Have you or a loved one been injured in a car wreck and have questions? Read these 3 car accident tips for guidance, then call our office in Texas today to get started.

After a Car Accident

I had a young man come in the other day who was involved in an automobile accident and wanted to know what he should do. There are several things that must be done. The first thing that must be done is to notify the local government agency, whether that be the police, Department of Public Safety, or the local sheriff’s office. The second thing that must be done is to seek immediate medical attention. This not only involves going to the hospital but also seeking additional medical help from your personal medical provider. This is important because when you typically go to the hospital, they’re looking at life and death situations. At the end of the hospital visit, they will tell you to go see another doctor. It’s important that you follow up to make sure you see that other doctor because there may be injuries that have gone untreated at the hospital and they can properly examine that.

The last thing is it’s important to hire a lawyer who is experienced in handling automobile accidents because then they can make sure everything that needs to be done is done. For example, was an investigation done? There may need to be measurements taken at the scene of the accident. An expert may need to be hired to determine the speed of the other vehicle or the speed of your vehicle. An experienced lawyer can help with all of this. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Choosing a Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, you will probably want to know how to get the best lawyer possible for your case. There are four things that you should ask any lawyer that you’re considering hiring. First is whether or not they are a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer only handles personal injury cases. They don’t handle bankruptcies, wills, or divorces.
The other thing is whether or not they’ve had success handling car wrecks. Don’t be afraid to ask them to show you the cases they’ve handled and the successes they’ve had. The other thing is if they are a trial lawyer. That means that they’ve handled the cases from the beginning to the end and are going to have judgments that they’ve obtained in court from a jury. Ask them to show you those judgments.

Lastly, you’ll want to know if they are board-certified. If they are, then you know you’re getting the best. This means they have been recognized by the state as having expertise in their area of practice. Only 3% of all the lawyers in the state are board-certified personal injury trial lawyers. With those four questions, I think that will give you a good basis for which to make the best decision. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Lost Wage Reimbursement

If you have been injured in a car accident and are unable to work, you will want to know how your lost wages will be reimbursed. There are several things that need to be looked at. Under Texas law, this is considered loss of earning capacity. What we need to look at is the amount of money you were earning before. We look at tax returns, W-2s, and any statements from your employer about the amount that you’ve earned.

For example, if a woman who was a stay-at-home mother is injured in a car wreck, can she recover lost wages? She was a stay-at-home mom only because she recently had a baby, but she was planning on going to work. Just because she wasn’t working at the time when the accident happened doesn’t mean she will not have a claim for future loss of earning capacity.

In this situation, we would look at prior tax returns, her previous job, and how much money she was making. All of this gets considered. An experienced lawyer can make sure that you gather all the evidence and documentation you need to support your claim for lost wages.

Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about our 3 car accident tips?
Contact our experienced car accident lawyer at the Law Firm of Ricardo A. Garcia today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    When you hire a personal injury lawyer to help you get money for an injury, you’re getting someone who fights for you, deals with paperwork, and talks to insurance companies.

    Just know that insurance companies try to pay as little as possible for your injuries. Hiring a lawyer helps make sure you get the money you deserve.

    Usually, we start by trying to agree on a payment without going to court. It’s better because it’s cheaper, less stressful, and faster. Even if we do go to court, we might still settle there.

    People often ask, “How much money will I get?” It depends on a few things:

    1. We add up your bills and lost wages (that’s called economic damages).
    2. Then we increase that number depending on how bad your case is (if someone really messed up).
    3. We also think about the most money the insurance will give (like $30k/$60k in Texas).

    Since this is a common question, we’re sharing this info to help you understand better how we figure out how much you’ll get.

    After you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s crucial to seek out a Texas personal injury lawyer immediately. This is vital to safeguarding important evidence for your case.

    Understanding the statute of limitations is also essential. If you delay filing a lawsuit for personal injury, your case could be dismissed due to these time limits. Typically, you must file a claim within two years of the accident or injury, though there are exceptions.

    The statute of limitations usually begins counting from the date of the accident. For instance, if you were injured in a car crash, the two-year countdown starts from that day.

    In most cases, you can’t pause or extend the time limit. Once it’s up, you can’t make a claim anymore.Sometimes, especially with accidents involving government entities, you have even less time to act or risk forfeiting your right to seek compensation for your injuries. To ensure you’re protected and can still pursue a claim, it’s crucial to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

    Negligence refers to failing to exercise reasonable care in a situation where a prudent person would do so. It can occur by either doing something incorrectly or by failing to act when action is necessary. For instance, not providing assistance when required could be deemed as negligence.

    In legal terms, proving negligence typically involves demonstrating several key elements:

    • Duty: Showing that the person responsible for the action owed a duty of care to the injured party.
    • Breach: Establishing that the responsible person failed to meet that duty of care.
    • Causation: Demonstrating that the breach of duty directly resulted in harm to the injured party.
    • Harm: Providing evidence that the injured party suffered actual harm or damages.
    • Proximate Cause: Establishing that the actions of the responsible party were the primary cause of the harm suffered by the injured party.

    Most personal injury cases in McAllen are typically settled before reaching trial. About 90 to 95% of these cases are resolved through negotiation or settlement agreements. However, whether your case proceeds to trial depends on several factors

    • -Severity of injuries: If your injuries are severe, such as brain or spinal cord damage, insurance companies may be more inclined to settle to avoid potentially higher payouts at trial.
    • -Strength of evidence: If you have compelling evidence that supports your claim and makes it difficult for the other party to dispute, they may choose to settle rather than risk an unfavorable outcome at trial.
    •  -Negotiation skills: Having a skilled negotiator on your side can significantly impact whether your case goes to trial. A capable attorney can often negotiate favorable settlements without the need for litigation.

    While most cases settle out of court, having a proficient legal team like ours in the Texas Rio Grande Valley ensures you’re prepared for either scenario. We have a proven track record of successfully resolving personal injury claims through negotiation and, if necessary, litigation.

    If you’re considering legal action after an accident like a car crash or getting hit by a truck, it’s crucial to have a skilled negotiator on your side. Our team of attorneys in Texas Rio Grande Valley has a successful track record of resolving personal injury claims through negotiation and, if necessary, litigation.

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