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We are a group of attorneys with a passion for helping those harmed or killed by eighteen wheelers, cars, trucks and other heavy equipment on our Texas roadways. To those who have come here searching for answers, we hope you find our resources helpful. Remember, serious personal injury cases require serious representation. Our firm has been handling injury and death cases for more than 20 years, and our track record speaks for itself. For example, in 2016, our firm obtained the largest verdict ($3.3 million with prejudgment interest) in a motor vehicle injury case in Harris County, Texas. That verdict was the 7th largest in Texas for 2016. Will was also recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyers in the State of Texas by the National Trucking Trial Lawyers Association.
At the Adams Law Firm, we provide quality legal representation in a wide variety of personal injury cases. With over 20 years of service to injury victims in Katy, throughout the Houston area, and across the state, we understand the services Texans need, and we are dedicated to meeting those needs. Our Katy personal injury attorneys handle such cases as:
Adams Law Firm trucking and car crash attorneys are based in the Houston area (Katy, Texas), and practice throughout Texas and the United States helping families whose lives have been shattered by the careless and negligent choices made by careless car and eighteen wheeler / big rig drivers and the trucking companies that hire them. The firm’s personal injury trial lawyers handle only injury and death cases. Will Adams is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Very few personal injury trial lawyers have been awarded a double board certification. An active member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, one hundred percent of Will and his partner Tad’s time is devoted to the representation of people and families whose lives have been tragically affected by the negligence of others.
Adams Law Firm is unique in that we have lawyers in house that can handle virtually any nuance a complicated personal injury or death case might present. For example, we have an in-house probate lawyer to handle matters that arise in wrongful death cases where a probate is necessary. That lawyer can give you and your family guidance while navigating the probate system, establish an independent or dependent administration, and appoint guardians. We also employ lawyers who are well versed in family law matters and are available on-site to address the complicated issues that can arise in serious injury and death cases as a result of blended families, common law marriages, common law adoptions, paternity disputes, divorce, separation and estrangement. Each of these issues must be fully analyzed while preparing your case.
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Feel free to explore the remainder of this website, and after satisfying yourself that our firm is the best choice for you and your family, call us today for a free consultation at (800) 559-0593 to see if you have a case that we might be able to accept and pursue for you. All consultations are conducted at no charge to you, and there are no fees or costs to you unless we are able to resolve your claims by recovering money.
When you are involved in any kind of accident, your first step immediately afterward should be to get medical care. You should still go to a hospital even if you do not believe you were hurt, as many injuries can have subtle and delayed symptoms.
Having your condition reviewed by a medical professional not only guarantees that you receive the proper treatment as soon as possible, but it also creates an official medical record. If you delay treatment after an accident, the insurance company for the negligent party will be able to claim that the injuries were not that serious when they occurred.
After an accident, also notify a local law enforcement agency. Ask for a copy of the police report, which can provide an objective account of the accident.
Try to take as many pictures as you can of everything that is involved in the scene of your accident. Get photographs of vehicles, people, and any other contributing factors to your accident, and try to take the pictures from different angles and distances.
If anyone witnessed your accident, get their names and phone numbers or some kind of contact information in case these individuals are needed to testify. Ask a friend, family member, or co-worker to take these steps for you if you are unable to complete them yourself because of the need for medical attention.
You should not speak about your accident with anybody (especially an insurance company) and you should avoid posting anything about the accident on social media websites. Make sure that the first person you discuss your incident with is an experienced personal injury attorney.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that there were 108,442 total crashes in Harris County in 2017, 9,602 in Fort Bend County, and 763 in Waller County.
In Harris County, there were 430 fatal crashes, 1,794 suspected serious crashes, 8,759 non-incapacitating crashes, 19,723 possible injury crashes, 74,043 non-injury crashes, and 3,693 unknown severity crashes. These caused 455 fatalities, 2,154 suspected serious injuries, 11,938 non-incapacitating injuries, 30,653 possible injuries, 236,057 non-injuries, and 20,922 unknown injuries.
In Fort Bend County, there were 39 fatal crashes, 162 suspected serious crashes, 845 non-incapacitating crashes, 1,457 possible injury crashes, 6,874 non-injury crashes, and 225 unknown severity crashes. These caused 39 fatalities, 196 suspected serious injuries, 1,168 non-incapacitating injuries, 2,168 possible injuries, 22,487 non-injuries, and 909 unknown injuries.
In Waller County, there were 19 fatal crashes, 26 suspected serious crashes, 77 non-incapacitating crashes, 109 possible injury crashes, 507 non-injury crashes, and 25 unknown severity crashes. These caused 24 fatalities, 33 suspected serious injuries, 115 non-incapacitating injuries, 169 possible injuries, 1,336 non-injuries, and 80 unknown injuries.
According to TxDOT, pedestrians were involved in 604 fatal crashes, 1,107 suspected serious crashes, 2,198 non-incapacitating crashes, 1,634 possible injury crashes, 221 non-injury crashes, and three unknown severity crashes in 2017. These resulted in 614 fatalities, 1,144 suspected serious injuries, 2,312 non-incapacitating injuries, 1,760 possible injuries, 255 non-injuries, and 70 unknown injuries.
Bicyclists, on the other hand, were involved in 57 fatal crashes, 329 suspected serious crashes, 1,219 non-incapacitating crashes, 907 possible injury crashes, 173 non-injury crashes, and two unknown severity crashes in 2017. These resulted in 57 fatalities, 334 suspected serious injuries, 1,231 non-incapacitating injuries, 917 possible injuries, 180 non-injuries, and 26 unknown injuries.
TxDOT reported that there were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2017. The deadliest day of the year was November 17, 2017, with 26 persons killed in traffic crashes, while July was the deadliest month with 352 fatalities.
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) reported that there were 534 fatal occupational injuries in 2017. Of the workplace deaths, 496 victims were men and 38 were women. Nine of the deaths involved fires and explosions, 73 related to violence and other injuries by persons or animals, 234 were transportation incidents, 93 were falls, slips, or trips, 49 involved exposure to harmful substances or environments, and 74 involved contact with objects and equipment.
If you are considering pursuing a personal injury claim after an accident in Katy, you likely have many questions. We have answered a few of the most common questions we hear below. If you have specific questions about your case, do not hesitate to call us at (800) 559-0593.
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003(a) gives a person two years from the date of an accident to file a legal action for an injury claim. The statute of limitations has some exceptions, such as injuries that were not immediately apparent in medical malpractice cases, and victims in such cases have up to two years from the date that their injury was discovered or should have been discovered. Minors have two years to file lawsuits from the date that they turn 18 years of age, and members of the United States Armed Forces may have their limitations periods tolled (delayed) when they are serving overseas. Conversely, certain defendants such as municipal, county, or state agencies can require claims to be filed in an even shorter window of time, so it is important to make sure you are aware of all of the different deadlines that could be applicable to your own case.
Yes. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001 establishes that a person cannot recover damages when their percentage of responsibility is more than 50 percent, meaning that you can recover damages so long as you were not more negligent than the defendant. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.012, a court also must reduce the amount of damages by the victim's percentage of negligence, meaning that a person who is awarded $100,000 in damages but found to be 35 percent at fault would have their damages reduced by $35,000 and ultimately receive $65,000.
Many personal injury cases are ultimately resolved through settlements, as most insurance companies deem settling to be more economical than taking a case to trial. When the insurer does take a case to trial, it risks having the jury award the victim compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are usually some combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are actual, quantifiable losses such as medical expenses, lost income, and property damage, while noneconomic damages are far more subjective and usually include pain and suffering, disfigurement, and emotional distress.
A jury could also award punitive damages or exemplary damages in an extremely limited number of cases. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.003 establishes that punitive damages can only be awarded when a plaintiff proves that their injuries resulted from especially egregious behavior, such as fraud, malice, or gross negligence. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.008, punitive damages cannot be more than $200,000 or two times the amount of economic damages plus an amount equal to any noneconomic damages found by the jury, up to $750,000.
Attorney Will Adams has fulfilled and maintained the rigorous requirements to become a certified expert in both personal injury and Civil Trial Law.
Recognized as leaders in the field, we have been voted top lawyers in personal injury law for the Houston area. We are known for skilled, dedicated advocacy.
Our firm has garnered this top peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell® due to a reputation for meeting the highest standards in ethics and legal excellence.
Our lead trial attorney has been recognized as one of the top litigators in all Texas, known in the legal community as a leader in the personal injury field.