Attorney Represents Injury Victims in All Types of Collisions

Common accidents that cause injuries

Every day, individuals suffer personal injuries in motor vehicle accidents that could have been prevented. Automobile accidents can result in a range of injuries, many of which are serious and could lead to death. If your accident was caused by negligence, a lawyer from our firm can help you seek compensation for any injuries you endured.

When you suffer a personal injury in an auto accident

If negligence was a factor in your motor vehicle accident, the negligent driver can be held accountable for head and back injuries and any other harm you suffered. A car accident lawyer can help you file a claim and determine how the driver was responsible. The driver of a car, truck or other vehicle might be found negligent for any of the following:

Becoming distracted

Becoming fatigued

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Failing to obey the speed limit or other traffic regulation

Aggressive driving

When negligence is the cause, any crash can be a fatal car accident. The most common types of collisions resulting from negligence, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are as follows:

Rear-impact­ — The NHTSA reports rear-ending and other rear-impact accidents as the most common type of collision — 29.6 percent of all crashes are rear-impact. Often, these types of collisions have to do with misuse of brakes, malfunctioning brakes or following too closely.

Side-impact — Side-impact accidents account for 28.9 percent of all crashes, according to the NHTSA. These often occur when drivers change lanes without checking their mirrors or run a red light or stop sign.

Run-off — Run-offs are also common, accounting for 16.1 percent of all automobile accidents. They usually involve only one car. The driver becomes distracted, falls asleep at the wheel, or intentionally swerves to avoid hitting an animal or other vehicle on the road.

Rollovers — Rollovers are less common, only accounting for 2.3 percent of all accidents, according to the NHTSA. They often occur due to sharp turns and particularly with tall vehicles like trucks and SUVs that have higher centers of gravity. Rollovers can also happen as a result of high-impact rear, side or head-on collisions.

Head-on collisions — Even though head-on collisions only account for 2 percent of all crashes, they often cause the most serious injuries and property damage. They often occur when a driver goes down a one-way street in the wrong direction, boards the wrong entrance on a highway or crosses a double line while asleep at the wheel or intoxicated.

 

Experienced Injury Attorney Handles Speeding & Reckless Driving Accident Cases

When a reckless driver is responsible for your car crash  

Speeding and reckless drivers cause serious accidents every day. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reckless driving contributes to a significant portion of the 6 million motor vehicle accidents that occur every year in the United States. Speeding plays a role in approximately 30 percent of all fatal auto accidents, while other types of reckless behaviors are a factor in about 33 percent of fatal accidents. If you or your loved one was injured in a reckless driving or speeding accident, a skilled lawyer from our firm can help you obtain fair compensation for the physical injuries, medical costs, property damage, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering you endured as a result.

Types of reckless driving

For nearly 30 years, our firm has represented clients injured in a wide variety of speeding and reckless driving accidents. Our firm works with you to determine damages in a settlement and advocates for you in court if necessary.

Serious and fatal accidents involving reckless drivers often include the following factors:

Speeding — Traveling faster than 80 miles per hour or more than 20 mph above the posted speed limit

Racing — Using a public road or highway to race vehicles

Negligence when yielding — Failing to observe right-of-way rules and stop signs

Obstructed view — Driving a car, truck or other vehicle without the ability to properly use mirrors, windows and windshields to view the road, usually as a result of excess passengers or cargo

Lane violations — Weaving in and out of lanes unnecessarily or passing another automobile on a single-lane road

 

Injury Attorney Helps You Obtain Compensation from an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist

Fighting to help you recover damages

When you’re injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, that individual’s insurance policy is supposed to cover your medical costs, property damage repairs or replacement, lost wages and other damages. Unfortunately, despite laws requiring motorists to carry minimum liability insurance of at least $25,000, some drivers take their chances and drive uninsured. Other drivers carry only the minimum coverage, which does not adequately cover the expenses for most serious injuries. Often, uninsured and underinsured motorists suffer no consequences, but their victims do. If you or your loved one suffered an injury in an auto accident caused by an underinsured or uninsured motorist, your own insurance policy may hold the key to obtaining full and rightful compensation. A skilled lawyer from our firm can help you file a lawsuit.

What is UM/UIM coverage?

Uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage is a provision in your own auto insurance policy that covers you in case a driver with inadequate insurance causes you or any of your passengers bodily injury. In these cases, an injury attorney from our firm can help you file a claim with your own insurance company, as though it is the liable party. Your insurer essentially steps in and covers you in the way that the negligent driver’s insurer would have.

Types of UM/UIM coverage available

In Texas, an uninsured/underinsured motorist provision is not required for policyholders, nor is it included in what is considered “full” coverage. However, most injury lawyers and insurance agents agree that it is useful protection.

There are two types of UM/UIM coverage available:

Stackable — Stackable UM/UIM coverage can be added to or stacked on top of the negligent driver’s existing insurance. With this type of coverage, you’d be entitled to the total amount of insurance provided by both policies combined.

Non-stackable — A non-stackable UM/UIM policy only covers the difference between the two policies. For example, if the negligent driver’s policy insures up to $25,000, and your UM/UIM policy insures up to $100,000, you would only receive $75,000 from your insurer.