1Were you injured in a car accident caused by someone’s negligence? If so, the physical and emotional strain of the injury itself may be compounded by the financial strain of hospital bills and missed work. It is clear that you deserve compensation for the physical, emotional, and economic pain you have endured due to this injury. What is less clear is how to get what you are owed.
The first step is finding the attorney that is right for your case. The Houston personal injury attorneys of Kherkher Garcia, LLP have over 30 years of experience representing people who have been injured by negligent drivers in the Houston area. Our team has presented cases in over 900 jury trials, and we’ve settled hundreds more. Our attorneys will fight to get you the restitution you deserve. Call us today at (713) 333-1030 to set up your free consultation and get started.
Why It’s Important to Choose a Houston Lawyer Experienced in Car Accident Law
The aftermath of a car accident resulting in severe injury is often nearly as traumatic as the injury itself. Serious accidents can have long-lasting consequences, affecting the people involved for months, years, or even the rest of their lives.
While the physical injuries inflicted by these accidents can be catastrophic, the financial and emotional consequences can also be serious. Hospital bills and temporary or permanent loss of work due to injury can strain the finances of the victim(s) and their family, making a traumatic situation even more stressful. On top of that, the process of seeking compensation for damages from the accident can be a challenge.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you find a personal injury lawyer who knows how to handle car accident claims. Not only will an experienced lawyer like those at Kherkher Garcia, LLP be able to maximize your claim, they will ensure that you don’t get bogged down in the legal details of your case. When they shoulder the burden of pursuing your claim, you’ll have time to focus on what really matters: your recovery.
At Kherkher Garcia, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience working within the Texas legal system to get our clients the settlements and awards that they deserve. Our team has been working in the Houston area for over thirty years, and we know the ins and outs of the local courts.
Cases We Handle
The personal injury lawyers of Kherkher Garcia, LLP have vast experience with most types of car accident injury claims. These are the most common types of car crash cases we handle:
Distracted Driver Accidents
Commercial Truck Accidents
Fatigued Driver Accidents
Parking Lot Accidents
We have a wealth of experience in every part of Texas traffic law, and we will bring that to bear when making your claim.
Car Accident Statistics
Houston’s Harris County has by far the most auto accidents of any county in Texas. In 2019, 113,525 crashes were recorded, according to TxDOT. These collisions resulted in 418 deaths, and an estimated 33,218 injuries, and 2,294 serious injuries (TxDOT does not keep exact records of injuries).
In Texas, auto accidents are roughly two to three times more likely to occur in urban areas as opposed to rural areas. Just over 42% of the people who died in car crashes in 2019 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
As of 2018, Texas was the 17th deadliest state to drive in, with 1.29 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven. There were 3,642 traffic deaths that year. Of these deaths, 27.2% resulted from accidents involving speeding. In a staggering 39.5% of these deaths, one of the parties involved had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit – the second-highest rate in the nation.
Unlike the many states that have banned any use of handheld phones while driving, Texas’ ban on handhelds only extends to public school property and school crossing zones.
There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2019.
Our Attorneys Get Results
Over the years, Kherkher Garcia, LLP has recovered billions of dollars of compensation for our clients. Here are some of our recent cases:
We won a six million dollar settlement for a family who lost their son due to an auto accident caused by an improperly installed brake system in his SUV.
We won an 11.1 million dollar jury verdict for the family of a father killed by a drunk driver.
We won a 15 million dollar jury verdict for the family of a pedestrian who was killed by a negligent driver.
How Is Fault Determined in Car Accidents?
Our lawyers will investigate to determine who was responsible for the accident, and then we will gather as much evidence as possible to help show that you were not at fault. The state of Texas operates under a guideline of comparative negligence, which means the courts will measure the extent of each person’s responsibility for an accident.
While some cases are straightforward, like a drunk driver hopping a curb and hitting an unsuspecting pedestrian, many are more complex. For example, a drunk pedestrian walks into the roadway and is hit by a driver who is going ten miles over the speed limit. Ascertaining who is legally responsible in situations like this one can be more difficult and requires an intimate familiarity with precedential cases.
Another consideration when determining fault is what the responsible party was doing at the time of the accident. Suppose a negligent driver causes an accident while at work – for example, while making a delivery or driving a vehicle for hire, like a taxi. In that case, the company the driver works for may also be liable, which can significantly impact the value of a claim.
The evidence we gather to help prove fault may include:
- Law enforcement’s accident report
- Medical records and statements from physicians
- Photos of the accident scene and injuries
- Surveillance footage from nearby properties and traffic cameras
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Opinions from expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists
- Driving history of the other driver
Why Should I Seek Compensation?
Car accidents can result in severe injuries. Recovering from these injuries can be an arduous process, creating stress for accident victims and their families. Insurance companies will often try to leverage this stress into a low-value settlement, warning these victims that a long-drawn-out case will just bring more stress and hardship into their lives. They may offer to cover medical bills and physical therapy, but little else, and victims may be inclined to accept just to put the whole thing behind them.
The problem with this scenario is that there are often hidden costs to serious injuries, and these costs are rarely reflected in these low-value settlement offers. Serious physical injuries can have lasting effects, impairing the victim’s ability to work or even to enjoy life the way they did before the accident.
Over the course of a lifetime, the physical, emotional, and financial cost of a serious accident may far exceed the cost of the medical expenses that this lowball settlement offer covers. A herniated disc or torn ligament may seem relatively minor right after an accident, but chronic knee or back pain can drastically impact an accident victim’s quality of life over the course of their lifetime.
At Kherkher Garcia, LLP, we understand that your claim or lawsuit may be your only chance to receive compensation for a life-altering accident and that it is paramount that your compensation covers the total of your losses.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Our attorneys at Kherkher Garcia, LLP have been representing victims of reckless drivers for over 30 years. We can tell you what other people in your situation have received in previous cases, and what to expect with your case.
The value of your case may depend on the severity of the injuries suffered in the accident, as well as the consequences of those injuries. Claims often cover more than just medical expenses. They also take into account missed work during the victim’s recovery, potential future wages lost due to lingering injuries, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering experienced by the victim and their family during and after the accident.
You may be entitled to different types of compensation for your losses, such as:
Past and future medical expenses
Long-term care needs
Lost income and reduced earning capacity
Vehicle repair or replacement costs
Pain and suffering
Our attorneys have represented victims in hundreds of personal injury claims over the years, recouping millions of dollars in settlements and trial verdicts. We’ll pursue all possible avenues of compensation for you to help determine the full value of your case.
Why Should I Choose Kherkher Garcia, LLP?
The personal injury attorneys at Kherkher Garcia, LLP have been representing pedestrian victims of negligent drivers in the Houston area for over thirty years, winning millions of dollars for our clients. We know all the relevant cases because our team was around when they happened, and we know the local court system because most of our attorneys have been working in it for their entire careers.
The lawyers at Kherkher Garcia, LLP believe in every case they represent, which is why you only pay attorney fees if we get you compensation for your claim. We operate on a contingency-fee-basis. That means that if we don’t get compensation for you, you don’t pay us. It’s important to us that you receive the settlement or jury verdict that you deserve.
If you were injured in a car wreck through no fault of your own, don’t hesitate to contact our Houston offices at (713) 333-1030 or reach out to us using the contact form on our website. Schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys so that they can tell you what your claim is worth. Then we can discuss the course of action that can help you get the compensation you deserve.