Kerrville Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been the victim of a Kerrville car accident, you will want to know what you can claim and what your rights are. Our auto accident attorneys in Kerrville specialize in getting you the help you need and the compensation you deserve. You might not know that Texas experienced an increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2020 death toll of 3,896 was an increase of 7.54% from the 3,623 deaths recorded in 2019. • There were 12,107 serious crashes in Texas in 2020, with 14,656 people sustaining severe injury*. In Kerr County, we saw ten deadly car crashes with 13 fatalities. Furthermore, 43 very serious accidents left about 60 people with bad injuries. Data by Texdot
Being involved in a car accident is bad enough, especially if you suffer injuries and may not be able to work for an extended period. In addition, you are worrying about how to file a claim that compensates you fairly for the property damage and the injuries you have received due to the other drivers' negligence. It presents a problem that you do not need when trying to recover and recuperate.
Unfortunately, the insurance company of the driver at fault never makes the process a straightforward issue. Instead, they may try to get you to accept less than you should be entitled to, pressuring you for statements and posing questions designed to slow the entire case. This is designed to either increase the adjuster's bonus, save the company money or get your claim withdrawn entirely.
By employing the services of Carabin Shaw's Kerrville car accident lawyers, you remove the worry and stress associated with trying to pursue a car accident claim on your own. We will take all the concerns off your plate and deal with the insurance company, collecting witness statements and any other legal aspects of the claim such as negotiating an out-of-court settlement.
Our Kerr County auto accident attorney will provide you with these benefits and protection:
- A lawyer you are happy dealing with and who has experience in fighting your type of case
- A free initial consultation to establish the best way to proceed with your case on a strictly no-win, no-fee basis.
- Establish which party is at fault and liable financially.
- Negotiate a fair and favorable settlement with an insurance company, and represent you in court to fight your case if no settlement is forthcoming.
After a collision, it is crucial to stay at the accident scene, check for any injuries and wait for emergency services to arrive if necessary. Additionally, you can do a few other things to help your legal claim. First, take photographs of the damage to vehicles and the collision site-exchange contact details with the other party or parties involved in the crash. Do not apologize or admit any liability, even if you think it may have been your fault or you were at least partially to blame. Even if this is the case, you can still claim damages and qualify for compensation from the other party as long as the degree to which you share any blame doesn't exceed fifty percent.
Approach witnesses and take down their details as they could prove useful in determining who was at fault. Assist the police (or report the incident to them if they aren't at the scene) as fully as possible with their report and, even if you and other passengers are not hurt or feel OK, go to a hospital and get checked out thoroughly. Injuries may not initially manifest themselves, and you could need documentary evidence supporting any latent condition related to the accident.
It will not be long after the incident that you will be contacted by the insurance company of the other parties involved. When this happens, do not engage in any dialogue with an "at fault" party's insurance company relating to your insurance or release of medical records, and do not sign any settlement agreement you are offered. At this point, you should engage the services of our car accident attorneys to work on your behalf and help you with the legal aspects of your claim.Filing a Claim for Compensation
Texas state law allows for victims of a car accident to have a maximum of two years to file a compensation claim. This is known as the Statute of Limitations and means that you must file a claim within this time if you want to create the opportunity of winning any damages incurred from the accident. It is also generally encouraged to do this as soon as possible to avoid details being lost over time and to create an accurate record of the facts so that an attorney can build a strong case.Possible Reasons for Car Accidents
This isn't an exhaustive list but covers the most common reasons an accident happens. Sometimes it can be a combination of some of the factors below that can be responsible for a collision.
- Dangerous Driving
- Driving Under the Influence
- Head-On Collision
- Rear-end shunt
- Ignoring Traffic Signals
- Bad Weather Conditions
- Visual Errors
- Multi-Vehicle Collisions
The more common types are categorized below and reflect the injuries an auto accident lawyer tends to help within a claim.
- Crushing injury
- Spinal injury
- Lost limbs
- Cuts and lacerations
If we can establish that a third party is liable for the car accident you were involved in, the following list shows examples of the monetary claims that you could legitimately make against them.
- Medical expenses-past, present and future
- Loss of wages and future earning capacity
- Temporary and permanent disability or disfigurement
- Damage to property
- Emotional trauma, distress, mental anguish
- Loss of household services
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
If you have suffered an injury from a car accident in Kerrville, Kerr County, or the Texas Hill Country and want to file a claim for loss or damages, let Carabin Shaw's personal injury lawyer help you get the financial compensation you deserve. You can contact our Law Firm at 800-862-1260 for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case, and we will advise you as to the strategy that will get you the best outcome.