Auto accidents have the potential to cause serious, long-lasting physical, financial, and emotional damages. If you’ve been injured because of another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior, you need the backing of a Laredo car accident lawyer.
The attorneys at Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm have dedicated their professional careers to advocating for injury victims. We have over two decades of experience winning compensation for those who have been injured in car accidents in Laredo and the surrounding communities of Webb County.
To learn more about our unparalleled legal advocacy and how we can help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, contact our law office today. We’ll discuss your legal options during a free, no-obligation consultation.
Texas Car Accident Statistics
Data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) paints a grim picture of car accidents in the Lone Star State. Let’s look at motor vehicle crash statistics from 2021:
- Distracted driving killed 433 people
- 1 person sustained injuries every 2 minutes and 12 seconds
- 1 person was killed every 1 hour and 57 minutes
- 19,448 people were seriously injured
Laredo Car Accident Statistics
While looking at crash data for the entire state of Texas can be helpful, it is also a good idea to have a firm understanding of what’s going on in your own city. Let’s take a closer look at car accident data from Laredo, TX:
In 2019 there were:
- 11 fatal crashes with 12 fatalities
- 59 serious injury crashes with 77 serious injuries
- 562 minor injury crashes with 830 minor injuries
- 5,670 total crashes
In 2020 there were:
- 11 fatal crashes with 11 fatalities
- 42 serious injury crashes with 51 fatalities
- 422 minor injury crashes with 571 minor injuries
- 4,394 total crashes
In 2021 there were:
- 15 fatal crashes with 19 fatalities
- 62 serious injury crashes with 90 serious injuries
- 639 minor injury crashes with 883 minor injuries
- 5,501 total crashes
If you’ve been injured in a car crash in our city, an experienced Laredo car accident attorney can guide you through the process of recovering compensation. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about the claims process.
How a Laredo Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
The goal of a car accident claim is to secure compensation for your related damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This might seem straightforward enough, but can actually be an incredibly challenging process. Most insurance companies will attempt to devalue car accident claims through a variety of tricks and tactics aimed at lowering your settlement.
The Laredo car accident lawyers from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm won’t let this happen. We stand up to the insurance company when they try to undervalue our clients’ claims.
We’ll ensure that your car accident claims process is successful, and if the insurance company refuses to pay out what you’re rightfully owed, we’ll walk you through your options for filing a personal injury lawsuit.
We Investigate Your Case
Our personal injury lawyers will never leave your claim up to chance. When we take on a case, we conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident and the damages you have suffered. As part of this investigation, we will:
- Access and review the police report, and correct any factual or reporting errors.
- Speak with eyewitnesses to record their statements.
- Review pictures and videos of the accident scene.
- Review any dashcam footage that shows the collision.
- Request cell phone records to determine if the at-fault party was distracted.
- Consult with other experts, including medical professionals and accident reconstructionists.
Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping car accident victims recover the full and fair compensation they are owed.
We Deal With the Insurance Company
The last thing you want to do when trying to rest and recover after a car wreck is to speak with the insurance company. If an insurance adjuster’s frequent calls are interfering with your ability to focus on your health, the car accident lawyers of Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm are here to help.
When we take on a car accident case, we also take over all communications with the auto insurer. If an adjuster continues to contact you, politely but firmly refer all questions and comments to your legal representation. Do not allow yourself to be provoked into giving an answer or statement. The insurance company can and will use your own words against you to limit their own liability and reduce your amount of recoverable compensation.
There’s no need to put your ability to recover compensation for lost wages and medical bills at risk—let our Laredo car accident attorneys handle the insurer for you.
We Value the Worth of Your Claim
There are a variety of losses to consider when deciding how much financial compensation to ask for. This can be a challenging process for someone who is not familiar with how Texas law treats this type of legal claim. If you suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you cannot afford to guess how much you are owed.
At Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, an experienced Laredo car accident attorney will take your full breadth of damages into account and determine what maximum compensation looks like in your case.
When we calculate the value of a car accident claim, we typically look at three different types of damages:
Your tangible financial losses fall under the category of economic damages. These are verifiable losses pertaining to your income, medical expenses, property damage, and more.
The typical personal injury claim for a car crash may seek compensation for the following economic damages:
- Lost wages if you are unable to work.
- Reduced earning capacity if you cannot return to work in the same scope.
- Medical bills, including those for hospital bills, doctor and specialist co-pays, physical therapy, mental health services, and more.
- Domestic services if a new injury or disability prevents you from cleaning your home, preparing your meals, or caring for your children.
- Property damage for auto damage or the cost of any valuable items that were destroyed in the accident, such as a smartphone or laptop.
- Legal fees associated with seeking legal representation.
If the other driver caused your accident, you don’t have to bear these financial burdens alone. Speak with a Laredo car accident lawyer today about your right to seek compensation for your medical treatment and other monetary losses.
Your non-monetary losses are categorized as non-economic damages. Although these might not have a specific price tag attached to them, non-economic damages still have a profoundly negative impact on the lives of car accident victims.
When taking on a car accident legal case, we thoroughly evaluate the claim for any and all non-economic damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish or emotional distress
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of enjoyment in life
Don’t miss out on financial compensation to which you are rightfully entitled. Talk with our personal injury lawyers today to find out how much your claim may be worth.
Unlike economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages are not compensatory. This means that they are not intended to compensate a victim for any specific loss but rather to punish the at-fault party for acts of gross negligence, malice, or fraud.
Punitive damages are awarded in only a very small percentage of car accident cases, such as those involving drunk driving and other acts of willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others. To learn whether punitive damages might be appropriate for your case, speak with one of our Laredo car accident attorneys as soon as possible—evidence that might support these types of damages can disappear quickly.
We Work Within the Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the timeframe in which you are permitted to take legal action. For car accidents, Texas state law affords two years to file your claim. Failing to file a case within this timeframe means forfeiting your legal right to compensation.
We don’t allow that to happen.
With a keen understanding of what goes into filing a car accident claim, we meet with clients, investigate the crash, value the claim, and take concise legal action with respect to the statute of limitations. When you work with the Laredo car accident lawyers of Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm, you’ll never have to wonder whether your case is being handled in a timely manner.
Can I Afford To Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
We don’t believe that the cost of representation should ever be a barrier to taking legal action in the aftermath of a car accident. That’s why at Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm we are pleased to take many cases on a contingency fee basis. This payment model allows us to get to work on your case without any upfront payment.
We don’t get paid until we win your case.
Our legal fees are only paid as a small percentage of your final award. This payment structure allows us to offer our top-notch services regardless of an injury victim’s financial resources.
What Causes Most Car Accidents in Laredo?
Through our decades of experience representing car accident victims, we have gained a unique insight into some of the most common causes of car accidents in our city:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to stop at red lights or stop signs
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (including texting, eating, or reaching for items)
- Driver inattention
- Driving too fast for conditions
Do not worry if you don’t see the cause of your accident listed above. If the other driver was at fault for your collision, a personal injury attorney from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm is prepared to help you hold them accountable for their actions.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries can range from mild to severe, with some victims walking away from a crash with only a few scratches while others are transported from the scene in an ambulance. Whether you suffered catastrophic injuries with lifelong implications or moderate injuries that took you out of work for a few weeks, you deserve to be fairly compensated for how you have suffered.
We regularly help clients who have suffered the following types of accident injuries:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck and back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Internal organ damage
Understanding the type and extent of your injuries is essential for securing full and fair compensation in a car accident claim, which is why our attorneys rely on a network of medical professionals with whom we have built a strong relationship. In partnership with these medical experts, our attorneys will review your medical records to gain a better understanding of what injuries you are dealing with and what your expected medical treatment may be.
Proving Who Caused Your Car Accident
Who caused your car accident? The answer might seem obvious to you, but the insurance companies are notorious for complicating cases of straightforward liability. You and your attorney must be prepared to prove that the other driver caused your accident and subsequent injuries.
When we investigate your claim, we do so with the intent of identifying negligence in the other driver’s behavior. The legal concept of negligence is more specific than many realize, and to win your case, we must prove the following points:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care.
- The other driver breached that duty of care.
- The other driver caused your accident because they breached the duty of care.
- You suffered injuries and damages as a result of the accident.
Possible Liable Parties in a Car Accident Case
Failing to identify additional at-fault parties could mean missing out on compensation to which you are rightfully entitled. As part of our investigation, we will work to identify all potential liable parties in your case, including:
- The at-fault driver’s employer
- The owner of the vehicle (if different from the driver)
- An auto parts or vehicle manufacturer
- A government or municipal entity
Talk to a Laredo Car Accident Lawyer Today
You don’t have to figure out the process of filing a car accident claim on your own—an experienced Laredo car accident lawyer from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm will guide you through the process of building the strongest case possible. We believe that you deserve justice for all that you’ve been through, and we’ll fight to make sure that your rights are upheld and respected.
Our lawyers understand how intimidating this entire process can be. We offer you support every step of the way so that you can feel confident in your case. Reach out to us today so that we can schedule your free consultation.