Houston Car Accident Lawyer

Texas Car Accident Attorneys

In 2016, an average of 726 people were injured daily in car accidents in the State of Texas.*  When they occur, auto collisions can be life-changing. From minor fender-benders to major collisions, it is important for drivers to understand their rights and responsibilities when car accidents happen. If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another party, you should be aware that you:

  1. have the right to consult a car accident lawyer about your rights, and;
  2. many car accident lawyers, including us, will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation.

At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we handle car accidents every day. Our car accident lawyers will fight to maximize your recovery while assisting you to obtain the medical care you need to get on with your life. The role of defendant driver’s insurance adjuster is to minimize the company’s cost, not to take care of you.  Don’t let an insurance adjuster victimize you a second time. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today at: 1-800-298-0111.

Please see our helpful guide Steps to take following your accident.

How Our Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help

Our car accident attorneys can help make your road to recovery much less bumpy by:

  • Wrecked carhelping you get the medical care you need,
  • cutting through the red tape and filing all available insurance claims,
  • pursuing compensation for all of your losses
  • locating the responsible parties,
  • investigating the causes of the wreck,
  • proving liability,
  • drafting a demand letter,
  • negotiating and maximizing a settlement,
  • negotiating liens, and if necessary;
  •  litigating the case.

Call (713) 932-0777 for a free consultation for your injury claim.  We work on a contingency fee basis–so the initial consultation is free and we do not charge you a dime unless we make a recovery for you.

Key Information for Car Accident Victims

car accident guideIf you are in a car accident, here is the key information you need to know:

Causes of Car Accidents

There are many reasons automobile accidents happen.  There can be more than one cause of an automobile collision. Juries are often asked to sort out multiple causes and apportion liability among two or more drivers. Some of the common causes and contributing causes to auto collisions are:

For more information on the causes of car wrecks, please watch the video below.

Is it Best to Hire A Car Crash Lawyer?

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If you have been injured in a car accident, then the short answer is “yes.” Sadly, many people come to us after they have attempted to handle a case on their own with a seemingly friendly insurance adjuster who promised they would “take full responsibility” early on and then made a ridiculous low ball offer and quit returning calls later. These kind of tactics cause injured persons to not gather and preserve evidence they should be gathering from the start and they cause people to delay in getting medical care they need. The absence of evidence and the delays are then used against the injured victim to justify a low offer when it comes time to settle the case. Thus, it is best to get a car accident lawyer involved in the case early when you have sustained injuries.

What if Fault is Obvious in My Auto Collision?

Many of car wreck cases that wind up in the court systems are not there fighting over who is at fault.  Those cases are often fighting over what injuries were caused by the wreck and what amount is fair compensation. If you think you have a simple case and are contemplating going at without a lawyer on your side in order to “save money,” you should read this article first:

Who is at Fault in a Rear-End Accident in Texas?

 Contrary to popular belief, there is no automatic liability even in a rear-end accident.

What You Best Know Before You Try to Handle a Car Wreck Alone

Before you try to take a go at your case without hiring an experienced Houston car accident lawyer, here are some other important things you should be aware of:

  • Insurance Companies Don’t Want to Help You. Insurance adjusters typically will not front you money or help you find a doctor that will treat you without expecting payment up front. They know that if you have no help, you are likely not to seek the care you need. They also know that delays and gaps in care make juries second guess whether you were really hurt. Thus, stalling your case is in their best interests and saves them money in the long run.
  • Don’t Believe Anything the Insurance Adjuster Says. When an adjuster tells you “we take full responsibility,” it does not mean they will pay all of your medical bills and compensate you fairly for other losses from your car accident. Liability is rarely the big fight. Insurance adjusters know that just because their client is liable for causing the accident, doesn’t mean they must pay for all of the medical care you receive.  Texas law only requires them to pay for “reasonable and necessary” medical care that is caused by the collision. If you fail to seek medical care promptly or you seek alternative medicine vs medical care that conforms with accepted medical care guidelines, defendants can use your action/inaction against you to convince a jury to not award you all of your bills. Your best course of action is to seek prompt, appropriate care if you have been injured.
  • Property Damage and Injury Claims Are Completely Separate. Payment of your vehicle property damage is not an admission of liability for your personal injuries suffered in an accident. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are going to treat you fair on your personal injury claim just because they paid for the damage to your car promptly. Payment of the property damage before they deny your injury claim is a common tactic to try to prevent the jury from ever seeing photos of the property damage. When your case goes to trial, you are typically not even allowed to tell the jury that the insurance company paid for the damage to the vehicle that their insured caused.
  • Never Consent to a Recorded Statement. Recorded statements can be used against you. Your own company’s insurance adjuster or theirs may use recorded statements to deny your claim or trick you into settling your claim before you know all of the long-term effects of your injuries. Do not ever give a recorded statement to anyone without having an attorney who represents you present.
  • What Cannot Be Used as Evidence in Civil Court. Juries do not get to see the whole picture. In a civil court of law, much of the police report must be marked out so the jury cannot see it. Evidence of the other driver’s insurance coverage is generally not admissible in evidence.
  • You Need to File a Lawsuit to Find Out Insurance Coverage. Insurance companies do not have to tell you how much insurance coverage their insured has unless you file a lawsuit and force them to do it. Thus, if oyur damages are likely to exceed $30,000 (the minimum limits required), you may need to file a lawsuit to find out how much coverage there really is.
  • Your Car Accident Settlement May Be Taken By Your Health Insurance Company. You may have an obligation to pay back your health insurance company out of any settlement or judgment. If you have health insurance, the policy usually contains what is known as a “subrogation clause.” In plain language, this means that both you and the car insurance company may have an obligation to reimburse your health insurance company out of your settlement. The insurance adjuster does not have to tell you before you accept a settlement offer that a chunk of that offer must be paid directly by the auto liability insurer to your health insurer leaving you with little or nothing. See: Do I have to pay my health insurance company back out of my settlement?
  • Never Sign a Release Without Legal Counsel. When you sign a Release, it is forever. When they offer you a settlement in exchange for signing a release, you are giving up all of your rights specified in the release for injuries you know of now and those you discover in the future. Don’t sign a property damage release until you are sure they have covered all of the damage and that your bodily injury claim is not incorporated in the release. It is best to have a car accident lawyer review all releases before you sign so that you understand what you are giving up.

As you can see from the above, there are a number of risks you take by not having an attorney on your side to explain all of the consequences of your actions and of the decisions the insurance adjuster may push you to make. Call us for a free consultation today. For more information on handling car accident claims, please visit: Tips for Filing Claims Against Car Accidents.

What Does it Cost to Speak to a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

It costs you NOTHING to speak to our car accident lawyers. You need to know the consequences of your actions before you go down the wrong path and do damage to your own case. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we offer a 100% FREE initial consultation. You can come in and speak with an automobile accident attorney about your case. We will tell you what expect and what to lookout for.  At the end of your consultation, if you decide not to hire us, you do not owe us a dime. If you do decide to hire us, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means our fee is a percentage of the recovery we make on your case. If we do not make a recovery, you do not pay us a dime. Hear it from our senior partner, Robert S. Simmons:

 

Specific Types of Auto Accidents We Handle

Not all car accidents are the same. They may vary depending upon the vehicle you are operating, the vehicle the other driver is operating, the insurance coverage available or the driver’s state and/or source of intoxication.  Here are some of the different types of automobile accidents we handle:

Call us today for your free consultation.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

*According to the Texas Department of Transportation:

  • There were 14,202 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2016 with 17,586 people sustaining injuries in those crashes.
  • 3,773 people died in automobile accidents just in Texas in 2016.
  • A total of 265,067 people were injured in Texas automobile accidents in 2016.

On a more local level, the Houston-Galveston Area Council Mobility Report found:

  • There were 166,830 total car accidents in the Houston-Galveston area in 2016.
  • There were 874 Auto-bicycle accidents in the Houston-Galveston area in 2016.
  • There were  607 accidents involving buses in the Houston-Galveston area in 2016.