Car owners in Houston are at greater risk from injury in a car crash than drivers in other cities in Texas. Houston has the unfortunate reputation of having a very poor record with respect to car accidents and related fatalities.
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, then you need a Houston car wreck lawyer that can help you get justice. The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. can help you. Act fast because things move quickly in the aftermath of an accident and an injured person or distraught family member may not be in a position to do the running around to ensure that the critical preliminary steps for a favorable decision are taken in a timely manner.
How Can a Lawyer Be of Invaluable Help in a Houston Car Accident Case?
While it’s true that you can get your personal injury insurance claim cashed on your own without a lawyer, this option is advisable only for cases involving minor injuries. It is important to know that insurance companies are not too keen to pay out the appropriate amount. They have a team of legal experts to bedazzle and convince accident victims that their claims are worth far less than what they actually are. You, too, need good lawyers to argue your case strongly and back the arguments with clinching evidence.
Justice must be served and you must be compensated for the costly medical bills as well as wages lost. Alex Hernandez and his team are prepared to act on your behalf for as long as the case demands. It is very difficult for an individual to match wits with a battery of lawyers that insurance companies employ. You don’t have the expertise on the legal aspects that matter, and even if you do, in our experience, we’ve found that people who are injured or dealing with the trauma of an injured loved one, simply cannot muster the mental will or find the time to fight a lonely battle.
The statute of limitations for filing a case related to car accidents in Texas is two years. While two years may sound like a lot of time, it is in your own interests to file as soon as possible.
Steps to Take After a Car Wreck in Houston
Here’s a quick rundown of the things you should do after a car accident. Follow these steps to ensure the best possible legal outcome for you –
- Do a quick check to ensure that you’re okay and that others with you can move. Get away from the site of the wreck, if you can.
- Call for an ambulance through 911, if required. Call the local police. Sign the traffic citation if asked to.
- The process of maintaining records begins the moment you’ve gathered your wits after a car accident. Get the names of people involved in the wreck, the car license plate number, and contact information of witnesses. Take photos of the involved parties and the vehicles. Click images of damages to both vehicles and the injuries. Ask for a copy of the police car accident report. You can get it directly from the police or from the Texas Department of Transportation.
- Get in touch with your insurance company. Ideally, you should do this after contacting a lawyer.
When dealing with insurance companies, it is possible that you may say something that the insurance company will latch on to in order to get you to agree to a much lower compensation. This can also complicate the establishment of guilt. This is where you need a car accident lawyer who knows how to read the police car accident report and can also ensure that the insurance company pays due heed to the facts, as presented by you.
Insurance companies work to protect their profits, a Houston car accident lawyer has your interests at heart. Your case regarding a car wreck in Houston can easily go bad if the insurance company succeeds in pressurizing you to sign documents that you shouldn’t. Don’t let it come to this. Call us first!
A car wreck can be a straightforward or a complicated case. There are different scenarios that may play out. These include your inability to pay medical bills or afford the repair of the wrecked car, more than one person injured or killed, a hit and run, inconsistencies in how the involved parties present the situation, etc. Each of these scenarios needs to be treated differently. We know the right approach to take according to the situation because we’re aware of the legal complexities and from our experience in handling such matters, we know how to pre-empt an adversarial move.