You Should Hire a Car Accident Attorney
Being involved in a car accident can dramatically affect your life for months, years, or even permanently. Can a car accident attorney help you? Your decision about whether to hire a car accident attorney to assist you through that difficult process can make the difference between peace of mind and disaster.
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Your car is damaged, maybe totaled. You’re injured and in pain. You’re losing time from work and losing wages due to your injuries. Your medical bills continue to mount. You suffer through a painful rehabilitation process and the mental anguish that so often accompanies physical injuries. During that painful process, it's difficult to think about whether to hire a car accident attorney. Most often, if you try to deal with the insurance company alone, they will try to convince you that the accident was your fault or that your injuries are not severe or not worth compensation. That's why hiring a car accident attorney early in the process can make a huge difference. With a firm understanding of the law, the car accident attorneys with Todd E. Tkach know how to maximize the compensation you deserve. Especially when faced by an insurance company possessed with one goal: Pay you little or nothing! The automobile insurance companies have teams of expert attorneys, on staff, ready to battle you as the victim of their insured’s negligence. Don’t go it alone! You need a car accident attorney on your side to fight for your rights and battle the insurance companies and their attorneys.
How do you pick up the pieces after a car accident? You need help! The car accident attorneys of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. can pick up the pieces for you! We’ll help you get a car rental and will make the negligent person or their insurance company pay for it. If you don’t already have one, we’ll get you to all necessary medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of car accident injuries. The car accident attorneys with Todd E. Tkach, P.C. will demand and will get full compensation for your lost wages, medical bills and the pain, suffering and mental anguish experienced as a result of your injuries. Don't wait. You can call car accident attorney Todd E. Tkach now for your free consultation and evaluation of your car accident case.
Investigation by a Car Accident Attorney Is Essential
The car accident attorneys of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. approach all car accident cases in the same manner. A thorough investigation of the facts of the case is essential and is the first order of business. The investigation is conducted with the resolution of last resort in mind; a jury trial. Even if the case doesn’t go to trial, it will settle, if at all, based on the facts that can be proved and demonstrated if the case were to go to trial. That investigation necessitates the involvement of a car accident attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with the substantive and procedural laws and who can artfully present and demonstrate the facts and evidence at a trial by jury.
A Car Accident Attorney Must Prove Liability and Damages
The investigation conducted by our car accident attorneys includes an examination of the two main elements of a car accident case; “liability” and “damages”. Liability is the first hurdle that must be overcome. What does “liability” mean? Essentially, it means; who’s at fault for the collision? In some cases, the question of who was at fault is very clear. But in others it must be investigated and demonstrated. The issue of liability is usually where automobile insurance companies attack first. After all, if they can show that the collision was not the fault of their insured, they will pay you nothing and you would lose if the case went to trial. A skilled car accident attorney can make all the difference. In some cases, the question of liability may be revealed by an experienced car accident attorney with just a cursory investigation of the vehicles and the scene of the collision. In other cases, it may be necessary to hire expert car accident reconstructionists. No matter what your car accident case may require, rest assured, the car accident attorneys of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. will take all measures necessary to establish the liability of the negligent driver.
Damages is the second main part of a car accident case that a car accident attorney must establish and prove. Even when you clearly establish liability against a negligent driver, their insurance company will undoubtedly attack your sustained damages. They may argue that your injuries were pre-existing or that the collision could not possibly have caused your injuries. Many times, they’ll argue that your injuries are simply worth little or no compensation. This is where a skilled car accident attorney can increase your compensation. On first thought, “damages” seem to be pretty clear. But, there are many types of damages recognized by Texas law that most people are probably not aware of. A qualified car accident attorney will determine all possible types of damage and will put together the evidence to prove them.
Vehicle Damages a Car Accident Attorney May Prove
It may sound strange, but the damage most likely to cause you the most frustration is the damage to your vehicle. As car accident attorneys, we often hear about the frustration car accident victims experience when trying to get their car repaired. After a collision, most people will be without their vehicle for days or even weeks. Whether the damage is repairable or the vehicle is “totaled,” it will take some time to repair the vehicle or purchase another vehicle. We depend greatly on our vehicles, and not having it for transportation is extremely frustrating and irritating. Making matters worse, you have to deal with the negligent driver’s insurance company, which is no hurry to pay you for anything. Let the car accident attorneys of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. carry you through the whole process.
We’ll help you get a rental car and will seek to have the negligent driver’s insurance company pay for it. Many times, insurance companies will not even offer a rental car, even though they are required by law to pay for it. Our car accident attorneys can also refer you to a qualified body shop for repairs. Most insurance companies will direct you to one of their “Blue Ribbon” repair facilities. Too often under those circumstances, we’ve heard the complaints that they didn’t repair everything, or that the work was poorly done. You may also have a claim for dimunition in value. That’s the difference between what your vehicle was worth prior to the collision and what it’s worth after repairs from the collision. This is a vehicle damage that even some experienced car accident attorneys fail to even ask for or inquire about. It’s a mistake that can cost thousands of dollars. To be sure, an insurance company will never bring up the vehicle damage of dimunition in value and, of course, will make no offer for that damage. If your vehicle is “totaled,” we’ll fight for compensation for the full market value and won’t settle for the discounted market value offered by the insurance company. You need the help of an experienced car accident attorney to maximize the recovery of your car accident case.
Physical Injuries a Car Accident Attorney May Prove
The physical injuries suffered from a car accident can be the most challenging from which to seek compensation. What is fair compensation for injuries? In years past, as a rule of thumb, some people used to use a multiplier of the amount of the medical bills as their measure of their damages. Those days are long gone! In this era of tort reform, there is no magic formula to determine the value of physical injuries. You need the knowledge and skill of a qualified car accident attorney to maximize the recovery for your physical injuries. Some of the elements of damages that may be recovered for physical injuries include claims for both past and future medical bills, physical impairment, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium, disfigurement, loss of body part, bystander claims and fear of future disease or disfigurement. Demonstrating these damages requires a painstaking development process, which the car accident attorneys of Todd E. Tkach, P.C. have done hundreds of times. The process includes a thorough investigation, and complete and accurate record keeping, including medical records and bills, photographs, diaries, police reports, accident reconstruction analysis, investigative reports and testifying expert reports. The car accident attorneys with Todd E. Tkach, P.C. have the education, knowledge, and experience to properly prepare a car accident case and to present it to insurance adjusters or juries.
After your case if fully prepared, we’ll present it and demand a settlement from the negligent driver’s insurance company. If possible, we’ll try to reach a settlement through aggressive negotiations. In most cases, a settlement can be reached. However, if the negligent driver’s insurance company refuses to settle, we’ll take it to trial and present it to a jury. In that event, we will ask not only for all of the available elements of damage, but also pre-judgment interest, court costs and post-judgment interest until the full amount is paid.
Initial consultations are always free and there are no costs or attorneys' fee unless we get a monetary recovery for you.
Don’t “go-it-alone.” The long-term effects could be devastating.