If you are injured in a car accident in or near the Houston area because another motorist was negligent, you must speak with a good Texas injury attorney as quickly as possible. Contact the McNeal Law Firm and Houston car accident lawyer David McNeal at once. If a negligent motorist injures you in a car accident, the McNeal Law Firm will fight for the compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and your other injury-related losses.
Attorney David McNeal holds negligent drivers accountable. If you are injured by a negligent driver, he will investigate the accident, provide sound legal advice, and advocate aggressively and effectively for the full compensation that you are entitled to by law.
After a Car Accident, Seek Medical Treatment First
After any automobile collision, seek medical attention first and immediately. The injuries sustained in car accidents range from bruises and broken bones to catastrophic spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries that may be permanently disabling. Injuries that are latent or seem inconsequential can emerge days later as serious medical conditions.
If you decline medical treatment at the time of the car accident, it may be difficult later to link your injuries to that particular accident. Even if you feel fine, obtain a medical examination in the first twenty-four hours after any car accident.
Get the information you need at the accident scene, including the other driver’s name, license number, auto insurance, and registration information. Jot down the license tag number, too. Make and keep copies of any and all of the paperwork – legal, medical, and insurance-related – generated by the accident.
Let Your Lawyer Deal With the Insurance Company
Texas is an “at-fault” auto insurance state, so negligent drivers are compelled to pay for the damage they cause. After an accident, the other driver’s insurance company may act quickly to get a statement from you before you can consult an attorney.
Decline to even speak with the insurance company until you have legal counsel and the company can speak instead to your attorney. Absolutely do not accept a settlement before the full extent of your injuries is known or before you have consulted Houston car accident lawyer David McNeal.
He can almost certainly negotiate a more generous settlement for you.
How Will a Car Accident Attorney Handle Your Case?
Some insurance companies try to pay car accident injury victims as little as possible and sometimes nothing at all. The McNeal Law Firm makes insurance companies obey the rules and provide the full compensation you are entitled to by Texas law.
Your car accident attorney will investigate the accident, speak to any witnesses, review the medical and police accident reports, and scrutinize the applicable insurance policies to determine who was liable for the accident and how much compensation is available.
How Will Your Case Be Resolved?
Your attorney will then negotiate for your compensation with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Most car accident injury claims are resolved this way. Personal injury trials seldom arise from car accidents.
However, if your claim is disputed by the at-fault driver’s insurance company, attorney David McNeal and the legal team at McNeal Law Firm will take your case before a jury to explain what happened and why you should be compensated.
What If You Share the Fault for Your Accident?
Texas is a “modified comparative fault” state, so if you have any of the fault for an accident, your compensation is decreased by your percentage of fault, up to 50 percent. However, if you are 51 percent or more responsible for an accident, you cannot recover compensation.
Let’s say that you were speeding, but only by five or seven miles per hour, when a reckless, intoxicated driver runs a stop sign while speeding thirty miles per hour over the limit, and you’re injured. Since you were speeding, the jury could decide that you were 10 percent responsible, so if you sought $100,000 of compensation, that figure would be decreased by 10 percent to $90,000.
When Should You Contact an Attorney?
The statute of limitations in the state of Texas gives the injured victims of negligent drivers two years to take legal action. If you do not act within two years, you cannot be compensated for injuries sustained in a Texas car accident.
Do not wait two years. Evidence deteriorates or disappears, memories fade, and your attorney will need time to investigate the accident and develop your case. You can’t wait two years and then scramble to file a personal injury claim at the last minute. Do not even wait two weeks.
If you have questions about personal injury claims in Texas, or if you are ready to begin the legal process and recover compensation for your injury, call the McNeal Law Firm in Houston at (832) 819-3281 to schedule a free case review. We will fight for the compensation you need.