Car Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas
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Car crashes often happen suddenly and can happen to even the safest and most careful of drivers. They can be frightening at the time of the crash, and long after as you come to terms with the ways your life has abruptly changed. It could be a totaled vehicle that you need to get to work every day, costing you lost wages or your job. It could be injuries that don’t seem serious in the moment but come back to haunt you weeks or months after the car accident. Or, it may be serious, incapacitating, or catastrophic injuries that will forever impact you and your loved ones.
If any of these seem familiar to you, or apply to a loved one, you may be going through the frustrating process of trying to be made whole after a car wreck. You are up against giant insurance companies with a wealth of resources dedicated to reducing the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve found yourself in this position, you are not alone. The Texas Department of Transportation released a crash data report in 2021 concluding that car accidents in Houston caused:
- 42,394 incidents of property damage without injuries.
- 7,231 non-incapacitating injuries.
- 1,595 incapacitating, life altering injuries.
- 327 fatalities, an increase of 20.22% from the previous year.
The months after a car crash can be confusing and frustrating while you try to sort through what to do next. You don’t have to fight for your rightful compensation on your own. In fact, we don’t recommend it.
Car Accident Laws in Texas
The laws surrounding car accidents in Texas can be complex, and different aspects apply according to the circumstances of your case. However, there are a few important factors to consider when pursuing a personal injury case.
• Statute of Limitations
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. In most cases, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident. This can complicate a case for those who don’t seek medical attention immediately following a car wreck and find that their injuries resurface over time. Always get medical attention after a car accident, as you might not immediately notice some injuries.
• Fault-Based Insurance
Texas has a fault-based system of personal injury recovery. The party found to be at-fault for an accident will be responsible for compensating the injured party. As such, the state has a required minimum coverage amount. People can choose to increase their insurance beyond the required minimums. If the total damages from an accident exceed the at-fault party’s coverage, they may have to pay the rest out of pocket. In cases like these, an auto accident attorney would negotiate with both insurance companies and opposing counsel.
The required minimums in Texas are:
- $30,000 per injured person.
- Up to $60,000 per accident.
- $25,000 for property damage per accident.
• Liability Laws
Liability for car accidents in Texas is determined by who is at fault. It is possible for all parties involved, including the injured party, to be partially liable for an accident. The facts surrounding the case will establish who is at fault, and to what extent. If the injured party is found to be somewhat at fault, their compensation may be reduced.
The insurance company and the car accident lawyer will complete separate investigations to understand, among other things:
- Negligence of all parties, including how the accident could have been avoided.
- Recklessness of all parties.
- If intentional misconduct was involved.
- If a defective part or product from the vehicle is to blame.
What Does a Car Accident Attorney Do?
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a car crash, the last thing you need to worry about is fighting the insurance company over fair compensation. Insurance companies will often try to pressure you into accepting their first – and lowest – offer. This tactic works because people recovering from a car wreck often feel overwhelmed by the prospect of going back and forth with the insurance company while their medical and personal bills pile up. Even talking to the insurance company without an attorney can potentially damage your case.
By hiring an experienced Houston car accident lawyer, you have someone in your corner to handle the insurance companies for you. Our attorneys have been working in Houston for over 30 years. With this experience comes an in-depth understanding of the strategies employed by insurance companies, what is needed for your case to be as successful as possible, and the local legal system. We’ve seen cases like yours before, and we’ve battled many of the same insurance companies.
The months after a car wreck should be spent focusing on your recovery, they shouldn’t be confusing and overwhelming.
In addition to keeping you updated and informed, auto accident lawyers:
- Gather and examine relevant evidence such as police reports, photographs, medical records, and witness statements.
- Establish causation, liability, and fault according to the circumstances of the crash and laws surrounding liability.
- Assess the full extent of your damages.
- Build a strong case based on all the details of the case, including contacting relevant medical professionals.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and/or opposing counsel for fair compensation.
- Represent you in court, if necessary.
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Why Choose DeSimone Law Office?
Our injury attorneys are well versed and specialize in vehicle accident laws as well as personal injury and wrongful death claims.
If we cannot recover damages for your accident injury or wrongful death claim, you pay us nothing.
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