Virtually everyone is going to be in a car accident at some point in their lives. Although in some crashes no one gets hurt, the unfortunate fact is that many car accidents result in serious injuries and fatalities. Often making matters worse are the tactics employed by insurance companies to reduce the amount of money they have to pay on reasonable claims.
At Patrick Daniel Law, we advocate for the interests of people over those of corporations. We consider it our duty to hold negligent drivers responsible, which often means we have to go toe-to-toe with major insurance companies.
The attorneys at Patrick Daniel Law have extensive experience in car accident cases involving serious injuries and death. If you have been hurt or tragically lost your loved one in a crash, find out how we can help by calling (713) 999-6666 today. Your initial consultation is free.
The clock begins ticking on your accident claim the second it happens. You may be in shock and even banged up, but you can start building your claim at the scene immediately after the accident.
Follow these helpful steps, but pay special attention to step #1 and step #2 before proceeding to the others:
In Texas, you are required to file an accident report with the police if the crash caused over $1,000 in property damage or the accident resulted in injury or death. If someone is seriously hurt (including yourself), call for emergency personnel to respond to the scene.
If you are in a serious accident, treatment will begin at the scene and continue as you are transported to the hospital. Your first priority after being hurt should be to get the care you need, so let the professionals extract you from the vehicle and then take you to the ED as needed.
You may be treated and released at the scene if fire and rescue workers don’t see signs of serious injury. Do not consider this the final word on your condition. Some life-threatening injuries, from head trauma to internal bleeding, progress in severity. This, combined with the adrenaline you feel after the accident, could give you a false sense of security.
If you feel up to it, take the time you need to perform the steps below. Then, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Insurance companies dispatch accident response teams almost immediately to the scenes of major accidents. Their goal is to capture any and all evidence that can reduce what they might have to pay.
While you are on the scene, you should do the same, but with the opposite goal in mind: your records should reflect the full extent of damages. The best way to do this is to capture images and even videos of:
Another set of photos you need to capture is the information for the other driver.
Whether you write it down or take pictures of the documents with your phone, you will need the name, address, phone number, and drivers license number of every driver involved in the crash, as well as the name of their insurance carrier and the policy number on the proof of insurance.
If the driver does not present proof of insurance, make note of this as well. It may impact how your claim is pursued.
If any bystanders are around the scene of the accident, ask them what they saw. For each person you talk to, ask their name and get contact information. In the event that your car accident case goes to trial, their testimony may support your claims against the at-fault driver.
It is certainly in your best interest to contact a lawyer if you were injured in the car accident. This early in your case, it is difficult to know how the injuries will affect your life long-term and, when all is said and done, how much everything will cost.
The insurance company is counting on you to be confused, concerned, and out of sorts. That is their perfect opportunity to have an insurance adjuster call you and ask for a statement.
BEWARE: Any statement you make to the insurance company can and will be used against you. If you say something that suggests you are at fault for the accident, however unintentionally, and the adjuster has it recorded, your options for financial recovery will be significantly limited.
Before the insurance company can take advantage of you, contact the car accident lawyers at Patrick Daniel Law to discuss your options. You are not legally required to make a statement to the insurance company, and we can handle any communications with them on your behalf.
In spite of all the safety features on cars today, vehicle collisions are still one of the major causes of serious injuries and death in the United States. Even accidents that occur at relatively slow speeds can have life-changing impacts on drivers and passengers.
Major types of injuries in car accidents include, but are not limited to:
Tragically, some of these injuries can be fatal even with timely medical intervention.
Negligence behind the wheel can take a host of different forms. As a result, car accidents can occur due to one or a combination of factors such as:
From head-on and rear-end collisions to T-bone crashes and sideswipes, there are a number of serious outcomes that can occur as a result of negligent driving. Other factors may be involved as well, from a defective vehicle part causing a rollover accident to a single-car crash stemming from dangerous road conditions.
Of course, not all car accidents only involve passenger vehicles. At Patrick Daniel Law, we represent clients in claims that run the full gamut of motor vehicle collisions:
If you have been injured in a car crash, our lawyers will fully investigate to determine who is at fault. We will develop a legal strategy tailored to the facts in your particular case, and pursue maximum compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
At Patrick Daniel Law, we are committed to pursuing results many other law firms are unable to achieve. The compensation you may be entitled to in your car accident case will depend on the damages you and your family have suffered.
Our lawyers will investigate the accident and work with you to understand the full impact of the crash on your life – present and future. You may be entitled to compensation for:
In some instances, punitive damages may also be available in your car accident claim. While this “extra” compensation is awarded to you, the purpose is to deter the defendant in your case and others in similar situations to engage in the same kind of behavior.
The jury may choose to award punitive damages if they determine that the defendant’s conduct constitutes willful or excessive recklessness. For example, in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, the jury may take into account how high the driver’s blood alcohol content was or his previous DWI convictions to determine if his conduct meets the standard for extreme negligence or misconduct.
In addition to personal injury cases stemming from car accidents, Patrick Daniel Law also has experience helping families with wrongful death claims when their loved one dies in a car accident. We recognize that no monetary recovery will make up for your loss, but a verdict or settlement in your favor makes it possible for you to pay bills and rebuild your lives with the peace of mind that comes from not facing financial pressures on your own.
Our car accident lawyers will pursue the full compensation you and your family deserve via a wrongful death lawsuit. Available damages may include:
Compassion is one of the hallmarks of the client experience at Patrick Daniel Law. Read our reviews to see what clients have to say about working with us.
After a car accident, it is important not to make any assumptions. You won’t know if you have a claim or what damages may be recoverable until you speak to a lawyer with experience in car accident cases.
People come to Patrick Daniel Law when they need help the most. We are honored to be their law firm of choice, and in return our team fights mercilessly to achieve justice in their case.
When you hire Patrick Daniel Law to represent you in your car accident claim, our firm will:
Ultimately, Patrick Daniel Law is your advocate in claims against parties that may seem untouchable: insurance companies. After an accident, insurers will do everything they can to avoid paying. If you don’t hire representation, they have the staff, resources, and money at their disposal to do just that in your case.
Patrick Daniel Law helps protect clients from being taken advantage of by the insurance company. We can help you, too.
As one of the most populous cities in the country, car accidents are an everyday occurrence in Houston. Serious injuries and fatalities happen in these crashes all too often, forever changing the lives of victims and their families.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident in the Greater Houston area, please contact Patrick Daniel Law at (713) 999-6666 or complete our online form.
Your initial consultation is free, and you don’t owe us fees unless we prevail in your case. Find out how our experienced trial lawyers can help you today!