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What To Do If You Crash On A Highway In Mesquite, TX

Posted May 26, 2023 | Personal Injury Blog

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Via Interstate 30, you can find an 18-hole golf course and one of the largest malls in eastern Texas. Meanwhile, US Highway 80 will take you to attractions varying from an escape room to Samuell Farm. These are only a few of the highways of Mesquite, TX, that connect residents and visitors to unique places. I-635 and I-20 are also in the region.

Although highways may make trips easier and faster, traveling on such heavily used roads at high speeds can be dangerous. What should you do if you get into a car accident on a highway in Mesquite?

The personal injury attorneys of Fielding Law are here to help. We can answer your questions and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Our lawyers aim to maximize your compensation, handling all the tricky details so you can focus on your recovery. 

Get in touch with us by calling (877) 880-4090 or by live chat. You are important to us, so someone is always available to schedule your free case evaluation. 

Three Important Steps to Remember

The following are three steps that the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) recommends you take after a crash:

  1. Check to see if anyone is hurt. You should call 911 if any fatalities or injuries requiring immediate medical attention occur.
  2. Move your car to safety. Texas law requires you to move your car out of the traffic flow if you can. Once you have found a safe place to park, exchange contact numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, and insurance details with the other drivers.
  3. Document the crash. Having a police report is helpful, but you should also collect valuable information like witness phone numbers and photographic evidence. 

When to call the police

You should call the police if:

  • One or more vehicles cannot be moved from the roadway
  • You suspect that an involved driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • One of the drivers does not have auto insurance
  • An involved party flees the scene of the accident

What not to do

The following is a list of what not to do after an accident:

  • Do not admit fault. Although you might feel responsible, the accident could have various contributing factors. Our experienced accident attorneys can scrutinize the accident scene or police reports to determine exactly what happened. In the meantime, it is best not to say anything that you might regret later. 
  • Do not sign anything. Claims adjusters work for the insurance company, not you. They might be highly motivated to wrap up your case as fast and as cheaply as possible. So be careful. Before making a statement or signing a settlement, why not take advantage of your free legal consultation to ensure you make the right choices? 

Next, consult a physician. Remember: Conditions like concussions and whiplash do not always manifest symptoms right away. Leaving injuries untreated can be risky for your health and leave your lawsuit or claim in a vulnerable situation later.

Why You Should Notify Your Insurance Company

In Texas, the motorist who caused the accident is accountable for the damages. Yet, there are good reasons to report the crash to your insurance company, even if it was not your fault. 

Due to your policy requirements

Every insurance company has unique policies. Many insurers ask that you contact them anytime you or your passengers are injured in a collision. You should also report property damage.

When you sign up, you likely signed a long, complex document detailing your agreement to these regulations. If you fail to get in touch, your insurance company can raise your rates or even cancel your coverage.

When the at-fault party’s insurance is insufficient

In some cases, the at-fault driver’s coverage is less than your damages. In other instances, the motorist does not have insurance or leaves the scene without providing contact information. Uninsured or underinsured driver coverage might assist you in covering your accident-related expenses. 

When you cannot prove it was not your fault

Determining fault in an accident is a complex process. Sometimes, the at-fault driver admits his or her error, or the evidence is unambiguous. But if the liable party denies fault and the proof is not readily apparent, you might need to rely on your own insurance to pay for medical bills, property damage, and other losses.

Insurance coverage is meant to protect you in the event of a collision, but don’t leave your compensation up to chance. Our car accident lawyers can help you decode your policy to ensure you get the maximum benefits from your coverage.

Why Acquire Legal Representation

Car insurance companies, even your own, might not cater to your best interests. These businesses aim to make money – a goal which may be achieved at your expense.

Our personal injury attorneys know what your claim is worth. We can let you know during your free consultation whether you qualify for a higher payout. We can also step in when your valid auto claim has been rejected.

Get more compensation

Our goal is to help you understand your rights and guide your legal decisions so you can maximize your compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Vehicle repair or replacement value
  • Lost earnings
  • Temporary or permanent disabilities
  • Pain and suffering, or;
  • Wrongful death

Get more evidence

Our lawyers must build a solid case to secure a better settlement for you. Our personalized services include:

  • Investigating your accident
  • Collecting information and evidence (e.g. photographs, videos, police reports, witness testimony, and estimates for medical treatment and property damage repair)
  • Communicating with doctors, law enforcement, and insurance claim adjusters
  • Assessing what your car accident case is worth
  • Negotiating for higher compensation
  • Initiating legal actions to protect your rights
  • Preparing for trial
  • Representing you in court

Why take the chance of losing the money you deserve? Contact our law firm at your earliest convenience to schedule your free personal injury consultation with the Fielding Law legal team.

Why You Should Act Quickly

The State of Texas limits the time you have to file after a car accident. You must take advantage of your window of opportunity to retain your right to compensation. On top of that pressure, you will also have to meet deadlines the insurance company sets on filing your claim or the evidence to support it.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have significant weight on your shoulders. Fielding Law encourages you to leave the stressful processes in our team members’ capable hands. Getting the compensation you deserve will bring you peace of mind and ease your financial worries.

Let’s start today. You deserve to be fully informed as to your legal options. Schedule your free consultation with Fielding Law’s personal injury lawyers. Send us a message or call our 24-hour telephone line at (877) 880-4090. 

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Text edited by Mitchell Fielding, a personal injury lawyer and partner at Fielding Law. Mitchell is known for his hard work ethic, friendly personality and dedication to the law. You can find out personal injury law offices in Taylorsville, UT and Mesquite, TX.