How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim for a Car Accident?
When you’re injured in a car accident, you have many important things to worry about. Although filing a personal injury claim might be lower down on your list than several other obligations, you need to act quickly, because the statute of limitations is only two years in Texas.
Besides that, the process can take several months on the short end, and if it goes to court, years are a possibility. You may need a Texas car accident lawyer from the Colley Firm, PC to represent you in settlement negotiations or court.
The Texas Claim Process
This is a complicated process with many steps and phases. Your Texas car accident lawyer will be able to recommend which path to take and which choices to make. Selecting your attorney is the first step.
Before Filing Your Claim
These are the steps to consider taking before filing your car accident injury claim:
- Contact a Lawyer – You want someone familiar with representing plaintiffs, the local courts, car accident cases in those jurisdictions, and established relationships with local judges, defense attorneys, and insurers.
- Investigation – Once hired, your lawyer will investigate every aspect of the accident, the equipment and drivers involved, and witness testimony.
- Take the Settlement or File a Claim – After our initial investigation, we’ll recommend whether to accept any settlement offer, how best to go about your lawsuit, and any other relevant next steps. If you accept anything, there is no going back, and you’ll likely have no further recourse for reimbursement.
Filing Your Claim
Below are the basic steps to filing a personal injury claim for a car accident in Texas:
- Filing Your Complaint in Court – This is usually filed in the district court, but county and federal courts are possible in some circumstances. You’re the plaintiff, and the person, people, or companies you sue are the defendants.
- Serving the Defendant – This is the process of officially informing the defendant that he or she is being sued and summoning him or her to court on a specific date.
- Settlement Negotiations – Going to court is expensive for everyone, so insurers and negligent parties often present a settlement offer at this point if they haven’t already. If the settlement offer is fair, you can all avoid a jury trial in court.
Meet with a Car Accident Lawyer
The whole process is complex and often requires an experienced hand at the helm. To schedule your no-obligation, complimentary case evaluation with a Texas car accident lawyer from the Colley Firm, PC, call us at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the form below.