League City Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced lawyer to help to seek compensation for your losses. An attorney can take care of your claim so you can focus on your medical treatment and recovery.
Get a free consultation with the League City car accident lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC by calling us or filling out an online contact form. Our law firm is committed to providing outstanding customer service and skilled legal representation. When you have a tough case, you need a tough lawyer!
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
It is highly recommended to hire a lawyer after being involved in an automobile crash. Your attorney can handle the legal aspects of your case to pursue maximum compensation for your injury claim.
You need a lawyer after a car accident to:
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Determine fault in your particular case
- Calculate how much your car accident claim is worth
- Investigate your car accident and gather all available evidence
- Help you prepare the necessary paperwork in compliance with applicable state laws, including the statute of limitations in Texas
- Represent your best interests in and out of court
- Advocate for your rights after filing a car accident lawsuit
The attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC stand ready to provide your case with the personalized attention it deserves and fight vigorously for fair and full compensation on your behalf. Our goal is to get you the compensation you are entitled to so you can get your life back on track.
How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
As any lawyer can tell you, it is practically impossible to estimate how much a car accident case is worth without assessing the many unique factors involved. However, it is important to understand what types of damages you could recover in your accident case.
Our lawyers are prepared to help you pursue the following types of damages:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, medication costs, the cost of rehabilitation, and more
- Diminished earning capacity
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering, including mental anguish, anxiety, emotional distress, and other non-physical injuries
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
- Exemplary damages
Under Texas law, exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages, are available when the victim’s injuries result from the defendant’s gross negligence, fraudulent conduct, or malice.
Types of Car Accidents
While there are many different types of car crashes, some examples of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Hit and run: These crashes involve a driver who flees the scene of the accident.
- Left-hand turn: This type of collision typically involves one driver making a left-hand turn and an oncoming driver traveling straight through the junction.
- Rollover: A rollover is when a car flips over onto its side or roof.
- Rear-end: These accidents happen when one vehicle hits another car from behind. Following too closely is typically the cause.
- Single-vehicle accidents: This type of car crash involves only one vehicle that collides with a stationary object, leaves the roadway, rolls over, or otherwise crashes.
- Multi-vehicle accidents: Multi-vehicle accidents involve several vehicles and may involve a chain reaction.
- Uber accidents: Accidents involving Uber drivers and other rideshare vehicles are becoming increasingly common.
- Head-on collision: These crashes, considered one of the deadliest, occur when the front ends of two vehicles collide.
- Backing-up: Backing-up accidents occur when one or two vehicles collide while driving in reverse out of a driveway or parking space, for example.
- Sun glare accidents: Sun glare collisions involve when one or two drivers are blinded by the sun.
- Self-driving car accidents: These accidents involve autonomous and self-driving vehicles.
- Highway accidents: These crashes are often quite severe due to the high speeds vehicles travel on highways.
- Taxi and limo accidents: These crashes involve taxis, limousines, or other hired vehicles.
- Parking lot accidents: The collisions are usually low-speed accidents that involve two or more vehicles in a parking lot.
It is advisable to contact a knowledgeable attorney if you have been involved in an automobile crash. Your attorney will help you determine what caused the accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 94% of all car accidents result from some form of driver error.
Some of the most common causes of car crashes include:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to maintain a safe following distance
- Failing to obey road signs or traffic signals
- Improper lane changes
Driver errors are not the only cause of automobile accidents. Some crashes are caused by vehicle defects and faulty automobile parts, for example. Hazardous road designs or improper maintenance can also be a factor.
Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Here are the common types of injuries people involved in motor vehicle accidents may suffer:
- Traumatic brain injuries typically occur due to a violent blow to the head or body or forceful jerking motion of the head.
- Back injuries may result from damage to the vertebrae, as well as muscle and tissue.
- Spinal cord injuries result from trauma to the cervical spine, lumbar spine, or thoracic spine.
- Whiplash occurs as a result of rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.
- Broken bones are likely to occur when a car occupant’s body absorbs a large amount of impact during a car accident.
- Knee and ankle injuries may occur when the knee or lower leg hits the instrument panel due to the collision.
- Wrists and shoulders are also commonly injured in car crashes.
- Burn injuries occur when a person is exposed to open fire, heat, toxic chemicals, or electricity during an accident.
- Deep cuts and abrasions occur when any type of pointed or rough object penetrates the skin.
- Internal injuries can occur when any part of the body directly contacts the vehicle’s interior, damaging internal organs or causing internal bleeding.
- Lasting psychological trauma is not uncommon after traumatizing events such as car accidents.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car crash, here is an overview of what you need to do:
- Pull over to the side of the road if your vehicle is in drivable condition
- Seek medical attention
- Report the crash to the authorities
- Obtain the other driver’s contact and insurance information
- Take photographs and record videos at the scene of the accident
- Talk to witnesses and write down their contact information
- Notify your insurance company of the accident
- Contact an attorney
The steps you take after a car crash could be crucial to your health and getting the financial compensation you deserve.
A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time that an injured party has to bring a lawsuit. In Texas, the time limit for personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents is two years from the date of the accident or the date when the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered.
Do not hesitate to speak with the lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC if you have been involved in a car crash. Our attorneys are committed to helping injured victims fight for fair compensation.
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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.