Car Accident Attorneys
Were you hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted, aggressive, intoxicated, or otherwise negligent driver? These accidents are, unfortunately, more common than you think, and innocent people are often forced to deal with severe and sometimes catastrophic injuries as a result. What began as a typical drive to work, school, or errands can become a life-altering injury accident in an instant. When this happens, you deserve answers and justice. The Attorney Tom‘s injury lawyers fight aggressively to defend the rights of people just like you who’ve been hurt through no fault of their own. We’ll seek the maximum compensation possible for your injury claim, to ensure that you have the funds to rebuild your life and put this crash behind you.
Our car crash attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we’re ready to stand up for you and your family. We’ll sit down with you and provide a thorough, honest assessment of your case when you schedule a consultation with us. Call 713-244-6363 or reach out to us online today. There’s absolutely no fee to speak with us, and we won’t charge you anything until we win money for you.
Do I Need A Car Accident Lawyer?
After an injury accident, victims are often forced to deal not only with the pain, stress, and hassle of medical treatment, but also dealing with insurance company representatives after the crash.
Dealing with an insurance company and the technicalities of available coverage, plus determining liability, gathering evidence, and other details can be challenging under the best of circumstances. It’s even more burdensome to try to do this on your own when you are recuperating from a car accident.
After you have been involved in a collision, you will likely be contacted very shortly thereafter by the insurance company for the other driver. The agent may be especially friendly and they more than likely will tell you that you do not need an attorney to settle the claim.
You must take these promises with a grain of salt. In fact, you should avoid saying anything to any insurance company representative until you have retained legal representation.
If a claims adjuster asks you to provide a recorded statement, you should always decline and instead let your lawyer do the talking. Such statements are typically used to try to get victims to admit to some kind of negligence that is then used as justification for reducing an award.
The insurance company may also offer you a lump sum settlement to resolve your case. Whatever you are being offered is likely to be a fraction of to what you are actually entitled, however, especially when it comes to future losses associated with an accident. An attorney’s role is to negotiate a fair and full settlement that will compensate you for an entire range of damages, so be sure to hire an attorney you can trust to represent you and your interests.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
An accident is a potential risk every time you get behind the wheel. A few of the most common types of accident cases that Attorney Tom handles include the following:
- Drunk driving accidents — A driver who causes a crash because they operated while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will usually face criminal charges, and it is important to understand that a criminal case is totally separate from a civil action. In other words, either with or without a conviction, the responsible party could still be held civilly liable for money damages.
- Rear-end collisions — Such collisions are usually the result of distracted driving or a motorist exceeding the speed limit.
- Distracted driving accidents – Drivers who have their attention diverted away from the road by something else going on inside or outside of their vehicles sometimes cause horrific accidents that result in severe injuries or even death.
- Bicycle accidents — Bicyclists are far more susceptible to catastrophic injuries when they are involved in collisions with motor vehicles.
- Head-on collisions — Two automobiles striking head-to-head greatly increases the likelihood of fatal injuries because the collisions often involve the full force of both vehicles.
- Pedestrian accidents — Pedestrians are at risk at crosswalks or when drivers are not paying attention to traffic signals or driving recklessly.
- Intersection accidents — Intersections are common sites of crashes because one driver’s failure to abide by local traffic laws can result in a collision. Possible causes of accidents may include lack of compliance with traffic lights or signs.
- Left-turn crashes — This kind of accident usually involves one driver turning left into the path of an oncoming vehicle or motorcycle that is then powerless to avoid a collision.
- Single-vehicle accidents — Some crashes are completely isolated incidents, and the drivers are often presumed to have been at fault. In truth, such accidents could very well stem from defective vehicle parts, improper repairs, or possibly even unsafe roadways.
- T-bone accidents — A T-bone collision involves one vehicle striking the side of another automobile.
- Hit and run collisions — Some drivers flee from an accident scene. Leaving the scene of a crash is usually a criminal offense. In addition to a personal injury settlement or judgment, the crime can carry more serious penalties if the accident caused serious injury or death.
- Rollover Accidents — Commercial tractor-trailers and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are two of the types of vehicle most prone to rolling over, and such incidents can easily involve other motor vehicles.
- Parking lot accidents — Collisions in parking areas are extremely common. Such accidents also tend to involve a greater debate about who was at fault for a collision.
- Multiple-vehicle accidents — While most crashes are limited to two vehicles, this is not always the case. A crash involving three or more vehicles are far more likely to have a very complicated resolution.
Every automobile accident is different. The one truth that remains for each is that a skilled personal injury lawyer is paramount for recovering the appropriate compensation following a crash. If you have been hurt in a car accident, contact Attorney Tom today for a free case evaluation. You owe us nothing unless we recover money for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents
Even if you think your injuries are relatively minor (and you may be still in shock), always call 911 and request get medical attention. This is important because a delay or failure to get medical care can lead to an insurance company arguing that your injuries were insufficiently serious or unrelated to the accident and are, thus, not compensable.While you are at the scene of your accident, also try to take as many pictures of everything involved as you can. Get photographs of the vehicles, the people, and any other notable factors before they are corrected. You also want to obtain the names and contact information for witnesses who saw the collision.
When you cannot take these steps for yourself because of the need for medical attention at the scene, ask a friend, family member, or other acquaintance to do this for you. More importantly, never discuss the accident with anybody until you have retained a personal injury attorney. Also, don’t post anything about the accident or your injuries on social media websites.
Many car accident cases are ultimately resolved through settlements. While insurance companies are initially reluctant to agree to sizable settlements, they may ultimately relinquish that if or when a trial is about to begin. That’s why you need a skilled, professional negotiator by your side each step of the way.If a case does go all the way to trial and a victim is able to prove another party’s negligence in an accident caused their injuries by a preponderance of the evidence, different kinds of compensatory damages may be awarded.
Compensatory damages are typically a combination of economic damages, which are a person’s actual, calculable losses, and noneconomic damages, which are for harm that is far more subjective.
Economic damages usually include medical bills and lost wages while noneconomic damages could be for the loss of consortium or pain and suffering.
Car Accident Statistics
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, almost 1.25 million people die in car crashes annually, or an average of 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million people are injured or disabled. Over half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
The organization reports that road traffic crashes are the ninth leading cause of death and account for 2.2 percent of all deaths globally, but they are the leading cause of death among those under 30, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people ages 5-14. Almost 400,000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads every year, an average of more than 1,000 a day.
Road crashes cost $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2 percent of their annual GDP. ASIRT claims that unless action is taken in this regard, traffic injuries could become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. This was a 1.8-percent decrease from the 37,806 people killed in 2016 and came after two consecutive increases in 2015 and 2016.
Fatalities increased in 2017 compared to 2016 for SUV occupants (3.0 percent increase), crashes involving large trucks (9.0 percent increase, with large trucks defined as any medium or heavy truck, excluding buses and motor homes, with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds, and including commercial and non-commercial vehicles), combination trucks (tractor trailers) involved (5.8 percent increase), and single-unit straight trucks involved (18.7 percent increase). There were 673 fewer fatalities in 2017 than 2016 for passenger car occupants (1.1 percent decrease), van occupants (5.8 percent decrease), pickup truck occupants (4.5 percent decrease), motorcyclists (3.1 percent decrease), pedestrians (1.7 percent decrease), pedal-cyclists (8.1 percent decrease), alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities (1.1 percent decrease), and speeding-related fatalities (5.6 percent decrease).
NHTSA also reported that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 1.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, but the fatality rate per 100 million VMT decreased by 2.5 percent, from 1.19 in 2016 to 1.16 in 2017. The number of urban fatalities was larger than the number of rural fatalities in 2016 and 2017, although rural fatalities were greater than urban fatalities in 2015 and earlier.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today
Were you hurt in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence? Did you lose a loved one in a tragic crash that was not their fault? Contact Attorney Tom today to speak with a compassionate, aggressive injury attorney who knows how to get results for you and your family.
We pride ourselves on hard work and persistence in protecting the rights of our clients. Our firm will stand by your side and help ensure that you can recover the full range of compensation that you are owed. We can begin to review your case as soon as you call 713-244-6363 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation. And remember, you owe us nothing unless we win money damages for you through either a settlement or a court judgment.