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Texas car crash lawyerThe time period after a car accident can be very stressful. Trying to handle a claim yourself while you are injured will only add to your stress - and it could lead to a reduced award. You probably do not get injured in car accidents very often, so the process of recovering damages might be foreign to you. Even trying to add up the amount of money you have lost as a result of the accident can become complicated. When you have been hurt in a car accident, working with an attorney can take a lot off your plate. It can also help you make sure that the amount of compensation you demand will actually cover all your expenses and losses. The sooner you make a call to a lawyer, the better. Ideally, you should call the same day as the accident. 

How Can Working With a Lawyer After a Car Crash Injury Help Me?

When you have been injured, the last thing you want to be doing is handling the claims process without assistance. Here are some ways an attorney can help: 

  • Complete compensation - A common mistake is to settle a car accident claim for an amount that does not fully compensate you for the entire amount of money you are out. You probably know to add up your medical expenses, but there are plenty of other compensable losses to consider. Your attorney can help you figure out how to factor in things like lost wages, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. 
  • Experience - Car insurance companies are notorious for trying to take advantage of people who are not represented and do not have experience with car accident claims. They may do things like making a lowball offer and calling it “generous” when an experienced lawyer would know better. 
  • Legal knowledge - There are a large number of legal rules about negligence that most people are not aware of. An insurance company may try to intentionally mislead you. For example, they may suggest that you should not get any compensation because the accident was partially your fault. This is not true - you can recover for the portion of the accident that was not your fault. 
  • Even footing - The insurance company you are up against has lawyers. They have experience and expertise. It is hardly fair for you to try to face off against them alone. Having your own attorney levels the playing field. 

Call a Nueces County Car Accident Lawyer 

Let The Edwards Law Firm take over your fight with the insurance company. Call 361-698-7600 for a free consultation with an experienced Corpus Christi car accident lawyer

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texas car crash lawyerIf you were in a car accident caused by a mechanical failure or unsafe vehicle, you may be wondering whether a mechanic or auto shop could be responsible. In Texas, if a mechanic’s negligence made a vehicle unsafe to drive, which resulted in an accident, the mechanic may be liable for injuries resulting from that crash. If you were hurt in a car accident that you believe was a result of a mechanical defect, contact an attorney as soon as you can after the accident. Crashes that involve a mechanical failure require prompt investigation to preserve evidence. 

What Types of Negligence by a Mechanic Can Result in a Car Accident? 

Mechanics and auto shops have a duty to either make sure your vehicle is safe to drive before they return it to you, or warn you that it is not safe to drive. Auto shop customers can reasonably expect that their mechanic has safely repaired their vehicle before returning it. Unfortunately, sometimes mechanics or their staff members make mistakes or even act in a manner that shows disregard for the safety of their customers. 

Here are some situations where negligence on the part of a mechanic or auto body shop could cause a car accident: 

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When pursuing compensation after a crash, it's important to show causation. This means that someone's actions have caused your harm and they may be held accountable for your damages. Recognizing what caused your injuries is imperative, and you can pursue compensation that covers medical expenses, lost income, and more.

Alcohol

Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous actions on the road. When someone consumes alcohol, it can impact their depth perception and decision-making. When they are driving while intoxicated, they may serve between lanes, speed, and brake erratically, potentially causing a severe crash.

Distractions

Texting and driving, talking to passengers, reaching for items, and other distractions can cause a crash that results in catastrophic injuries. Distractions can cause drivers to exhibit the same signs as drunk driving, including swerving, speeding, slowing down, and other problems.

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Insurance adjusters go to great lengths to deny or minimize claims. And while we highly recommend that you avoid speaking to them on your own, there are situations where it may happen. Before it does happen, though, you should know the things to avoid saying so you're not making an already vulnerable situation more difficult to endure.

We want to protect you during your time of need. Here are some of the things you should avoid saying if you have to speak with insurance adjusters.

1. I'm Sorry

You may feel bad about the accident, but when you apologize, insurance companies use this against you. They may try to say that you were the one at fault for the accident since you apologized for the crash. If they can turn fault against you for the crash, you may be unable to obtain compensation.

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After a car accident or any other act of negligence, we encourage you to avoid speaking with the insurance company, even your own. Unfortunately, if you're unsure of liability, any statements you make can be used against you and negatively impact your claim. We make it a point to explain some of the most important things to look out for when filing a claim so you can protect yourself and your compensation.

Insurance Companies Care About Profits

Insurance companies are large corporations with several employees to pay. They delay claims if they can and find discrepancies in your statements to try and delay claims and protect their own profits. They'll do whatever they can to save their money, even when you have a valid claim.

Insurance Adjusters Only Act Friendly

If you ever have to speak with insurance adjusters, they will try to act as friendly as possible. They want you to believe that they are on your side and they will be there to help you. Unfortunately, this is often their way to get you to accept whatever they give you, even if it doesn't meet your needs.

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