Understanding Your Rights After A Car Accident
When you suffer from an injury due to a motor vehicle accident, dealing with insurance companies and claims adjusters can cause additional stress. An experienced accident attorney can take over your legal issues to ease your stress while you focus on your recovery.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Scott Mackenzie, P.C., have over 40 years of combined legal experience helping Texans with their car accident claims. We will take the time to meet with you personally and answer all of your questions. You can trust that we will pursue every dollar you deserve.
What To Do After A Car Accident
While we understand that it is easy to become overwhelmed at the moment of a car accident, you should follow these helpful tips to ensure the safety of you and your passengers, as well as preserve your personal injury claim.
- Move to a safe location
- Contact the police and ambulance if needed
- Take pictures of all the damages
- Get the contact information of everyone involved in the accident
- Get witness contact information
- Contact your insurance to file your claim
- Contact The Law Offices of Scott Mackenzie, P.C.
Depending on the severity of your accident, you may need to contact the police immediately. In Texas, you should contact the local police when:
- Someone is injured or killed in the accident
- A vehicle is damaged and unable to drive
Next, you should always contact your insurance company as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact them regardless of the severity of the accident in order to start your claims process.
Common Types Of Car Accidents In Texas
Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to handle many types of accident cases. Some common cases we see involve:
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Collisions involving trucks
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
In addition, if you lost a loved one in a car accident, we can help you with a wrongful death claim.
The Comparative Negligence Rule In Texas
If the other driver was fully at fault, then they will be responsible for compensating you for your injuries and damages, usually through their insurance company. If you were partly at fault for causing the accident, however, the law says that you should split the compensation by how much you are at fault. For example, if you were 40% at fault, you will receive 60% of your total damages. Under the law, you must be no more than 50% at fault in order to receive any compensation.
We will fight hard to prove your right to compensation. Never accept what the insurance companies offer after an accident until you speak with an experienced attorney like those at The Law Offices of Scott Mackenzie, P.C..