If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a car crash, you need legal help from experienced attorneys who are prepared to fight for your rights. Don’t expect the insurance companies have your best interests at heart. They don’t. Contact our Houston car accident lawyer today.
Minimizing payouts and maximizing profits are their concerns. You need a car accident attorney in Houston whose concerns are the same as yours.
Our Houston car accident lawyers have over 30 years of experience helping folks throughout Texas who have been injured in auto accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers.
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OUR CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS GET PAID ONLY IF WE WIN
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We handle all Houston car crash cases on a percentage basis. This means we cover all expenses to pursue the claim with the insurance company and file a lawsuit for the injuries you suffered in the accident.
We don’t get our expenses and fees unless there is an award or settlement. You never pay us anything upfront. If we recover compensation on your behalf, our expenses and fees are deducted from that sum. That means you never have to pay us directly out of your pocket. You do not pay unless we win.
COMMON CAUSE OF CAR ACCIDENTS
Car Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
In one recent year, Harris County led all counties with 149 fatal car crashes and 158 fatalities as a result of drunk drivers. Auto accidents stemming from drunk driving can subject the drunk driver to unlimited punitive damages.
Chapter 249 of the Texas Penal Code provides:
(2) “Intoxicated” means: (A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or(B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
Sec. 49.07. INTOXICATION ASSAULT.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person, by accident or mistake: (1) while operating an aircraft, watercraft, or amusement ride while intoxicated, or while operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, by reason of that intoxication causes serious bodily injury to another.
Sec. 49.08. INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person:(1) operates a motor vehicle in a public place, operates an aircraft, a watercraft, or an amusement ride, or assembles a mobile amusement ride; and (2) is intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication causes the death of another by accident or mistake. (b) Except as provided by Section 49.09, an offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.
When somebody drives a vehicle while intoxicated and either injures or kills another, the law allows them to be sued for greater damages than if they had been sober. If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver in a car accident, the case must be handled by an aggressive car accident lawyer in order to give you the best chance at recovering as much compensation as legally possible.
like talking on cell phones or texting while driving continues to be a leading cause of wrecks. In just a few seconds, distracted drivers can easily veer off the side of the road causing either a single vehicle auto accident or drift into another lane and cause a multi-vehicle collision.
Aggressive Reckless Driving
is described as “an individual who commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Aggressive driving can take the form of speeding, running red lights, tailgating and general disregard for the rules of the road.
Drowsy or Fatigued Driving
can actually be as dangerous as drunk driving or driving under the influence of legal or illegal drugs. If somebody gets behind the wheel of an automobile when it is dangerous, whether because of alcohol or exhaustion, they are putting other people on the road at risk.
can be the result of many factors including defective tires, improper installation, over-inflation, under-inflation, overuse and road hazards.
Other causes could be reckless driving, failure to yield the right of way, or driving the wrong way. Whatever the cause, the basic elements of an auto accident are similar to any negligence claim. You need Houston car accident attorneys who can build a case to prove that the driver was negligent in the operation of their car and this caused the collision and your resulting injuries.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A HOUSTON CAR WRECK
Take care of your injuries.
Your first need after an auto accident is to get medical treatment. A delay in seeking medical attention for an injury can be used against you by the insurance company. Delays in treatment can ruin your claim. More importantly, they can seriously threaten your health.
Talk to an experienced car accident lawyer in Houston, NOT an insurance company.
Insurance company representatives often contact victims soon after a car accident to obtain a recorded statement or offer a low-ball settlement. When you are recovering from an injury, you are not in the best condition to answer an insurance company’s detailed questions. Adjusters who take recorded statements are as skilled as trial lawyers in framing questions and eliciting answers that only benefit the insurance company. Remember, the only reason the adjuster wants to record your statement is to reduce the amount of money they have to pay you.
You have two years after the accident to file a lawsuit or you will be prevented from doing so by the Texas Statute of Limitations. It may seem like plenty of time but accident victims often wait too long and then their claim for compensation is barred by law. Acting quickly is often necessary when the car accident scene needs to be investigated or witness statements taken. Evidence sometimes needs to be preserved with a court order. Check out this great article by Allstate for more tips on what to do after a car accident here.
When you are the victim of a serious auto accident injury, the insurance company will be working hard to collect facts and evidence to bolster a defense to your claim and minimize your damages. It is crucial that you contact an experienced auto accident attorney in Houston so that evidence and witness accounts will still be fresh.
WHEN SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE DRIVER IS AT FAULT FOR THE ACCIDENT
In some cases, a claim for personal injuries from a car accident may also be brought against individuals other than the negligent driver.
If the at-fault driver was driving as a part of work-related duties, then the employer may be responsible for the driver’s negligence and the resulting damages.
If the at-fault driver was at the wheel of a vehicle owned by someone else, the owner of the vehicle may be liable for the negligence of the driver. This is known as liability for negligent entrustment. Under this cause of action, the owner of a vehicle who allows someone else to operate it can be held liable for his or her negligent driving when there is an accident. Vehicle owners may be liable if they negligently entrusted the vehicle to somebody they knew, or should have known, to be a reckless, incompetent or unlicensed driver.
WE ONLY GET PAID IF WE WIN
Mr. Fleming is one of a small percentage of Houston car accident lawyers who are recognized as a specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENTS
Were you or a loved one injured in a driving accident in Houston or anywhere else in Texas? If so, you probably have lots of questions about what happens now. That’s completely understandable.
In an effort to help, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about car accident claims. These are general answers to general questions. We are ready to provide you with specific answers to your individual questions – and it won’t cost you anything.