Car Accident Lawyers in Cedar Park, Texas
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For most people, driving is a daily necessity that doesn’t often get a second thought. However, at any given moment on the road, a car accident can come out of nowhere and turn your life upside down. Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is extremely frustrating—not only do accidents often result in physical injuries that require extensive medical attention to address, but they can also leave victims with medical bills and other costs to be able to get back on their feet.
TEXAS CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Most motorists don’t think about car accidents until they are unlucky enough to be involved in one. However, this does not mean that they are an uncommon occurrence in Texas. Statistics for car accidents in Texas compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation show that:
- 256,338 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents on Texas roads in 2019.
- On average, one reportable crash occurred about every minute, and there was one person killed in an accident every two and a half hours.
- Texas drivers drove a combined total of 286.268 billion vehicle miles in 2019, resulting in lots of cars on the road at any given time and lots of opportunities for accidents.
TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
The type and severity of car accidents range greatly. However, at Zinda Law Group, our auto accident attorneys have handled many types of car accidents and may be able to help you too. A few of the more common types of accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Texting and driving accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rideshare accidents
If you or a loved one has been involved in any of these types of accidents, contact Zinda Law Group to speak about seeking maximum compensation for your injuries.
WHEN DO YOU NEED TO HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?
After an accident, it may seem like a good option to try to handle things on your own. However, going forward without an attorney on your side can lead to easily avoidable mistakes. Hiring an attorney is probably advisable in the following situations:
1. When You Have Been Blamed for Your Accident
After an accident, it is human nature to try to point fingers and assign blame. Even if you weren’t at fault at all in your situation, a failure to fight against allegations brought against you could eventually hurt your chances to recover for your injuries. An experienced attorney may be able to help you fight these claims and make sure that your side of the story is told fully and persuasively.
2. Your Accident Has Caused You Significant Stress
Dealing with the aftermath of an automobile accident can quickly become overwhelming. Attempting to fight a legal battle while trying to address pressing medical needs can be too much for many to handle. An experienced attorney may be able to help you efficiently manage your affairs while giving you an advocate in your fight to be treated fairly and justly.
3. When You’re Negotiating with an Insurance Company
For all of the marketing that insurance companies invest in to promote the message that they’re friendly neighborhood organizations, it is important to remember that they are businesses that exist to make money. To this end, they often employ claims adjusters who specialize in collecting and framing information in a way that may damager your claim. Hiring an attorney with experience handling communications with insurance companies may help you avoid making mistakes that could damage your chances to receive just compensation.
MAKING A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM
There are no two car accidents that are the same, and that means that they will each require a unique, individualized approach. However, most claims generally follow the same steps.
1. Hire an Attorney
First and foremost, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who has dealt with accidents in your area. The legal process can quickly become long and complicated, and having an experienced Cedar Park car accident attorney can make a world of difference.
2. Gather Information
After you have hired your attorney, they may be able to begin gathering the information that they’ll need for your case. This can include any video or photo evidence that might be available, police reports, and interviews from witnesses who may have seen the accident.
3. Negotiate a Settlement
After they have had a chance to put together all of the relevant evidence, your attorney may be able to begin settlement negotiations with the other parties involved. This step is especially important because most claims settle before they make it to trial. An experienced attorney may be able to use their expertise to make persuasive arguments in favor of maximum compensation for your injuries.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT?
For every accident, there is an associated statute of limitations, which is simply the legal term for the amount of time that you have from the date of the accident to start the legal process. In Texas, the statute of limitations for car accidents is two years, meaning that you have two years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim. There can be exceptions in cases that involve death or a victim who is under the age of eighteen, but generally speaking, it is advisable to seek the advice of a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to make sure that your case isn’t tossed out on a technicality.
WHO IS AT FAULT?
After every car accident, an important part of the legal process is determining who is at fault. If one party is obviously at fault, the result is usually predictable—that party will typically bear the costs of the other. However, real life is not as black-and-white, and multiple parties can be at fault for the same accident. In these cases, the general rule is that parties are responsible for the percentage of the damages that corresponds to the percentage that they were at fault. However, one important wrinkle is the fact that Texas is what is known as a “modified comparative fault” jurisdiction, meaning that an injured party seeking compensation will be barred if they bear more than half of the blame.
HOW MUCH IS MY CAR ACCIDENT WORTH?
One of the most pressing concerns for any accident victim is how much their case might be worth. It is impossible to give any sort of accurate estimate without knowing the specific details of a claim, but the potential value of a claim is based upon the damages sustained by the victim. Damages can generally be split into two categories—economic and non-economic. Economic damages are expenses like medical bills and damage to property, while non-economic damages include the pain suffering that you experience as a result of your injuries.
WHY CHOOSE THE CEDAR PARK CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS AT ZINDA LAW GROUP?
Our experienced attorneys have fought for numerous car accident victims. We may be able to help you fight for compensation after you’ve been injured by another driver. We believe no accident victims should have to worry about affording legal representation, which is why you don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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