Serving Houston Victims in Car Accident Claims and Lawsuits

The Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report accounted for over six million motor vehicle accicents in 2018. Of those accidents, almost two million caused injury and over thirty thousand caused death. Despite all of the advanced technology available today, the United States has not experienced a reduction in the number of car accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Anyone who has had a car accident knows that the experience can be traumatic. Car accidents are scary and stressful, and worse, they can leave injuries that can last a lifetime. Personal injuries stemming from a car accident can range from minor whiplash to catastrophic or life-changing injuries. They can cause great harm to both the victim and his or her family.

No matter what type of injury you’ve suffered, it is important to seek representation from an experienced lawyer who specializes in car accident claims and lawsuits. Filing an insurance claim and negotiating with adjusters can be a lengthy and confusing process. It can feel very complicated, which is made worse when you are suffering from the pain of an accident-related injury.

You don’t have to do it alone!

There is help available and this help is handled on a contingency fee basis, which means car accident victims pay nothing unless compensation is received for their claim.

I am here to answer your questions and guide you through the complicated process required to win your personal injury case. I’ll serve as your advocate and help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Why You Need a Lawyer Who is Experienced With Car Accidents

The insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. An attorney will have your back and make sure you get as much for your claim as possible.

If you contact the insurance company yourself, you will deal with an adjuster who has the best interest of his or her employer in mind. That is why you need a lawyer to make sure your rights are enforced.

It is an insurance adjuster’s job to try to get you to settle your claim quickly and cheaply. I want to make sure you are treated fairly, and I’ll help you maximize your compensation.

No two people or auto accidents are the same. You are unique and so is your car accident claim. As your attorney, I’ll take a proactive approach to your personal injury claim. I will serve as your advocate, while also taking an aggressive approach to enforcing your rights.

I’ll review the details of your case, educate you on the legal process, answer your questions, and serve as your legal representation with the insurance company.

Four Rules to Protect Your Rights After a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, remember these important rules:

  1. Do not trust the insurance company to take care of you. That is not their role or objective.
  2. Speak to an experienced auto accident lawyer before you discuss your wreck with any insurance company.
  3. Do not give a recorded statement to anyone. Speak to a personal injury attorney first!
  4. Take action as soon as possible and reach out to an attorney right away.

As an experienced car accident attorney, I understand what it takes to manage a successful injury claim, and I will take immediate action to protect you, enforce your rights, and get you compensated for your injury.

I’ve handled auto accident injury claims against numerous insurance companies including, but not limited to, Allstate Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Geico Insurance, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Mercury Insurance, ACCC Insurance, Farmers Insurance, and countless others. I understand how they work, and I know how to manage through their claims process. I’m here to obtain the maximum amount of benefits and financial compensation for your claim.

You are Important to Me and So is Your Personal Injury Claim

As your attorney, I will review all of the facts related to the collision and car crash. I know each client’s situation is unique, and I know I can make a substantial difference in helping my clients feel confident in their case.

I understand the challenges and complexities that may arise in personal injury matters, I know how to resolve these issues, and I know how to keep the case progressing so you can move forward with your recovery and your life.

I’ve spent 20 years representing individuals in personal injury claims that include car accidents, truck accidents, public transportation accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

I have also experience handling a wide range of accident claims resulting in many types of injuries:

  • Whiplash and related whiplash injury
  • Broken bones, bone fractures, and bone chips
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Amputations
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging disks
  • Mouth trauma injuries (broken or fractured teeth mainly from hitting an airbag, windshield, or steering wheel)

I know how insurance companies respond to, defend against, and deny injury claims. I’m here to prevent that from happening.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, call me at 832-797-7600 for a free legal case evaluation. This initial consultation is absolutely free, and it will help you understand your rights and the merits of your case.

Texas Auto Accident FAQs

What should I do if I am injured in a car accident?

If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should take the following steps to protect your physical health and future claim:

  1. If your injuries allow, take photos of the accident scene so you can document your case. This includes pictures of the vehicles, any collision debris, the weather, and road conditions.
  2. Gather the names and contact information for any witnesses of the crash.
  3. File a police report to begin the documentation trail of your accident.
  4. Seek medical attention and inform your doctor about your accident. Describe all your injuries, aches and pains.
  5. Retain copies of your medical records and bills.
  6. Gather any information that will support your claim. This could include additional photos of the accident, statements from witnesses, photos of your injuries, and copies of your medical records.
  7. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer who specializes in roadside collisions and injuries.
  8. Avoid signing any documentation or statement until you have spoken with an attorney.

Should I go to an urgent care or the emergency room after a car accident?

It is important that you seek medical help after a car accident!

For any serious or life-threatening injuries, you should immediately go to the emergency room for treatment. Serious injuries would include things like whiplash, severe burns, broken bones, severe trauma, uncontrollable bleeding, and breathing difficulties.

For lesser injuries or symptoms, you should go to urgent care. But keep in mind, adrenaline can mask injuries, so you should visit an urgent care even if you don’t feel like you absolutely need to.

How long after a car accident can I claim an injury?

This varies by state, but in Texas, this is set at two years from the date of the accident. The statute of limitations for car accident claims is the same timeframe Texas uses for most personal injury claims.

Do I need a police report of my car accident?

You should contact the police to investigate the auto accident and create a police report. This will allow you to use this report for your personal injury claim and settlement.

The report will include key data points such as:

  • Date and time of the accident
  • Location of the accident
  • Details about the weather and road conditions
  • Parties involved in the collision
  • Contact information of the witnesses
  • Statements from the involved parties and witnesses
  • A diagram of the scene
  • Any citations or violations that occurred
  • Suggested cause of the accident and possible fault

How much compensation can I get from a car accident lawsuit?

Car accident settlements will vary from case to case. There is no possible way to predict how much compensation an injured person should get at the time they consult with an attorney. The case details, the severity of injury, and the individuals at fault will all influence the compensation provided. This is best discussed with the attorney in person at your consultation.

Representation is extremely important. If you have been hurt by a car accident, let me serve as your advocate and help you maximize your settlement. An injured party will always gain a better financial result by hiring an experienced attorney versus handling the claim on your own.

Can you negotiate a car accident settlement?

Yes, anyone can negotiate a car accident settlement; however, both paperwork and patience will be required—not to mention experience. The negotiation process can also feel intimidating and confusing without assistance. Would you know how to handle a 3rd party healthcare subrogation lien? A Medicare lien? These are all things an experienced attorney will handle as part of your complete injury claim.

The personal injury claim process (once the client is finished with medical treatment) starts with a formal demand letter and documentation of the entire claim. This would be followed by investigation by the insurance company and an insurance adjuster’s offer of compensation. It is at this point that the negotiation process would start.

Since you will need to provide support for your claim and have a good understanding of the claims process, it is best to consult with an experienced accident attorney who can help verify you get the most compensation for your medical bills, expenses, pain, lost wages and suffering.

How long does a car accident claim or lawsuit take?

Some cases last only a few months and others could last years. The timeframe varies from case to case and depends on the court’s calendar and how many other cases are ahead of you. It is important to remember that most car accident claims do not go to court, which would help decrease the time for resolution.

How often do car accidents go to court and a trial setting?

From my 20 years experience, about 80% of personal injury cases settle outside of court.

Can you get compensation for pain and suffering from a car accident?

Yes. In Texas, you can sue for compensation related to pain and suffering. Texas courts recognize the impact that pain and suffering can have on accident victims, and they allow injured parties to seek financial compensation for these damages.

What is included in an accident victim’s pain and suffering?

Almost any type of emotional, physical, or mental harm resulting from an auto accident can qualify as pain and suffering. These would include, but not be limited to, the following items:

  • Emotional distress or grief
  • Short-term physical pain or discomfort
  • Long-term chronic pain or discomfort
  • Disability such as a scar or disfigurement
  • Loss of a body part due to amputation
  • Loss of an important bodily function
  • Psychological trauma such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diminished quality of life

How are damages for pain and suffering calculated?

The jury or judge may calculate pain and suffering damages in virtually any manner; however, in most cases the calculation is based on a multiplier method or a per diem method.

The multiplier method takes into account your loss and multiplies this by the severity of your injuries. The per diem method is based on the days it takes for you to heal from your injuries.

Each case is unique, so it is best to discuss estimated calculations with your lawyer.

Does my existing health insurance cover car accident injuries?

An active health insurance policy generally covers medical treatment for injuries related to car accidents.

What if I am a passenger in a vehicle and get hurt in an accident?

If you’re a passenger and you are injured in a car accident, you have a right to file a personal injury claim against the driver of your car and/or the driver of the other vehicle.

Your attorney can help you determine which parties should be included in your claim.

What if I am a pedestrian and I am hit by a car?

If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a moving vehicle, you should be able to file a personal injury claim if the driver was at fault. This claim would cover medical bills, loss of income, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Are parents liable for children's car accidents in Texas?

Generally speaking, if a minor is in a car accident, a legal guardian can be responsible for property damages, but not personal injuries. However, each case is unique, so it is important to discuss the car accident with an experienced lawyer.

Can I file a car accident claim if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?

In Texas, if the other driver in your collision is an uninsured motorist, you have three options for filing a personal injury claim and obtaining damages:

  1. File a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim, request for Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury coverage, or a request for Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury coverage with your auto insurance company.
  2. File a claim against a liable third party, which could be the employer of the driver or the bar that provided alcohol to the driver (in the case of a DUI).
  3. File a lawsuit against the uninsured motorist and seek compensation from the driver’s personal assets.

Because those are three very different options, it would be best for you to seek professional guidance with an experienced car accident attorney.

What if the other driver left the accident scene without stopping?

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you could still be eligible for compensation. You need to file a police report, so the police can investigate the incident and locate the driver, if possible. If found, the driver may be subject to fines and jail time.

If the police do not catch the hit and run driver, you could still seek compensation through your own Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury or Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury coverage if this is available.

Won’t making a claim on my own insurance make my premiums go up, or cause my insurance company to cancel my policy altogether?

Not necessarily. Premium increases are influenced by who is at fault. If you are making a personal injury claim for a car accident, you are most likely not the driver at fault.

I can answer all these questions for you. But most importantly, I can get your claim in order so that you can maximize your recovery. And there will never be a fee unless there is a recovery made for you!

Can the other driver’s insurance company tell me where I have to take my vehicle to be fixed?

You do have the legal right to take your vehicle to be repaired at your preferred location; however, an insurance company can set the maximum repair cost at the same amount of their adjuster’s bid.

Free Initial Consultation and No Out-of-Pocket Costs*

If you are injured and believe you have been a victim of someone else’s negligence, call me at 281-929-0110 for a free initial consultation. Or if it is an emergency, please feel free to text me at 832-797-7600.

*As your personal injury lawyer, I will only receive a fee if we recover a settlement or jury verdict for you. In other words, you don’t pay any legal fees unless I make a financial recovery for you!

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