Most people are involved in at least one auto accident in their lifetime. Fortunately, most of these accidents don’t result in serious injuries. That said, injuries in car accidents are not rare, and if you’ve been hurt in such an accident, you’re most likely now seeking financial compensation. Continue reading and contact a seasoned Kaufman County, Texas car accident lawyer here at Harrell & Paulson, LLP today to learn more about car accidents in Texas and how we can help if you’ve been wrongfully injured in one.
Kaufman County, Texas Lawyer | Helping Car Accident Victims throughout TX
Car accidents are all but uncommon here in Texas. To see just how pervasive auto accidents are here in Texas, we’ll take a look at some of the most harrowing auto accident statistics. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there have been over three thousand auto accident deaths each year from 2003 to 2020 in Texas alone. Additionally, in 2020, well over 14,000 people sustained “serious injuries” in auto accidents. In this case, a “serious injury” is defined as an “incapacitating injury.” In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there have been over 30,000 auto accidents in the United States each year since 1975 (the year the U.S. Department of Transportation started an annual census of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S.).
If you are someone who has sustained a serious injury in a car accident, you deserve an attorney who can fight for the maximum compensation on your behalf. A Kaufman, Texas personal injury attorney from Harrell & Paulson, LLP is here to represent you and effectively guide you through each phase of the claims process ahead.
Causes of Car Accidents
The first part of determining liability in a personal injury claim is establishing how the accident happened. There are several ways car accidents commonly occur, and in most cases, they are all some form of negligence. Some of the most common causes of car accidents that we see are as follows:
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting while driving)
- Driving while fatigued
- Disregarding traffic lights or signs
- Failing to look before changing lanes or merging
- Tailing other vehicles too closely
Documenting a Car Accident
After a car accident, you’ll have to take several steps to document it, starting with calling the police. Once you call the police and they send emergency services to the scene, you should try to take the following steps:
- Get the other driver’s insurance information.
- Take pictures of any damage caused by the accident.
- Ask anyone who saw your accident happen for their name, phone number, and email address. You can also ask them to write or record a statement of how the accident occurred.
- Keep a copy of the medical documentation pertaining to your injuries, such as x-rays, MRIs, medical bills, and more.
- Hire a knowledgeable and skilled Kaufman County, Texas personal injury who can gather and present evidence and fight for the compensation you deserve and need to get back on your feet again.
To win a personal injury claim, an individual must satisfy the burden of proof. In simple terms, this means an injured party will have to prove they were hurt as a direct result of another person’s negligence. If we can prove that your accident was, for example, caused by someone who was texting while driving, you should have a very strong personal injury claim. Our firm can help ensure you have a valid claim and guide you through the process ahead.
Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident
Once we satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, you should receive compensation that will help offset some of the physical, financial, and emotional burdens you’ve incurred because of your accident. For example, you will most likely be compensated for the cost of medical treatment and the cost of lost wages from being unable to work. You may also receive compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, disfigurement/scarring, loss of consortium, and more. We know that the damages sustained in an accident are seldom fully compensable by a monetary award, but in many ways, winning your personal injury claim can help you attain a sense of justice and move on with your life.
Statute of Limitations for Auto Accident Claims in Texas
The statute of limitations for auto accident claims in Texas is, in most cases, two years. This gives the wrongfully injured party two years from the date their accident happened to file a personal injury claim. You should note, however, that in some cases, depending on where/how the accident happened, you may have even less time to bring a claim. This is why it’s always best to hire a dependable attorney as soon after an injury as you can. Our firm has significant experience handling injury claims in Texas, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that far too many people are harmed in car crashes due to no fault of their own every single year, and when they are, they deserve a competent and aggressive legal team to fight for their right to compensation. If you’ve been hurt, you can depend on Harrell & Paulson to effectively guide you through your personal injury claim. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.