Car Accidents in Houston
Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, represents victims of car accidents in Houston, TX. Call 713-489-4410 to schedule your free consultation.
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Why Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
Unfortunately, injured parties never have a level playing field. You will be up against an insurance company that has strong legal representation and deep pockets. Level the playing field by hiring a skilled car accident attorney who will fight for your rights.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?
A fender bender with no injuries and little or no vehicle damage generally does not require an attorney. Keep in mind, though, that some injuries take days or even weeks to show symptoms. See a doctor to get fully checked out before you close your claim. Otherwise, you risk waiving your right to compensation and then finding out you need treatment.
What Should I Know About Comparative Negligence?
Texas law follows the theory of comparative negligence. In most cases, both drivers did something, no matter how minor, to contribute to the accident. For example, though the other driver ran a stop sign, you might have been texting at the time. Your damages will be reduced by the percentage you are found to be at fault. If your at-fault percentage is 51% or more, you cannot claim damages at all.
This means that the opposing party has a financial incentive to try to raise your at-fault percentage as high as possible, reducing your award. An experienced car accident attorney will fight for your rights and protect you from ridiculous at-fault claims.
Should I Settle?
Whether or not to settle is not a decision to be taken lightly. Some settlement offers are reasonable, while others are insultingly low. Some are offered within a few days, while others come only after months of negotiations. Some plaintiffs have even been given documents with a promise to pay in exchange for dropping the case, only for the promised settlement to never come.
Have your car accident lawyer review any settlement offer you receive. It is important to remain objective, and to weigh the promise of quick cash against loss of income, possible loss of future earning capacity, medical bills, and many other factors. These calculations can be complex, so it is important to take advantage of your lawyer’s skills and experience rather than trying to figure it out on your own.
If you were in a car accident in Houston, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today at 713-489-4410 (English) or 713-766-0000 (Español) for a free case review and consultation.
CALL 713-489-4410 TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION.