El Paso Car Accident Lawyer—When You’re Injured, We’re Here to Help
Getting into a serious accident can change the course of your life. When another driver behaves recklessly, it can damage far more than just your car. Bodily injuries are almost inevitable when you mix heavy machinery and speed with human negligence, and they can have devastating consequences on everything from your job to your personal life.
When you call the Harmonson Law Firm for help, you take the first step toward making it right and holding the responsible party or entity accountable for their wrongdoing. Call (915)-584-8777 to speak to a car accident lawyer about your injuries and your legal options.
How Common Are Car Accidents?
According to the NSC, roads became even less safe in 2020 with more fatal collisions that involved non-restrained occupants, excessive speed, and impairment. Bankrate detailed car accident fatalities by state. In 2020, Texas had 1.49 car accident fatalities per 100 million miles while New Mexico had 1.68 car accident fatalities per 100 million miles.
Laws pertaining to El Paso car accidents can be found in the Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Subtitle C (Rules of the Road), Chapter 550 (Accidents and Accident Reports). The length of time you have to file a claim for damages in Texas is two years from the date of your car accident. Your El Paso car accident lawyer can help explain any questions you may have regarding the laws surrounding your car accident.
What Are Some Local Resources You May Need Following a Car Accident?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in El Paso, TX, the following resources could be of benefit to you:
- Hospitals (not a complete list)
- University Medical Center of El Paso (915) 544-1200
- The Hospitals of Providence NE Campus—(915) 242-2400
- The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus—(915) 577-6011
- The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus—(915) 747-4000
- The Hospitals of Providence East Campus—(915) 832-2000
- The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus—(915) 877-8136
- The Hospitals of Providence Horizon City Campus—(915) 407-7878
- Las Palmas Medical Center—(915) 521-1200
- Del Sol Medical Center—(915) 595-9000
- Urgent Care Facilities (not a complete list)
- UCare Urgent Care—(915) 213-7222
- Southwest Urgent Care—(915) 910-6595
- MedPost Urgent Care—(915) 249-3106
- Summit Urgent Care—(915) 857-4559
- Upper Valley Urgent Care—(915) 584-8882
- CareNow Urgent Care—(915) 206-4690
- Police—911 or:
- El Paso Police Dept. on Raynor Street—(915) 212-4000
- El Paso Police Dept. on Dyer Street—(915) 212-8100
- El Paso Police Dept. on Escobar Drive—(915) 212-0400
- El Paso Police Dept. on Pebble Hills Blvd. (915) 212-0190
- City of El Paso Police Department on Lee St.—(915) 544-7028
- El Paso Police Dept. (Commander) on Campbell Street—(915) 212-0210
- Fire Department—(There are many fire station sub-stations across El Paso with the same number as #3 listed).
- El Paso Central Fire Station—(915) 485-5600
- El Paso Fire Station 3—(915) 212-5600
What is the Car Accident Claim Process?
Your El Paso car accident lawyer will start the process by investigating who is at fault, then will talk to you and your physicians to determine what your claim is worth in terms of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you are expected to continue to have medical bills and lost wages for a significant length of time your attorney will calculate those costs, along with your pain and suffering costs. A demand letter will then be sent to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Rarely will an insurer agree immediately to pay the full amount.
Your attorney will enter into negotiations with the insurer and if no agreement can be reached, a lawsuit will be filed against the insurance company. Even after a lawsuit is filed, the insurance company has until right before the jury reaches a verdict to offer a fair settlement. Otherwise, the decision will be up to the jury. Once a settlement agreement or jury verdict is reached, you should receive your check for damages within about six weeks of the decision.
Do I Have a Case?
The best way to determine whether you have a valid car accident claim is to speak to a knowledgeable El Paso car accident attorney. An experienced attorney can comprehensively investigate your accident, determining fault and calculating your injuries and damages. If the attorney you speak to doesn’t feel that filing a claim has much chance of success, he or she will tell you this. In cases where the plaintiff shares a significant amount of the liability or has very minor injuries, filing a car accident claim might not be feasible.
Common Car Accident Injuries and Costs
Damages caused by car accidents typically go far beyond dented bumpers and broken windows. Physical injuries are often the most painful, lasting damages you can experience in an accident, and they can affect your work, future prospects, overall health, social life, and more.
Common auto accident injuries that you can be compensated for include:
- Nerve damage
- Burns and scars
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic cardiac arrest
- Neck, back, and spine fractures
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Penetrative wounds
- Internal bleeding
Injured in a Car Accident?
Find out what everyone should know before speaking with the adjuster or hiring an attorney. As you may already have experienced, such injuries come with a hefty price tag. Common expenses and losses associated with car accident injuries include:
- Hospital bills
- Outpatient rehab
- Long-term disability costs
- Cost of medications and treatment
- Lost wages due to time spent out of work
- Loss of employment or job possibilities
- Long-term care for lifelong damages
- Loss of consortium
These are just the tip of the iceberg. If your injuries create permanent changes in your abilities or quality of life or if they require long-term treatment, your medical costs could ultimately cost you millions of dollars. At the Harmonson Law Firm, we believe that you shouldn’t be left to foot the bill when someone else makes poor decisions while behind the wheel of a car—and we are here to help you get the compensation you need. Even if your injuries do not come to light until later on, you can still take legal action against the driver who hit you. Act today by calling (915) 584-8777 to speak to an El Paso auto accident attorney.
How to Choose the Best Car Accident Lawyer for You
Choosing an El Paso car accident attorney can feel like an overwhelming task when you are injured and perhaps unable to work, yet it is a crucial step in your ability to receive a fair settlement and return to your normal life. Perhaps you know someone—a friend, family member, or co-worker—who has hired a car accident lawyer. If so, you might ask them for a referral. Otherwise, you can contact the Texas Bar, or look online for an attorney.
At Harmonson Law Firm, we know that you have many choices when searching for an El Paso car accident lawyer. We believe that if you speak to one of our attorneys you will immediately feel as though you have found the best attorney for you. We are experienced, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and compassionate. We will be by your side, advocating on your behalf, every step of the way.
What Makes the Harmonson Approach Unique?
At the Harmonson Law Firm, we know you need a lawyer who is more than just aggressive. When you have been seriously hurt in a car accident, the last thing you need is a needlessly contentious court case. Unlike many attorneys, our approach is about skillful negotiation and finding the best solution for you, not being unnecessarily forceful or demanding when that approach isn’t required.
Our personal injury lawyer, S. Clark Harmonson, is no TV lawyer. He understands that cases are resolved through diligence, personalized service, and tactful negotiation.
When you hire the Harmonson Law Firm, you can be sure your case will not be relegated to legal support staff, as is often the case with highly advertised personal injury lawyers. Attorney Clark Harmonson will personally assist you with your case and guide you through the process. Even though our goal is to help you settle your car accident case without the need for a lawsuit, we are trial lawyers. If the insurance company will not be fair to you, we are ready to take your case to trial to get you justice for your injuries.
When you are injured and in need of immediate help, we respond to the call and work quickly, strategically, and skillfully in order to resolve your case as soon as possible. With serious injuries and mounting medical costs in the mix, we understand that there is no time to waste. Once you have hired our firm at the initial consultation, these are the steps we will take to establish your claim. We will obtain the accident report and review it to uncover any issues. We will undertake any investigation that is necessary to establish the other driver’s fault. That might mean talking to witnesses, speaking directly with the responding officer, reviewing or taking photos of the accident scene, inspecting the vehicles involved, and going to the scene of the accident to take measurements.
We will then send a letter to the at-fault party and their insurance company to notify them of the claim. We will also send a letter to your automobile insurance company to determine if there is any coverage that may help with your medical bills and lost wages, like PIP or uninsured/underinsured motorist protection. We will then work with the insurance adjuster by telephone and other communications with the goal of having the insurance company for the at-fault driver admit that their insured driver was at fault (for settlement negotiation purposes) and verify that the insurance policy is in effect and covers your damages.
The most important consideration is to help our injured clients get medical attention and treatment for the injuries sustained in the accident. Our goal as injury lawyers is to make sure that you receive the best medical care possible, whether that injury is catastrophic or minor. We work with affiliated physicians, facilities, and therapists to get you all of the medical care that you may need after an accident. We work with orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and sometimes chiropractors to get help for spinal injuries.
We work with neurologists and neuropsychologists to help with traumatic brain injuries. We work with psychologists and counselors to get help for mental suffering after an accident if needed. If necessary and appropriate, we can ensure that you get needed surgery and other inpatient care following an accident. The inability to pay for costly medical care should not be an impediment to getting the best medical care that is needed after an accident.
Helping Good People Injured in Bad Accidents—How the Harmonson Law Firm Will Help
When you choose the Harmonson Law Firm and speak to attorneys Clark Harmonson and Hadley Huchton, we believe you will immediately have the burden lifted from your shoulders. We offer our clients highly personalized attention and never a cookie-cutter approach. Our overarching goal at Harmonson Law Firm is to help good people who have been seriously injured in bad accidents get back on their feet. Let us alleviate your stress, contact Harmonson Law Firm today.