Arlington Side Impact Collisions Lawyer
Otherwise known as T-bone accidents, side-impact collisions are among the most dangerous forms of car crash on Texas roadways. Even with the advent of side airbags in many modern vehicles, these collisions can result in rollovers and severe injuries. Also, they have the potential to affect passengers in the middle and back seats of vehicles, which often are children. As far back as 2000, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine noted several factors that influence pediatric injuries in side-impact collisions. Since these wrecks can be so disastrous and may affect the most vulnerable among us, anyone involved in such a crash should get help from skilled Arlington side-impact collisions lawyers.
Fears Nachawati has supported the Arlington community for many years, helping injured people get the compensation they deserve. We have handled cases that involved Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), paralysis, crushing injuries, severe burns, “road rash” abrasions, lost limbs, and more. If you are injured in an Arlington side-impact collision, call our attorneys today to start working toward the relief you and your family deserve.
Factors That Influence the Value of My Case
Laypeople with little experience handling car accident claims may find it difficult to properly assess how much compensation they are owed. There are many factors that can change the value of your claim, but the primary two are the value of your damages and the way that fault is split between you and the opposing driver.
How Much My Damages Are Worth
Chapter 41 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code details the various forms of harm that occur in a personal injury claim like the one you file after a side-impact collision. Even though the financial woes associated with a car accident may be the first on your mind, those economic damages are not the only harms for which you can receive compensation. You can also seek and recover compensation for more subjective, non-economic damages. Below are just a few of the items for which you and your experienced Arlington side-impact collisions lawyers can seek recovery.
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Lost ability to earn in the future
- Loss of companionship with your spouse
Fault in My Side-Impact Collision Claim
The next factor that influences the value of your compensation is the way that the court apportions blame, or “fault,” for the accident that injured you. Luckily, Texas uses a system of proportionate responsibility that allows you to recover compensation even when you are partially at-fault. While this is more than some other states, the system also reduces your compensation in accordance with any blame attributed to you.
For example, if the court finds you to be 10% responsible for the side-impact accident, your compensation package will be reduced by 10%. That may not seem like much, but in a case worth $1 million, it represents a loss of potential compensation totaling $100,000.
Having a knowledgeable Arlington attorney with experience handling side-impact collision claims is the best way to ensure that you get the best possible resolution to your case.
How Long I Have to File My Claim
Time is a crucial factor in any side-impact collision case, which is why contacting a skilled attorney as soon as possible is vital to the success of your claim. For starters, there is the statute of limitations. In Arlington, and throughout Texas, the Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003 sets this deadline at two years from the date of your accident. If you fail to file a claim in court within those two years, you risk losing the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party.
Other Reasons to Contact an Attorney Early
The importance of speaking to an attorney soon after your car crash cannot be overstated. Not only does waiting increase your risk of missing the deadline set by the statute of limitations, but vital evidence can be lost as time goes on. Physical evidence at the scene, such as telling tire markings, can be washed away in the rain. The memories of eyewitnesses can alter each passing day. By speaking with an Arlington side-impact collision lawyer immediately, you can rest easier knowing that they are doing everything they can to preserve this evidence.
Also, the insurance company for the at-fault driver can be tricky to deal with in the immediate aftermath of a side-impact collision. For example, they may record a conversation with you and use your own words against you to lower the value of your case. Or, they may offer you a quick check that seems good but is worth only a fraction of what you should get in your claim. If you accept that check, you cannot seek compensation anymore.
The best way to protect your interests is to contact an attorney right away.
I Can Speak to Attorneys FOR FREE
Fears Nachawati offers a FREE consultation to anyone injured in an Arlington side-impact collision. Plus, we work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not get paid unless and until we get you the compensation that justice demands.
Schedule your consultation now by calling (214) 305-8277 or filling out the form on our contact page.