Corpus Christi car accident attorney Christopher Bandas represents drivers and passengers injured or killed in car accidents. Car accidents can result in severe and permanent disabilities, such as burns, head trauma, or even death. Whether your serious injury or loss resulting from a multiple- or single-vehicle accident, we will evaluate the factors that caused or contributed to your injuries and damages.
The Bandas Law Firm, P.C. is an experienced Corpus Christi car accident law firm that is prepared to fully investigate the circumstances of your car accident. We can determine if any third-party negligence or product design issues, such as defective seatbelts, vehicle instability, faulty fuel systems, compromised roof strength, or defective tires, compromised the safety of your vehicle. We strive to present the strongest claim for you.
Causes of Car Accidents
In most car accidents, the key issue is determining which driver is at fault for the accident. Typically, if one driver is negligent, which means he or she did not use reasonable care or caution while driving, that person will be at fault for the accident and may be held accountable for the injured victim’s injuries and medical expenses. Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States, often resulting from distracted driving, texting while driving, or reckless driving, and is an important factor in victims pursuing the financial compensation they deserve.
Even with significant advancements in car safety and technology, the number of people killed in car accidents each year continues to rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are the leading cause of death among people aged three to 33. Although defective car parts, unsafe road conditions and other factors contribute to a large number of car accidents, statistics show that distracted drivers cause 25-50% of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
Car Accident Injuries
Although fatality is the most serious consequence of car accidents, there are a number of other injuries that can have life-long adverse effects on a person’s life. Among the most devastating injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury or head injury
- Back injury
- Broken bones
Many of these severe injuries, particularly spinal cord injury and brain injury, can prevent the affected person from returning to work for a period of time, or even permanently, which can result in significant financial difficulties for the victim and his or her loved ones. The emotional toll that severe car accidents can take on victims and their families may also have life-altering consequences.
Why Do I Need an Attorney to Handle My Car Accident Claim?
The insurance adjuster for the other driver may contact you even before you are released from the hospital. The goal of the adjuster is to settle your claim as quickly as possible for the least amount of money. To accomplish this goal, the adjuster may use one or more insurance tactics.
- I am your friend and I work for you.
The adjuster may try to convince you that he is on your side and he is there to help you. Do not be fooled by this insurance tactic. The adjuster represents the insurance company. He does not represent your best interest.
The insurance company has a team of professionals, including adjusters, investigators, and attorneys, protecting its best interest. You deserve to have your own team of legal professionals working diligently to ensure that you are treated fairly. Our lawyers aggressively fight for car accident victims just like you to protect their right to recover full compensation for all damages. Let us fight for you too!
- I need a statement to begin processing your claim.
Another tactic the adjuster may utilize is requesting statements and releases before you have the chance to consult an attorney. We do not advise providing written or recorded statements or signing any releases without first speaking with one of our attorneys. The insurance representative may tell you that you need to provide a written or recorded statement before he can process your claim. The purpose of a statement is to gain information the company can use to deny or undervalue your claim. Even an innocent comment could jeopardize your case.
For instance, the adjuster may try to get you to admit that you were distracted by your children in the back seat or you were running late. The company may use this information to argue you were partly at fault for the crash because you were distracted or speeding. Alleging you contributed to the cause of the crash can result in receiving much less money than you deserve for your claim.
- I need a medical authorization to obtain records to verify your injury before I can pay your claim.
Again, this is another tactic to gain information the company can use to decrease the value of your accident claim. In some cases, an insurance company will use past accidents, injuries, or illnesses to argue that your injuries did not result from the crash or the accident only aggravated a prior condition. To obtain this information, the company needs to research your medical history.
Therefore, the adjuster may ask you to sign a medical release form. What he may not tell you is that you are signing a form that allows access to your entire medical history instead of the records from the accident. When you retain a car accident attorney, he will arrange to send the necessary records to the insurance company at the appropriate time. You need to notify your attorney of any prior injuries or accidents because those may need to be disclosed to the insurance provider. However, your attorney should handle this matter to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of unfairly.
Insurance companies and adjusters are deliberately not unfair or dishonest. However, they do protect their best interests and will use tactics to accomplish this goal. It is always in your best interest to speak with a Corpus Christi car accident attorney to learn about your legal rights and options for recovering money for your injuries, damages, and losses. We offer free consultations so that you can get help and legal advice without worrying about how to pay for an attorney to review your case.
Corpus Christi Car Accident Lawyer Compensation and Legal Help
Auto accidents can change your life forever. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious injury caused by a motor vehicle accident in Texas, a car accident lawyer at the Bandas Law Firm may be able to help. You may have grounds to file an injury lawsuit against the negligent party in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.