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Laredo Car Accident Lawyer

Being in a car accident can be a frightening and disorienting experience, with consequences that extend beyond the initial impact. Financial damages resulting from car repairs or replacement can quickly add up, as can medical expenses. The aftermath of the accident may involve physical and emotional pain and suffering that is difficult to quantify but can be compensated through legal action. 

To ensure fair treatment by insurance companies and the courts, it is important to contact a Laredo car accident lawyer who can provide reliable guidance and powerful advocacy. Cardenas & Rodriguez serves people throughout Webb & La Salle County and in all of Texas. 

Call today at (956) 450-7951 or reach out online for a free consultation. 

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What To Do After a Car Accident in Texas

The steps an injured driver takes right after the accident are important, both for their personal health and to put themselves in a good position when our Laredo car accident attorney steps in to advocate for them. 

The first priority following an accident should always be to assess one's own health and that of any passengers in the vehicle. If anyone is injured, medical attention should be sought immediately, either by calling for an ambulance or going to the nearest hospital. 

Even if there are no apparent injuries, it is still important to call the police and report the accident. The police will create an official report of the accident that can be used to establish fault and liability in any subsequent legal proceedings.

When speaking with the police, it is important to stick to the facts and avoid making any statements that could be misinterpreted later. The police will likely ask for driver information, including license and insurance details, and may also interview witnesses on the scene to gather more information about what occurred. 

If possible, drivers should also take photos of the accident scene, including damage to vehicles and any visible injuries sustained by themselves or passengers. These photos can be used as evidence during negotiations or in court.

While it is important to speak with the police and gather evidence, it is equally important to avoid discussing the details of the accident with other drivers or bystanders. Statements made in the immediate aftermath of an accident can be used against the person making them later on, so it is best to keep interactions with others to a minimum and avoid admitting fault or apologizing for anything that may have happened.

Once the immediate aftermath of the accident has been addressed, drivers should notify their insurance companies about the accident. Even if the other driver admits fault, it is still important to report the accident to one's own insurance company. The company will likely request a copy of the official police report, as well as any photos or witness statements, to determine liability and assess damages. We can help with this process. 

If the other driver's insurance company contacts the person involved in the accident, it is important to avoid accepting a quick settlement offer without first consulting with our Laredo car accident lawyer. Insurance companies are often motivated to settle claims quickly and for as little money as possible, so it is important to get our professional legal advice before agreeing to any settlement offer.

How Modified Comparative Negligence Works

In Texas and 32 other states, the system of "modified comparative negligence" is used to determine fault and award damages in car accidents. Under this system, each driver involved in the accident is assigned a percentage of blame based on their actions. If a driver is found to be less than 50 percent at fault, they are eligible to collect damages for their losses. 

The amount of damages that can be collected is proportional to the driver's assigned percentage of fault. For example, if a driver is found to have zero fault and the damage award is $100,000, they can collect the full amount. However, if they are found to be 30 percent at fault, they can only collect 70 percent of the damage award, or $70,000 in this case.

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Little details can add up to big dollars in personal injury cases. That’s why we work so diligently on research and preparation, and why we advocate so fiercely, both in negotiations and, when necessary, in litigation. 

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