Meet Houston Car Accident Lawyer Hugh Howerton
Voted TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers Hugh Howerton is a Houston personal injury lawyer who specializes in car accident claims and lawsuit. For nearly 30 years Board-certified lawyer Hugh Howerton has been helping people just like you.
Hugh only takes a few clients at any time so he can give you extra attention
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A car accident can instantly change your life. There a too many dangerous drivers in Houston. If you were seriously hurt in a car accident caused by another person’s fault you may be entitled to get money to fix your car and money to compensate you for your injuries and lost work. It’s a scary and stressful time.
According to the latest figures by TxDOT 203 people were killed in Houston car accidents in 2015.
In the same year 1310 people suffered serious injuries and 5076 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries in Houston car accidents. In 2015 there were 66,319 total accidents reported in Houston. That is a staggering 180 per day.
Hugh Howerton is an experienced Houston car accident lawyer who can help you in this difficult time of your life.
Did A Houston Car Accident Cause A Wrongful Death?
When a family member is killed in an accident the spouse, children and parents have the right under Texas law to bring what is known as a Wrongful Death claim. If the other driver was working for a company at the time of the crash, the company can be held financially responsible for the harm the deceased and family suffered. Because of the seriousness of the loss, these types of lawsuit can be very complex.
Under Texas law the spouse, children and parents can seek compensation for the following types of damages:
Pecuniary loss in the past and future
Loss of companionship in the past and future
Mental anguish in the past and future
Loss of inheritance
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
If you were injured through the fault of another driver the law says you are entitled compensation for your losses.
- Money to fix or replace your car
- Money for lost wages and medical bills
- Money for pain, physical impairment, emotional trauma and disfigurement.
If you were injured by a driver that had no insurance you can still make a claim with your own insurance company if you had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your own automobile insurance policy. Hugh can look over your policy to see if you have that type of coverage and explain your legal options
Settlement values for injury cases depends on a wide variety of factors. They include the cost of your past and future medical bills. The value of your lost wages, the type of injury you suffered and whether or not those injuries will be permanent. If your life or health was permanently altered because of your injury you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Drunk Driving Accidents – Houston, Texas
Texas leads the nation in drunk driving accidents and fatal crashes involving alcohol. There were 17,520 car accidents in Texas involving alcohol. In 2015 according to the Texas Department of Transportation Houston had 1459 D.W.I. related automobile accidents with 74 deaths. Dallas had 1251 alcohol related crashes with 50 deaths.
If you were hit and hurt by a drunk driver you may be entitled to punitive damages to punish the drunk driving in addition to you other damages like medical bills, lost wages and pain & suffering. Do not sign any paper work given to you by the insurance company representing the drunk driver until you first consult an accident lawyer.
Hugh Howerton has handled numerous drunk driving accident cases on behalf of his clients. Hugh has won every one of them.
How To Win A Car Accident Case
In order to win a car accident case your lawyer has to prove the other driver was negligent. This means they failed to act as a reasonable person under the circumstances.
The ways to prove the other driver was negligent includes proving they failed to control the speed of their vehicle if they struck your vehicle from the rear. Proving they ran a red light, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to drive in a single lane or caused a head-on crash. Many times if the police came to the scene they will make a crash report. In the crash report the officer will state their opinion as to what factors contributed to the accident and indicate what driver contributed to the crash.This is good evidence to use to prove the other driver was negligent.
Another way, is to take the statements of any eye-witnesses who saw the other driver breaking the rules of the road. Finally, a dash cam video capturing the crash would be very compelling evidence.
If the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash your lawyer can subpoena the blood alcohol tests from the District Attorney’s office or police department. This may enetitle you to recover punitive damages as well as your actual damages like medical bills, lost wages and pain & suffering.
What If The Other Driver Did Not Have Insurance?
If the driver that caused the accident did not have liability insurance you may file a claim with your own insurance company if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This is a special type of coverage that is usually included in a “full” coverage type policy. There are so many people driving in Houston that do not have insurance. Make sure your auto policy has UM/UIM coverage. If you don’t know call your insurance company and ask if you have this coverage on your auto policy.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?
Generally you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If the injury is to a child the statute of limitations for their own physical pain & mental anguish, physical impairment and physical disfigurement may be extend past the two year deadline. Always check with a local Houston car accident lawyer to get professional advice on your specific situation.
If we wait longer than two years your claim will most likely will be denied. This law is known as the statute of limitations. It is found in the Texas Civil Practices & Remedies Code Section 16.003. It read like this:
§ 16.003. TWO-YEAR LIMITATIONS PERIOD. (a) Except as provided by Sections 16.010, 16.0031, and 16.0045, a person must bring suit for personal injury, not later than two years after the day the cause of action accrues. (b) A person must bring suit not later than two years after the day the cause of action accrues in an action for injury resulting in death. The cause of action accrues on the death of the injured person.