Skilled Representation for Houston Auto Accident Claims
Car accidents can lead to devastating injuries that often require extensive recovery, leaving you unable to pay medical bills and replace lost wages as you struggle to provide for your family. At the Mayday Law Office, we are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.We are proud to have helped numerous clients throughout Houston and the state of Texas, helping secure both successful negotiation and litigation of motor vehicle accident lawsuits. We have handled car accident cases at all levels of the state and federal courts.If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Houston, contact the Mayday Law Office today. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation for your injuries and loss.
Do Not Speak with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are not motivated to pay out fair and full claims. They might not have your best interests in mind, especially when you are seeking the best possible healthcare for your injuries. Insurance companies have lawyers and adjusters whose primary job is to dispute your claim and minimize their financial exposure.It is crucial that you avoid speaking with insurance companies after your accident, and instead let your lawyer handle these conversations. Our car accident lawyers will make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Determining Liability in a Car Accident Case
Our Houston car accident lawyers and legal staff utilize the latest technology and litigation techniques to thoroughly investigate your accident. We identify all liable parties and work to maximize your settlement.We handle claims involving extenuating circumstances such as:
Drunk Driving Accidents
Each year thousands of Texans are seriously injured or killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. It is imperative that you contact 9-1-1 from the scene of the accident if you suspect that a person was driving under the influence. Texas drivers must submit to a chemical blood or breath test to determine their blood alcohol level if they are suspected of driving while impaired. If the other party or the driver of the vehicle where you were a passenger is shown to be under the influence of alcohol, you may be entitled to punitive damages. A drunk driver may face criminal and civil penalties; however, a criminal conviction rarely provides sufficient compensation for an injury victim. To recover damages, you will likely need to file a civil lawsuit.
Accidents Caused by Automotive Defects
A defective automobile or car part can cause irreparable property damage and substantial physical harm. There may be one or more parties involved in automotive defect cases, including the auto manufacturer or the manufacturer of a specific part. Commonly recalled automotive parts include:
Dangerous tires prone to blowouts
Failing brake systems
Improperly designed steering components
Faulty wiring systems
Sudden unintended acceleration
In auto defect cases, you may have a claim based on a manufacturing defect or defective design. If you suspect that a defective auto part or dangerously designed vehicle was the root cause of your accident, contact the Mayday Law Office immediately for a consultation. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation, including the subpoenaing of safety records and internal documents to help establish liability.
Accidents Caused by Roadway Design, Hazards, or Maintenance
Poor road maintenance, debris, uneven surfaces, or an unsafe road design are all common hazards on Texas roadways. When one of these conditions causes an accident resulting in severe injury or death, a government entity may be held responsible. Recovering damages against a government entity can be challenging and has specific legal requirements.In general, you have less time to file a claim for personal injury against a government agency or entity. Additionally, you have to ensure that you name all appropriate parties, provide adequate notice, file with the correct entity and include a sufficient description of the incident. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in your claim being denied.
Our firm can also determine if your accident was caused by the other party’s distracted driving. Contrary to popular belief, distracted driving is not limited to texting or cell phone use; it can involve anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimates that almost 1 in 4 crashes involves a distracted driver.Distracted driving significantly increases a person’s reaction time, making it difficult for them to stop, slow down, or avoid a collision. Tragically, collisions involving driver inattention can be catastrophic or even fatal.
Houston Car Accident Statistics
Houston routinely ranks as one of the state’s most dangerous places to drive. Heavy congestion along with non-stop construction account for countless accidents and injuries each year. Interstates like I-45 and the I-10 and others that connect the metroplex, including Houston’s West Loop, see a disproportionate number of crashes.According to the TxDOT Crash Records Information System in Houston last year:
There were over 65,000 reportable crashes in the city;
2,608 traffic accidents involved a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol;
Over 6,000 collisions had a distracted driver;
Nearly 1,300 resulted in suspected serious injury;
985 were considered speed-related crashes; and
There were 266 fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Crash data provided by the TxDOT is collected by analyzing the reports submitted by law enforcement agencies in the state. As noted by their data, it has now been over 20 years of daily deaths on Texas roadways.
Shared Fault and Your Right to Recovery
After an accident, the other person’s insurance adjuster may try to put you at fault for the accident to avoid paying full compensation for your injuries. Once retained, our firm will handle the insurance company and fight for you to receive the recovery you deserve. You should never sign anything or admit fault without discussing your claim with an experienced lawyer.In Texas, under Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 33.001, a person may still recover damages unless their percentage of responsibility is greater than 50%. Referred to as the “51% bar rule”, you are only barred from recovery if your portion of the blame for the accident was 51% or more. In all other cases, your damages are reduced according to your degree of fault.
Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
If you are injured in a car accident, you need to seek medical treatment immediately. Be sure to continue your care. Stopping treatment could affect your physical and financial recovery. Keep all records related to your treatment and a copy of all of your medical bills. In many cases, you will be entitled to compensation for the cost of your treatment.A legal record of your medical treatment will help to solidify your claim for damages and prove the extent of your injuries. Even if you believe you were not seriously injured, you should still see a doctor. Failing to get evaluated by a medical professional can hurt your case. If, for any reason, you are unable to continue or afford treatment, notify our office immediately. We may be able to help you find the care you need. At the Mayday Law Office, your well-being is our top priority. We are dedicated to all aspects of your recovery!
Why Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?
Hiring an attorney after a car accident is the best way to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Too often, unrepresented injury victims receive settlements that fail to cover all of their medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damage, or pain and suffering after an accident. Insurance companies use high-pressure tactics to convince people to settle for far less than their case is worth. At the Mayday Law Office, we know how insurance companies work and the strategies they use to downplay or deny valid claims. Our attorneys fight for you, negotiating to get you the largest possible recovery. Hiring a lawyer to represent you can help you get the treatment you need and more money in the long run. When you retain our firm, there are no fees unless we win. The sooner you hire our attorneys, the more we can do to help!
Injured in an Accident? Turn to Our Skilled Advocates.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent operation of a motor vehicle, you have legal rights that must be protected. Remember that you may have limited time to report an injury and make a claim. We handle all kinds of motor vehicle accidents, including:
Auto / Car Accidents
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Pedestrian Hit & Run
Uninsured & Underinsured Motorists
We take all cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay no fees until we recover a settlement in your favor. Mayday Law Office provides quality legal services and representation to clients throughout Houston and the state of Texas.Call us today at (281) 741-1162 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you deserve to have an experienced injury lawyer on your side. Reach out to Mayday Law Office today to discuss your legal options in a free consultation.