Pearland Car Accident Lawyers
The Texas Department of Transportation maintains more miles of public roadway than any other state. Many Texas roads are busy thoroughfares that see millions of travelers every year. Unfortunately, the number of roads and the sheer volume of traffic in the Lone Star State also contribute to some of the worst accident rates in the U.S.
If you were injured in a car accident, the knowledgeable attorneys of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help you seek compensation for your losses.
Contact us today to learn more in a free initial consultation.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced attorneys of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help you by:
- Explaining your legal rights and options for pursuing fair compensation
- Conducting an independent investigation into the causes and effects of the crash
- Calculating the total value of the compensation you deserve for your losses
- Consulting with expert witnesses such as accident reconstruction specialists
- Managing important documents, deadlines, and paperwork on your behalf
- Communicating with insurance representatives and other lawyers on your behalf
- Negotiating aggressively to maximize your compensation during settlement talks
Common Types of Car Accidents
The following are some of the most common types of auto accidents:
- Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions occur when the front end of one vehicle collides with the rear end of the car in front of it.
- T-bone accidents: T-bone or broadside accidents occur when the front or rear end of one vehicle strikes the broadside of another, forming a T-shaped wreck.
- Sideswipe accidents: Sideswipe crashes occur when the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another car traveling in a parallel or an opposite direction.
- Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions occur when the front end of one vehicle strikes the front end of another vehicle head-on.
- Rideshare accidents: Uber/Lyft accidents occur when rideshare drivers are involved in crashes while transporting rideshare passengers or while on the way to pick them up.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Many car accidents have multiple contributing factors, but some of the most common causes of car crashes include:
- Distracted driving: Driving while engaged in distracting activities such as texting, talking on the phone, or personal grooming
- Driving under the influence: Driving while intoxicated by alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal prescriptions or over-the-counter medications
- Drowsy driving: Driving while dangerously fatigued, which can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Reckless driving: Driving while engaged in unsafe behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, lane weaving, or turning without proper signals
- Vehicle defects: Defects in critical vehicle components such as brakes, tires, airbags, or steering systems
Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
The extreme force of a collision between two motor vehicles commonly results in the following types of injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions
- Facial scarring and disfigurement
- Jaw injuries and dental trauma
- Neck and shoulder injuries, such as whiplash
- Back injuries, such as herniated discs
- Knee, elbow, and joint injuries
- Soft tissue strains, sprains, and tears
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Traumatic or surgical amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or total paralysis
- Internal injuries and puncture wounds
- Friction, heat, and chemical burns
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Compensation in a Car Accident Case
With a successful car accident insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, you could receive money to compensate you for losses such as:
- Medical bills: Any previous or future medical expenses from the treatment of your accident-related injuries
- Incidental expenses: Out-of-pocket expenses you incur as a result of the accident, such as costs of transportation to medical appointments
- Lost wages: The value of any lost wages you suffer as a result of missing time at work while you recover from your injuries
- Lost earning potential: The value of losses in your lifetime earning potential if you suffer a long-term disability that keeps you from returning to your usual job
- Pain and suffering: The subjective costs of the pain and suffering you endure as a result of your accident-related injuries
Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
If you wish to file a lawsuit against a negligent party after a car accident, it’s critical to pay attention to the legal time limits that could apply to your case. In Texas, the law generally gives injury victims two years from the date of the accident to take legal action.
This legal time limit is critical because, if you file your lawsuit after the two-year deadline has expired, the at-fault party will have every right to ask the court to dismiss your case, and a judge will almost certainly agree. If this occurs, you will lose your right to demand compensation for your losses, even if you had a strong case. Only certain circumstances can extend the deadline.
If you were injured in a car wreck, you can protect your legal rights and your right to seek compensation for your losses by:
- Seeking prompt medical attention and following through on your doctor’s orders
- Gathering evidence from the accident scene by taking photographs, writing down your recollections of the crash, and speaking to any available eyewitnesses
- Recording your daily levels of pain and physical limitation in a notebook or journal
- Avoiding social media and the urge to discuss your accident with others while your claim is still pending
- Keeping track of all medical bills, repair invoices, pay stubs, receipts, and other evidence of your financial losses
- Contacting a knowledgeable lawyer
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our team is committed to helping injury victims seek the fair compensation they deserve.
To speak to a personable and professional lawyer, contact us to get started with a free case review.
Services Offered in English and Spanish
Personal Approach and Strategy for Every Case
Direct Communication with Your Attorney
We Answer Calls Day or Night, 365 Days a Year
Client Satisfaction Is of Utmost Importance
Nearly 4 Decades of Combined Experience
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.