CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

Car crash. If you’ve been injured in a Houston car accident, our team of car accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be an intricate and often challenging process. When determining fault, assessing injuries, and safeguarding your rights, the need for seasoned legal representation becomes paramount.

If you find yourself injured in a collision caused by a negligent truck driver, the car accident attorneys at Abraham Watkins are here to provide the experience and advocacy you require. Situated in Houston, Texas, our dedicated team is committed to safeguarding the interests of car accident victims and ensuring that they receive the compensation they deserve. Trust us to guide you through the legal complexities, offering unwavering support during a challenging time. Don’t face the aftermath of a car accident alone – reach out to us today at 713-535-9319 for a free consultation, where you can speak directly with an experienced Houston auto accident attorney who will provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

INJURED BY A SEMI TRUCK, BIG RIG, OR 18-WHEELER? YOU NEED A HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER.

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Every day, millions of drivers use the roads and highways in Houston. With the sheer number of cars, trucks, and motorcycles on the road, it’s hardly surprising that Houston is one of the most dangerous places in the country to be a road user. Truck accidents, in particular, can be incredibly traumatic and often leave victims with serious, life-altering injuries due to the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles.

Commercial truck drivers are held to certain standards and must follow specific rules to ensure the safety of all road users. However, when these rules are not adhered to or negligence occurs, the consequences can be devastating.

While accidents are sometimes avoidable, since all road users owe a duty of care to the other users of the road, it is often down to negligence. Negligent behavior occurs when someone who owes a duty of care, which is a legal obligation to act in a way that protects others from danger and harm, acts unreasonably. Unreasonable behavior is any behavior that is seen as different from how a reasonable individual would act.

When an accident occurs because of negligence, the victims of the accident may be entitled to pursue a car accident claim against the at-fault party. This is usually the case when the damages suffered exceed the limits of the other party’s insurance. In the case of a car accident when a car is hit by a truck, the commercial driver, their employer, or the trucking company may be held accountable.

Understanding your rights and fighting for fair treatment following an accident is what personal injury lawyers do, and here at Abraham Watkins, we have been fighting on behalf of clients in car accidents, truck accidents, and other personal injury cases for over 70 years. Our team is well-equipped to handle the unique challenges that come with representing victims of traumatic truck accidents and ensuring that they receive the compensation they deserve.

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INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT LOOK OUT FOR YOUR INTERESTS; THAT’S WHY YOU NEED A HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER.

Auto insurance companies are in the business of minimizing any payouts so they can maximize profits. As you lay injured in the hospital, an insurance company may deny your claim, forcing you to take time away from healing to appeal and negotiate your suffering.

At Abraham Watkins, you are not a claim number to be filed away. Our personal injury lawyers will protect your rights so you can focus on your recovery. Here is how we can help.

  • all personal injury claims come down to liability. Who is at fault for your car accident? Our car accident attorneys can investigate how your collision happened;
  • our attorneys can also calculate the damages and injuries you are owed;
  • we will prepare and file your case, keeping you updated along the way;
  • our lawyers have the resources to collect critical evidence and documentation regarding your crash;
  • the dedicated team at Abraham Watkins will then prove your injuries, negotiate with the car insurance company on your behalf, and fight for the settlement you deserve; and
  • if the insurance company refuses a reasonable offer, our car accident lawyers can try the case for a final judgment. 
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CAR ACCIDENT GUIDE – FOR THOSE AT THE SCENE

If you have just been involved in a car accident, here is what you need to do.

Firstly, DO NOT APOLOGIZE OR SAY YOU ARE FINE.

This can be used against you and is an easy way to jeopardize your chances of a successful claim.

CHECK YOURSELF AND PASSENGERS FOR INJURIES

The most important thing after an accident is to make sure you look after your health and safety above all else. If you have just come around from the actual accident, take stock of your own body and check for any pain or stiffness.

If you feel any pain in your head, neck, or shoulders, or you know you hit your head, remain calm, and remain still until a paramedic can assess you. Do not let anyone move you unless you are in immediate danger. If your injuries allow it, move to the side of the road, taking stock of what you can on the way.

MOVE TO SAFETY

If the accident is minor, get to safety by moving to the side of the road. If your car is safe to drive and poses a hazard to other drivers, pull it to the side of the road and get off as far as possible.

If someone has not called 911 yet, make sure you do so immediately. 

CALL THE POLICE/AMBULANCE

If anybody has suffered an injury, you must call for an ambulance, no matter how minor the injuries may seem. Sometimes people can suffer injuries that are hidden by the shock or adrenaline released by the accident. This can mask the symptoms until later on when they may be much more serious.

The police should also be called after all car accidents. They can handle the oncoming traffic, arrange for tow trucks if necessary, and most importantly, they can handle the other drivers. This is especially important if you suspect they were under the influence. The police will conduct a BAC blood alcohol test. If this comes back positive, the results can be extremely important in your case.

Both the police and any paramedics who attend the scene will file an accident report. This is an unbiased report that contains the facts of the accident scene and the injuries people have suffered. Both these reports can be obtained by your attorney and both can be used as evidence.

The ambulance team’s report, in particular, can be really useful for proving causation, the third element of a negligence case.

EXCHANGE INFORMATION WITH OTHER DRIVER AND WITNESSES

If the other driver has remained on the scene, ask them for their information, such as their name, email, insurance company, address, and phone number.

If you were lucky enough to have eye-witnesses on the scene then do the same with them. If they are willing, ask them for a quick statement that you can either record or write down. When your attorney contacts them later on, they can simply agree the statement was the statement they gave.

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COLLECT EVIDENCE

Evidence is always crucial when it comes to proving your case and the more evidence from fresh on the scene that you can provide to your attorney, the stronger your case will be. If you have been rushed away from the scene of the accident in an ambulance, the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner they can send someone in your place to the scene to collect evidence before the scene is cleared.

Taking photographs of the scene can be a great way to detail the evidence. A video with a voice statement over the top in your own words of what happened can be strong too. You could also sketch the road, drawing the cars and arrows for their directions of travel, labeling the cars “A, B, C” etc.

MAKE SURE TO DOCUMENT AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN

  • take pictures from different angles and make sure to show the damage on both vehicles;
  • take a picture of the other vehicle’s license plate; and
  • talk to witnesses and get their full contact information.

When the police arrive, make sure to give as many details as possible. Also, make sure you ask for a copy of the report for your records. Getting the officers’ names and badge numbers can also help when filing a claim. Make sure the investigating officers speak with the witnesses. 

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SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

In more minor cases, the ambulance team and paramedics may not need to administer any treatment at the scene. If this is the case we recommend that you head immediately to the emergency room or your doctor for a check-over.

When you need to prove causation, medical records that show you were injured on the day of your accident can help your attorney.

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY BEFORE YOU CONTACT THE INSURANCE COMPANY

There is no better time than the present to call your attorney. The sooner they are involved, the sooner they can employ their network of resources in your case. They may send investigators to the scene, contact car crash professionals who can reconstruct the accident, and contact medical providers who can begin the task of calculating your medical damages.

Do not speak to the insurance company before speaking to an attorney. After an accident, you may find yourself flooded with callers, including both the other driver’s insurance company and your own. Before you provide any information, contact a lawyer in Houston at Abraham Watkins to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence, such as witness statements, medical reports, and photos of the scene, to prove that you were not at fault. They can also guide in negotiating a settlement if necessary.

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WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SETTLEMENT?

Every car accident is unique; therefore, the average settlement will depend on many varying factors. Critical evidence to support your auto accident claim will depend on how well you documented the accident, whether there were any witnesses, and whether were there any cameras. 

There are a lot of factors that may be included in the settlement figure, such as:

  • How much your medical bills are;
  • How severe your injuries are;
  • Whether you will require long-term treatment or lifelong treatment;
  • How much income you have lost or stand to lose;
  • Your loss of enjoyment of life; and
  • Your development of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, phobias of driving, PTSD, etc.

FACTORS THAT MAKE A CLAIM STRONG

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When your attorney arranges the initial sit-down meeting with you, they will ask certain questions that allow them to evaluate the strength of your case. This is because your attorney will want to make sure that your case truly is valid if they are going to take it on for no upfront cost.

Certain things that make your case stronger include:

SEVERE INJURIES OR DEATH

If you or a loved one has suffered serious life-changing injuries or your loved one has been killed in a car accident, the case becomes much more serious. In these situations, your attorney will want to wait for the true scope of your medical injuries to become apparent before accepting any settlement offers.

THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE

If you managed to collect some good pictures or videos of the scene or your attorney has found CCTV footage that shows the negligent driver’s actions, your case will be much stronger.

Good eyewitnesses who are willing to give a statement and confirm their statement are also useful, as are BAC results from the police if the driver was drunk.

CLEAR LIABILITY

Because Texas follows a modified comparative negligence doctrine, if you have been involved in a car accident in Houston, and the fault was more than 50% yours, you are not entitled to bring a claim against the other party.

You are entitled to bring a claim against another individual as long as you were not more than 49% at fault. If it is found that you are 10% at fault, for example, you are entitled to bring a claim but your damages and compensation will usually be reduced by 10%.

In cases where the fault was 100% the other parties are stronger because of the clear liability. There will be no discussions about what percentage of fault lies with each party.

YOU RECEIVED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT ON THE SCENE, OR IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

Your case will always be stronger when you have received immediate medical attention or sought it out. If it is shown that you did not seek medical attention until several days after the accident, the other party may want to know why you delayed your treatment.

Immediate medical attention helps when it comes to proving causation and delaying your treatment can create doubt. The other party may even try to claim that the accident was not the true cause of your injuries if you delay in seeking medical attention.

HOW MUCH IS MY HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM WORTH?

The first question that victims usually have for us when they get in touch with our law firm is “How much will I receive for my car accident settlement?”

Unfortunately, there is no average value for a car accident settlement. Each case will be unique, with different levels of damages and the circumstances that led to the accident will be different.

Your attorney from Abraham Watkins will not be able to tell you what your case is worth until they have calculated your damages.

CALCULATING YOUR DAMAGES

Working out what damages you have suffered is how your attorney will place a value on your claim. These calculations will allow them to negotiate a settlement that genuinely represents your losses, pain, and suffering.

The more experience your car accident lawyer has, and the more successful cases they have under their belts, the better they will be at this task. This is why we recommend choosing a law firm like Abraham Watkins, who has over seven decades of experience and countless victories.

Calculating the total amount of your losses can prove challenging, as many people don’t know their full rights when it comes to compensation. You need the help of a skilled car accident law firm to ensure you request and receive the full amount you need to cover your past and future losses.

ECONOMIC DAMAGES VS. NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES

It is worth understanding that there are two different types of damages that you will likely suffer following a car accident. The first is your economic damages. These damages are the ones that are going to have a physical cost attached to them that needs to be recovered.

Economic damages are more straightforward and are usually easy to evidence.

They include:

MEDICAL EXPENSES

America is the most expensive country in the world for health care. We top the list at $12,000 per person, which makes us $5,000 more expensive than the second country on the list, Germany.

In the United States, soaring medical costs have driven up insurance settlement claims. If you have been hurt in a car accident, the medical expenses can be staggering. Medical debt is one of the leading causes of Americans filing bankruptcy. Without the right attorney, these costs may not be covered;

  • $1,000 for an ambulance to take you from the scene to the nearest emergency room;
  • the emergency room itself can cost upwards of $20,000;
  • hospital stays while you recover are widely expensive. Each night may cost you $2,750 or more;
  • if your injuries require surgery, you could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars; and
  • while recovering, if you need physical therapy, occupational therapy, or home care, you could owe thousands more.

Following a car accident, you will likely have injuries that need to be treated and you will likely need further medical treatment and medication to help you recover. You may also need physical therapy and painkillers. Having skillful representation is the safest way to protect yourself and ensure all your medical expenses are secured. Call a car accident lawyer in Houston, TX, now. 

If your injuries are more serious and you are going to have to spend time in an ICU unit, or you are going to require long-term medical treatment and adaptation to the home, you are looking at astronomical medical expenses to find.

Fortunately, in a successful claim, you will be able to recover all of your medical expenses, past and future. This is one of the reasons why your attorney will want to speak to medical professionals who can help advise them on what your future costs could look like. This means that you can pursue a figure that ensures you will not be left out of pocket in the long run.

LOST WAGES/EARNING CAPACITY

Another important economic damage to consider is the lost wages and earning capacity you have suffered. Serious injuries mean time off work and extremely serious injuries may mean that you can no longer work in the same capacity.

If you cannot return to your old job, your attorney may need to talk to financial professionals who can help them work out what a lifetime of lost earning capacity looks like in terms of your compensation.

NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES

The term non-economic damages covers all of the losses you have suffered that are subjective. These damages are harder to work out, as there are no clear price tags attached and it will be down to your attorney to work out what they consider your non-economic damages to be worth in their professional opinion.

Your non-economic damages are usually the most substantial, and include emotional suffering, mental anguish, pain and suffering in the past and future, and permanent disfigurement:

PAIN AND SUFFERING DAMAGES

Pain and suffering damages are designed to compensate victims for what they have been through. This includes the pain they have suffered or will suffer if their pain is li into the future. It also includes the mental and emotional trauma and distress that the victim has been put through because of the accident.

Car accidents are scary and traumatic and can leave a victim with mental as well as physical scars. The victim should be compensated for this.

LOSS OF ENJOYMENT OF LIFE

Another non-economic damage that should be considered by your Houston car accident attorney from Abraham Watkins, is the loss of enjoyment of life that a party has suffered because of the accident. Loss of enjoyment of life compensation should compensate the victim if they can no longer enjoy their life to the same capacity as they did before the accident.

An example of this would be a car accident where the victim has suffered spinal damage and can no longer carry heavy objects. If they had a young daughter they carried to bed every night before the accident, but can no longer do this, then this would be an example of loss of enjoyment.

THE CLAIM PROCESS

The claim process of claiming the other party and their insurance company. Your attorney will have calculated your damages and will have sent a settlement offer to them.

At this point, the other party may have already tried to offer a settlement, but this is usually a lowball offer. This is a good sign that they know they are liable. They will have worked out what they stand to lose and will have offered you a figure that is much lower in the hopes that you accept. Once you do so, you forgo the right to pursue more in the future and they know this but hope you do not.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid After a Car Accident to Ensure I Don’t Harm My Chances of Recovering Compensation?

DEALING WITH ADJUSTERS

Insurance companies will usually get their adjusters to call you. They may seem friendly and on your side, and they may try to get you to agree to let them record your call. Remember though, that they are not on your side, they are trying to reduce their payout. Refuse to let them record your call and ask them to liaise with your attorney going forward from this point.

They have no legal right to a recorded statement until your case has entered litigation. Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company before hiring an attorney. Insurance companies may try to get you to give your full social security number – do not give it to them.

REVIEWING SETTLEMENT OFFERS

We recommend that you seek the opinion of an experienced car accident lawyer from Abraham Watkins before accepting any settlement offers from the insurance company. Sometimes victims get caught up and accept a settlement that seems attractive. They then go on to regret the decision when the true scope of their damages becomes clear. In the worst cases, the settlement does not even cover the victim’s medical expenses.

In the majority of cases, your attorney will have a settlement figure in mind, and after the other party has sent their offer, the negotiations will begin, using their offer as the lower bar.

Often, when it comes to settlement negotiations, the experience and reputation of your attorney can play a huge role. The other party will be more likely to play ball and work with your attorney if they are a skilled, trial-tested attorney with victories under their belt. They know that they will likely lose when it comes to litigation and will want to work on a fair and reasonable settlement.

LITIGATION

It is always important that you make sure that your attorney is equally skilled in litigation as they are in the negotiation of settlements. This ensures that they are prepared for what happens if negotiation of a settlement cannot be reached.

If the other party is not willing to make a settlement offer that you are happy with then your attorney will need to escalate the case, filing a car accident lawsuit against the other party.

They will then be expected to prove the four elements of negligence:

FOUR ELEMENTS OF NEGLIGENCE IN TEXAS

Catastrophic car crash

In Texas, a personal injury case based on negligence requires the plaintiff to prove four key elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages.

First, duty refers to the legal obligation owed by the defendant to the victim. This means that the defendant had a responsibility to act with reasonable care to avoid causing harm to others. Most drivers have a duty to operate their vehicle safely and follow traffic laws.

Second, breach refers to the defendant’s failure to fulfill their duty of care. In other words, the defendant did something or failed to do something that a reasonable person in their position would have done to avoid causing harm to others. For instance, a driver who runs a red light has breached their duty of care.

Third, causation means that the defendant’s breach of duty was the direct cause of the victim’s injuries. In other words, the victim must prove that they would not have been injured if the defendant had acted with reasonable care. For example, if a driver runs a red light and collides with another car, causing the other driver to suffer injuries, the driver’s breach of duty caused the injuries.

Finally, damages refer to the harm suffered by the victim as a result of the defendant’s negligence. This can include physical injuries, emotional distress, and other losses. The plaintiff must prove that they suffered actual damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence. For example, if a driver is injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, they may seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF TRUCK AND CAR CRASHES?

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Houston sees numerous car accidents every day. When you have representation from Abraham Watkins, our car accident attorneys will talk to witnesses, read the police reports, and find the critical evidence you need to establish liability. 

Some of the more common car accidents in Houston involve;

If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision, you need a Houston car accident lawyer today. At Abraham Watkins, our highly knowledgeable team can handle an array of motor vehicle accidents. Call our team today by dialing 713-535-9319.

CATASTROPHIC INJURIES

A catastrophic injury in a car accident case refers to a severe injury that causes permanent disability or long-term impairment. These types of injuries often have a significant impact on a person’s life, including their ability to work, their quality of life, and their financial well-being.

Examples of catastrophic injuries in car accident cases can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis, severe burns, loss of limb, and other injuries that cause permanent disability or disfigurement.

Because catastrophic injuries often require extensive medical treatment, ongoing care, and long-term rehabilitation, they can result in significant medical expenses and lost income for the injured person and their family. In a car accident case, the injured person may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from the catastrophic injury.

It is essential to work with an experienced personal injury attorney from Abraham Watkins who can help navigate the complex legal process of a catastrophic injury case, and ensure that the injured person receives the maximum compensation to which they are entitled.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH CAR ACCIDENTS?

 Car crashes can be devastating. Major car accidents often cause catastrophic injuries that can result in death, permanent disability, or disfigurement. Some common injuries from car accidents include;

If you or someone you know has sustained injuries in a car accident due to someone’s negligence, you need a car wreck attorney in Houston from Abraham Watkins. Our experienced attorneys have successfully represented Texans in a wide range of personal injury cases. Call today and let us secure the compensation you deserve.

WHAT ARE DELAYED INJURIES?

During a crash, adrenalin floods the body and can make it more difficult for you to assess the damage. Injuries from a major car accident will send you swiftly to the nearest emergency room. Even minor auto accidents can cause lacerations or whiplash. However, in some cases, car accident injuries can be delayed. 

Delayed injuries can begin to affect a car accident victim hours, days, or even weeks after the collision. They can range from minor injuries to major problems. Delayed injuries can substantially increase the cost of a car accident for the victim. If you have been injured in a Houston car accident, some of the most common car accident injuries include:

HEADACHES

One of the worst injuries to ignore is a headache after a car crash. Often, it takes several days for a headache to present itself. Many people brush off the pain with medication, but a headache could be a sign of major head trauma. There is potential for a blood clot on the brain to develop or a severe concussion.

SHOULDER AND NECK PAIN

Otherwise known as “whiplash.” Whiplash is a tricky personal injury. It usually takes days to develop. Unfortunately, it requires more testing to be properly diagnosed, with an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI.

BACK PAIN

Back pain can be debilitating. Many times, back pain is the result of damage to the ligaments, muscles, or vertebrae by way of sprains, strains, and herniated discs.

ABDOMINAL PAIN

Abdominal pain several days after an accident can signal something life-threatening, like internal bleeding or organ damage. Other symptoms may be deep bruising, dizziness, fainting, and lightheadedness. 

NUMBNESS AND TINGLING

When the neck or spinal column is injured, your arms and legs may start to tingle or have numb spots. This is often the sign of a herniated disk pressing on the spinal nerve. 

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HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have been involved in a car accident in Houston, you likely have several questions that you need answered. After our many years of service to the state of Texas, we have heard them all.

Here are the most commonly asked questions:

What if I am partly to blame for the Houston car accident?

Because Texas works under a modified comparative negligence doctrine, you are still entitled to bring a claim as long as you were not more than 49% at fault for the accident, however, your compensation will be reduced by the amount you were at fault.

Who pays the deductible in a car accident?

When an accident occurs, the insurance company of the at-fault driver for the accident typically pays out any claims. Generally, this means that if you are not at fault for an accident, the other driver’s insurance company will pay the costs associated with the accident, including your deductible. If you are found to be at fault, then your own insurance company will pay out the claim and will typically require that you pay your deductible. Additionally, if both drivers are found to be equally at fault, each person’s insurer may pay a portion of the claim, and each driver may be responsible for paying their own deductible.

Should I hire a lawyer for a minor car accident?

Yes, it is generally a good idea to consult an experienced car accident attorney after any accident, even if the damage appears minor. A lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure that you are receiving the appropriate compensation for any damages suffered as a result of the accident. Additionally, a lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and obligations regarding the accident and can guide any potential consequences or liabilities that may arise from the incident.

How long do I have to report a car accident in Texas?

In Texas, you are required to report any car accident that results in personal injury, death, or property damage of over $1,000. You must make a crash report within 10 days of the accident either online or by phone with your local law enforcement agency. If you fail to do so, you may face fines and other penalties. If you are unsure of how to proceed, contact a professional attorney from Abraham Watkins who focuses specifically on car accident cases. We will be able to provide the necessary guidance and assistance.

How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in Texas?

According to Texas Law,  you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. In certain cases, you may be able to extend this timeframe, but it is ideal to consult an experienced lawyer focused on car accident cases as soon as possible so that your case can be evaluated and any potential claims pursued promptly.

Can I sue if I was a passenger in a car accident?

Yes, you may be able to sue if you were a passenger in a car accident. Depending on the circumstances and who is at fault for the accident, you may have a valid claim for damages. If the driver of your vehicle was at fault, you can sue them for negligence. Additionally, if another party caused the accident then you may also have grounds to sue them. It is important to contact a lawyer who works on car accident cases to explore your options and determine if you have a valid claim for damages. They can provide advice on the right course of action and help you get the compensation you deserve.  It is important to act quickly, as there may be time limits on filing a claim.  Your lawyer will be able to provide more information on the specific laws and regulations that apply to your situation.

Can I Afford The Fees?

Every single year, people forgo the chance to pursue their claims with skilled legal representation behind them. They may do this because they are worried about legal fees if they lose.

At Abraham Watkins, we believe that all accident victims deserve the opportunity to pursue compensation and the recovery of their damages following an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence.

This is why we work on a contingency fee basis. This style of work means that victims do not have to pay up-front for representation. We will evaluate your case for free, and if we think it is worth taking on, we will do so for no up-front fees. We also don’t charge if we lose your case. This means you can never be left out of pocket.

If we win your case in litigation or negotiate a settlement with the other party, we simply take a flat percentage of it. We will discuss this percentage in your free consultation. If you don’t agree with our terms, you can walk away, there are no strings attached. We are simply happy that you will do so with a better understanding of your legal options.

Should I accept a settlement offer?

In general, we recommend that you refuse the first settlement offer. It will almost always be a lowball offer designed to trick you into accepting a settlement much lower than you are entitled to.

Every offer after the first has been refused should be discussed with your attorney from Abraham Watkins. Sometimes the figure is an acceptable one and your attorney will advise you to take it. Most of the time, there will need to be negotiations between your attorney and the opposition before the settlement is truly representative of your damages and fair and reasonable.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

The time it takes for your case to be resolved will depend upon the severity of your injuries, the skill of the legal representation on each side, and the liability. The reputation of your attorney may also play a huge role in the time that your case takes to complete as many insurance companies would rather settle than fight a fierce litigator in trial.

WHEN TO CONTACT YOUR HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS?

The quick answer to this question is that the sooner you get in touch with your attorney after the accident, the better.

If you are concerned about whether or not you should contact your attorneys, we recommend giving us a call. The call will be free and we can at least advise you on your options and offer some free legal advice.

You should always contact an attorney when:

SOMEBODY HAS BEEN KILLED OR INJURED

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of a car accident that was caused by somebody else, you should always contact an attorney after you have prioritized your injuries and medical treatment. Call an ambulance before you call an attorney if there are any injuries.

THE POLICE ARE INVOLVED

If the police have been involved, which they should be after a car wreck where someone has been injured, speaking to an attorney can help when it comes to pursuing accident reports or their test results, if they tested a driver who may or may not have been over the limit or under the influence of drugs.

The police may have also issued a citation for speeding, running a red light, or reckless driving and these citations can prove that the other party acted unreasonably, which helps your attorney prove they acted negligently and are liable for your damages.

INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE INVOLVED

Insurance companies are driven by profit and unfortunately, this includes your own insurance company. While some are better than others, you should proceed under the assumption that they are not looking out for your interests.

Pursuing your medical bills and the recovery of your damages from either your insurance company or another will mean that you will be up against their legal team. They will be working to discredit your claim or reduce their payout.

For favorable chances of fair treatment, you should obtain legal representation from a skilled attorney Abraham Watkins who can take over liaising with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Trusted Advocacy After Truck Collisions: Houston Car Accident Lawyers Standing by Your Side

In the aftermath of a collision with a truck, seeking legal guidance becomes imperative, and the experienced attorneys at Abraham Watkins are ready to provide the support and experience needed. Our dedicated team is dedicated to navigating the complexities of truck accidents, offering comprehensive legal assistance to victims. By choosing a lawyer from Abraham Watkins, you align yourself with a firm that has a proven track record of advocating for the rights of those injured in collisions.

With a commitment to client-focused representation, we strive to secure rightful compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial toll incurred in the aftermath of a truck accident. Don’t navigate the complexities alone—trust Abraham Watkins to guide you through the legal process and advocate fiercely on your behalf. Call us at 713-535-9319 for a free consultation to speak with one of our Houston Auto accident attorneys to discuss your Texas car accident and receive the compensation you deserve.

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Our Record of Success

$250+

million

Drug Litigation

$201+

million

Plant Explosion

$88

million

Automotive Defects

$85

million

Automotive Product Liability

$75.9

million

Chemical Plant Explosion

$60

million

Car & Truck Accident

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Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2023.
Abraham Watkins Best Lawyers Award for 2022.
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Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2019.
Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US news 2018.
Abraham Watkins - TopVerdict.com Top 20 Personal Injury Award Badge
Top 20 Badge Texas 2023 - All Practice Areas - TopVerdict.com
Top 10 Wrongful Death US 2022.
Top 20 Motor Vehicle Accidents - 2022.
Top Verdict Top 50 Personal Injury
Top Verdict US 2022 Top 100
Number 1 settlement for wrongful death in Texas 2022.
Number 1 for Pedestrian Accident Settlements in TX for 2022.
Number 1 for Wrongful Death Settlements in TX for 2022.
Firm Award - Top 10 Motor Vehicle Settlements in Texas 2022
Best Premises Liability Lawyer Award.
Top 20 Best Lawyer Award for Abraham Watkins.
Top 100 Best Lawyer Award 2021 for Abraham Watkins.
2021 Top 10 Practicing Lawyers in Texas Award.
2021 Top 10 Personal Injury Verdict Award.
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