Beaumont Car Accident Lawyers
People across South Texas rely on motor vehicles for their daily activities and are especially reliant on them in Beaumont. Because we use our cars to travel to work, school, social activities, and for everyday errands, there is a high likelihood that at some point or another, we will be involved in a car accident. While most accidents are minor fender-benders that cause little more than minor property damage and inconvenience, other accidents are much more severe and could result in severe and possibly catastrophic injuries.
Even though they are commonly referred to as “accidents,” almost all collisions are not just happenstance. Instead, they are the direct result of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness behind the wheel. Failure to observe the rules of the road, exercise caution, or remain attentive behind the wheel is known as negligence, and if you are hurt in a car crash through no fault of your own, you could be eligible for significant compensation for your injuries and damage to your property.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence in the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan area, be sure to hire a lawyer with the right experience and resources to get you the full compensation you deserve. Portner Bond, PLLC has more than 85 years of combined experience handling car accident cases for injured people in Beaumont. We can assess all of your legal options as soon as you call (409) 838-4444 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a Beaumont car accident attorney.
Do I Need A Car Accident Lawyer?
Some people are tempted to believe that they do not need legal counsel when they are confident that another driver’s negligence was apparent. Whatever you do, don’t trust the insurance companies to do the right thing and protect you. These companies are focused on profit and appeasing their shareholders, not paying you the compensation you deserve if you are hurt.
After an accident, you should avoid speaking to any insurance representative until you have an attorney. Your lawyer will investigate the accident, identify the liable party, and will secure the vital evidence needed to prove that you were not the one at fault for the crash. They will evaluate your injuries and the financial and emotional impact the accident has had on your life and livelihood and will build a persuasive claim for compensation.
While you focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back on your feet, your lawyer can handle the discussions with the insurance company on a fair settlement that will make you whole again after the crash. If the insurer does not offer you an acceptable settlement, your attorney may advise filing a lawsuit and seeking damages in court.
Without the help of an experienced, skilled attorney, you could find yourself with a lowball settlement offer, or nothing at all. With the help of a Beaumont car accident lawyer, you could be able to recover the money you need to pay your bills, support yourself and your loved ones, and put the accident behind you.
Why Choose Portner Bond, PLLC To Handle My Case?
Trent Bond is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction earned by only about 10% of lawyers in Texas. He is the vice president of the Jefferson County Bar Association as well as a former director of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
Chris Portner is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, to which fewer than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members. He is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice.
We prepare every case as if it will go to trial because that’s the commitment and dedication that our clients deserve. We won’t back down from a fight, nor will we let the huge insurance companies push our clients around. We’re here to make sure that you get what you are owed.
Worried about how you’ll afford an experienced injury lawyer like those at Portner Bond, PLLC? Don’t be. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no legal fees until you receive a financial award.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
Every car accident is different. Some of the most common kinds of car accidents that Portner Bond, PLLC handles include, but are not limited to:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Multiple Vehicle Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Head-On Collisions
- T-Bone Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Rental Car Accidents
- Ridesharing Accidents
- Taxi Accidents
The actual causes of such accidents can be complicated. Some causes are relatively obvious, while others can require lengthy investigations.
Some of the most frequent causes of car accidents in the Beaumont area include, but are not limited to:
- Drunk or Drugged Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Failure To Yield or Stop
- Driver Fatigue or Drowsy Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Tailgating or Following Too Closely
- Defective Parts
- Dangerous Road Conditions
The injuries people can suffer in a car accident also varies greatly depending on several factors. The type of crash, where a person was seated, and the point of impact can all contribute to the severity of an injury.
Examples of injuries people could sustain include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Eye Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Organ Damage
- Back Injuries
It is possible that some collision injuries will ultimately prove to be fatal. After a person is killed in a car accident, their family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Car Accidents
Car accidents are unfortunately very common. Because Portner Bond, PLLC handles many personal injury claims related to car accidents, we get a lot of questions on the matter. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions.
What should I do after a car accident?
After any car accident, always be sure that you are evaluated and treated by a medical professional. While severe injuries will require transportation by emergency services to a nearby hospital, others may simply be treated at the scene. When this happens, be sure to visit a doctor immediately to make sure that any late-developing injuries are diagnosed and treated and that a medical record is created for your accident.
Also, take as many photographs as you can of your accident. Take pictures at the scene, including the vehicles, people, skid marks, and any other notable factors. If anyone saw your crash, ask them for contact information in case they are needed as witnesses. Lastly, try to be careful about who you talk to about your accident and refrain from posting about the accident to social media, as the things you say and do after a crash could impact any injury claim you have to pursue.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
According to Texas law, a person must bring suit for an injury in a car accident within two years of the date of the accident. Some exceptions to this two-year statute of limitations include a person who is considered to be “under a legal disability,” which means an individual who is younger than 18 years of age or unsound mind. The statute of limitations does not begin until such a person turns 18 or their disability is cured.
What kinds of damages can I recover for my car accident?
Most car accident cases end in settlements as insurance companies are reluctant to bear the costs of going to trial. If a case goes to trial, a jury could award a person compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are typically a combination of economic damages, which are actual losses that can be calculated and proven, and noneconomic damages, where the harm is more subjective and not quantifiable.
Economic damages may include medical bills, lost income, and property damage. Noneconomic damages may be for the loss of consortium, pain, and suffering, or emotional distress. Punitive damages (also called exemplary damages or vindictive damages) could also be awarded, but they are very rare.
Car Accidents in Texas: By the Numbers
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 7,205 total crashes in Jefferson County in 2017 that included 34 fatal crashes, 178 suspected serious crashes, 804 non-incapacitating crashes, 1,323 possible injury crashes, 4,712 non-injury crashes, and 154 unknown severity crashes. These crashes resulted in 37 fatalities, 206 suspected serious injuries, 1,112 non-incapacitating injuries, 2,159 possible injuries, 15,481 non-injuries, and 704 unknown injuries.
TxDOT reported there were 4,159 total crashes in Beaumont in 2017 that included 16 fatal crashes, 121 suspected serious crashes, 401 non-incapacitating crashes, 829 possible injury crashes, 2,720 non-injury crashes, and 72 unknown severity crashes. These crashes resulted in 19 fatalities, 136 suspected serious injuries, 554 non-incapacitating injuries, 1,339 possible injuries, 9,076 non-injuries, and 404 unknown injuries.
According to TxDOT, there were six fatal crashes and six fatalities on interstates in Jefferson County as well as seven fatal crashes and seven fatalities on interstate and state highways. There were no fatal crashes or fatalities on Farm to Market (FM) roads, county roads, city streets, tollways, or other roads.
TxDOT reported that one person was killed every two hours, 21 minutes, one person was injured every two minutes, four seconds, and one reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds in 2017.
Contact a Beaumont Car Accident Attorney Today
If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence in Southeast Texas, act quickly to get justice. Contact Portner Bond, PLLC as soon as possible. Our firm is located on Calder Avenue in downtown Beaumont. Call us at (409) 838-4444 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.