McAllen Car Accident Lawyer
Injured in a Car Accident in Texas?
At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., we understand how stressful it is to be involved in a car accident. It can be difficult to get back on your feet and move forward with your life, especially when you are coping with serious injuries, significant pain, lost wages from time taken off work, and the emotional trauma of the crash. If someone else was to blame for the accident, you shouldn’t have to simply deal with these consequences on your own—and our firm can help.
With over 12 years of experience and millions of dollars in compensation collected for auto accident victims, Attorney Humberto Tijerina is the McAllen car accident attorney of choice for countless car crash victims throughout Hidalgo County and the surrounding areas. From his “T – No Fee Guarantee” to his commitment to securing free rental cars for his clients, Mr. Tijerina goes above and beyond when it comes to helping his clients navigate the process of filing car accident claims. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, continue reading to learn more about your rights and options or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
On This Page:
- Why Are Accident Rates So High in McAllen?
- Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer
- How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help
- Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
- How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
- Get Legal Representation Today
- Car Accident FAQs
McAllen is the largest metropolitan city in Hidalgo County and the fifth most populated area in Texas. Founded in the early 1900s, McAllen was recently voted one of the top places to live in the country. Over the last decade, we have witnessed our city grow and expand considerably. As more people and business have moved to our city, our once-quiet streets and highways have become overpopulated with traffic. We now have all the major traffic and travel issues as major metropolitan areas, like Houston and Dallas. Even more worrisome, McAllen has also seen a large increase in the number of auto accidents.
After a car crash, you may have multiple concerns, such as how to get your car repaired and who will cover the expense for a rental car. Hiring a top-rated auto accident lawyer, like Mr. Tijerina, may be your best option after an accident. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed, allowing you the financial relief you need to heal.
In 2018, McAllen saw a large rise in the total number of car accidents, including fatal accidents. Our roads and highways are more crowded than ever before. With the continuous expansion of the city, there appears to be no reprieve in sight. This means that after a car wreck, you need to fight extra hard to make sure your claim is not only settled quickly but, most importantly, that you are fairly compensated for your losses.
At first glance, submitting a personal injury claim after a car accident may seem simple. However, the truth is, these claims are often very complex and getting fair compensation can be extremely challenging without the help of a skilled car accident lawyer in McAllen.
Insurance companies make billions of dollars every year. They do not make money by settling and paying injury claims. Instead, they invest the money we pay in monthly premiums, and they fight with the help of powerful lawyers to make sure they keep that money in-house rather than paying out claims.
This is why it is so important that you have a powerful car accident attorney on your side. As your auto accident attorney, Mr. Tijerina and his team will fight to make sure the insurance company does not take advantage of you. We can handle every detail of your case, from investigating the accident to gathering appropriate evidence to submitting your formal claim and negotiating for a fair settlement. At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., helping injured victims and their families is more than a job—it’s a calling. We are committed to doing everything possible to help you secure the full, fair compensation you are owed so that you can get the treatment you need and move forward with your life.
Some auto accidents result in property damage alone; some also include bodily injuries. There is a lot of legal jargon that gets thrown around by insurance agents and injury lawyers. To make things a bit simpler, “property damage” refers to your car or vehicle. Is your car just dinged up or was it totaled in the crash? Did you have valuables, like baby car seats or custom rims, that were also damaged during the crash? The extent of the damage and the value of your property play a large role in determining how much you may be able to recover in compensation.
If you or your passengers were hurt in the crash, this would account for “bodily injury.” Again, the extent and severity of your injuries play a role in the value of your claim; generally speaking, the greater your injuries, the higher the value of your potential case.
It is extremely important to not only gather evidence and medical records that support your claim but also to ensure you properly submit your claim. Insurance companies are highly interested in underpaying and denying claims, especially high-value claims. Any mistakes could jeopardize your recovery.
An experienced injury attorney knows how to review a potential case. Not only can your attorney estimate the value of the claim, but they can also identify strengths and weaknesses in your case. This can help set expectations and reduce your stress as you navigate the process of securing compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The point is that a skilled lawyer may be able to help navigate you through this difficult time.
Our team handles the following types of car accident lawsuits (and much more):
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Fatal Car Accidents
- Hit & Run Accidents
- Lyft Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Catastrophic Car Accidents
How Do Auto Accident Lawyers Get Paid?
Most reputable auto accident attorneys provide services on what is called a "contingency" basis. This means that unless they successfully recover compensation for their client, they won't get paid. This form of payment is great for the client because it ensures that they receive the best representation possible, and don't have to pay for these services out-of-pocket. Instead, your attorney's payment will come out of the settlement you receive from the insurance company. This can also help alleviate any financial pressure you may be under while trying to pay for medical bills and car repairs following your accident.
Each state has a statute of limitations on car accident claims (just like any other personal injury claim). For Texas, this statute of limitations prevents car accident victims from filing a lawsuit more than 2 years after the date of their accident (Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003). This is why it's so important that you contact an attorney as quickly as possible following your accident. Do not waste any time!
At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., we are qualified and knowledgeable in auto accident injury law and are ready to work on your behalf to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced legal team will put together the details of your case, help ensure you get your car repaired and/or that you receive the best value for your vehicle, work to get you a car rental (if necessary), and aggressively pursue your claim to get you the best possible settlement. If needed, we are also ready to pursue your case at trial.
You can feel at peace knowing that, during this time, we are prepared to represent you in court and protect your rights. Our car crash lawyer has handled thousands of personal injury and car accident cases and has years of experience representing clients in Texas.
If you’re injured and don’t have money to pay for your medical bills, we can help you get started with medical treatment right away. Contact us today so we can talk about what options are available so you can start on your road to recovery.
There are no fees unless we win your case! Contact us at (956) 777-7700 today to schedule a free, zero-obligation consultation. Hablamos español.
Q:What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
A:Knowing what to do after a car crash can make all the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and being underpaid or having your claim denied. Our team can immediately begin investigating the accident to determine who was negligent and begin all paperwork and negotiation with the liable insurance company. Many car accidents lead to serious bodily injuries. Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in a car crash are back, neck, and head trauma. It is highly recommended that victims seek medical attention immediately after the accident even if they do not have symptoms right away. Sometimes, shock can mask pain and a person may not realize they are injured or that their injuries are serious. The point is that, unless a doctor or medical professional properly and thoroughly examines you, you might not know there is a problem until it is too late. This is why we also recommend that you file an accident claim within 24 hours of a crash. Delays in filing your claim, or lack of medical evidence that links your injuries to the actual car crash, may hurt your ability to get financially compensated. If you are able to, we also encourage our clients to take pictures of the car crash scene and get any witness information (if possible).
Q:How Do I Document My Injuries?
A:Did you go to the hospital in an ambulance after the crash? Did you take pictures of any bruising or bleeding? Maybe you are currently on crutches because of a broken bone. Every one of these injuries must be documented by you, your lawyer, and your doctor. Insurance companies and/or juries will look at all this evidence and assign a value to your case based on how well you documented your injuries. You will not get any points for complaining of pain, especially if you’re not getting treated for it. And it’s not as easy as it sounds. Let’s say you have a family doctor that you see whenever you get sick. Chances are this primary doctor will not be familiar with the type of treatment you need in order to shorten the amount of time you are in pain. They may even ignore symptoms of an internal injury. It sounds hard to believe, but we have seen this happen many times with our clients. That’s why it’s important to know what doctor to visit and also what other kinds of treatment can help you speed up your recovery. From seeing a chiropractor to seeing a neurosurgeon and everything in between, it must all be documented if you wish to receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Q:How Do I Get My Car Repaired After an Accident?
A:Many of our clients don’t know that they have a right to choose where their car can be repaired. For more information, click on the Texas Department of Insurance page here. Even though the law is clear, believe it or not, our clients are regularly told by insurance companies to take their car to a body shop that the insurance company recommends. This leads you to believe that the car must be repaired there. Don’t fall for that trap! We always advise our clients to: Choose their body shop and get an independent repair estimate, preferably from the vehicle manufacturer, for vehicle repairs Why? Because an insurance adjuster may not conduct a thorough inspection, either out of incompetence or purposefully, in order to save the insurance company money. When choosing your body shop, make sure that the body shop you choose doesn’t have “prior arrangements” with an insurance company.
Q:Does My Accident Claim Cover a Rental Car?
A:Some of the most commonly asked questions we get about car accidents are related to rental cars and coverage. After a car accident, your vehicle may be in the shop for some time. Depending on the severity of the collision, this could be a couple of days, a few weeks, or your car may even end up totaled and, thus, give a salvaged title. Regardless, most of our clients have two main concerns about their driving situation. The first one is about the repair bills, making sure that the costs are covered by the at-fault party. The second is about getting a free rental car. We can help with both, but we need to get to work right away. What rights do you have after a crash with regards to getting a car rental? Was your car towed after a car accident? Fees are going to accumulate quickly, so you probably should get it out quickly. Do you feel unsafe driving your car after the crash? Has your car been declared a total loss? Getting a car rental and/or compensation for not being able to drive your car can vary depending on the facts of each case. Under Texas law, an insurance company for the driver that crashed into you must provide you with a car rental if your vehicle is unsafe to drive, is in the repair shop, and in many other circumstances, even if it is deemed a total loss. When handling a claim for our clients, one of the first things we do after opening up the claim is send a letter for “car rental and/or loss of use.” This puts the insurance company on notice that you are currently unable to use your vehicle or that you are in a rental. This way, an insurance company cannot argue that it was not obligated to pay you because they “did not know.” Insurance companies are very hesitant to pay out claims, and they usually do not make payments quickly. They have a lengthy process, which is designed to help them determine if the claim is valid. There has been a rise in insurance fraud, so insurance agencies have adjusters and underwriters who help investigate claims before shelling out large sums of money. This means that if you want your automotive repair bills and rental car costs paid for by the at-fault party, you need to move quickly. An experienced McAllen car accident attorney may be able to help negotiate this for you in a timelier fashion.
Q:How Do I Submit My Car Accident Injury Claim?
A:There are a couple of ways of submitting your claim. Some insurance companies allow you to file over the phone; others have online options via their websites. You can also seek the assistance of a lawyer when submitting a car accident injury claim. There are a few things you should consider when submitting your claim, such as whether you have property damage, bodily injuries, or both. Also, you may have additional items that you need to submit for coverage. The benefit of utilizing a personal injury attorney to submit your claim is that they have your best interests involved. Insurance companies have their own high-powered attorneys—having your own lawyer fighting for you might make the difference between no settlement or a small settlement and getting the maximum financial compensation you deserve.