Car accidents can be traumatic and financially devastating. State-by-state, there are laws that help protect people who were negligently injured in accidents. In some cases, another driver's faulty decision, such as driving while distracted or drunk, may have caused your accident.
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Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs can assist with your car accident case. We will help you understand your rights and help secure the compensation you deserve.
The Insurance Company Is Not On Your Side
From the moment of the accident, the other driver's insurance company begins fighting against paying your legitimate claims. Their insurance adjuster may try to place the blame on you, the victim, to minimize the extent of your injuries and delay payment. We can combat these unlawful attempts and work to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Do I Really Need to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident?
Hiring an experienced legal advocate who understands the ins-and-outs of car accident claims can be a tremendous benefit. We fight for your rights, and this can make a significant difference in how much, and how soon, you receive financial compensation.
- If you've been hurt in a car accident, our firm may be able to help you recover the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
With decades of experience, our team of attorneys provides clients with effective representation when they need it most.
Our commitment to our clients includes going above and beyond to protect their best interests, from the beginning of their case until the very end. Clients and insurance industry professionals recognize Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs by our experience, commitment to excellence, and focus on meeting the needs of our injured clients.
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If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a car crash, you may bring a wrongful death lawsuit to fight for compensation on behalf of the deceased. While no amount of money can ever make such a tragic situation right, it can provide needed financial resources for things like funeral costs, burial expenses, and more.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Claims in Texas
Like any sort of personal injury claim, car accident lawsuits in Texas are subject to a “statute of limitations” which places a hard deadline on how long you have to take legal action. In Texas, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim against the at-fault driver. This applies to claims filed by drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. This same deadline also applies to property damage claims.
Filing a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired will almost certainly result in the court refusing to hear your claim, thereby permanently preventing you from recovering compensation. It is important to remember that insurance claims have a much different timeline; most insurance policies require you to report a collision to your insurer within a few days or weeks of the crash. It is important to consult with an attorney right away after a crash to ensure you comply with all deadlines that may apply to your case.
Comparative Fault Rules in Texas
It is not uncommon for multiple parties to be at fault for a collision, including plaintiffs in car accident injury cases. If you and the other driver are both at fault for the accident, do not worry – you can still file a claim and recover compensation. Under Texas’ modified comparative fault rules, you may still seek compensation for a crash as long as you are less than 50% at fault for the collision. With that being said, your eligible recovery will be reduced by a percentage equal to your proportion of responsibility for the crash.
For example, say you were injured in a rear-end crash resulting in $10,000 worth of damages. The courts deem the other driver to be 90% responsible for the crash because they were following too closely, but since you had a broken tail light, you are 10% to blame. As such, you will only be able to recover $9,000 total (or $10,000 less 10%).
What Is the Average Car Accident Settlement in Houston?
It is impossible to answer this question because each car accident claim is different. With that being said, the value of your claim will be heavily influenced by the following factors:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- The costs of your reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- The amount of time you are unable to work
- Your level of insurance coverage
- The other driver’s insurance coverage
- The strength of the evidence in your favor
- The strength of your legal counsel
The Car Accident Claim Process
Seeking compensation after a car accident on your own can be a complicated and lengthy ordeal involving paperwork, investigations, and several rounds of negotiations with insurance companies. Having an attorney by your side can help you to avoid any costly mistakes and ensure your best interests are protected throughout the duration of your claim.
- Filing a car accident claim typically involves the following steps:
- Report the accident to the at-fault driver’s insurance company with information about all injuries, property damage, medical bills, lost income, and other losses.
- Wait for the insurance company to perform their own investigation.
- Once this investigation is complete, the insurance company may offer you a settlement. If you do not think the offered amount is fair, you may submit a counter offer with additional evidence. If the insurance company denies your claim, you may be able to file an appeal.
- Further negotiations will ensue, potentially multiple back-and-forth rounds.
- If you reach an agreement, you may accept their offer in exchange for waiving your right to seek further legal action.
- If you still cannot reach an agreement, you may file a lawsuit against the insurer in pursuit of additional compensation.
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Our Houston car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't owe us any fees unless you are financially compensated for your injuries. We will cover the upfront costs of investigating, preparing, and settling your case, even taking your personal injury claim to trial if necessary. If you do not receive money damages in a settlement or jury verdict, you will not pay attorney's fees. Learn more when you get in touch with Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs today.