FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Over your lifetime of driving, it is likely that either you or someone you know will be involved in a motor vehicle accident. These accidents can range from a minor fender-bender to a high-speed collision resulting in catastrophic injuries.
At Vickery Law Firm, we understand the stress and worry that follow a vehicle accident. Not only are you worried about your medical bills, but you are likely feeling stressed about following all of the correct steps. Here are a few pointers that you can follow. As with all personal injury cases, though, it is crucial that you speak with a lawyer to ensure your best interests are protected.
After an accident, when should I contact an attorney?
The answer in short is: soon. Just as in any case, the sooner you get a lawyer involved the sooner that lawyer can begin protecting you. An accident can lead to financial peril through lost wages, medical bills and vehicle repairs. We can ensure that you are treated properly by both your insurance carrier and the carrier of the at-fault driver.
Do I need to contact my insurance company after the accident?
Absolutely. In your relationship with your insurance company, there is a duty of cooperation on both sides. They will gather the necessary information and attempt to move your claim forward. Remember to answer their questions, but only offer facts regarding the accident. If your carrier attempts to deny, devalue or delay your claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm.
The other driver’s insurance company keeps calling me. Should I talk to them?
It is in your best interests to let an experienced personal injury attorney discuss matters with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. It is not uncommon for injured individuals to mis-speak or offer personal details not relevant to the accident (“I was tired after a long day at work,” for example) in an effort to help. Attorneys are specifically trained to negotiate settlements with insurance carriers.
The other driver’s insurance company has denied liability. Am I stuck?
By disputing liability, an insurance carrier is attempting to avoid paying a claim. Strategically, it is a common move. The matter is far from over. If you have not contacted an attorney at this point, you certainly should.
TALK TO A LAWYER
Contact our office to discuss your case with Mr. Vickery. The Tyler, Texas, office of Vickery Law Firm offers a free initial consultation where you can get your questions answered and learn more about your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 903-253-9569 or toll free at 800-450-1991. You can also contact us via email to schedule an appointment.