What questions should you ask a car accident injury attorney?
The stakes are high with car accidents. You want to hire the right personal injury lawyer and the following questions should help you do that:
- What similar cases to mine have you represented?
- Do you have examples of your negotiated settlements with insurance companies?
- Do you have examples of cases you have won in court?
- Have you worked in the Channelview courts before?
- How likely is it that my case will go to court?
- How much is my case worth, approximately?
- How will the strategy change if we go to trial?
- How do you charge for your time?
- What are my costs if we do not win any compensation?
- How much time do you have to devote to my case?
- Will you personally handle my case – or a junior attorney?
- What will I have to do during the case? How much will it impact my time?
- How will you communicate with me and provide progress updates?
- How long will my case take to resolve?
What is my personal injury or accident injury case worth?
The value of a personal injury case will ultimately depend on several factors, including:
An accident victim is able to receive compensation for any medical bills that are a direct result of the injuries they got from an accident. This can include costs from before, during, and after treatment.
If you’re unable to work because of an injury caused by someone else, you may be able to receive lost wages compensation that covers what you would have earned if the accident never happened.
Any good auto accident lawyer will do everything in their power to make sure you, the victim, are fairly compensated for your injuries. To get you the money you deserve, they’ll investigate every possible source of recovery — not just from the at-fault driver’s insurance company but from other places too.
For instance, if that driver only had a low liability policy or no car insurance at all (which is illegal in most states), and you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of your own car insurance policy, then we can go after them instead.
Even your own car insurer may try to give you the runaround though so don’t expect an easy battle ahead.
No insurance company wants to run the risk of a massive jury verdict, which is why car accident victims need an experienced lawyer.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages
The two sorts of damages that can be recuperated in a vehicle accident claim are non-economic and economic. Economic losses include future and past medical expenses, as well as lost income. Non-economic losses, on the other hand, are more subjective, such as emotional suffering and physical and mental suffering.
Whether your life has been changed temporarily or forever as a result of a car accident in Channelview, Ryan DeHoyos and his team will provide all the help and support you need.
Accident Injury Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main causes of car accidents in Channelview?
Most car accidents in Channelview are the result of one of the following:
- Distracted driving: Texting, eating, applying make-up, and adjusting the stereo are all forms of distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: On average, 28 people die in drunk driving-related accidents every day in the US
- Speeding: Excessive speed is a killer on the roads – and if you are lucky enough to escape death, the injuries may be life-altering
- Fatigued driving: Drivers not stopping to rest is a huge problem in Texas
Reckless driving, faulty vehicle parts, and poor roadway conditions are also common contributing factors in motor vehicle accidents.
What are the most common types of car accidents?
In the Houston area, we see the following types of accidents most frequently:
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Low-speed accidents (e.g., in parking lots)
- Merging accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents (e.g., hitting a tree)
- Multi-vehicle crashes (accidents that cause a “domino effect”)
For further information on this, check out our post on the Different Types of Houston Car Accidents.
Is it worth getting a lawyer for a minor car accident?
It may be. Even minor accidents can cause injuries that have a lasting impact. It’s best to discuss your options with a car accident attorney who can assess whether you have a valid claim for compensation during a case evaluation.
What if both parties are at fault?
Texas applies “comparative fault” laws for car accident injuries.
This means that when two or more parties are adjudged to be at-fault for an accident, the amount of compensation due for the injured victim is potentially reduced by the amount of fault apportioned to them.
Provided you were 50 percent or less at-fault for an accident, you can claim compensation from the other party or parties for the remaining portion of the fault.
So, if you were awarded $60,000 in compensation but were considered to be 40 percent at-fault for the accident you would receive $36,000 (which is 60 percent of $60,000).
What is the Statute of Limitations on car accident claims in Texas?
In Texas, you generally have two years from the date of your accident to claim damages caused by your injuries.
It is important to begin proceedings as soon as possible after your accident or it may harm your position when making a claim.