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Most car accidents in Brownsville, like everywhere in the Rio Grande Valley, are caused by either distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or speeding.
The devastating effects of such accidents are not limited to the driver of the at-fault vehicle. Unfortunately, many innocent victims are affected every year in Brownsville from the negligent or reckless actions of other drivers.
Some suffer life-altering injuries or lose their lives. There were 35 fatalities in Cameron County in 2018, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The total number of accidents in Brownsville alone amounts to around 10 per day.
Car accidents leave families in great distress. Compensation from the at-fault driver will never fully cover it, but it can help people pay bills, repair vehicles, and plan for the future with greater optimism.
As experienced car accident lawyers based here in the Valley, DeHoyos Accident Attorneys can help you move on with your life if you or a family member have been the victim of a car accident in Brownsville.
With most legal claims, there is a statute of limitations that governs the maximum time period for taking legal action.
In the case of car accidents in Texas (or any type of personal injury), this is two years.
However, this period may be shorter if you file against a government entity.
When filing a car accident claim, it is best to pursue action through your car accident lawyer as soon as you have all of the necessary evidence and documentation for your case.
This ensures that the details remain fresh in your mind and that you are sending the right message to the courts and the insurance company that your case requires urgent attention.
Although it’s impossible to completely predict or prevent an accident, you can take precautionary measure for what to do afterwards. For example, always keep a copy of your car registration and proof of insurance in the glove box so you’re prepared if you need them. If law enforcement becomes involved, they will ask for these documents, so it’ll save time if they’re easily accessible.
Have a backup plan to record the license plate number, driver’s registration, and insurance information in case your phone is dead or you don’t have it on you..
Check on your well being and the well being of others.
If you sustain an accident that causes injury or death, you should contact a law enforcement agency right away if:
A motor vehicle operator in Brownsville, Texas who is injured or involved in a car accident as a result of another motorist’s negligence, must:
To sum up, after you report the car accident to the police, these are the steps you must take:
Assist with any other needs for help until the police and emergency medical services arrive. It is vital to have a police report for your car accident claim. Make sure you are filing the report correctly by giving all pertinent details.
While you wait for the cops to arrive, document the scene of the accident using your phone’s camera. Take photographs of the cars’ positions before they are transported, as well as any damage caused to them. Try capturing images from a variety of angles.
If there were any traffic hazards or road blockages that may have influenced the impact, take photos of them. Once the accident site has been cleared, potential evidence may be destroyed.
There are many factors that may have contributed to the accident. It is too soon to know immediately after an accident. Exchange driver’s license information, vehicle registration and identification numbers, and insurance information with all drivers involved in the accident. But avoid discussing the details of the accident with other drivers.
You may be shocked or furious after a collision, naturally. It’s critical to maintain your cool. An angry outburst might exacerbate an already bad situation. Even if you feel you were at blame, don’t accuse the other driver of causing the accident or accept responsibility yourself.
Avoid apologizing or trying to downplay your injuries in front of others at the scene of an accident. It’s common to be unaware of how serious they are immediately after a crash, due to things like adrenaline masking pain. In fact, you may only start feeling soreness and greater discomfort days later. But even if these seem like well-intended comments in the moment, insurance companies could use them against you later on to deny or reduce your claim settlements.
The value of a personal injury case will ultimately depend on several factors, including:
An accident victim is able to receive compensation for any medical bills that are a direct result of the injuries they got from an accident. This can include costs from before, during, and after treatment.
If you’re unable to work because of an injury caused by someone else, you may be able to receive lost wages compensation that covers what you would have earned if the accident never happened.
Any good auto accident lawyer will do everything in their power to make sure you, the victim, are fairly compensated for your injuries. To get you the money you deserve, they’ll investigate every possible source of recovery — not just from the at-fault driver’s insurance company but from other places too.
For instance, if that driver only had a low liability policy or no car insurance at all (which is illegal in most states), and you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of your own car insurance policy, then we can go after them instead.
Even your own car insurer may try to give you the runaround though so don’t expect an easy battle ahead.
No insurance company wants to run the risk of a massive jury verdict, which is why car accident victims need an experienced lawyer.
The two sorts of damages that can be recuperated in a vehicle accident claim are non-economic and economic. Economic losses include future and past medical expenses, as well as lost income. Non-economic losses, on the other hand, are more subjective, such as emotional suffering and physical and mental suffering.
As a “fault” state, if you are involved in a car accident in Texas, you have the right to file a claim for damages against the at-fault party or parties.
However, the comparative negligence law adds some complexity to this.
Even if you are found to be partly at fault of the accident yourself, you can still make a claim against the other party or parties (providing you were less than 50 percent at fault).
So, those involved in an accident can be held proportionally at fault.
Say your vehicle collides with another vehicle and causes damage. You are deemed to be 25 percent at-fault. In this case, you can still sue the driver of the other vehicle but your award will reflect the 75 percent proportion of fault (not 100 percent) for the other driver.
Anyone deemed to be 50 percent or more at fault for an accident is unable to file a claim for losses, according to Texas law.
In most cases, taking legal action as soon as possible after your car accident will help your claim for damages.
Arrange a free consultation today and we can start to examine the facts of your case.
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