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Car Accident Attorneys In Houston, Texas

The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian represents people who have been hurt in accidents in Houston and surrounding areas in Texas. Our job is to make sure that negligent drivers and the insurance companies that cover their role in providing for the injured and the families who have lost loved ones.

If you suffered severe injuries, or if your loved one was killed in an accident in the greater Houston area, do not wait to act. The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian has a fully bilingual, Spanish-speaking staff and takes pride in being available 24/7 to answer your call. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact us today. If you have suffered serious injuries in a crash and can not visit our Houston office, we will meet with you in the home or hospital.

How Our Houston Car Accident Attorney Can Help You

Some people wrongly think that they can save themselves a lot of money by handling their traffic collision case by themselves. They want to avoid attorney fees and keep their entire settlement. However, in reality, you are likely to secure far less money on your own than you would with the help of a lawyer. In some cases, victims who represent themselves do not recover anything at all.

One of the benefits of hiring a lawyer is that the lawyer will be able to conduct an independent investigation of your crash. This investigation will help to determine the cause of it. The attorney can also collect important evidence which points to who is liable for your injuries.

Another way that a lawyer can help to traffic collision victim is by handling all communication with the negligent driver’s insurance company. Insurers in these cases often try to accept victims into accepting settlements that are much less than what they deserve. An auto accident attorney can negotiate for a fair and full settlement. If necessary, the attorney can also take the case to trial to fight for what you deserve.

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CommonCauses of Houston Car Accidents

Car crashes occur for a variety of reasons and it is also #1 teen killer in Texas. As our Houston car accident attorneys have seen over the years, some of the most frequent causes of car accidents are:

Not all car accidents involve other vehicles. Many single-car crashes occur because of defective auto parts or due to poorly designed and/or maintained roads. In some cases, a faulty repair by an auto mechanic may contribute to a crash that results in injury or death.

Car Accident Liability in Houston

In many car crash cases, one driver is responsible for causing an accident. That driver can be held legally responsible, or liable, for all damages. Some crashes become more complicated when multiple vehicles are involved.

It is important to keep in mind that Texas is considered a modified comparative fault state. We follow a system called “proportionate responsibility.” Under Texas law, you can still recover damages even if you were partially at fault for a crash. However, you can not recover damages if you are 51 percent or more at fault.

Here is an example: Let’s say that you suffer $ 100,000 in damages in a car accident. However, you are 25 percent at fault. Your damages would be reduced by 25 percent, or by $ 25,000. If you were 75 percent at fault, you would be barred from recovering any damages. For this reason, it is important to work with a law firm that will aggressively protect you when dealing with insurance companies or presenting your case in court. You should not shoulder any undue blame for your crash.

Common Types of Houston Car Accident Injuries

People can suffer a wide range of injuries in car crashes. The severity of injuries often depends on factors such as the speeds of the vehicles, the points of impact and where occupants were seated. Common kinds of injuries include:

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
Strained muscles
Sprains
Slipped discs
Disfigurement
Amputation

Many of these injuries will involve victims needing several weeks, months or even years to recover. In some cases, victims will never completely recover from their injuries. They may be unable to return to work and require lasting, long-term care.

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Compensation for Your Houston Car Accident Claim

When you have been hurt in an accident, you may be forced to deal with mounting medical expenses and other unexpected costs. Accident victims are often unable to return to work, causing additional stress and strain as the bills begin to pile up.

Our experienced Houston car accident lawyers understand the financial pressures that people face after car accidents. We will pursue the full compensation you need to pay your bills and to take the time you need to recover from your injuries. Compensation that we will seek on your behalf may include:

Past and future medical expenses
Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
Other out-of-pocket costs
Pain and suffering
Punitive damages
Wrongful death damages (if your loved one died in a crash).

Our team has made it our mission to help you get back on your feet. We will fight for every penny of compensation you are owed due to another person’s careless or reckless actions.

Time is limited to file your claim. So, don’t wait until it is too late. The statute of limitations to file an injury claim in Texas is, generally, two

Steps to Take After a Houston Auto Accident

After any car accident, you should always be sure to seek medical care. Even if you do not think that you were hurt, you still want to have your condition evaluated by a medical professional. Some injuries can involve delayed symptoms, and insurance companies will be more critical of injury claims involving a delay in treatment.

Another step that victims can take is to get pictures of the crash scene. The photos should be taken from a variety of angles and distances and include surrounding tire marks and debris, if possible. If you are unable to take these photos because you need immediate medical attention, you should ask a friend or family member to do this for you as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that crucial evidence will disappear. You should also photograph injuries before they heal.

You should also refrain from talking to the other driver’s insurance company after a crash. Before you give any statements or sign any documents, you should speak with a car accident attorney first. You do not want to do anything that will cost you the right to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Contact our Houston Car Accident Lawyers

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a car crash in Houston? We have the experience, skill, and resources to help you pursue the compensation you are owed. Our experienced trial attorneys have helped individuals and families like yours to hold negligent drivers and others accountable for accidents they have caused. We will fight for you.

To learn more about how we can help you after a car accident in Houston, call or reach The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian online today. We have a fully bilingual staff that is ready to assist you. We can provide a free consultation, and we won’t charge you costs or fees unless we secure compensation for you.

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Depending on the percentage of liability that is designated to your own actions you may still be able to recover in an accident case if you are partially at fault.

We recommend that you seek the advice of a lawyer before accepting any offers to settle. Insurance adjusters are highly trained individuals. You need to fight fire with fire and get the help of an experienced lawyer to fight for you and to get you every penny you have coming to you. It is highly advisable to seek legal help immediately after involvement in a car accident. Our attorneys are ready to help you, contact us now.

In order to settle with the insurance company you have to understand your rights and the claims you can make. You have to have a thorough understanding of how much your case if worth. You should consult an attorney so you understand the law and the compensation that you deserve. It is our advice to always consult with an attorney before accepting any offers to settle.

Never allow an insurance adjuster to take your statement unless you have consulted with an attorney. It is important that you are not misinterpreted or misunderstood.

There are four crucial steps to take after a car crash:

  • Call the police: If there was significant property damage or serious injuries after the crash, it’s the law in Texas that you must report it.
  • Seek medical help: Your health should be your first priority after an accident, so you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible. Also, seeking medical attention right away will ensure your injuries are properly documented.
  • Save any evidence you collect: This includes any photos you took at the scene, the contact information for any witnesses, medical bills, the accident report, and anything else related to your crash.
  • Contact an attorney: There will be many people who want to talk to you after an accident ─ especially insurance adjusters. An attorney will manage these communications, protect your rights, and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Yes. Photos are some of the best pieces of evidence that can help prove liability and document damages. Pictures can help show how the crash happened and how much damage your vehicle sustained. In addition, photos of your injuries immediately after a crash can be valuable evidence. Take as many pictures as possible.

Do not forget to contact the police as it is the law in Texas that you do this. However, when you talk to the police, do not discuss your injuries, apologize, or admit fault.

Also, do not provide a recorded statement to the insurance company. The other driver’s insurance company may ask for one, but you are under no obligation to provide it. Anything you say in this statement will be used against you later, so simply tell them you will speak to an attorney and that your attorney will get in touch with them.

Lastly, do not wait too long to file your car accident claim. In Texas, car accident victims have only two years to file their claim. If you wait longer than this, you will likely be barred from receiving any compensation at all.

Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to show who was at fault for your crash, as well as all potential sources of compensation. In the case of a hit-and-run driver, we will look to your own insurance policy to determine whether you have uninsured motorist coverage to help cover damages.

If you are in an accident that is the fault of a driver who does not have insurance, you could file a lawsuit directly against the driver. However, if the person doesn’t have insurance, it’s unlikely that you will recover any compensation from them. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (through your own insurance company) may be an option for pursuing the money you need to help recover from your injuries.

You have two years to file a car accident claim in Texas. However, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your crash. During a free consultation with the attorney, you can get a better understanding of whether or not you have a valid claim. If you do, the attorney will then need to investigate the accident, gather evidence, and collect medical records. All of this takes time, so you should seek legal advice as soon as possible after the crash.

Not every car accident will require the help of an attorney afterward. However, if you were seriously hurt in a car crash, you need an attorney. You will incur high medical bills and may be unable to return to work. You may also face expenses in the future that need to be taken into account. An attorney can help you demand full and fair compensation for these losses and advise you on any settlement offers.

Texas is a modified comparative fault state. This means that as long as you were less than 51 percent at fault for the crash, you can still file a claim for compensation. However, the amount of compensation you recover can be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, for example, if your medical bills and other losses totaled $100,000, but you were 10 percent at fault for your crash, your compensation may be reduced by $10,000.

Unfortunately, there is no way to determine how long any car accident case will take. It depends on many factors, including the severity of your injuries, how challenging it is to determine fault, and how much in damages or losses you sustained. After an accident, an attorney can advise on how long your case will take. Some cases will settle in a few months, while others may take several years.

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