Have you been injured in a car accident in Houston, Texas? If someone else is responsible for the crash, you could be entitled to significant compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering.
The Houston car accident lawyers at Ellzey & Associates, PLLC are ready to start fighting for you today. With more than 34+ years of combined experience across our firm, we’re skilled trial lawyers who will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call us today to get started on your case. Initial consultations are always free.
How Ellzey & Associates, PLLC Can Help After a Car Crash in Houston
Since 2010, our Houston personal injury lawyers have been standing up to big insurance companies on behalf of injured victims just like you. And we’ve got a winning track record. Our law firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in life-changing awards for our clients over the years. Let us help you, too.
When you hire us, we’ll:
- Listen compassionately to your story
- Conduct our own comprehensive investigation of your accident
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Find any video of the accident
- Negotiate fiercely on your behalf for a favorable settlement
- Send a trial attorney with a proven track record to take your case to court if necessary
At Ellzey & Associates, PLLC, we believe individuals injured in accidents through no fault of their own deserve top-rated trial attorneys helping them fight for justice. We’ve been recognized for some of the highest verdicts in the state.
Premier representation is within your reach. Just call our Houston personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation. And if we don’t win, you don’t pay us anything.
How Common Are Car Accidents in Houston, TX?
In 2020, there were 58,167 car crashes in Houston. That’s about 159 crashes a day. Those collisions took the lives of 274 people.
While that’s down from the actual number of crashes in 2019 (68,932), it represents an 8% increase in fatalities.
I-45, which runs right through Houston, is one of the deadliest roads in America, with nearly one fatality for every mile of highway from Dallas to Galveston.
What is My Car Accident Case Worth?
We get this question a lot. The truth is, each case is unique. We’d need to know the details of your specific case to give you an idea of how much your case might be worth.
Some factors that affect the value of your case include:
- The extent of your injuries
- Whether you’re expected to make a full recovery
- Whether you missed work due to your injuries
- Whether you need lengthy rehabilitation
- Whether you were at fault for the accident
Many other things could go into valuing your case. But these are some of the most common variables that can affect the value of a claim. We’ll hire experts to help us project future costs so that we can fight for fair compensation.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Accident Victims?
You can seek damages to make you financially whole in the form of economic damages.
We know that your accident also causes things that don’t necessarily have a price tag—like emotional trauma. You can still seek compensation for intangible losses in the form of non-economic damages.
Economic damages include things like:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Physical therapy
These are monetary losses and are generally easy to calculate. We’ll fight for past and future costs related to your injuries.
Non-economic damages can compensate you for:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life activities
- Loss of companionship
These losses often significantly affect your quality of life. You deserve to be compensated for them.
In rare cases, exemplary damages may be available. These are not to compensate you for your losses, but instead to punish the defendant for particularly egregious conduct.
Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For a Car Accident in Texas?
Possibly. As long as you are less than 51% at fault, you can still recover some compensation under the Texas comparative fault statute.
If you are less than 51% to blame, your compensation will be reduced by the proportion of fault attributed to you.
If you are 51% or more at fault, you cannot recover any compensation.
This is one reason you’ll want Ellzey & Associates, PLLC fighting for you. We’ll push back aggressively when the insurance company tries to blame you (and they will). Our founding attorney began his career on the defense side, so he knows the tactics they’ll use. And he’ll use that knowledge to your benefit.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All Of Your Car Accident Injuries
Even minor accidents can cause injuries and inconvenience. More severe accidents can leave you with catastrophic injuries and change your whole life in an instant.
Some common injuries from car accidents are:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Injuries to the face from airbags
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
- And many more
It’s important to seek medical attention immediately after your accident, even if you don’t think you’ve sustained injuries. Many injuries aren’t visible. Or minor injuries can lead to complications later. Without a medical report documenting your injuries right after your crash, it’s harder to prove what injuries were connected to your accident.
We engage experts to help determine a realistic timeline for your recovery. It’s important to look at the lifetime effects your injuries will have on your finances.
What Causes Most Car Accidents in Houston, Texas?
Traffic fatalities increased in 2020 despite fewer cars on the road. Hopefully, this trend doesn’t continue. But we know drivers are more distracted than ever.
Common causes of collisions are:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Careless lane changes
- Dangerous left turns
- Mechanical failure
- Roadway obstructions or poorly maintained roads
Figuring out the cause of the accident is essential to your case. We thoroughly investigate your crash and pursue all avenues of potential recovery from all parties who could be held liable.
What Is Negligence and How Do I Prove It After a Car Accident in Texas?
Most car crashes are preventable, which means that most are based on negligence. That’s a legal theory that says you should act in a way that a reasonable person would act under similar circumstances—or face financial liability for the consequences.
You’ll need to prove each element of negligence:
(1) duty: the defendant owed you a duty of care
(2) breach: the defendant breached that duty
(3) causation: the breach of duty caused your injuries
(4) damages: you suffered damages as a result
Each element builds on the previous one. If you miss just one, you’ll lose your case. Sometimes causation can be tricky to prove. That’s why you’ll want a reputable Houston car accident attorney handling your case.
To prove your case, you might use:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
Our legal team has years of experience with all stages of litigation. We sift through all the evidence to build your strongest case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident in Texas?
Texas gives you just two years to file a lawsuit after an accident. This is true whether you’re filing because of an injury or for wrongful death.
This deadline is shorter than it seems. As time goes on, your memory of what happened could fade. Witnesses may be harder to find.
You should contact an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Allowing your attorney the opportunity to identify and collect evidence shortly after the accident occurs will give you a better chance of winning your case.
Contact Our Houston Car Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation
Make Ellzey & Associates, PLLC your first call after your car crash. You owe it to yourself to have our award-winning Houston car accident lawyers in your corner.
We provide you with more than three decades of combined legal experience, training, and knowledge to win tough cases. We never charge for initial consultations, so call today to set up your appointment.