Houston, Texas Car Accident Lawyer

Car crashes can impact a person’s life significantly. At times, they can even permanently alter the course of a person’s life. If you were hurt in a car crash caused by the carelessness of another, you should strongly consider your legal options, as you may very well have a valid personal injury claim. Contact a seasoned Houston car accident lawyer from White Personal Injury today to schedule your free case evaluation with our dedicated legal team.

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We know that our clients, after being hurt in auto collisions, are far more than clients. They are people with families, jobs, and lives of their own that they need to get back to, but can’t without getting compensated for their injuries. This is where we come in. If you were hurt, you can turn to a compassionate and highly-skilled Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer from our legal team to fight for you.

Causes of Car Crashes

As you may know, most car crashes are caused by negligent drivers. However, sometimes, other unsafe conditions can lead to collisions, including dangerous road conditions, inclement weather conditions, negligent signage, or even faulty car parts. That said, the number one cause of car crashes is driver negligence. Some common examples of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while distracted (such as texting while driving)
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to yield
  • Ignoring traffic lights, signs, or any other rule/regulation of the road

Types of Car Crashes

There are several types of car crashes, all of which can lead to serious injuries. Some of the most common types of car crashes are as follows:

  • Rear-end crashes: Rear-end crashes typically happen when one motorist is tailing another motorist too closely, or when the rear-ending driver is distracted. For example, when someone is texting while driving, all it takes is a split second for the motorist in front to come to a stop and for the rear-ending driver to hit them. Fortunately, if you were injured in such an accident as the rear-ended motorist, the rear-ending driver is almost always the one considered to be at fault.
  • Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions are among the most deadly, and for obvious reasons. The momentum of two motor vehicles colliding head-on often leads to a drastic outcome. If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, our legal team is here to help you fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
  • T-bone crashes: T-bone crashes frequently occur at intersections when one motorist runs through a yellow or red light and crashes into the side of another vehicle. Unfortunately, these accidents often result in severe injuries, as there is less protection on the sides of vehicles than there is on the front or back of them.
  • Sideswipe collisions: Sideswipe collisions typically occur when one driver veers into another lane. Often, sideswipe accidents occur when a motorist is driving while fatigued, driving while distracted, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, all of which can drastically impact a motorist’s ability to drive safely.
  • Blind spot collisions: Blind spot collisions happen when drivers fail to check their blind spots and ensure the coast is clear before merging or changing lanes. These collisions frequently happen with larger vehicles that have larger blind spots, such as 18-wheelers, buses, and more. Unfortunately, the size and weight of these vehicles dwarf that of standard passenger vehicles, and as a result, these drivers are frequently very severely injured.
  • Rollover crashes: Rollover crashes can happen for a variety of reasons, but they most frequently occur with larger vehicles, such as trucks or SUVs. This is because they have a higher center of gravity, and when turns are taken too sharply, it can cause the vehicle to roll over. That said, they can also occur due to poorly-designed vehicles, or even when a vehicle is hit by another vehicle traveling at a high enough speed that causes the vehicle to roll over on impact.
  • Multi-vehicle collisions: Multi-vehicle accidents often occur when someone is going too fast or driving recklessly and loses control of their vehicle, crashing into other cars around them. That being said, in other instances, these accidents can happen as a result of poor visibility, such as that caused by inclement weather conditions like heavy rain. When this happens, it can cause motorists to fail to see others who’ve already crashed and are stopped until it is too late, and then they crash as well. Other inclement weather conditions, such as those that cause slick roads, can also result in pile-ups, as motorists cannot come to a full stop on time once they notice another crash. Multi-vehicle accidents can even occur as a result of driver fatigue. Fatigue causes delayed reaction times, or, in the worst cases, they can fall asleep at the wheel, which can lead to a deadly crash.

If you were injured in any of the aforementioned because of someone else’s failure to obey the rules of the road, you may very well have a valid personal injury claim. Our firm can help you bring that claim.

Can Motorists Purchase PIP in Texas?

All insurers are required to offer Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance here in Texas. You can purchase either $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000 in PIP coverage. Essentially, if you’re involved in a car crash and you have PIP coverage in place, you should receive compensation for a portion of your medical bills and lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident. Though you can opt-out of PIP coverage, purchasing it is always a good idea. That said, PIP may not cover the full cost of your injury, and if your crash was caused by the negligence of another, you should consider filing a personal injury claim so we can help you recover the full compensation to which you may be entitled.

Taking Action After a Car Crash

After a car crash, there are certain steps you can take to get immediate medical attention and maximize your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. Those steps are as follows:

  • Call the police. Emergency medical services will be sent to the scene and the police will write up an accident report once they arrive.
  • Get the other driver’s insurance information. Be polite, but never apologize.
  • Ask anyone who saw the crash for their contact info.
  • Take pictures of any damage to your car, the other driver’s vehicle, and any property involved in the collision. You can also take pictures of any injuries you sustained.
  • Once you’re treated in a hospital or by a doctor, get a copy of all medical documentation and bills associated with your injury.
  • Hire a skilled car accident lawyer who can help you satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.

What if I Am Partially At Fault for the Crash?

Many states have laws in place regarding “comparative negligence.” Texas is no different. The state of Texas recognizes what’s known as “proportionate responsibility.” Essentially, when a plaintiff is injured and sues a defendant but the plaintiff is found to share some level of responsibility for an accident, they may still recover compensation, albeit a diminished amount based on the degree to which they are responsible. For example, if it’s determined that you were 20% responsible for a car crash, you may still receive compensation, albeit 20% less of the compensation you would have received, had the other driver been 100% at fault.

What Does Compensation Cover?

Individuals may receive financial compensation for the monetary and non-monetary damages caused by their injury. This can include, among other things, pain and suffering, the cost of medical bills, the cost of lost wages, the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anguish, and, in the cases of wrongful death, the cost of funeral and burial expenses. Our firm is here to fight, tooth and nail, for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Statute of Limitations for Injury Claims in Texas

The statute of limitations for most injury claims here in Texas is two years. This means you are required, by law, to file your personal injury claim within two years of the date your injury occurred. Don’t wait any longer than two years, for if you do, you’ll likely permanently lose your right to sue. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, you are in the right place. A dedicated car accident lawyer from White Personal Injury is here to help you today.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today

It can be very difficult to deal with the aftermath of a car accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, however, seeking help from a knowledgeable lawyer may provide you with the opportunity to legally pursue compensation. We know and understand just how important being fully compensated after a crash can be, and you have our pledge to do everything in our power to fight for you. Contact White Personal Injury today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned and dedicated personal injury law firm.

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