Gain An Advocate After A Serious Car Accident
It takes a second for someone to take their eyes off the road to lead to a lifetime of problems for you. Just because someone has a driver’s license does not mean they’re operating their vehicle with complete care at all times. Accidents happen.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are 10 million motor vehicle accidents each year. Although most of these accidents are minor fender benders, a significant number of car accidents cause serious injuries and even death. In 2009, approximately 3,000 motorists were killed in auto collisions on Texas highways.
A car accident can cause severe physical injuries and property damage, leaving you feeling shaken and overwhelmed. Accident lawyer Shane R. Kadlec can help you secure compensation for your injuries so you can begin to rebuild your life.
We Can Help After A Variety Of Accident Types
People can be injured in many types of car accidents, each with its own challenges when it comes to proving liability. The most common types include:
- Lone car accidents: Many factors can cause motorists to run off the road, injuring themselves by overturning or striking fixed objects such as trees. Although the fault most often lies with the driver who was speeding or driving under the influence, factors such as the weather or animals darting onto the road can cause these types of crashes. However, a motorist involved in a single-vehicle crash could still be the victim of a negligent driver who caused them to swerve off the road or faulty road design or construction.
- Auto collisions: This type of crash occurs when two or more cars strike each other. To claim compensation, injured parties must prove that someone else bears most of the blame for the accident. This can be a complex matter to sort out in chain-reaction accidents.
- Injured passengers: An injured passenger is entitled to compensation, even when riding in the car with a negligent driver. In some cases, however, the injured passenger may be found to have assumed risk or contributed to the accident, which reduces the amount the injured passenger can recover. For example, if a passenger knowingly accepts a ride from an intoxicated driver, there is a known risk that passenger is accepting. Similarly, if the passenger engages in distractive behavior with the driver, the passenger is also negligent.
- Pedestrian accidents: A pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle is entitled to recover for injuries, provided the driver, not the pedestrian, was negligent. A pedestrian who jaywalks at a major intersection could be held liable for the harm.
Negotiating With Your Insurance Company
If another driver was responsible for your accident, their insurance company is responsible for paying for the damages you incurred. However, insurance providers are not always willing to offer a fair settlement. Attorney Shane Kadlec can negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you collect the amount you deserve.
One of the major hardships victims face is paying medical bills for their serious injuries. These can pile up quickly, between the bill for an emergency room visit and recurring treatments. The other cost consideration is how you’ll pay to get your car back on the road. If you improperly report your accident and injuries to your insurance provider, you may not receive the compensation you are entitled to. Attorneys tend to improve your chances of a better settlement. They understand what is needed for a successful insurance claim, especially if you are not at fault.
We will work to quickly resolve your case with the best possible outcome and believe that getting the settlement you deserve now is worth more than a verdict five years in the future.
Filing A Lawsuit For The Compensation You Need
If the insurance provider is being unreasonable or your damages outweigh the compensation the insurance company is willing to pay, Mr. Kadlec can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court. During the trial, Mr. Kadlec will use evidence, expert testimony and other resources to help maximize your compensation.
Understanding Texas’ Comparative Negligence Laws
In Texas, settlements for car accidents are determined based on “modified comparative fault.” The benefit of this system is that you can still collect some compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
Under the rules of comparative negligence, the amount of damages you can receive after an accident is affected by what percentage of fault you hold for the accident. So if you were awarded $10,000, but you were determined to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, you would collect only $8,000.
Do I Really Need A Car & Auto Accident Lawyer In Houston TX?
The short answer? No. Legally speaking, any person can represent themselves pro se in court. However, this is not usually advisable. Representing yourself is not just a matter of arguing your case in court. You must also keep track of specific deadlines and file paperwork accordingly. If you miss any of these deadlines, you will not get a second chance to make your claim. Furthermore, insurance adjusters and other attorneys often try to take advantage of pro se victims by offering inadequate settlement amounts or persuading victims to give up rights.
A professional lawyer can protect you from these dangers while you focus on dealing with the aftermath of your accident. We offer a free initial consultation so you do not have to pay out of pocket for an initial review of your case.
Do Not Wait To Take Action
You have limited time to file an injury claim. In Texas, you have two years. This is why it is necessary to take action to resolve the issue.
In addition, waiting too long may impede your ability to recall important details that could be key to supporting your accident claim.
Schedule A Free Consultation Today
We know that car accidents can be overwhelming, even more so when you face a serious injury. Call our Houston office at 281-643-2000 to discuss your case with a skilled personal injury attorney. You may also contact us online.