The Houston Auto Accidents Attorneys at DeSimone Law Office receive many calls every day from injured parties who were involved in car accidents. They want their personal injuries to be compensated for as well as their property damages. When we ask them what happened, the injured party will lay out his take on the accident. They will state that the negligent party admitted fault to the traffic accident, and the negligent party gave them their insurance policy information. When we ask if there is a police report, the injured party says often times there is none. When we ask why there is no police report, the injured party says the other person admitted fault so I did not want to call the police and get them in trouble. Even when the other driver is obviously intoxicated, some of these injured parties will refrain from calling the police. Our next question to the injured party is have you spoken to the negligent party’s insurance company and set up an insurance claim. The injured party says they have spoken to the negligent party’s insurance company but they are not agreeing to pay. It turns out that the at fault party has changed their story and are not admitting fault to their insurance company. The insurance company is denying the claim and will not pay anything on it.
The moral of the story is that any time you have an accident, and the other person admits fault, you have to secure evidence of that admission at the scene. The best way is to call the police, and have them record the other driver’s admission of fault. If the other driver is intoxicated but the police are never called, there will be no way to prove the intoxication in the future, and a great deal of value in the case will be lost. If the other party does not want to wait on the police, have them write in their own handwriting that they admit fault in the accident, and have them detail out in writing why they are at fault and what happened. Also, always remember to get the name and contact information of any witnesses.
If you have been injured in an accident with a driver admitting fault, make sure you memorialize the admission, and then call the lawyers at DeSimone Law Office. We will make sure that you obtain all the monies to which you are entitled.