Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?

Many car accidents are the result of negligence. 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 an auto accident that was caused by someone’s negligence, an experienced Houston car accident attorney at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can help. We have extensive knowledge of the legal process and will thoroughly investigate your accident, collect evidence, and hold the negligent party accountable.

Here’s what we do to pursue justice for you:

  • Investigate your accident thoroughly, often in conjunction with law enforcement
  • Thoroughly assess all your damages, including current and future medical bills, all forms of lost income, and damaged property; compute pain and suffering; and submit a solid demand for damages to the at-fault driver’s insurance company
  • Negotiate aggressively – and in good faith – for the highest possible rightful damage award
  • And, if negotiations fail, we fight just as hard in litigation to win full and fair compensation for your injuries.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that in a big, bustling city like Houston, it’s not at all rare for a driver to experience multiple 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.

If you’ve been injured, 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. (Remember: The insurance company is a business, and that means their number one concern is always their bottom line.) You may not even know what kind of information you need to send to the insurance adjuster in order to get the claims process started. If that’s your situation, you’ve come to the right place. This article will give you everything you need to know to get started and point you in the direction to find out more if you get stuck.

When you have questions, be sure to contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. This includes concerns about your legal options, worries about whether the insurance company is giving you a lowball offer, and anything else to do with your case. You can contact our law firm by phone or email to set up a free consultation. This way, you can get a professional evaluation of your case without having to commit to sue anyone. It may surprise you, but most people that call us are not the “suing type.” You can learn about your options and find out what your case is really worth.

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Your Houston Car Wreck Information Center

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, all types of oversized vehicles, changing traffic patterns, and bumper-to-bumper congestion. But too many times, these frustrating “inconveniences” can instantly become life-threatening events.

In 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported 713 traffic fatalities and 3,321 serious injuries in Harris County due to crashes. So you’re not alone if you’ve been hurt in a car wreck. 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.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Car accidents can be some of the most disruptive events that take place in a person’s life. Many people are unsure of what to do when an accident takes place, how they should behave after an accident, and what they should say to the police who come to investigate. Your actions in the immediate aftermath of an accident can have a major effect on the outcome of any personal injury case that may result from the crash. The next few sections will let you know what you should do in the minutes, hours, and weeks following a crash.

Once an accident takes place, the first step is to report the accident to the police. This is important even if you were not injured in the crash. Reporting the accident to the police will allow them to prepare an official crash report. This can be very helpful if your accident goes to court because it lets the police do their own investigation, including testimony and reports on the physical effects of the crash.

Another reason why it’s important for you to inform the police is that it makes it harder for the other driver to change their story after the fact. Sometimes drivers will admit fault in an accident, then change their story after talking to their insurance company. When there is no official police report of the crash, it is much easier for the other driver to blame the accident on you after the fact.

As part of their investigation, police will interview you, the other driver, and other witnesses. They will diagram the accident. The officer preparing the report will also specify any laws that were broken prior to the crash and provide his or her opinion on who was at fault in the crash. Often, tickets are issued.

The Texas Department of Transportation should have an official crash report within 10 days of the accident’s occurrence. You should be able to get a copy of the crash report by providing some basic information and paying a fee of $6 ($8 if you need a certified copy) at the Department of Transportation website.
Even though the police are preparing their own report, it’s a good idea for you to do what you can to document the accident yourself. Here are a few of the important pieces of information you should obtain before leaving the scene of the accident:

1. The name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and insurance information of the other driver.

2. The license plate number, make, model, and color of the other vehicle in the crash.

3. The name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses (including passengers) you can find. (These can help gather testimony to corroborate your account of the accident if your case goes to court.)

4. Photographs of the locations of both vehicles before they’ve been moved after the accident.

5. Photographs of any damage done to your vehicle and the other vehicle.

6. If the other driver makes any statements admitting fault for the accident, you should record these. (Voice recording with your cell phone can be useful here.)

Police will generally take down most of this information in the course of their investigation. That being said, police sometimes do not get the names and contact information of all the witnesses to the accident. If you are too seriously injured to gather witness information yourself, make sure to ask the officer investigating the crash to gather this information as part of the investigation.
Once the accident takes place, the first priority is to get your vehicle out of the flow of traffic – assuming your car is drivable and this is safe to do. Check yourself and any passengers for injuries, and call the police so they can make their report. Leaving the scene of a crash before the police arrive could lead to charges of failure to stop and render aid.

Once the accident takes place, don’t say anything that could be taken as an admission of fault for the crash. Some people are very polite and will say “I’m sorry” even if they don’t believe the accident was their fault. This can be taken as an admission of fault, which could lead to serious problems in the future.

If you notice any signs of injury after leaving the scene of the accident, however minor, you should get those checked out by a medical professional. It’s important to get documentation of any injury that may have been inflicted in the crash. Even if the injury appears to be extremely minor, get medical care as soon as possible so you can prove the injuries were caused by the accident. Also, what seems like a minor injury may be the symptoms of something more serious.

Last, of all, do not talk to the other driver's insurance company without talking to a personal injury attorney first. The insurance company is a business, and that means they want to do anything to help their bottom line. The insurance company's representative will do anything possible to reduce the value of your claim, and they are trained to ask questions that may devalue your claim without your realizing it. That’s why it’s so important to prepare for any dealings with the insurance company by talking to an experienced personal injury attorney first.

Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today at (713) 973-8888. You can also fill out our online contact form. Put your case in hands you can trust. Contact our Houston car accident lawyers today to schedule your free case evaluation.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, it’s important for your health to get medical care as soon as possible. Even if your injuries were more minor, it’s a good idea to seek medical care to make sure nothing is missed. Often, crash victims are in shock after an accident – and the adrenaline masks serious injuries that will slowly reveal themselves in the coming days or weeks. People often forget that many serious injuries are not something you can see.

Seeking medical care can also be an important part of winning your personal injury claim. You might think your symptoms will eventually go away on their own, so you don’t need medical care. This is a bad idea, because if you wait too long after the accident took place, the insurance company might argue that your injuries weren’t a result of the accident in the first place.

So, it’s important for you to get care as soon as you can after the accident. It’s also important that you follow your doctor’s advice in the course of treatment. This makes it harder for the insurance company to argue that any of your treatment was unnecessary. More importantly, it should help you recover from your injuries as quickly as possible and get back to health as soon as you can.

No matter what you do, the insurance company will probably argue that it was the wrong thing. Your best bet is to get the best care you can and trust your doctor to offer you the best advice. Dealing with the insurance company is the job for your personal injury attorney.
1. If you or any of your passengers have been seriously injured, call 911 and get medical care immediately.

2. Take down important information, including contact information for the other driver and any witnesses on the scene.

3. Photograph your vehicle, the other vehicle, the other driver’s insurance information, and any damage the vehicles may have received in the crash.

4. 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 accident once you've made your statement.

5. Contact your insurance company and let them know about the accident. You should do this regardless of whether the accident was your fault or that of the other driver.

6. If you or any passenger shows signs of a minor injury, seek medical care.

7. Get your 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.

8. Talk to a personal injury attorney. It’s important that you talk to an attorney you can trust before you talk to the other driver’s insurance company. A personal injury attorney 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

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you will probably have to deal with the other driver’s insurance company sooner or later. This is not an easy process, and you can rest assured that the insurance company will do all it can to make sure you don’t get the full value of your claim. The next few sections will guide you through the process of dealing with the insurance company, let you know what to expect, and give you a little advice so this process can be as easy and painless as possible for all involved.

The insurance company is a business, first and foremost. That means when you’re dealing with the insurance adjuster, their job is to reduce the value of your claim as much as possible. The insurance company will use any number of possible tactics to reduce the value of your claim in order to help their bottom line.

One of the most common ways the insurance adjuster is likely to do this is to admit that their client was responsible for the accident. That sounds like it should benefit you, but much of the time it's a tactic meant to convince you that you can handle the case without hiring an attorney. The insurance company knows that most people don't have enough experience to know what their case is worth—so if they can convince you that you can handle the case without the help of an attorney, they can save themselves a lot of money.

Adjusters may also pressure you to make a recorded statement about the accident. If you do not have an attorney at that time, decline – and ask that they contact your own insurance company regarding this. Then immediately discuss with your own insurance company adjuster. Generally, this isn't necessary. You might think the statement is being taken for your benefit or so that the insurance company can get your side of the story. More often, though, it’s a tactic to get you to make statements that will reduce the value of your claim. The adjuster will often ask questions to try to get you to admit some degree of fault in the accident. These can be hard to recognize, which is why an attorney is so important.

The more severe your injuries, the more important it will be to talk to an attorney. The adjuster may look at the record of treatments you received in connection with the accident, and they may try to tell you that they don’t cover the types of treatment or procedures you received. They might try to argue that some of the treatment you received after the crash wasn’t really necessary. This is a tactic designed to make you accept less than your claim is actually worth. If the insurance company gets away with it, this can leave you in a situation where you have to pay huge medical fees because of another driver’s negligence.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Houston, it’s important for you to realize that the insurance company is a business that will do all it can to help its own bottom line. Unless someone is already well-acquainted with the law, it can be very difficult to tell when the insurance company is trying to reduce the validity of your claim or pressure you to accept less than what your claim is worth. Especially if you’ve received serious injuries in an accident, you should talk to a personal injury attorney. Never make a statement to an insurance company without first talking to an attorney you can trust.

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.
After you've been in an accident, one of the first things you'll need to take care of is the property damage. In the long term, you'll want to get the payment taken care of by the negligent driver's insurance company. However, in the short term, it's a good idea for you to deal with your own insurance company.

As long as you have collision coverage, you will probably be better off working with your own insurance company initially. This is true even if the accident wasn’t your fault or if this means you’ll be out your deductible. As a general rule, your own insurance company will be easier to work with than the negligent driver’s insurance company. Your insurance company will typically be able to get your car repaired or get you the fair market value of the vehicle (if it was totaled), and you will initially be out your deductible. Make sure you instruct your insurance company to recover your deductible from the negligent driver’s insurance company. If the accident was the other driver’s fault, you should be able to recover your deductible eventually, and your insurance company will be able to recover the value of your vehicle.

Now, that probably sounds like an awfully convoluted process to get the value of your property damage back. Unfortunately, adverse insurance companies in Texas have a lot of protections under tort reform, meaning that they can delay a property damage claim for a long time, even if they’re not able to outright deny it. Working with your own insurance company allows you to get the property damage funds you need; and as long as the accident was not your fault, your insurance company should not hold the incident against you.

If your car needs repairs, the negligent driver’s insurance company should cover rental fees for a temporary replacement while your vehicle is under repair. The adverse insurance company will probably have some preferred rental agencies and will be able to set up a rental vehicle for you, within specified limits. When you go to the repair shop, it’s generally a good idea to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle before the repairs take place. This is especially a good idea if the damage to your vehicle was significant. If you have any trouble at any part of this process, talk to an attorney you can trust right away. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 or simply fill out our online contact form to get started.
To process your claim, there are certain documents and pieces of information the insurance adjuster will need. Here is a list of the documentation the adjuster will need in order to evaluate your case:

• An official accident report. The adjuster will be able to obtain a copy, but it can help the process if you provide one.

• Copies of any medical bills connected to the accident.

• Copies of medical records connected to any treatment you may have received in connection with the accident.

• A letter (including your employer’s signature) that documents the total amount of wages you lost because of reduced productivity or time you had to take off on account of your injuries.

• Documentation about your health insurance policy.

• Confirmation of whether or not you are on Medicare or Medicaid.

• Photographs of the injuries you received in the accident.

As soon as you gather this information, provide it to the insurance adjuster responsible for your case. The above documents should be enough for the adjuster to complete an evaluation and get you an initial offer. Don’t send anything that’s not included in this list without first consulting an attorney you can trust.
If you were seriously injured in your accident, there is one question you need to ask the insurance adjuster. The adjuster doesn’t want you to ask this question, and you may have a hard time getting the adjuster to give you a straight answer. That being said, if you’ve been seriously injured, you need to ask, "How are you going to calculate the damages for pain and suffering?"

It’s easy for your insurance adjuster to calculate most of the other types of damages involved in an accident. Medical fees are pretty straightforward, even if they try to dispute some of them. Property damage is fairly easy to calculate, even if they’re likely to drag their feet when it comes to paying. Plenty of insurance companies have ways of calculating these factors—they even have algorithms to calculate damages based on how good your lawyer is(!)—but the computer model doesn’t do a good job of estimating pain and suffering.

This is why it’s important for you to ask about pain and suffering as soon as possible, especially if you’ve been seriously injured in the accident. The adjuster is likely to try to avoid the question, and you may not be able to get a straight answer out of them. But if you can’t get a straight answer, you already know that you need to talk to an attorney to make sure you get what your case is worth.

Pain and suffering damages are meant to compensate you for any physical pain or emotional suffering you experienced as a result of the accident. At the high end, these damages significantly enhance the value of your claim. That’s why the adjuster might not want to talk about it, and that’s why you need to make sure to talk to an attorney if you find that the adjuster tries to avoid the subject altogether.

Don't get taken advantage of by insurance companies. Contact the legal team at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free initial assessment. We know how to get our clients the payment that they deserve.
When you’re dealing with the insurance company after an accident, the No. 1 question on your mind should be whether or not the company is offering you a fair settlement. You’re probably tired of hearing it by now, but the insurance company is a business, and they will fight to pay out as little as possible. Only a trained and experienced personal injury attorney will be able to tell for sure whether the settlement the company is offering is fair, but here are a few guidelines.

If the insurance company tries to get you to admit partial responsibility for a crash, you may be getting less than you deserve. The insurance company may try to claim they are “accepting responsibility” for the crash, but this is usually just a tactic to get you to go without an attorney. If there is any talk about your admitting to partial fault in a crash, you can be pretty sure the insurance company is trying to get away with something. This is especially true if the official police report found that the accident was the fault of the other driver.

Another sign that the insurance company is offering less than you deserve is that they are trying to argue that some of your medical treatment was unnecessary. Often, they are simply claiming the treatment was unnecessary so that you end up having to pay for it. This is a pretty common tactic under Texas tort law, but it usually doesn’t hold up in court. It doesn’t often hold up in court, because there the insurance company has to produce experts who are willing to back up their claim that the treatment was unnecessary (which is very hard to do if the treatment was necessary).

A few other indications that the insurance company is trying to take advantage of you include leaving out lost wages, leaving out future medical needs, and trying to discourage you from getting an attorney. As a general rule, the more serious your injuries, the more important it is that you get a personal injury attorney on your side. If you suspect the insurance company may be treating you unfairly, go ahead and talk to Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up an initial consultation. We’ll let you know whether they’re trying to get away with giving you less than you deserve.

Call our team today at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free case evaluation. Let us help you explore your legal options. We deal firmly with insurance companies to make sure our clients are treated fairly and given the compensation they deserve.
Many people are unsure of whether they need to talk to an attorney after an accident takes place and, if so, when. One of the unfortunate effects of this uncertainty is that people can wait too long to talk to an attorney, which could mean that the statute of limitations forces them to compromise for less than their case is worth. In some cases, though, it’s a good idea to get an attorney as soon as you possibly can. Let’s talk about when you should find a personal injury attorney to represent you and when you might be able to handle the case yourself.

As a rule, if you suffered serious injuries in a crash, you are more likely to need the services of an attorney. 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. This is especially true in severe cases, such as those that lead to permanent disability or serious surgery. Insurance companies rarely offer enough to cover these injuries unless you have the backing of an attorney who will force them to pay what you deserve. Especially with cases where victims are likely to have medical needs in the future because of injuries they received in an accident, it’s wise to talk to an attorney. With more minor injuries, though, you might be able to do without legal help.

You may also need the help of an attorney if the insurance company offers you a ridiculously low offer. (Take a look at the above section: Is the Insurance Company Offering Fair Compensation?) Insurance companies often try to get away with paying much less than your claim is actually worth, hoping that you won’t realize what they’re trying to do. If you suspect the insurance company is giving you a ridiculously low offer, it’s always a good idea to talk to an attorney who will be able to give your case a professional evaluation.

If your health insurance covered part of the costs of your medical bills in an accident caused by another driver, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney. The attorney can help to get the money your insurance company paid out returned to them, which may get you credit from your health insurance company. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney if this is your situation.

In all of these cases, it’s a good idea to talk to a personal injury attorney you can trust. That being said, there’s no risk to you if you go ahead and talk to Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up your free initial consultation. Even if you decide not to take legal action, it’s always a good idea to get a professional evaluation of your situation and learn about your legal options. If you think you may have a personal injury case, go ahead and set up your free consultation 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.
When you’re dealing with the insurance company, it’s important to realize that even though your case is deeply personal to you, to the insurance adjuster it’s just business. The adjuster may be handling as many as 200 cases at a time and is likely to be very busy. This doesn’t mean the adjuster has the right to be rude, but it does mean that they don’t see your case the same way you do. Here are a few tips that should help make dealing with the adjuster as easy as possible.

It may be a strain, but it’s always a good idea to treat the adjuster with as much courtesy as possible. The adjuster is just another human being trying to do a job, even if it feels like they’re only there to get in your way. Even if they give you a hard time, it’s better to have them on your side than to turn them against you by being rude. Keep in mind that you’re trying to get the adjuster to help you out financially. Even though your patience may be wearing thin and your temper might be getting high, it’s better to be patient.

Above all else, it’s not a good idea to start threatening the adjuster. Even if you are considering taking the case to court, there’s no reason to mention that to the adjuster. It’s not their job to worry about that, and they have no reason to care. (Remember, they’re not personally involved in your case, and they have their own problems anyway.) The only thing threats will do is make it absolutely sure that they won’t go out of their way to help you. This isn’t the time to pick a fight, so it pays to be as civil as you can be.

When you talk to the adjuster, ask questions and try to learn all you can about how your case is going. The adjuster knows a lot about your case and understands the ins and outs of how the process works, so they can actually be extremely helpful if you give them a chance. Even if the adjuster seems cold at first, a couple of questions could encourage them to open up to you and help you out. There's no telling what you could learn if you make an effort to show the adjuster a little time and understanding.

Nevertheless, it’s important that you not let the adjuster run the whole process. Don’t give a statement if you haven’t first talked to an attorney you can trust. Learn about your legal options, and be prepared for the distinct possibility that the adjuster will end up offering you far less than your case is actually worth. It’s important to treat the adjuster like a human being, but it’s also important to remember that at the end of the day, they work for the insurance company. Talk to Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law if you want legal help from an attorney who will work for you. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 to schedule a free consultation, or simply fill out our online contact form to get started.

Understanding the Auto Accident Claims Process

Especially if this is your first accident, you’re not likely to be familiar with the claims process in an auto accident. You have a limited time to bring your case to court if you decide that’s what you want to do—usually the limit is two years, but under some circumstances, it can be more or less than that. (***Always speak directly to a licensed attorney to understand the deadlines that apply to all your potential claims.***) You need to know how the defense might try to argue against you in court, and you need to be able to prepare a credible case so you can meet the objections the defense will throw your way.

The next few sections will cover the process you’re likely to go through, the statute of limitations on car accident cases, and the amount of time your case is likely to take. If you’re thinking about taking your case to court, it’s time for you to get in touch with a personal injury attorney you can trust. Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up your free consultation and get the process started. Remember: the clock is ticking. The statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. Get in touch so you can learn your options and have your case prepared in time.

It can take up to two years to get a jury trial for a car accident claim in Texas. There are some ways to fast-track a case, but it can take some time to settle a case or get the case to court.

One of the lengthy processes in getting a car accident claim taken care of is allowing the insurance adjuster to evaluate your claim. This includes getting the adjuster your medical records, which allows the adjuster to evaluate your injuries and the expected costs involved. The adjuster should also receive information about lost wages, which could come from your employer and may involve W-2s for the period in question and previous periods, for comparison.

The process goes more quickly after the adjuster has been given all the necessary information. This could lead to a settlement; but if an acceptable settlement can’t be reached, the case is likely to go to trial.

The typical statute of limitations for Texas car accident claims is two years from the time of the accident. (***However, you must always speak directly to a licensed Texas attorney to understand the deadlines that apply to all your potential claims.***) Because the adjuster’s evaluation can take some time, it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney early if you believe you’re going to need one. This gives the attorneys the time they need to help you effectively.
In a personal injury case, there are several common tactics the defense will often use to either disprove your case or reduce its value. Some of these tactics involve trying to prove that you were at least partially responsible for the accident, while others may argue that you are only out for money, and others may try to establish that some or all of the medical treatment you received was unnecessary. It's important for you to know about these tactics so they don't surprise you when and if they're used against you.

One of the most common tactics in car accident cases is to argue that you were at least partly at fault in the accident. If they succeed in doing this, the defense can lower the value of your claim or even eliminate all the damages you would otherwise receive in the accident. If the accident was the other driver’s fault, this should be nothing for you to worry about, but it’s still important for you to have a strong case showing that your side of the story is accurate and the other driver was truly negligent.

Defense attorneys will often try to call your credibility into question in a number of ways. They might try to argue that you are only interested in the money you could get from a case and that you’re exaggerating the harm you received. This can be an effective tactic for the defense, because the court is less likely to rule favorably if they believe you’re trying to take advantage of the system. This is another reason why it’s so important for you to build a credible case to prove the extent of your injuries and the seriousness of your case.

The defense will also often argue that some or all of the medical treatment you received for your injuries was unnecessary. Of course, you know how ridiculous that idea is, but if the defense can make a credible case that you didn’t need some of your treatment, you may be stuck with the medical bill resulting from another driver’s negligence. In some cases, the defense may even bring in doctors who will back up their claim that you didn’t really need the treatment you received. Other times, the defense may simply attempt to suggest that your treatment was not needed.

With this wide range of possible defense tactics, it’s hard to know what you should be prepared for. An experienced personal injury attorney is familiar with all of these defense tactics and more. Your case is too important for you to allow a defense attorney to destroy your credibility and leave you holding the bill for some or all of the costs connected to the accident.

With an advocate from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, you have an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight to make sure you get what you deserve and build a case that can survive what the defense is likely to throw at it.

Terry Bryant is a former judge in Texas. He is also a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer – by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our team knows these claims well, and we will be prepared for whatever the other side might throw our way. Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule your free consultation. Call (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online contact form to get started.
As with many other forms of law, there is a statute of limitations for car accident cases. With some exceptions, you have two years to file a case after the accident takes place. (***However, you must always speak directly to a licensed Texas attorney to understand the deadlines that apply to all your potential claims.***) That may sound like a long time, but it can be a lengthy process for a personal injury attorney to prepare the best possible case. So even though you may have only recently been in an accident, it’s smart to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible, even if you’re not 100% sure you want to file a lawsuit.

Some of the exceptions to the two-year deadline include cases where the victim is a minor, in which case the deadline may be pushed back until the age of 18. If an accident was caused by a government entity, the statute of limitations is much briefer—definitely no longer than six months. In cases of product liability, the manufacturers of certain items cannot typically be sued if the products involved were over 15 years old at the time of the accident. These are just a few of the exceptions to the normal two-year deadline. (***As always, speak directly to a licensed Texas attorney to understand the deadlines that apply to your various claims.***)

If you were injured in an accident and believe you have a case, there are good reasons for you to act sooner rather than later. Two years may sound like a long time, but it can take a good personal injury attorney several months to prepare a case and get ready to provide you the legal help you deserve. Waiting too long may make it difficult or impossible to prepare a good case. If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, get in touch with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 to set up a free consultation. Even if you decide against legal action, it pays to get your options evaluated by a professional.
There are several types of damages possible in personal injury 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 the Houston personal injury lawyers 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.

Types of Evidence of Car Accident Liability

It’s not always easy to prove who was at fault in an accident. Sometimes it is obvious who was at fault, but in some cases it’s difficult to determine who was negligent. There are a number of different ways of getting evidence in car accident cases, and we put them all to work in helping you get the settlement or award you deserve.

Some of these forms of evidence depend on your actions at the scene of the accident. Interviews with witnesses can be extremely helpful in your case, but only if you make sure to take down the contact information for the witnesses on the scene. This is one reason why it’s so important for you to get contact information (or make sure the police do so if you were too seriously injured to do it yourself).

We put all of the following sources of evidence to work in car accident cases. Here are a few of the ways we work to put together the most compelling case for victims who have been injured in accidents:

In the aftermath of an accident, there is often a wealth of physical evidence at the site of the crash. This is why it’s so valuable for us to be able to bring a trained investigator onto the scene before the vehicles are removed.

The position of the vehicles, the angle of the crash, skid marks from tires, and conditions on the road at the time of the crash can all contribute valuable evidence about what led to the crash. Our trained investigators can thoroughly document and analyze the accident scene and put together a reliable account of what happened in the crash.

Granted, we can get an investigator onto the scene of the crash in time only if we are informed about the crash quickly. Investigating the scene of the crash after the vehicles have been removed can be valuable, but it’s more useful to be able to go over the scene as soon as it takes place. After you’ve been involved in a crash, get in touch with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law as soon as you can. If the circumstances warrant it, getting our own investigator to the accident scene may be very helpful to your future claim(s).
Video surveillance can mean security cameras for local businesses, traffic cameras, cameras mounted in parking lots, and a wide variety of other types of mounted cameras. It can also include footage from cellphone cameras, which witnesses may take if they believe an accident is imminent.

Depending on where your crash took place, there could be a decent chance that there was at least one camera recording the event as it took place. Whatever the source of the footage, video evidence can be extremely valuable in establishing the cause of a crash. A clear video recording of a crash can be some of the most useful evidence, because it shows a point of view of the accident that doesn’t depend on anyone’s memory. Sometimes, although there is no video of the crash itself, there is video of the scene of the crash made shortly after the accident that can help prove what happened.

When you contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our team will work to find out whether or not your crash was recorded on video. If it was caught on video, we will analyze the footage to find any proof of liability it could contain. This alone may be enough to show that the other driver was negligent, but at the very least it will help provide additional information about what happened.
Video isn’t the only type of digital evidence that can be useful in proving negligence in connection with a crash. Things like text messages and social media posts can be important sources of evidence for distracted or drunk driving.

For example, one type of digital evidence would be credit card records indicating that a driver was buying shots at a bar just before an accident took place. Evidence of this sort could help establish that a driver was intoxicated when an accident took place, indicating that they were negligent in the crash.

Another type of digital evidence could be a driver's texting or social media history. If there was a text or social media post sent or posted at the same time as the accident, this could help prove that the driver was distracted. If they sent a text or posted to social media at the time of the crash, they clearly weren't looking at the road.

Our team works to gather this sort of digital evidence while working on your case. It helps to examine every possible type of accident when building a case that the other driver was negligent at the time of the crash.
If there were witnesses on the scene of the crash, it may be valuable to interview them. The more witnesses present at the time of the crash, the more perspectives will be available to establish what happened that led to the accident.

You may be driving along when a crash happens, apparently without warning. If there were witnesses in other vehicles or along the side of the road, it could be that someone else saw the whole accident unfold and would be able to give testimony about what happened. For example, another driver might have been able to see the negligent driver weaving in traffic or looking at his or her phone just before the crash took place. This kind of eyewitness account could go a long way in establishing negligence.

In other cases, a witness could be able to support your version of events. The more support you can gather for your side of the story, the more credible it will appear. This is why our team is always interested in gathering interviews from witnesses on the scene of a crash. It can provide valuable details that help to prove where the negligence was in a crash.
When police investigate an accident, their main concern is to find out whether any of the drivers involved broke the law, leading to the crash. Police investigate for things like drunk driving, speeding, and aggressive driving. They may cite a driver for violating the rules of the road, or they may arrest a driver at the scene of the crash.

Our investigation will look into whether the other driver was cited or arrested after the crash took place. Police actions like this can be valuable evidence of negligence when your case takes place. A citation or conviction for a crime indicating negligence can help to prove that the other driver was negligent in the accident.

When the police file their report on the accident, they will also include a statement about who they believe was at fault in the crash. This statement can be given serious weight in a personal injury case such as yours. If the police believe the other driver was negligent in the accident, it will strengthen your case and make it easier for you to prove in court that the other driver was negligent.
Experts may be called into the investigation in a variety of situations where we need to prove negligence. For example, if we suspect that an accident was caused by a poorly manufactured part, we may talk to a manufacturing expert to gather information on the flaws of the part in question and on what a properly manufactured part would have looked like.

In other cases, we may want to argue that an accident was a result of poor road design. In this case, we would contact an expert on road design to see if we can support our case that the road was unreasonably dangerous, contributing to the crash.

There is a wide range of factors that can conceivably lead to an accident, and there is a wide range of experts our team may want to contact as part of your case. Depending on the type of case we want to make, this can include manufacturers, designers, medical experts, and more. Our team’s concern is always to find the strongest case of negligence leading up to your accident, and we will talk to the experts who are best able to help establish that. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888, and we will get to work on your case.

Every case is different. We will thoroughly study your case to determine the best approach for getting the compensation you are entitled to. When you work with our team, we have a national network of leading experts at our fingertips. Put us to work on your case today. Schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law by calling our firm or filling out our online contact form today.

Important Resources

If you’ve recently been injured in an accident, there are a number of forms and pieces of information that you may need in order to get what you deserve from the insurance company. Some of these will have to be given to the adjuster right away, such as the official accident report and the lost wage form. Without these forms, the insurance adjuster will not be able to prepare an initial offer. Some of these forms are necessary only if you believe you have been wrongly treated. Remember you have the option of reporting abuse from insurance companies.

In the next few sections, you’ll find information about the forms and resources you might need in the course of a personal injury case — or simply in dealing with the insurance company. You will also find links to help you access these forms, information about when you might need them, and other guidance about how you can deal with problems that might come up in the process. When in doubt, though, it’s a good idea to contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 so you can get a professional evaluation of your case and learn about what you can do as you move forward.

One of the most important parts of the process of dealing with a car accident is to get your car accident report. This is the report the police prepare after they investigate the accident. It includes a description of the accident, statements from all drivers involved, and the officer’s evaluation of who or what was responsible for the accident. While the police report isn’t necessarily the last word on the cause of an accident, it is a strong indication and is likely to be weighted heavily if your case should end up going to court.

In the meantime, the insurance adjuster for the negligent driver will need an accident report in order to produce an estimate of what your claim is worth. Your attorney will also need a copy, and it’s a good idea for you to have a copy of the accident report for your own records. The accident report should be available for you to get a copy within ten days of the accident.

These reports are available from the Texas Department of Transportation. You will need to provide some information about the crash to be able to obtain your copy, so that the Department of Transportation’s system has enough information to identify the specific crash you were in. A normal copy of the crash report can be purchased for $6, while a certified copy (which you will need in the case of any official legal proceedings) can be purchased for $8. Even if you don't end up seeking legal help, you will need a standard copy of the crash report for the negligent driver's insurance company to prepare an offer. If your case goes to court, you can always purchase a certified copy at a later date.
If you miss work due to an injury, you will need to report your lost wages to the insurance adjuster. This report needs to be in the form of a letter which is signed by your employer. It confirms that you were employed by your employer, that you were forced to miss work as a result of your injuries, and specifies the amount of money you lost as a result of your inability to work. If necessary, your employer may comment that you are expected to lose productivity in the future as a result of the injuries you experienced in the accident.

Just like your accident report, you will need to report your lost wages in order to get an offer from the negligent driver’s insurance company. This is part of the information you need to get to the insurance adjuster so they can prepare an offer for your case. The signature from your employer confirms that you were working for them at the time of the accident and gives the insurance adjuster the means to calculate how much productivity you lost (or are expected to lose) as a result of being in the car accident. This is an important part of getting what your case is worth.
All Texas drivers are required to carry auto liability insurance in case they get into an accident. Liability insurance is meant to cover damages or repair costs when a driver causes an accident. The minimum coverage in Texas is $30,000 for each person injured, with a total minimum coverage of $60,000 per accident; property damage is required to be covered at a minimum of $25,000 per accident. This minimum coverage is called 30/60/25 coverage.

Even though all drivers are required to carry auto insurance, the fact of the matter is that a high percentage of Texas drivers don’t carry liability coverage. Because of this, drivers are advised to carry a policy that includes coverage against uninsured drivers. This type of coverage will also usually cover you if you are hit by an underinsured driver—that is, a driver who meets the minimum requirements, but doesn’t carry a policy that’s sufficient to cover the costs of a particular accident that the driver caused. There are many options available for insurance coverage, and these options are well worth visiting and seriously considering before an accident takes place.
If you believe an insurance company has abused you during the course of your case, you may report this abuse to the Texas Department of Insurance. Insurance companies are powerful entities, and it can be frustrating to have to deal with them, but reporting abuse to the Texas Department of Insurance can help improve the service insurance companies offer to all Texas families.

On the Texas Department of Insurance website, you should be able to report abuse and to research your insurance company, allowing you to gain information on how many people have complained about your insurance company in the past. You can also learn a little bit about how the Texas Department of Insurance can help you out. It may not be possible for the department to intervene in your situation, but it may be worth your time to check out the possibility.

If you believe you have experienced abuse at the hands of an insurance company, make sure to report it. Some believe that the Texas Department of Insurance favors the insurance companies over victims, but it’s important to take the time to file a report. It could help Texas drivers stay as safe as possible in the future.

Do you have questions? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the Houston car accident lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law by calling (713) 973-8888 or filling out our online contact form to schedule your free, no-obligation case assessment.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Caused by an Auto Accident

In some tragic cases, an individual is killed in a car accident because of the negligence of another person. This is an unfortunate consequence of the world we live in; but just because you’ve lost a loved one, this doesn’t mean you can’t get some kind of closure and justice for what happened. 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. This is one reason why the potential damages in a wrongful death case include lost wages for the deceased, including future wages that the deceased could reasonably have been expected to earn had the accident not taken place. Other damages can include the costs of medical care, property damage, physical pain and suffering on the part of the deceased, and mental anguish on behalf of the surviving family.

In the state of Texas, there are limitations on which family members can bring a wrongful death case against a negligent party in a motor vehicle accident case. These include the parents of the deceased, the spouse of the deceased (including one who is part of a “common law” marriage), and the children of the deceased. You’ll notice that Texas does not allow siblings and other family members to file a wrongful death claim—although these individuals do have certain rights in the event of a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one as a result of another driver’s negligence, or if you have questions about your rights, get in touch with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up a free initial consultation right away. We’ll do all we can to ensure that you get the closure and 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 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 Crashes?

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. The fact of the matter is that in a busy city like Houston, the roads can become some of the most dangerous places around. Anything could cause an accident; and any driver, no matter how cautious, has the potential to be the victim of a car crash.

In the next few sections, we’ll go over some of the more common types of car crashes, as well as some of the more common causes of crashes. Some of these come from driver error, while some come as a result of negligence on the part of a manufacturer or some other party. No matter what type of accident you have been the victim of, make sure to get in touch with 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.

  • Driver Inattention – Drivers have a responsibility to keep their eyes and their attention on the road all the time. Today there are so many in-car distractions; it’s a constant war for drivers to keep their eyes on the road and their “head in the driving game.” Texting, making phone calls, monitoring GPS, fiddling with auto infotainment systems, eating, putting on makeup, dealing with unruly children, even trying to have a normal conversation with a front-seat passenger . . . all of these things can cause drivers to lose focus. And it only takes a momentary lapse of that focus to end up causing a fender-bender – or worse. In fact, it’s only in the past few years that the term “distracted driving” has become common in some of our newer traffic laws. It’s also why distracted drivers who cause car wrecks are held legally liable for injuries and other damages suffered by their crash victims.
  • Drowsy Driving – The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety tells us that 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur every year. And the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that fatigue-related crashes resulting in injury or death cost our economy $109 billion annually. That same AAA Traffic Safety report also suggests that drivers who sleep only five or six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to crash as those who get at least seven hours of sleep. So when a drowsy driver injures people in a car wreck, they, too, may be held liable for the injuries and destruction arising from the accidents they cause.
  • Aggressive Driving – Traffic laws are in place to protect drivers on the highway. Speeding, changing lanes abruptly, tailgating, running red lights, and other violations of these laws can all contribute to accidents and are another form of behind-the-wheel negligence.
  • Defective Products – Certain car parts can be poorly manufactured, either increasing the likelihood of an accident or making it more likely that serious harm will take place in the case of an accident. Safety devices (such as airbags) can be manufactured in such a way that they are more likely to cause an injury than to prevent one. Companies that cut corners in the manufacturing process deserve to be held accountable; and for this reason, an accident may lead to a product liability case. This allows you to sue a manufacturing company that equipped your vehicle with unsafe parts.
  • Head-On Collisions – Head-on collisions are some of the most devastating crashes on the road, because they involve two vehicles closing with each other at extremely high speed. It can be difficult to prove fault in a head-on collision, because the crash makes it difficult to work out where the vehicles were when the accident took place. Much of the time, head-on collisions are the result of one driver’s heading into the wrong lane. A forensic engineer can often reconstruct the scene of the accident to see which of the drivers passed into the wrong lane and caused the accident.
  • Speeding – Speeding is a major factor contributing to accidents, because it reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to changing conditions on the road. It also contributes to the lethality of an accident, because the total amount of kinetic energy in a vehicle increases massively as the vehicle’s speed increases. Speeding can also include cases where a driver is going too fast for conditions. For example, even in a 70-mph zone, a driver going 70 mph in heavy rains is likely to be driving too fast for conditions, potentially contributing to any accident that takes place as a result.
  • Tires – We’ve already covered accidents that are caused by defective parts. One of the most common types of defective parts is defective tires. Tires naturally become less reliable as they age, and drivers are advised to never mount a tire on a vehicle if the tire is more than six years old. If a tire failure leads to an accident and a tire shop or repair shop equipped it with old tires, the shop may be liable for the accident. A poorly manufactured new tire may also cause an accident, making it possible for you to file a claim for product liability.
  • Hit-and-Run Accidents – Hit-and-run accidents take place when one of the drivers flees the scene of the accident after it takes place. This might happen because a driver expects to face criminal charges or because they may be under the influence and wish to avoid being caught. When found, a driver in a hit-and-run accident may face charges for failure to stop and render aid. If this happens, you will also be able to bring your case of personal injury against the driver or their insurance company. You can still get justice even if the other driver runs from the scene.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI)Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that every minute someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash. Getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking, using drugs, or taking prescription medication can severely impair a person’s ability to drive. The opioid crisis is also having an impact on road safety as the number of drivers who cause serious car wrecks while under the influence of Oxycodone and other “super-depressants” is consistently rising. In addition to criminal penalties, these drivers are on the hook for civil claims as well.
  • Trucking Company Violations – Cases involving trucking companies can be complex, because most trucking companies have legal teams to protect them from legal difficulties. Add in the fact that accidents between passenger vehicles and trucks are often devastating for the passenger vehicles, and you can see why it’s so important to get an experienced personal injury attorney if you’ve been in an accident with a truck. In these cases, you may be involved in a dispute with the driver, the trucking company, the truck mechanic, or any of a wide range of parties who could have been negligent in connection with the accident.
  • Fatal Accidents – People die in car accidents. This unfortunate event can often lead to a wrongful death case, which can at least help to ease the financial burden created by the death of a loved one or provider for the home. A wrongful death claim must be brought by the heir to the deceased, which is almost always a close family member. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law as soon as you can. The legal system can never bring back the one you lost, but it can ease your financial concerns and give you at least some sense of closure about the loss.
  • Dangerous Intersection Accidents – The fact of the matter is that some roads are poorly designed. There are some intersections where accidents are more likely. Some of the causes of these accidents include poor signage, bad lighting, bad crosswalks, and intersections that don’t cross at a 90-degree angle. In addition to poor design, driver error can be another cause of major accidents. Whatever the cause, half of all the serious car accidents in the United States happen at intersections. If you’ve been in an accident in an intersection in Houston, that fact alone may be of great importance to your case.
  • Taxi Accidents – If you were injured in a taxi, you should be entitled to damages covering the medical costs of your injuries and compensation for any time you are forced to take off work, as well as damages for any pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your injuries. Whether the taxi driver or the driver of the other vehicle was negligent in the crash will have to be determined, but the good news is that it’s almost certain that no one can argue that you were at fault in the crash. You should not have to pay the price for another person’s negligence.
  • Improper Vehicle Maintenance – Poor vehicle maintenance on the part of the auto shop has the potential to lead to an accident. Parts could fail, leading to a potentially serious accident through no fault of the driver. Badly aligned tires, poorly maintained brakes, and any number of other causes have the potential to lead to a serious accident. If you were involved in an accident because you received faulty repairs, this may entitle you to a personal injury claim. Get in touch with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up a free initial consultation about your accident as soon as you can.
  • Ride-Sharing Accidents – As with taxi accidents, crashes involving Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services could be the fault of your driver or the other driver involved. Whatever the cause of the accident, you should be entitled to have your medical needs and lost wages covered. In a personal injury case, what matters is that you don’t have to pay the financial price for another person’s negligence. A personal injury attorney can help to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to set up a free initial consultation as soon as you have been injured.

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:

  • Head Injuries – Head injuries have a wide range of severity, ranging from a slight bump all the way up to a traumatic brain injury. Head injuries are broadly classified into two types: closed injuries, which leave the skull intact, and open injuries, in which an object breaks through the skull. Concussions are the most common type of head injury, and they are covered in more detail below. Some of the other major types of head injuries include hematoma (blood clots in the brain), hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), edema (brain swelling), skull fracture (breaking of the skull by an external object), and a diffuse axonal injury (a type of injury to the brain cells that doesn’t cause bleeding).
  • Spinal InjuriesSpinal injuries come in varying degrees of severity, with some of them causing only minor damage while some can lead to lifelong full or partial paralysis. Damage to the spinal cord itself is classified as either “complete” or “incomplete.” Complete injuries to the spinal cord fully sever the cord at some point in the spine, while incomplete injuries damage it to varying degrees. It’s possible for a victim to retain some functionality below the site of the injury in an incomplete break, but with a complete break there is no function at all below the site of the injury. At this time, spinal injuries cannot be repaired, although medical professionals are optimistic that some day they will be able to reverse the damage.
  • Injuries to Internal Organs – Any of the body’s organs have the potential to be injured in an accident, either through trauma or through piercing of the skin. Punctured lungs are a common injury in accidents that break the victim’s ribs. Trauma to the abdomen can often cause a victim kidney or liver damage. The spleen can be ruptured, often leading to internal bleeding and forcing medical professionals to remove the organ in question. The bowels can be injured, leading to pain to the abdomen, nausea, bleeding, vomiting, shock, and muscle tenderness. Even if none of the organs are directly damaged, the trauma of an accident could still lead to internal bleeding.
  • Fractures – Simply put, a fracture is a broken bone. Most of the time, fractures are painful injuries; they have the potential to lead to disability in the short term, but victims can usually make a full recovery eventually. That being said, there can be extremely serious fractures, leading to damage to organs or complications leading to a permanent deformity. The most severe fractures are called compound fractures, in which the broken bone pierces the skin and extrudes from the rest of the body. At the worst, these injuries can lead to a permanent lowering in an individual’s quality of life.
  • Concussion – Concussion occurs when the brain is rapidly moved, causing it to impact the inside of the skull. This kind of injury usually occurs when the head hits a surface — such as a dashboard or windshield — very hard. This has the potential to cause serious bruising to the brain, as well as other major symptoms. A minor concussion may be alleviated by a few days of rest in bed, with little to no long-term damage. A serious concussion may lead to serious brain damage, so doctors often advise families of head trauma victims to keep a close eye on their injured loved one for at least twenty-four hours after an accident.
  • Herniation – Herniation is an injury that takes place when the outer fiber that supports one of the disks between your vertebrae tears. Sometimes this can happen in the neck or the upper back, but most of the time herniation in spinal disks takes place in the lower back. Common symptoms of herniation include major back pain, numbness, tingling, and even paralysis. It’s important to note that sometimes herniation leads to pain in other areas (such as legs, feet, or knees), so you may not realize the pain is actually back related. Herniation can occur with or without serious damage to the spinal cord itself.

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 Texas 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 Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 as soon as you can.

When you call, you’ll be able to set up a free initial consultation. 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 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 auto accident attorney as soon as you can.

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 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 1 (800) 444-5000 as soon as possible after your traffic accident.

It takes a skilled attorney to determine what kind of damages you may be entitled to that the insurance company is trying to hold back. If you think there’s even the slightest chance that the insurance company is offering you less than you deserve, it’s worth your time to talk to an attorney. Especially if you or a loved one has been seriously injured, the medical costs may far exceed your ability to pay. Get in touch by phone or use our online contact form as soon as you can.

Reviews From our 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.”

“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

Successful Auto Injury Lawsuits

As you can see, preparing a successful auto injury lawsuit is a complex and lengthy process. It takes time to investigate, conduct interviews with witnesses, gather evidence, go over records, and prepare a solid case for you. The best time for a motorist to contact a personal injury attorney is in the immediate aftermath of an accident, before the vehicles have even been moved. This gives us a chance to perform our own investigation of the scene of the accident, which can help us discover evidence the police could have missed that might turn out to be relevant to your case.

Many people hesitate to get in touch with an attorney until they start feeling the financial hit from lost wages or medical bills or until they get an offer from the other driver’s insurance company that is much lower than they deserve. If you think your case might end up with legal action, it’s a good idea for you to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Remember: the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. That may sound like a lot, but the earlier you get started, the more time your attorney has to prepare a strong legal case. Wait too long, and your case could suffer.

A strong personal injury case may involve gathering witnesses, interviewing experts, reconstructing the scene of an accident, and much more. These things all take time, and with a vehicle accident case, you are always dealing with the clock. With a case as serious as yours, don’t put things off until they’re too late. Get in touch with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 to set up a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in the Houston area who has the resources to fight hard to make sure you get every penny you deserve.

Seeking Medical Treatment

If you have been injured in an accident, it’s important that you get the medical care you need in order to recover from your wounds. As we’ve said in this article, the defense is likely to argue that some of the medical care you receive is not really necessary or that you didn’t really have as great a need for medical care as you claim. With those kinds of worries in mind, you might think it’s better for you to go without medical care, at least to the extent you think you can get away with it.

When in doubt, trust your doctor. Your physician will know more than anyone else about your medical needs, and there’s nothing more important than your health. Continuity of care is important for you to be able to recover to the fullest extent possible. The best option is for you to follow your doctor’s advice and do all you can to follow your doctor’s instructions. Worry about recovery now, and you can worry about how you’re going to meet the arguments the defense throws at you as soon as you have recovered your health and gotten your strength back.

In conclusion:
Don’t go without important medical treatment because you’re afraid the defense might try to claim the treatment was unnecessary. Once you’ve recovered, you can talk to an attorney who will be able to support your side of the story. Your attorney will be able to make a case that will give you the best possible chance of getting the compensation you deserve, including medical costs. Don’t gamble on your health by trying to go without treatment you need to recover. Get your treatment, and talk to an attorney who will be able to help 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, either 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 only accept an offer that 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.

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 knowledgeable car wreck lawyer in Houston, TX, today.

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 the Houston car accident lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free case evaluation.

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