Getting injured in a car accident can be a traumatizing and frustrating experience. You may be unable to work, have extensive medical bills, and have a vehicle that needs to be repaired. The first question you may ask is how much compensation you are entitled to receive. The best way to determine the value of your case is by consulting with an experienced attorney.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we know how devastating a car accident can be. It may deeply affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally, but it can also take its toll on you financially. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injury victims throughout Texas, let us help you get the money you deserve. Contact our office today at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation.
Texas is an at-fault insurance state meaning that an injured party can sue the person responsible for their injuries for damages. Because Texas requires motorists to carry insurance, most of the time an injured party seeks damages by filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
An attorney can help you understand your rights and determine how to pursue compensation against an at-fault party. If the insurance company refuses to pay a full and fair settlement, an attorney can assist you in filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person that caused you harm.
In a Texas car accident case, you can sue for both economic (special) and non-economic (general) damages. Economic damages are out-of-pocket losses that are easily calculated. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more difficult to estimate but are designed to compensate you for things like pain and suffering.
Damages that may be awarded in a car accident case include compensation for:
While there is no typical or average settlement amount in auto accident claims, a lawyer can help you calculate your losses to determine how much to request in damages.
A car accident claim can settle for as little as a few thousand dollars to well over a million depending on the circumstances of the case. To know how much to sue for you need to determine all of your losses.
The best way to obtain the recovery you deserve is by meticulously documenting all of your damages, including taking pictures and providing copies of your medical bills.
While your out-of-pocket expenses may be relatively easy to figure out, your non-economic damages such as your physical pain and emotional suffering may be more challenging. In most cases, an attorney will use experts to help prove non-economic or general damages that are less easy to quantify.
You should never accept a settlement without first consulting with an attorney. Insurance adjusters may try to get you to settle your case for significantly less than it is worth. Only once you have reviewed your claim with an attorney should you consider accepting an insurance settlement.
Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to sue for damages. If you were found to share liability for your injuries, your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of fault. Therefore, if your damages totaled $100,000 but you were found to be 25% responsible for the accident, your recovery may be reduced to $75,000.
Were you injured in a Texas car accident? Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your case with an attorney. All consultations are free and confidential. Call now to get started.