Roberts Markland LLP represents plaintiffs in automobile accident suits in Houston, TX. Call 713-630-0900 today for a free consultation and case review.
Why Do I Need an Automobile Accident Lawyer?
The simple reality is that the playing field is never level for the injured party. You will be fighting an insurance company with deep pockets and strong legal representation. Rather than trying to fight an unfair battle, hiring an attorney evens the playing field and protects your rights.
Does Every Car Accident Require a Lawyer?
If you are involved in a fender bender with no injuries and little to no vehicular damage, you probably don’t need an attorney. Do remember, though, that some injuries may not surface until days or weeks after the accident. Get checked out by a medical professional before closing the claim, as you do not want to prematurely waive your right to compensation.
What Is Comparative Negligence?
Comparative negligence has to do with how much each party contributed to the accident. In most accidents, each driver did something that contributed, even if it was very minor. For example, the other driver may have run a red light, but you might have been distracted by a phone call. In Texas, your financial compensation is reduced by the percentage that you are at fault. If you are found to be 51% or more at fault, you are not entitled to recover damages at all.
Comparative negligence laws can complicate an otherwise simple automobile accident case. The other driver, or his lawyer, will likely try to push your at fault percentage as high as possible in order to reduce the amount that you can recover. Hiring a skilled automobile accident lawyer helps you obtain the damages that you deserve by guarding against ridiculously high at fault claims.
Should I Settle?
It depends. Some settlement offers are fair and reasonable, while others are biased and borderline ridiculous. Some come quickly, and some are reached after months of arguing. Some people have even been presented with documents that promise to pay a certain amount in exchange for dropping the case, only to have the promised money fail to materialize.
Always have a skilled automobile accident attorney look over any settlement offer that you are considering. The allure of quick cash must be balanced against medical bills, loss of income, possible loss of future earning potential, and numerous other considerations, and it can be difficult to objectively weigh all of the factors without previous experience. A few minutes with a lawyer could save you thousands in the long run.
If you believe you have an automobile accident case, contact Roberts Markland LLP today at 713-630-0900 for a free case review and consultation.