Any simple errand or task that requires you to drive on any road in America could potentially lead to a serious accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018 alone over 36,560 individuals were killed in car accidents across the U.S. Texas in particular is a state wherein residents and visitors alike rely heavily on cars to get around every day. This makes following the rules of the road even more important for Texas drivers to prevent all types of crashes.
Even a moment of recklessness or negligence on the road can put other drivers at risk and cause avoidable accidents. Speeding, driving aggressively, and failing to obey traffic signs are common causes of car accidents. Running red lights in particular can cause serious damage if there is a collision. Taking a turn too quickly can cause rollovers, particularly in SUVs. Also, given the prevalence of highways crisscrossing the state, many serious crashes are caused by people not going fast enough or slowing down suddenly when driving in the left lane of a freeway. Additionally, with the ever-increasing presence of cell phones in people’s lives, accidents caused by someone texting or otherwise using their smartphone while driving has increased dramatically. Driving after drinking or using drugs is also an all too common reason for a car crash.
Besides these common causes of accidents, drivers are increasingly using ordinary roadways for street races or drag races, even though it puts them and other motorists at a greater risk for injury or death. Many of those killed in street racing accidents are other motorists or pedestrians who are slammed into by street racers going well over 100 miles per hour. With the capability to drive hundreds of miles per hour, street racers or high speed chases can cause catastrophic damage in a Houston car accident.
No matter the cause, an auto collision can lead to a wide number of injuries, including minor abrasions, neck and back injuries, and even paralysis. Facing these issues could cause victims and their families to be placed under the heavy financial burdens associated with the cost of medical bills, prescription medications, physical therapy, and/or specialized equipment. Severe injuries could require months or years of recovery and thus lost wages, the ongoing cost of equipment such as wheelchairs that must be maintained, and other expenditures.
People often turn to their auto insurance carrier for financial compensation after a car accident. While an insurer may offer a settlement that seems like a good deal, it is important to ensure the amount fully compensates all current and future costs accrued as a result of injuries sustained. Texas is a “fault” state, meaning the driver found to be at fault in a car accident is responsible for paying the medical costs and property damage repair costs for all cars involved. While drivers are legally required to carry insurance to help pay these damages, policy values often prove insufficient to cover the cost of damages in serious accidents; drivers can even find themselves paying out of pocket in some scenarios. Navigating insurance coverage and negotiating with the adjusters can be a daunting process, especially when someone is trying to recover from serious injuries.
Whenever there is a car accident, the negligent party should be held accountable for the resulting damages. The aid of an attorney when looking to recover costs after a wreck can be invaluable asset in determining what party or parties are responsible for the incident and resulting damage. Our personal injury trial team gathers and examines evidence to determine if another driver was at fault or if the crash might be due to the negligence of someone else – like the car manufacturer or city for not properly maintaining the roads. We also explain the insurance process to victims and determine if further legal action needs to be taken.
Houston Car Accident Lawyers
You may not be certain how much time or money you will actually need to recover from your wreck, or if your insurance company is fully compensating you. The experienced Houston car accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP can analyze the details of your situation and determine the best course of action. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, our team of lawyers can put your mind at ease. We have helped hundreds of car accident victims across Houston, and we can guide you through every step of seeking compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.