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February 5, 2021

Car Accident FAQ

February 5, 2021

When you get in a car accident, it’s normal to have lots of questions. At Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law, our experienced car accident lawyers have handled a great number of successful car accident cases for our clients. 

Have some questions about your car accident? Read the FAQ below, and don’t hesitate to contact an attorney from our firm to get a free, personalized car accident claim consultation. 

Car Accident in Texas—FAQ

A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye, bringing physical, financial, and emotional damages in its wake. 

Although it can be difficult to know how to proceed—and nothing can replace the guidance of personalized legal counsel—the below list of frequently asked questions can help you start thinking about your options. 

When you’re ready, contact a lawyer from Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law, for a free legal consultation.

How are damages paid after an accident?

Typically, in car accident claims, the plaintiff—the injured victim—files a claim against the party responsible for their injuries. In a settlement, the insurance company representing the responsible party mostly pays for the money from the settlement offer. Sometimes, the plaintiff has to take the responsible party to court to compel a jury to find them liable for their damages. 

How are damages calculated in a settlement agreement?

In a car accident settlement, the money comes from both damages of an economic nature—such as medical bills and lost income—as well non-economic damages, such as emotional trauma or pain and suffering. 

What is the impact of contributory negligence on my car accident claim?

Basically, the value of your settlement can be decreased in proportion to the percentage of the accident you are deemed responsible for. An example of this could be when the plaintiff has the value of their claim adjusted by twenty percent because they were not wearing a seatbelt when they were hit by another car.

Should I give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company?

Generally speaking, you should avoid giving a sworn statement or anything like it to the other party’s insurance company without first consulting a car accident lawyer. Often, these statements are used by the insurance company to find a pretext for paying you less, or nothing. Let an attorney review your case first.

How much time do I have to file my claim?

In Texas, the statute of limitations for recovery in a car accident claim is two years. Failing to initiate your claim on time can lead to your suit being thrown out by a judge. 

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Now

Even if you suffered minor injuries, it can be worth it to consult an attorney to go over your options following a car accident. At Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law, no case is too big or small for us to take on—we can fight for you to receive the car accident financial settlement that you need. 

Why not get started with a free consultation? Call us at 800-488-7840 or fill out the form below to get started now. 

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