El Paso Car Accident Lawyers
EXPERIENCED CAR CRASH ATTORNEYS SERVING CLIENT IN EL PASO AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
Car crashes are a daily occurrence in El Paso. Because of the actions of negligent, reckless, and aggressive drivers, El Paso was the site of 16,665 crashes in 2017 alone. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), these crashes resulted in:
- 51 deaths
- 2,315 confirmed injuries
- 3,967 possibly unreported injuries
While these may just seem like numbers to some, anyone who been injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident understands the real-world impact these statistics represent.
If you have experienced pain or loss due to an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you deserve the chance to pursue financial compensation. At Thomas J. Henry, our El Paso car accident attorneys are ready to review your claim and discuss your options for filing an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit against the person or people responsible for your injuries.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWSUIT IN EL PASO?
If you’ve been injured in an car crash, chances are you’ve been too busy dealing with your injures and hospital visits to concentrate on settling a claim for financial compensation. However, it is important that you know there is a time limit in which you can seek compensation from the responsible party. This time limit is called a statute of limitations.
Under Texas law (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.003(a)), the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years.
This means that if you were injured in a car crash in El Paso, you two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This is why it is better to contact an experienced El Paso accident attorney sooner rather than later.
At Thomas J. Henry, our attorneys will take immediate steps to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim. They will gather begin working with insurers on your behalf, gathering witness statements, reviewing photographic evidence and official reports, and, if necessary, file a temporary restraining order to preserve any evidence that may be at risk of damage, destruction, or tampering.
WHERE DO MOST EL PASO CAR CRASHES HAPPEN?
According to KVIA-TV, the following intersections were ranked as the top 10 most dangerous intersections in El Paso based on data from 2016:
- Joe Battle Blvd & Edgemere Blvd
- Joe Battle Blvd & Montwood Dr
- Joe Battle Blvd & N Zaragoza Rd
- Hawkins Blvd & Gateway West
- Montana Ave & Joe Battle Blvd
- Joe Battle Blvd & Pellicano Dr
- Rojas Dr & Joe Battle Blvd
- N Mesa St & N Desert Blvd
- Gateway East & Hawkins Blvd
- Gateway East & Corral
WHAT IF I AM PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCIDENT? CAN I STILL GET COMPENSATION?
There are circumstances where more than one person may be at fault for an accident. This is why Texas personal injury law makes use of a modified comparative negligent rule commonly referred to as “the shared fault rule.”
Under Texas’s shared fault rule, (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 33.001 et. seq.),, parties can be held liable for based on their “proportionate responsibility.” As such, even if you are partly responsible for your accident and injuries, you can still recover a percentage of damages equal to the amount of fault the other party is determined to hold.
There is, however, one catch. In order for a plaintiff to recover under proportionate responsibility, they cannot be more than 50% responsible for the accident. Once a plaintiff is 51% or more responsible for an accident, Texas law bars them from receiving any compensation.
For help understanding how Texas’ shared fault rule and proportionate responsibility may apply to your case, speak with one of our El Paso auto accident attorneys.
SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AFTER A CAR CRASH?
If you feel any pain or discomfort following a collision, you should definitely seek medical attention as soon as possible. Far too often, victims of car crashes put off hospital visits because they don’t want others to think they are overreacting. Your health and the health of your family are paramount. You should never be ashamed of seeking out the opinion of a healthcare professional following a crash. If nothing else, you will at least have peace of mind.
You should also remember that the extent of your injuries may not be immediately evident. In fact, pain and evidence of an injury may not show up for days or weeks later. Getting examined by a doctor means that your injuries are detected and diagnosed sooner, reducing the risk of long-term health risks.
Finally, insurance adjusters will often see delayed medication attention as a chance to understate the severity of your injuries or deny that they occurred at all. Having a record showing medical attention was sought out in a timely manner helps to establish the existence of your injuries and the validity of your personal injury claim.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED EL PASO CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Were you injured in a car crash in west Texas? Our auto accident lawyers in El Paso are available 24/7 to assist you and provide you with a free legal consultation. Contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys today for more information about the services we provide to clients in El Paso, Texas.
- Phone number: 915-566-0788 (attorneys available 24/7 to assist you)
- Address: 221 N. Kansas Street, Suite 700, El Paso, Texas 79901 (walk-in Monday through Friday)
Quick, responded fast, extremely nice and pleasant to work with, did everything possible to get me the best outcome
– Brittany J., 4/22/2018