Common Questions And Answers About Motor Vehicle Accidents In Texas
My name is Brent Biggs, founder of The Biggs Firm. I began my career representing insurance companies, and now I use that knowledge to fight for those who have been seriously injured by the negligence of others.
It’s natural to be filled with questions after an auto accident. And in over three decades of practice, I have been asked more of those questions than I can count. On this page, I have provided answers to some of the questions I hear most often. After reading through this page, I invite you to ask me your own questions during a free initial consultation.
Do I need to communicate with the other driver’s insurer? If so, what should I say?
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely try to contact you directly, asking questions and perhaps requesting medical records. While their questions may seem harmless and even kind, you should assume that the adjuster has an ulterior motive. The insurance company wants to resolve your claim as cheaply as possible, so the adjuster may be listening for answers that suggest you are not very injured or that you were partly at fault.
The safest course of action is to hire an attorney and direct all communications to their office. You will likely need to provide medical records and answer questions at some point, but your attorney can ensure that you submit/answer only what is required and nothing more.
Why do I need an attorney if the insurance company is offering me a settlement?
As mentioned above, the insurer’s job is not to make sure you are fairly compensated. Their job is to make the car accident claim go away as cheaply as possible. A settlement offer received quickly after the accident will almost certainly be far less than what you deserve and far less than what you need to cover all expenses and losses.
In most cases, working with an experienced attorney will result in a significantly higher settlement or judgment than you would receive in an unnegotiated settlement, even after subtracting attorney fees.
Can any personal injury attorney represent me in a truck accident case?
Legally, the answer is yes. However, you should know that truck accident cases tend to be highly complex and contentious because of the factors involved: catastrophic injuries, business interests and high-value commercial insurance policies.
Insurers and trucking companies fight these claims vigorously, and many inexperienced attorneys are simply not equipped to fight back. You will want to hire a lawyer a lot of experience litigating truck accident claims, preferably with a strong track record of success.
I’ve been involved in many truck accident cases – on both sides of the courtroom – throughout my three-decade career. I’m prepared to handle all aspects of your case, from initial investigation through trial or settlement.
How much is my case worth?
Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question (for anyone) until I’ve had a chance to look at the details. Each case is unique, and compensation depends on factors like how badly you were injured, your lost wages from times spent unable to work, pain and suffering and whether the accident resulted in permanent injury (or a loved one’s death).
Here’s what I can say: I understand the devastation that victims and their families experience, and I will work tirelessly to maximize your compensation, however much that may be. I want to ensure you have the resources you need to live as normally and comfortably as possible.