Car Accidents Attorneys in Corpus Christi & Dallas, Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019, nearly 256,338 persons were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in Texas. There were also 3,610 motor vehicle fatalities. Being injured in a car accident can be a painful experience. If you were hurt in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligence, you are within your rights to seek fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
The Torres Attorneys are committed to offering comprehensive representation to personal injury and car accident victims. As experienced Texas personal injury attorneys, we will fight passionately to protect your rights and help in pursuing fair financial compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, future medical treatment, and pain and suffering. Our team will offer you the detailed guidance you need to hold the responsible party liable.
The Torres Attorneys proudly represent clients throughout Corpus Christi, Texas, and the surrounding communities of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Proving Liability in Texas Car Accidents
Texas is a "fault" state. This means that the at-fault party will be responsible for paying for the accident they caused. To recover damages, the injured person or driver may:
File a claim with their own insurance company. This is known as "first-party" claims.
File a claim with the at-fault driver's insurer. This is known as "third-party" claims.
File a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver to seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering.
The circumstances of the accident and the extent of the damages can help determine which option is most appropriate.
Insurance Requirements in Texas
Pursuant to Texas Transportation Code § 601.072, Texas drivers are required to have a minimum amount of liability insurance of:
$30,000 for bodily injuries per person
$60,000 for total bodily injuries per accident involving two or more people
$25,000 for property damage per accident
This basic coverage is designed to pay the medical bills, property damage bills, and other costs of those involved in the accident, up to coverage limits. Drivers may also purchase uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage as a part of their insurance policy.
State Laws Addressing Claims
There are certain Texas laws that address filing claims or the amount of damages that may be recovered. These include:
Statute of Limitations
Texas car accident statute of limitations requires auto accident victims, including passengers, drivers, and pedestrians, to file claims within two years of the date of the car crash.
Modified Comparative Fault
Texas follows a modified form of comparative negligence. Under the laws of modified comparative fault, the damages that may be recovered will be reduced by the victim's fault percentage. For instance, if the jury awards $100,000 in total damages, and you were found to be 30 percent responsible for the accident, you will only receive 70 percent of $100,000 ($70,000). However, the victim will not receive any compensation if they were 50% or more responsible for the accident.
The available damages that may be recovered with a Texas car accident claim include:
Medical expenses associated with the accident, including future medical treatment
Past and future lost wages, income, or other benefits
Damaged property repair or replacement
Reduced earning capacity
Damages for physical pain and suffering
Emotional distress or mental anguish
Punitive damages, to further punish the at-fault party
Wrongful death damages, when applicable
Compensation will vary based on the circumstances of the particular case.
Wrongful death is a death that occurred from an accident caused by another party's negligence. Pursuant to Texas Statutes section 71.001, a wrongful death action may be brought if the "wrongful act, carelessness, neglect, unskillfulness, or default" of one party causes the death of another.
According to Texas Statutes section 71.004, a wrongful death action may be filed by:
The surviving spouse
The adult children of the deceased
The parents of the decedent
The decedent's executor or administrator
Even though no amount of financial compensation can fill the void left by the loss. Filing a wrongful death action can provide the much-needed financial assistance for the family to cover burial expenses, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, lost income, and medical expenses incurred before the person's death.
How Your Texas Attorneys Can Help
Auto accidents usually have significant long-term ramifications on the lives of the victims and their families. Such a devastating event can affect your physical, emotional, and financial health. Nonetheless, you shouldn't go through it alone. It is important to retain a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney immediately to protect your rights and help you pursue your deserved compensation.
The Torres Attorneys have devoted their careers to handling personal injury and auto accident matters. As your legal counsel, we can help:
Review your case and conduct a comprehensive, private investigation
Gather required evidence, information, and documentation
Help prove fault and establish liability
Determine and estimate case-value
Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if required
Fight compassionately to protect your rights and represent your best interests
With our team on your side, you can increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your personal injury lawsuit.
Accident Attorneys In
Corpus Christi, Texas
If you or a loved one were hurt in an auto accident caused by a negligent party, contact The Torres Attorneys today to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Our knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorneys can fight to protect your rights, represent you compassionately, and help you seek fair financial compensation for your injuries and damages. We are proud to represent clients throughout Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas.