Car Accident FAQ
Car accidents can be a confusing and disorienting experience. The Law Office Shane R. Kadlec has 20 years of experience assisting the victims of car accidents. For your convenience, we have assembled a car accident FAQ to provide you with thorough answers to some of the most common questions that arise in the aftermath of an accident. Call us in Houston, TX, at (281) 643-2000 to learn how we can develop a winning strategy for your case.
Getting answers to your questions after a car accident case helps you determine what steps to take in the hours and days afterward, what type of strategy to employ, and what to expect during the legal process.
Do I really need a lawyer?
The short answer? No. Legally speaking, any person can represent themselves pro se in court. However, this is not usually advisable.
Representing yourself is not just a matter of arguing your case in court. You must also keep track of specific deadlines and file paperwork accordingly. If you miss any of these deadlines, you will not get a second chance to make your claim. Furthermore, insurance adjusters and other attorneys often try to take advantage of pro se victims by offering inadequate settlement amounts or convincing victims to give up rights.
A professional lawyer can protect you from these dangers while you focus on dealing with the aftermath of your accident. We offer a free initial consultation so you do not have to pay out of pocket for an initial review of your case.
What should I bring to my free initial consultation?
At your first office visit, be sure to bring:
- List of all witnesses and their contact information
- Photos of the accident scene, including the damage to your car
- Doctor notes, records, and any recommendations for present and future medical needs
- Copy of the police report from the accident
- Insurance information for yourself and for the other driver
These are the most immediately relevant items, although your attorney may ask you to bring additional information, if necessary.
You do not owe any out of pocket expenses or fees at the beginning of your case.
What kind of compensation can I expect?
Victims of car accidents are entitled to reimbursement of all medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, diminishment in earnings, property damage costs, pain and suffering, and out of pocket expenses associated with the accident. In cases involving a fatality, there should also be damages for wrongful death and final funeral expenses.
Is a car accident attorney expensive?
Shane Kadlec takes on car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not owe any out of pocket expenses or fees at the beginning of your case. Furthermore, you will only need to pay those expenses if your case is successful. The attorney fee and expenses are a percentage of the final award amount, giving you the freedom to pursue your claim without worrying about how to pay.
Who to Call for More Answers to Your Car Accident FAQ
While certain common questions often arise, we understand your case is unique and that you may have questions that do not apply to anyone else. For answers to the specific concerns you have, contact our office online or call us at (281) 643-2000.
"Shane showed genuine concern about my well-being. He not only gave me excellent legal service, he did so with compassion and integrity."--Tracy