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Car accident in Houston: Here’s why you need an attorney

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Not all accident attorneys in Houston are same. Make sure that you do your homework and find a lawyer you can trust.

In Texas, 256,338 people suffered injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This is a huge number and quite alarming. If you ever end up in a car accident in Houston, or anywhere in Texas, you should be aware of your rights. When the other party is at fault for the accident, you can file an insurance claim with their insurer and ask for compensation. So, should you hire a Houston car accident attorney? In this post, we are sharing a few aspects on how an attorney can help.

Laws are complicated
Texas follows the "modified comparative fault" rule. This means that if you were partly at fault for the car accident, your share of compensation will be reduced by that percentage. In the real world, no one wants to admit fault after an accident, and as a result, it takes a while to investigate and establish fault. There is also a statute of limitations in Texas, which allows for just two years to bring personal injury lawsuits, from the date of accident. Before you can file a lawsuit, you have to file an insurance claim, and informing the insurer within a reasonable time is must.

At a time when you are recovering from your injuries and dealing with financial distress, understanding laws and taking action in time may not be possible. An accident attorney can work on your behalf and help with things like- 
a. Filing the insurance claim
b. Investigating the matter and collecting evidence
c. Discussing settlement with the claims adjuster
d. Filing a personal injury lawsuit when needed
e. Talking to medical experts and other professionals to establish the worth of your claim

Dealing with insurance companies
All insurance companies are working for profits. Their claims adjuster would do anything to minimize the financial burden of your claim. This may often mean restoring to tactics that can be hard to understand. If for nothing else, you need an accident attorney to ensure that you don’t fall to insurance tactics. Attorneys work with such insurance companies all the time and know what it takes to negotiate. If negotiations fail, they may even go to court for ensuring that your compensation amount is fair and just.

Not all accident attorneys in Houston are same. Make sure that you do your homework and find a lawyer you can trust. Ask them lawyer if they can take your case on a contingency basis, which means that they get paid if they win. 


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