Car Accident Attorneys in Pasadena
Car accidents are a daily occurrence on the roads in Pasadena. While some of these collisions are minor “fender-benders” that result in little more than vehicle dents and scrapes, far too many others result in severe, catastrophic, or even fatal injuries. What’s worse is that most motor vehicle accidents could have been avoided if one or more drivers had been more responsible.
The Pasadena car accident lawyers at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC could help you seek financial recovery if you were injured in a crash that was someone else’s fault. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience helping people just like you demand fair compensation in an insurance settlement or court verdict after a collision.
Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you seek maximum compensation from the at-fault party.
How Our Pasadena Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Some people think lawyers spend most of their time arguing in courtrooms, but most car accident cases wrap up long before a trial.
Here are just a few of the things our lawyers can do to help you after a crash:
- Provide a free initial consultation so you can get a better idea of what your options are
- Answer any questions you have as your case progresses
- Evaluate the medical treatment you’ve already received and let you know if you may need additional treatment from a specialist
- Review your medical records, crash scene photos, and other evidence to help determine who might be potentially liable for your injuries
- Gather additional evidence to support your case, such as eyewitness accounts, police accident reports, and testimony from expert witnesses
- Handle all interactions with the insurance companies, including settlement negotiations
- File a lawsuit and prepare your case for trial, if necessary
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you need to call 911 right away.
Once you’ve alerted the authorities, here are the next steps you need to take:
- Get the other driver’s name, driver’s license number, address, phone number, and insurance information.
- Take as many pictures as you can of the accident scene. Be sure to get photos of the damage to your vehicle, the other car, and any injuries you sustained. Ask someone else to take pictures for you if you’re too badly injured.
- See a doctor right away. If you aren’t taken to a hospital, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible so they can check you for any internal injuries.
- Hold on to all your medical records and bills. They’re crucial pieces of evidence to help document your injuries and other losses from the crash.
- Don’t talk to any insurance companies. Let your lawyer speak to them so you don’t say anything that could potentially hurt your case.
- Hire a lawyer as soon as possible. There are specific deadlines for filing a car accident injury lawsuit in Texas, so you don’t want to wait too long to speak to an attorney.
Types of Car Accidents
Some of the types of car accidents we frequently see include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Single-vehicle crashes
- T-bone accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Low-speed accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Hit-and-run crashes
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Speeding accidents
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
A major car accident can cause serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or total paralysis
- Back injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Fractures and broken bones
- Disfiguring facial injuries and scarring
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Knee and other joint injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Other mental and emotional injuries
- Traumatic amputations and loss of limb
- Wrongful death
Causes of Auto Accidents
Some of the most common ways that car accidents occur include:
- Speeding: Speeding drivers have a more challenging time maintaining control of their vehicle, and they can also rear-end or T-bone other vehicles if they speed through a stop sign or other intersection.
- Impaired driving: Alcohol, illegal drugs, and some prescription medicines can negatively affect drivers’ reflexes, judgment, and perception. Severely impaired drivers might pass out behind the wheel and lose control of the vehicle.
- Distracted driving: Talking on the phone or texting and other distractions take a driver’s hands, eyes, and focus off the road in front of them. A driver who isn’t paying attention to their surroundings is more likely to cause an accident.
- Driver fatigue: Severe fatigue affects drivers in many of the same ways as driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. That includes adverse effects on a driver’s perception, judgment, and reflexes, as well as a chance of falling asleep at the wheel.
- Weaving through traffic: Drivers who are careless as they weave through traffic put themselves and others in danger by making it harder to see what’s happening and maintain control of their vehicle.
- Following too closely: Drivers who tailgate frequently have trouble stopping in time to avoid a rear-end collision, especially if the driver in front of them stops suddenly.
- Mechanical defects: Not all car accidents are the fault of one or more drivers. A sudden, catastrophic failure of a vehicle’s brakes, tires, steering, or other crucial components can lead to an accident.
How Much is My Car Accident Settlement Worth?
Texas law allows car accident victims to seek compensation for many different kinds of losses after a crash, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Vehicle and property damage
You have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit against any potentially liable parties. If you wait any longer, your case will most likely be dismissed.
The longer you wait to seek legal advice after a car accident, the harder it will be for you to demand compensation from the insurance company. Don’t let that happen to you.
Take action now and contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC for your free case review.
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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.