Hurt in a Houston car wreck? Don’t negotiate with insurance companies on your own.
Were you or someone you love injured in a Houston car accident? Find out how you can maximize your compensation by partnering with an experienced Houston car accident attorney who can help you understand your legal options and pursue every avenue of compensation. Car accidents often require both short term and long term medical treatment, meaning you could be left with astronomical hospital and doctors’ bills. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you might also suffer lost wages when you need the money most. The lawyers at Mejias Lindsay PLLC have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and representing clients in court. Our consultations are always free and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe use anything unless we help you recover compensation.
How Do Car Crashes Happen?
There are many causes of car accidents, but most occur due to negligence. Dangerous driving behaviors like distracted driving, speeding, and running traffic lights can all contribute to car wrecks. Other behaviors like driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are not only dangerous, but are also illegal. A driver who causes an accident while intoxicated can be held legally responsible in a civil lawsuits and will also likely face criminal charges. However, sometimes the cause of a collision isn’t the driver’s fault, but rather the fault of the car manufacturer. Defective auto parts can cause devastating accidents that injure not only the driver and passenger in the defective car, but also injure other motorists on the roadway.
Types of Car Accidents
There are a variety of ways vehicles can collide in wrecks. While some are more common than others, all can cause devastating injuries and extensive damage to the cars and occupants involved. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:
- Rear-End Collisions – This type of accident occurs when a vehicle is hit from behind by another vehicle. Rear-end collisions can cause severe whiplash injuries which can be incredibly dangerous for the driver. Neck injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are most frequently associated with this type of wreck.
- Side Impact – Also called T-Bone accidents, side impact collisions occur when the front end of one vehicle hits another vehicle on its side, making the shape of a “T.” Although cars may be outfitted with side impact airbags, the sides of cars are not as well protected in crashes as the front or rear, which means side impact accidents can cause devastating injuries. Side impact collisions usually occur when one vehicle ignores traffic lights or signs, and speeds through an intersection.
- Sideswipe – When two vehicles traveling next to each other in the same direction collide, this is called a sideswipe collision. Sideswipe collisions can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, causing devastating crashes.
- Rollover – Rollovers occur when a sharp turn or movement of a vehicle causes it to completely rollover itself at least once, if not multiple times. Drivers and passengers will likely suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other serious and life-threatening personal injuries.
- Head-On Collisions – Head-on collisions can be the most lethal type of car accidents. They occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into the front of another vehicle. These types of accidents often occur when a driver is distracted, falls asleep at the wheel, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Injuries From Car Wrecks
For drivers and passengers involved in a car wreck, injuries can be severe and take months or years to completely recover from. Victims can suffer from broken bones, lacerations, crushing injuries, brain injuries and concussions, burns, and even death. Victims will need emergency medical treatment, but might also require additional surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, medications, specialty medical equipment, and physical therapy to heal. Many victims are unable to return work, which means they also suffer lost wages. Because of the financial burden associated with car accidents, victims can seek several types of compensation for their injuries.
Types of Compensation
- Medical Expenses – Victims can receive compensation for hospital bills, doctor bills, physical therapy, specialized medical equipment, and any other medical expenses that are a direct result of the accident.
- Property Damage – Because your car will also be impacted by collision, you should make sure to pursue compensation for the property damage, including the costs to fix or replace your car.
- Lost Wages – If victims are unable to return to work and suffer lost wages, they may also seek compensation for money lost while out of work.
- Pain and Suffering – This type of compensation is for change in quality of life due to the accident. If victims suffer from permanent conditions like headaches or anxiety, they can be compensated for their ongoing pain and suffering.
- Loss of Consortium – Because accidents cause a huge emotional burden on the victim and his or her family, the spouse and other family members may receive compensation for their emotional suffering.
Why Hire A Lawyer?
You might think you are capable of negotiating on your own behalf, but the reality is an insurance company is going to do everything it can to minimize its payout. When you partner with the attorneys at Mejias Lindsay PLLC, you can focus on getting better knowing your best interests are being protected. We will pursue every avenue of compensation to ensure you and your family can get back to normal. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We are fluent in both Spanish and English.