Taylor, TX, Car Accident Lawyer
Getting You Justice for Your Car Accident Losses
You are one of over 23 million registered cars and drivers in Texas. Even if you are as safe as possible, one of those other drivers may not be. As a result, you can be the victim of a car accident at any time and suffer catastrophic injuries due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence.
When that happens, you need the knowledge and experience of the Taylor, TX, car accident lawyers at Evans & Herlihy. We are here to help you get the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
We have helped thousands of Texans like you get the recovery they deserve after car and motorcycle accidents. However, we know that you may be overwhelmed by medical bills and and need advice on how to move forward. Let our legal team help you get the financial and legal justice you deserve.
Call us today at (512) 732-2727 for a free consultation with a Taylor car accident lawyer who cares.
Why Choose Evans & Herlihy to Handle Your Case?
Let Our Taylor, TX, Car Accident Lawyer Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
We want you to get full and fair compensation for your injuries. Evans & Herlihy prepares for your case as if we were going to trial immediately. That way, we enter negotiations with all the information we need to get you the best possible settlement. We have a roster of satisfied clients who have gotten their full recovery from the insurance companies. We want to do the same for you.
We treat all our clients as critical members of our team. We keep you fully informed of the status of your case. We’ll let you know as things happen so you won’t feel in the dark about negotiations and court hearings. If you ever have questions, someone will be here to answer them whenever you call.
Founding attorneys Chip Evans and Scott Herlihy have been fighting the insurance companies for over 20 years. They know how to get you the financial recovery you need to start rebuilding your life after a car accident. Let them work for you to resolve your insurance claims.
Getting Compensation for Your Losses
Your Car Accident Lawyer in Taylor, TX, Will Pursue Maximum Compensation
Texas law entitles you to just compensation after an automobile accident if you were not at fault. In some cases, determining fault is simple and leads to quick processing and payments for injuries and other losses. The insurance company often wants more information, or the other driver claims that you were responsible for the accident.
That’s when you need to hire an attorney who can deal with insurance companies, attorneys, and the courts to get you the compensation you deserve.
Determining Fault After an Accident
Attorneys and insurance companies want to see the same documents after your accident: police reports, medical documents, and witness statements. They’re looking for clues that will tell them who was responsible for causing the accident. In legal terms, this is called “fault.” Fault does not mean it was intentional or deliberate — only that the person is liable for the accident.
Sometimes, determining fault is simple. For example, if you were sitting at a stoplight and were rear-ended by another driver who was texting, they were clearly at fault. Other times, it may be more difficult. If you were making a left turn and got T-boned by the other driver, you might be partially at fault for failing to yield, but they might be more at fault if they were speeding and couldn’t stop in time.
Your attorney knows how to review your documents to find out who may be more or less at fault in any case and how to counter claims by the other party.
Settling the Case
Most car accident claims never go to trial. Your car accident attorney will take the evidence you provide and attempt to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company and their attorneys. They will consider factors such as:
- Severity of injuries
- Degree of fault
- Additional factors, such as speeding, intoxication, distractions
- Witness statements
- Long-term impact of injuries.
If both sides can agree on a fair settlement, the insurance company will pay the amount, and the case need not go to a jury. Having a skilled negotiator like the attorneys at Evans & Herlihy is essential to avoiding costly litigation and getting your settlement sooner rather than later.
“Damages” are what you recover in an insurance claim. There are several types of damages you can claim after an accident. Of course, there are no guarantees of what you may collect in any legal case, but these are the most common types of damages following a car accident:
- Economic damages are those which are caused directly by the accident itself and have a monetary impact. They include medical expenses, lost wages, future medical costs such as rehab and therapy, and long-term treatment.
- Non-economic damages are those which result from the effects of the accident. These may be emotional or psychological and include pain and suffering, mental anguish, PTSD, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive damages are rare and only awarded if the other driver’s actions were unusually malicious or reckless. Punitive damages are intended to punish the other driver, so they are seldom seen in ordinary insurance cases but may be awarded in commercial vehicle cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Car Accident Lawyers in Taylor, TX, Are Ready to Answer Your Questions
Car accident laws are complicated and difficult to understand. The car accident lawyers at Evans & Herlihy have assembled some of the most common questions to help you understand personal injury law’s more complex issues.
Can I seek compensation if I was partially at fault for the car accident?
Rarely is only one person totally at fault in an accident. Instead, you may be partially at fault in your accident. This is known as “comparative negligence” or “shared responsibility.” Texas law allows victims who are partially to blame for an accident to recover damages if they are less than 51% responsible. They will be able to recover proportionally to their degree of fault.
For instance, if you are found to be 20% liable, you can recover up to 80% of your damages in a case.
Is there a time limit for my Taylor car accident attorney to file a car accident lawsuit?
Yes. In Texas, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. After that time, you will be barred from bringing suit. There are exceptions to the deadline, such as “legal disability” (for instance, the individual was a minor or was incarcerated during the period).
If you believe you have an exception to the statute, ask your attorney when you come for your consultation.
Should I let my Taylor car accident attorney deal with the insurance company?
Absolutely. Insurance companies are not your friends. Even your own insurer will look for reasons to reduce or deny your claim. More than that, you have other things to do than take calls from insurance adjusters. You should be recovering from your accident and getting on with life.
Let your attorney deal with insurance companies and their attorneys. Once you have representation, the insurance companies cannot talk with you about your claim or for any other reason.
Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?
You should have any offer reviewed by an attorney before you sign or reject anything. You have the right to refuse or accept any offer at any time. Your attorney will let you know their thoughts and advise you on the pros and cons of accepting any particular offer.
Whether you have retained Evans & Herlihy, you should never sign anything an insurance company sends you without having an attorney look at it first.
What should I bring to my free consultation with a Taylor car accident attorney?
The more relevant items and information you can bring to your initial consultation, the easier it will be for your Taylor car accident attorney to give a comprehensive evaluation of your case. Official reports and documentation are particularly useful, such as:
- Police and medical reports
- Your vehicle information
- Your driving history
- Vehicle damage statement from a mechanic
- Your insurance policy
- Other driver’s insurance information.
These documents will help your Taylor car accident lawyer explain the potential value of your claim and what steps you should consider taking.
Feel free to call our office in Taylor to get more answers to questions. We make every effort to clarify any confusion our clients have. And remember, your communications with us are always confidential.
Evans & Herlihy: Results When You Need Them
Trust Our Taylor, TX, Car Accident Lawyers to Represent You
At Evans & Herlihy, we know that every car accident case we take is different. What they all have in common, though, are injured clients who need our help. Our clients need maximum compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered and the pain they’re enduring. We’re here to fight for them.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you deserve the best outcome possible. Attend a free consultation with our experienced car accident attorneys in Taylor, TX. We will let you know what you should receive.
Call Evans & Herlihy today at (512) 732-2727 to explore your options.