Meadows Place Car Accident Lawyers
Texas has the most miles of roadway of any state in the U.S. and frequently has some of the highest crash rates in the nation. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that, in 2020, a motor vehicle crash occurred every minute and seven seconds, a person sustained a crash-related injury every two minutes and 34 seconds, and a person was killed in a wreck every two hours and 15 minutes.
If you were involved in a car accident, you may be dealing with painful injuries, missing time at work, and wondering how you’ll manage a growing pile of medical bills. If another driver was responsible for the accident, you have the right to demand fair compensation for your injuries.
The Meadows Place car accident lawyers of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, can help. Our trusted attorneys have the resources and experience needed to tackle every aspect of your case while you focus on your recovery.
Contact us today to learn more about your legal options in a free initial consultation.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
According to statistics published from the TxDOT, some of the most common contributing factors in Texas car accidents include:
- Failure to control speed, driving at unsafe speeds, and driving over the speed limit (140,744 total crashes statewide)
- Distraction and driver inattention (81,798 total crashes statewide)
- Failure to yield the right-of-way (77,535 total crashes statewide)
- Failure to remain in a single lane (39,861 total crashes statewide)
- Unsafe lane changes (33,849 total crashes statewide)
- Disregarding stop and go signals, stop signs, and red lights (32,169 total crashes statewide)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (26,289 total crashes statewide)
- Faulty evasive actions (19,718 total crashes statewide)
- Improper turn maneuvers (19,528 total crashes statewide)
- Unsafe backing up maneuvers (8,454 total crashes statewide)
- Following too closely behind other vehicles (8,275 total crashes statewide)
- Fatigued driving and falling asleep at the wheel (7,527 total crashes statewide)
- Unsafe passing maneuvers (4,825 total crashes statewide)
- Cell phone and mobile device use while driving (3,453 total crashes statewide)
- Road rage (1,383 total crashes statewide)
Types of Car Accidents
Here are some of the most common types of car accidents:
- Rear-end collisions: A rear-end collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the rear end of the car in front of it. Many of these collisions are caused by drivers who are distracted or following too closely.
- Sideswipe accidents: A sideswipe accident occurs when the side of one vehicle “swipes” against the side of another vehicle traveling in the same or opposite direction. Drivers who are distracted, drowsy, or impaired frequently sideswipe other cars when they drift out of designated lanes.
- T-bone crashes: A T-bone or broadside crash occurs when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another car, resulting in a T-shaped wreck. Many side-impact crashes occur at intersections when negligent drivers run red lights or stop signs.
- Head-on collisions: A head-on collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the front end of another vehicle. Though thankfully rare, this type of collision commonly results in catastrophic damage and life-threatening injuries.
- Rollover accidents: A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle tips onto one side or completely rolls over one or more times. Rollover accidents are more likely to occur due to high-speed collisions and frequently result in fatalities.
The violent forces of a motor vehicle collision can result in severe injuries to nearly any area of the body.
Common car accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial injuries and dental trauma
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or total paralysis
- Dislocated or broken bones
- Knee, elbow, and other joint injuries
- Soft tissue strains, sprains, and tears
- Traumatic amputations
- Crushing injuries
- Bruises, lacerations, and puncture wounds
- Internal bleeding and organ trauma
- Thermal, chemical, and friction burns
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Emotional injuries
- Wrongful death
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our Meadows Place car accident attorneys can help you seek damages in a personal injury claim.
In a personal injury case, the term “damages” refers to the money you could recover for accident-related personal and financial losses, such as:
- Medical bills: This includes any medical bills you incur for the treatment of accident-related injuries, including the cost of things such as ambulance rides, hospital stays, doctors’ visits, prescription medications, and physical therapy
- Lost wages: This is the value of any reduction in your wages from the time you missed at work while you were recovering from your accident-related injuries. If you were forced to use vacation or sick time, you could be compensated for that, too.
- Future losses: This is the projected value of losses you will likely incur in the future due to the accident, including the cost of medical care you will probably need and projected losses in your lifetime earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: This is the intangible costs of the physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering you endure due to the accident and any injuries you sustained as a result.
- Lost quality of life: This is the subjective costs of any losses you experienced in your overall quality or enjoyment of life due to any injuries, disfigurement, disabilities, or psychological trauma caused by the accident.
- Vehicle repair costs: This includes the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle if it sustained damage in the crash. You could also receive compensation for damage to other personal property or items that need to be repaired or replaced.
- Incidental expenses: This includes any out-of-pocket expenses you incurred for accident-related incidental costs, such as the cost of in-home assistance or the cost of traveling to and from medical appointments.
When you contact us for help, we can review your situation and provide professional advice in a free initial case evaluation. We can also start work on your case immediately, with no up-front or out-of-pocket costs to you. You will only pay us if we successfully win you money, so don’t hesitate to take action now.
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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.