Why Is it Wise to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
It is almost always wise to hire a car accident lawyer rather than negotiate, file a claim, or go to trial on your own. The main reasons:
- Choosing an attorney removes the burden of work from your shoulders and places it into a professional’s hands right away
- You’re far more likely to receive a higher financial payout with a lawyer than going in alone
- An attorney has more skills, resources, and training to investigate the issues involved in your accident, and hold all responsible parties accountable
As an equation, hiring a car accident attorney might look like “less work + lower risk = better results.” When you select Pierce Skrabanek for representation, that is the last calculation you have to make—our attorneys do the work necessary to account for all your losses and negotiate a fair settlement, all while you are left to heal in peace.
To speak directly with our offices about the representation you need, fill out our online contact form or call (832) 690-7000 for a free, no-obligation consultation at your earliest convenience. For further details on how a car accident lawyer can help you, read on.
When Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
You should hire a car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Essentially, once you have reached a point of calm after your accident—whether that means you’re in a stable medical condition, or back at work or home—an attorney can begin to help you right away.
A represented car accident lawsuit follows this general process:
- Contact a lawyer for a free case evaluation. At Pierce Skrabanek, we begin by listening to your experience, asking relevant questions, and providing our honest estimate about potential damages and timelines.
- You agree to authorize representation. If you decide we’re the right law firm for you, we will send you a contract and a medical authorization that are necessary to obtain your medical records for review.
- We file your lawsuit. Your attorney and their support staff file the necessary paperwork with the court. During each stage of the process, we ensure that we inform you of every aspect of your case, and answer any questions you may have.
- The “discovery” process begins. This is when both parties obtain and exchange information related to the trial, including medical records, incident reports, corporate documents, etc. During this process, depositions may be taken, which are verbal testimonials and questioning conducted under oath and on record.
- The case either settles or goes to trial. Most lawsuits are settled before a trial is necessary. However, if the opposing side refuses to reach a fair agreement, our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts for our clients.
If a fair settlement amount cannot be reached prior to trial, with your permission we can take your case to court to obtain the best value possible. Our efforts at trial have garnered prestigious awards, including induction into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Club, but more importantly is what that experience means for you. Pierce Skrabanek has obtained judgments for our clients in the multi-million dollar range, and results upwards of 4x-5x times the highest pretrial settlement offer.
Is it Worth Getting an Accident Lawyer?
Yes, it is worth it to hire a car accident attorney, considering what a skilled lawyer can do to save you both time and stress. Likewise, for clients and caretakers who are physically or mentally incapable of handling these important legal tasks after an accident, a lawyer operates with accuracy and efficiency on your behalf.
Moreover, you are 91% likely to walk away with a settlement if you have an attorney (instead of only 51% likely without one according to surveys done by legal integration platforms). That settlement amount is also 300% higher on average with counsel than without professional legal help.
The car accident settlements and verdicts achieved by Pierce Skrabanek specifically include:
- An jury verdict of $117 million for a severely injured mother of two. This decision was the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.
- A $2 million award for a client after an automobile accident, an amount which was approximately 5x times higher than the largest pretrial settlement offer.
- A confidential settlement amount 4x times larger than initial offers in a collision between a tractor-trailer and a personal vehicle. The settlement was with the manufacturer of an alleged defective coupling device.
Settlements can help car accident victims move forward with their lives after an accident. They also help those who are severely injured in catastrophic cases lead lives more manageable, comfortable, and dignified.
How Are Auto Accident Settlements Calculated?
- Medical bills related to treatment for anything from mild whiplash to life-altering car accident injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord wounds, or amputations
- Lost wages including time off used to heal or unemployment caused by the severity of the injuries
- Pain and suffering like the physical pain associated with broken bones, the psychological trauma like PTSD symptoms, and the ongoing distress of those living with disfiguring scars
- Punitive damages, which are fees meant to punish wrongdoers if they were particularly negligent or potentially malicious—these funds are then awarded to you
- Wrongful death costs associated with funeral arrangements, loss of future earnings, and most importantly the loss of an individual’s companionship and guidance
Other costs such as traveling to and from the hospital can be factored into the damages award as well, especially if they are significantly expensive or time-consuming (like for repeated treatments or ongoing therapy and rehab). The cost of gas, the mileage added to your car, the cost of taxis or rideshares, or the time spent on inefficient public transit—all of these are expenses you’re paying out-of-pocket due to the accident.
Car crashes are one of the most common causes of serious injury and death across the nation. If you are impacted by one of these tragedies, the attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek are here to help you recover.
What Do You Do After a Minor Car Accident?
Call (832) 690-7000 for a consultation—it’s free, and could help identify overlooked losses.
Even minor car accidents can get complex afterward when dealing with insurance coverage for property damage or medical check-ups. Even minor incidents like fender-benders or low-speed backing-up accidents may require the services of an attorney. Most importantly, we encourage you not to short-change yourself by assuming that your inconveniences or losses aren’t worth it. You are absolutely worth our time and attention, and your losses (no matter how minor) may still be considered under the law.
Most of us will be involved in a car accident at some point in our lives; they are almost statistically impossible to avoid. One always hopes that the accident is minor and that no one suffers serious injuries. However, even the smallest collisions cause stress, require time to deal with, and entail costs for repair. There is also the matter of lowering of the performance quality or resale value of your vehicle if you don’t opt for repair.
Losses can come in many forms, and a qualified car accident lawyer can help you quickly evaluate your options with just one phone call.
Contact a Trusted Car Accident Lawyer
Whether you’ve been involved with a minor or major crash, if your injuries are mild or severe, or the crash involved a truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian—you deserve qualified, proven, professional legal help.
Pierce Skrabanek has handled countless car and commercial truck accident cases, including those involving catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, we have nationwide experience in advocating for our clients. We offer bi-lingual English and Spanish language services to make sure we meet your needs for access, communication, and support.
Reach out to us using our online contact form, or by calling (832) 690-7000 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We’re fully prepared to lend our voice to yours, and assert your rights after any kind of motor vehicle accident.
Client Reviews for Pierce Skrabanek
There is no higher praise than the notes of appreciation we receive from former clients, including:
“I found Mr. Skrabanek to be very trustworthy, creditable, and genuinely concerned about my well-being while I was going through this very difficult process. He showed constant concern for me being completely satisfied before making any final decisions.”
“Fantastic team of attorneys and staff dedicated to their clients. Michael Pierce is an outstanding trial attorney for personal injury cases.”
“We watched, participated & listened to Paul Skrabanek fight for a settlement which we could be happy with. Just this month the case has been put to rest.”
Car Accident FAQs
The following are common types of auto accident cases that our attorneys handle regularly:
- Rear-end accidents which often cause whiplash injuries due to the sudden momentum changes, affecting the head, back, and neck.
- Head-on collisions are particularly psychologically horrifying, and may be caused by reckless driving (including driving drunk or under the influence).
- Side-impact crashes, also known as “broadsiding” or T-bone crashes, and typically associated with intersections.
- Sideswiping accidents are common to interstate highways, as they occur when two vehicles traveling roughly in the same or opposite directions glance off one another.
- Rollover incidents wherein one or more vehicles flip over, endangering everyone within the vehicle and potentially bystanders who aren’t even on the road.
Any injury you suffered as the result of the car accident may be considered for compensation, including:
- Concussions and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries (including whiplash)
- Burns and friction injuries (like road rash)
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
Some of these injuries require life-long care, and a lawsuit can help you access the funds necessary for high-quality rehabilitation and treatment.
Most car accident lawsuits are settled in out-of-court, pre-trial negotiations between your attorney and representatives of the opposing party. Outside of instances where you are required to give testimony or answer questions, you can often empower your lawyer to handle the majority of these talks without you. Conversely, if you want to attend every meeting and participate in them, you may—that is your decision to make.
Should those negotiations stall because the other side refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we can take your case before a judge, which often results in higher award amounts. Trials do take more time, however, and if you prefer a quick settlement, we will always prioritize your best interests when handling your case.
Usually, filing deadlines for car accident cases vary state-to-state anywhere between 1-6 years. In Texas, where Pierce Skrabanek is located, the deadline is 2 years. These limits are placed on personal injury suits to make sure they are litigated while the evidence and recollections are fresh. However, this can also mean that you miss out on the compensation you deserve if you don’t act quickly enough.