Car Accidents

Experienced & Aggressive Houston Car Accident Lawyers

What distinguishes the car accident lawyers at Zehl & Associates from other lawyers? We only settle cases when we have received a settlement offer that fully compensates clients for their injuries. Otherwise, we’ll take the case to court and devote whatever resources are necessary to recovering the compensation that our client deserves.

In the past 5 years alone, our Personal Injury Lawyers recovered the #1 Largest Accident Verdict in the State of Texas, 2 of the largest settlements in Texas, and have repeatedly recovered the largest verdicts in corporate history against some of the largest maritime, trucking and bus companies in the United States.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle wreck, contact one of our Houston Car Accident Lawyers by clicking here or calling 1-888-603-3636.  All consultations are free, confidential and do not require any commitment by you, whatsoever.

Remember, following a serious car accident, it’s important to remain calm and to not admit fault. If you are injured or even think you might be, request medical attention immediately! It is also always a good idea to call the authorities and request that a police report be prepared.

Hurt in a Car Accident? Seek Medical Attention Immediately!

If you feel any pain, tingling, stiffness or soreness following a car crash, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. Any delay in seeking treatment for your injuries can not only result in the worsening of your injury but can also be used by the at-fault driver’s insurance company to infer that you were not really injured in the first place. Don’t give the other side any opportunity to deny you the compensation you deserve.

Car Accident Statistics in Texas

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 359,000 auto accidents in Texas between January and November of 2008 alone. Many of these accidents were caused by speeding and roadway departures, and an alarmingly high number have resulted in fatalities.
View a county by county breakdown of the number of car accidents and truck accidents that resulted in fatalities between 2003 and 2007 in Texas. Harris County, the most populated county in Texas, has consistently led the state in the number of car accident and truck accident fatalities, averaging approximately 373 per year from 2003 to 2007. Dallas County is second with an average of 239 fatalities, followed by Tarrant County, Bexar County, and Travis County.

The risks increase substantially when alcohol is involved, as it is estimated that over 4 out of 10 motor vehicle deaths is caused by a drunk driver. Just in Texas, alcohol contributed to almost 900 car accident fatalities in 2007 alone. View a breakdown of alcohol-related accidents by county in 2008.

Surprisingly, information compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrates that the number of fatalities involving drunk drivers has remained fairly consistent over the past 5 years.

Visit the Motor Vehicle Accident Data Center

Injuries and Damages

Most car and truck accident injuries involve significant expenses:

  • Medical treatment
  • Loss of employment and earnings
  • Long-term or lifetime medical care
  • Pain and suffering

Long-term and lifetime medical expenses for a serious injury or disability can sometimes by themselves run into the tens of millions of dollars. Unfortunately, liability insurance companies will almost never offer an adequate settlement amount to an injured car or truck accident victim who does not have an attorney. We fight for the rights of car accident victims and work to ensure that they are fairly compensated for their injuries.

Car Accident Injuries

Serious auto accidents result in a range of injuries, from soft-tissue sprains and scarring to broken bones and spinal cord injuries. Even minor injuries sustained in a car wreck can result in symptoms that linger for months or even years after the fact. Remember, many who are involved in what they initially thought were minor fender-benders end up developing painful symptoms of injury in the days and weeks following a collision.
Our trial lawyers consult with economists, psychiatrists, health-care planners, and medical professionals to develop evidence-based estimates of past and future costs. We have successfully obtained substantial settlements and verdicts in car and truck accident cases on behalf of clients all over Texas and across the country.

Non-Traffic Injuries and Fatalities

Not all automobile-related accidents occur on public roads and highways. Many involve only one vehicle on private roads or are caused by collisions with pedestrians or other automobiles on private driveways and in parking lots. According to the Not-in-Traffic Surveillance (NiTS) System operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the year 2007 alone there were 1,159 fatalities and 98,000 injuries stemming from non-traffic crashes nationwide. Click here for a breakdown of Off-Highway Accidents.

Dealing With the Insurance Company

Very often, the insurance adjuster will immediately offer a small amount of money in an effort to convince you that you won’t be able to recover anything more. This is almost always false.
Many insurance companies eagerly offer to settle claims for inadequate, lump-sum payments to free themselves from further financial liability. In order to receive full compensation for your injuries and expenses, you need an experienced car accident attorney who can examine the language of the applicable policy and ensure that the insurance company is properly compensating you for your losses.
Find out more about insurance company practices.

A Few Tips for Filing Your Insurance Claim

  1. Immediately following an accident, if possible, document vehicle damage and personal injuries with a camera.
  2. Be sure to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to inform them of the accident and any injuries.
  3. Contact an experienced accident attorney so that they can begin obtaining the evidence needed to establish liability and prove your damages.
  4. Keep a detailed record of any expenses related to your claim because many policies will allow you to be reimbursed.
  5. Keep a record of any conversations with your insurance company. Be sure to include names, phone numbers, and job titles of the people you speak with.
  6. Do not accept any money offered as final payment unless it is an amount that you confidently believe covers all of your medical expenses and damages. Do not accept anything below the amount you need to cover your damages.
  7. Be aware of any deadlines or time limits for filing a claim that are contained within your policy. Failure to follow these dates could result in you being unable to file your claim.
  8. Be wary of the insurance company’s initial estimate of damage to your vehicle. If the amount seems low compared to the “Blue Book” value, seek a second opinion.
  9. Finally, do not sign anything unless you have consulted an experienced auto accident lawyer first. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to try and trick someone into signing a release or waiver that could severely limit your ability to recover damages.

Be Aware of Deadlines for Filing Claims

  1. Be wary of the insurance company’s initial estimate of damage to your vehicle. If the amount seems low compared to the “Blue Book” value, seek out a second opinion.
  2. Finally, do not sign anything unless you have consulted an experienced auto accident lawyer first. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to try and trick someone into signing a release or waiver that could severely limit your ability to recover damages.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer or Can I Settle This Claim Myself?

The decision to hire, or not hire, a lawyer is one that requires serious thought. On one hand, if you were involved in a minor accident, were not seriously injured and did not require any medical treatment, you may want to try and handle the insurance adjustor yourself. Upon contacting the adjustor, you will be asked to give a statement regarding what happened during the accident. You will also be asked to produce documentation of any and all accident-related medical bills, proof of lost wages or other paperwork that is relevant to your claim. The adjustor will then calculate an offer based upon the information provided. Don’t forget that the adjustor is not on your side. His or her job is to save the insurance company money, not to make sure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. If the offer is less than what you feel you deserve, do not accept it. Remember, as long as you have not taken possession of any settlement money, it is not too late to contact an experienced car accident lawyer to renegotiate.
On the other hand, if you were seriously injured in an automobile wreck, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney to deal with the claim from the beginning. Lawyers are trained to examine facts and determine exactly how much money is owed. They can even give advice on how to maximize your settlement.

The last thing you want to do is underestimate your damages, accept a settlement offer and then be left without enough to cover all of your expenses related to the accident. Let the experienced Texas car crash lawyers at Zehl & Associates represent you to make sure that you receive as much as the law allows.

Contact Our Houston Car Accident Lawyers Today at 1-888-603-3636 or by clicking here

All consultations are free and since we work on a contingency fee, you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car, truck or bus accident, contact oour experienced Houston car accident lawyers today for a free, no-commitment consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-603-3636

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