College Station Car Accident Lawyers
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As long as people drive cars, there will be car accidents. However, just because you are involved in a car accident doesn’t mean you have to navigate the legal aftermath alone. At Zinda Law Group, we help car accident victims get their lives back on track after an accident. We may be able to help you too. Our qualified team of experienced attorneys may help make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to as a result of your injuries.
Making a Car Accident Claim
After being involved in an accident, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Acting quickly sends a signal to insurance companies and the other driver that you are serious about your claim. A claims adjuster will investigate the damage to your vehicle and provide you with a damage estimate that can be submitted to the liable party. While personal injury attorneys don’t typically help you get reimbursed for property damage, a damage estimate can help create a connection between what happened and your injuries. Depending on your insurance, you may also be able to ask for lost wages and medical bills resulting from the accident.
After all of this information has been sorted through with insurance, the insurance company will likely extend to you a settlement offer. If you are unable to reach an agreement with the opposing party about fault and cost of repair and the settlement offer is unreasonable, you may want to consider pursuing further legal action by going to trial.
TEXAS CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
According to 2019 data from the Texas Department of Transportations (TXDOT), Texas has experienced a reduction in the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities since the previous year in 2018. However, in 2019, there were over 12,000 crashes involving serious injury, which ultimately led to over 15,000 individuals sustaining serious injuries. Thus, although serious car accidents resulting in death may have decreased statewide in some recent years, clearly car accidents and the injuries that follow are still an issue.
Common Car Accident Causes
There are many different causes of motor vehicle-related accidents. Some accidents can be blamed on a driver, while some can be attributed to factors outside our control. If you have been in a car wreck, it is important to reach out to a car accident lawyer to determine your options and who is at fault. Your ability to recover often hinges on whether your accident was caused by circumstances beyond human control, by another’s negligence, or by your own fault.
Some common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to the driver include:
- Distracted driving
- Not following the rules of the road
- Driving while under the influence
- Animal crossings
- Weather conditions
- Mechanical issues
Car accidents can be minor or catastrophic. Therefore, the injuries that result can range from mild to severe. Mild injuries may resolve themselves within mere days with little to no medical attention, while more serious injuries can result in long-lasting physical and emotional side effects. Car accident injuries can often be qualified as impact injuries or penetrating injuries. Impact injuries result from bumping into parts of your vehicle during an accident, while penetrating injuries are cuts and scrapes that can often be caused by flying objects or debris within your car.
Some common types of car accident injuries may include:
- Soft tissue injury such as whiplash
- Muscle soreness
- Scrapes and cuts
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Chest injuries
- Arm and leg injuries
Who is at Fault?
A car accident usually happens because another person was negligent. This means that a driver who owed a duty of care to other motorists breached that duty and caused harm to another driver. However, sometimes the blame can be attributed to both drivers. Courts and insurance companies will analyze this under a theory of comparative negligence. If you are found to be partially at fault for your car accident, this may affect your ability to recover. It is important to check the laws in your state to see what they specifically say about comparative negligence.
Texas utilizes a rule known as “modified comparative fault.” This rule only bars you from recovering compensation if you are found to be 51% or more at fault.
For those who are found to be 50% or less at fault, your compensation will be reduced by a percentage that is equal to your degree of culpability.
What to Do After a Car Accident
There are a few steps you can take after a car accident to ensure your own safety and improve the chances of a successful claim.
1. Call the Police
After an accident, call the police. The police play an important role in the legal process because they are the first step in creating official documentation of your car accident. The police will file an official police report that will serve as critical evidence in your claim.
2. Seek Necessary Medical Attention
If you have sustained any injuries whatsoever, seek medical attention immediately. Making sure that you are safe and healthy is the most important thing you can do. You cannot fight for the compensation you deserve unless your wellbeing is taken care of first.
3. File an Insurance Claim
Contact your insurance company to file an official claim. Don’t waste any time in getting the ball rolling.
4. Consult an Attorney
Car accidents can be devastating, but having a qualified attorney on your side may help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact a College Station car accident lawyer at ZInda Law Group today to discuss your case.
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Car Accident Compensation
Car accidents can be traumatic and often cause physical and emotional injuries to those involved. Therefore, different types of compensation may be awarded to help you get your life back on track. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include the expenses that are easily quantifiable such as:
- Vehicle damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
Non-economic damages compensate you for the intangible losses you’ve suffered, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Pain and Suffering
Many recovering victims from car accidents frequently wonder about money for “pain and suffering. This is such a fluid area of damages that many are left with more questions than answers about the type of pain and suffering damages they may be entitled to. Pain and suffering is based upon your medical bills and the severity of your injuries. More specifically, insurance companies generally look at what types of injuries you have and whether or not they are permanent. This will allow them to deduce how much your life will be affected by your injuries going forward. At the end of the day, that is what calculating pain and suffering is about. The more severe your injuries, the more compensation you may be entitled to seek for pain and suffering because the more likely you are to be living with consequences from your accident for awhile.
Legal Time Limits
Many car accident victims don’t realize that time is one of the most important factors in being able to secure appropriate recovery and compensation. The clock starts ticking on your car accident claim the second you are injured in a car wreck. Under Texas law, you have two years to file any claims related to injuries sustained within a car accident. After two years, you will not have the opportunity to file a lawsuit against a liable party. Therefore, you will not receive any damages or compensation for your recovery.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A COLLEGE STATION CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
The short answer here is no. You are not under any obligation to hire a lawyer after being involved in a car accident. However, if you want to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a car accident claim, then having an experienced attorney may be in your best interests. The legal process can be overwhelming, complex, and at times, tedious. By choosing to have a car accident lawyer assist you, you are making the decision to have someone in your corner who knows how to negotiate and fight for your legal rights. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you today.
We want everyone to be able to access quality representation. Therefore, our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that unless we win, you don’t have to pay us anything. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. Give our office a call today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a College Station attorney.
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