Car Accident FAQ
Answers from a Houston Car Accident Lawyer
The time surrounding a car accident could be confusing. You want to make sure you take the necessary steps so that you are properly compensated for property damages, injuries and even noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. Our Houston attorneys have provided a list of helpful answers to some of the most common questions about car accidents, listed below.
- What if the other driver wasn't insured?
- What if the at-fault driver has insurance, but not enough?
- Is UM/UIM coverage required in Texas?
- What happens if my auto insurance claim is denied?
- If I was hit by a drunk driver, can I file a lawsuit?
- What if I wasn't the one driving at the time of the accident?
- What is insurance bad faith?
- How much can I recover?
- Do I have to contact my insurance company?
- Do I need an attorney for my car accident case?
The adrenaline produced by a car accident may actually delay the onset of pain produced by an injury. If you were in a car accident and you don’t immediately feel injured, that does not necessarily mean that you weren’t hurt. It can take days or even a week or two for symptoms to finally show up, and by the time they do, your injury may have worsened because it wasn’t taken care of promptly. This is often the case with whiplash and other soft tissue injuries. In some cases, delaying treatment may result in long-lasting consequences, such as chronic pain.
After a car accident, it is very important to visit a doctor for an assessment. Not only are you protecting your health and ensuring as swift a recovery as possible, but doing so also creates a paper trail that will support your claim for compensation. It’s better to be safe and get checked early on than be sorry later on when the other driver’s insurance company claims that your failure to see a doctor means you weren’t really hurt at all.
Questions about how to recover compensation for your medical bills? Call Stern Law Group now to speak with a Houston attorney.
Can I Get Compensation if I Was Partially at Fault for a Car Accident?
Let’s say you’re driving down the road and you speed up to make it through an intersection while the light is still yellow. You almost make it through when a drunk driver runs their red light and plows into you from the side. While it may seem clear to you that the drunk driver was to blame for the accident, an insurance company may try to make the argument that you were partially to blame for speeding – or even attempting to run a red light yourself. In such a scenario, do you have a footing to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and other expenses? The answer depends on where you live.
Texas is one of 21 modified comparative fault states that follows the 51% Bar Rule, which states that if a plaintiff was more than 51% at fault for an accident, he or she will not be able to recover damages. If he or she is found to have been less than 50% at fault for the accident, he or she may recover compensation based on their percentage of fault for the accident. So, in the example above, you would likely be able to recover some compensation.
Never assume that you are ineligible for compensation until you speak with an attorney who can assess the circumstances of your case. Car accident claims can be complex, but a seasoned attorney who is familiar with state law and various insurance companies can guide you thorough the process towards a satisfactory conclusion.
Contact Stern Law Group at (877) 661-9900 to speak with a Houston car accident attorney.
Free Car Accident Case Evaluations
If you still have questions about what to do following a car accident, or you were recently involved in a car accident and you would like to inquire about representation, please do not hesitate to contact Stern Law Group as soon as possible. One of the major advantages of contacting a Houston attorney from our firm is that we provide free case evaluations. We understand that many people aren't even sure if they are entitled to legal representation following an accident.
Stern Law Group will not make you pay for your initial consultation with us. Simply explain your case to us, and we will give you counsel on what type of representation you might be able to receive. Not only are initial consultations free, but they are also kept confidential. These consultations in no way obligate you to our firm. Simply call us so that we can assist you through the often-difficult process of auto accident claims. Let us walk you through your case and fight to see that you get maximum financial compensation!