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What to Expect when Settling a Car Accident in Texas

  • If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Texas, you need to know how to report the accident, who will pay for the damages, and whether the other driver can be held accountable.

    For the purpose of seeking compensation, it’s important that you have an idea of what to expect during the settlement process and for the timeline involved.


    Reporting a Car Accident in Texas

    If police were called to the scene of your accident, you don’t need to do anything else to report it other than to cooperate with the officers on the scene.

    However, if police did not investigate the accident and it caused property damage greater than $1,000, injury, or death, you need to file a Crash Report Form CR-2 within ten days of the incident.


    What to Do After an Accident

    Following an accident, get the other driver’s name; phone number; vehicle make, model, and license plate number; and insurance information. Write down the time, day, and location of the accident, as well as the road’s name and the weather conditions. Take pictures of the vehicles, and do not admit fault.

    Seek medical attention immediately—even if you don’t feel hurt. Some injuries, like whiplash, can occur at speeds as low as 5 mph, and symptoms may not appear until days after the accident.

    File a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. Wait to get your car fixed until after the insurance company has assessed the damage.


    Car Accident Settlements in Texas

    If the other driver was at fault, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for your damages. The amount of damages you’re eligible for will depend on the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical expenses, and several other factors.

    You will want to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn whether you are entitled to compensation from the other driver or his or her insurance company.


    Get Help with Your Settlement

    Personal injury cases are complicated. At Colley & Colley, LLP, our attorneys can protect your your rights throughout the process and get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 1-877-411-2001 or complete the form on our website to arrange a free consultation.