Car accidents injure three million U.S. drivers each year. In 2018, the most recent date TxDOT published crash statistics, slightly more than 249,000 motorists in our state suffered injuries from car accidents. Of those 249,000 motorists, more than 14,900 suffered serious injuries.
Serious accidents can disrupt your life and the lives of your family members. Depending on the nature of the injury and other factors, you or your family could face millions of dollars in expenses. For instance, the average lifetime costs of a C1-C4 complete spinal cord injury for a 25-year-old could total more than $5 million dollars. This figure does not include losses in wages, benefits, or costs associated with pain and suffering.
Car accident settlements can help crash survivors and their family members recover compensation for these expenses. Our Houston car accident lawyers may be able to help you pursue a settlement or verdict. However, there are many factors that affect the outcome of a crash settlement.
A Houston car accident attorney can help negotiate a settlement with the insurance companies after a crash. The amount of compensation you can recover depends on your damages and factors surrounding the accident.
Car accident cases involve two main types of compensatory damages, noneconomic and economic damages.
Economic damages are tangible expenses caused by a crash. Examples of economic damages may include:
Many larger, more experienced law firms work with medical experts and other parties to help quantify your economic damages.
There are also noneconomic damages that may factor into a settlement or verdict. Noneconomic damages are not as tangible as economic damages, and are more difficult to quantify. Examples of noneconomic damages include but are not limited to:
Depending on the circumstances, there are other rules that could affect the outcome of your case. The amount you recover may be less if it is determined you shared a certain amount of fault for causing the accident. If you are more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, then you may be unable to recover compensation.
For this reason, you should be selective when choosing an attorney. An experienced Houston car accident lawyer can work with experts to establish your damages, the cause of the crash, and may uncover additional evidence that helps your case.
You should not take the first car accident settlement offer provided by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Speak to an attorney first.
The Houston car accident lawyers at Stevenson & Murray may be able to help you or a loved one recover compensation after a wreck. You can schedule a free consultation with us by dialing (866) 806-8538 or by using the contact form on our site.
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