We, unfortunately, see car accidents on a daily basis. However, just because it is normal to see an auto accident does not make it any less tragic for those who are affected and injured. The high incidence of car and truck accidents means that most people will be involved in one at some point in their lives. In the unfortunate event that you are seriously injured in a car accident, getting medical attention is always your first priority. If another party is legally responsible for your injuries, your next important step is choosing a lawyer to represent you to help recover damages.
While negligent drivers are the cause of a majority of motor vehicle accidents, other parties or hazards may be liable, such as the highway department. There are numerous factors that can contribute to a car accident, such as:
Ignoring traffic signals, speeding, swerving, failing to use signals, tailgating and more, are extremely dangerous maneuvers that can lead to extreme injury and death.
Distracted drivers can be doing a number of tasks such as eating, texting, making phone calls, reading, adjusting the radio, using the GPS, looking down, etc. all while they should be focused on driving. Studies have shown that cell phone use while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk in lowering your ability to notice and react to traffic.
Drunk drivers are of course a major scourge of our highways and cause many deaths and injuries every year. Experienced counsel can help determine if anyone else shares responsibility, such as a bar or party host that over-served the drunk driver then let them drive.
Fatigue causes delayed reactions and impaired judgment and can cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel. Under Texas law, a victim of a car accident can pursue a claim for compensation if the crash victim can prove the other driver was negligent (unreasonably careless) and that this carelessness was the cause of the collision. Many drivers who are overly tired are unwilling to admit that they made a mistake and stayed behind the wheel when they should not have. However, this does not mean they should not be held accountable.
Poor Road Conditions:
Poor road conditions can result in a motor vehicle accident or a motorcycle crash, as roads are supposed to be maintained so they are safe. There are rules limiting when and how you may sue the government in these cases, and it can be a tricky scenario. However, the agency responsible for maintaining or designing the roadway can be potentially held accountable for the damages. To succeed in this type of case you must prove, among other things, that the agency responsible for maintaining the roads knew or should have known about the conditions and was negligent in failing to correct them. You also have to show the poor conditions were the direct cause of the crash. Such conditions include potholes, debris, dangerous intersections, confusing signs, poorly maintained bridges, uneven roads, narrow shoulders and impaired visibility.
It is important to contact an attorney shortly after your accident in order for them to assist with:
- Collecting all police reports
- Questioning any witnesses
- Reconstructing the accident and taking necessary photographs of the scene, vehicle damage and injuries
- Collecting and analyzing medical reports
- Contacting expert witnesses to review all evidence
- Speaking with insurance providers
If your injuries were serious or a loved one died in the car accident, you could be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Past & future lost wages, and loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation and medical bills
- Pain & suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
- Property damages
After an accident, most people are shaken and emotionally vulnerable. During this time, insurance adjusters and opposing counsel can easily coerce you into accepting an unfair settlement for your injuries. You should consult with an attorney within the first 24 hours after an accident, or as soon as otherwise possible.
Experienced Austin, Texas personal injury attorney David Todd and the Todd Law Firm are dedicated to pursuing justice for accident victims in Austin and across Texas. Review our free guides, answers to frequently asked questions and helpful videos. Discuss your situation and your options with us and learn the difference we can make in your case. Review our free guide Win Your Texas Injury Case and read the client testimonials on our web site and let us show you how we can protect your rights and help put you on the road to recovery. Learn how we can help recover damages for your injuries and learn how to avoid common mistakes that can compromise your case. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, contact us today for a free, fast case evaluation.
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