Every year, there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents on Texas highways, and a high percentage of those accidents result in personal injuries to those involved. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2017, there were 14,299 serious injury crashes with 17,546 people sustaining a serious injury. In a place like Dallas/Fort Worth you will encounter drivers everywhere you go. In order to prevent these horrific accidents from occurring, motorists have a legal responsibility to uphold the highest level of safety and caution when driving on the road. When a car accident does occur, you should know what to do and what information to gather to facilitate your attorneys’ pursuit of your legal claim against the party that caused the accident.
Individuals under the influence of alcohol, pedestrians, speeders, people driving at night, and drivers who flee the scene (hit and run) are most commonly responsible for auto accidents. Incidents of speeding and being unable to break in a timely manner are major causes of automobile accidents. Auto accidents also occur when a person operates a car in a reckless, careless and/or unsafe manner. Commonly this includes ignoring traffic signals, following too closely, making an unsafe lane change, or being distracted by eating, texting, or talking on a cell phone.
In all of these cases, a person has been “negligent” in following general rules of automobile safety and using “reasonable care” in operating a car. The negligent person is considered to be at fault in causing the accident.
According to United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Americans now drive an average of 13,476 miles per year and may see average traffic of 11,000 to 50,000 vehicles a day. The 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes, an average of 102 per day. Records further indicate that there were 3,613,732 motor vehicle fatalities in the United States from 1899 to 2013.
Likewise, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, the Annual United States Road Crash Statistics are as follows:
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts for 2017:
Faced with these statistics, motorists should be prepared for auto accidents, know how to handle themselves in an accident, and know in advance a reliable accident attorney. Our car accident attorneys at Chandler | Ross can assist drivers who are involved in car accidents.
After the confusion of a car accident, you have very limited time under stressful conditions to gather as much information as possible. Immediately after the accident – when everyone involved is still on the scene and the vehicles are still in place – is the best time to gather information that may be critical in proving responsibility for the accident. Failure to gather this information can permanently limit the compensation you receive for injuries and damage.
Everyone involved in an auto accident wants to leave the scene and continue with what he or she was doing before the accident. Before everyone leaves, make sure you have everything you need to assure that you can effectively handle the fallout from the accident. We suggest writing down or printing these tips to follow if you are involved in an accident.
Remember: Contact Chandler | Ross, PLLC as soon as possible after an accident. Do not say or do anything that would indicate that you accept responsibility for the accident. This is particularly important if there are police at the scene.
If you are severely hurt in a car accident and the police respond to the accident, you will be taken to the hospital via ambulance and provided with medical care. If your injuries are not as severe to require an ambulance, and even if your symptoms seem minor, please still visit a doctor and obtain a thorough examination. Be sure to explain ANY injuries or pain you may be experiencing, no matter how minor. Unfortunately, some injuries are not always immediately noticeable right after an accident, and you may later need medical attention to diagnosis injuries that may not have been noticeable right away. These injuries may show up hours, days, or even weeks later. Some injuries may involve internal structural damage, bleeding or organ damage of which you are completely unaware. Follow-up visits with your doctor are extremely important if you even suspect that something may be wrong.
Victims of car accidents can face terrible injuries that diminish their quality of life and leave them with huge medical bills. Injuries resulting from car accidents could include:
After seeing a doctor, follow all treatment advice. First and foremost, seeing a doctor is necessary to ensure you understand the extent of your injuries and recommended treatment for those injuries.
Unfortunately, if you are injured in an accident, medical bills will add up very quickly. As experienced car accident lawyers, we will review your case and advise you on property damages and continued medical treatment.
We can usually assist you with obtaining medical treatment at no out of pocket cost to you. We will also assist with you making claims with insurance companies and obtaining any medical treatment that you may need. Our car accident attorneys in Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth will work to get you the highest possible compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation. The attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC are here to help. 940-800-2500.
Responsibility for the accident and for the healthcare and property costs associated with the accident depends on which person involved has been negligent and at fault.
Unfortunately, in order to receive compensation for injuries or property damage, the person injured has the burden of proof. He or she must prove:
Our Car Accident Attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC have extensive experience researching the causes and responsibility in accidents, and in proving those cases in court. Contact Chandler | Ross, PLLC to discuss your accident and the resources we provide to help prove your claim and collect all damages you may be entitled to.
Anyone who was injured as the result of a third-party driver’s negligence on the road may be entitled to legal compensation for his damages and bodily injuries. This also includes and extends to the passengers of the injured vehicle, even in situations where the driver may not have been injured in the car accident, but the passengers were. Proving negligence is what our team of aggressive litigation attorneys does day in and day out for our car accident client’s cases. Facts and evidence are gathered to be demonstrable and provable in front of the court and judge. Our law firm obtains the police report if there is one, speaks to witnesses, identifies the defendant’s insurance, obtains pictures of damages and/or injuries, and conduct a thorough investigation of the accident facts and claims.
Negligence in the eyes of the law results when another driver had a duty to drive and operate their car in a safe manner but failed to do so due to inadequate care. Our experienced Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth Car Accident Attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC can identify legal arguments, strengths and visible weaknesses to your case when facts are gathered, and your case is evaluated by our team of attorneys. This analysis enables us to prove negligence exists and that it specifically caused you harm, potentially entitling you to legal monetary damages.
Any number of factors can cause a car accident, but some of the more common causes of are accidents include:
· Driving at unsafe speed
· Driver fatigue
· Changing lanes when unsafe
· Following too closely
· Disregard traffic signal or stop sign
· Failed to yield right of way
· Negligent or distracted driving (i.e. texting while driving)
· Driver inattention
· Speeding or traveling too fast for the conditions
· Drug or alcohol use
· Defective parts
· Mechanical failures
· Negligently entrust vehicle to driver
· Faulty evasive action
· Turned Improperly
· Reckless Driving
· Failure to check blind spots
· Failure to drive in a single lane of travel
· Failure to comply with the Texas Transportation Code
If any of these possible causes apply to your accident, please contact our experienced Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth Car Accident Attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC.
Compensation in an auto accident is not necessarily limited to immediate injuries and repairs. If you have been injured, you may receive compensation for the following immediate and long-term costs.
With offices in Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, Chandler | Ross, PLLC and our Car Accident Attorneys are well positioned to provide the most effective, experienced and highly-skilled representation possible with a convenient location near you. Our experienced Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth Car Accident Attorneys can quickly respond to an accident, gather necessary information and preserve evidence in order to maximize your chances of recovery. Don’t wait, and don’t compromise – contact us today to see how we can help you. In most cases, you pay nothing unless we are able to settle your case or win a verdict. Our consultation is free. Contact us now at (940)-800-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free car accident case evaluation and consultation.