When it comes to auto accident law, it’s sometimes very difficult to separate truth from fiction. A big part of the problem comes from the fact that we live in world oversaturated by unfiltered information. And that can lead to a lot of confusion, especially for those individuals who really are accident victims and don’t know where to turn.
Here are some of the more prevalent of those fictions and some truths you need to know if you’ve been involved in an auto accident:
1. Auto injury laws are the same in every state.
TRUTH: Auto injury laws vary from state to state. For example, some states including Texas require that you purchase liability insurance while others do not. And where some states have no-fault laws, others (like Texas) follow the tort system where one driver is deemed to be at fault when an accident occurs.
2. Big settlements are easy if you have severe injuries.
TRUTH: Unfortunately, auto accident attorneys see courts throw out plenty of cases where victims who had serious, life-altering injuries received no compensation. And because the recession caused huge losses for many insurance companies, many auto insurance defense teams are becoming more aggressive about challenging injuries. Every case is different and a good attorney will never guarantee you a specific award.
3. If you hold out long enough, your insurance company will settle for a higher amount.
TRUTH: Many factors can affect an insurance company’s reimbursement offer.
- internal company protocol;
- the reputation of the victim’s attorney; and
- the track record of the assigned judge.
By discussing your unique set of circumstances with a qualified auto accident lawyer, you can get a better understanding of the viability of your case.
4. Any personal injury lawyer can handle your case.
TRUTH: The car accident laws in each state are subject to constant change. This makes it difficult for attorneys who are personal injury lawsuit generalists to keep up with the latest developments in auto accident law. That’s why it’s crucial to the success of your case to select a lawyer who specializes in car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
Good legal advice will help you avoid the devastating loss of your medical benefits and ability to receive the best compensation for your pain and suffering. At the Barrera Law Firm, you’ll find attorneys with up-to-date knowledge about Texas auto accident laws who will fight for your rights in court and get you the settlement you deserve. Don’t compromise your future. Contact us today!