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When the fault of another driver causes a car accident in the Houston area, legal action may be taken to hold them responsible. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving injury, death or property damage you should contact an attorney for legal advice. You may be entitled to compensation from the other driver and their insurance provider.
What Types of Injuries can give rise to a lawsuit?
Car accidents may result in several different types of personal injuries.
This includes whiplash, broken bones, head trauma, aggravation of existing
health issues, lacerations, muscle damage, soreness, joint problems, physical
disfigurement, concussions, bruising, scarring, and sometimes even death.
Property damage to the body of the vehicle, mechanical parts of the vehicle, clothing, personal belongings, accessories, and jewelry among other things may also result from a car accident. Anyone who has experienced damage, loss or injury caused by another driver may have a claim for damages.
How can an attorney help?
Attorneys with experience representing victims of car accidents can assist with recovering damages against the other driver. An experienced attorney will know the necessary elements which must be shown to be successful in a personal injury lawsuit. They will also be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your potential case to help you make an informed decision about your situation.
The court system is complex and requires all participants to comply with rules of evidence and procedure. Attorneys can make sure that your case complies with all of the rules. They will also make sure that the other driver and insurance companies likewise follow the rules.
Attorneys have experience negotiating settlement offers and presenting a case at trial if settlement negotiations fail. Car accident cases can involve technical aspects which require the careful attention to detail an experience attorney can provide. An experienced attorney will know how to prepare for trial and effectively present your case to the judge or jury.
What elements must be shown to recover damages?
In order to be successful in recovering damages from another driver, you must be able to prove certain elements. This includes showing that the other driver drove in a manner or did something else to cause the damages. Proving this can sometimes be difficult without certain types of evidence to show the fault of the other driver.
The fault of the other driver can be demonstrated through many different
methods. In some cases, the other driver will make statements to prove
fault, such as “I wasn’t paying attention.” Fault may
also be shown through eye witness testimony or expert witnesses who can
determine fault based on their experience and the available facts.
Often, the most difficult element to prove is that the other driver caused the damages or injuries. The doctors, nurses, or paramedics who provided treatment can provide insight into this issue since they observed the injuries firsthand. Also, expert witnesses may be called to show a connection between the accident and the injuries.
How are damages determined?
Because every car accident is different, there is no set amount or formula to determine the amount of damages. Some damages can easily be identified, such as medical expenses and car repair costs. Other damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disfigurement are more difficult to determine. An attorney can assess your situation and compare the damages you sustained to other cases to give you an idea of how much you may receive. Also, there are expert witnesses available who are able to place a money amount on these types of damages.
Sometimes insurance providers will agree to pay out damages on behalf of the other driver. While policies typically have limits on how much that can be paid, sometimes an attorney can negotiate a fair settlement amount that the insurance provider will pay. Payment from the insurance company is beneficial because the payment is guaranteed and will not be delayed. In some cases, an attorney can arrange for quick resolution through this method.
The Doan Law Firm can help with your car accident case
The attorneys at the Doan Law Firm have represented many victims of car accidents. They are familiar with the issues which commonly arise and the appropriate amount of damages in car accident lawsuits. If you are a victim of a car accident as a result of another driver, contact the Doan Law Firm to schedule a consultation. Their attorneys can review your case and provide advice about the likelihood of success in a claim against the other driver.
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