Beachside Texas cities like Corpus Christi attract tourists from all over the state and country every year. Between this influx of people in the streets and the picturesque scenery, both drivers and pedestrians are more prone to getting injured in a traffic accident.

If you or a loved one got hurt in an accident because of a distracted driver, you could have a case for compensation. A Corpus Christi distracted driving accident lawyer with Hilliard Martinez Gonzales can show you your legal options and file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf.

When you hire an injury lawyer with our firm, they handle all aspects of your case

Managing a legal case is no easy task, especially when you’re trying to prove that the driver who hit you was distracted. That is where our car accident attorneys can come in and take over all the legalities and responsibilities that come with filing a legal claim.

Your Lawyer Can Gather Evidence that Shows the Driver Was Distracted

In general, successful personal injury cases revolve around showing that someone else was negligent, and that negligence caused harm.  In a distracted driving case, the elements of negligence include:

  • Duty of care: The other driver was to follow all road rules and keep their full attention on the road.
  • Breach of duty: The other driver was texting, eating, looking at the GPS, etc.
  • Causation: This distraction caused the accident.
  • Damages: Your accident led you to suffer from injuries and other losses.

Proving that the driver was distracted can be tricky, but our accident lawyers have experience evaluating claims to determine whether driver distraction played a role.  Some types of evidence we can compile to back up this claim include:

  • The police report
  • Witness statement
  • Traffic video footage
  • Photographs of your injuries and the scene of the car accident

Your personal testimony can also be an asset to your case. Write down everything you remember from the accident, including if you saw the driver texting or not paying attention to the road.

We Can Keep in Touch with the Parties Involved and Their Representatives

Many time’s the other party’s insurer will reach out to you and ask to take your recorded statement after a car accident. However, whenever they make contact, it’s important to refer them to your legal team. Doing so will help you because:

  • Keeping track of phone calls and emails can be tedious and confusing over time.
  • The insurance representative could take your words out of the context you intended. Our lawyers are familiar with this tactic and will make sure the insurer doesn’t devalue your case.

Your Attorney Will Negotiate a Settlement for Your Accident-Related Damages

When your lawyer assesses and quantifies any losses stemming from your distracted driving accident in Corpus Christi, they will come up with an amount they will request from the insurer as your settlement.

If the insurance company reaches out to settle and offers an insufficient amount, we will negotiate until we obtain fair compensation for your injuries. In the rare event that we cannot reach a positive settlement, we are prepared to fight in court to recover the compensation you deserve. 

Damages You Can Recover After a Corpus Christi Distracted Driving accident

In general, the amount you recover for your car accident will depend on how serious your injuries were, among other aspects of your case. But, usually, the damages you can recoup following a car accident are:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Past lost wages
  • Future loss of earning potential
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability

Distracted driving accidents can turn fatal. If your loved one succumbed to their distracted driving accident injuries, you might have a valid wrongful death claim in which you can recover the costs for:

  • Funeral arrangements
  • Burial
  • Medical needs
  • Lost wages and support
  • Loss of consortium

You may also be eligible to collect forms of compensation that are not listed here.

The Amount of Time You Have to Pursue a Distracted Driving Case Is Limited

The time to act after getting hurt or losing a loved one in a distracted driving accident in Texas is now. Per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, both personal injury and wrongful death claimants have two years to file their lawsuit.

Some exceptions exist to this time restriction, but they are uncommon. It’s important to reach out to our team as soon as possible about your case. If you let too much time go by, the deadline may pass, which means possibly forfeiting your right to damages.

If You Are Able to Pay for Our Legal Services During a Difficult Time Like This

With Hilliard Martinez Gonzales on your side, there is no need to worry about whether or not you can afford to hire us for legal representation. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, meaning:

  • You get a free consultation when you first call us.
  • You don’t pay your lawyer in a lump sum, by the hour, up front.
  • We only collect an attorney’s fee if they win a financial award for you.

By working on a contingency fee basis, you face minimal financial risk in pursuing compensation for your injuries.    

Hillard Martinez Gonzales to get clients the compensation they need

We have represented clients against big names in distracted driving accident cases. Some of them are:

More of our settlements and verdicts include:

  • $575 million from General Motors after their defective ignition led to many injuries and deaths.
  • $21.5 million for a client who suffered a back injury in a car accident
  • $14 million after Toyota for a defective accelerator

Our staff is ready to listen to what happened to you during and after your distracted driving accident and see how we can help you get the award you need to move forward.

A Few Seconds of Distraction Can Change Your Life

Distractions only take a few seconds to cause an accident and change your life. Drivers must remain alert and focused on the road at all times, and if they fail to uphold this obligation, you should be able to hold them accountable.

They may have succumbed to one of these types of distractions:

  • Visual: Looking at something other than the road
  • Auditory: Hearing something not related to driving
  • Manual: Manipulating something other than the steering wheel
  • Cognitive: Thinking about something other than driving

Call Hilliard Martinez Gonzales to Learn More About Your Legal Options

Getting hurt in a distracted driving accident can upend your life in all areas. Let our Corpus Christi lawyers pursue them for damages on your behalf so that you can concentrate on getting back on your feet.

For a free case review with one of our team members, connect with Hilliard Martinez Gonzales today at (361) 882-1612.