Every state has its own laws when it comes to traffic accidents, and Texas is no exception. The reporting requirements, case timelines and many other factors also and on the exact details of the case.
With that in mind, this article will look at an example process for a severe traffic crash. This example is just a general outline, and any real-world case would have its own unique aspects.
At the scene of the collision
The first part of the case happens at the scene of the collision. This is when people report the accident.
In Texas, people need to report traffic collisions that result in injury, death or significant property damage. The law also requires people involved in the event to remain at the scene.
The time directly after the crash is often essential for gathering evidence. Some evidence might degrade very quickly, especially in the case of severe weather.
At the hospital
Serious accidents often send people to hospital. Before and during medical treatment, healthcare providers generate a large amount of potential evidence that could be important for a personal injury case.
This is also when people with severe injuries often have their first interactions with an insurance company. It is important to note that many insurance companies offer very low initial settlement offers that would not cover most of the costs of a severe injury. Even though the settlement might seem high, people who agree too early are unfortunately often surprised at how quickly intensive medical care bills pile up.
During the case
Most people think of a personal injury case as a courtroom event. In fact, many cases end before they get to litigation. Once there is enough medical evidence to reliably predict the true cost of an injury, then the parties often settle.