Auto Accidents

Houston, Texas Car Accident Lawyers

Many of us will be in a car accident at one point in our lives. One always hopes that the accident is minor and that no one suffers injuries. However, auto crashes are one of the most common causes of serious injury and death in Texas. These can be complex claims requiring legal action and the representation of car accident lawyers.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, you know the crash is just the beginning of a lengthy recovery process. Car accident injuries can require weeks, months or even years of rehabilitation and medical treatment. The cost of this medical treatment can be staggering.

When you are hurt in a crash that someone else caused, it’s not fair that you are put through this pain and stress. You should speak with a car accident lawyer at Pierce | Skrabanek to find out how we can help you. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting on behalf of suffering Texas families.

There is never any cost or obligation to speak with our lawyers. Time limits do apply, and a confidential consultation is a wise choice to understand your legal rights. Contact one of our lawyers today by calling toll free (832) 690-7000.

Woman fills out police report with officer after accidentCar Accident Injuries

A serious car crash involves a tremendous amount of force. Even if you are wearing your seatbelt and your vehicle is equipped with airbags, there is still the potential for great harm. Car accident injuries can include:

  • Concussions/Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis

These injuries can sometimes be successfully treated in a relatively short time. Others – like paralysis or a TBI – are something that will stay with the victim forever. They may require regular medical care for the remainder of life. Mild traumatic brain injuries are often associated with car accidents and may be dismissed as a concussion or post-traumatic stress from the accident. Often referred to as “the silent injury,” even a mild traumatic brain injury can be severe and potentially identified by small behavior changes.  Seeking medical attention after a car accident is always reasonable and recommended.  

A major car accident is an expense and a tragedy you shouldn’t have to cope with alone. Between the pain and inconvenience, insurance adjusters continuously attempt to get statements regarding the accident. A legal team like ours exists to help educate you about your rights, and help you protect them. We encourage you to speak with a lawyer experienced in car accident law about how you may be able to get compensated for your financial, physical, and emotional suffering.

Types of Auto Accidents

The following are common types of auto accident cases that our attorneys handle regularly:

Rear-end accidents are perhaps the most common accidents our attorneys see on the road. Their seriousness is often linked to how unexpected a rear-end collision may be, and can be attributed to the many distractions on the road today. More drivers are distracted due to texting while driving, cell phone conversations, and commutes growing increasingly longer.

Rear-end accidents range from a minor fender bender at slow speeds to a catastrophic accident at excessive speeds. Any vehicle — especially a tractor-trailer — does not need to be moving very fast to cause substantial injury when it slams into a stopped vehicle from behind. These accidents can cause whiplash injuries due to the sudden momentum changes, including head, back, and neck injuries. They can also set off a chain of events that results in a pile-up accident.

Head-on collisions are particularly horrifying. These accidents may also be attributed to the other driver not paying attention to their lane, or reckless driving (including driving drunk or under the influence). Drunk drivers have caused many fatal crashes by taking the wrong highway ramp and driving against traffic on the highway, subjecting innocent motorists to serious danger. While such a driver may face criminal charges, you should still hire an auto injury attorney to make sure your best interests are protected.

Side impact accidents, “broadsiding” or T-bone crashes, typically happen at an intersection. If a driver runs a red light or a stop sign, enters the intersection and causes an accident, that driver must be held accountable. In a side-impact collision, the car that strikes the side of the other car may be yours, or it may be the at-fault driver’s. If you hit the side of a car that drove through a red light in an intersection, it may not be your fault, and you should speak with a lawyer.

Sideswiping happens everywhere, from parking lots to interstate highways. These accidents may cause only property damage, or they may be much worse by simply being the start of a major accident where the vehicles lose control.

Rollover accidents can involve a single vehicle or several. Specific types of vehicles are more likely to roll over than others, such as SUVs and large trucks that may have received custom “lifts.” Rollovers may happen after a collision, during a tire blowout, in bad weather, or simply due to driver error.

Our car accidents lawyers have seen all types of crashes. Regardless of what kind of accident it was, if you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the fault of another driver, the attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek want to hear your story. We are here to guide you and let you know what we can do to help. Contact us today here, or call (832) 690-7000.

Why Should You Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

Protection. In many car crashes, the accounts of how the accident occurred may be unclear. However, even in cases where the liability (the fault) may be on the other driver, there are insurance companies and their representatives who may be handling thousands of claims.

To ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum recovery, we recommend you speak with us for a free consultation. When the car accident attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek take on an auto accident case, we investigate every aspect of the crash. We’ll go to the scene of the accident and consult with the country’s top experts. We also front the expenses so you or your loved ones may take this time to recover.

The compensation that may be available will vary case by case. You can be certain, however, that our attorneys will always seek the maximum compensation possible under the law. We pursue every legal avenue to get our clients what they need to move on in life. That is our job as personal injury lawyers.

Compensation we can seek may include costs for:

  • Hospital stays, ambulance rides, medical procedures
  • Follow-up medical visits
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Loss of income because you were unable to work, or you were forced to take a lower-paying job because of your injuries
  • Pain and suffering

If a car accident has claimed the life of someone you love, we will also seek to get you compensated for funeral costs and wrongful death expenses.

This compensation can’t undo what has happened in the past. But it can help you and your family build a brighter future and move forward in life.

Accident Case Results

Our attorneys have built a solid record of success helping car accident victims and their families. Several of the verdicts and settlements we have achieved for clients are record-setting.

Ambulance accident — $117 million

Attorney Mike Pierce was one of the lead lawyers responsible for obtaining a $117 million recovery for a severely injured mother of two. The woman was being transported to the hospital in an Acadian ambulance when the driver dropped his keys on the floor. He then took his eyes off the road while traveling 60 mph, leading to a violent rear-end collision. The jury’s verdict is the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.

Trailer/Vehicle collision – Confidential settlement

Our firm served as first-chair trial counsel in a case brought against multiple defendants after a tractor-trailer separated, leading to a collision between the trailer and another vehicle. Prior to trial, we settled with the manufacturer of the alleged defective coupling device for a confidential amount.

We then went to trial against the trucking company on a theory that the company failed to use adequate secondary safety measures. We obtained a verdict four times greater than the company’s last settlement offer.

Get a Car Accident Attorney

No one wants to need a lawyer. You may be hesitant about taking the step to speak with an attorney. However, we believe it can only benefit you. A consultation is completely free, and there is no obligation to pursue a claim or hire us. We’ll listen to your story to find out about your car accident and the damage it has done, and then we’ll tell you what we can do for you. We want to make sure you understand your rights and your options in this unfortunate situation.

Call the attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek when you are ready to learn about what we can do for you. We’re waiting to help. Our toll-free number is (832) 690-7000.

Car Accident FAQs

Pierce Skrabanek PLLC handles a variety of personal injury lawsuits, including auto accidents, trucking accidents, maritime/Jones Act violations, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and nursing home abuse. The first step to finding out whether you have a case is to contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. You will speak to an experienced attorney who will analyze the facts of your case.

Our law firm operates on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. If a settlement or verdict is reached, our fees are paid from a percentage of the recovery. We cover the expenses associated with pursuing your lawsuit, and those expenses are later covered if a settlement or verdict is reached.

The first step to filing a car crash lawsuit is to contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. You will speak to an attorney who will analyze the facts of your accident and the law to let you know whether you have a case. After you have spoken to us, we will send you a contract and a medical authorization that are necessary to obtain your medical records. We need to review your medical records before filing a lawsuit. Once we have reviewed the medical records to confirm the injury, we will file the lawsuit. During each stage of the process, we ensure that we inform you of every aspect of your case.

Once we file your lawsuit, we commence “discovery,” which is an exchange of information with the Defendant(s). Both parties obtain information related to the trial, including medical records, incident reports, corporate documents, etc. During this process, written discovery is exchanged and depositions are taken. Depositions are oral examinations conducted under oath with both parties present. Depositions are typically taken with a court reporter who types up a transcript of the questions and answers, as well as a videographer who films the examination.

While most lawsuits are settled after written discovery is exchanged and depositions are taken, it is possible that your lawsuit may go to trial. Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts for their clients. If a fair value cannot be reached prior to trial, we will take your case to court to obtain the best value possible. Our efforts at trial have garnered prestigious awards, including induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Club, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Club, and Super Lawyers Magazine.

Please contact Pierce | Skrabanek for a free case consultation at (832) 690-7000. We will evaluate the facts and applicable law of your case. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we win.

Additional Car Accident Information

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