A lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, is here to help you when you suffer injuries in a car accident in San Antonio.
You may be unsure about what steps to take first and how best to protect your legal rights. We can answer those questions for you and give you the information you need to move forward with any legal cases against any other parties who caused your accident.
Should you hire a lawyer for your car accident case?
It might seem easy to handle your car accident claim on your own, especially since the insurance company has contacted you right away and offered you a settlement. However, remember that the insurance company for the person or company responsible for your accident is not on your side. The insurance company’s goal is to pay you as little as possible and close the claim quickly.
Contacting you quickly and immediately offering you a settlement is a tactic insurance companies often use to prevent you from claiming any further damages. In the aftermath of an accident, you might still be uncertain if you need more medical treatment or if you will develop any complications for injuries. Taking the first settlement offer that you receive runs the risk of not getting the full amount of damages.
We can help you take on the other parties
Our lawyers can take the time to investigate the facts of your case and identify all parties who may be responsible for causing your accident.
We can handle all contact with the insurance company so that you do not have to worry about it. We then can make an insurance claim on your behalf and negotiate with the insurance company to resolve your case.
What makes our law firm the right choice?
We have been representing car accident victims who have suffered injuries since 2002. Our attorneys and staff know how to handle all issues that arise in car accident cases.
You can trust us to help you through the personal injury claims process from start to finish. We know how to gather the evidence in your case and use it to build a strong claim for financial recovery. We also can answer any questions that you have along the way.
Looking at your car accident case from all angles is crucial. We will get the information we need to support your claim and seek a financial recovery of damages on your behalf. Your lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, will work with you toward recovery following a San Antonio car accident—physically, emotionally, and legally.
What you can get in a car accident case
You might be able to recover various types of damages in a car accident case, depending on your injuries and other losses. Common types of damages you may be able to recover in your accident are:
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Medical expenses necessary to treat your injuries
- Lost income if you cannot return to work immediately
- Physical pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- The impact that any permanent injuries have on your and your family’s lives
- Loss of the ability to engage in activities that you enjoyed and perform essential functions of daily living
Financial recoveries in car accident cases are all different, based on the nature of the accident, the severity of your injuries, and whether the evidence clearly shows that another party is at fault.
For example, if the fault is disputed or unknown, you might receive a settlement offer that is less than that of a victim in another car accident, even if you have similar injuries.
Who to sue for injuries in a car accident
Financial recovery in a car accident case depends on the evidence showing that a person or company is at fault for causing it. Therefore, you must identify the parties who caused the accident to hold them responsible for their actions.
The legal standard for these parties to be held liable is whether they acted with reasonable care for the safety of others, as measured by how the average person would act in the same situation.
The most common at-fault party in a car accident case is the driver who caused the crash. The driver may be negligent, for instance, if they were driving while intoxicated or distracted, or if they violated a traffic law or regulation.
The driver’s employer
An employer could share liability for the accident if the driver was working at the time of the accident.
Another potentially liable party is the manufacturer of automotive parts. The injured party also may be able to pursue the manufacturer if an auto part was defective or malfunctioned and led to the accident.
Do you have enough time to file a car accident case?
You only have a limited time to file your car accident case in court. You must file a claim against all parties that you believe may be liable for the accident. Under Texas law, you generally must file your case in court no later than two years from the day after your accident occurred.
Some exceptions to this general deadline exist under state law, including a change for minors who suffer injuries in a car accident. However, you should be aware that strict timelines exist for all types of car accident claims, so acting sooner rather than later is always advisable.
Call our team for help with your car accident case
Your priority after a car accident always should be to get the medical treatment for your injuries that you need. Contacting our personal injury law firm can be your next step. The quicker you get legal advice about your situation, the better off you will be.
A lawyer serving San Antonio from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, can provide you with a free case evaluation after a car accident. Give us a call at (713) 850-8600 for answers to all your questions and a clear explanation of the legal options available to you.