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Were you injured in a Texas car accident?
Car accidents can happen for any number of reasons, including inattentive driving, road hazards, and adverse weather conditions. No matter the cause of a traffic accident, the effects of a car collision can be devastating.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, over 17,000 people sustained serious injuries in Texas car crashes in 2015.
On top of damage to the vehicle, the people involved in car crashes may suffer serious physical and emotional injuries, leading to significant medical expenses, missed work, and diminished quality of life.
Traffic accidents don’t only involve automobiles. Michael Anthony Emma at The Emma Law Firm represents Texas clients who have been injured in any of the following types of road accidents:
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Texas, there are several steps you should take to ensure you take care of your safety and protect your legal rights.
Seek Medical Attention. Even if you don’t feel that you’ve sustained significant injuries, you need to be evaluated by a medical professional. Even a minor traffic collision can cause painful injuries that may last a long time. These injuries may not manifest immediately, and in some cases, the effects may not be noticed for several days.
Seeking immediate medical attention is not only beneficial for your long-term health and wellbeing, it is also an important part of the car accident lawsuit process, should you decide to take legal action. A medical evaluation after a car crash will provide a baseline to determine the extent of your injuries as they progress and provide a basis for making a car accident injury claim.
Keep Records. It is also smart to document the accident as much as possible, once it is safe for you to do so. If possible, take pictures of the scene to document any damage to your vehicle, road hazards, or any other documentation that may provide helpful context about the car crash.
These photos will be helpful for your insurance adjuster and for your attorney, if you decide to meet with one. Take notes about what led to the accident. This information will be important in case you decide to pursue a lawsuit. Note the time of day, location, weather conditions, who was present, and any other information that you feel is important to consider.
After the accident, keep track of any and all appointments you have with a medical professional and/or therapist. If your injuries have caused you to miss any work (including time spent at doctors’ appointments), keep track of the hours and the days you missed.
After a car crash, you may want to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney. Even if both you and the driver of the other involved vehicle are both insured, it’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer to understand the amount and type of compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Insurance companies may provide compensation for damage to your automobile and any related medical expenses you incur due to the car collision, but the insurer will likely not cover non-economic losses such as loss of income during your recovery period, emotional distress, pain and suffering, or loss of spousal companionship. If you would like to pursue compensation for these losses, you should talk with a car accident lawyer.
A traffic accident lawyer will explain the car accident lawsuit process and inform you about your legal rights. Your lawyer will help you fight for the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on mental and physical healing.
Because every car accident is different, it is impossible to determine how much an injured party will be able to claim from an auto accident lawsuit. However, there are several factors an attorney may consider when estimating what your case may be worth.
Typically, compensatory damages for a car accident injury will cover the injured party’s medical expenses, lost income, property loss, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium (or losses related to the impaired capacity of a spouse). If the other party’s conduct that led to the auto accident is found to be particularly egregious, punitive damages may be awarded on top of the compensatory damages.
If you were injured in a car accident in Texas and you’re thinking of filing a car accident lawsuit, contact The Emma Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Emma is committed to helping car accident victims get the compensation they deserve. This Dallas area law firm has the experience to handle your car accident claim.
Your Texas accident attorney will evaluate your car accident injury claim and help you obtain a fair settlement from the insurance adjuster. If appropriate, your lawyer will file a car accident lawsuit and fight every step of the way to help you receive reasonable compensation for the financial, physical, and mental injuries you suffered.
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