Fresno Car Accident Lawyers
Thousands of people are injured in car accidents every year in Texas. Even seemingly minor crashes can result in serious injuries that cost victims thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, talk to the lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC right away. Our Fresno car accident attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience, and we know what steps to take to build a strong case for compensation on your behalf.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
How Can a Fresno Car Accident Lawyer Help You?
A lawyer is an essential ally when you’ve been injured in a collision. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and support your case for recovery.
Here’s how the team at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help you after a severe car accident:
- Identify who can be held liable for your injuries: Depending on the circumstances of the accident, multiple parties might be responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys can search for every potentially liable party and every potential source of insurance coverage.
- Document your injuries and other losses: To recover full compensation after a car crash, you’ll need to document all the losses you’ve suffered. This may include lost wages, reduced earning potential, medical bills, any pain and mental health effects you’ve experienced, and more.
- Take care of the necessary paperwork: Many forms are involved in filing a personal injury claim, from medical records to court motions and everything in between. We can handle all this paperwork for you to make sure your claim proceeds as quickly and smoothly as possible.
- Negotiate with insurance companies: Most car accident claims are settled through negotiations with the liable party’s insurance company. Insurance companies have all kinds of tricks to avoid paying the total value of a claim, but a lawyer can help you make a strong case for compensation.
- Bring your case to court: If you cannot reach a settlement agreement with the liable party, you may need to bring your case to civil court. If this happens, you’ll want help from an experienced trial attorney who can craft a sound legal strategy.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Some common causes of car accidents include:
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while fatigued
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive lane changes
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield at an intersection or stop sign
- Worn or defective components
- Poor road conditions
Common Types of Car Accidents
There are many kinds of car accidents, and some of the more common types include:
- Head-on collisions: A head-on collision is when two or more vehicles traveling in opposite directions run into each other. Because these accidents tend to involve high speeds, they often resulting in severe injuries.
- Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle runs into the back of a car traveling in front of it. Rear-end collisions are often caused by the driver in the rear following too closely.
- Sideswipe/side-impact collisions: Sideswipe accidents, also known as side-impact accidents, happen when two vehicles traveling in the same or opposite direction collide. Side-impact collisions are frequently the result of one driver failing to check their blind spot or signal correctly when changing lanes or merging.
- T-bone collisions: T-bone or broadside accidents result from one vehicle slamming into another car. The shape the two cars form when they collide resembles a “T,” hence the name.
- Blind-spot collisions: When drivers don’t check their blind spots before merging or changing lanes, they can easily end up crashing into or moving into the path of another vehicle.
- Rollover collisions: Tire blowouts, shifting cargo, high-speed impacts, and other factors can cause a car to tip or rollover, which often leads to horrific injuries for anyone in the vehicle.
- Single-vehicle collisions: Drivers can sometimes get into an accident even if there are no other vehicles involved. For example, a driver might drive their car off the road and strike an object or roll the vehicle over without hitting anything first.
- Multi-vehicle collisions: Many accidents are multi-vehicle crashes. The more vehicles are involved in a crash, the greater the odds are of someone suffering severe injuries.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Some of the most common injuries that result from car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Crushed or amputated limbs
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
Statute of Limitations on Car Accident Lawsuits in Texas
The Texas statute of limitations on car accident lawsuits is generally two years from the date of the crash. If you do not file a lawsuit by that time, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries.
Here are the key steps to take if you’ve been injured in a car accident:
- Call 911 and seek medical treatment as soon as possible
- Take pictures and videos of the accident scene before you leave, if possible
- Get the names of any eyewitnesses
- Hold on to any documentation related to the accident and your losses, such as medical records, pay stubs, and the police accident report
- Don’t talk to the at-fault party’s insurance adjuster until you’ve spoken to a lawyer
- Stay off social media, as the information you post could potentially be used against you
- Hire an attorney right away
If you’re ready to get started on a personal injury claim after a car accident, the attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, are standing by to help.
Contact our office for a free initial consultation.
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What is negligence?
“Negligence” refers to careless, reckless, or wrongful (including unlawful) behavior. Often, this type of behavior leads to serious accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Some examples of negligence include someone who runs a red light because they were texting while driving, a shop owner who fails to put out a “wet floor” sign after an employee mops up a spill, or a dog owner who allows their dangerous dog to roam free and unleashed in a public park.
How do I know if I have a case?
You likely have a personal injury case if you were injured and suffered measurable damages—such as medical bills or pain and suffering—due to the careless, reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. In other words, if someone else is to blame for your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to know whether you have a case is to contact an attorney at our firm for a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we can go over the details of your situation and provide personalized counsel tailored to your circumstances.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The exact value of your personal injury case depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, whether you had to take time off work to recover, how much time you had to take off work, whether your injuries resulted in a disability, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the event that led to your injuries. It is not possible for any attorney to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Houston personal injury attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to request a complimentary case review.
Will I have to go to court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. In fact, many settle in pre-trial litigation or as a result of your attorney’s negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the liable party refuses to play fair, you want an attorney who is not only willing but also has the experience needed to aggressively represent you at trial. At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will prepare you for what to expect with your case, including whether or not you may need to go to court.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Texas (surrounding states may have different laws). This means that you typically have just two years from the date of injury to bring your claim in court. Sometimes, when an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations will be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but they are rare. We encourage you to act quickly after an accident or injury to avoid losing your right to seek compensation for your damages. If the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. Even if you think it might be too late, reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to discuss your legal options.