There are nearly three million traffic injuries each year resulting in more than 40,000 fatalities. According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an automobile accident occurs every 10 seconds in this country. With more than 200 million licensed drivers on the road, riding in a vehicle is a perilous daily occurrence for many Americans.
Causes of an Auto Accident
Accidents can be caused in a variety of ways. Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal car accidents. Driver distraction is another common cause. Distractions today come in many forms: phone calls, texting, iPods, CD players, eating/drinking, smoking, etc. Too many drivers fail to focus on the road and instead try to do many other things at once. In our fast-paced society, where everyone seems to be in a rush to get to wherever they are going, auto accidents are inevitable.
Unfortunately, a serious auto accident can lead to extensive injuries and damages for those involved and their families. Lost wages, medical bills, car repairs and pain and suffering during the rehabilitation process can by physically, financially and emotionally draining. In the event of an accident, victims can find themselves battling large insurance companies who want to pay out as little as possible. These insurance companies have teams of attorneys and adjusters with years of experience in handling car wreck claims. Victims may not know their rights or how to deal with insurance companies, resulting in delays or unfair reimbursement.
Why do I need legal representation?
Too many times, auto accident victims think they can resolve their claim without the help of an experienced attorney. Insurance companies will often try to convince victims that an attorney will simply take part of their recover as attorney’s fees, resulting in them actually getting less money for their claims. They know that nothing could be further from the truth.
The only reason they want car accident victims to deal with them directly rather than through an attorney is because they know it will save them money. The fact is, insurance companies are in business to make money, not to pay money to auto accident victims. Their only goal is to settle legal claims for as little as possible. Without an aggressive, experienced lawyer to guide auto accident victims through the process, they are likely to leave hundreds or thousands of dollars on the table by trying to resolve their claims themselves.
Although car accidents are common, knowledgeable, aggressive car accident attorneys are not. In fact, many of the auto accident attorneys seen on television have never tried A court case. Despite all their bravado, many auto accident lawyers aren’t nearly as tough as they claim to be. A number of these high-volume, high-pressure lawyers want to do nothing but settle their cases as quickly as possible so they can move on to the next case. They make money not by ensuring their clients get the full compensation to which they are entitled, but by churning out their cases as quickly as possible without investing any time or money. Unlike many lawyers who treat their clients like a number, at Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we give every client care and attention. We work with our clients every step of the way until their case is tried or settled. Our only goal is to get our auto accident clients every penny they deserve for their injuries and damages.
Why HO&P is Different
Our lawyers approach every case with the assumption it will be tried to a jury. Whether it’s hiring the right experts, obtaining the necessary records, interviewing the key witnesses or helping our clients get the medical care they need, our meticulous attention to detail ensures that our clients achieve maximum value for their claims.
A little known fact is that insurance companies know which lawyers have the commitment and resources to take their clients’ claims to trial and which are simply looking for a quick and easy settlement. Unlike many auto accident lawyers, our board-certified attorneys* have tried dozens of car accident cases to verdict. Because of our experience, reputation and results, insurance companies know that the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are eager to take our clients’ cases to trial and will leave no stone unturned to make sure they get the maximum compensation for their claims. When it comes time to talk settlement, the insurance companies know that if they do not treat our auto accident clients fairly, a jury trial is all but guaranteed, exposing them to increased risks and costs. By preparing each case as if it will be tried, we are able to achieve settlements for our clients that provide them with full compensation for their injuries and damages.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have tried dozens of auto accident cases for our clients, and we have settled hundreds more. In fact, our attorneys have achieved jury verdicts and settlements totaling more than $75 million for our clients involved in auto, bus and truck accidents over the last few years.
If you or someone you know has been injured or if you lost a loved one in a car accident, you need an experienced and knowledgeable law firm that can guide you through the legal process. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights.
* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.