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Motor Vehicle Accident FAQs

The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming to deal with. It can be enormously beneficial to have an attorney handle your claim so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Q: If I Was Clearly Not at Fault for a Car Accident, Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

A: Insurance companies have adjusters and lawyers who are skilled at minimizing claims. Their job is to settle your car accident claim for the lowest possible amount. Insurance representatives love injured parties who do not have legal representation, because these individuals may not know how much their claim is actually worth, and they can often be tricked or pressured into accepting a lowball offer. We will take the time to calculate the true amount you deserve to recover, and we will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you receive the proper coverage.

Q: What Do I Need to Prove to Recover Damages From a Car Crash?

A: You will need to show that the driver who hurt you was driving carelessly in some way. This might mean that they were speeding, failed to stop at a red light, or were intoxicated. There are a number of ways to prove negligence. Our lawyers are skilled investigators and can often determine exactly what careless mistake the other driver made to cause your crash.

Q: What if I Was Hit by a Commercial Truck?

A: 18-wheelers can cause an extreme amount of damage when they collide with another vehicle. Commercial truck drivers are subject to multiple state and federal regulations that regular drivers do not have to worry about. Often, 18-wheeler accidents happen because the driver violated one of these regulations. Hours of service violations are far too common, leading to driver fatigue that can increase the likelihood of truck wrecks. You may be able to recover compensation from the driver, the trucking company, or their insurance policy.

Q: What Types of Damages Can I Recover?

A: When you stop to think about it, the financial costs and losses associated with getting hurt in a car accident really add up. Medical costs, of course, are compensable. If you had to take time off work to recover, you could recover your lost wages. If your injuries were so severe that you cannot return to the job you had, you may be compensated for your lost future earnings. Damages for emotional distress and loss of quality of life may also come into play. Our lawyers can help you add up all of your accident-related expenses and losses to make sure we are demanding the full amount you deserve.

Q: If My Family Member Was Killed by a Negligent Driver, Can I Sue?

A: If one of your immediate family members lost their life in a car accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death case. In a wrongful death case, damages may be calculated a little differently. If you relied on your family member’s financial support, you may be awarded damages that cover the loss of support. You may also receive compensation for the loss of a loving relationship, the loss of services that your loved one provided, and your grief, sorrow, and emotional trauma. We can help you better understand what your rights may be after such a tragic loss.

Q: What if My Crash Was Caused by a Defective Car Part?

A: You may have a product liability case against the party who designed, manufactured, or installed the defective part.

Q: If the Accident Was Partially My Fault, Can I Still Recover Compensation?

A: Texas uses a proportionate responsibility system. As long as you were not more responsible for the crash than the other party, you can still recover compensation from the driver or other parties who were primarily responsible. If you are awarded damages, the amount you receive may be reduced by the percentage that you were at fault.

Call a Nueces County Car Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a car accident, The Edwards Law Firm is ready to take on the task of fighting for you to receive fair and full compensation. Our experienced Corpus Christi motor vehicle accident attorneys are skilled at helping those injured by negligent drivers recover damages. Contact us at 361-698-7600 for a free consultation to get started.

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