The legal path for this type of accident can be complicated. You must determine if you have a case, how compensation is determined, and what the process looks like. When you contact an attorney, there are vital questions you should go over during your initial consultation.
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Just because you were involved in a side-impact car accident does not mean you have a case. In the state of Texas, compensation can be awarded using the fault system. This fault system means that compensation is awarded according to how much at fault you were found.
For example, consider an instance where another is distracted because they are texting on their cell phone. If that driver speeds through a red light and T-bones you in an intersection, you may be found zero percent at fault (assuming you were doing nothing wrong).
In this case, you would be awarded the full settlement as determined by the insurance company or the courts.
However, if the same incident took place but you were making an illegal U-turn at the time you may be found to be 20% at fault while the other driver is 80% at fault. In this case, whatever the total settlement is you would be awarded 80% of it, virtually the full amount less whatever percentage you were found at fault.
The first step after your accident is to call the police and seek necessary medical attention. Call the Brownsville Police Department and seek out a local hospital such as Valley Regional Medical Center, Solara Hospital Brownsville, or Valley Baptist Medical Center: Brownsville.
Next, talk over the details of the case with an attorney to determine if the other individual was negligent and if you have enough evidence to substantiate that negligence. We will tell you if you have a case, and if you may (or may not) be found at fault. This way you will know what to expect in terms of a settlement. We will make it clear whether it is in your best interest to try and pursue compensation.
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Compensation is determined based on the severity of your case. It can be challenging to figure out how much compensation you can receive immediately following an accident. At this point, you don’t know the extent of your medical bills, the long-term financial impact that your injuries could have, or the amount of work you are going to miss. After a car accident like this, you can receive both punitive and compensatory damages, both of which have state-enforced monetary limits.
If the other driver is found to be entirely at fault, you may be entitled to all of these damages and more. If you are partially at fault, you may only be entitled to some of the damages.
If you failed to seek medical treatment immediately after the accident, you might sustain injuries that will worsen because they were not treated quickly. This will work against you regarding the percentage at fault you are found in your case. We will explain what to expect based upon the intricacies of your case, and provide you with a potential range based on previous cases.
The process is going to be much the same in terms of the steps that have to be followed.