Bicycle Accidents

Dec 13

Volvo Crash Tests Bicycle Helmets with Its Cars

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accident in Texas

Swedish automaker Volvo is looking at ways to make its vehicles pose less of a threat to cyclists through new crash tests aimed at assessing the safety of bicycle helmets in collisions with Volvo cars. Although bike riding can be…

Oct 26

Cyclists and Pedestrians Beware: Why Deaths Shot Up, Even as Car Safety Improves for Drivers

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Rate of fatal car accidents

Improvements in vehicle and traffic safety have resulted in a significant decrease in motorist fatalities over the past five decades. Almost 55,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents yearly in the early 1970s. The United States recorded a decline in…

Mar 1

Blind Spot Safety

Blind Spot Accidents

Vehicle blind spots are safety hazards that can lead to serious accidents. It is vital to be aware of these areas on your own vehicle as well as other motorists’ blind spots. This is especially true when it comes to…

Oct 1

Pedestrian Accident Liability in Texas

Use crosswalk sign

Walking the roads in Texas may help preserve the environment and burn a few calories, but it certainly doesn’t come without danger. A factbook published by the Governors Highway Safety Association claims that in 2009 alone there were over 300…

Sep 3

Bicycle Accidents Involving a Motor Vehicle – What Are My Options?

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Auto Accidents, Bicycle Accidents

bicycle hit by car

Riding a bicycle is undoubtedly one of the healthiest and most efficient ways of getting around town. Unfortunately, it’s not always the safest; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2010 alone, nearly 800 bicyclists lost their…

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.