Everyone is in and out of cars every day. Whether it’s the commute to work, your weekly trip to the grocery store, a trip in an Uber or Lyft, or a quick errand, we are in cars almost daily. When your trip is interrupted by a wreck due to another person’s negligence, you may not know what to do next.
Unfortunately, car wrecks are not rare. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calculates that almost 50,000 people were killed due to a car accident in 2022. If you suffer injuries because of another person’s reckless driving, you may be owed compensation for your damages. An Sugar Land car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Shane McClelland wants to help you today.
Seek medical attention. Car accidents can range in severity, and even the slightest collisions can have severe and long-lasting repercussions. Injuries are not always apparent immediately. Even if you initially feel fine after the wreck, your body might flood with adrenaline and endorphins, masking pain from the accident. Because of this, some car wreck injuries are not noticeable right away. That is why seeking medical attention immediately after a wreck is critical. A doctor may be able to prevent a hidden condition from worsening and becoming debilitating.
Speak to an attorney before filing a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance. In some cases, the insurance company will reach out to you immediately after the collision to try and get a recorded statement about what happened in the wreck. The other parties’ insurance company may try to manipulate you into giving a recorded statement that is against your best interest. Or the at-fault parties’ insurance company may offer you a low settlement to try and sweep the case under the rug. While a quick settlement may seem enticing, insurance companies, even your own, are not looking out for your best interest. The settlement offer may seem sufficient at the time. But without a professional analysis of your total losses, there is no way to guarantee a quick, small settlement fully covers your damages.
An experienced Sugar Land car accident lawyer can negotiate for you to receive non-economic damages, such as past, present, and future:
And you can also seek to recover your economic damages such as:
When a car collision results from another person’s recklessness, the injured party may file a personal injury claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company for damages or file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. To establish responsibility, you must first demonstrate that the other party acted negligently. Negligence is proven by showing the at-fault driver:
Texas currently follows a modified comparative negligence standard, meaning you can sue for damages even if you are partially liable for the accident. But if a jury finds you more than 50% responsible for the collision, you cannot recover for your injuries from the wreck. Liability is not cut-and-dry, however. Even if you think you are over 50% liable, you should still contact a Sugar Land car accident lawyer to have the attorney analyze the facts of your situation with the law.
When you partner with a lawyer from the Law Office of Shane McClelland, you are giving yourself the opportunity to recover from your injuries resulting from the wreck while a knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate professional gets to work on the following:
As the plaintiff, you have the burden of proving that the other party caused the wreck and your damages. Attorneys must use admissible evidence to establish liability. Your attorney will immediately investigate the circumstances surrounding your car accident by collecting and assessing any potentially relevant evidence. Such evidence may include traffic camera footage, data collected from a car’s computer, eyewitness accounts, police reports, communications (like text messages, emails, and social media posts), any video footage or photographs, and medical records.
Texas currently has a two-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims. That means, with few exceptions, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit with the proper court and serve the at-fault party with the lawsuit. With an attorney handling your case, you do not have to worry about negotiating or missing your deadline.
For almost 20 years, Shane McClelland of the Law Office of Shane McClelland has provided a unique, personalized approach to representing personal injury clients in Sugar Land, Texas. Our firm understands the inherently overwhelming nature of being involved in a car accident. That is why we are here to walk hand in hand with you through the entire process from the first consultation to the final settlement offer or trial. It is our job to handle your legal case so you can focus your own recovery.
To see how we can serve you today and receive a free case evaluation on your best options moving forward, please schedule a free consultation with a Sugar Land, TX car accident attorney by calling (713) 987-7107 or using our contact form.