Millions of people visit Texas every year, and more than 29 million people call Texas home. Inevitably, the state sees its fair share of car accidents. In 2021 alone, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 4,497 motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and reported 4,481 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2022.
A car accident can inflict serious damage on your vehicle and cause devastating injuries to you and your passengers. After a collision, many accident victims want to know how to find the best auto accident lawyer to represent their interests. Our team compiled some factors to look for when selecting your auto accident lawyer.
1. Experience Navigating Personal Injury Cases
Car accident claims are a type of personal injury claim. A personal injury occurs when one party’s negligence or wrongful conduct causes another party harm, resulting in losses. Most personal injury cases require the injured party to show the opposing party was negligent. Proving negligence requires showing four elements:
- Duty of care,
- Causation, and
If you fail to prove one of these elements, your entire personal injury claim will fail. Thus, it is critical to hire an attorney who has experience representing clients in these matters.
Our team at Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP has more than a decade of experience representing clients in personal injury matters. Contact a member of our team today so we can review your case.
2. Knowledge of Car Accident Laws
States utilize different rules to determine whether a person who shares some responsibility for an accident can still recover compensation. In Texas, the accident victim can recover damages as long as they are less than 51% to blame for the collision. Then, the judgment is reduced by the plaintiff’s portion of fault. This is known as modified comparative negligence.
3. Proven Track Record of Results
As stated earlier, hiring a lawyer with experience handling accident cases is crucial to your case. But be sure to also ask about their track record of results.
Our team secured a $4 million settlement for a mother and daughter struck by an unlicensed employee of a plumbing company. Additionally, we obtained a $1.6 million settlement for the wrongful death of a woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and we secured a $1.2 million settlement for a family injured in an accident in Kingwood, Texas.
The results listed above are only a few examples of our commitment to securing favorable results for our clients. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with an auto accident attorney at Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP.
4. Attend a Free Consultation
Another thing you’ll want to do is attend a free consultation with any potential lawyers. Many lawyers offer prospective clients a free consultation where the client can explain the facts of their claim and detail the extent of their injuries. This initial appointment allows you to meet with the lawyer and get a first impression of them. Your lawyer represents you during a very vulnerable time in your life. So you want to hire an attorney you feel comfortable sharing intimate details about your case and recovery with.
You are not obligated to hire an attorney after you attend a free consultation. If you decide a particular lawyer does not fit your needs, you can keep looking for someone with whom you feel comfortable.
5. Read Reviews from Former Clients
Before you hire an auto accident lawyer, you should review testimonials from former clients. Many clients will leave a review if they receive especially good or bad representation from an attorney. So if there are multiple reviews indicating an attorney does not communicate well or give sound legal advice, you can strike them from your list of potential lawyers. As for us, we invite you to look at reviews from our former clients on our testimonials page. We are proud of our reputation among former clients and look forward to sharing those testimonials with you.
6. Upfront Fee Agreements
An automobile accident can result in significant injuries that require extensive medical treatment, in addition to property damage and lost wages. The last thing you want to worry about in the face of these mounting costs is paying your attorney. Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP operates on a contingency fee basis for personal injury claims. That means we do not get paid unless and until we recover a settlement or judgment on your behalf. Once we recover money for you, our fee is deducted from your award.
7. Familiarity with Maximizing Personal Injury Awards
The best way to maximize your auto accident settlement is typically by hiring a qualified attorney to handle your case. An attorney can help you with the following:
- Gather invoices, receipts, and pay records to help calculate the extent of your losses;
- Locate witnesses to testify on your behalf;
- Request the accident report for your collision; and
- Prepare for the civil court process.
An experienced auto accident attorney can give you a critical advantage to help you prevail in your personal injury claim and maximize your compensation. You have medical and other bills piling up. We know the tactics that insurers use to minimize your payout, and we won’t let them get away with shortchanging you.
Looking for the Best Auto Accident Lawyer? Contact Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP Today
Car accidents can happen when we least expect them and inflict unimaginable hardship on you and your family. We are committed to holding the opposing party accountable for their negligent conduct that caused your injuries. We will meet with you to discuss the details of your case. Then, we can use the facts of your claim to negotiate with the opposing party and secure a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses.
Our team knows how to strategize and maximize your auto accident settlement.
Contact our office today so we can put our knowledge and resources to work for you.