Shadow Creek Ranch Car Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent motorist, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Through a personal injury claim, you could hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our Shadow Creek Ranch car accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to thoroughly investigate the car accident, quickly collect and preserve vital evidence to determine liability, calculate the total extent of your losses, and vigorously pursue the compensation you need to recover.
Get in touch with our attorneys for a free, no-risk case review to discuss the accident and evaluate your legal options.
Many different factors can cause a car accident, but most of them have to do with driver negligence.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving includes any activity that causes a driver to take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, or mental focus off the task of driving. Common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, eating and drinking, personal grooming, adjusting the radio, and more. Distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Drowsy driving: Fatigued drivers may have difficulty focusing on the road and sometimes even doze off behind the wheel. According to the NHTSA, there were 633 drowsy driving fatalities in 2020, although the NHTSA believes this is an underestimate.
- Impaired driving: Drugs and alcohol impair a driver’s ability to judge traffic situations and slow down the driver’s reaction time. According to the NHTSA, about 32 people die in drunk driving accidents every day in the United States.
- Speeding: The faster a motorist is traveling at the time of a collision, the more likely it is that the accident will cause severe injuries. According to the NHTSA data, speeding caused 11,258 fatalities in 2020.
- Tailgating: Tailgating occurs when one driver follows the vehicle in front of them too closely. If the car in front suddenly slows down or stops, the tailgating driver may not have sufficient time to react. Tailgating is one of the most common causes of rear-end collisions.
- Inclement weather: Drivers who fail to adjust their speed in inclement weather can cause accidents. When roads are wet and slippery, vehicles moving at high speeds can hydroplane and spin out of control, putting the driver and other motorists in danger.
- Defective parts: In some cases, faulty vehicle parts could be to blame for an accident. For example, if faulty brakes cause a motorist to crash, the manufacturer could potentially be liable for the accident.
If a negligent driver or other party was responsible for your injuries, talk to a knowledgeable attorney to learn about your legal options.
Common Types of Car Accidents
The numerous types of car accidents include:
- Head-on collisions, which occur when a driver crashes into an approaching car
- Rear-end collisions, which occur when a driver collides with the back of the vehicle in front of them
- T-bone collisions, which occur when a driver crashes into the side of another car
- Sideswipe crashes, which occur when a driver “swipes” the side of another vehicle, often when changing lanes
- Rollover accidents, which often occur when a driver loses control of a vehicle
- Single-vehicle accidents, which involve one car in the crash but may be triggered by other drivers
- Multi-vehicle accidents, which generally refers to accidents involving three or more vehicles
Types of Injuries from Car Accidents
Depending on the severity of the crash, car accidents can result in serious, even life-altering injuries. Even minor accidents can cause injuries that take weeks or months to recover from.
Some common types of injuries that occur in car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Burns, scrapes, lacerations, and cuts
- Broken and fractured bones
As the victim of a car accident, you could be eligible to pursue compensation from the at-fault party through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Compensation is designed to help you recover losses you suffered as a result of the accident.
You might be able to claim compensation for losses such as:
- Present and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgery bills, prescription drug costs, physical therapy expenses, and more
- Lost wages, if you are unable to work due to the injuries you sustained in the accident
- Lost earning potential, if your injuries prevent you from returning to a job that pays as well as your previous work
- Pain and suffering, including mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Property damage, including vehicle repairs
- Exemplary damages, if appropriate, which are designed to punish the at-fault party for extreme recklessness or gross negligence
Texas is a modified comparative fault state, which means you can recover compensation even if you were partly at fault for the accident, so long as you were not more than 50% to blame. If you are found to have been partly at fault, the amount of compensation you could potentially be awarded would be reduced by your percentage of fault.
If you were the victim of a car accident, contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today. We are a full-service personal injury law firm that focuses on helping car crash victims pursue the compensation they need to recover after an accident.
Our attorneys take cases on contingency, which means you won’t owe us any upfront legal fees. In fact, we collect fees only if we secure compensation on your behalf. You can be sure that we will work tirelessly to pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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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.