Auto Accident Lawyers of Houston
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Serious car accidents happen every day across the state of Texas, and the Houston area is especially dangerous for motorists.
In fact, Harris County saw 110,489 car accidents in 2015 alone according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Houston's large population and numerous crowded highways mean that residents are much more likely to be in a serious car accident.
With so many car accidents, it's easy for claims to get lost in the shuffle. Our attorneys are fully prepared to give your case the attention it deserves and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
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What to Do After a Car Accident
After an unexpected car accident, it can be hard to know exactly how to react amidst the chaos; however, there are certain steps that need to be taken both immediately and in the days following a car accident. In order to stay safe and avoid damaging your claim to compensation, follow these steps after an accident:
1. Call 911 - This step should always be first priority. Make sure everyone in your car is safe and check on any other drivers/vehicles that may have been involved in the accident. Call the police and request an ambulance for anyone who is seriously injured.
2. Cooperate with Police - When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, be cooperative and do not forget to ask for a copy of the police report for your records.
3. Gather Evidence - Before leaving the scene of an accident, be sure to gather as much information about the accident as possible. This means taking pictures from several angles and distances, asking eyewitnesses to provide contact information, and exchanging insurance information with the other driver(s) involved. Keep this information safe because it will be needed if a claim for compensation is filed.
4. Receive Medical Attention - Even if you don't feel you are seriously injured, you should seek medical attention following an accident. Pain can remain hidden until days or weeks after the accident.
5. Contact Your Insurance Company - Inform your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible. Answer any questions honestly.
6. Never Admit Fault - You should never admit fault to anyone in the case of a car accident. This includes police, the other driver, any witnesses, or insurance companies. Doing so can be detrimental to your case in the future.
7. Consult an Attorney - In the interest of your legal rights, it pays to contact a skilled Texas car accident attorney in order to ensure you receive proper compensation for your accident damages. Beware of solicitation calls or visits from lawyers that you’ve never reached out to.
Every time I see a personal injury claim fall apart, I have the same thought, "If only I could’ve spoken to them sooner." People often wait until they receive an offer from an insurance company to reach out to an attorney. Then they call me to see if the offer is fair, and I have the unfortunate experience of reviewing their documentation and telling them that if they’d have handled the case differently from the beginning, they'd be in a much better position to negotiate. Please learn from their mistakes. - Neal Davis, Board Certified.
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Common Causes of Car Accidents
The vast majority of car accidents are caused by negligence, mechanical failure, or various external factors. Some of the most common causes for car accidents in the Houston area include:
- Driver Error - Most accidents can be attributed to this cause. Negligent driving includes speeding, running stop signs or red lights, driving while distracted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or failing to yield.
- Dangerous Roads - If roads are not maintained properly, government entities can be held liable for accidents that occur because of this in certain highway defect cases.
- Mechanical Failure - Defective or recalled parts can easily cause an accident or make the damages from an accident much worse. Manufacturers can often be held liable for the damages caused from defective parts or products.
- Dangerous Weather - Hazardous weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, or hail can cause slippery roads or low visibility, and these situations are very likely to cause car accidents.
Types of Car Accidents
While there are numerous types of car accidents that can occur on the busy Houston roadways, there are several that are considered to be the most common. They include:
- Rear-end Collisions - Rear-end collisions at red lights or otherwise are incredibly common. In addition, these types of car accidents can cause whiplash or lead to chronic injuries that require extensive treatment.
- Side-impact Accidents - Most common at red lights, these types of collisions are often called "t-bone" accidents and can be especially devastating if the driver's side of a vehicle is struck.
- Head-on Collisions - These sorts of accidents occur most often at high speeds and, unfortunately, often end in fatality.
- Multi-car Accidents - On interstates or crowded highways in Houston, a single car crash can turn into a multi-car pile-up very quickly, and the injuries can be numerous.
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Car Accident Injuries
Medical expenses are one of the chief damages that victims can receive compensation for because of a car accident. Car accidents are responsible for numerous injuries that range from minimal to severe. These injuries include:
- Whiplash and Neck Injuries - Whiplash is the most common injury from car accidents, and it is caused by a sudden jerk of the neck while the body stays stationary. Neck injuries are most often the result of rear-end collisions.
- Head or Back Injuries - Car accidents make it easy to receive serious head or back injuries including skull fractures, herniated disks, or even full or partial paralysis.
- Brain Injury - A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can easily result from a car accident. TBIs range from concussions to serious comas. These sorts of injuries commonly have long-term effects for victims and can be particularly devastating to one's way of life. In addition, recovering from or living with a TBI can be costly.
- Broken Bones - Car accidents produce the momentum to easily fracture or break bones. These injuries can vary in severity and recovery time.
- Wrongful Death - Fatalities are the most devastating results of car accidents. If a loved one is killed in a car accident, the victim's family is often eligible for compensation for funeral expenses or loss of companionship.
Compensation and Financial Recovery
In the event of a serious car accident, victims are often eligible for compensation if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party. Note that Texas law states that there is a 2 year statute of limitations for car accident damages. In addition, Texas is not a no fault car insurance state, meaning that the party at fault must be held responsible for paying compensation.
Finally, Texas follows a modified comparative negligence law when it comes to car accidents. What this means is that if both parties can be held partially liable for the accident, the compensation due will be adjusted according to each party's degree of fault. However, if one party is found to be more than 50% liable, he or she is owed nothing.
Firstly, in order to receive compensation at all, a driver, parts manufacturer, government agency, etc. must be proven negligent and that negligence directly caused the accident. Once liability has been established, a car accident attorney can help you calculate the total damages suffered from your accident. These damages can include:
- Medical Expenses - Any immediate or future medical expenses can be compensated for in a car accident case. This includes hospitalization after the accident and any therapy or medications needed during the recovery period.
- Lost Wages - Victims may receive compensation for any missed time at work due to recovery from injuries.
- Pain and Suffering - Emotional trauma is a real possibility after a serious car accident. Victims may receive compensation for anxiety, depression, or other like injuries.
- Wrongful Death - If a loved one is killed because of a car accident, family members can receive compensation for funeral costs, loss of companionship, loss of income, etc.
Why Hire a Houston Auto Accident Attorney?
Hiring a qualified attorney following a car accident is the right move. Your attorney will help investigate your case and decide how much compensation you may be owed for your injuries. In addition, your attorney can help negotiate with insurance companies if you feel they aren't providing the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, do not settle for less than you deserve. Let Houston attorney Neal Davis help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our No Fee Guarantee is simple - unless we win, you don't pay. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help.
I’ve been getting calls after calls from attorneys wanting to represent me after my accident.
What should I do?
An unexpected solicitation phone call from an attorney should be a warning sign for an accident victim. Texas law prohibits any direct personal or telephone contact with victims until 30 days after an accident, although a solicitation letter is allowed. The rule is meant to protect accident victims from fraud and swarms of attorneys.
"First-time car accident victims not only deal with physical and emotional distress, they are often navigating the legal system for the first time. Some find themselves hounded by unscrupulous attorneys who obtained their contact information illegally, commonly referred to as 'ambulance chasers.'"
- Source: Enjuris
William R. Edwards Sr., a past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers, has been leading the charge for a tougher penalty on lawyers who violate barratry laws (e.g. overly persistent acts of litigation or encouraging groundless litigation for the purpose of harassment or profit).
To strengthen the barratry statutes, state lawmakers added new civil remedies. These new rules allow clients who discover they have been illegally solicited to sue their attorney and recover attorney fees, actual damages and a $10,000 penalty fee.
"This civil remedy is starting to make a big difference," said Edwards, who has helped some clients sue their attorneys. "It provides a vehicle by which the legal profession can file a civil suit against a violator and get his deposition, so the case can then move onto criminal prosecution and disbarment."
Edwards describes how one victim he represented had been illegally solicited by individuals who showed up at the funeral and even prayed over their deceased loved one while hustling the case. Another victim, whom he represents, had solicitors knocking on her door within four hours of learning that her husband and son had been killed in a truck accident, he said.
- Source: Houston Chronicle