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If you have been in a car accident, you probably feel overwhelmed and nervous about this new process. Our Houston car accident lawyers understand these feelings and what you are going through, and we are here to help. When you call our office, our staff and car accident lawyers will listen to you and try to understand your situation. We understand that every person’s situation is different and requires a personalized approach to effectively assist that person through the process.

While we cannot undo what has occurred, we can help you through the car accident claims process and help you get the medical treatment you need to get on the road to recovery. Our car accident lawyers will walk you through the process and explain each aspect of the process to you. We do this so that you can make the best decision for you and your family as to how to proceed after a car accident.

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    What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

    The events that immediately follow a car accident are crucial for your insurance claim compensation. If you become a victim of a car accident, be sure to follow the next ten steps in order for you to have a successful insurance claim for your car accident case.

    1. Move to safety.
    2. Call the police.
    3. Exchange information.
    4. Take pictures of the scene.
    5. Watch what you say.
    6. Medical attention.
    7. Set up a claim.
    8. Do not give a recorded statement to the at-fault insurance company.
    9. Know your coverage.
    10. The claims process.

    Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?

    If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident in the Houston area, please consider these two questions:

    • Did your accident result in injuries?
    • Was your accident caused by negligence of the other driver?

    If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s in your best interest to give our car accident injury attorneys in Houston a call, shoot us a text, or send us an email to discuss your car accident injury case.

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    How to Prove Negligence or Fault in a Car Accident Case?

    To hold someone responsible for a car accident & get the compensation you deserve, you or your lawyer must show that the person or company was negligent. Negligence means failing to act as a reasonable person would have in the same or similar circumstances. Mostly, the law doesn’t define what is or is not reasonable. Instead, it is up to the judge or jury to decide based on the facts and circumstances of the car accident.

    Your legal counsel can walk you through how this process works in relation to your car accident claim. To prove fault, you will need clear evidence of not only the negligible act but the contributing factors that led to the accident including a breach of care. This will include…

    • Establishing fault on behalf of opposing party
    • Finding the breach of care against you
    • Correlate injury and damages to their negligence
    • Detail and connect non-economic damages in conjunction with the accident

    If you are able to establish fault and causation in these factors, you may have a case of negligence towards the at-fault party.

    What if the Car Accident Wasn’t My Fault?

    If you did not cause the car accident, then you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and their insurance provider. To receive a settlement for your injuries and damages this will be your best option. An insurance settlement can help to cover damages suffered as a result of the accident.

    The insurance company often refuses to take full responsibility for the collision after a car wreck, even when the insured is clearly at fault. Because Texas is a modified comparative fault state (i.e., a person’s recovery can be reduced by the percentage that he or she is at fault for the collision, and if the person’s fault is equal to or greater than 51% than his or her recovery is completely barred) auto insurance companies will often attempt to limit your recovery by claiming that you are at fault for the collision. Don’t accept this arbitrary reduction.

    What Happens After a Car Accident That is My Fault?

    If you are found to be at fault following an accident, you will likely be required to pay some financial compensation to the victim. This may be done through your insurance provider baring you have liability coverage. Be prepared though, this will likely increase your insurance rates as a result.

    What if the At-Fault Party Doesn’t Have Enough Insurance to Pay Your Claim?

    An at-fault driver is still responsible for damages they are found to be in fault for, regardless if they have reached their insurance coverage limit. The at-fault driver can be sued for damages that exceed their insurance coverage. Future earnings could be garnished and personal property could be auctioned off as compensation for the damages.

    Don’t Discuss Fault at the Scene of Crash

    Following a car accident, it’s recommended that you don’t discuss fault at the scene of the crash. If you are to admit fault in an accident, it’s possible that your insurance provider can be held responsible for damages and injuries to the other party. It may be better to defer to the official police report when determining fault.

    The Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyers at Sutliff & Stout can help you prove that the other person was at fault and that you bear no responsibility for the collision. Our car accident attorneys have tried true methods of establishing exactly what occurred and holding the at-fault person accountable. Some of these methods include the following:

    • Gathering public records;
    • Getting copies of 911 calls;
    • Surveying the scene and surrounding area for surveillance;
    • Obtaining body and dashcam video from law enforcement agencies;
    • Retaining experts to inspect the scene and vehicles; and
    • Having an expert download the ECM (“black box”) on the vehicles involved in the collision.

    When it is in your best interest, our car wreck lawyers in Houston, TX, will file suit so we can subpoena records, conduct discovery, and take depositions. If the insurance company refuses to be fair, we will take your case to trial so that a jury of your peers can decide what is fair.

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    Settlement Value: How Much is Your Houston Car Accident Claim Worth?

    When determining what your car accident claim is worth or the value of your damages, you must understand the law and the medicine associated with your injuries. Then you must articulate such damages in an admissible form. Insurance companies won’t just take your word for it; you must show them.

    The value of a car accident claim in Houston can range wildly from a few hundred dollars, to up to a multi-million settlement in some cases. On average, a car accident settlement will typically be around $20,000 – $30,000. A settlement could go over a range of charges including medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages. There is no limit to which you can sue for pain and suffering. It will be up to you and the insurance provider to determine a fair settlement. A car accident lawyer can be critical in helping you to negotiate these terms.

    What Makes a Strong Car Accident Injury Claim?

    A strong car accident injury claim will involve two major factors; a major damage or injury and clear liability. There are dozens other contributing factors that can play a major factor in settling your claim. It’s important to remember that if you’re trying to maximize your injury settlement, you will likely not want to accept the first offer. Consulting with an expert personal injury attorney will be something to consider at this step.

    If you were injured in a car accident, here are some things you or your attorney should consider:

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    Average Settlement for a Car Accident in Houston, TX

    The average settlement for a car accident in Houston will range wildly depending on dozens of contributing factors. The type of injury suffered will be one of the major deciding factors in determining a settlement’s value. Typically, a settlement could be between $20,000 – $30,000. However, if you’ve substantially injured your back in the accident, you could receive up to $100,000 for an average settlement. An expert car accident lawyer can help you navigate all the legal hurdles, helping you to arrive at an ideal settlement.

    Recent Car Accident Settlements from Sutliff & Stout


    Confidential Settlement Achieved on Behalf of Wife and Adult Children
    Our client was tragically killed when a careless driver lost control of his vehicle, hit a concrete barrier, crossed the median and struck our client’s vehicle.  After conducting an extensive investigation, hiring several experts and filing suit, we were able to achieve a very favorable settlement for our clients.  Net recovery to the family was $5,850,226.00


    Policy Limits Settlement resulting from Car Wreck
    Our client was injured when a 16 year old driver lost control of her vehicle and hit our client while he was working as a surveyor on the side of the road.  Our client suffered injuries to multiple parts of his body, but his main injury was to his arm.  After filing a lawsuit, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain the policy limits for the driver in three months.  The net recovery to the client was $810,000.00.


    Settlement Resulting from Overturned Vehicle
    Sutliff & Stout represented a mom, dad and daughter who were involved in an accident after a vehicle going to fast overturned on the roadway.  The mom suffered injuries to her shoulder and back and the husband injured his back.  The daughter was not injured but she had nightmares after the incident.  The net recovery to the clients was $379,530.16.


    Past Results for Our Clients


    Drunk Driving Case Agreed Judgment
    In exchange for a $6,000,000.00 agreed judgment, Sutliff & Stout settled a claim against a drunk driver who caused significant personal injuries to our client. He was hit by the drunk driver’s vehicle causing him to lose his leg. After significant discovery and investigation and multiple negotiating sessions with the drunk driver’s lawyers, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain this $6,000,000.00 result for our client. Attorneys fees and expenses were $72,978.84.


    Negligence Case Settlement
    Sutliff & Stout took over the legal representation of a family whose former legal counsel attempted to settle their case for less than $300,000.00. The client sustained a burst fracture of the spine and a broken ankle as a result of the motor vehicle accident. Sutliff & Stout successfully obtained $2,750,000.00 settlement on behalf of the family against the Fortune 500 Company defendant. Net recovery to the client was $1,600,000.00.


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    The Sutliff & Stout Law Team understands the logistics and intricate legalities involved in a car accident case. We know how to investigate a case, speak with insurance companies, and, when they’re being difficult, file a lawsuit if need be. The lawsuit and claim process is lengthy and tiresome, so having the best lawyers for car accidents in Houston on your side will favor your case.

    The team at Sutliff & Stout is committed to the care and safety of our clients and justice in their cases. We fight to recover the maximum compensation available for our clients, and we won’t stop until we do. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in Houston or the adjacent areas, do not wait to contact our serious car accident attorney in Houston. Call us at 713-405-1263 for a free, no-obligation consultation with the Board-Certified car accident lawyers from Sutliff & Stout.

    What Should I Look Out for When Dealing with the Insurance Company?

    The insurance adjuster is not your friend and is not on your side (regardless of what the commercial says). Insurance companies only make money in two ways – collecting premiums, and paying as little as possible towards claims. Make no mistake the adjuster’s primary function is to pay you as little as possible on your claim. If you decide to handle your car accident claim on your own, here are some things to watch for:

    • Quick settlement
    • Liens
    • Recorded statements
    • Delaying
    • Refusing to cover the care you need after your car accident
    • Arbitrary allocation of fault

    If you are dealing with problems after your car accident, fear not because help is just a phone call away. At Sutliff & Stout, we are well-versed in handling and addressing these unfair tactics. And when the insurance company refuses to be fair with you after your car accident, our motor vehicle accident attorney in Houston can help you file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver to hold the person accountable for what occurred. Remember, just because the car insurance company says it doesn’t make it true. Under our justice system, the jury has the final say regarding who was at fault for the collision and the value of the damages resulting from your car accident.

    Satisfied Client Stories

    Sutliff & Stout took an interest in me as a person, not just dollar sign..

    I was in a terrible car wreck, one that could have ruined me considering today’s economy. After searching far and wide, I finally found Sutliff & Stout. Their character and high morals were exemplified in my legal representation against huge power company. Through their expertise, I received proper medical care plus the money I needed to pay for future medical treatment and secure my financial future.

    - Judy J.
    Sutliff & Stout took an interest in me as a person, not just dollar sign..

    Most lawyers will take cases for the money. Sutliff & Stout took an interest in me as a person and not just dollar sign. If you want attorneys who will do their best, and go the extra mile, Sutliff & Stout are perfect for you. They took care of everything after my personnel basket transfer accident, and their efforts made sure that my family would be taken care of in the future.

    - Tony N.
    I felt like I was talking to old friends…

    When I met Hank and Graham of Sutliff & Stout, I felt like I was talking to old friends. We met, discussed my case and they were off and running. After promptly filing a lawsuit on my behalf, they even helped find a good doctor for me. Sutliff & Stout were very interested in getting the justice I deserved. They were also very attentive to any questions or theories I had.

    - Danny H.
    Sutliff & Stout fought to make my situation a bit more bearable…

    Sutliff & Stout immediately started working on my case and resolved it as soon as they could, because they understood I had been through enough after the death of my husband. Although a number of lawyers refused to help me because of the risk and cost involved in my case, Sutliff & Stout boldly took on my case and obtained a settlement that secured my economic future and, thereby, lessening the load on my shoulders after the accident. Where the other lawyers turned their backs, Sutliff & Stout fought to make my situation a bit more bearable.

    - Linda F.
    These guys are tireless and fierce advocates…

    Having never been in a car accident before, I assumed the insurance company for the 18-wheeler would take care of everything, and do so honestly. I was wrong. The insurance company refused to help me with my medical bills and wouldn’t treat me fairly. That’s when I contacted Sutliff & Stout. Thankfully, they stepped into the picture and made sure that I was treated fairly and with respect. These guys are tireless and fierce advocates for their clients. Sutliff & Stout provided clear explanations at every step, outlined my options, and carried out any decision I made. I was very fortunate to have found this firm.

    - Shannon H.
    Sutliff & Stout were there for me…

    I had an accident with an 18-wheeler. All I wanted was for my medical bills to be taken care of but the company would not help. Sutliff & Stout came to my house, sat down with me and discussed my options. I liked them immediately. I’d never been involved in an accident with a vehicle that massive before. It was scary, and I didn’t know what to do. Sutliff & Stout were there for me, and they helped me map a strategy to achieve all of my goals. I highly recommend Sutliff & Stout for any legal matters you may have.

    - Matt K.
    Sutliff & Stout made sure that I was always informed and up to speed…

    My daughter and I sustained a significant loss due to a defective tire. I didn’t know where to turn to, until I found Sutliff & Stout. Sutliff & Stout were very knowledgeable about the law as it pertained to my case. They were definitely client driven, understanding, and aggressive. Sutliff & Stout made sure that I was always informed and up to speed on any of my case developments and I was never out of the loop on any aspect of my case.

    - Kendall W.
    I would recommend their services to anyone…

    When I was rear-ended by a commercial truck, I needed an aggressive attorney to pursue the trucking company responsible for putting the driver on the road. Sutliff & Stout cared about me enough to help me find quality medical assistance for my neck injury. I would recommend their services to anyone in need of help.

    - Shavona W.
    Sutliff & Stout still got me the compensation necessary to treat all my injuries…

    Despite all of my prior medical problems, Sutliff & Stout still managed to win me the compensation necessary to treat all my injuries. After my accident, I was able to recover my lost wages and received a great amount of compensation for my losses. I have easily recommended Sutliff & Stout to my family and friends a number of times, and highly recommend them to you as well. Thanks again.

    - Doyle A.
    I will always go to Sutliff & Stout…

    I suffered a neck injury that kept me out of work for a long time. The good news was that I didn’t have any bills afterwards; even my hospital and my ambulance bills were paid for after my accident. The insurance company settled once Sutliff & Stout boldly showed them we were prepared to try the case. I will always go to Sutliff & Stout.

    - Susan C.
    They were patient, and always made sure I understood everything…

    I never thought I would be in a situation where I needed an attorney. I actually never thought I would be in a dredging accident. I found Sutliff & Stout through a friend and I turned everything over to them. They walked me through all the steps, and I asked loads of questions, but they were patient, and always made sure I understood everything. I am really happy that I chose such a good law firm to help me.

    - Anthony R.
    Without Sutliff & Stout, I would not have been treated fairly…

    When ten different attorneys gave me the cold shoulder, Sutliff & Stout warmly accepted me and my case. When I thought there was no hope for me, Hank and Graham worked extremely hard, for a very long time, in order to put me in a position to convince the city to settle. Without Sutliff & Stout, I would not have been treated fairly and would have significant debts as a result of the collision.

    - Chris F.
    They treated me more as a friend than as a client…

    I cannot thank Sutliff & Stout enough for the way they handled my case in a very professional yet caring manner. They treated me more as a friend than as a client. Their endearing ways in dealing with clients show how much they genuinely care. They resolved my case as soon as possible because they didn’t want me to go through any further hardship after already losing my daughter. In my time of need, Sutliff & Stout was there for me.

    - Daisie M.
    I wouldn’t even dare think of calling any other attorney…

    The Sutliff & Stout Law Firm helped me when I needed it the most with true professionalism and courtesy. After my child was injured at a daycare, Sutliff & Stout helped me make the best decisions possible. I would definitely recommend Sutliff & Stout to anyone that needs legal assistance. I wouldn’t even dare think of calling any other attorney.

    - Cassie F.
    Sutliff & Stout helped me fight back…

    I felt slighted and demoralized after a former associate of mine breached an agreement we made. Maybe the person thought I would just give in, but I didn’t. Sutliff & Stout helped me fight back. Their aggressiveness and hard work pushed the defendant to finally pay the rightful amount before we even went to trial. It’s nice to know there are attorneys out there like Sutliff & Stout that will fight for me.

    - Client prefers to remain anonymous
    We’ll never have to search around for lawyers again, we found our guys…

    Our company received the short end of a very bad business deal. Things were looking bleak financially. We’d never been part of a business deal that had gone so bad. When we met Sutliff & Stout, our worries were put to rest. Their commitment and prioritization produced a $850,000 settlement on our behalf. Things are back to normal, and we are financially secure again thanks to the hard work and know how of Sutliff & Stout. We’ll never have to search around for lawyers again, we found our guys.

    - Client prefers to remain anonymous

    What Documents Do I Need After a Car Accident in Houston?

    As noted above, there are three categories to consider when evaluating the strength of your car accident claim. When you are putting together what you need for your automobile accident claim, it is helpful to use those three categories—fault, damages, and ability to pay—when gathering records and evidence to present your claim most favorably. Keep in mind that paper is your friend. This simply means that it is best to document everything.

    Insurance companies won’t take your word for it; they must see something on paper to document their file. The following is a list of things that you will want to gather, if possible, to help demonstrate and prove that the other person was responsible for the collision.

    What is needed to show the other person is at fault for the car accident?

    • Police report
    • Pictures of the scene and vehicle damage
    • 911 call recordings
    • Surveillance
    • Phone records
    • Miscellaneous records
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    What is needed to show the extent of your damages?

    • Medical and billing records associated with the car accident
    • Insurance records
    • Prior medical records
    • Payroll records
    • Pictures
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    What is needed to help determine a person’s ability or the coverage available for your car accident?

    Most insurance companies will not provide information about their insured’s insurance policy unless you file a lawsuit against their insured. However, you can still gather information to understand what you are dealing with. First, you should figure out your own insurance situation by getting a copy of your declarations page so you can understand what type of coverage is available to you. Lots of folks say they have full coverage, but they don’t fully understand what coverage they have.

    In Texas, in addition to liability coverage, you can have coverage for the damage to your vehicle, underinsured motorist coverage (UIM), uninsured motorist coverage (UM), personal injury protection (PIP), med pay, and accidental death benefits. Once you have a copy of your declarations page, you will know what coverage you have. If your insurance company says you don’t have UM/UIM or PIP coverage, you need to ask for the signed rejection of such coverage. If no such document exists, the insurance company must provide you with UIM/UM and PIP coverage.

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    Why Choose Sutliff & Stout?

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    Since starting our Houston car accident law firm in 2007, we’ve served thousands of Texas clients, and we’ve received hundreds of positive online reviews and client testimonials.

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    Texas Car Accident Laws

    Every state in the United States has its own set of laws by which citizens must abide. For the state of Texas and people who get involved in a car accident, it’s important to know these laws to determine the outcome of the insurance or accident injury claim.


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    When it comes to car accidents, Texas’ statute of limitations applies to civil personal injury lawsuits only. It does not apply to when you should contact your insurance company. Indeed, the deadlines are entirely separate.

    When filing a claim with your insurance provider, most companies require that it be done as soon as possible after the car accident, but this will be discussed in your individual insurance agreement. The timeline can be found in the details of your insurance policy or possibly on your provider’s website.

    According to Sec. 16.003 of Texas’ statute of limitation on negligence and personal injury:

    “A person must bring suit for trespass for injury to the estate or to the property of another, conversion of personal property, taking or detaining the personal property of another, personal injury… not later than two years after the day of the cause of actions accrues.”

    In other words, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident in Texas. The time to file begins the day the accident took place. It includes all injuries related to the accident, whether it be a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident. Even if there were no injuries and only property damage occurred, the two-year limit still stands. The exception to the rule is if the person is a minor.

    The statute of limitations applies to all personal injury claims, from slip-and-falls to car accidents to even dog bites. Texas is strict on its statute of limitations and there are rarely any exceptions to the rule.

    It is important to file within the two-year mark due to affirmative defense. This means the statute of limitations only applies if the party being sued asserts it. If you do file a claim after the statute of limitations, the defense party will argue that your claim is barred since you waited until after the two-year limit. Additionally, the defense can file a motion to have your case dismissed. The courts may grant this motion, since you failed to timely pursue your claims. It is also important to note that to file an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim is 4 years because this claim is a breach of contract claim.

    Texas is an at-fault state, so that means you can file an insurance claim or suit against the driver who is “at fault,” or someone responsible for the damages and injuries in a car accident. At-fault drivers can cover the damages by purchasing liability insurance. There are minimum limits with liability insurance, which are:

    • $30,000 for each injured person;
    • $60,000 total for injuries per incident;
    • $25,000 for property damage

    Within 15 days of receiving your information, the insurance company must accept or reject your claim. If they reject your claim, they are required to explain why. If they accept any part of your claim, they are required to issue payment within five business days.

    There are also laws if you and the other driver are both at fault for the accident. This is called modified comparative fault and this allows the claimant to recover damages as long as he or she was 50% or less at fault. The courts will determine the percentage through investigation of the crash in question. After investigating, the courts will reduce the claimant’s compensation by a percentage that matches the claimant’s amount of fault.

    While statute of limitations and insurance requirements are vital to know, here are other laws Texas residents should be aware of:

    Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death

    According to Texas Transportation Code Sec. 550.021.,

    (a) The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident that results or is reasonably likely to result in injury to or death of a person shall:

    (1) immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene as possible;

    (2) immediately return to the scene of the accident if the vehicle is not stopped at the scene of the accident;

    (3) immediately determine whether a person is involved in the accident and if a person is involved in the accident, whether that person requires aid; and

    (4) remain at the scene of the accident until the operator complies with the requirements of Section 550.023.

    (b) An operator of a vehicle required to stop the vehicle by Subsection (a) shall do so without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

    (c) A person commits an offense if the person does not stop or does not comply with the requirements of this section. An offense under this section:

    (1) involving an accident resulting in:

    (A) death of a person is a felony of the second degree;  or

    (B) serious bodily injury, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code, to a person is a felony of the third degree;  and

    (2) involving an accident resulting in injury to which Subdivision (1) does not apply is punishable by:

    (A) imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for not more than five years or confinement in the county jail for not more than one year;

    (B) a fine not to exceed $5,000;  or

    (C) both the fine and the imprisonment or confinement.

    Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle

    According to Texas Transportation Code Sec. 550.022.,

    (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle that is driven or attended by a person shall:

    (1) immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close as possible to the scene of the accident without obstructing traffic more than is necessary;

    (2) immediately return to the scene of the accident if the vehicle is not stopped at the scene of the accident;  and

    (3) remain at the scene of the accident until the operator complies with the requirements of Section 550.023.

    (b) If an accident occurs on a main lane, ramp, shoulder, median, or adjacent area of a freeway in a metropolitan area and each vehicle involved can be normally and safely driven, each operator shall move the operator’s vehicle as soon as possible to a designated accident investigation site, if available, a location on the frontage road, the nearest suitable cross street, or other suitable location to complete the requirements of Section 550.023 and minimize interference with freeway traffic.

    (c) A person commits an offense if the person does not stop or does not comply with the requirements of Subsection (a).  An offense under this subsection is:

    (1) a Class C misdemeanor, if the damage to all vehicles is less than $200;  or

    (2) a Class B misdemeanor, if the damage to all vehicles is $200 or more.

    (c-1) A person commits an offense if the person does not comply with the requirements of Subsection (b).  An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.

    (d) In this section, a vehicle can be normally and safely driven only if the vehicle:

    (1) does not require towing;  and

    (2) can be operated under its own power and in its usual manner, without additional damage or hazard to the vehicle, other traffic, or the roadway.

    Immediate Report of Accident

    According to Texas Transportation Code Sec. 550.026.,

    (a) The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of a person or damage to a vehicle to the extent that it cannot be normally and safely driven shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of the accident to the:

    (1) local police department if the accident occurred in a municipality;

    (2) local police department or the sheriff’s office if the accident occurred not more than 100 feet outside the limits of a municipality; or (3) sheriff’s office or the nearest office of the department if the accident is not required to be reported under Subdivision (1) or (2)…

    Under Texas Transportation Code section 550.026, the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident must immediately (“by the quickest means of communication”) report the accident to the local police department (if the accident occurred in a municipality) or to the local sheriff’s office (if the crash occurred outside a municipality) if the crash resulted in injury or death of any person, or damage to a vehicle to the extent that it cannot be safely driven from the scene.

    Attention Texas Drivers: New Laws on the Book, 2023 Edition

    Each September, drivers in the Lone Star state can expect a handful or so of new regulations that come into law. Most of these new laws usually focus on criminal acts, but drivers must be aware of any upcoming/changing laws.

    Also known as House Bill 393, Bentley’s Law would see those convicted of intoxication manslaughter to make payments to the victims’ surviving children. These payments, in principle, are similar to child support payments. Missouri adopted a similar law to the one taking effect in 2023.

    With the passing of Senate Bill 1551, if you refuse to identify yourself to a detaining officer, you could be charged with a Class B or C misdemeanor. This includes not presenting a driver’s license to an officer or refusing to give your name, date of birth, or address.

    Under House Bill 1885, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation have the authority to temporarily change speed limits under specific conditions. In the event of construction or poor weather on roadways, they can reduce speed limits for portions of highway. Drivers will need to be on the lookout for temporary speed signs if they find themselves going through either condition.

    Senate Bill 505 will cause vehicle owners who drive an electric vehicle to pay an additional $200 fee when registering their vehicle each year. The fee is doubled if the vehicle is brand new.

    What Are The Most Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries?

    One of the main consequences of car accidents is injuries. Depending on the type of crash and the impact, auto collisions can affect any part of the body and can lead to an injury, whether it be minor or severe.

    Car accident injuries occur when a moving vehicle suddenly collides with something, causing your body to stay in motion while the vehicle stops. Whenever this happens, a part of your body will violently hit an object or jerk in an aggressive manner, resulting in traumatic injuries. No matter how many safety protections you have, injuries will occur. In some cases, an airbag or a seat belt may inflict additional damage to your person. All injuries will require treatment, ranging from a matter of weeks to several months, depending on the type of injury. In some cases, injuries are permanent and victims are left with life-changing consequences.

    Below is a list of common car accident injuries inflicted on victims during a car accident.

    What Are The Most Common Types of Accidents?

    Many types of accidents plague the roads of Texas. Every car collision is different and results in various types of injuries. Depending on the type of car crash, the victim can end up with life-altering damages. The following are the types of car accidents that frequent Houston roads, highways, and even neighborhoods.

    Fatal Car Accident

    Causes of Fatal Car Accidents in Houston

    Houston has a higher rate of car accidents than any other city in Texas, with many resulting in injuries or fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas had 3,639 fatalities and 12,161 serious injury crashes in 2018. Some of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in Houston include:

    • Drunk or drugged driving
    • Distracted driving
    • Aggressive driving
    • Malfunctioning vehicles
    • Driving while fatigued

    Losing a loved one in a car accident can be devastating, and difficult to handle the aftermath while grieving. With over a decade of experience, we assist families in recovering compensation from the liable driver. Schedule a free consultation with our Houston fatal car accident attorney today!

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    Contact Award-Winning Car Accident Lawyers in Houston, TX

    Sutliff & Stout Injury & Accident Law Firm has been recognized as one of the top 3 personal injury law firms in Houston, Texas, and has helped thousands of individuals with their car accident claims. Our founders, Graham Sutliff, and Hank Stout, are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and have been recognized by Thomson Reuters as Super Lawyers in Texas. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

    We know you are going through a lot and likely have many questions. Our Houston car accident lawyers are available seven days a week to answer any questions you may have about your particular car accident claim or your legal situation. Contact us today!

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    Most Houston accident attorneys work on what is known as a contingency fee basis.

    When a lawyer for an auto accident represents a client under a contingency fee agreement, the client does not pay the lawyer any money unless his or her claim is successful.

    If the client’s claim is successful, the lawyer collects a fixed amount of money from the settlement or verdict awarded to the client. This amount is generally calculated as a percentage of the award.

    A typical Houston car accident lawyer will charge anywhere from 25%-40% of the final settlement. This can change depending on if your case is settled out of the courts or taken to trial. If your case does go to trial, it’s common for fees related to the legal process like record requests or filing fees to also be taken out from the final settlement or allotment total.

    Our lawyers can help you better understand how a contingency fee case works, so do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case. Remember, you pay nothing unless your lawsuit is successful.

    If you were involved in a very minor car accident, you may not need to hire an auto accident lawyer in Houston. But if anyone was injured in your car accident, or there was serious property damage, you should probably hire a lawyer.

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    An experienced car accident attorney will help protect your rights in court and during the settlement negotiation process. At Sutliff & Stout, we pursue all available forms of compensation for our clients who have been involved in car accidents.

    Often, car accident lawsuits involve complicated legal claims. Therefore, we typically recommend that you do not proceed without a car accident lawyer.

    How long it will take to settle a claim through insurance or to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to completion depends on a number of factors.

    Related Article: What Is the Average Time to Settle a Personal Injury Case?

    These factors include the seriousness of your accident, whether you or others were injured in the accident and how badly, the total amount of property damage or loss caused by the accident, and whether all the parties involved in your accident were insured.

    Typically, a personal injury lawsuit takes between one and two years from filing to completion. If you file a personal injury lawsuit, the other party may wish to settle the lawsuit before it reaches court. This can save everyone involved a lot of time and money.

    There is no way to predict exactly how long your claim will take, but a car accident attorney may be able to provide some guidance. Contact our office today to discuss your case.

    If you were injured in a car accident, you will likely be able to make a claim for the following types of damages:

    • Past and future medical treatment, including ongoing care by specialists, caused by the collision.
    • Lost wages for missed work and loss of future income if your earning capacity has been diminished.
    • Compensation for damage to your vehicle and other personal property.
    • Past and future pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of your injuries.

    The statute of limitations is a procedural rule that requires lawsuits to be filed within a specified time period.

    Under the statute of limitations you have two years to file an insurance claim after an accident in Texas. However, you should not wait to file your claim. The sooner you file your insurance claim the faster you can get relief following the accident.

    There are some exceptions to this rule, but only an experienced car accident lawyer can tell you whether these exceptions apply to your case. Because the Texas statute of limitations will disqualify you from filing a lawsuit if you miss the deadline, it’s important that you talk to an accident lawyer right away after a car accident. The Texas statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is found at Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 16.003.

    An experienced personal injury or car accident lawyer is your best line of defense following a car accident. These individuals have the expertise to help guide you through what can be confusing days and weeks following a car accident. A car accident lawyer will be your best asset for gathering the necessary information after an accident, while collecting the facts of the case and presenting to solidify your case. There’s also the matter of negotiating with the insurance companies. These companies, by design, are meant to pay you as little as possible following an accident.

    If you find yourself in a position where you require legal representation, we recommend contacting our knowledge and experienced team at Sutliff & Stout. Our team of expert car accident lawyers have decades of experience representing a variety of car accident related cases, equipping us with the knowledge to fight for you. We offer 100 percent free case evaluations and would be happy to speak to you further about your rights.

    When choosing a car accident lawyer for judicial proceedings you will want someone that is experienced, has a high success rate, and has impeccable communication skills. All of these attributes are critical in finding a highly-rated car accident lawyer. You should also consider finding a lawyer who has a proven reputation and is transparent regarding contingency fees.

    Not every car accident requires a car accident lawyer. If you are familiar with all of the moving parts of your insurance plan, then it may be unnecessary to hire a car accident lawyer to help you out. However, if your injuries are significant, you should always speak with a qualified attorney. There is simply nothing to lose by doing so.

    If you are thinking, how much money can you get for a minor car accident – determining an estimate for a minor car accident can be difficult due to the wide variety of factors involved with car accidents. Injuries, damages, and fault will all alter the value of a car accident. On average, a minor car accident claim may be around $3,000. 

    If you allow someone to drive your car and they’re not on your insurance, you can still potentially file a claim with your insurance provider. Insurance typically follows your vehicle, not the driver. If you give someone permission to use your vehicle, they are commonly covered if they get in an accident.

    If someone else is driving your car and gets in an accident, the at fault driver is ultimately responsible for covering damages and injuries as result of an accident. As long as the individual driving your vehicle did not cause the accident, there should be nothing to worry about. If they did cause the accident, the individual driving your vehicle may be responsible. Some insurance providers cover anyone driving the insured vehicle but others only insure specific drivers. You will want to contact your insurance provider to confirm the details of your policy.

    A car accident lawsuit can take anywhere from a few weeks, to months, to up to several years in some cases. The majority of cases will be settled within only a few months. The more complex the case, the longer it may take. If a case involves a serious injury it can get even more complicated. Medical expenses can drive up the cost of a settlement and if medical costs are still being accrued months or years after the accident, suits can last for quite a while.

    In the event that you are being sued for a car accident in Texas, it’s recommended that you contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. Be sure to act quickly as you have a limited time to respond to a lawsuit. If you fail to communicate prior to the deadline, a default judgment may be entered for you by the court.

    The lawyer-client relationship is a very important one. You should look for a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable communicating.

    Related Article: Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Ask if the lawyer has experience handling cases similar to yours. Don’t be afraid to ask for references from past clients.

    In personal injury cases, it is important to have an attorney who will aggressively pursue your claims. Make sure your car accident attorney has experience trying cases before a jury, as well as negotiating favorable settlements for his or her clients outside of court.

    Be sure that you are clear on how much your lawyer plans to charge you if your case is successful. Your lawyer should never be unresponsive to these types of questions.

    If you ever feel uncomfortable or dissatisfied with your car accident lawyer, you have the right to terminate the relationship.

    If you were injured in a car accident and do not have medical insurance, you should contact a lawyer right away.

    You may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to have the necessary funds available to pay for your medical treatment.

    Medical bills can be very expensive. Many people are forced to file bankruptcy as a result of unmanageable medical bills. If you do not have health insurance, a compassionate and experienced Houston car accident attorney can help.

    Texas law requires all people who drive in Texas to pay for the accidents they cause. Most drivers do this by buying auto liability insurance, also known as car insurance.

    Texas specifies a minimum amount for all drivers. The current minimum liability limits are $30,000 for each injured person, up to $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. This basic coverage is called 30/60/25 coverage.

    Related Article: Texas Car Insurance Requirements

    Suppose the other driver involved in your car accident doesn’t have insurance or was underinsured at the time of the accident. In that case, we can help you file a civil lawsuit against the driver to recover money damages.

    Sometimes, this is the only way to get you the money you deserve to compensate you for your injuries and other losses.

    If you have insurance, you may have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage as part of your policy. This means that your insurance company will help cover some or all of the costs of your accident if an uninsured or underinsured motorist causes it.

    Getting in an accident with an uninsured driver can lead to complicated legal proceedings. Our Houston car accident attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and recover the money you deserve.

    We recommend you go to the doctor after a car accident, even just for a precautionary check-up. People often don’t realize they may have been injured in a car accident.

    The symptoms of common car accident injuries like whiplash, back and neck injuries, and muscle stiffness may take time to develop. If left untreated, some of these injuries can become worse over time.

    After visiting the doctor, it will be determined what treatments, such as surgery or physical therapy, are needed for your recovery. Ask for copies of your medical records and any billing statements associated with your medical care. These records will be important to have on hand during the insurance claims process and if you file a personal injury lawsuit.

    Yes, you can recover your lost wages after being injured in a car accident.

    However, On average it will take about a month to receive your lost wages. It’s also possible that you can receive compensation for your lost wages within a few days of accepting your settlement. You will need to speak with the insurance provider to confirm the details of your case. In Texas, it is up to the at-fault party or their insurance provider to cover lost wages if that is agreed to in the settlement.

    If you missed work as a result of your car accident injury, you may be able to recover money to compensate you for lost wages by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

    If your earning capacity was permanently reduced due to your injuries, you may also be able to recover damages to account for the earnings you will lose over time.


    Finding the best car accident lawyer can be difficult, especially in Houston, one of the nation’s largest markets. If you find yourself needing legal counsel following a motor vehicle accident, you’ll want the best lawyer you can find. You will want a lawyer with decades of legal experience negotiating with insurance companies. Additionally, you will want a lawyer that prioritizes you, not your situation’s financial aspect. The experienced car accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout ask for no fee upfront and offer a free case evaluation to help you understand the details of your case.

    If you’re hit by a cop, you should pull over and call 911. Regardless of who hit you, your first step should be to find somewhere safe to call the police and alert them of the accident. If the officer is found to have acted negligent and violated traffic laws leading to the accident, a claim could be made to recover damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can be a critical resource for people involved in accidents with government employees, such as police officers.

    A serious injury in a car accident can include broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal injuries, and burns. Beyond these common serious injuries, more obscure injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and amputation. In the most critical of accidents, death is not uncommon.

    When someone dies in a car accident, the body of the deceased is commonly taken by a coroner. It’s very possible that the body will have to be investigated to determine the official cause of death. In cases involving death, it’s possible for the at fault driver to face criminal charges and wrongful death charges filed by the family of the deceased. Most accidents involving a death do not result in a  criminal charge though. Insurance providers should cover associated medical costs and funeral expenses.

    Failure to notify the police of an accident can have serious ramifications including fines, your license being suspended, and potentially jail time. By law, if someone has been considerably injured, property is damaged, or a death has occurred, the police should be contacted. Police will write a police report of the incident, which if you’re not liable for the accident, can help to prove the other driver is at fault. This report, commonly referred to as a crash report, is crucial for determining fault in car accidents.

    Technically, there is no limit for how much someone can be sued for a car accident. However, proving damages and worth of your case will depend on a variety of issues. On average, most car accident cases settle for anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000. It will be up to you, the insurance provider, and your attorney to determine how much your case is worth.

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