Amarillo Car Accident Lawyers
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Have you been injured in a car accident? You might qualify to receive compensation for your injuries if they were the result of another driver’s negligence. If so, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney to help determine if you are entitled to a legal remedy for your injuries.
At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP, we have countless years of collective experience in injury litigation, including car accident injury claims. We offer award-winning legal representation backed by hundreds of successful cases and personalized to fit the unique circumstances of your case.
Liability for Car Accidents in Texas
You are entitled to recover compensatory damages for injuries that resulted from the negligence of another driver. In general, drivers are liable for negligence if they breach their duty to act like a reasonably prudent driver would act in similar circumstances.
The Texas Transportation Code contains provisions that regulate road traffic to ensure public safety. When a driver injures another person in an accident stemming from their violation of the Texas Transportation Code, the law considers that driver to be negligent per se.
Our law firm handles a variety of car wreck situations, including:
- Hit & run accidents
- Underinsured motorists
- Government liability for road conditions
- Drunk drivers
- Negligently maintained motor vehicles
- Commercial vehicles
With over two hundred years of combined experience, our legal team knows what it takes to prove liability in a motor vehicle accident. If you've been seriously injured and are looking to recover full compensation, please do not hesitate to contact a seasoned auto accident lawyer from our firm today!
Compensation for Car Accident Victims in Texas
Individuals injured in a car accident caused by negligence have specific rights to pursue compensation for the damages they have sustained. Proving negligence is one aspect that must be understood, but for the victim, it’s imperative to recognize what damages may be available for compensation.
Commonly, two types of damages exist, but there are some instances when a third type of damage may be considered for a victim. These include economic and non-economic damages, as well as the potential for punitive damages in some types of cases.
When you hear the term economic damages, it refers to losses the injured individual suffered that can be attributed to a direct monetary value. For example, if you have to go to the hospital following any injury, you will receive a medical bill. The final total on the receipt is seen as the direct loss and is included in economic damages.
Other types of economic damages can be lost income and property damage as they can be calculated and the courts can award an injured party the exact amount necessary to cover these expenses caused by negligence.
Non-economic damages are the most crucial part of a car accident case because they award the injured party compensation for expenses not directly related with a quantifiable number. The idea behind non-economic damages to award for pain and suffering the injured party endures.
While many accident settlements involving the insurance company include the non-economic damages based on an agreed upon number, a case that goes to trial relies on the jury and court to decide the exact amount pain and suffering would be worth in your matter.
In both Texas and New Mexico, punitive damages may be available to an accident victim under very specific circumstances. The law states that a person may be responsible to pay punitive damages when their actions are considered intentional or otherwise reckless. Punitive damages don’t have a direct value as they are designed to serve as a punishment to the negligent party.
Don’t Wait - Time Is Money
Under Texas law, you are required to file an auto accident claim with the court no later than 2 years from the date of the accident. Failure to do so can result in losing your right to a legal remedy for your injuries. Moreover, your insurance company may require you to file an insurance claim within a specific time frame after your accident as well. Therefore it is important to consult one of our car accident lawyers soon after your accident.
Amarillo Car Accident FAQ
How much is my car accident claim worth?
What if I was partially at fault for the crash? Can I still be compensated?
What if the driver who hit me doesn't have insurance?
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
- The extent of your injuries and the length of time needed for your medical treatment
- The cooperation of the involved insurance companies
- Whether or not your case needs to go to trial
Claims involving minor injuries such as whiplash are often resolved more quickly than those involving catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or paralysis. It is best to speak with an attorney to get a more accurate expectation of your case's timeline.
Will I have to go to court?
I was given a ticket at the accident scene. Does this mean I am at fault?
I feel okay after my accident. Do I still need to see a doctor?
Am I required to notify my insurance company that I was involved in an accident?
What should I say to the insurance adjuster?
Is it really necessary to hire a lawyer after a car accident?
- You or a passenger was seriously injured
- Someone was killed in the collision
- You were forced to miss work due to your injuries
- You are being blamed for the accident
- The insurance company is disputing your claim
- Your accident has caused you severe pain and suffering
- You do not feel comfortable handling your own claim
Call Our Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorneys
At Templeton Smithee Hayes Henrich & Russell, LLP, we have an intimate understanding of the legal and procedural machinery at play in a car accident situation. We have dedicated years of our practice to providing our clients with results-oriented advocacy to help maximize their recovery under the law.