Yes, if you were involved in a motor vehicle collision and the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other losses. However, the compensation you’re entitled to can be affected by many factors, such as your level of fault, policy limits, and more.
If you were involved in an auto accident, a car accident lawyer at the Moore Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you’re owed, for an accident that was not your fault.
What Factors Can Impact Your Auto Accident Settlement
After an accident, if you sustained injuries and other damages, you must pursue compensation by filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. To obtain a fair settlement, you must prove that the other driver was negligent and their negligence resulted in the collision and your subsequent injuries and other damages.
How much compensation you can recover for your accident-related expenses will depend on many factors, including:
Your Level Of Fault
In Texas, if your level of fault is found to be greater than 50%, you may not be eligible to recover compensation for your accident-related expenses.
Severity of Injuries
The severity of your injuries will play a major role in determining your car accident settlement or award. If an accident victim sustained a life-changing injury, they will often receive a higher settlement amount. Their settlement may include compensation for future medical expenses and damages for permanent disability, loss of earning capacity, and other losses.
Past and Future Medical Costs
If your injuries are severe, you may recover compensation that covers past and future medical costs.
Medical costs can include:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor’s visits
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Assistive medical devices
- Modifications made to the home and vehicle
Compensation for property damage can include the vehicle and any valuable personal belongings inside the vehicle, such as a stereo, laptop, phone, etc.
You may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages if you missed work due to the injuries you sustained in the car crash.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages are meant to compensate the accident victim for the physical and emotional pain and suffering they experienced due to the car accident and the subsequent injuries.
Permanent Disability or Disfigurement
If the accident resulted in a permanent disability or disfigurement, you may be entitled to a larger settlement amount due to the long-term impact your injuries will have on your life.
Insurance Policy Limits
How much compensation you’re able to recover can also be impacted by the other driver’s insurance policy limits. If the damages incurred exceed the policy limits, it can limit the amount of compensation you can recover from that specific insurance policy.
If you have a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated by the accident, you may be entitled to more compensation.
Hiring An Attorney
While you do not have to hire a car accident lawyer if you were involved in a motor vehicle collision, doing so can significantly increase your chances of recovering the compensation you’re owed. After an accident, the other driver’s insurance company will contact you to obtain a recorded statement. During this time, they may try to pressure you into accepting a lowball settlement offer; these settlements are never enough to cover the true cost of accident-related expenses. When you hire an attorney, they will take over all interactions with the insurance company.
An experienced car accident lawyer knows how to negotiate with insurance companies and is familiar with the tactics that claim adjusters will attempt to use to minimize payout or deny a claim.
At the Moore Law Firm, our attorneys will work tirelessly to help you recover the fair compensation you’re owed, for an accident that was not your fault.
What Types of Compensation Am I Entitled to?
While your settlement can be affected by the factors mentioned above, in some cases, an accident victim may be entitled to the following types of damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disability
An attorney will assess your claim and consult with experts to determine the value of your claim.
Contact Us Today
If you have been involved in a car accident with a negligent motorist, it is important to take immediate action to protect your legal rights and seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. By working with an experienced car accident attorney from the Moore Law Firm, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your losses. Contact the Moore Law Firm today to schedule a free legal consultation and let us help you pursue the settlement and justice you deserve.