Were you hurt in a car accident in Houston? Get help pursuing financial recovery for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Get a free case evaluation from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Call now: (713) 850-8600.
Car accident claims involving serious injuries are rarely cut and dry. You might be entitled to a recovery, but you must be able to prove both fault and the extent of your injuries to do so. Also, when the injuries are severe and the stakes are high, the other party/insurer may challenge your claim or dispute the damages you request.
A car accident lawyer serving Houston can help with your claim and advocate for your best interests throughout the process. Rest assured, we will be with you from start to finish. To ensure proper handling of your claim and the recovery you deserve, contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC at (713) 850-8600 for a free case evaluation today.
Parties Responsible for My Car Accident Injuries
Texas is a fault car accident state, which means whoever is at fault will be responsible for any injured parties’ damages. To determine the liable party(s), the insurance company will launch an investigation into the accident and its cause.
If an insurer asks you to provide a recorded statement, politely decline until you have spoken with our team. You may unintentionally say something that could devalue your claim or invalidate it altogether. Let us review your accident and explain the best way to proceed. We can even speak to the insurance adjusters for you to take some of the burden off your shoulders.
In many cases, the at-fault party is another driver, but it can also be other third parties, such a pedestrian, motorcyclist, tire manufacturer, or semi-truck carrier.
How Another Driver Can Be at Fault for Your Accident
Negligence comes in many forms. It includes anything another party did that was unsafe, careless, or illegal. Below are a few common examples:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted (e.g., texting, reaching for something in the car, etc.)
- Failing to look carefully before entering a roadway
- Speeding or traveling too fast for conditions
- Not yielding the right of way
- Passing in a no-passing zone
- A manufacturer that distributed faulty airbags
How D. Miller & Associates, PLLC Can Help with Your Car Accident Claim
Our team of personal injury attorneys has helped thousands of victims serving Houston obtain the recovery they deserve after suffering injuries caused by another party’s negligence. We help our clients facilitate even the toughest car accident cases, including those involving catastrophic injuries (e.g., brain injuries or spinal cord injuries), multi-car accidents, defect-related collisions, rental cars, contested fault cases, and wrongful death.
After a serious accident, your focus should be on getting well, not on insurance and legal matters. We can take care of the stressful and confusing matters on your behalf, including:
- Talking to the insurance companies
- Communicating with witnesses and experts
- Gathering evidence to demonstrate liability
- Helping you collect financial and medical records
- Coordinating with your medical providers to obtain sufficient evidence to prove your injuries
- Negotiating with the insurers for a fair settlement
- Representing you during mediation
- Preparing your case for court, if necessary
Types of Car Accidents We Handle
As car accident lawyers serving Houston, we see many types of accidents. Here are the most common.
Rear-end car accidents are a very common type of collision. Distracted driving contributes to many of these accidents as people are looking down at their cell phone or car stereo instead of the road.
Rear-end collisions are the result of another driver who does not pay attention, typically at a red light or stop sign and collides into the rear of your car. These types of accidents are usually the fault of the driver who ran into your vehicle, but each case is different. They can cause significant injury and property damage depending on the speed and size of the vehicles involved.
Texting While Driving
Texting and driving is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal throughout the state. The 85th legislature session passed a texting and driving ban in 2017. The law makes it illegal for drivers to read, write, or send electronic messages while driving.
However, many people continue to text and drive. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. It is impossible to be an alert motorist if you are receiving or sending a text message. Cell phone technology is now so advanced that a car accident lawyer can find out if a driver was texting when the collision occurred. This puts the liability squarely on the texting motorist. If your texting caused the accident, you are at fault.
Some head-on collisions happen when a driver goes the wrong way on a one-way street. Others occur when a car jumps a median or crosses over into the opposing lane of traffic. No matter what the cause, head-on collisions are among the most serious of motor vehicle accidents, especially if they happen at highway speeds.
Head-on collisions may be the shared fault of one or more motorists. Other times, it is clearly a single party who is liable, such as a driver who:
- Drives while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, or recreational drugs
- Falls asleep at the wheel
- Loses control of the vehicle usually due to unsafe speed for traffic and weather conditions
- Texts while driving or is distracted by other interior or exterior conditions
A car accident lawyer serving Houston from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC will collect evidence and in some cases, will hire experts to recreate the head-on collision to get you the financial recovery you deserve.
Despite knowing the risks, many Texans get behind the wheel after drinking. You are considered driving while intoxicated (DWI) if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent or greater.
Drunk driving is a major contributor to car accident injuries and property damage. It is often straightforward to show liability in a drunk driving case.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC helps injured people seek recovery in accidents that involve cars and other motor vehicles.
These accidents may involve:
- 18-wheeler and semi-trucks
- Mopeds and scooters
- Drivers who flee the scene
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Defective parts or repairs
Types of Injuries from Car Accidents
Any car accident can result in serious injuries. We recommend that you get medical attention after a collision even if you think you are fine. It is common for some injuries to be masked by the shock and confusion after a car accident. Please see your doctor or healthcare provider after any motor vehicle accident.
Head injuries from a car accident can range from a concussion that requires a few weeks to heal to a traumatic brain injury that leaves a victim in a coma or vegetative state. You should treat any bump, blow, or trauma to the head seriously. Concussions can be deadly if untreated because the brain swells and bleeds.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. As car accident lawyers, we have seen the tragic consequences of this condition. People with traumatic brain injuries may require lifelong care. These lifecare costs can bankrupt an average family. Fortunately, our car accident lawyers have helped many people in this situation to obtain the financial recovery they need to care for their loved ones.
Car accidents and rear-end collisions often cause neck injuries. Whiplash is among the most common neck injuries. It is caused by the violent back-and-forth jerking motion of your head during and after impact.
Whiplash involves soft tissue (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) and therefore does not always show up on an X-ray or other imaging tests. Whiplash victims may suffer for a few weeks or a lifetime, depending on the severity of their condition. Your doctor or healthcare provider may give you a soft collar to wear temporarily as whiplash can make any movement of the head or neck excruciating.
Internal Bleeding and Organ Damage
Internal injuries are often life-threatening. They can lead to organ damage, organ loss, and of course, loss of life if there is extensive bleeding in the abdomen, chest cavity, and brain.
Sometimes internal injuries are not immediately clear. This is another reason to get medical care after an accident. By the time a victim shows signs of internal bleeding, it is often too late to prevent critical injury or loss of life.
A person with internal injuries usually has:
- Dangerously low blood pressure
- Dizziness or feeling light-headed
- Shortness of breath
Other common injuries include:
- Broken, fractured, or crushed bones
- Lacerations, abrasions, and contusions
- Broken teeth and jaw
In addition to physical injuries, car accident victims often experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other signs of mental trauma.
Call Today for Your Free Case Evaluation
If you have been hurt in a car accident, you deserve a strong legal advocate who will pursue financial recovery.
Contact a car accident lawyer serving Houston from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC at (713) 850-8600, today for a free case evaluation before the statute of limitations under Texas law passes.
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