For some Texas crash victims, it is hard to know when to contact a lawyer after a car accident. At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, we recommend you speak to an attorney as soon as possible following a serious crash. This is especially true if you suffered any injuries because of the accident. You have a limited amount of time to seek compensation for your crash-related damages, so it is crucial that you do not wait to speak to a personal injury lawyer.
Does My Car Accident Case Require a Lawyer?
If your crash involved a minor fender bender, you might not need the assistance of a lawyer to file your claim. However, if you suffered bodily injuries and extensive damages, it is likely that your crash will have a lasting effect on your life for years to come. If you were involved in a car accident that led to long-lasting injuries, expensive medical bills, or serious property damage, you might need help recovering the fair compensation you deserve. Our attorneys can assist you with this process.
When Is It Too Late to Contact a Lawyer Regarding a Car Accident?
In Texas, there is a statute of limitations for this type of claim. Under state law, you have two years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. While this law deals with filing a lawsuit, not an insurance claim, we recommend you act before the statute of limitations runs out. If you wait longer than two years to act, the at-fault driver’s insurer might decide that, since a lawsuit is not possible, it does not need to offer a fair settlement for your damages.
Some circumstances might allow you to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired. However, these situations are rare. If your crash happened more than two years ago, we can examine your case and determine if you qualify for an exception.
Who Is Responsible for My Compensation?
Texas is considered an at-fault state. This means that the driver responsible for the car accident is also responsible for any of the costs incurred. Every driver on the road is liable for any damages or costs that they cause.
In most car accident cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company provides compensation for victims’ damages. If another party was at fault for the accident, we can help you seek full compensation from their insurance provider. If the insurance company tries to offer you an inadequate settlement that does cover the costs you incurred from the accident, we will negotiate aggressively for fair compensation. If the insurer refuses to negotiate, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf.
What Costs Can I Recover in a Car Accident Claim?
A single car accident can result in significant economic and medical costs. We will help you fight for compensation for your:
- Vehicle damages;
- Temporary transportation costs;
- Diminished car value;
- Compensation lost from time off work;
- Medical fees;
- Expected future medical costs;
- Loss of future earning capacity, if you can no longer work;
- Pain and suffering;
- Long-term disability; and
- Loss of life enjoyment.
What Type of Evidence Does a Lawyer Need to Prove My Case?
Whether or not you receive a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance provider will depend on the amount of evidence we have. We will collect all of the relevant evidence available in your case, including:
- The police report;
- Witness statements;
- A repair estimate from a licensed mechanic;
- Statements from your medical providers;
- Photos of the damage and the crash scene; and
- Income statements from before and after the accident.
How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help With My Claim?
Our lawyers can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. We offer a variety of benefits to our clients.
Free Case Evaluations
Our firm can provide you with a free case evaluation. We will evaluate the specific details of your car accident and determine if you may qualify for compensation.
Help Determining the Type of Case to Pursue
Damages to your personal property differ from any bodily injuries you sustained in the wreck. You may qualify to recover compensation for both. We can determine the appropriate type of legal case to pursue on your behalf.
Direct Communication With the Insurance Provider on Your Behalf
It is important to remember that the insurance company is working in its own best interest. We will handle all the communications with the insurance provider to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
How Can I Talk to a Lawyer Today?
Every car accident is different. The lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, will look at the specific details of your case and come up with a strong strategy to pursue you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 713-850-8600 to get started with your free consultation.