine? It’s a common law (judge created) doctrine...

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Houston Car Accident Lawyer Guide

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If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, you likely have significant medical bills and expensive repairs to your car. You should be focused on healing, not on fighting the insurance company for the compensation you’re rightfully owed. At Milano Law Group, we know how important it is for you to get just compensation, and we want to advocate zealously on your behalf. Types of Accidents We Handle Our legal team is experienced in handling many different types of accident claims. While you focus on resting and recovering, our attorneys will deal with the insurance company to get you a top-dollar settlement. We’ve handled many types of cases, including: Rear-end collisions T-bone and side-impact collisions Head-on collisions Sideswipe accidents Rollover accidents Single-vehicle accidents Multi-vehicle accidents Commercial car accidents Common Causes of Car Accidents We never mean for accidents to happen, but they do. There are a few common behaviors that lead to car accidents: Distracted driving – Distracted driving is the top cause of car accidents. Most often, people think of texting and driving when distracted driving is brought up. Texting and driving is a major cause of distracted driving accidents, but there are other ways that a driver can become distracted, such as eating, talking to passengers, or changing the radio. Speeding – Many people drive over the speed limit, but doing so drastically increases your odds of being in an accident. By speeding, you cut down the time you have to react, which means you’re more likely to get in an accident. Driving under the influence – Operating a vehicle when you are under the influence of any drugs or alcohol may cause impaired judgment and slower reaction times, which can lead to accidents. Failure to follow the rules of the road – Accidents are often caused by drivers who don’t follow posted road signs or traffic lights. Always be alert to the signs around you and make sure to always stop, yield, and go the right way in traffic, especially at busy intersections. Tailgating – When you fail to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, you run the risk of getting in a rear-end collision. Common Injuries From Car Accidents Unfortunately, car accidents often lead to serious injuries. These injuries may involve hospital visits, surgeries, and multiple follow-up doctor visits, all of which can be expensive. Some of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents are: Brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, also called TBI, occur when the brain is damaged by an impact to the head. Car accidents are the leading cause of these types of injuries. Spinal injuries – The impact from a car accident can cause injuries to your spine. Unfortunately, spinal injuries can be incredibly severe and can lead to paralysis, either partial or total. Neck injuries – Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from car accidents, especially in rear-end collisions. Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 15 mph, which is part of the reason it is so common. Internal injuries – Internal injuries, like internal bleeding, can be caused by car accidents and frequently need emergency treatment. Burns – Vehicles contain gas, oil, and hot surfaces. After accidents, it is common for the victims to suffer severe burns, some of which may require surgeries or skin grafts. Breaks and fractures – From collar bones to ribs to legs, breaks are all too common in car accidents. Some breaks or fractures may simply require a cast, while others require surgery and have lengthy recovery times. PTSD – PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can also occur from severe car accidents. Accident victims may require mental health treatment after the accident to help with PTSD. No matter what your injury is, you deserve compensation. Let us help you get top-dollar compensation to cover all of the medical expenses associated with your injury. Steps to Take After a Car Accident If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, there are a few things you can do to ensure your safety and make sure you have the evidence you may need to get compensation for your injury. Step 1 – Seek medical attention. Remember, your health and safety are both number one. Make sure you seek appropriate medical attention. Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. Many injuries, like whiplash, take time to show symptoms. Step 2 – Call 9-1-1. Let the dispatcher know you’ve been in an accident and stay at the scene until the officer arrives. Even if the accident is minor, you should still call the police and get an accident report. You may not know the full extent of your injuries or the damage to your vehicle on the scene, and an accident report will be critical if you need to pursue legal action. Step 3 – Exchange information. If you’re able, get the information of anyone involved in the accident. From the other driver(s), you’ll want to get their name, license plate number, contact information, and insurance information. If there are any witnesses, be sure to get their contact information as well. Your attorney may need to speak with them about what they saw. Step 4 – Collect evidence. Make sure to take photos of the damage to your car, the other cars, and any visible injuries. If you can, leave the vehicles where they are until the police arrive. If it is unsafe to leave the vehicles, try to snap a few photos before you move them, so there is photographic evidence of the scene. You should also write down everything as you remember it. Your memory will fade over time, and you want to have the most accurate details written down. Step 5 – Don’t talk about the accident. Accidents are traumatizing experiences. You may be frustrated at the other driver or upset about your injuries. That’s understandable, but try to avoid talking about the...

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How to Get a Police Report After a Car Accident in Houston

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If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and you’re looking to get compensation from the other driver, there are many pieces of evidence you’ll want to have to show that the other driver was at fault. One of these documents is the police report of the accident. The police report will need to be provided to your attorney and to your automobile insurance company so the appropriate damages can be pursued. Why Is a Police Report Important? As mentioned above, you’ll want to show that the other driver was at fault for the car accident and any resulting injuries. A police report is one of the most useful ways to prove fault because it generally includes detailed observations from the officer who was on the scene. Helpful evidence that is commonly included in a police report includes: Facts about the scene of the accident – These can include information about the weather conditions, the time of the accident, the location of the accident, the position of the vehicles immediately after the accident occurred, and whether or not the other driver was issued a ticket or violation. Witness reports – When an officer arrives at the scene, they generally look for people who witnessed the accident and take their statements. These witness statements are helpful to show what happened leading up to the accident and the circumstances around which the accident took place. Since there often isn’t video evidence of exactly what happened, eyewitness accounts can be critical in determining who was at fault. The officer may also include their opinion of who was at fault in the accident. Information about the other driver – The police report will also include information about the other driver, such as name, contact information, insurance information, and the make and model of the driver’s vehicle. Are Police Reports Required After a Car Accident in Texas? A police report will not always be required by law, but it is still a good idea to get one, as you never know what injuries or damages will show themselves down the line. Under Texas law, if the accident caused over $1,000 of property damage, injury, or death, you will be required to report the accident and file a police report. Even if you don’t think there is $1,000 worth of damage, it is a good idea to report the accident and get a police report. You can’t be sure of the exact amount of the damage or the full extent of any injuries, so you’ll want to cover your bases. A police report will be crucial if you decide to file a personal injury or accident lawsuit or if you need to deal with insurance companies. The police report is considered an unbiased account of what happened at the accident, so it is relied on by juries, courts, insurance companies, and any other involved party to help determine what took place and who was at fault. It’s important to note that Texas law provides you with 10 days to report the accident and file a police report. If a police officer cannot come to the scene of the accident, you’ll want to get on the Texas Department of Transportation website to fill out a crash report form, also called a CR-3. It is recommended that you fill out the form as close to the accident as possible. Doing so will allow you to provide the most accurate information. The information you’ll want for the crash report includes: A detailed description of the location of the accident, including the town, state, street names, and nearby intersections The date and time of the accident A detailed description of the vehicles involved in the accident, including make, model, year, license plate number, and vehicle identification number if you have it A detailed description of what happened from your point of view (Every driver’s account of the accident will differ based on their perspective, but it is important that you do your best to provide a truthful, accurate description of the events.) A detailed description of any injuries you suffered from the accident A detailed description of any property damage caused by the accident If you are unable to file a police report, you should still make sure to document the accident as best as you can. Make sure to take down pertinent information about the other driver, such as name, contact information, and insurance information. Use your phone to take pictures of the vehicles prior to moving them. Doing so will allow you to document any other conditions that may have impacted the accident, such as poor weather conditions or disrepair of the road. If there are any witnesses, try to speak to them and get their contact information. Get Your Police Report Since the police report is such an important document, you want to make sure that you get a copy to provide to your personal injury attorney and your insurance company. The steps to getting an accident report may vary depending on your location.  Under Texas law, not everyone is entitled to see police reports due to the confidential information many of them contain. Only individuals who are directly involved in the accident or individuals with proper interest are eligible to request the full, unredacted police report. Those individuals include: The owner of the vehicle in the accident The authorized representative of someone who was involved in the accident The parent, guardian, or employer of a driver involved in the accident Any individual who is financially responsible for a vehicle that was involved in the accident Any individual who may bring a lawsuit because of the death of someone involved in the accident An insurance company that has issued a policy covering a vehicle or person who was involved in the accident A qualified radio station, television station, or newspaper If you fall under one of the criteria above, you can request a copy of the police report. Some locations where our clients...

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