Auto Accident Lawyer El Paso
If you have been injured in an auto accident in the El Paso area, contact the Harmonson Law Firm today to speak to a qualified and committed attorney to discover your best course of action in holding the negligent party responsible for your injuries.
With the population reaching above 650,000 in El Paso, not including daily commuters and visiting parties, it is not uncommon to be involved in an auto accident in our bustling city. The attorney at Harmonson Law Firm understands, however, that some of these occurrences are more than just fender benders and require injured individuals to seek medical treatment as a result of a collision. When you are injured in an auto accident, your entire world is placed on hold. We want to help you resume your position in the community, at work and in your own home without the stress of pursuing the negligent party on your own. We will work with you, leading the way to a favorable outcome while you take the time you need to recover physically, emotionally and mentally from the trauma of an auto accident.
Our lawyer offers free consultations to El Paso residents who have been injured in an auto accident, in an effort to provide them with the confidence they need to pursue a settlement from the responsible party. We supply personal attention to each case, knowing that no two accidents are the same, and if the other party was negligent in their duty to operate a motor vehicle safely we will hold him or her responsible. Our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible outcome, while helping alleviate the stress of mounting medical bills, lack of income and the increased anxiety that is the result of both. We are here to help you get your life back; beginning with the compensation you need to heal properly.
When is an Auto Accident Considering Negligent?
In El Paso, and elsewhere, there are numerous reasons an auto accident can disrupt your life at the drop of a hat, even when you do not see it coming. Negligent driving is an offense where someone drives a car dangerously, without exercising reasonable precautions to protect people and property.
Negligence by the driver resulting in an auto accident cases often include, but are not limited to:
- Cell Phone Usage (texting and talking)
- Driving without Required Eyewear
- Eating Behind the Wheel
- Failure to Use Signals
- Ignoring Signage and Rules of the Road
- Impaired Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Underage Driving
- Unlicensed Driving
There are hundreds of negligent driving examples that can contribute to the injury of another, even if they are in the same vehicle as the driver. You do not have to be in a separate vehicle to be the victim of an auto accident. In fact, if you are in the car with someone who is displaying negligence behind the wheel it is important to ask them to pull over to avoid being harmed by their dereliction of the law. Should their negligence result in an accident of any sort, that person is responsible for your well-being going forward, and anyone else’s who was injured as a result.
Successful & Strategic Auto Accident Attorney
If you are involved in an auto accident in El Paso, it is important to contact the attorney at The Harmonson Law Firm to ensure you are holding the negligent party responsible for your physical, mental and emotional injuries. Accountability is a large part of the healing process, and if you are unable to work as a result of your injuries, the responsible party must answer to their participation in your victimization. Allow our lawyer to help you recreate the accident to determine our successful and strategic approach to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Our attorney understands that from the moment you are able to share your account of the story, the insurance company that represents the negligent party is going to want to hear your version of the auto accident. When they do, we want to be there to counter any initial settlement they prescribe as a quick fix to your injuries. Do not allow the insurance company to victimize you a second time. Allow our lawyer to represent you with commitment, experience and compassion so you receive the settlement you deserve.
Call Us Today if You Were Involved in an Auto Accident
Our attorney knows that you are going to have to relive your auto accident over and over, if even in your own mind, before you are able to heal completely from the resulting injuries. Allow us to be the first person to hear your account of the auto accident by calling us the moment you are able to reach out to someone for help.
Contact our El Paso lawyer today at 915-584-8777 to receive the representation you deserve so you can focus on the healing process, while we focus on your financial recovery.
Auto Accident Q & A
So you just had a car accident. What next? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions after a car accident:
What Should I do First?
Anytime you’re involved in a fender bender or crash you should immediately contact the police and report it. Your next call should be to your insurance company. After that, if medical issues did not take precedence over those calls, see to any injuries by calling for medical help. Now, it’s time to gather information. Be polite at all times, as you get the names and addresses of everyone involved, including witnesses. Exchange insurance information and your driver’s license with everyone involved in the accident. It is a good idea to also contact the investigating police department at some time to grab a copy of all the 911 calls related to the incident.
Should I Seek Medical Treatment?
If you suffered any type of injury in a collision, you need to immediately have it seen by professional medical staff and get the necessary treatment. Many times, a person’s adrenaline will be rushing so fast that it can mask how severe the injuries really are. That can lead to false representations of how bad things are being given to the police at the scene, and held against you in court later on. Whiplash is an injury that may not be fully appreciated for days after an accident. Report any and all pain no matter how trivial you might think it is. If it is significant, then by all means visit the nearest emergency room for treatment. You want it seen by professionals and documented.
Receiving prompt medical treatment, regardless of how minor your injuries may seem maximizes the recovery time and quality of recovery. Sometimes after a wreck there are minor pains left untreated that develop into severe pains later on, and if the pain had not been reported when first felt, it will be viewed by the insurance company as being ‘made up’, a ploy to reduce a settlement. Never delay medical treatment after a car accident.
What if There Wasn’t Much Property Damage Caused to my Vehicle?
Many times insurance companies believe, in error, that a low amount of property damage actually means little to no injuries. The problem is, this is just not true, and in fact, the opposite can be true – little property damage can absolutely result in significant injuries. Science bears this out. It reveals that low impact collisions are capable of causing very serious injuries.
Can I Settle My Case Without Hiring An Attorney?
If the automobile accident you’re involved with is very minor, and you incur minimal medical bills as well as injuries, then it might not be necessary for you to hire your own attorney to settle that claim. Just beware that any insurance adjuster on your case is not going to be on your side. They will take any measure to have your claim compromised so you get bottom dollar only. If you received an injury in a car accident, and it required follow-up visits to the doctor, then it is wise to hire yourself a car accident lawyer.
A car accident lawyer will have the experience that is necessary for negotiating your case with insurance companies. They are well equipped to address all legal issues that are involved with car accidents. This includes locating all applicable insurance coverages, liability and damages, subrogation and lien claims from healthcare providers, and the government, along with your insurance company.
Personal Injury Lawyer S. Clark Harmonson would be more than happy to discuss the details of your case for FREE. Should we decide we’ll take the case, we will not charge you a fee unless you recover your damages. Call US TODAY – 915-584-8777 and schedule an appointment.
Should I Willingly Give Out a Recorded Statement If Asked by a Claims Adjuster?
You are NOT required to give out any recorded statements. Always remember, a claims adjuster is not there to represent YOU. They are not concerned with your best interests. The best thing you can do is to contact an auto accident attorney prior to giving out any type of recorded statement.
What is Comparative Responsibility or Contributory Negligence, and How do They Affect My Injury Claim?
These are terms referring to a legal rule that states that your claim value may be decreased if there is any form of negligence on your part of the claim. An example would be if the jury finds that the driver of the vehicle is 80% at fault, while you are only 20% at fault, then your negligence could reduce your recovery or prevent you from recovering. You may not recover any compensation, for any negligence on your part that was a factor in causing the accident. These rules of proportionate responsibility vary between New Mexico and Texas. Experienced car accident lawyers are well able to address these type of issues and take on any allegations that you were in any way at fault for your accident.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover From My Car Accident?
The types of recovery you may be due would be for lost wages, future loss of earnings, medical bills, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, or pain.
What if The Person Who Has a Claim Dies – Can This Claim Still be Pursued?
Absolutely. The wrongful death statute provides that children, spouses, or parents of any deceased are eligible to pursue a claim.
What Do They Mean by Statute of Limitations?
The Statute of Limitations is a reference to the need for filing a lawsuit within a specified period of time. In Texas, there are many types of cause of action, like car accidents, that carry a 2-year statute of limitations on them. But not all of them do. Some lawsuits, like the ones against the government demand that you serve notice within a very short time period, 90 days up to 6 months. The state of New Mexico carries a statute of limitations for car accidents that is usually 3 years. However, should a government entity also be involved, then it is usually 2 years.
A Personal Injury Lawyer named S. Clark Harmonson can help you with interpreting all relevant statutes of limitation found in Texas and/or New Mexico. It’s crucial that you talk with an attorney immediately after your accident to keep from losing your right to sue.
Can I Consult With You Concerning My Case FREE of Charge?
Absolutely. Personal Injury Lawyer S. Clark Harmonson will be glad to hear all about your case and you will not be charged a fee for your consultation. Just dial 915-584-8777 and ask if you can speak to Mr. Harmonson.
What Will it Cost For You to Handle My Case?
Our fees are taken as a percentage of your overall recovery. If we file a lawsuit on your behalf, then the percentage will increase because of the increase in the amount of work involved prosecuting your lawsuit. However, should we be unable to make any recovery money on your behalf, you will not owe us a dime.
How Much Money Can My Car Accident Case be Worth?
Your case is either worth the amount you agreed upon with the insurance company, or worth what amount a judge and jury awards you in court. A Personal Injury Lawyer named S. Clark Harmonson from El Paso will closely examine all conditions involved with your specific case, to arrive at the best figure we believe your insurance company should pay for your injuries. Usually, the dollar amount depends on the extent and type of your injuries, and to what degree the other person may have been at fault. There are many other factors like future medical bills, treatment frequency, permanent disabilities, and other types of damages that will affect the results. We study each and every detail to get the best possible outcome that you deserve.
Will I Have to Appear in Court?
If your insurance company agrees and settles on a payment that we agree is worthy of your case, then your case won’t go to court. Most cases end up like that. Some require some form of a trial proceeding. Either way, by hiring a car accident lawyer your rights and best interests will be protected. It is crucial that you have professional legal representation so you won’t be ‘snookered’ by some slick attorney or insurance adjuster from the other side. At El Paso Personal Injury Law Firm, we prepare all our cases like they are headed to the courtroom, and that’s exactly why most of our cases never get there. They get settled before court. We know that being prepared is key to a successful outcome for you and your family.
How Long Could My Case Take?
We at the El Paso Personal Injury Law Firm work extremely hard to get your case resolved as quickly as possible. The time it takes to get to the resolution will depend on the extent and nature of your injuries, and many other factors too, like length of treatment, if the case gets settled, or if it goes to trial. There is no way to accurately predict how long it could take. However, we assure you that we do our best to cut the time down to its shortest span possible. Cases can take from just a few months to a few years to get resolved. We are dedicated to getting things done efficiently and as quickly as possible. However, at the same time, we will never compromise or cut corners to reach a resolution that nets you less than your deserve.