La Porte Car Accident Attorneys
Were you injured or lose a loved one in a car wreck? If a reckless or careless driver or another negligent party caused the collision, you could be eligible to seek compensation.
Seeking the compensation you’re owed is not always an easy task. Fortunately, the lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC have the right skills, resources, and experience to make a difference in your case. We know you need a tough lawyer when you have a tough case.
We have helped individuals just like you secure the compensation they need to pay their medical bills, make up for lost wages, repair or replace their vehicles, and get back to life.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Our consultations are free and confidential. Reach out to us by phone at (713) 609-1930 or online for a free case evaluation.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our skilled lawyers are prepared to take care of every aspect of your car crash claim while you focus on your recovery.
We can support you through this trying time by:
- Explaining your legal rights and the options you have for recovery
- Conducting an independent investigation into the crash to uncover critical evidence and determine who was at fault
- Working with expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists
- Communicating with insurance companies and other attorneys on your behalf
- Negotiating aggressively to maximize the amount of compensation you receive
Common Types of Car Accidents
Some of the most common types of accidents include:
- Hit-and-run accidents: A hit-and-run accident occurs when one driver crashes their vehicle into another and then flees the scene of the accident. There are many reasons drivers decide to hit and run, including lack of insurance or license, outstanding arrest warrants, and fear of repercussions for drunk driving or other traffic violations. No matter the reason, an experienced lawyer can help you pursue justice and fair compensation after a hit and run — including a claim under your auto policy’s uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.
- Drunk driving accidents: Thousands of Americans die preventable deaths every year due to drunk driving wrecks, and many more suffer severe injuries. Even a small amount of alcohol in a driver’s system impairs safe driving by reducing visual perception, reaction time, judgment, and reflexes. These effects only worsen as blood alcohol concentration increases. Driving under the influence of intoxicating drugs or even extreme fatigue can have similarly dangerous effects.
- Distracted driving crashes: Driving is an inherently risky activity that requires drivers’ full and attentive concentration at all times. When drivers focus their attention on text messages, phone conversations, or other distractions behind the wheel, they are significantly more likely to crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 8.7% of all traffic fatalities resulted from accidents involving at least one distracted driver in one recent year.
- Speeding and reckless driving accidents: Speeding, lane weaving, and other reckless driving behaviors put everyone on the road at risk. Drivers who exceed posted speed limits, drive too fast for road conditions, or engage in other reckless behaviors are more likely to lose control of their vehicles and cause devastating high-speed collisions. Data from NHTSA suggests speeding has contributed to nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities.
- Aggressive driving accidents: Aggressive driving is distinct from reckless driving in that aggressive drivers engage in unsafe driving behaviors specifically to intimidate or harass others. Common aggressive driving behaviors include tailgating, cutting others off in traffic, and in extreme cases, even trying to run others off the road. According to Texas Department of Insurance research, fatal crashes from aggressive driving incidents increased almost 500 percent over a recent 10-year period.
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents: Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists frequently result in catastrophic injuries for non-vehicle occupants. However, just because bicycle riders and pedestrians are more vulnerable in an accident does not mean they are always blameless. A pedestrian or cyclist could be responsible for a traffic collision if they break traffic laws in a way that forces drivers to swerve and crash while attempting to avoid them.
- Rear-end collisions: A rear-end collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the rear end of the car ahead of it. Many rear-end collisions are caused by drivers who are tailgating, distracted, or otherwise too impaired to react in time when traffic slows or stops in front of them. Even low speed rear-end collisions can cause severe whiplash, back injuries, and other serious trauma with lasting consequences.
- Single-vehicle crashes: Single-vehicle crashes may sound less severe than multi-car collisions. Still, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than half of all traffic accident fatalities involve only one vehicle. The majority of all single-vehicle accidents result from some type of driver error, such as distracted or reckless driving. Other possible causes of solo car wrecks include poor road conditions, other road users, and vehicle defects.
- T-bone collisions: In a T-bone crash, the front end of one vehicle collides with the broad side of another car traveling in a perpendicular direction, resulting in a “T”-shaped wreck. Many T-bone crashes occur at intersections when one driver runs a red light, blows past a stop sign, or refuses to yield the right of way to others. T-bone wrecks tend to cause serious injuries because of the relative lack of impact protection along the sides of a vehicle.
- Sideswipe collisions: A sideswipe collision occurs when the sides of two vehicles traveling in parallel “swipe” against one another. This may sound like a relatively minor type of accident, but the force transferred by a sideswipe accident can lead to loss of control of the vehicle. Many sideswipe accidents happen when drivers fail to check their blind spots, forget to signal their turns or merge without proper caution.
- Low-speed impacts: The term “low-speed accident” typically refers to any accident that occurs between vehicles traveling at speeds of less than 10 miles per hour. These accidents may result in only minor damage, but the human body typically fares much worse. Even when collisions involve relatively low speeds, vehicle occupants can sustain serious injuries such as whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
- Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions are some of the most devastating motor vehicle crashes. In a head-on collision, the front end of one vehicle crashes into the front end of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Data from NHTSA reveals that head-on collisions accounted for just 2.7% of all crashes in one recent year but still represented more than one in 10 fatal incidents that year.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
A car accident can cause severe trauma to any part of the body.
The following injuries tend to be the most common:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Partial or total paralysis
- Traumatic or surgical amputation
- Burns, bruises, and lacerations
- Internal bleeding and internal injury
- Dislocated or broken bones
- Disfiguring facial injury and scarring
- Jaw injury and dental trauma
- Neck injury and whiplash
- Knee and joint injury
- Shoulder and collarbone injury
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
How Much Is My Car Accident Settlement Worth?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you could receive a monetary settlement to compensate you for the following crash-related losses:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses that are necessary to treat your accident-related injuries
- Incidental, out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident, such as the costs of transportation to and from medical appointments
- Lost wages from any time you missed at work while you were recovering from your accident-related injuries
- Losses in your future earning potential if your accident-related injuries result in a disability that prevents you from returning to your previous job or career path
- The subjective costs of the physical pain and emotional suffering you endure as a result of the accident and your subsequent injuries
- Vehicle damage repair or vehicle replacement expenses
What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident
The immediate aftermath of a car accident can feel confusing and overwhelming, but accident victims can protect their legal rights and their ability to pursue compensation from the insurance company.
Here are some steps you can take:
- Seek medical attention immediately for any injury you sustained and follow through on your doctor’s orders for medical treatment
- Gather information and evidence from the scene of the crash, such as contact and insurance information from the other party, photographs of the accident scene, and statements and contact details from any eyewitnesses
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident as soon as possible and record your daily pain and discomfort levels in a pain journal
- Avoid discussing the accident with the insurance company or anyone other than your attorney and refrain from social media activity while your case is pending
- Contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible after the accident occurs
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Texas?
If you suspect you have grounds for a car accident lawsuit against an at-fault driver, it’s essential to act quickly. Texas law allows injury victims just two years from the date of the accident to file lawsuits in civil court. If you wait until after the two-year deadline has expired, the court will likely dismiss your case, and you will lose your right to demand compensation for your losses.
Don’t talk to insurance representatives without getting help from a law firm first. The La Porte car accident lawyers of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC are ready to help you determine precisely how much time you have left to take legal action. Our organized team can make sure that late filings or other avoidable errors don’t derail your case.
Call Now to Speak with a Legal Professional
The trusted legal team at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can manage every detail of your car accident case while you get your life back on track. We can even take your case to trial if that’s the best way to secure the compensation you deserve.
Contact us to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.