All it takes is one poor decision. In a matter of seconds, your life can be changed by another driver’s mistake. As car accident attorneys in Houston, we’ve worked with so many people who simply want their lives to be how they were before that one awful moment.
Our goal at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law is to help you get your life back. Call our car accident lawyers at (713) 973-8888 today for a free consultation.
Many car accidents are the result of negligence – in other words, car accident victims suffer because of someone else’s mistakes. When a careless driver causes your accident, he or she is also liable for paying the expenses you and your family have incurred after being victimized by their negligence.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can help. We know legal process. We promise to thoroughly investigate your accident, collect evidence and hold the negligent party accountable. More importantly, we will offer you all our firm’s resources to help you in your journey back to your normal life.
Here’s what our Houston car accident lawyers will do to pursue justice for you:
Investigate your car accident thoroughly, often in conjunction with law enforcement.
Thoroughly assess all your damages, including current and future medical bills, all forms of lost income, damaged property and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Demand damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Negotiate aggressively – and in good faith – for maximum compensation.
If negotiation isn’t possible, we fight to win full and fair compensation for your injuries in court.
In a big, bustling city like Houston, a single person can experience several car accidents in his or her lifetime. Even when an accident was clearly the other driver’s fault, it can lead to a massive amount of trouble, whether from dealing with the negligent party, their insurance company, or sometimes even your own insurance company.
If you’re like many other people, you may not know what you should do after an accident or how best to deal with what has happened. You might not know how to tell whether the insurance company is trying to get away with paying you less than your case is worth.
If this sounds familiar, you’ve come to the right place. When you have questions, contact a Houston car accident attorney at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. Call (713) 973-8888 and we will help you learn more about your legal options, address your concerns about whether the insurance company is giving you a lowball offer and answer any other pressing questions you have.
You can contact our law firm by phone or by filling out our contact form to set up a free consultation. When you call us, you aren’t committing to anything. Most people that call us are not the “suing type.” They’re simply people who need answers – and help.
You can learn about your options and find out what your car accident case is really worth. Call our car accident lawyer today at (713) 973-8888.
Our Houston Car Accident Lawyers Are More Than Just Legal Representatives
From rush hours on I-10 to game-day bottlenecks around NRG Stadium or the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, driving in and around Houston involves dealing with distracted drivers, oversized vehicles, changing traffic patterns, and bumper-to-bumper congestion. But too many times, these frustrating “inconveniences” can instantly become life-threatening events.
The Houston car accident attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law know the dangers drivers like you face every day … and the painful consequences you and your family must deal with even months after a wreck. We work hard to help you get the full and fair compensation you need to pay your medical bills and support your family.
We work with clients to get their lives back to normal. We get to know their friends and family. Our team visits clients when they’re unable to come to our offices. If they need help finding medical care, we make sure they get the treatment they deserve.
Our car accident attorneys are more than just legal representatives. Our clients are our friends, and we use all our resources to get them the care and compensation they need to get their lives back to normal.
What to Do After a Car Accident
What you do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident can have a major effect on the outcome of any personal injury case that may result from the crash.
If you or any of your passengers have been seriously injured, call 911 and get medical care immediately.
Take down important information, including contact information for the other driver and any witnesses on the scene.
Photograph your vehicle, the other vehicle, the other driver’s insurance information, and any damage the vehicles may have received in the crash.
Contact the police and make your statement regarding the crash. If you have not been seriously injured in the crash, feel free to leave the scene of the car accident once you’ve made your statement.
Contact your insurance company and let them know about the car accident. You should do this regardless of whether the accident was your fault or that of the other driver.
If you or any passenger shows signs of a minor injury, seek medical care.
Get your car accident report. To obtain a report, you’ll need to visit the Texas Department of Transportation website. You’ll have to enter some basic information about the crash and pay $6 (for a regular copy) or $8 (for a certified copy) of the crash report.
Talk to a car accident attorney. It’s important that you talk to an attorney you can trust before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company. A car accident lawyer will be able to help you through the next steps.
Make your first call to Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. We offer free consultations to help you explore your legal options. Our experienced car accident lawyers want to get you the compensation you deserve.
Terry Bryant is a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and a former judge. He and his handpicked legal team know how to get results for our clients. Call our team today at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free case evaluation.
Tips for Dealing with the Insurance Company After a Car Accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident…
You should notify your own insurance company about the car accident.
Cooperate with them to the best of your ability.
However, don’t accept their offer if it doesn’t meet your needs. Your car accident attorney will help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
If you are contacted by any insurance company that isn’t your own…
Do NOT speak with them about your car accident.
Tell them to speak to your attorney and say nothing else. They want you to make a statement that they will use to deny your claim or offer you less than you deserve.
If you are unsure of what to do next, call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 or simply fill out our online contact form to get started. Schedule your free case assessment with our Houston car accident attorneys.
When Do You Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
At what point after your crash should you call a car accident attorney? Some people can wait too long to talk to a car accident lawyer, which could mean that the statute of limitations (two years in Texas) has lapsed.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Houston, call a car accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can. The more serious your injuries, the more likely it is that you’ll need an attorney to make sure you get what you need to cover the medical costs. Insurance companies rarely offer enough to cover these injuries unless you have the backing of a car accident lawyer.
Insurers often try to get away with paying much less than your claim is actually worth, hoping that you won’t realize how much your claim is worth. If you suspect the insurance company is giving you a ridiculously low offer, it’s time to contact a lawyer.
Call a car accident lawyer at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up your free initial consultation. Even if you decide not to take legal action, it never hurts to consult a professional to learn about your legal options. If you suspect you may have a car accident case, set up your free case evaluation so you can find out what the legal system can do for you.
Contact the Houston car accident lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to get started. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online contact form to get started.
Understanding the Car Accident Claims Process
Especially if this is your first accident, you’re not likely to be familiar with the claims process in a car accident. You have two years from the time of your injury to file a claim under the Texas statute of limitations.
Once you decide that you want to file a claim, the work of building your case begins. Here are some of the steps you can expect when working with our car accident attorneys…
First, you’ll hire your attorney.
After finding out more about your injuries and the car accident, our attorney will demand payment and file the necessary paperwork.
In the discovery phase, your car accident attorney will conduct investigations, consult expert witnesses, begin depositions, and build your case.
If the other side is willing to negotiate, settlement negotiations will begin. If a settlement is reached, you’ll start receiving payment soon after your attorney and the opposing side come to an agreement.
If you aren’t happy with the other side’s offer or they aren’t willing to negotiate, your case will move to trial. If the jury rules in your favor, they will also determine how much you are owed.
No two cases are the same. There can be exceptions to this process. For example, a case might settle during a trial. In some cases, an insurance company will offer more compensation after receiving your attorney’s demands.
DAMAGES YOU'RE OWED IN CAR ACCIDENT CASES
There are several types of damages possible in car accident cases. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the following types of damages may be awarded:
Medical costs – These include both the medical costs that have already been paid or incurred in treatment and any expected future medical costs that have to do with your injury. Insurance companies often try to argue that the treatment you received was not necessary (or at least that part of it was not necessary), so medical costs can be a major point of contention in court cases.
Lost wages – This covers lost productivity and time you were forced to take off work as a result of your injury. In cases of more serious injury, it can cover the total amount of expected lost productivity over the course of your lifetime. Confirmation of lost wages usually comes in the form of a letter signed by your employer, stating that you lost a certain amount of wages and are expected to lose a certain amount in the future as a result of your injury.
Property Damage – In a car accident, the most common type of property damage is to your vehicle. Property damage can cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle or replacement of your vehicle (i.e., reimbursement at the market rate for your vehicle at the time of the accident) if it was totaled. It is often difficult for victims to directly get the negligent party’s insurance company to cover property damages.
Pain and suffering – This is meant to cover physical pain and mental anguish. The most severe pain and suffering may significantly exceed the value of other damages. One of the ways to argue for pain and suffering damages is to show the extent of painkillers a medical professional has recommended or prescribed as a result of an accident.
Disfigurement – If you were disfigured in an accident, you may receive additional damages to compensate you for that. Damages for disfigurement go above and beyond the medical costs involved in an accident and are meant to compensate for the additional burdens that come with disfigurement.
Physical impairment – These damages are meant to cover the problems associated with a reduced physical capacity as a result of an accident. This is in addition to any loss of wages that comes from an accident.
Punitive damages – Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party in the case of extreme or egregious negligence. This type of award is rare but possible in extreme cases. For example, punitive damages may be awarded in a case where an entity (such as a trucking company) caused an accident because of a systemic failure to live up to safety requirements.
One of the most important parts of filing a car accident claim is determining fair compensation for the many costs you have faced. We work closely with clients to find out how much they should demand in a legal claim. We will review your case to find out the financial consequences of your crash. That typically includes medical bills, lost income, and property damage.
We also know that fair compensation must include any “non-economic” damages you are facing. Though these damages aren’t as easily calculated in a claim, we use our experience, precedents in other cases, and many other factors to determine how much to demand in pain, suffering, PTSD, or any other non-financial consequences of a car accident.
Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Contact a Houston car accident lawyer at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule your free initial assessment. You can call us at (713) 973-8888 or simply fill out our online contact form to learn more about your legal options.
We have years of experience helping injured people get the payment they deserve. Put our experienced team to work on your case.
SETTLEMENT VERSUS TRIAL – WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR CASE
Every case is unique, and there is no way of knowing exactly how your case will unfold. In general, there are two possible paths for a successful car accident claim. If the other side is willing to cooperate, then your attorney and the legal representative of the other party will negotiate a potential settlement. If an agreement is reached, then the terms of the settlement will determine the amount of money you receive and the time frame in which you will receive payment.
If no settlement is possible, because the other side is uncooperative or unwilling to offer payment you find acceptable, then the dispute can be taken to trial where both sides will typically make their case in front of a jury. The jury will decide whether the defendant is at fault for your injuries and, if so, how much they owe you.
When you work with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, you can be sure we will entertain an offer only if it meets your needs. If you aren’t happy with a settlement offer, you do not have to accept it.
We prepare every case to go to trial. We know that this results in the best settlement offers, and it also ensures that a case is prepared for any potential outcome. Our team believes that a thoroughly prepared case is always the best approach.
If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to file a claim, don’t hesitate to contact our team to explore your legal options. We offer free case evaluations. If you do not want to move forward with a claim, you are under no obligation to do so. Call the Houston car accident lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 for your free case assessment. We want to get you compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other costs you are facing.
COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL DEATH CAUSED BY A CAR ACCIDENT
In the state of Texas, families of those who have been killed in an accident can bring a case of wrongful death against the negligent party who was responsible for the death. This can help the family of the deceased regain the closure and financial stability they may have lost as a result of an accident.
Wrongful death cases are similar to other cases of personal injury, except that they are brought by the family of the deceased instead of by the injured person. (Clearly, the deceased is in no position to bring a personal injury case on their own behalf.) The specific types of damages available to the family of the deceased are a little bit different from those that exist in a normal personal injury case, but a wrongful death case must still prove the same four things that any other personal injury case has to prove:
(1) that there was some harm done to the deceased;
(2) that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased;
(3) that the defendant failed in their duty of care to the deceased; and
(4) that the defendant’s failure in their duty of care caused the harm that the deceased received.
Wrongful death is always a tragedy; but in cases where the deceased was the main provider for a family, it can be especially grievous. Not only does the family lose a loved one, but they are also forced into a situation where they suddenly have to worry about how they are going to make financial ends meet.
Terry Bryant is a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and a former judge. He knows what it takes to get results. We take wrongful death cases with the seriousness they deserve. Let us get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to put us to work on your case.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS?
Car accidents can come in any number of types, and any driver on the road has the potential to cause a crash. Crashes don’t even have to be the result of driver error—poor maintenance, equipment failures, and poorly maintained roads can all contribute to an accident.
In a busy city like Houston, the roads can become some of the most dangerous places around. Anything could cause a car accident; and any driver, no matter how cautious, has the potential to be the victim of a car crash.
No matter what type of accident you have been in, make sure to get in touch with a car accident lawyer at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law as soon as you can. Especially if you have been seriously injured, you’re going to need the help of a trusted attorney to get what you deserve.
Defective Vehicle Parts
the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI)
Trucking Company Violations
Dangerous Intersection Accidents
Improper Vehicle Maintenance
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES?
Almost any type of injury can happen in a car accident. When two or more one-ton steel boxes hit each other, each of them going at high speeds, anything can happen. Serious injuries happen every day on Houston’s roads. Even the safest driver could be hurt in an accident, as you know very well if you’ve been injured in a recent crash.
Although almost any type of injury could happen in an accident, some of them are more common than others. These next few sections will go over a few of the more common types of injuries in car accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, and particularly if you’ve been seriously injured, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Your health is the most important thing you have; and even if you believe you’ve received only minor injuries, it’s still a good idea to get them checked out by a medical professional. Some serious injuries have minor symptoms at first, so the only way to get them taken care of in time might be to talk to a doctor before the injuries are able to progress.
This list does not include all of the types of injuries you or a loved one could suffer in an accident. But here are a few of the more common types of injuries in car accidents:
Injuries to Internal
If you’ve suffered any type of serious injury in a Houston car accident, you should always consider your legal options. Let us help you do it. Call us today for a free case review.
CALL A HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
If you’ve been injured in an accident, and especially if you’ve had serious injuries requiring major treatment, you’re going to need the services of a Houston car accident attorney. As you can see, the insurance company is going to do all it can to get away with paying out as little as possible to cover the expenses of car accident victim. If your injuries are serious or are likely to call for long-term treatment, you almost definitely need the services of an attorney you can trust.
Get on the phone and call a Houston car accident lawyer at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 as soon as you can.
Our car accident attorneys will help you figure out whether you’re getting a fair offer
When you call, you’ll be able to set up a free initial consultation with one of our car accident attorneys. This way you will be able to have a professional evaluation of your case before you decide whether or not to take legal action. Maybe you think the insurance company is trying to get away with a low offer, but then you come in for a consultation and find out it’s actually very reasonable. If that happens, you won’t have to pay for your consultation, and you’ll be able to rest assured that you got the full compensation that your case was worth.
On the other hand, you may find out that the insurance company is offering you much less compensation than you deserve. In that case, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law is ready to represent you, fighting to make sure you get the compensation your car accident gives you the right to. Whether it’s medical bills, property costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, or any of the other types of damages, we will do all we can to make sure you get what you deserve. If you suspect you’re being offered less than your case is worth, get in touch with a trusted Houston car accident attorney as soon as you can.
We earn no fee unless we win your case
If you’re worried about how you’re going to afford an attorney, rest assured that you have to pay us only if we win or settle your case. You’re not risking anything when you talk to an attorney, and you have everything to gain by seeing what your options are.
You don’t have an unlimited amount of time to pursue legal action, though: remember that if you decide to take legal action against the insurance company, you must do so within two years of the time of the car accident. You may not want to take legal action while you’re still recovering, but you may not have any choice.
Again, feel free to reach out to Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000 as soon as possible after your car accident.
Houston Car Accident Lawyer
REVIEWS FROM OUR CAR ACCIDENT CLIENTS
You’ve heard a lot about Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at this point. But at the end of the day, what really matters is the difference we can make in the lives of our clients. Here are just a few of the many client testimonials we’ve received from our satisfied customers over the years. These are the real stories of people who have had their lives improved by choosing to have Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law take care of their case:
“Terry Bryant is an excellent law office. I had the pleasure of having them serve me through a difficult situation. I was in a car accident and had no idea there was someone out there that could help. Terry Bryant was there to help me through every step of the way. I felt at ease and was glad that I had someone taking care of all the intricate processes that are required in circumstances like these. Terry Bryant got me through this ordeal and I am so thankful that I chose Terry Bryant.” – Claudia P., Actual Client
“I braced myself real good and grasped onto the steering wheel and got ready to have a head-on collision… I didn’t seek any medical attention at the scene of the accident because I felt fine, probably because of the adrenaline rush… The insurance company wanted to do only what they had to in order to take care of the car… Seeing Terry Bryant’s commercial, I had a real good gut-feeling that he was the one I needed to call, so I did. It was a great relief. They handled everything… If I had a question, I just called them, and they took care of it… Of course I’d recommend Terry Bryant because he’s done me a great job.” – Frank, Actual Client
“I was sitting at a red light. A car hit me from behind going about 65 miles per hour… Terry Bryant definitely went to bat for me, and they took the burden off my shoulders, and I didn’t have to worry about anything but getting myself better.” – Misty, Actual Client
“The reason we contacted Terry Bryant’s office was because a family member referred us, and we had also had another case handled in the past through them that turned out great. It was a great experience. Everybody was very friendly and very polite, and you just felt that they wanted to help you… After the case was settled, we were able to pay for all of our medical bills, car repair and also compensation for our suffering. We were able to move on and put this whole case behind us.” – Sylvia, Actual Client
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED HOUSTON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
Our goal is for you to get better after your car accident and to relieve you of all of the responsibility of fighting for your full and fair compensatory damages to help make you and your family whole again. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online form to speak with a car accident lawyer in Houston, TX.
Terry Bryant is a former judge and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He and his handpicked team know how to help car crash victims. We also know how to get our clients the compensation they are entitled to. We want to provide you with aggressive legal representation and help you find the care you need to rebuild your life after a serious car accident.
You owe us nothing unless we win at trial or accept (with your approval) the negotiated settlement. Don’t forget . . . your initial consultation is free. Contact a Houston car accident attorney at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free case evaluation.