6/22/21 – Personal Injury – gtg

Texting While Driving

Distracted driving has been a problem for many years throughout the country, but in recent years, texting and driving has become a serious issue. Several years ago, Texas banned texting while driving. Individuals who are caught reading or sending text messages while they are operating motor vehicles will be subject to tickets and fines. Despite the ban, however, people still continue to text and drive, and when they do so, their actions sometimes lead to accidents.

Driver distraction, particularly texting and driving, is a common cause of vehicle accidents. Reading or replying to a text while driving causes an individual to take his or her eyes off the road, which is dangerous for both the driver and others on the road.

If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by someone who was texting and driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Let one of our skilled car accident attorneys evaluate your case. Call us toll-free or email us today for more information.

The Dangers Of Texting While Driving
Studies have shown that drivers who text while driving can be even more dangerous than drunk drivers. For example, a study that was done by researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that whenever drivers text while driving, their risk of having an accident is 23 times higher than when they aren’t texting. The study also showed that drivers who are texting while driving often spend the last seconds immediately preceding an accident looking at their cellphones instead of the roadway.

The law in Texas is clear – it is illegal to text and drive. This means that even if an individual is stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light, he or she cannot take that time to pick up the phone and read or send text messages.

The Possible Results Of Texting While Driving
Drivers who act carelessly and irresponsibly by sending and viewing texts while driving should be held responsible for any harm they may cause. It is important for accident victims to work with skilled lawyers who can investigate the accident and gather all the appropriate evidence needed to prove the case.

An accident that involves texting while driving can be even more devastating than other types of accidents because the driver typically isn’t focused on applying the brakes in order to lessen the impact of the crash. In fact, studies have shown that a texting driver’s reflexes and reaction times are just as slow as a drunk driver who might cause a drunk driving crash. The results of such accidents can lead to broken bones, serious internal injuries, or even death.

Cellphone Carriers Unite
Even cellphone companies, like Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, recognize that texting while driving is a serious issue in the U.S., and accordingly, some have launched ad campaigns geared toward dissuading individuals from using their cell phones while driving. As a matter of fact, the Department of Transportation refers to texting and driving as an “epidemic.”

Regardless of what it’s called, texting and driving is a dangerous activity that can have life-changing results for accident victims and their families.

If you have been injured in an accident by someone who was using a cellphone or texting while driving, contact one of our skilled lawyers to find out more about your legal options. Call us toll-free or email us right away to schedule an appointment.

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Reckless Driving And Speeding

Reckless driving and speeding are two common causes of vehicle crashes. Depending on the circumstances, speeding can be deemed to be a type of reckless driving that can lead to devastating injuries or even death. However, reckless driving includes many other aspects of driving besides speeding.

A reckless driver is anyone who drives dangerously without regard for the safety of others. A driver can be reckless by changing lanes in an aggressive manner, cutting off other drivers on the roadway, and/or tailgating. Much like drivers who text while driving, when individuals drive in such a reckless manner, accidents can occur.

Motor vehicles are a primary mode of transportation for many people who travel in and around the state. Those who operate motor vehicles in the area are required to abide by city and state laws. When drivers disregard those laws, they put other people’s lives at risk and drastically increase the likelihood of an accident occurring.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s reckless driving or speeding, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys to discuss your options. Call us toll-free or email us today for a consultation.

Reckless Driving And Speeding Can Lead To Serious Injuries
Realistically, many people drive a few miles over the posted speed limit on a regular basis, but exceeding beyond just a few miles over the posted speed limit can create hazards. Likewise, some individuals frequently change lanes in traffic in an effort to get to their destinations a little quicker than the current traffic conditions will allow. However, such driving techniques can lead to horrific accidents that cause substantial injury or death.

Some of the possible injuries that accident victims might sustain include:

Spinal cord injuries
Abrasions and bruises
Head and brain injuries
Some victims might also face very serious disabling injuries that might be temporary or permanent. That said, it is important for those who have been hurt in accidents that were caused by someone else’s reckless driving and speeding to seek legal counsel from well-versed lawyers who can provide more insight with respect to the facts of their particular cases.

What Constitutes Reckless Conduct While On The Road?
Along with the techniques noted above, there are several other driving tactics that can be deemed as reckless driving. For instance, in addition to speeding, some people drive too fast for the conditions of the road. If the roads are wet or a driver faces foggy conditions, he or she may need to drive much slower than normal in order to avoid a possible accident.

Another issue that can lead to reckless driving and speeding is “road rage.” Road rage is a condition where a driver has an emotional reaction while driving that can result in erratic and unpredictable behavior which may endanger other motorists. Road rage can occur in even the most mild-mannered drivers, especially if they are stuck in traffic and running late for an appointment. Road rage leads to aggression, and that aggression can lead to a serious accident.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone driving in a reckless manner, you may be entitled to compensation. Discuss your case with one of our skilled lawyers today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Defective Car Parts

In the U.S., automobile accidents take place every day, and those accidents can occur for any number of reasons, such as texting while driving. Many accidents happen because of driver errors; however, some motor vehicle accidents happen because of errors made during the manufacturing process. Defective car parts have played a role in many car accidents across the country.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the auto industry recalled just about as many vehicles as it sold. That is an astounding fact that demonstrates a large number of vehicles out on the roadways today that are defective or have defective car parts. Defective car parts can cause vehicle crashes that can change the lives of those involved.

If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by a defective car part, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys right away. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss the facts of the case.

Defective Car Parts Can Lead To Devastating Injuries
Defective automobiles can lead to a variety of problems. For instance, some defective parts can actually cause an accident to happen or hinder the proper prevention of an accident. Examples of defective car parts that can lead to automobile accidents are:

Defective tires, which can experience tread separation that might lead to blowouts on a highway
Brakes
Accelerator pedals might become stuck when depressed, which can lead to unintended acceleration and vehicle crashes
Serious injuries can happen when certain auto parts malfunction. Some examples may include defective seatbelts or airbags. Automobile manufacturers are required and expected to put their motor vehicles through meticulous testing prior to selling them. That said, it is important to hold responsible the manufacturers and other parties involved for any accidents that may occur because of their actions or inactions.

What Must You Do To Prove The Existence Of A Defective Car Part?
First of all, anyone who is considering taking on an automaker or car part manufacturer should not attempt to do so alone. Manufacturers have teams of lawyers working for them; therefore, it is important for any accident victim who believes that he or she has been hurt because of a defective car part to contact an area attorney as soon as possible.

A skilled car accident attorney can look over the facts of the case and make a proper assessment regarding the viability of the case. In a defective car parts case, it is very important that the vehicle at issue is preserved as-is and taken in for a full inspection after the accident. The vehicle is the most important part of the case, so make sure that the vehicle remains in the same condition that it was at the time of the crash is crucial.

If the vehicle has been properly preserved, an expert can perform an analysis that will show the existence of defects and malfunctions in the vehicle, and such a showing can prove to be very beneficial for the case.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident due to a defective car part, you may be entitled to damages. Contact one of our skilled lawyers today to learn more about your legal options. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Dangerous Roads

Much like reckless driving and speeding, dangerous roads are a factor in many of the car accidents that occur all across the nation. Thousands of people have died as a result of crossing over the center lane, dropping down a slope, or crashing into still objects, such as light poles or walls. While it is true that such accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, one often-overlooked car accident cause is the presence of dangerous roads.

Dangerous roads can be the result of several things, such as bad road design or poor construction and maintenance. When a dangerous road hazard exists, the possibility of an accident may increase. For instance, a dangerous curve in a roadway can cause the driver of a vehicle to either cross over into the opposite lane and crash into an oncoming automobile or run off the roadway and roll over.

Individuals who have suffered injuries in an accident caused in part or in total by a dangerous road condition should contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys as soon as possible. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss the particulars of the case.

What Types Of Dangerous Road Conditions Can Cause An Accident?
Heavily populated areas are often congested with motor vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. A large number of people on congested roadways can make for a dangerous situation on its own; however, the situation worsens when the roadways at issue are poorly designed and inadequately maintained.

There are many types of dangerous road conditions that can lead to automobile accidents, such as:

Dangerously short exit ramps that don’t allow for drivers to safely merge onto the roadway
Pavement that has poor skid resistance
Improper drainage can lead to ponding on street surfaces and hydroplaning
Poor street/highway construction
Potholes, a lack of guardrails, and missing and/or deteriorated signage
Certain roads become dangerous due to poor visibility caused by low-hanging or overgrown vegetation, a lack of reflective markings that can be seen by drivers after dark, and an inadequate amount of shoulder space.

What Should An Accident Victim Do If An Accident Occurred On Known Dangerous Roads?
One of the first things that an accident victim should do, regardless of the type of accident, is seeking medical attention. Once proper medical attention has been obtained, the accident victim should consider contacting a knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident because timing is crucial and the preservation of evidence is vital.

Having a lawyer handle a dangerous road case is very important because quite often, such cases involve governmental entities that receive certain levels of immunity when it comes to lawsuits. That said, an attorney can be beneficial to the case because he or she can hire relevant experts and conduct a thorough investigation that might reveal certain facts that can defeat the government’s immunity defense.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and you believe that the accident may have been caused by a dangerous road hazard, help is available to you. Contact one of our capable lawyers today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Car Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries can range in severity from a few minor scratches to traumatic brain injuries. Minor injuries might only require a couple of visits to the doctor; however, more severe injuries can require long-term care and rehabilitation that can change a person’s life forever.

For many car accident victims, dealing with physical injuries is burdensome. But victims often have to deal with other issues as well — namely, the financial and emotional consequences of a car accident. Those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident are encouraged to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has sustained car accident injuries and you’re concerned about the related financial ramifications, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys to find out if you’re entitled to financial compensation. Call us toll-free or email us today for more details.

The Types Of Car Accident Injuries That Might Occur
The types of injuries incurred in those accidents are varied; however, certain car accident injuries are more common than others. Depending on the severity of the accident, car accident victims may experience the following:

Back injuries: The human back is a very vulnerable part of the body. When an individual suffers a serious back injury, the results can be physically and financially devastating. An individual can sustain a back injury in any number of ways during a motor vehicle accident.
Brain injuries: Brain injuries can be some of the most traumatic types of car accident injuries that accident victims can experience. Injuries to the brain can disrupt a person’s cognitive abilities and can lead to several physical and behavioral impairments.
Head injuries: Accident victims who acquire head injuries at the time of a motor vehicle accident should seek immediate medical care. Such injuries are very serious, regardless of whether the injury is internal or external. Head injuries can lead to brain damage, loss of consciousness, or death.
Neck injuries: Neck injuries are very common types of car accident injuries. The injuries can affect the skeletal parts of the neck, as well as the neck’s soft tissues. Neck injuries can lead to long-term and sometimes permanent pain and suffering for victims.
Fatal car accidents: Unfortunately, many car accidents end in death. Fatal car accidents can be very troubling for the loved ones of the accident victim, but it is important for them to know that they have rights.
There are also many other injuries that an accident victim might suffer, such as facial and dental injuries, lost limbs, and paralysis. Whatever the injury is, a car accident victim is strongly encouraged to seek legal guidance from a skilled lawyer.

Let A Lawyer Handle Your Case
Car accident victims must not only deal with their injuries but also with the financial trauma that their households might experience because of an accident. However, depending on the facts of the case, financial compensation may be available to those who have been injured by another motor vehicle.

If you or a family member has been hurt in a vehicle accident that resulted in car accident injuries that require medical treatment, contact one of our skilled lawyers to find out if financial compensation is available in your case. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Back Injuries

Depending on the severity of the accident, some car accident victims will be forced to deal with a number of car accident injuries. Some of the injuries suffered might be minor; however, some of the injuries might be very serious. Common car accident injuries that some accident victims might experience include cuts, bruises, strains, sprains, and back injuries.

The cuts and bruises that an individual might suffer during a motor vehicle accident will likely heal within a short period of time. However, accident victims who incur back injuries may experience long-lasting pain for years to come. Occasionally, back issues don’t manifest themselves until long after an accident, and unfortunately, not all back injuries can be fixed with surgery or therapy.

If you or a loved one has sustained back injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys right away to learn more about your legal options. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss the facts of your case.

Types Of Back Injuries
Injuries to the back, much like injuries to the neck, can be very painful. Some back ailments are also disabling. A person might experience different types of back injuries after a car accident, such as:

Spinal cord injuries that can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia
Bulging or strained back disks
Herniated disks
Lumbar strains
Depending on the nature of the injury, some motor vehicle accident victims who suffer injuries to the back recover within a year or so of the accident; however, some back and spine injuries do not heal as quickly, if at all. Long-term injuries lead to increased medical bills that can become overwhelming. Therefore, accident victims who are dealing with accident-related back issues should consider seeking the advice of legal counsel in order to find out if any legal remedies are available to them.

Seeking Compensation For Your Back Injuries
Given the amount of devastation that a back injury can cause, it is common for accident victims to wonder about their rights with regard to obtaining compensation from the party or parties responsible for the accident. A skilled lawyer can help car accident victims determine whether or not they have viable cases.

A car accident attorney can look at the facts of the case and make an assessment with respect to who might be held responsible for the accident. An attorney can also determine the best course of action to take in order to receive the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries suffered. A competent attorney might also utilize the services of expert witnesses, such as physicians, who can provide valuable information regarding the extent of the back injuries and the possible course of treatment that will be required.

If you or a family member has sustained injuries to the back from an automobile accident, help is available to you. Contact one of our car accident attorneys today to learn more about possible compensation. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents cause approximately 30 percent of the traumatic brain injuries that occur every year throughout the U.S. A brain injury can be very serious. In fact, it is one of the most devastating injuries that an accident victim can experience.

Much like other types of vehicle accident injuries, brain injuries can have a major impact on the lives of the victims and their families. Such an injury can require ongoing medical treatment and care, which can be a substantial burden on the victim and his or her loved ones. However, accident victims do not have to face their medical and financial challenges alone. Help is available.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury that resulted from a car accident, contact one of our well-versed car accident attorneys as soon as possible to find out about your rights. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss your legal options.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is typically the result of a serious blow or hard impact to the head. However, such injuries can also occur without direct impact, as in cases of fast acceleration or deceleration. If an accident victim experiences any sort of head trauma in an accident, he or she should seek medical attention right away.

Some car accident victims might face what is known as mild traumatic brain injuries after a vehicle accident occurs. These injuries typically don’t require surgery, but they can have a serious impact on a person’s cognitive and social abilities.

The Signs And Symptoms Of Brain Injuries
All injuries to the head and to the brain are not created equal. The signs and symptoms of brain damage can vary depending on the sex and age of the accident victim, the side of the brain on which the injury occurred, and whether or not the individual sustained additional injuries during the motor vehicle accident. Symptoms can also vary based on the nature of the impact.

Some of the common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:

Physiological issues, such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of motor functions
Psychiatric issues, such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression
Physical issues, such as nose and ear drainage and dilated pupils
Cognitive issues, such as slurred speech, visual impairments, and attention deficit issues
Additional symptoms include loss of or impaired hearing, confusion, and an inability to sleep. Accident victims who are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms should seek medical help right away if they haven’t already done so.

The Effects Of Brain Injuries
Identifying and diagnosing a traumatic brain injury can be difficult, even for physicians who specialize in brain injuries. Brain injuries carry major consequences for accident victims and their families. Undoubtedly, accident victims who have suffered brain injuries will face high medical costs for things such as medication, rehab, and other treatments that may be necessary. Additionally, brain injury victims may no longer be able to work or function normally in society as they did in the past.

If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury due to an accident, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident lawyers today. Preserve your rights and ensure that you receive the just compensation for the injuries that you deserve. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Head Injuries

Automobile accidents can cause head injuries that are not immediately realized at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, because head injuries may not become apparent until hours or even days after the occurrence of an accident, they can go undiagnosed and untreated. Therefore, it is crucial for a car accident victim to be seen by a physician as soon as possible after an auto accident. Although everything may “seem” fine on the outside, the inner workings of the head may tell a different story.

Although certain federal agencies compile statistics with respect to the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur and the number of people who are injured or killed in those accidents, information regarding the exact number of injuries to the brain and head that result from motor vehicle accidents is not readily available. Nonetheless, some statistics indicate that automobile accidents are the leading cause of all head injuries.

If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury that was caused by an automobile accident, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss your case.

Head Injury Classifications
The human head and brain are complex organs. The brain not only controls an individual’s thoughts but also controls a person’s actions. Consequently, many things can go wrong when the head and brain sustain injuries.

Head injuries are generally placed into two classifications:

Open head injuries
Closed head injuries
Open head injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull. For instance, in a motor vehicle accident, an accident victim might sustain an open head injury if he or she goes through the windshield and some of the glass cuts through the skull.

Closed head injuries occur when an individual sustains a hard blow to the head, but that blow does not penetrate the individual’s skull. For example, an accident victim might experience a closed head injury if the victim hits his or her head on the steering wheel, dashboard or any other hard surface in the vehicle during the accident.

Anyone who suffers either class of head injuries might face long-term brain damage; therefore, it is crucial for accident victims who experience such injuries to receive immediate medical diagnosis and treatment.

Possible Causes Of Head Injuries
Head injuries can occur in a number of ways; however, in automobile accidents, determining what caused an accident victim’s head injury might be a difficult task. For instance, some car accident injuries that involve the head and brain might occur during the deployment of an airbag. Likewise, a head injury might occur if a vehicle’s seat belts were defective at the time of the accident and malfunctioned, thus allowing the individual to be thrown from the vehicle.

If you or a family member has been in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in head injuries, contact one of our capable lawyers to find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation from the individual or individuals who caused the accident. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Neck Injuries

Automobile accidents can lead to all types of auto accident injuries. The severity of those injuries will vary based on the level of impact experienced during the accident. One injury that is common in vehicle accidents is a neck injury. Neck injuries, much like injuries to the back, have varying degrees of severity, and the pain felt after sustaining such injuries can be long-lasting.

Car accident victims can experience neck injuries in a number of ways. For instance, rear-end collisions, side impacts, and head-on collisions can jostle the head, neck, and back in a way that can lead to serious injuries. When such accidents happen, the driver and his or her passengers will likely need medical treatment, and some of the treatments can be very expensive. Some accident victims, however, may be entitled to financial compensation from the party or parties responsible for the accident.

If you or a loved one has sustained neck injuries from a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our car accident attorneys today. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss your case.

Whiplash
Whiplash is a slang term often used to describe a neck injury that is common to a rear-end accident. The neck and spine can be damaged in a crash due to the amount of force that results in rear-end and side-impact crashes. An individual’s neck can be “whipped” to the front, back, or side while his or her head remains in place after impact, and the injuries that can result from that extreme jerking motion are what’s commonly referred to as whiplash.

Some people mistakenly believe that whiplash-type injuries can only be sustained after major high-speed crashes, but that is not true. In fact, whiplash commonly occurs in low-impact, rear-end accidents.

Types Of Neck Injuries
Sometimes when motor vehicle accidents occur, individuals try to “brace themselves” for the impending impact. But even when people brace themselves, they can’t really stop their necks from jostling. Such jostling can lead to certain soft tissue injuries in the neck that can vary in severity. There are two types of whiplash-like injuries that a person might experience:

Sprains, which generally refer to injuries to the ligaments in the neck
Strains, which refer to injuries to the muscles and tendons in the neck
Additionally, there are three levels of strains and sprains: mild, moderate, and severe. Whenever an individual injures his or her neck tissues, the individual might experience pain and some loss of movement, but not in the arms. However, when a person experiences injuries to the nerves in the neck, he or she can have arm pain, numbness, and weakness.

Symptoms And Treatment For Neck Injuries
After the occurrence of a motor vehicle accident, individuals might notice some common signs of neck injuries. For example, some people might experience neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision.

Some neck injuries can be treated with certain chiropractic methods. Regardless of the method chosen to treat neck injuries, individuals should start receiving treatment as soon as possible.

If you or a family member has suffered neck injuries from a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact one of our skilled car accident lawyers by calling us toll-free or you can email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Fatal Car Accidents

When people get into their motor vehicles, they generally expect to reach their final destinations safely. No one ever plans to be involved in a car accident, but accidents do happen. The accidents that take place can range from pedestrian accidents to tractor-trailer accidents. Such accidents can cause a range of auto accident injuries; however, some of the crashes that occur in the city are fatal car accidents. The loss of a family member or loved one in a motor vehicle accident can be one of the greatest tragedies that a person ever experiences.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident and you have questions about your legal rights, allow one of our skilled car accident attorneys to help you. Call us toll-free or email us as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case.

Types Of Fatal Car Accidents
Fatalities can occur in various types of accidents. For example, many alcohol-related crashes can result in fatalities. Likewise, lives can be lost in:

Intersection accidents
Cab and limousine accidents
Commercial truck accidents
Intersections are often places where drivers use poor judgment and make costly mistakes that can lead to injuries of the neck and head or even death. In fact, the Driving Institute of America reported that more than 40 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involved drivers who failed to yield the right of way.

With respect to cab and limo accidents, passengers should be aware that they have rights if the vehicle is involved in an accident. Similarly, those who have lost family members or loved ones in such accidents might also have a right to recover from the loss of those individuals.

Any individual who has lost a loved one because of an accident that involved a commercial truck is encouraged to speak with a skilled accident lawyer as soon as possible because there are a number of factors to consider in such cases. No matter the type of fatal car accident, it is important that family members realize that, in many instances, they have rights with respect to seeking just compensation from those who caused the accident.

Wrongful Death Actions
A family member or personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate can file a wrongful death action against the party or parties who were responsible for the loved one’s death.

Under Texas law, in order to succeed in a wrongful death suit, the family member or representative must demonstrate that the deceased was killed due to someone else’s misconduct or negligence. Additionally, grieving family members should keep in mind that they must file a wrongful death lawsuit within a certain period of time; otherwise, they may lose their rights to recovery.

If you have lost a family member in a fatal car accident of any kind, contact one of our competent accident lawyers as soon as possible because time is of the essence. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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What You Need To Know

Quite often, car accident victims have many questions and concerns after they have been involved in crashes. A wealth of information is available for accident victims, some of which is helpful and some of which is incorrect. Going through that information can take a great deal of time. What you need to know as an accident victim is that there is help available to you and you don’t have to deal with the legalities of the accident alone.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and you have questions, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys right away. Call us toll-free or email us today to talk about the facts of your case.

What You Need To Know In A Nutshell
There are many questions that go through the minds of accident victims at the time of collisions or shortly thereafter. However, there are a few common questions and concerns that victims often have. Some of those questions and concerns are:

Do I have a case?: One of the first things that you must consider is whether or not you actually have a viable case. This can be difficult for you to do on your own; however, a skilled car accident lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise you appropriately.
How much is a car accident settlement worth?: Whenever a person sustains injuries from a car accident, he or she might consider settling with the responsible parties for the damages incurred. Not all accident cases are equal, though, so it is important for an accident victim to speak with an attorney who can provide advice about the value of his or her specific case.
Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?: Many individuals often wonder whether or not they need a lawyer to handle their car accident cases. However, there are a number of factors to consider before answering yes or no to the question.
What to do after a car accident: Quite often, accident victims get flustered and nervous after the occurrence of accidents, and some people are unaware of the steps that they should take following an accident. Certain things should be done after an accident in order to preserve your legal rights.
Working with the auto insurance company: Some individuals believe that insurers have their best interests at heart when it comes to providing fair compensation for an accident. However, that is not always the case. Most insurance companies attempt to settle low with a person to save as much money as possible.
Auto accident victims have many questions, and the questions and issues mentioned above are provided in an effort to give victims a good starting point for conducting their research.

Find Out What You Need To Know From An Attorney
As tempting as it may be for accident victims to simply look on the Internet for information and take it as truth, obtaining the most up-to-date legal information directly from an attorney should be a top priority.

If you or a family member has been involved in a motor vehicle accident and you have questions or concerns regarding that accident, contact one of our skilled accident attorneys today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Do I Have A Case?

Once car accident victims deal with the shock and anguish that can occur after crashes, they might start to develop questions about liability. For example, a victim who was hit by a truck driver might wonder whether or not there are others beyond the driver who can be held responsible for the injuries suffered. However, while this is a valid question, one of the first questions that a victim should ask is, “Do I have a case?”

Determining whether or not an accident victim has a viable case can be tricky. There are many factors involved in making the determination. That is why it is best for individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents to speak with well-versed car accident attorneys prior to making any decisions on their own.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident and you want to know if you have a case, contact one of our capable lawyers today to discuss the facts of your case. Call us toll-free or email us for more information.

How To Determine If You Have A Case
Car accidents can happen for any number of reasons. However, quite often, motor vehicle crashes occur because one or more drivers were negligent in some way with regard to the operation of the vehicle. Among the many things you need to know, you should know that drivers who operate motor vehicles have an obligation to use reasonable care when driving their vehicles.

If a driver fails to use reasonable care, he or she might be held responsible for any injuries or damages suffered in an accident. When an accident victim is determining if he or she has a case, one of the first things to consider is whether or not another driver was negligent.

Factors To Consider When Assessing The Viability Of A Case
Prior to making the final decision to sue an individual or entity for damages, accident victims should keep in mind that a number of factors should be taken under consideration first. Some of the factors for consideration include:

Possible legal strategies
Favorable and unfavorable elements in the case
Likelihood of a settlement
With respect to possible legal strategies, a lawyer who typically handles car accident cases will likely have an idea of what strategies will work and what strategies won’t work based on the facts of the case.

If an attorney sees certain obstacles in the case that can’t be defeated, he or she may advise the accident victim to forego pursuing a lawsuit and work towards obtaining a settlement instead, particularly if more obstacles exist than favorable elements. Working with your auto insurance company can be a tough task, but a skilled attorney will already be aware of the common tricks and tactics that insurers typically use.

Do You Have A Case? Let A Lawyer Advise You
It is always a good idea for accident victims to work with skilled lawyers with respect to their car accident cases. A lawyer can let victims know whether or not pursuing lawsuits or obtaining settlements would be in their best interests.

If you or a family member has questions about whether or not you have a good case, contact one of our accident attorneys today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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How Much Is A Car Accident Settlement Worth?

How much is a car accident settlement worth? The answer to that will depend on the facts of the case. If you’ve been in a car accident, there are many things you need to know. The first thing you should know is that if you were hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for both your economic and non-economic losses.

Regardless of whether the injuries incurred were minor or severe, the person or entity responsible for the accident is obligated to make the accident victim financially whole again. That being the case, it is important for accident victims to have an idea of how much a car accident settlement is worth prior to reaching any agreements with the responsible party or parties.

If you or a loved one has questions about the potential value of your car accident settlement, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys immediately. Call us toll-free or email us as soon as possible to discuss the case.

How Much Is A Car Accident Settlement Worth? Depends On The Strength Of The Liability Claim
In order for a car accident victim to recover monetary compensation for the injuries suffered, he or she must show that the other driver was negligent or careless while operating the motor vehicle. This means that the victim will be required to prove that the other driver failed to use reasonable care, and that failure was what caused the accident that brought about the injuries.

There are a number of driver actions that can constitute negligence, such as:

Tailgating or following too closely
Driving too fast for the road conditions
Disobeying traffic signs and signals
Texting or using a cellphone while driving
Having evidence to demonstrate any of the above actions will be crucial to the case. However, many accident victims don’t know what they should do after a car accident, and their lack of knowledge might cause them to lose valuable pieces of evidence.

The Extent Of Damages Will Be Important To Determining How Much A Car Settlement Is Worth
If liability exists, the only thing left to figure out is how much monetary compensation is appropriate based on the extent of the injuries sustained. Insurance adjusters generally gather various pieces of information regarding the severity of the injuries, the amount of medical care needed, and the overall prognosis prior to making a settlement offer.

Some insurance companies use a special computer program to formulate a settlement offer; however, some insurers may choose to calculate the amount of the accident victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses.

Occasionally, insurers will need to consider additional factors. For example, if an accident victim was responsible for taking care of a child or an elderly relative prior to the occurrence of the accident, the accident victim may need to hire a caregiver to manage those responsibilities. This, and several other things, should be taken into account before making a final settlement offer.

If you or a family member has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident and you have concerns about how much your settlement might be worth, allow one of our car accident lawyers to help you. Call us today toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Do I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident?

Do I have a viable case? What should I do next? These are both common questions that car accident victims typically ask. However, there is another question that some victims grapple with after they’ve calmed down and taken time to evaluate their situations, and that question is, “Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?”

The answer to the question will depend on the facts and issues involved in the case. However, you will need to consider several things before making a final decision with regard to whether or not you need a lawyer for a car accident.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an automobile accident, you may have questions about your need for a lawyer. Speak with one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys about your case before making a final decision. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss your options.

How Will I Know If I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident?
Not all accident cases necessitate the use of a lawyer. For example, if the accident in question only involved a small amount of property damage and no physical injuries, the accident victim might be better served handling the case on his or her own.

On the other hand, accident victims who have injuries that require ongoing medical treatment or physical therapy may want to consider working with a skilled car accident attorney in order to ensure that they receive just compensation for the injuries incurred and the long-term care that will be required.

Of course, deciding whether or not to hire a lawyer for a case is always up to the individual, but what you need to know is that accident victims who have lawyers by their sides tend to benefit greatly from their knowledge and skills.

Reasons Why Hiring An Attorney Might Be Helpful
Anyone who suffers injuries because of another person’s carelessness has certain rights under the law. Some accident victims might not be aware of their rights; therefore, hiring a lawyer might be beneficial to those who are not familiar with their legal rights.

Depending on the circumstances, there are additional reasons why working with a lawyer might be a good idea, including the following:

There are time limitations under the law for filing car accident lawsuits. If an accident victim does not bring the suit within the required time, the victim will lose his or her right to sue.
Insurance companies might not share an accident victim’s views regarding the accident. A lawyer can help with the negotiations and work to obtain fair compensation.
An accident victim might miss some of the potential damages to which he or she may be entitled. There may be many opportunities for compensation in a case, and a skilled attorney can make sure that all possible avenues are considered.

If you have been involved in a car accident and you want to make a determination regarding whether or not you need a lawyer for your accident case, contact one of our well-versed car accident attorneys immediately. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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What To Do After A Car Accident

Car accidents can be extremely traumatic for some individuals. In fact, depending on the severity of the accident, some people experience long-term emotional issues afterward. Still, as the accident victim, you are required to do certain things under the law after the accident, and knowing what to do after a car accident is critical to ensuring that your legal rights are protected.

Given the state that many accident victims are in at the time of the incident, it should not be surprising that some victims do not have a clue about what needs to be done right away and what can be done at a later date. What you need to know is that it is imperative for you to speak with an attorney prior to making statements to an insurance company or signing any forms.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, the experience might be very frightening and overwhelming for you. Allow one of our skilled car accident attorneys to help you handle the legalities of the case. Call us toll-free or email us for more information.

Safety First
One of the first things that an accident victim should do after a crash is to ensure his or her own personal safety, as well as the safety of any other passengers who may have been in the vehicle. Where possible, accident victims should move their vehicles over to the side of the road.

Get Medical Attention For Yourself And Others
An individual’s health and well-being are of utmost importance. If you, your passengers, or others at the accident scene have sustained injuries, the law requires you to provide reasonable assistance, if you are able to do so. That assistance could be something as simple as calling an ambulance or providing first aid if you have the know-how.

Stay Put And Call The Police
Under Texas law, after an accident occurs, all parties to the accident are required to stop and remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to a separate set of issues that an accident victim will not want to deal with. Additionally, if you have the means to do so, call the police. The police will play an important role in any potential case you might bring because it is from them that you will receive a police report that will provide a description of what happened.

Gather Evidence
Accident victims should keep in mind that evidence will be crucial to proving their cases. It is very important for victims to keep a list of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the parties of the accident, any witnesses to the accident, and the law enforcement officer who arrived at the scene and wrote the report. Also, if possible, accident victims should take photos of the scene, any damage to the vehicles and property, and any injuries incurred.

A Lawyer Can Tell You What To Do After A Car Accident
Some accident victims might become quite concerned with how much a car accident settlement is worth in light of the medical bills and ongoing treatment they might face. That is why it is crucial that victims know what to do after a car accident because following the proper steps can lead to a successful outcome to a case or claim.

If you have questions about the steps to take after an accident, call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Working With The Auto Insurance Company

Working with an auto insurance company can be a huge headache for accident victims. Insurers often use a variety of tactics on accident victims during so-called negotiations that may or may not be beneficial for the victim in the long run. What you should know as an accident victim is that whenever a claims adjuster shows some resistance with respect to a claim, you are not obligated to take a lower settlement offer as final.

Some individuals want to know if they need a lawyer for a car accident, especially if they do not intend to file a lawsuit. Even if an accident victim doesn’t intend to file a suit, having a lawyer by his or her side when attempting to work with the auto insurance company can prove to be quite valuable.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and you believe that you need help working with the auto insurance company, contact one of our knowledgeable attorneys as soon as possible. Call us toll-free or email us today for more information.

Insurance Requirements Under Texas Law
Texas requires its drivers and vehicle owners to be financially responsible for their actions with respect to the vehicles they operate. All drivers and owners must have written proof of financial responsibility. Under state law, drivers can prove financial responsibility by having:

At least $30,000 of coverage for injuries per person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 of coverage for property damage. This is called 30/60/25 coverage.
Individuals who don’t have the above-mentioned evidence can face legal penalties that will only make a bad car accident situation even worse.

Working With The Auto Insurance Company To Reach A Fair Agreement
Individuals who have suffered injuries and damages in automobile accidents want to obtain the most amount of compensation to which they feel entitled. However, claims adjusters are constantly looking to find ways to lower potential payouts and save the insurance company as much money as possible.

Two parties with competing interests can lead to some difficult negotiations. That said, accident victims who are concerned with ensuring that they obtain the best possible outcome should consider working with a local accident lawyer who has experience in dealing with insurance companies.

One thing that an accident victim should keep in mind is that insurers often attempt to rush victims to agree to settlements as quickly as possible. However, if an accident victim agrees too soon, he or she may miss out on compensation for additional medical and repair bills that the insurer or victim might not have considered initially.

If you or a family member has been in an accident and you’re thinking about handling insurance negotiations on your own, contact one of our lawyers first. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment today.

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Car Accident Lawyers Working To Protect Your Rights

The experienced car accident lawyers at our Law Firm work to protect the rights of their clients. Just like each car accident is unique, so is each accident victim. They understand this and provide individually tailored service to every victim they represent. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, you should contact our dedicated attorneys.

Our attorneys will work with you and your family to determine the best way to approach your case. We will also handle all of the accident-related paperwork and will communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. With our attorneys on your side, you will have the time to focus on the important things in life.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call us toll-free to learn about your options.
Car accidents happen often and unexpectedly. Many car accidents are caused by factors such as texting and driving, drunk driving, and other negligent types of driving. For those researching ways to get financial compensation after being seriously injured in a car accident, get a car accident lawyer.

What Types Of Accidents Produce Compensation Claims?
There are many types of motor vehicle accidents that give rise to claims for financial compensation. Accidents that involve cars, trucks, and pedestrians have the potential to create severe injuries or deaths. Careful driving could have prevented many motor vehicle accidents that cause debilitating and life-altering injuries. A car accident lawyer with experience in motor vehicle accidents can determine if pursuing some kind of compensation is right for you and will tell you what steps to take.

Do You Know What Caused Your Car Accident?
Many factors, all coming together is what creates a car accident. However, the most common car accident causes include texting, drunk driving, and dangerous roads. Regardless of what specifically caused your accident, you should consider the services of a car accident lawyer. If factors beyond your control, such as the negligent action of another driver, caused your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Car Accident Injuries Can Be Very Serious
Car accident injuries can be serious, leaving victims with debilitating damage or even fatal injuries. Some of the most common car accident injuries include head, neck, and back injuries. Car accident injuries can require expensive medical treatments, and you may be having difficulty paying your medical bills. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive a settlement.

Do You Have Questions? Get The Answers You Need From A Car Accident Lawyer
After a car accident, it is normal to have many questions about finances. To get answers to some of these questions, you can visit the car accident info center. However, it is important to remember that many of these answers are general and may not apply to your case. Get answers that specifically apply to your case by contacting a car accident attorney as soon as possible.

Remember, you might have options that you’re not aware of yet. Do not risk missing out on a possible financial settlement – call for a case evaluation as soon as possible after an accident.

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Bicycle Accidents

Similar to walking, bicycling is a cheap and easy method of public transportation. Much like pedestrians, bicyclists are in danger of being involved in a bicycle accident due to careless or negligent drivers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that a total of 843 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2019.

If you or a family member has been injured in a bicycling accident caused by another’s negligence, you need a strong advocate on your side to ensure you receive all of the compensation you are entitled to.

For all necessary assistance, come see our knowledgeable car accident attorneys. Call our law office or send us an email.

Bicycle Safety Trends
According to the NHTSA, a majority of bicycle accidents occur between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. Bicycle accidents are also more likely to occur in urban areas, as opposed to rural areas. Around 72 percent of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas.

Either very young or slightly older individuals are also more likely to be involved in bicycle accidents, and the average age of those killed and injured in a bicycle accident continues to increase.

Bicyclists between the ages of 45 and 54 have the highest fatality rate based on population. However, individuals between the ages of 16 and 20 had the highest injury rate.

Males are also more likely to be involved in bicycle accidents. In fact, the majority of the bicyclists injured are male.

Safety Tips To Avoid A Bicycle Accident
There are many guidelines bicyclists should follow to avoid an accident with a motor vehicle. Some of these guidelines include:

Wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride.
Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing to increase your visibility to drivers.
Use a front light and red reflector or flashing rear light when bicycling at night.
Ride in the same direction as traffic.
Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators, just like drivers. This means that bicyclists must follow all of the applicable traffic rules such as obeying traffic signs and signals.

Drivers must also remember that they share the road with bicyclists. Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care and be especially alert for bicyclists when making turns. Drivers should also allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road and watch for bicyclists when pulling out of a driveway or opening a car door.

Consequences Of Bicycle Accidents
The dangers of bicycle accidents nationally are likely to remain.

If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, it is a good idea to have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer who can determine whether you are entitled to compensation.

If you have a solid case, you could be entitled to payment for medical bills and compensation for lost wages. Damages for pain and suffering are also frequently awarded in bicycle accidents.

For a consultation with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer, contact us by email or call us toll-free.

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Texting & Driving

Cellphones and text messaging have made communication convenient and efficient. However, distracted driving, and particularly texting and driving, has become a serious national epidemic and is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents. Young people are especially known for texting and driving.

It is reported that 81% of Americans text regularly, over 6 billion texts are sent every day, and over 180 billion texts are sent every month. Sending or receiving a text message diverts a driver’s attention from the road for approximately 4.6 seconds. This may not sound like much, but it is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field at 55 miles per hour while blindfolded.

An individual who suffers injuries because someone else was texting and driving is entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.

Our car accident attorneys are here to help you with your claim against a distracted driver. Call us or send us an email to speak with an experienced lawyer.

Texting And Driving Is Abnormally Dangerous
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the main task of driving. Texting and driving is one of the most significant distractions and a leading cause of car accidents because it takes away nearly all of a driver’s cognitive abilities.

Reading and sending a text impairs visual perception and requires mental energy that should be completely focused on the road. Drivers who engage in these activities increase their risk of getting into an accident by three times.

In the short amount of time it takes to send or receive a text, a driver can cause a variety of accidents, such as a rear-end crash.

Teenagers And Text Messaging
Teenagers are generally inexperienced drivers. Unfortunately, they are also the most likely to participate in texting and driving. Teenagers represent the highest proportion of drivers who are distracted at any given moment.

A quarter of teenagers in a recent study reported that they reply to text messages at least once or more every time they drive.

The NHTSA also reports that in one year alone, 21 percent of the drivers involved in fatal car accidents involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 admitted to being distracted by the use of a cellphone.

Text Messaging Laws
Texting while driving is illegal everywhere in Texas, and some cities ban all cellphone use while driving. But using your cellphone while driving is always dangerous because it’s distracted driving. You cannot send or receive electronic messages while driving in Texas.

Texting and driving is a misdemeanor in Texas, which means a conviction creates a criminal record. Anyone who violates this law could receive a fine between $25 and $99, and repeat offenders could receive a fine up to $200. Injuries from an accident caused by text messaging frequently result in extremely large medical bills and lengthy rehabilitation for injured individuals.

Texting And Driving Is Negligent Behavior
A driver who causes an accident by engaging in texting and driving is likely to be considered negligent.

If a driver is shown to be negligent, compensation is available to cover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages. Injuries from a car accident also typically result in pain and suffering, and a negligent driver may be required to compensate a victim for these costs as well.

If you or a family member has been hurt or if you’ve lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, email us or call us to talk with one of our experienced car accident lawyers.

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Rear End Collision

If someone is tailgating you, then that driver is doing something wrong, not you. According to the Texas Transportation Code Section 545.062, drivers should maintain a safe and clear distance from the cars in front of them considering speed, traffic, and driving conditions. Nearly half of the annual multi-vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions.

A rear-end collision is one of the most common car accident causes. If you are struck from behind by a negligent driver, you may not be held responsible for the accident, even if you were completely stopped.

If you were injured in a rear-end collision, contact our car accident lawyers by calling toll-free or by sending us an email to find out how we can help you.

Preventing A Rear-End Collision
All drivers are required to provide an acceptable amount of following distance between their vehicles and other vehicles on the road.

Drivers can avoid rear-end collisions by following a few simple rules:

Always maintain an adequate distance between your car and the car you are following.
Flash brake lights to give drivers following behind you warning of upcoming changes in traffic flow.
Use turn signals every time you turn.
Distracted driving is a serious national epidemic. Another way to prevent a rear-end collision is to avoid engaging in distracted driving, such as texting while driving or adjusting the radio.

What To Do After A Rear-End Collision
Even if you exercise reasonable care, you may still be involved in a rear-end collision with a negligent driver. When this occurs, you are likely to be confused and traumatized. However, you can take some important steps immediately following a rear-end collision.

First, check the injuries of everyone involved in the accident and call 911 for immediate assistance. Also, call the police as soon as possible and make sure a formal police report is filed. Having official documentation of the accident is vital for any future legal claims.

Take note of the surrounding conditions. Try to recall what the weather conditions were at the time of the accident and the time the accident occurred. Obtain the license plate number of the other driver in case he or she refuses to provide you with any personal information. Taking photos of the accident scene is also highly recommended.

Injuries From A Rear-End Collision
One of the most common injuries from a rear-end collision is whiplash, which can easily occur when a driver unexpectedly experiences a sudden blow from behind.

Drivers also typically suffer injuries to the face and head after a rear-end collision. Although certain safety features such as airbags and seat belts are designed to prevent injury, these features may not always work effectively during a rear-end collision.

If you’ve experienced any injuries as the result of a rear-end collision, you may have a viable claim for compensation. You may be entitled to a financial award covering your medical bills and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.

If you are suffering from injuries suffered in a rear-end collision, our car accident attorneys are here to help you. Call us toll-free or email us to see how we can assist you.

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Auto Defects

Although motor vehicles today are much safer than in previous years, auto defects remain one of the common causes of car accidents. When a vehicle malfunctions due to an auto defect, such as when an SUV rolls over, the vehicle has failed to provide you with reasonable safety and protect you in the event of a motor vehicle accident.

The law sets out minimum safety standards that manufacturers are required to follow when designing or manufacturing vehicles. Auto defects typically result in serious injuries to drivers, even if they were exercising reasonable care when driving.

If you’ve been injured due to a defect in the design of your vehicle, contact our car accident attorneys toll-free or send us an email and find out how we can assist you.

Common Auto Defects
There are a variety of common auto defects, such as:

Damaged brakes that wear out too fast or do not work at all
Faulty airbags that deploy too early, causing serious injury or death
Improperly designed seat belts which reduce their ability to prevent injuries or actually cause injuries
Poor tires that may blowout
Defective tires can also result in flats, which can lead to an accident.
In some cases, a defective gas tank could also start a fire that results in severe burn injuries. Although this list addresses some of the most common auto defects, it is important to remember that all parts of an automobile are susceptible to defects, and any part shown to be defective may give rise to legal liability.

Liability For Auto Defects
If you have experienced an auto defect that has led to serious injury, there are numerous parties that can potentially be held responsible. Automobile manufacturers can be held responsible for defects that occur in the design of an automobile, while dealers and repair shops may be liable for defects in the manufacture or maintenance of automobiles.

When an automobile manufacturer faces a design defect in one of its automobiles, it typically has two available options: recall the defective part or the entire line of vehicles, or face legal liability.

You Have The Right To A Safe Vehicle
An improperly designed automobile often means the difference between life and death. You cannot afford to take the significant risk that comes with driving an improperly designed or manufactured automobile.

The law requires that all vehicles be safely designed and manufactured to ensure maximum safety to drivers and prevent tragic injuries and wrongful deaths. Automobile defects can lead to a variety of dangerous car accidents, such as rear-end accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation may be available for your medical bills and any work you missed because of your injuries. You may also receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

Our car accident lawyers can help you pursue your case when you have suffered injuries due to an auto defect. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Drunk Drivers

Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states. Drunk drivers are a common cause of car accidents. Each year, drunk drivers are responsible for countless deaths and numerous injuries. A drunk driver behind the wheel of a car breaches the duty to drive with reasonable care and can be held responsible for his or her illegal and irresponsible behavior.

Drunk drivers not only face liability to any other drivers injured by their actions, but they also face additional legal penalties. Texas law is especially strict when it comes to drunk drivers.

If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, contact our experienced car accident attorneys or send us an email to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Drunk Drivers Are A Danger To The Roadways
Texas residents spend a significant amount of time driving on the state’s roadways However, drunk drivers on the roads pose a risk to everyone else, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Drunk driving is a foolish and extremely unsafe form of driving recklessly which puts everyone’s life at risk.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunk drivers are involved in one out of every three accident fatalities. Additionally, an individual is killed every 53 minutes and injured every 90 seconds in drunk driving-related accidents.

Drunk drivers can be either first-time offenders or repeat offenders. MADD estimates that approximately one-third of drunk drivers are repeat offenders, while two-thirds are first-time offenders who have yet to face a drunk driving arrest.

Who Is Liable For A Drunk Driver’s Behavior?
If an individual is injured because of a drunk driver, third parties can be held responsible for the drunk driver’s actions. In addition to seeking compensation from the drunk driver, the individual who served the drunk driver may be held responsible for any resulting injuries.

For example, if a bartender serves an obviously intoxicated customer and the customer injures or kills another individual while driving a vehicle, the bartender can be held liable for the resulting damages. This concept extends to other individuals as well. Hosts of social events may also be held responsible for over-serving a social guest.

You Deserve Compensation From Drunk Drivers
Injuries from a drunk driving accident are often severe. An individual may experience not only substantial medical bills but also may be in a great deal of pain and unable to return to work. Feelings of aggravation and resentment at the unfairness of the situation are also common.

Losing a loved one because of a drunk driver may also leave an individual feeling angry and frustrated. Although no amount of money can ever make up for the tragic and unexpected death of a loved one due to a drunk driver, the legal system may be able to provide some compensation.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, make an appointment with our car accident lawyers to get the compensation you are entitled to. Call us toll-free or email us.

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Reckless Driving

Aggressive driving, also known as reckless driving, is another major cause of car accidents. You have probably encountered reckless drivers on the road many times. Their actions may cause you to modify your own driving behavior to avoid them, and this can lead to an accident. Reckless drivers place everyone around them in danger.

It is easy to spot reckless drivers. They are usually speeding or engaging in a range of other risky behaviors such as tailgating other drivers, running red lights or frequently changing lanes.

If you’ve been hurt by a reckless driver or a family member has been killed or injured as a result of a reckless driver, rely on our qualified car accident attorneys. Call us toll-free or email us to make an appointment.

Signs Of Reckless Driving
The DUI Foundation states that reckless driving occurs when an individual operates a vehicle in a dangerous or negligent manner. Some reckless driving is labeled reckless driving “de jure” or by law. This means that a driver who performs a certain behavior, such as driving a certain number of miles over the speed limit, is automatically labeled reckless.

Along with the dangerous behavior mentioned above, studies also show that playing music at a higher than normal volume so that other drivers can hear it is also a sign of reckless driving. Reckless drivers also tend to use their horns more frequently while they are maneuvering through traffic. Drunk driving is also an example of reckless driving.

Protect Yourself Against Reckless Driving
There are several things you can do to protect yourself against a reckless driver, such as:

Slowing down to let the reckless driver pass
Avoiding eye contact, which can sometimes aggravate the reckless driver further
Driving in the lane farthest away from the reckless driver
Ignoring any actions or gestures from the reckless driver
Most importantly, do not let your pride take over and attempt to challenge the aggressive driver. This behavior commonly leads to a crash. If the situation appears to be getting out of hand, it is best to simply pull over until the reckless driver is gone.

If you are concerned that the reckless driver may hurt or kill someone, call the police.

Avoiding Reckless Driving
It is important for all drivers to drive in a reasonable manner and exercise due care. All drivers are prone to engaging in reckless driving at times. It is possible to reduce the likelihood of reckless driving by avoiding certain behaviors, such as talking on a cellphone or attempting to multitask while driving.

It is also important to always drive according to the posted speed limit, regardless of whether you will be late to where you’re going. Being late to work or a scheduled appointment is never worth the risk.

The consequences of a reckless driving accident can wreak havoc on your life. When a reckless driver has caused your accident and left you badly hurt, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.

For capable help with your legal claim, call our car accident lawyers toll-free or email us.

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What You Need To Know

Being in a motor vehicle accident is probably a confusing and unfamiliar experience for you. You are likely to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Our car accident info center explains everything you need to know after being injured in a car accident.

You may be interested in filing a lawsuit against a negligent driver, but do not know whether you have a case or how to go about filing a claim. You may also have a vague idea that you need to involve your insurance company but may not know exactly what information you need to give it and why.

It is a good idea to review the information in our car accident info center to stay informed on what you need to know after a car crash. Knowing this vital information will increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Our knowledgeable car accident lawyers are here to answer all of your questions and explain all available options. Call us toll-free or email us to make an appointment today.

Car Accident Info Center
There is a wealth of information available to individuals who have been injured in a car accident.

Do I have a case?: You may have a case if you were injured due to a negligent driver, or if a negligent driver caused the injury or death of a loved one.
What to do after a car accident: There are several crucial steps that must be taken immediately after a car accident, and additional steps you will need to take shortly thereafter.
How to deal with car insurance: Car insurance representatives do not have your best interests in mind, and you’ll need a skilled advocate to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
The personal injury claims process: Filing a personal injury claim involves a number of steps that you need to understand to be successful.
What is a car accident case worth?: You may be entitled to a variety of forms of compensation for your injury or the injury or death of a loved one.

Automobile Accidents
Car crashes are a daily occurrence in busy urban areas. You probably witness at least one or two every day.

Many of these accidents occur because of negligent drivers, and innocent people such as you are stuck with the unfair consequences. Our car accident info center provides a wealth of essential information to help you each step of the way.

A car accident can significantly disrupt all areas of your life. You may be overwhelmed with crushing medical expenses and become unable to pay your bills. Your vehicle may be damaged or even destroyed.

Hardships Due To Injury
You may also be forced to miss work due to your injuries and lose out on wages, which causes further financial burden. Combined, the potential consequences could be an absolute nightmare.

You may feel as if life will never be the same again and that you will never fully recover. This is why you need a compassionate and skilled advocate on your side to fight for you and get you the compensation that you deserve.

Our car accident lawyers are ready, willing, and able to help you after an automobile accident. Call us toll-free or contact us by email to make an appointment today.

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Do I Have A Case?

After hearing about your car accident injuries caused by a careless driver, your friends or family will probably tell you that you should sue for damages. You want to, but you aren’t sure if you have a valid claim. You may wonder, “Do I have a case?”

In order to answer this question, you will need to learn the basic law regarding car accidents and know what you could be entitled to, based on the particular circumstances of your case. You must also gather several forms of information regarding your car accident.

You are probably in a great deal of pain from your injuries and anxious about your medical bills. Or perhaps you are grieving a loved one who is suffering due to car accident injuries. Perhaps you have lost a loved one.

It is at this point that you need an appointment with a qualified personal injury attorney.

Give us a call toll-free or email us to talk to one of our experienced car accident lawyers.

The First Step: Gathering Information
One of the most important steps to take after your car accident is collecting all relevant information related to your car accident. A police report is a vital document. Document the names of the officers who responded to the accident.

Additionally, talk to individuals at the accident scene such as witnesses or passengers who may be able to provide additional information and fill in any gaps.

Hold onto all paperwork related to medical treatment. Keep a detailed log of all treatments and procedures as a result of the accident. Remember the names of every doctor you speak with, even doctors who simply refer you to someone else.

Keeping a journal is also highly recommended. Record any days you missed from work and document all of the ways your daily life has been disrupted because of the accident.

Determining Negligence
Negligence is the core legal theory on car accident lawsuits. The law presumes that every driver has a duty to drive with reasonable care. A driver who fails in this duty and causes harm or injury to someone else is negligent and can be held legally responsible.

For example, a driver has a legal duty to obey traffic signals. If a driver fails to stop at a red light, the driver has breached this duty. If the driver’s vehicle strikes your vehicle, causing you injuries and perhaps vehicle damage, there is a good chance a jury would determine that the other driver was negligent.

Since a negligent driver is legally required to compensate you for the injuries you suffered, you may have a valid case.

Make A Determination: Do I Have A Case?
You may feel as though your accident and injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence, but you still aren’t sure if you have a case. You want assurance from someone with the proper skills and knowledge before you file a lawsuit.

If you suspect that negligence caused your injuries, it is time to speak with a capable and compassionate personal injury attorney who can vigorously advocate on your behalf. There is minimal or no cost for an initial appointment, and the attorney will provide an honest assessment of your circumstances and your chance for success.

Call us toll-free or email us today to make an appointment with one of our car accident lawyers to discuss your accident and potential claim.

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What To Do After A Car Accident

You may be in shock immediately after your car accident. These feelings are natural after a traumatic event and it may be difficult to remember what to do after a car accident; reviewing these basic steps will help you.

Knowing what to do in the moments immediately following a car accident is only a small portion of the necessary information you need to know about car accidents, but the information is nevertheless essential.

Call our experienced car accident lawyers toll-free or email us as soon as possible after your car accident for the help you need.

What To Do After A Car Accident
First, the most important rule to remember by far is to stay at the accident scene. Do not, under any circumstances, panic and drive away. Although you may fear the consequences of your car accident, the penalties for leaving the scene are far worse.

The only exception to this rule is if your accident occurs in a rural or deserted area and you fear for your safety. If this is the case, leave the accident scene and drive immediately to the nearest police station and report the accident.

Initial Steps
Check the injuries of everyone involved and provide any necessary medical treatment. After everyone appears relatively stable, call 911 and report the accident to the police.

Make sure a proper police report is filed. A police report can be a valuable piece of information if, later on, you are attempting to determine whether you have a legal claim due to the accident.

Gathering information is next. Exchange names, license numbers, and insurance information with all other drivers involved. Speak with any witnesses and ask them to describe what they saw. Get their names and phone numbers as well.

Do not say anything about who was at fault. Any admission, no matter how slight, could have serious legal repercussions. Remember that it is usually never clear who caused an accident in these initial moments.

Insurance Concerns
There are several important things you need to know in terms of how to deal with car insurance after an accident. Inform your insurance company as soon as is reasonably possible that you have been involved in a car accident.

The most important rule here is honesty. Do not lie to your insurance company about any fact regarding the accident, no matter how insignificant it seems. Aside from any potential legal liability this may entail, your insurance company can use your dishonesty against you by refusing to approve your claim.

What To Document
Take photographs of your vehicle, documenting the damage from the accident. This valuable photographic evidence will help you not only with your insurance company but also with any future legal claim.

Document everything related to any medical treatment you receive as well. Save copies of all medical reports and bills you receive. This documentation will prove invaluable if you need to prove how much your damages were.

Some Final Tips
Texas law states Steer It and Clear It: If there are no serious injuries and the vehicles can be driven, move them off the road to the nearest safe location.

Once things have calmed down, you may wonder if you have a legal claim. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you deserve sound legal assistance. Call our car accident lawyers toll-free or email us today.

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How To Deal With Car Insurance

If you’ve been in a car accident, you are probably going to have to work with a car insurance company if you want to gain some financial compensation. This means that you are going to have to know how to complete an insurance claim.

The car insurance claim process can be complex, and you would probably prefer to avoid the entire experience altogether. However, knowing how car insurance companies work is crucial after you’ve been in a car accident.

When you’ve been injured in a crash, one of our qualified car accident lawyers can be a valuable asset. Give us a call toll-free or email us to talk over your options.

Car Insurance In Texas
According to Texas law, in order to properly register a vehicle in Texas, you need to show that you are financially responsible. Although paying $40,000 in cash or through a certificate of deposit can do this, most people simply purchasing car insurance.

Texas requires the insured to purchase both bodily injury and property damage coverage. Minimum liability coverage in Texas is:

Texas law requires you to have at least:
$30,000 of coverage for injuries per person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident
$25,000 of coverage for property damage. This is called 30/60/25 coverage. Think about buying more liability coverage.
Bodily injury coverage pays for bodily injury that others suffer from a car accident in which you are involved; it does not cover injuries you suffer. Property damage coverage pays for damage you cause to someone else’s property or vehicle; it does not cover damage to your car. Collision coverage is available for that purpose.

Talking With Your Car Insurance Company
Contacting your car insurance company is an important step to take after you’ve been in an automobile accident. However, review your policy and make sure you understand your coverage limits before speaking with your car insurance company.

Do not make any verbal or written statements to your insurance company without a thorough understanding of your coverage. Additionally, do not let a car insurance representative fool you into thinking that your conversation may be recorded – it cannot be.

When your car insurance agent gives you an initial estimate of your losses, do not automatically agree to it. It is a common practice of car insurance companies to provide lower than average estimates. You are better off getting a second opinion before agreeing with an agent’s initial estimate.

How To Deal With Car Insurance Companies
Many car insurance companies set time limits for certain actions, such as filing a legal claim or providing a signed proof of loss. Be aware of these limits and ensure that you do not miss any crucial deadlines.

Do not accept or cash any check stating that it is a final payment unless you are ready to do so. Accepting or cashing this type of check could prevent you from pursuing any further legal claims against the car insurance company.

Finally, keep copies of all receipts for expenses you incur while dealing with your car insurance claim. These expenditures could potentially be included in your final settlement amount.

To ensure the best possible outcome, it is best to retain the services of a qualified attorney to help you deal with car insurance companies. Car insurance companies do not usually want to go to court and if they are convinced that you have a valid case, they are more apt to be flexible when determining a settlement amount.

Our car accident lawyers will help you achieve your goal of obtaining an adequate settlement from a car insurance company. Email us or call us toll-free today.

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Personal Injury Claims Process

A careless driver is responsible for your injuries and you’re confident that you have a valid negligence claim. However, you’re unsure of what to do next; you don’t know exactly how the personal injury claims process works.

You might be unsure how much money you will have to spend, and if the cost will be worth the potential compensation. You may be confused over which steps to take and feel intimidated about going into court. The basic information below will ensure you are prepared for whatever comes next.

Email us or call us toll-free to meet with one of our knowledgeable car accident lawyers.

The Personal Injury Claims Process
Although the facts surrounding each personal injury claim vary, the personal injury claims process usually consists of the same basic steps:

Meeting with an attorney to determine if you have a case
Filing the initial court papers
Gathering evidence and establishing facts
Deciding whether to go to trial or settle the claim
If a judgment is rendered in your favor, you are entitled to collect the amount of money a jury has awarded, or that you have settled upon with the other side.

Filing Your Personal Injury Claim
After you meet with your attorney, he or she will file your complaint. The complaint consists of a basic outline of your case. The complaint names who the parties to the lawsuit are and lay out the facts of your case.

The complaint also states what legal theory you are pursuing, such as negligence, and the form of relief that you are demanding. This is typically an amount of money that you feel will properly compensate you for your losses.

Gathering Evidence
The next step in the personal injury claims process involves gathering evidence. This is called discovery. The three main forms of discovery are written discovery, document production, and depositions.

Written discovery usually consists of a form with specific pre-printed questions regarding your case. Answering these questions gives you a chance to tell your version of the events that led to the case.

Your attorney may also request that certain documents be produced. These can include medical records, receipts, and emails. Depositions occur when a party meets with an attorney and answers specific questions from the attorney under oath.

It is crucial to be honest with your attorney during the discovery process. Your attorney cannot advocate the best of his or her ability without knowing the full story.

Deciding Whether To Settle
A majority of cases do not go to trial. Parties typically reach a settlement before trial. If you decide to settle your case, you agree to forgo any further legal claims against the other party in exchange for a certain sum of money.

If you think you might want to settle rather than go to trial, it is absolutely essential to discuss any settlement offers thoroughly with your attorney before accepting any offer.

Collecting Your Judgment
The final step in the personal injury claim process is to collect the money you are owed. If the opposing party is insolvent or refuses to pay you, your attorney can help you take certain steps to collect the money, such as garnishing wages or a bank account.

The personal injury claims process can be complicated. An experienced legal advocate can assist you every step of the way.

Make an appointment with one of our capable car accident lawyers to determine whether you have a case worth pursuing. Call us toll-free or email us today to set up an appointment.

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What Is A Car Accident Case Worth?

Before deciding to file a lawsuit, you may ask, “What is a car accident case worth?” You may wonder if it is worth going to court over.

Many of your medical bills are for substantial amounts, and you’re watching them pile up every day. You’re also losing money every day that you miss work because of your injuries. You need to learn as much as you can about the personal injury claims process in order to determine whether filing a lawsuit is worth it.

Our car accident lawyers can provide expert assistance when you’ve been hurt in a car accident. Give us a call toll-free or email us to make an appointment.

Medical Expenses
A negligent driver who causes you harm should pay for your medical expenses. Medical expenses that you are entitled to compensation for include:

Emergency room treatment
Ambulance bills
Doctor bills
You should also be compensated for all future medical treatment that is necessary because of your car accident. Once you have a rough estimate of how much your medical expenses have cost you, this figure is used as a guideline in determining your overall compensation.

Lost Wages
You are also entitled to recover all of your lost wages due to being unable to work because of your injuries. Lost wages are usually measured from the time of the car accident up until the date of settlement. You should be able to recover everything you would have earned during this time.

You could be entitled to recover lost wages even if you were unemployed at the time of the accident. If you can show that you were willing and able to work during your accident recovery period, you may receive an amount equal to what you could have earned.

What Is A Car Accident Case Worth? Additional Compensation
You may also be entitled to damages for your pain and suffering. A damage award is usually based on these three things:

The nature and severity of your injury
The likelihood that you would experience future pain
The length of time your pain is expected to last
A car accident often results in more than just physical injuries. There is a high likelihood that you are also suffering detrimental mental effects.

You may have frequent nightmares, be afraid of getting behind the wheel of your car, or experience feelings of anxiety, shock, or embarrassment over your accident. A qualified attorney can help you receive compensation for any mental anguish you suffer as well.

If you have lost a family member or a loved one in a car accident and file a wrongful death claim, you are entitled to any contributions you would have received from your deceased loved one. This includes not only lost earnings from your deceased loved one, but potentially a damage award for loss of companionship as well.

It is highly beneficial to hire an experienced car accident attorney to help you collect the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Our car accident lawyers are waiting to talk to you. Call us toll-free or email us to make an appointment.

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Despite the fact that automobile technologies have advanced in recent years, thousands of motor vehicle accidents still occur on a yearly basis. According to the statistics provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas experienced an increase in the
number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2020 death toll of 3,896 was an increase of 7.54% from the 3,623 deaths
recorded in 2019. There were 12,107 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2020 with 14,656 people sustaining a serious injury. These numbers are quite unfortunate, especially for the victims and their families.

Not all drivers are concerned about the safety of others with whom they share the road. That said, many accidents that take place can be avoided if certain drivers would use a little more caution and care while driving. It is important for individuals who have suffered injuries from motor vehicle accidents due to someone else’s negligence to know their rights.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our skilled car attorneys as soon as possible. Call us at toll-free or email us today to discuss the case.

Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Automobile accidents can take place at any time, and the types of accidents that occur vary. Some of the motor vehicle accidents that may lead to injuries or even death include:

Car accidents: Motor vehicle accidents that involve cars are extremely commonplace. Minor injuries, as well as severe, life-changing injuries can result from a car accident. Injured individuals may be entitled to compensation based on the facts of their cases.
Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycles are a preferable mode of transportation for many people; however, riding motorcycles on busy streets can be a bit risky. The reasons for motorcycle accidents can vary, and when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the results can be devastating.
Truck accidents: Truck accidents are quite prevalent, and unfortunately, many of those accidents end in death. Individuals who survive truck accidents, however, often face serious injuries, high medical bills, and long-term rehabilitation costs. Truckers are required to follow certain federal and state laws and when they fail to do so, they must be held responsible.
Pedestrian accidents: Thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed every year. Pedestrian accidents can take place anywhere, but they tend to happen more frequently at intersections and crosswalks. Whenever a driver causes a pedestrian’s injury or death, the driver could be held responsible, depending on the facts of the case.
Bicycle accidents: Under the law, bicyclists who take to the streets have the same rights as motor vehicles who travel those same streets. However, some motor vehicle drivers fail to share the roadways with bikes as required. Despite efforts to advocate for bicycle safety, there continues to be a large number of bicycle accidents.
When accidents occur, those involved may have questions about what to do or who to contact. Accident victims do not have to attempt to handle their own cases – help is available.

A Lawyer Can Help Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
Negligence is often a primary cause of motor vehicle accidents, but proving negligence can be difficult. People who are injured in an accident are advised to work with skilled car accident lawyers who can thoroughly investigate the accident, make a determination on the best course of action and fight hard to protect their rights.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our attorneys today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Car Accidents
In Texas, many people depend on their motor vehicles for transportation every day. With so many vehicles on the road, the odds of a car accident occurring are very high. Several factors can cause car accidents. These reasons may include careless motorist behaviors such as reckless driving, speeding, and even drunk driving. When a collision occurs, the results can be life-altering.

Car accidents can be stressful for those involved. Depending on the severity of the accident, those involved may face long-term injuries that will require extensive medical treatment. In some cases, the costs associated with motor vehicle accident injuries can be astronomical. That is why it is important for accident victims to work with a skilled car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, contact one of our capable accident lawyers right away because time is of the essence. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss the facts of the case.

Determining Who’s At Fault In Car Accidents
Some car accidents clearly indicate fault, such as in the case of many rear-end collisions. However, proving fault in other types of vehicle accidents, like truck accidents, may be a little more challenging. That said, accident victims are encouraged to work with knowledgeable car accident attorneys who are familiar with the laws regarding vehicle accidents.

Working with an attorney is important because, in order to prove fault, a proper investigation will need to be done in a timely fashion. If too much time passes, evidence might be lost, and if there were any witnesses to the accident, those witnesses might become unreachable. An attorney can work to preserve the rights of accident victims and ensure that all appropriate parties are held responsible for their wrongdoing.

The Statute Of Limitations For Bringing A Lawsuit
With respect to car accidents, those who are interested in filing a lawsuit against a responsible party will be subject to the time limitations that are placed on such cases under Texas law. These laws are commonly referred to as the statute of limitations, and all states in the U.S. have such statutes.

Texas time limitations regarding car accident lawsuits are as follows:

For a personal injury lawsuit, an individual will have two years from the time of the accident to file.
For a lawsuit that is related to property damage (such as damage to the motor vehicle), an individual will also have two years to file.

If you have been injured in a car accident or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you do not have to deal with your case on your own – allow us to help you. Contact one of our well-versed car accident attorneys today by email or by calling us toll-free.

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The Causes Of Truck Accidents

Determining the cause of truck accidents is very important, especially for accident victims, because once a determination has been made in that regard, a knowledgeable lawyer can ensure that all appropriate parties are held responsible for their actions. There are various reasons why truck accidents happen. Truck accidents can occur because:

The truck was improperly loaded or overloaded with cargo
The tractor-trailer’s brakes failed
The tires on the truck blew out
The driver was reckless or negligent
Additionally, some truck drivers operate their trucks while they are tired, and some drive while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Whatever the reason is for the truck accident, the lives of those involved can be changed forever after its occurrence.

That said, those who are involved in car accidents with trucks should speak to an accident lawyer as soon as possible to preserve their rights. Trucking companies tend to start their investigations almost immediately, and you should have an advocate working on your behalf at the same time.

Things To Consider In Truck Accident Cases
Truck accidents are a bit different from car-on-car accidents, mainly because federal rules and regulations govern trucks, in addition to state laws. For instance, the guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require truck drivers to follow certain rules with respect to the number of hours they drive and the number of hours they rest. Furthermore, the FMCSA also has licensing standards, and when trucking companies and drivers disregard those standards, accidents can happen.

A well-versed accident lawyer can assist truck accident victims in a number of ways. The attorney can evaluate the case and determine whether or not a viable case exists. If a case exists, the attorney can estimate the value of the case by looking at things such as the severity of the injuries, the victim’s portion of liability, and insurance coverage.

Individuals who have been injured or have lost loved ones in truck accidents should contact one of our capable attorneys as soon as possible. Call us toll-free or email us immediately to schedule an appointment.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians who are walking along streets are especially vulnerable to accidents that can lead to serious injuries or even death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thousands of pedestrians either are killed or suffer injuries in motor vehicle-related pedestrian accidents throughout the United States every year.

Depending on the nature of the accident, pedestrian accidents can result in life-altering injuries that can lead to accident victims being out of work for months or even permanently. That being the case, some accident victims might experience not only emotional devastation but also financial devastation. However, there is help for pedestrian accident victims and their families.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact one of our accident attorneys to discuss your legal remedies. Call us toll-free or email us immediately for a case evaluation.

Pedestrian Accidents That Involve Injuries
Whenever a pedestrian is hit in a motor vehicle accident, the probability of the pedestrian sustaining injuries is very high. The reason is obvious: when a passenger vehicle that weighs around 2,000 pounds crashes into an individual who might weigh 200 pounds, the result is likely to be either injury or death, depending on the severity of the accident.

There are a wide variety of injuries that can result from pedestrian accidents. Some of those injuries include:

Internal organ damage
Broken bones
Major head trauma
Spinal cord injuries
Pedestrians involved in car accidents might experience the above-mentioned injuries even at low speeds. That said, pedestrian accident victims should not hesitate to contact a knowledgeable accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about their rights and legal options.

Obtaining Compensation For Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Many pedestrian accident victims, or the family members of those killed in pedestrian accidents, often want to know more about the possible financial compensation to which they may be entitled. A capable attorney can assist victims with determining the amount of financial compensation that might be recovered from those who are responsible for the accident.

Under Texas law, pedestrians can receive compensation for the same types of damages as those who have been involved in bicycle accidents or vehicle accidents. Those damages can include monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and other accident-related expenses. In some cases, punitive damages might be awarded in addition to actual damages.

What Should Pedestrian Accident Victims Do After An Accident?
The first thing that a pedestrian accident victim should do is seek medical attention right away. Victims should also make sure that they comply with all of the health professional’s directions and take all medications as prescribed. Medical evidence will be key in a pedestrian accident case, so hiring an attorney to help gather such evidence and obtain expert testimony where needed might prove to be quite beneficial.

If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, contact one of our skilled accident lawyers today. Call us toll-free or email us immediately to schedule a consultation.

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Bicycle Accidents

Bike ridership has increased in recent years. As the ridership increased, the occurrence of bike accidents became more evident to lawmakers throughout the state. Despite the state’s best efforts to protect bike riders, hundreds of bicycle accidents are reported to the Police Department on a yearly basis; however, many bike crashes go unreported.

Bicycle accident cases can be more complex than motor vehicle accident cases, mainly because there’s often a question concerning who had the right of way. That is why it is crucial for a bicycle accident victim to consider hiring a competent accident lawyer to handle his or her case because a lawyer can ensure that the victim receives all of the compensation to which he or she is entitled.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact one of our accident attorneys right away. Call us toll-free or email us to review the facts of your case.

The Leading Causes Of Bicycle Accidents
Three of the leading causes of bicycle accidents are:

Speeding
Turning
Dooring
Other causes of bicycle accidents include roadways that had gravel or sand on them, railroad tracks, collapsed bike rims, and bicycle chains that broke after catching on something.

Bicycle Accidents That Involve Commercial Trucks
Truck drivers are subject to both federal and state laws. When drivers and the companies for whom they drive fail to abide by those laws, injured individuals can hold them responsible for accidents that occur because of their actions or inactions.

Some of the issues that might arise in truck accident cases that involve bicyclists include broken or inadequate truck equipment issues, turning radius issues related to the tractor-trailer, and truck blind spots. Cyclists who have been hurt in a bicycle accident that involved a commercial truck should seek advice from an area lawyer who has experience with handling such cases.

The Types Of Compensation That Might Be Recoverable In A Bicycle Accident Claim
Bike riders who are injured by motor vehicles may be entitled to recover for a number of damages based on the facts of the case. For instance, cyclists might be able to receive financial compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earning potential, emotional distress, and property damage. A skilled accident lawyer can further advise bicycle accident victims on possible recovery.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, allow one of our local attorneys to assist you with your legal needs. Call us at toll-free or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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Car Accident Causes

Thousands of people use their automobiles to travel to and from their chosen destinations on a daily basis. No one ever plans to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, but given the number of cars on the road, accidents are bound to happen. Car accident causes will vary; however, speed is the main factor in approximately 28 percent of injury collisions and fatalities that occur within the state.

No matter what actually causes a car accident, the results of that accident can be traumatic for the victims and their families. Accordingly, car accident victims are encouraged to work with knowledgeable attorneys who can thoroughly investigate their accidents, look into possible causes and determine who to hold responsible for the injuries incurred.

If you or a family member has questions about what actions or inactions can cause a car accident, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys right away. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss your case.

What Are Some Common Car Accident Causes?
Accidents can happen at any time, for any reason. There are, however, several common causes for car accidents. Some common car accident causes are:

Drunk driving accidents: When individuals who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol choose to drive, the results can be tragic. The presence of too much alcohol or too many drugs in a person’s system can lead to slower response times and overall impaired driving.
Texting while driving: One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving is texting while driving. Despite the fact that it is illegal in Texas, many drivers continue to type, send and read texts while operating motor vehicles. When drivers text while driving, they take their eyes off the road, which can ultimately cause car accidents.
Reckless driving and speeding: A reckless driver is one who disregards the safety of other people and their property while operating a motor vehicle on the street or in a parking lot. Speeding is a form of reckless driving that not only violates state law but can also lead to devastating accidents.
Defective car parts: There are also car accident causes that don’t necessarily involve another driver on the road. Defective car parts cause some car accidents. Faulty cars and car parts can lead to extensive injuries or even death.
Dangerous roads: Poorly designed and poorly maintained roads can cause motor vehicles to veer off the road, roll over, or crash into fixed objects. Dangerous roads are a major cause of car accidents.
Another common cause of car accidents is driver fatigue. In order for a driver to navigate the busy streets, he or she must be alert. However, some drivers risk their lives and the lives of others by operating motor vehicles when they are too sleepy or tired to do so safely.

A Lawyer Can Help
Any number of things can cause car accidents. That said, it is very important for car accident victims to work with well-trained lawyers who are familiar with common car accident causes.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident and you would like to learn more about what might have caused the accident, contact one of our skilled lawyers as soon as possible. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving, much like reckless driving and speeding, is a serious problem that affects the lives of thousands of individuals and their families every year. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,142 fatal drunk driving accidents in the U.S. in 2019. It is clear that drunk driving causes car accidents and the statistics are very disheartening.

Many drunk drivers who cause accidents are punished by the criminal court system; however, the criminal system does nothing to compensate accident victims or their families for their losses. A skilled car accident attorney can help victims and their families receive the just compensation they deserve through the civil court system.

If you have been hurt or a loved one has died in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, you have rights. Contact one of our capable lawyers today to discuss the details of your case. Call us toll-free or email us right away.

Drunk Driving Accidents And Liability
Individuals who are hurt in drunk driving accidents, as well as those who lose family members because of drunk drivers, might be entitled to financial compensation. However, there are a few things that will need to be proven in a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver. A drunk driving accident victim or the family member of a deceased victim must prove that:

The driver was intoxicated
The level of the driver’s intoxication was too high to safely operate a vehicle
The driver failed to use reasonable care
Establishing civil liability against a drunk driver might be difficult for accident victims and their families to handle on their own. That is why victims are encouraged to seek legal guidance from skilled attorneys who are familiar with the laws and the intricacies of the civil court system. An attorney can help a victim obtain fair compensation for his or her loss.

Obtaining Compensation In Drunk Driving Accident Cases
Accident victims whose lives are changed by drunk drivers can seek monetary compensation for their injuries. Additionally, in cases involving the death of a loved one due to a drunk driver, the family members may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.

Drunk driving accident victims may be entitled to compensation that will cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Moreover, a skilled attorney might also pursue what is known as punitive damages. Punitive damages in drunk driving cases are generally designed to financially punish the driver who caused the accident for his or her actions and hopefully deter others from doing the same thing in the future.

Drunk driving accidents can be both physically and financially devastating for the victims and their families, but help is available.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash that was caused by a drunk driver, or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, let one of our competent car accident attorneys help you obtain justice. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Surgical Malpractice

Surgery malpractice occurs when a surgeon falls below the standard of care and skill that is expected of a surgeon in that particular specialization, under similar circumstances. Unfortunately, surgery malpractice is a much more common occurrence than it should be. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States suffer injury or even death because of the negligence of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists or other medical professionals. If you have suffered injury or if you have lost a loved one due to surgical malpractice, it is important to find an experienced surgical malpractice attorney to represent you.

Some types of surgery malpractice include:

Operating on the wrong organ or body part
Negligence leading to post-surgical infections
Leaving a sponge or other surgical instrument in the patient’s body (leading to infection and even amputation in some cases)
Mistakes in anesthesia dosage that can be fatal
Wrong dosage of medication
Botched plastic surgery
Misdiagnosis of a medical condition

For the past 15 years, our Law Office has represented clients throughout Texas who have been the unfortunate victims of medical malpractice. Our surgery malpractice attorneys have many years of trial experience and are dedicated to each case and client. Our representation has resulted in multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients.

At our Law Office, we explore every legal avenue we can to obtain the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Surgery malpractice cases are difficult and require specialized knowledge of the law and the medical profession. We do extensive research for each one of our surgical malpractice cases by consulting with medical experts and thoroughly researching the hospital records. Call our Law Office for a free initial consultation. You can meet with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your concerns and find out what legal options are available to you. Our clients always receive their attorney’s personal mobile phone number so that they can contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should any emergency arise during the representation. Our team is also fully fluent in Spanish.

If you believe you have a legal claim for surgical malpractice because of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or another medical professional, contact our Law Office as soon as possible. You can contact our office toll-free to set up a free consultation with an experienced surgical malpractice attorney.

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Work Injuries & Workers’ Compensation
Texas Work Injury Attorney
WORKMANS’ COMP • WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS • WRONGFUL DEATH

You have the right to a safe workplace. And if you were injured at work, it’s a good indication that your rights weren’t being respected. These injuries can affect your life for a long time – and may even prevent you from ever working at the same job again.

If you were injured, make sure you hire a lawyer you can trust to handle your case. After all, your future hangs in the balance. Our Law Firm has handled workers’ compensation and injury cases successfully for many years. For a free consultation, call us toll-free today.

Our Law Office is always available to be of service to clients. All clients receive their attorney’s personal cell phone number. If you have an emergency, you can call them any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WHAT TO DO (…AND WHAT NOT TO DO) AFTER A WORK INJURY
If you suffer a work injury, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of receiving the fair settlement you deserve. These include:

DO: Notify Your Employer Immediately!
If you wait a day or two before notifying your employer of the injury, their lawyers may argue later that your injury didn’t actually occur on the job – meaning you won’t get benefits

DO: Go to a doctor ASAP!
If you don’t go to a doctor right away, you might miss the chance to avoid future complications. In addition, the doctor’s report will further prove that your injury occurred at work.

DON’T: Talk to an Insurance Company Representative!
If the insurance company ever wants to talk with you, it’s because they are looking for information that will help them lower the value of your claim. Tell them to talk to your lawyer instead.

DO: Hire an Attorney Right Away!
An attorney is legally obligated to look after your best interests. Hiring an attorney means someone’s on your side.
If you’ve suffered a work injury, we can help. Call us toll-free to schedule a free consultation.

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Back & Spine Injuries

The back and spine are some of the most vulnerable areas of the human body and are therefore especially susceptible to injury in a car accident. Even a minor twist or strain to back muscles can cause a back and spine injury and result in chronic pain.

Back injuries can be expensive and difficult to treat. A spinal injury is often a plaguing injury that can result in paralysis.

Back injuries are an especially serious type of car accident injury because they can sometimes make it impossible for an individual to return to work. Although individuals who suffer a back injury may recover enough to be able to train for a new career, those who experience a spinal cord injury that causes paralysis may never be able to work again.

Come see one of our Texas car accident lawyers to discuss your car accident injury claim. Call us to schedule a consultation.

Back Injuries Can Cause Extreme Pain
Back and spine injuries are a common repercussion of another injury, such as a neck injury. Back pain is a frequent complaint of individuals who have been in a car accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is one of the main reasons individuals visit the doctor and are forced to miss work.

The back is made up of vertebrae in the spine, cushioned by disks in between the individual vertebrae. During a car accident, the soft material inside a disk may shift out of place or even rupture and cause strain to nerves around the spine, resulting in excruciating back pain.

An individual who experiences back pain after a car accident may feel sudden spasms or a shooting pain that travels from the back to the legs. Muscle aches are also common, and an individual may also have trouble standing up straight or lose his or her normal range of motion.

Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are the result of damage to the ligaments, discs, or vertebrae of the spinal column. A spinal cord injury can also occur when the nerves at the end of the spinal cord sustain damage. Even the slightest impact could result in a back and or spine injury.

The Mayo Clinic states that spinal cord injuries can have permanent repercussions. An individual who experiences a spinal cord injury faces a host of bodily issues, such as a decrease in strength, less sensation in certain areas of the body, and trouble performing bodily functions below the area of impact.

Treatment Is Available
Back and spine injuries can often be treated through a variety of methods. Some back pain can be treated with over-the-counter medication. Although bed rest is recommended, it should not be done for more than two days, or the back pain could worsen rather than improve.

A doctor will normally prescribe common pain relievers for back pain. If the pain does not improve, muscle relaxers may be prescribed. Narcotics or antidepressants may also be prescribed for extreme back pain.

Although medications may be prescribed for a spinal cord injury, immobilization of the back is often undertaken to stabilize the spine.

Back and spine injuries sustained in an automobile accident take an extreme physical and emotional toll on an individual. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available from a negligent driver.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help. Call us to learn about your options.

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Neck Injuries

You usually notice when a car is following too closely behind you. It probably makes you nervous. If traffic ahead of you suddenly stops or a child unexpectedly darts out into the road, a negligent driver behind you will likely crash directly into your vehicle and suddenly you’re the victim of a neck injury. Neck injuries are one of the most common types of car accident injuries, usually resulting from a rear-end crash.

Although most car accident injuries require expensive treatments, neck injuries from a car accident that results in whiplash can be especially costly and take a long time to heal.

Come talk to one of our car accident lawyers if you’ve been injured in a crash. Call us to schedule a consultation.

Common Neck Injuries
The neck is composed of bones, joints, tissues and nerves that all work together to support the head. Although the soft tissue of the neck may be the only area that sustains damage, the damage may affect a variety of muscles throughout the body, as well as the spinal cord.

When there is a break in the cervical cord, a neck fracture results. The type and extent of the break depend on the position of the head upon impact and the angle at which the impact occurs.

A neck sprain may occur when the neck twists as the result of the sudden impact of a car accident. A neck sprain is usually the result of ligament damage. Ligaments are blocks of tissue that hold bones together.

Neck Injuries Affecting The Spine
Neck injuries are also related to spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be caused from whiplash which damages joints or disks, which result in spinal cord irritation. A spinal cord injury can result in permanent disability, paralysis and can even be fatal.

Neck Injuries And Whiplash
Whiplash can best be envisioned by someone cracking a whip. When a car is unexpectedly smashed from behind, such as in a rear-end collision, the impact can cause the neck to suddenly snap forward and backward. These unnatural movements stretch the neck muscles and ligaments well beyond their normal range of motion.

Although whiplash may heal on its own after a few months, many times whiplash results in chronic pain that can last for years, which can require expensive treatment or rehabilitation.

Whiplash can also continue to persist for many years after an accident without any known cause.

Treatment Options
There are a variety of treatments for neck injuries. Treatment for a neck fracture depends on an individual’s age, current health and whether there is any spinal damage. A neck brace may be required to stabilize the neck.

Neck sprains can be treated by placing ice on the affected area and getting plenty of rest. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be prescribed.

The type of treatment given immediately after a spinal cord injury often depends on the long-term effects.

Whiplash is normally treated with over-the-counter medications and applying ice to the affected neck muscles. Prescription medications and physical therapy are other options.

Treatment for any sort of neck injury is often expensive. If a neck injury from a car accident was caused by a driver’s negligence, financial compensation may be available to the victim.

Our car accident lawyers are ready to help you when you’ve been injured in an accident. Call us today.

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Brain Injuries

Today many vehicles are equipped with safety features that are designed to minimize the negative impact of a car crash. However, head and brain injuries are still frequently cited as common types of car accident injuries and may cause long-term damage.

Brain injuries result from a sharp blow to the head or an object piercing the skull. If the head comes in contact with a hard object during a car accident, such as a windshield, this can result in a brain injury.

All car accident injuries are serious, but head and brain injuries are especially troublesome because the healing process is extremely slow. There is also a risk of permanent brain damage.

Our experienced car accident lawyers are here for you if you’ve suffered an injury in a crash. Call us to make an appointment.

What Is A Brain Injury?
The life of an individual who suffers a brain injury due to a negligent driver is forever altered.

It is essential for a brain injury victim to have access to expert medical care, as brain injuries require expensive and long-term rehabilitation. It is also crucial for brain injury victims to receive personalized medical attention and have access to specialized services tailored to their unique brain injury in order to continue to live a healthy and productive life.

A concussion is a form of brain injury that is now typically referred to as traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called TBI a serious public health problem in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 1.7 million TBI’s occur every year either as isolated incidents or in conjunction with other types of injuries, such as head injuries or neck injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
A TBI is alarming because symptoms may occur immediately or may not become apparent until long after an accident. Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Common symptoms of a mild TBI include:

Headache
Dizziness
Problems with memory or concentration
Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
Feelings of disorientation

A TBI victim may also experience loss of consciousness every so often. More severe symptoms involve changes in a victim’s mood or personality. Depression and anxiety are common with moderate or severe TBIs.

Treatment Of Brain Injuries
Mild TBIs typically only require rest and over the counter medications to heal. Immediate emergency treatment should be provided for moderate to severe brain injuries with the goal of maintaining an adequate level of blood and oxygen and attempting to minimize further injury.

Medications such as diuretics, coma-inducing drugs and anti-seizure drugs may also be prescribed for moderate to severe TBIs.

Long-term rehabilitation is also usually required for a severe TBI as a victim may need to relearn how to walk, talk or perform basic bodily movements. Physical and psychological therapy is also essential. It is for this reason that treatment of TBIs can become astonishingly expensive.

The repercussions of brain injuries can last a lifetime. An individual may be unable to return to a former job or be prevented from returning to work altogether. However, compensation from a negligent driver who caused a brain injury may be available.

A devoted legal advocate is absolutely essential if you have suffered a brain injury. Call us to learn more about how we can help you.

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Car Accidents

Car accidents are the most common type of motor vehicle accidents, occurring more frequently than both truck and motorcycle collisions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 33,244 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2019, while over 2 million were injured. Passenger vehicles made up a large portion of these accidents.

After a car crash, email us or call our experienced car accident attorneys for valuable knowledge and capable assistance.

Important Safety Measures
One of the primary responsibilities of the NHTSA is to oversee the safety standards of automobile manufacturers. This is done by implementing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. One of these standards is the use of seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts when they were in a road traffic crash.

Another FMVSS standard involves the use of airbags. The NHTSA currently recommends that children age 12 and under sit in the rear seat away from the force of a deploying frontal airbag.

Protecting Yourself And Your Passengers
It is important for drivers and their passengers to protect themselves by always wearing seat belts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in the event of an accident.

Current Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than 8 years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If they aren’t properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250, plus court costs.

Determining Negligence After A Car Accident
To determine if a driver was negligent and should be required to pay damages resulting from a car accident, the following factors must be considered:

Everyone has a legal obligation to drive with reasonable care under the circumstances. This is known as a duty of care.
This duty of care can be breached. For example, a driver who drives too fast or too aggressively has breached the duty of care.
Failing to use reasonable care can cause a car accident. For instance, a speeding driver could lose control of a vehicle and collide with another driver’s vehicle.
The driver’s recklessness caused harm to someone.
If each of these factors is shown, a driver is negligent and therefore can be held legally responsible for the cost of damages caused by the negligent behavior.

Negligence Law
Texas follows the “modified comparative negligence” doctrine where damages are barred or reduced according to your degree of fault.

For example, if a driver runs a red light and collides with another driver who is speeding, both drivers may be found negligent. A jury could find that the speeding driver was 25 percent negligent and the driver who ran the red light was 75 percent negligent.

This means that the driver who was speeding could recover damages amounting to 75 percent of the cost of injuries since this is the percentage of negligence that was not the speeding driver’s fault. The driver who ran the red light could receive damages amounting to 25 percent of the cost of injuries.

Consult an experienced car accident lawyer if you’d like to discuss an injury claim. Email us or call us to make an appointment.

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Pedestrian Accidents

The beautiful Texas climate makes walking an enjoyable activity for many residents. Residents may walk for exercise or use it as an inexpensive and convenient form of transportation. However, pedestrian accidents are common and pedestrians must make sure to follow all traffic laws. Even when a pedestrian is cautious, he or she could be injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our experienced car accident lawyers. Email us or call us toll-free.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 6,205 pedestrians were killed in 2019.

A pedestrian accident is more likely to occur in an urban area rather than a rural area. A majority of pedestrian accidents happen at night, with 30 percent of pedestrian accidents have occurred between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.

Children and older individuals are especially likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. The fatality rate for pedestrians age 65 and older was higher than the rate for all other age groups. Nearly one-fifth of children between ages five and nine killed in motor vehicle accidents were pedestrians.

Pedestrian Laws
Texas pedestrians are subject to many of the same laws as drivers. For example, pedestrians are required to follow traffic control signals at intersections or crosswalks in the same manner as drivers.

However, drivers are required to exercise due care to avoid striking pedestrians and use a horn when necessary to alert a pedestrian to their presence. Drivers are also expected to exercise extreme caution when encountering a young child pedestrian or a pedestrian who appears confused or incapacitated.

Although a driver must yield the right of way to a pedestrian lawfully crossing in a crosswalk, a pedestrian cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk directly into the path of an oncoming motor vehicle, making it impossible for the driver to yield in time.

A pedestrian crossing anywhere outside of a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk must also yield the right of way to drivers.

Pedestrian Safety
The NHTSA provides several common-sense tips for pedestrians to avoid an accident, such as:

Walk on a sidewalk.
If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder of the road against oncoming traffic.
Walk in a designated crosswalk when crossing a street.
Stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing at night.
Pedestrians should also make sure to not walk while they are intoxicated. It is estimated that in about one-third of all fatal pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian had a blood-alcohol level at or above .08 percent, which is the legal limit in many states.

The Duty Of Reasonable Care
Pedestrian accidents can involve negligence on the part of the driver or the pedestrian, similar to automobile accidents. Both drivers and pedestrians are required to exercise reasonable care on the roadways, and both could be found negligent and liable for damages if their failure to use reasonable care causes harm to another.

Seek out a car accident attorney if you are involved in a pedestrian accident. Email us or call us toll-free for an appointment.

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