Amarillo Car Accident Lawyers

Providing Stellar Advocacy for Injured Drivers in Texas - Call (806) 397-0300

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.

To speak with a qualified auto accident lawyer in Amarillo, call us at (806) 397-0300 or visit us online today.

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.

Economic Damages

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

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.

Punitive Damages

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?

Every car accident claim is different, therefore it is impossible to determine how much your car accident claim is worth without consulting with a skilled attorney. With that being said, the value of your claim will be highly based on factors such as the severity of your injuries, the amount of time you are required to miss work during your recovery, the amount of evidence supporting your claim, and the skill of your legal representation. Claims involving more severe injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones tend to yield higher payouts than those involving whiplash or other soft tissue injuries.

What if I was partially at fault for the crash? Can I still be compensated?

Generally speaking, yes, you can still recover some damages after a car accident even if you are found to be partially at fault. The amount will be determined according to your percentage of blame for the accident. For example, if you suffer $10,000 worth of losses due to a car accident but are found to be 20% to blame for the crash, you may still be able to recover $8,000 worth of damages (or $10,000 less 20%). However, if you are found to be 51% or more at fault, you will not be able to recover any money.

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.

Call our office in Amarillo, TX today at (806) 397-0300 for an initial, no-obligation case evaluation.

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