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To say that every attorney is equal in terms of education and adequacy would be false. Different states and counties have different laws, different branches of the law have different stipulations—attorneys are built for a specific field of law, and most will practice that for their entire career. What makes the best attorney when it comes to car accidents in the Houston area?
Immense Attention to Detail
One aspect of law—personal injury—doesn’t hinge on local laws all too much. Different states have different laws when it comes to automobiles and how insurance deems an accident, which can sometimes play into a case. In a car accident, every little detail is a major pivotal point. Personal injury comes with trauma, vehicle damage, and sometimes, there is more than one passenger in the vehicle. There’s a lot to consider.
A great attorney isn’t going to just say, “This is 100% in your court,” if they don’t mean it. A quality attorney will be completely transparent with you about their expectations, and their predictions. It’s more than just the skills to analyze a situation properly—it’s personal judgment, perceiving the case in a play-by-play show in their mind, and deliberating from that. Analytical skills are an absolute must, and you can know from the first conversation just how competent and ready-to-go your attorney is.
Logical problem solving is a key component, but there’s a problem with using solely logic to solve an issue: you hit the wall early. A top-notch attorney will also have the creative skills behind them to find alternative solutions around an issue, while presenting your case and representing you in the best possible way.
In a conversation, when someone is caught looking like a deer in the headlights, they have immediately admitted weakness both intellectually, and in terms of the solidity of their case. An attorney is always supposed to have an immediate response to every potential question that is hurled their way, because they’ve spent a lot of time in their own heads playing out these exact situations before.
When an attorney looks at your case, they’re not just reading a fact sheet or a statement from the police after the car accident. They’re playing over every single detail, how it can be used in your favor, and how, if at all, it can be used against you. An excellent attorney has already thought of the results of the case, and every fork in the road along the way to get you to where you need to be: receiving compensation for your injury.
The Best Car Accident Lawyer in Houston
When looking for the best possible results, you seek out the best attorney to get you to where you need to be. In Houston, car accidents happen every single day. Only a Houston native like Hilda Sibrian has seen these cases before, and will certainly see these cases again. For the best chance at the compensation you deserve, hire the best attorney in Houston. You’ll be glad you did.
Often times, terms can be confusing when they come with a whole mess of different definitions. You feel like you need a college textbook just to decipher all the gibberish. Defining a personal injury should be simple—you know when you’ve been injured, but the lines can get a bit gray. Take a look at what a personal injury really is.
In a Nutshell
When you’ve received psychological, emotional, or physical trauma due to an incident, you’ve become a victim of personal injury. One of the most common incidents are car accidents. When you’re not at fault, especially when you’re just sitting at a red light, waiting for it to turn, everything changes in a second. You didn’t see it coming and it put you into shock—psychological trauma. A loved one has become injured, or worse—emotional trauma. You have become a victim of physical harm to your body, whether it be whiplash or more serious injuries—physical trauma.
What Is a Personal Injury Case?
These are legal issues that arise after someone has endured some form of trauma due to the negligence or acts of another. These can be filed through the court system, or personal settlements through informal means can be arranged from your personal injury attorney’s office to the office of the one at fault.
Your Personal Injury Matters
In any form of law, through what is called the “statute of limitations,” you only have a certain amount of time to file your claims before they’re deemed invalid. The longer you wait between a personal injury, and bringing it to the attention of a personal injury attorney, the less likely chance that it will be believable. Be proactive; realize that you have endured a personal injury, and act upon it.
Legal Obligations to the Public
A personal injury is not always out of negligence. Accidents do happen. When you are behind the wheel of a car, for example, you are responsible for every pedestrian, other vehicle, and piece of public property that you could potentially damage. You would expect the same from any other driver, and so it applies to everyone.
Even if you were on the other end of a personal injury situation, whether it was an accident or not, it can still be considered a personal injury. Utilizing a privilege, such as driving, comes with responsibilities. Consequently, other drivers have that same obligation to you. When an accident occurs, personal injuries arise, and they need to be addressed.
What To Do If You Have a Personal Injury
Don’t hesitate; contact your local personal injury attorney office. Keep documentation of the incident as best as you can. If you were required to be taken away by emergency services, the statements garnered from the police and eyewitness testimonies from the EMTs can also be deemed valid as material, should your case ever go to court. When you incur a personal injury, treat it as one—you’ve been wronged, one way or another. It’s time you get compensation.
Call the Houston offices of Hilda Sibrian, personal injury attorney, today at 713-863-1515.
The biggest thought after being in a car accident is, “Where do I go from here?” Many times, victims of a car accident take the wrong steps. You have to take the right steps going forward to ensure compensation, and to alleviate any psychological or emotional trauma that may have altered your way of life due to interrupting your source of income. So how should you proceed?
If you’re reading this before ever being in an accident, you’re arming yourself with knowledge, and that’s invaluable. The first thing you should do after a car accident, provided that you aren’t seriously injured, is take down every piece of information you can. Eyewitness names, phone numbers, information of the other driver(s), photographs of the scene, and anything else that appears important. You can never have too much information when trying to build your case.
If you’ve been seriously injured, emergency services will also have a record of what happened through police statements and medical forms.
Being Hit as a Pedestrian
There’s nothing more traumatizing than being the victim of a car incident when you weren’t even driving in the first place. The negligent acts of another driver have resulted in your personal injury—you’ve been seriously hurt. In most cases, being hit as a pedestrian or a cyclist involves dire injuries, requiring you be brought to the nearest hospital for medical attention and treatment. You won’t be able to take photographs, or take down eyewitness information. The ball isn’t out of your court yet.
In a case like this, you’ve been injured so severely that you weren’t able to consciously call 911 for yourself, and either an eyewitness or the driver of the vehicle will end up doing that for you. The driver has stayed around (as they always should) and this won’t go down as a crime. However, that doesn’t impede upon your right to full compensation. Your quality of life, income, and other aspects have been temporarily or permanently altered due to no fault of your own—don’t assume that accidents happen, and that it’s just an unfortunate part of life. You have been injured, and you are entitled to compensation.
Contact an Attorney
You must contact an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. This is going to show the immediate need for compensation and trauma relief to put this incident behind you, all without affecting your quality of life for longer than necessary. When you wait for an extended period of time before contacting an attorney, you’re injecting disbelief into the urgency of the case.
When you’re recovering from an accident, it can take a little while to wrap your head around everything that’s happened. Even so, you should still be certain not to hesitate too long, and contact your local Houston attorney to handle the situation as quickly as possible. Contact Hilda Sibrian to get the best attorney in Houston on your side without the wait.
Uber and other rideshare companies offer an affordable way to get home after a night on the town. Having such an easy, safe alternative to drunk driving reduces the risk of injury or death due to a drunk driving crash, and also eliminates the chances of getting an expensive and stressful DUI. Drunk driving statistics in some areas even directly attribute the decrease in DUI crashes to rideshare companies.
While we always recommend Houstonians take a taxi or use an Uber instead of driving after drinking, we also know Uber accidents do happen. For this reason, it is important to know how to react if you get in a car accident in an Uber. Taking the right steps after an accident ensures you can recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and other accident-related expenses later.
No matter if you are in an Uber or Lyft or in your own personal car, your priorities are the same after a car accident. Your health must always come first, so if you have obvious injuries you need to dial 911 to get first responders to the scene as soon as possible.
If you opted out of emergency medical care and transport at the scene, it pays to visit your nearest emergency department or make an appointment with your doctor for an exam as soon as possible. Not only will this exam rule out any internal injuries, it also offers documentation of your condition if seemingly minor injuries worsen later on.
Use your cell phone or a digital camera to take pictures of the scene from every angle. Pay careful attention to skid marks and other signs on the road. Document the damage to each vehicle as well.
Grab a pen and paper or your phone to jot down some information about any involved parties. This should include:
If you have time, you may want to make a few notes about exactly what happened immediately before, during, and after the crash. These details fade faster than you realize, and your notes could hold a clue to proving fault in the accident.
Once your health is stable and you have the information you need about the crash, it is time to report it to Uber. Select “Help” from the menu, and select the correct trip. Then select “I was in an accident.” This forwards you to the appropriate area of the app to file your report.
Unless you live in a no-fault car insurance state, the at-fault driver is responsible for paying for your medical treatment and other damages after a car accident. This is why drivers must carry a certain amount of liability coverage to drive a vehicle. If another driver ran a red light and hit your Uber, that driver’s liability insurance would cover your accident-related expenses.
If your Uber driver caused the accident, you would rely on his/her policy for coverage. Because your driver had a passenger (you) in the car at the time of the collision, Uber’s $1 million liability policy should cover your injuries.
When comparing Uber and Lyft, their insurance policies are nearly identical. While they vary somewhat from state to state based on local laws, most offer $1 million in liability coverage any time a paying passenger is in the vehicle. For example, imagine your Uber driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and caused a crash. Uber provides
$1 million in liability coverage to split between you, other passengers, and anyone injured in the other vehicle.
Aside from these general rules, many of the insurance questions you have about a car accident in an Uber are probably still up in the air. Ridesharing services are still in their infancy, and local and state laws are not yet in place in all areas. The best way to understand the law in your area is to contact a local car accident attorney who is familiar with Uber and Lyft accidents. Enlisting the help of a knowledgeable professional is the best way to ensure you get the compensation you deserve after an accident.
Once you know who caused the crash, you can file an insurance claim to collect compensation for the injuries you suffered as a passenger in an Uber accident. You can contact the insurance company on your own, but we highly recommend letting an Uber accident lawyer handle your claim.
If you do choose to handle the claim on your own, it is paramount you understand how to calculate your damages. Do not sign an agreement or offer any recorded statements without first discussing your case with a lawyer. You could lose the right to collect just compensation for your injuries.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian have dedicated their careers to helping injured Houstonians recover the compensation they deserve. For help with your Uber accident claim, contact Hilda Sibrian today.
Seeing as we have some of the most dangerous intersections in the country, it should come as no surprise that pedestrian and bicycle accidents happen every day in Houston. They cover the gamut when it comes to injuries. Most are minor, but some leave the victim with devastating injuries or even lead to death. Several cyclists have even been involved in accidents with METRO trains.
When a vehicle hits a pedestrian or cyclist, the injuries are often severe because of the pedestrian’s total lack of protection.
If a motorist caused the accident, his/her insurance company should cover your damages. However, you need to know what to do in the first hours and days after a pedestrian accident to ensure the insurance company does not try to strip you of your right to file for compensation. If you suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident:
Focus on Your Health First
Your first concern after a Houston pedestrian or bicycle accident should be your own well-being. Call 911 for emergency medical treatment, especially if you have any major injuries. Be aware, though, not all serious injuries are apparent immediately. A head, neck, or internal injury may not show symptoms for several hours or days after a crash. For this reason, you need to seek treatment at the scene or visit an emergency department as soon as possible for an exam. Getting treatment soon after an accident also links your injuries to the crash, creating a record that could prove valuable later on.
Note: In addition to medical treatment, you also need to have the police file a report about the accident. This is another reason why calling 911 or having a bystander call police is important.
Be sure to continue your medical care throughout the duration of your claim.
Collect Information from the Scene, If Possible
If possible, you should collect evidence from the scene. This includes taking pictures of the scene, the damage to the vehicle, and even your injuries. Use your phone or a notepad to jot down the name of the driver and contact information for any witnesses. Write down the exact location of the accident, and anything you remember about the crash.
You can also ask someone else to take pictures and gather contact information for you if your injuries prevent you from doing it. Believe it or not, these quick pictures and notes often make a big difference during the claims process.
Contact a Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Once you have begun your medical care, it is time to contact a Houston pedestrian accident attorney. We offer free, no-obligation consultations during which you can find out more about how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
If you choose to enlist our help, we will get to work investigating the cause of your accident immediately. We can obtain the police report and other documentation, interview witnesses, and even perform accident reconstruction. All this evidence will help to build a strong case.
After we know who is responsible for your injuries, we can file a claim based on his/her auto insurance policy. Under Texas law, all motorists must carry at least $30,000 in liability insurance for each injured person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident.
Once we make our demand, the insurance company will either deny your claim or present a settlement offer. This offer often serves as the starting point for negotiating a fair settlement for your claim.
If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, or if the cost of your medical treatment and other damages exceed the maximum limit of the driver’s policy, we may be able to obtain additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Work with a Lawyer to Determine What Caused the Accident
Understanding what caused your accident is the first step in holding the at-fault party liable for your injuries.
In many cases, the accident occurred because a negligent driver failed to obey Texas pedestrian laws. Some of the most common failures include:
Breaking general traffic laws also contribute to many pedestrian accidents. Most commonly, this includes:
The police report is a great place to start. If the driver received any type of citation after the incident, they are likely liable — at least, in part — for your injuries. If the cause of your accident is not apparent, go ahead and give us a call. We will analyze all the available evidence to identify the liable party before we file your claim.
Even though Houston Police and other groups are working to stop pedestrian accidents, far too many people still suffer injuries in this type of incident every day. At the Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, P.C., we are dedicated to helping these victims. We know how to navigate the pedestrian accident claims process and get you the compensation you deserve.
Call our Houston office at 713-863-1515 to schedule a time to meet with a Houston pedestrian accident lawyer, and let us go to work for you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies every 53 minutes in car crashes involving alcohol. In the State of Texas alone, 13,138 people died in drunk driving accidents between 2003 and 2012. Of course, these staggering numbers only include the fatalities. Countless others are seriously injured in alcohol-related accidents every day.
While most people know they should never drink and drive, others get behind the wheel with no thought of the harm they might cause if they are involved in an accident.
In spite of the growing popularity of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, people continue to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, putting everyone else on the road at risk. If a drunk driver injured you, there are several things you should do to preserve your right to compensation for your injuries:
Ensure Your Safety: The first thing you should do after any car accident is to make sure you, your passengers, and the people in the other car are safe. This means pulling over to the shoulder and out of oncoming traffic, attending to any wounds, and calling 911 if someone is hurt. (If you suspect the other driver is intoxicated, calling 911 will ensure s/he does not get back on the road and hurt anyone else.)
Collect Information: Collect as much information as you can. If the other driver stops, collect his/her name, insurance information, license plate number, and the make and model of the car. You should also collect the names and contact information of any passengers or eyewitnesses to the crash.
Take Photographs: Using your phone, take photographs of the damage to both vehicles, and the area around the crash, including road conditions. Remember that many of these photos could become evidence in your case. The more photos you have, the better.
File A Police Report: Even if the other driver agrees s/he was at fault, you still need to call the police to file a report. Get a copy of the report before leaving the scene of the accident, as this report could be evidence in your case.
Observe The Other Driver: Observe, but do not accuse the other driver of anything. Instead, allow the officers to make the decision on whether to conduct field sobriety tests.
You should also keep an eye on the driver while you are waiting for the police to arrive. If more than one person is in the other car, remember who stepped out of the driver’s seat. The intoxicated driver may try to claim that a sober passenger was actually driving at the time of the crash. If you see the driver dispose of any beer cans or drug paraphernalia before the police arrive, let them know.
If the other driver was drunk at the time of the accident, you have a strong claim for compensation. For example, if the other driver is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), it is likely that a court would find him/her at fault for your accident.
In Texas, it is illegal to drive a car with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. For commercial drivers, it is illegal to drive with 0.04 percent BAC. And for minors, those under the age of 21, there is a zero tolerance law in place. That means and blood-alcohol concentration, even 0.001, will result in a DUI.
However, the simple fact that the other person was drunk is not enough to prove they caused the accident. Instead, your attorney must prove that the drunk driver was also negligent. For example, the drunk driver would be at fault for the crash if s/he ran a red light or swerved into your lane on the highway.
Even though rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have helped to decrease the frequency of drunk driving accidents, they cannot eliminate them all. In some cases, you might be involved in a drunk driving accident with a rideshare vehicle — either as a passenger or the driver of another vehicle.
Although the law surrounding these types of accidents is still developing, there is a strong chance that Uber or Lyft may have to compensate you if its drivers caused your injuries.
However, if you are involved in a Lyft or Uber accident, the rideshare service will do its best to avoid paying you a dime.
If you end up in this situation, be proactive. Do not rely on the rideshare driver to call 911 or ensure your safety. Call 911 and get as much information as possible. If you were not a passenger in the car, ask the driver if s/he had a passenger at the time. This can be the difference between $1 million and $30,000 to pay for your injuries.
Hilda L. Sibrian has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of injured victims in the Houston area and she can help you too. If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, contact the Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, P.C. for free today
Texas law makes it possible to collect compensation for your financial and emotional losses after another person’s negligence causes the death of your loved one. We can help you file this type of claim, and take your first steps toward moving forward with your life.
If you lost a spouse, parent, or child because of another party’s careless actions in Houston, it can benefit you to talk to a Texas wrongful death lawyer from the Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, P.C. We can help you understand your options for recovery, and represent you throughout the claims process. Call us today at 713-863-1515 to learn more.
Only certain family members can file a wrongful death claim under Texas law. This includes:
Siblings, grandparents, and other family members are not eligible to file a wrongful death claim. However, if none of the eligible family members exist or all choose not to file a claim, the executor or other legal representative can file a claim to benefit the estate.
We can help you determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, and what actions you need to take to get the compensation you deserve.
You can only collect compensation through a wrongful death claim if we can prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused their injuries and subsequent death. Often, this is a motorist who caused a traffic accident, a homeowner who did not take adequate precautions, or a business owner who failed to keep customers safe.
Before we file a wrongful death claim, we will investigate your loved one’s death and collect any evidence that identifies the responsible parties. This is key to winning your claim and getting the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today, and let us go to work determining who is liable for your family member’s death. Only then can we hold that party responsible for your financial and emotional losses.
The Texas Wrongful Death Act outlines the process of filing for compensation after losing a family member because of another person’s careless or negligent actions. In most cases, a wrongful death case will settle without ever going to court. Instead, we file a claim based on the liable party’s auto, homeowner’s, or business insurance.
We present strong evidence to show liability and demonstrate the damages you suffered. Then, our legal team counters any offer made by the insurance company, and negotiates a settlement that covers your losses. We handle all communication with the insurance company, and ensure your rights remain protected.
If the insurer refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit in court. While this is rarely necessary, having the option available to us gives us additional bargaining power during settlement negotiations.
While the process to file a wrongful death claim is not all that different from filing a claim after a car accident or other injury, you cannot collect the same type of damages. Normal personal injury claims cover the losses of the injured party. Wrongful death claims cover the losses suffered by family members. This means the types of damages you can recover include:
If your loved one had a pending personal injury claim at the time of death, we can determine whether you can continue that injury claim as well. However, the settlement from this claim, called a survival action, will benefit the estate, not the surviving family members. We can help you understand the factors at play, and determine the best options for you and your family.
At the Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian, P.C., our staff understands the emotional and financial effects that impact families after one member loses their life in a preventable accident. We can help you understand your legal options for holding the at-fault parties responsible, and for recovering the compensation you need to cover your accident-related damages.
Call our Houston office today at 713-863-1515 to schedule a consultation. We are available for you 24/7. Se Habla Español.
People tend to think that summer is the safest time to be on the road. After all, there is no snow or ice on the road, but there are other challenges and dangers you need to be aware of before you get behind the wheel this summer.
School is out. When school is out for the summer, more children are playing and biking outside, which increases the risk of a pedestrian or bicycle accident.
People ride bicycles for different reasons. Whether it is a hobby you enjoy with family, a great way to exercise, or how you commute to work, cycling has many advantages. However, it is not always the safest mode of transportation. Knowing how to stay safe while sharing Houston streets with other vehicles is key to avoiding serious injuries.
If you or your family is going to be exploring Houston on two wheels this summer, consider these tips:
According to Houston’s Bicycle Ordinance, all children must wear a helmet when riding, so protective gear is especially important if you are cycling with children. While it may not be illegal for adults to ride without a helmet, we recommend everyone wear a helmet every time. Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect yourself in case of an accident.
Over 800,000 people in the United States seek medical treatment for a dog bites each year; more than 400,000 of them are under the age of 18, according to statistics provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dogs are members of the family, and provide great companionship for kids. However, they can also pose a great danger.
Teaching your children how to meet and interact with unfamiliar dogs can help them stay safe. Consider these tips: