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Odessa Car Accident Attorney

Award-Winning Auto Accident Lawyer in Odessa & Midland

A car accident can be a shocking and frightening experience, especially if you or a loved one has been injured. At Herring Law Firm, our award-winning Odessa car accident attorney can deliver the strong legal advocacy you need to push forward during this time. Having handled hundreds of cases for injured individuals throughout West Texas, we have what it takes to help you seek full and fair compensation for your losses.

As a reflection of the firm's tenacity and unwavering client commitment, Attorney Herring has been selected for inclusion in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ (a service of Thomson Reuters). Attorney Mason Herring is committed to fighting for the rights of accident victims who have been injured through the negligent actions of others, and he always strives for the best possible outcome for his clients' cases. You may be entitled to recover financial compensation, and Mason may be able to help.

Herring Law Firm provides elite representation for a wide range of car accident injury claims, including:

Don't let insurance companies bully you into accepting a lower settlement than you deserve. Dial (888) 470-2876 to speak to an Odessa auto accident lawyer today.

Texas is an At-Fault State

While some states adhere to a "no-fault" system in regards to car accidents, Texas is an at-fault state which follows a traditional tort system. In this system, every driver can be held liable for their portion of the fault in a car accident. While most people carry liability insurance to cover these costs in the event of a collision, at-fault drivers can be sued for expenses beyond the state minimums.

In Texas, drivers are required to carry the following minimum insurance:

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

In the event that multiple parties share fault for a collision, Texas uses a modified form of comparative negligence called "proportionate responsibility." This means that if you are found to be partially at fault for your injuries, you may still recover compensation for your losses but your eligible damages will be reduced. If you are found to be more than 51% at fault, however, you will not be able to recover any compensation.

Never Accept an Insurance Settlement Without Speaking to a Lawyer

Whether your car accident was caused by an automotive car part failure, a distracted driver, a drunk driver, or otherwise negligent motorist, you must take immediate legal action with the help of a professional attorney. Though an insurance company may try to offer you a settlement, it will most often be less than the amount to which you are entitled. Let a car accident lawyer from Herring Law Firm help you pursue the full amount of damages after an accident!

Compensation for a car accident may include coverage for:

  • Lost wages and future lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Medical bills and doctors' expenses
  • Emergency treatment-related costs
  • Follow-up treatments for rehabilitation purposes
  • Pain and suffering
  • Costs associated with wrongful death

By foregoing your right to legal representation, you could be missing your opportunity to receive money that can be used to pay off:

  • Extensive medical bills
  • Repair costs
  • Lost compensation
  • Other losses from the accident

Attorney Mason Herring is adept at taking on any insurance company and will not stop championing your interests until an insurance company or liable party provides you with the money and support that you deserve.

What to Do If You've Been in a Car Accident

Your actions immediately after a car accident can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation later. It is important to stay calm and have a plan in place to protect yourself from liability.

If you have been involved in a crash, follow these steps:

  • Stop and render aid. Never flee the scene of an accident!
  • If anyone is hurt, groggy, or unresponsive, call for an ambulance. It is best to err on the side of caution and request emergency medical attention if you at all unsure about someone's condition.
  • Keep your cool. Even if the accident was clearly caused by the other driver, yelling and blaming them will only make the situation worse and make it difficult to think during a time when you need to be as aware as possible.
  • Unless the crash is extremely minor, leave your vehicles where they are even if they are blocking traffic. Take a photo of their positions relative to each other if you can.
  • Get to a safe place nearby and call the police. Even if the crash is little more than a fender bender, report the collision to the police and have them create an accident report. Ask the responding police officer for a copy of this report.
  • Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, vehicle makes and models, license plate numbers, and driver's license numbers with all involved drivers. Get the contact information of any witnesses to the crash as well for future reference.
  • Do not apologize or admit fault in any way. While it may seem innocent to say "I'm sorry" or "I didn't see you" in the immediate aftermath, doing so can expose you to liability before an investigation is even performed. Stick to the facts and remain polite, but do not say anything that could be misconstrued as an admission of fault.
  • Take as many photos of the damage as you can, as well as any injuries you may have sustained. The more photographic and video evidence you have, the better.
  • If you haven't been rushed to the hospital already, seek medical treatment as soon as the police give you permission to leave. Even if you feel okay, there is a chance that you have sustained internal injuries which may be temporarily masked by the adrenaline rush of the collision. Tell your doctor you were involved in a crash and report any aches and pains you experience.
  • Report the crash to your insurance company as soon as you can. Many insurance policies require collisions to be reported within a few days to be eligible for coverage.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Midland & Odessa

Car accidents are caused by a wide range of different factors, though most collisions can be attributed to some sort of error or driver negligence. While some crashes are relatively minor and cause little more than cosmetic damage, many others result in severe injuries to involved drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. If you are in a car crash, it may not be your fault, and you should not be held responsible for the damages caused by the ignorance or mistakes of other drivers.

Car accidents in the Midland / Odessa area are frequently caused by:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Failing to yield right-of-way
  • Running red lights
  • Following too closely
  • Teenage drivers / driver inexperience
  • Vehicle defects

Deadliest Roadways in Midland & Odessa

While any road can be dangerous, there are certain roadways in the Midland/Odessa region which have proven to be deadlier than others. Certain intersections and stretches of highway have a higher density of accidents and require greater care from motorists.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram (MRT), the following are some of the most dangerous roads in Midland:

  • Loop 250 and Midkiff Road
  • Big Spring & Loop 250
  • Loop 250 & Midland
  • Midkiff & Wadley
  • Big Spring & Scharbauer

Nine West 9 reports that the most dangerous roads in Odessa are:

  • Grandview & 42nd Street
  • Parkway & 42nd Street
  • Andrews & 42nd Street
  • Andrews & University
  • Loop 338 & I H 20

How Much is Your Car Accident Case Worth?

You may be wondering what the value of your injury claim may be in the aftermath of a car accident. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to determine this without discussing your case with an attorney. Every car accident case is different and will vary in value depending on a wide range of factors. Generally speaking, however, car accident cases that involve severe injuries such as broken bones, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, or permanent disfigurement tend to yield much higher awards and settlements than those that involve minor injuries to soft tissues.

The value of your car accident case will be influenced by:

  • The severity and long-term impact of your injuries
  • The amount of time your injuries force you to miss work
  • The insurance coverage of the involved parties
  • The cost of your treatment
  • The amount of evidence proving the other party's liability
  • The level of damage to your vehicle and personal property
  • The quality of your legal representation

How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Texas?

If you have been involved in a car accident, you have a limited amount of time to take action and file a claim against the at-fault driver in pursuit of compensation. Most insurance policies require you to bring a claim within a few days or even weeks of the collision. If you cannot reach an agreement with the insurance company, you have two years to file a personal injury or property damage lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This is known as a "statute of limitations."

This filing deadline is strictly enforced in Texas and can make or break your claim. For this reason, it is crucial to act promptly and speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.

Call the Firm Today for a Confidential and Free Consultation

As your personal injury attorney in Odessa, Mason Herring understands that this may be an emotional time for you and your family. He proudly represents the interests of the innocently injured and the bereaved. He makes it a personal honor to pursue the justice that you need. Let Herring Law Firm put its experience to work for you.

Contact Herring Law Firm today to request your free, completely confidential consultation to begin working with a law firm that is devoted to your success.

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