If all auto accidents were simple “fender benders”, the responsibility for which was clear and the cost of repairs undisputed, perhaps there would be no need for auto accident attorneys.
But in the real world even the most apparently minor bumps and scrapes can give rise to dispute and litigation; which becomes all the more contentious if any element of personal injury is involved.
Claims and counter-claims are often vigorously defended or pursued by well-resourced insurance companies; while technical errors in paperwork or missed filing deadlines can derail even the strongest claims.
So if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident, it makes sense to consult an experienced Houston auto accident attorney as soon as possible.
Correct and Timely Case Management
A good attorney will take control of your case as soon as they are hired; ensuring that all relevant evidence is collected, and the necessary court papers filed accurately and in compliance with the Texas Statute of Limitations.
Your attorney will gather witness statements, medical reports and repair bills, as well as dealing on your behalf with insurance companies and the attorneys and loss adjusters appointed by them.
Reduced Stress Levels
Any auto accident is a stressful experience, and even if no serious physical injury is suffered it may involve significant emotional distress and practical implications for your work and daily life.
The last thing you need while recovering and dealing with all this is to have to deal directly with potentially obstructive or aggressive insurance companies and their attorneys.
Having an experienced lawyer on your side will remove this stress and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Negotiation and Deal Making Skills
Most auto accident disputes are settled out of court, but this makes it more rather than less important that you have strong legal representation on your side.
Your opponent, nearly always an insurer, will of course want to pay out as little as possible; and they won’t hesitate to try to take advantage of accident victims acting on their own behalf.
A specialist attorney, on the other hand, will know exactly how much should be recoverable for a particular type of injury and, just as importantly, will be able to ensure that more complex elements of a claim, such as future medical costs and loss of earnings, are included.
Securing the Best Financial Settlement
These negotiation skills are derived not so much from knowledge of the law as from the years of practical experience which a good Houston auto accident attorney will have gained.
So while it may seem tempting to try to save legal fees by representing yourself, this is almost always a false economy.
Your lawyer will act on a contingency, no win, no fee, basis and their remuneration will be in proportion to your settlement; giving them every incentive to pursue your claim to the maximum. In practice this means you will likely get more, even after lawyers’ fees, than if you had represented yourself.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, the attorneys at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. of Houston TX are here to help.
We have more than 100 years’ combined experience and have won a total of more than $720 million in compensation settlements.
For a free no obligation consultation call us on 713.574.5089 (Toll Free: 800.282.2122) or contact us online here.