Getting in a car accident can be a terrifying, painful experience that causes long-term impacts on your way of life and your wellbeing. If you have been in a car accident that someone else caused, then you are likely entitled to more compensation than their insurance company would like you to believe. The best way to get an understanding of your rights in this situation is to contact a Houston car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Read more below to get an idea of some of the common types of car accidents in Texas, but contact us now to schedule an initial consultation and speak directly with a legal professional about your experience. During our first meeting, we will be able to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injuries, as well as give you an idea of how we can work with you and fight for your legal rights. We will be happy to go over previous cases that we have represented that are similar to your own and give you a better understanding of how we handle these types of situations.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Houston
Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving is a major problem on all American roads, and claimed over 3,000 lives in 2017. While most people immediately think about texting or smartphone usage as the most common example of distracted driving, there are many more issues such as reaching into the back seat to grab something, trying to calm a loose pet, eating while driving, and many other situations. Distracted driving covers any act where the driver is either physically OR mentally distracted from the road by taking either their eyes or mind off of driving.
Drunk Driving Crashes
Driving with a blood alcohol concentration in excess of 0.08 is legally punishable as drunk driving, and while the penalties are steep for this crime, people still decide to get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol every day. Any car accident is troubling, but it can be extremely upsetting when you suffer serious injuries as a result of someone else’s extremely irresponsible decision to operate a motor vehicle while they were intoxicated. We will help you through each step of the process to make sure that you get the financial help that you deserve for this negligent act.
Aggressive Driving Accidents
It is no secret that driving can be an agitating and stressful thing to do, but most of the time everyone on the road is able to keep calm and stay respectful of everyone around them. In some cases, though, a driver may become extremely agitated, or may otherwise drive aggressively in an attempt to get through traffic or to drive faster. Examples are things like tailgating or flashing high beams behind a vehicle, passing where it isn’t allowed, swerving in an attempt to intimidate another driver and many other actions that can be seen as threatening. This is unacceptable behavior, and if you are injured in an accident because someone acted like this then you deserve to be compensated.
Getting into an accident with a commercial truck is a more complicated situation than with another passenger vehicle, for a few reasons. First, the sheer size difference between a semi-truck and a sedan or similarly-sized vehicle is significant, which means that the passenger vehicle will likely suffer a much greater impact, and likely worse injuries. Additionally, commercial trucks carry extremely complicated insurance policies that typically exceed $1 million of coverage and many complicated requirements and guidelines. Trying to navigate this process on your own, especially while recovering from injuries, is exhausting and overwhelming.
Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents
As a cyclist or pedestrian in Houston, there is a lot that you must be cautious of. Wide roads, high speeds, and large vehicles can make for a dangerous situation when you are trying to get from place to place under either foot or pedal power. However, this doesn’t mean that you do not have rights; in fact, there are many laws and regulations in place in Texas intended to protect pedestrians and cyclists by establishing traffic laws for their safety. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee your safety. If you have been struck by a vehicle, contact us now to get the help you need.
Contact Us Today
The longer you put off contacting a car accident attorney in Houston, the more overwhelming you may find your situation. You will need to make contact with the insurance company shortly after your collision, and the claims investigation will then begin. During this time, you will benefit greatly from having an experienced legal professional representing you, and interfacing with the claims adjuster so that you can focus on recovery. Contact us now, and we will be happy to talk about how we can work together.