EL Paso Highway Car Accidents
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Getting into a car accident, whether it be a minor fender-bender or a serious collision, is never a pleasant situation. They will usually require dealing with the other people involved in the accident, talking to pesky insurance adjusters, and trips to the mechanic or auto body shop. In addition, more serious accidents can result in debilitating injuries that may require expensive medical attention to address fully. Having an experienced attorney on your side who may be able to lift the burden off your shoulders in these situations is very important.
If you have been in a car accident and are looking to find out more about what your case may be worth, call us at 512 246-2224 for a free case evaluation with an attorney. If we don’t reach a favorable result in your case, you won’t owe us anything.
Common Causes of Accidents
No two car accidents are ever exactly alike, which means that it is difficult to group them into categories. However, a few of the more common causes of car accidents include:
As smartphones and other technology becomes increasingly widespread, more and more people are driving while distracted. Unfortunately, this has led to a large number of accidents, and in certain situations, fatalities.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance greatly reduces reaction time and decision-making abilities. This can often result in serious car accidents that cause severe injuries.
It can be very tempting to speed when everyone else on the road seems to be speeding as well. However, speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. Disobeying the rules of the road, while it may seem harmless, can lead to very serious consequences.
Common Highway Accident Injuries
The injuries that result from car injuries vary greatly in both type and severity. However, a few of the more commonly suffered injuries from car accidents on the highway include:
Scrapes and Cuts
In a car accident, anything that is not secured in place inside the car can become a projectile. This includes things like phones, bags, mugs, books, GPS systems, etc. A flying item can easily cause a cut in the skin at high speeds. Minor scrapes may be treatable with a bandaid at home, but major lacerations may require stitches to heal fully.
Head injuries can be extremely severe. In addition, symptoms of head injuries will sometimes not show up until days or weeks after the crash. It is also important to remember that head injuries can be caused even if the head is not impacted—sudden changes of speeds can cause damage to the fluids and tissue inside the skull. If you think that you have suffered a head injury, no matter how minor it may seem, seek the attention of a medical professional as soon as possible.
Soft Tissue Injuries
One of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident, soft tissue injuries can take many forms. Soft tissue is the connective tissue in the body, encompassing muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and it is vulnerable to injuries in an accident.
One common soft tissue injury often associated with car accidents is whiplash, in which the sudden change of movement of the vehicle causes the soft tissue in the neck and upper back to be stretched unnaturally.
How to Avoid a Wreck on the Highway
The best way to deal with car accident injuries is to make sure they never occur in the first place. While nobody can ever be 100% safe on the road, following these tips can minimize your risk of being involved in an accident.
When driving, never assume that you know what another driver is going to do. For example, when going through an intersection, keep an eye out for drivers coming from other directions. Even if you have the right-of-way, drunk or distracted drivers may ignore the rules of the road and barrel through a red light. It is also never safe to assume a truck can see you. 18-wheelers have large blind spots and can lead to devastating accidents. In these situations, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Keep Your Car in Good Condition
Make sure that your car is in drivable condition before you take it out on the road. Driving a car that is not up to date on its maintenance is dangerous both for yourself, as well as the other drivers on the road. Take your car in for regular check-ups with an experienced auto technician in your area, and keep an ear out for strange noises or other warning signs that your car may not be working properly.
Avoid the Fast Lane
Although it is quicker and more convenient to drive in the fastest lane, the highest percentage of car accidents actually occur in the farthest-left lane on any given road. This is due to the fact that many people speed irresponsibly in the fast lane. If you are in the center or far-right lanes, you will have a better shot at steering away from potentially dangerous situations.
As discussed earlier, smartphones and other technology are very distracting and the cause of a lot of accidents. Keep your phone out of arm’s reach while you are driving, or have a passenger hold onto it for you. Work to minimize other distractions as well, like conversations with passengers in the backseat or fiddling with the radio. Your friends and loved ones should understand that you are driving and that your safety and the safety of other drivers is far more important than answering a text quickly.
How to File a Claim for a Highway Accident
While no two accidents will look the same, the process of filing a claim can generally be broken down into consistent steps. These steps include:
1. Contact an Attorney
The legal process can be very complicated, and there are a lot of mistakes to be made. Unless you have extensive experience dealing with the law around car accidents, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who may be able to guide you through this process and help you seek the compensation that you may be entitled to.
2. Gather Evidence
Once you have hired an attorney, they may begin to gather the evidence that your case will require. This can include things like medical reports, any photos or video footage that may be available, and statements of people who may have seen the accident take place.
3. Negotiate a Settlement
Once your attorney understands the facts of the case, they may begin to engage the other side in settlement discussions. An experienced attorney may have a better understanding of what similar cases have settled for before in your jurisdiction, as well as how to accentuate the strengths of your case while minimizing its weaknesses.
After you have taken care of your immediate medical needs, you will likely begin to wonder, “How much is my case really worth?” It is difficult to give an accurate estimate at the outset of what a case may be worth, but the compensation you may be entitled to is generally comprised of two types of “damages,” which is the legal term for money paid to the injury victim by the liable party.
Economic damages are the economic costs that you incurred as a result of your injuries. This includes things like medical bills, repairs to your vehicle, and other damaged property that needed to be fixed or replaced. Economic damages may be proven with a relatively high degree of certainty by receipts or invoices.
Damages in this category typically refer to the pain and suffering that you experience as a result of your injuries. It is difficult to put an exact dollar amount on pain and suffering—they are more subjective than economic damages.
Statute of Limitations
For every type of personal injury claim, there is what is known as a “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations is simply the legal term for how long you have to file a claim after an accident occurs. The applicable statute for car accidents in Texas is two years, which means that you have two years from the date of the accident in which to file a claim. However, it is generally advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to make sure that you don’t run into issues with the statute.
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