Protecting the Rights of Car Accident Victims in Texas
For many people, a car crash and the ensuing chaos can be the most stressful time in their entire lives. They may be hurt, overwhelmed, and unsure where to turn.
The legal team at the law office of Stewart J. Guss understands your pain, and we’ve made it our mission to help.
Throughout the last 20 years, our office has fiercely represented thousands of car accident victims in insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits.
We value honesty and transparency, and we believe everyone deserves to know their rights – and how to protect them.
Our Texas car accident lawyers provide personalized and effective assistance to every client, helping them discover the best possible options for seeking compensation after a crash. We’re with you every step of the way, handling all investigations, appointments, and paperwork so you don’t have to worry. Let us focus on your case while you focus on getting back to your life.
We handle all types of accident and injury cases. If you’re wondering if you have a claim, don’t hesitate. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you.
Since establishing our headquarters in Houston, Texas in 1999, our firm has grown to numerous locations across the country, including hubs in Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Along the way, we’ve built a trusted network of partners throughout all 50 states who share our values and our commitment to excellence.
**No matter where you are, it’s our mission to insure that you have the finest representation for your case.**
Reach out now to learn more about how we can help.
Information About Texas Car Accidents
You’re a careful driver. You’ve gone years without a single accident. But in the blink of an eye, through no fault of your own, a crash can bring your day to a screeching halt.
Thousands of people go through this every single day in the United States.
For many, their lives are changed forever.
The Texas Department of Transportation collects and publishes data to educate the public about just how common traffic accidents are in our state.
Be prepared, because it could happen to you.
Statistics regarding car accidents in Texas during one recent year include:
- Traffic accidents caused injuries to 249,241 people
- 14,908 people were “seriously injured”
- 3,639 persons died in car accidents in Texas – a rate of approximately one death every two and a half hours
- Rural areas of Texas suffered 2,001 traffic accidents deaths
- 1,289 people died when their cars ran off the road with no other vehicles involved
- 701 people died in intersection crashes
- Head-on collisions killed 548 persons
- 940 fatalities resulted from drunk driving accidents – 26% of the total number of motor vehicle fatalities that year
- 398 deaths were caused by distracted driving
The most sobering fact of all?
There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2018.
You never know when an accident will strike you or a family member. It’s important to know what to do, and know your rights as a car accident victim.
Crashes Cause Severe Injuries
Fact: car accidents are traumatic for both the mind and the body.
Not only can a sudden crash leave you disoriented and in shock, but you may also suffer serious and even life-changing injuries. Even an injury that seems minor at first may take an unexpected and significant toll on your finances… and on your quality of life.
Never underestimate the importance of proper medical treatment after a crash. A quick diagnosis is critical to get you the treatment you need and to build your car accident case.
Every car accident claim is different depending on the nature and severity of the injuries. At the law office of Stewart J. Guss, we’ve handled cases involving a wide range of injuries, including catastrophic injuries. Some common car accident injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries, which may cause paralysis
- Back injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Facial fractures
- Skull fractures
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
In many cases, you’ll need emergency medical attention and an ambulance will transport you. However, even if an ambulance is not deemed necessary, you should still seek a full medical evaluation after the crash, especially if you are experiencing any pain, soreness, stiffness, confusion, or cognitive issues. Many people dismiss these symptoms, but the aftermath of a car accident is no time to play tough! You could overlook serious injuries.
Common Car Accident Losses in Texas
Many people do not seek medical help because they worry about how they will afford it.
It’s the sad truth, and it’s a situation we encounter every day.
That’s why we’re here to help connect you to the resources and medical care you need, at no upfront cost. Many car accident victims have the right to compensation for their expenses, including full coverage of their medical bills. While healthcare can be overwhelmingly expensive, we believe you should always prioritize your healing.
Medical bills can pile up quickly after a crash. Your expenses may include emergency care and transportation, surgeries, hospitalization, physical therapy, medications, home health care, and more. If you sustained a catastrophic injury, these expenses can go on for months, years, or even the rest of your life.
Our attorneys will assess the total value of your past and future medical costs to ensure you receive full compensation for all of your bills.
In addition to medical expenses, car accident victims may have other financial losses due to missing work. Injuries can prevent people from working for a period of time. Those missing paychecks can translate to financial ruin for your whole household. Particularly severe injuries may impair your ability to do your previous job. You may have to seek a lower role or rely on disability payments.
There’s hope, though: car accident victims may recover compensation for both past wages lost and future lost earning potential.
Car accident victims also experience considerable anxiety and anguish. We call these “non-economic damages.” These losses may include pain and suffering, mental trauma, loss of enjoyment of life as you once knew it, permanent disabilities, and more.
Whether your car accident losses are a couple thousand dollars or a couple million, you deserve help. Our office can determine the value of your case and fight for what’s right. Contact us today to learn the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Who Caused Your Collision?
n most accidents, one or more people made a mistake. Texas law allows injured victims to hold these negligent parties liable for their losses, so identifying the responsible parties is step one in your accident claim.
Negligent people, companies, or even government agencies can cause you to crash. Common reasons behind car accidents include:
- Drunk driving or drugged driving
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel
- Running red lights
- Violating traffic safety laws
- Failing to maintain a vehicle
- Selling vehicles with defective parts
- Failing to maintain the roads and highways
- Designing dangerous roads
- Not posting warnings about potential road hazards
We know every situation is unique. Whether your accident involved multiple vehicles or only your car crashed, you may still hold another party liable. A skilled Texas car accident lawyer can help you take action as soon as possible.
Do Not Wait to Call a Texas Car Accident Attorney
Many people wonder if they really need an attorney or if their case is worth pursuing, but we’re here to say you shouldn’t have to pay for any problem that wasn’t your fault. Plain and simple.
But time is running out. Texas law sets a specific time limit (a statue of limitations) for most car accident claims: two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to take action within two years, you can lose your right to compensation, even if someone else caused the accident.
While two years may seem like a long time, it can fly by. You and your attorney must take many steps before you file your claim. Determining the cause of an accident may require investigation and data collection. If you need to file a lawsuit over your insurance claim, your complaint will require careful preparation and drafting.
Reach out as soon as possible to ensure your car accident lawyer will have plenty of time to properly build your case. Don’t wait too long after an accident to schedule your free consultation, or you could miss out on the compensation you deserve.
How a Texas Car Accident Law Firm Can Help You
Evaluating your case – An attorney will first evaluate what happened and how Texas law applies to your case. We will examine all of your options for seeking compensation and help you pursue the most efficient and effective course of action for the best outcome.
Valuing your claim – Calculating car accident losses requires you to estimate future losses as well as non-financial and intangible losses such as pain and suffering. This is a complicated process, but our legal team can work with medical and economic experts to ensure that we properly assess your claim.
Handling the insurance process – Many car accident claims do not require filing a lawsuit because insurance claims can resolve them and settle out of court. Our attorneys will file a claim on your behalf with the negligent driver’s insurance company and provide evidence to support your claim. Insurance companies are notorious for offering less than claimants deserve, but we will evaluate any offers and negotiate for the amount you truly deserve. Never accept an insurance company’s offer before an experienced attorney fully evaluates it.
Filing a legal claim – If an insurance company refuses to cover all of your losses, or if your losses exceed the policy limits, you can file a personal injury lawsuit directly against any negligent parties. The personal injury litigation process involves many procedures and rules. To ensure you have the most effective claim possible, always hire an experienced litigator to handle every step of your claim. Our attorneys understand the civil court system and know how to best gather evidence to build strong claims, negotiate proper settlements, and take your case into the courtroom if needed.
We’re prepared to fight tirelessly for you. We bring all of our resources to the table to help every client who reaches out to us.
Texas personal injury cases involve many laws and procedural rules. Cases can become particularly complex if you suffer severe or catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, our legal team has the knowledge and experience to handle even the most complicated car accident cases. If you’ve tragically lost a family member in a car accident, we also handle wrongful death claims.
Whether your case requires a straightforward insurance claim or a full trial in court, we promise you will never pay a fee unless we successfully obtain compensation for you.
Learn more about your legal rights and options as a car accident victim by reaching out now.
Find out More About Our Texas Car Accident Lawyers
The law office of Stewart J. Guss has helped many clients throughout Texas assert their rights. If you were injured, we know you have questions. We’re here to give you answers.
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