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Missouri City Car Accident Lawyer

The pandemic slowed down life in just about every area, but oddly not when it comes to dangerous and deadly traffic accidents. According to statistics published by the Texas Department of Transportation, 2021 saw an increase in car crashes over 2020 (and 2020 was an increase over 2019), with fatal wrecks in Missouri City occurring at a higher rate than in the rest of the state. As the largest city in Texas both in terms of population and size, it’s not surprising that more traffic fatalities would occur here, but the fact that deadly crashes here are outpacing the rest of the state is particularly alarming.

Both fatal and non-fatal crashes wreak havoc on the lives of accident victims and their families in many different ways, including costly financial damages from medical bills and loss of income as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering. The car accident attorney at Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm understands what you are going through and is committed to representing you with compassion and support as we dedicate ourselves to obtaining justice and compensation for you. Call our experienced Missouri City car accident lawyer today.

Negligent Drivers and Their Insurers Are Responsible for Your Damages

When another driver wrecks into you or causes you to crash, they are liable to you for the full extent of the harm they have inflicted on you. The legal term for the money you can recover from the negligent driver is called “damages,” and Texas auto accident law recognizes both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refers to the financial costs that flow from the accident, such as:

  • Doctor and hospital bills
  • Cost of future medical care
  • Lost income while you are out of work due to the injury
  • Lost income for permanent partial or total disability
  • Damage to your vehicle and its contents

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, means compensation for harm you suffered in other ways, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of limb
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Psychological harm, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD
  • Loss in quality of life or enjoyment of life
  • Loss of intimate relations

A third category of damages, known in Texas as exemplary damages but also commonly called punitive damages, is available when the conduct of the at-fault driver was grossly negligent, perhaps by causing a crash while drag racing or driving while heavily intoxicated. Exemplary damages can reach $200,000 or higher, depending on the severity of the injury and the economic and non-economic damages involved.

To pay for these damages, drivers in Texas are required by law to carry liability insurance or proof of financial responsibility that covers $30,000 in bodily injury per person and $60,000 in bodily injury per accident, along with $25,000 in coverage for property damage. These amounts are the minimum required, but many drivers carry higher policy limits to protect their assets if they get into a wreck that is found to be their fault. The Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm will take on the negligent driver and their insurance company and fight to get you the full amount of compensation due to you after a crash that was not your fault. Insurance companies have all sorts of tricks to get out of paying what they owe, including offering you a lowball settlement before you have a chance to get a lawyer, saying the accident wasn’t their driver’s fault, disputing the severity of your injuries, or claiming that your own negligence caused or contributed to the crash. Our team is experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and litigating claims until a satisfactory settlement or jury verdict can be reached. We know the law and all the tricks in the insurance company’s playbook, and we won’t let you get taken advantage of.

Contact Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Pearland, Sugar Land, or throughout the greater Missouri City metro area, the Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm is here for you with compassionate support while we aggressively pursue justice and compensation for you and your family. Call our experienced Missouri City car accident lawyer today.

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