FORT WORTH CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
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Unfortunately, car accidents occur too frequently on our roadways. Drivers may fail to exercise due care to avoid accidents, such as by speeding or driving intoxicated, ultimately causing an accident. The aftermath of an accident may often be confusing for victims as you recover from your injuries while figuring out your legal options.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Fort Worth, call the experienced car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. If we can’t win your case, you will not owe us anything.
FREQUENT CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
Car accidents may result in severe injuries or death. Many vehicle collisions occur due to negligent driving. Common causes of vehicle accidents in Fort Worth include:
1. Inattentive Driving
Driving inattentively is a contributing factor to many vehicle accidents. The risk of a vehicle accident occurring is significantly increased when drivers fail to pay full attention to the road and are distracted by texting or other cell phone use, reading, looking at a GPS, consuming food or beverages, applying makeup or styling hair, or engaging in any other activity that may divert their attention. If a vehicle accident occurs as a result of distracted driving, he or she may be held liable for any property damage and physical injuries sustained by the victim.
2. Driving Above the Speed Limit
Drivers who ignore speed limits and choose to drive too fast pose serious dangers to other drivers on the road. Driving too fast under inclement weather conditions is especially hazardous. If you were in a car accident caused by someone speeding, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your damages with the assistance of an experienced Fort Worth car accident lawyer.
3. Driving Recklessly
When a driver disregards the safety and well-being of themselves and other drivers by driving carelessly, speeding, or otherwise behaving dangerously, this reckless driving could cause a collision. Reckless driving may include:
- Driving well above the speed limit
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Failing to stop at red lights or stop signs
- Failing to use a turning signal when appropriate
- Not yielding the right of way
- Road rage or aggressive driving
The reckless driver may be held liable for the accident.
4. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Driving while intoxicated contributes to a significant number of car accidents annually. Driving under the influence of drugs is not limited to illegal substances. Some prescribed or over-the-counter medications can have psychoactive effects and lead to intoxication while driving, which is illegal and hazardous to the user as well as other drivers on the road. A driver’s level of intoxication does not have to exceed the legal limit for him or her to drive hazardously.
5. Failing to Obey Traffic Signals
Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light is also extremely hazardous. These types of car accidents often result in damaged property, severe injuries, or wrongful death. Drivers who fail to stop at red lights or stop signs may be driving inattentively or negligently. If you were in a vehicle accident as a result of another driver ignoring a traffic signal, you may be able to seek compensation for injuries or financial losses.
6. Driving in Inclement Weather Conditions
Inclement weather conditions create dangerous driving environments. Hazardous weather elements include rain, sleet or ice, snow, and fog. Rain, snow, and sleet cause the roads to become slippery, increasing the likelihood that a vehicle will fail to stop at the appropriate time or run off the road, resulting in a collision. Rain and fog decrease visibility of the road, which increases the possibility of a collision. Driving too fast or driving distracted under any of these conditions increases the possibility of a driver losing control of the car and causing a collision.
7. Driving While Fatigued
Driving while fatigued increases the likelihood of the driver falling asleep while driving, resulting in an accident. Fatigue can also cause slower reaction times, delayed reflexes, impaired cognitive functions, and reckless driving.
8. Night-Time Driving
Most motor vehicle accidents occur at night, especially on weekends. Intoxicated drivers, reduced visibility, and other hazardous factors are more commonly encountered at night.
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COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
1. Vehicle Rolls Over
Larger vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs, are most likely to roll over when involved in an accident. Drivers or passengers who are victims of these types of accidents often sustain severe injuries such as:
- Fractured bones
- Damage to the brain and/or spinal cord
- Paralysis, including paraplegia or quadriplegia
These types of accidents may be caused by one of several contributing factors. A vehicle may roll over if it collides with a wall, another vehicle, guardrail, or tree, resulting in what is often called a “Tripped Rollover.” Large vehicles may also be at risk of rolling over if the driver loses control of the vehicle, swerves, or turns too quickly especially on wet or slippery roads. This type of accident is commonly called an “Untripped Rollover.”
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Other factors that may result in a vehicle rolling over in an accident include driving over the speed limit, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, inattentive driving, and poorly designed or faulty vehicle models. If you were involved in an accident where your vehicle rolled over, you should consult a car crash lawyer as soon as possible to handle your case. He or she may be able to help determine the cause of your accident. Your attorney may also be able to help you receive compensation for your injuries, damages, and pain and suffering.
2. Rear-end Collision Accidents
A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle is struck from behind by another vehicle. Both low impact and high impact collisions can result in injuries. Common injuries sustained in these types of accidents include neck and spinal injuries, “whiplash,” and head injuries. The driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended may be held liable if he or she slowed or stopped suddenly without allowing ample time for the vehicle behind them to also brake. The driver who rear-ends the other vehicle may be held liable if he or she was driving inattentively or negligently, driving over the speed limit, or did not allow an appropriate amount of space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.
3. Single-Vehicle Accidents
It is often automatically assumed that the driver is at fault in a single-vehicle accident. However, the accident could be the result of a manufacturing mistake, hazardous conditions related to the upkeep of roads, or an obstacle such as an animal, object, or person in the road that the driver had to veer to avoid. Under any of these circumstances, the driver may not be held liable for the accident. If you were involved in a single-vehicle accident, you should contact a vehicle accident attorney. He or she may be able to help you determine the cause of your accident and identify the liable party.
4. Side-impact Collison Accident
Side-impact collisions are commonly referred to as “side-swiping.” These types of accidents occur when one driver does not allow an appropriate amount of space when passing another vehicle and strikes the side of it. Another example of a side-impact collision is when two vehicles turn in the same direction at the same time at an intersection and are too close to one another. Side-impact collisions can also occur when a driver is merging and does not see another vehicle approaching or if a driver fails to yield the right of way.
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5. Head-on Collision Accident
Accidents involving a head-on collision are typically the most fatal. Most head-on collisions occur on two-lane highways. This type of accident is commonly the result of a driver attempting to pass another vehicle on a two-lane highway, resulting in a collision with an oncoming vehicle. Drivers involved in head-on accidents often sustain severe injuries such as head trauma and brain damage, spinal cord injury, abrasions, lacerations, damage to internal organs, bone fractures, and paralysis including paraplegia or quadriplegia.
FACTORS THAT MAY IMPACT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH
Several factors determine how much your claim is worth, including liability, medical costs, property damage, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Your Fort Worth car accident lawyer may investigate your accident to determine the party at fault. You must first establish who was liable to seek compensation from them.
2. Medical Costs
The cost of any medical treatment you received as a result of injuries sustained in the accident may be included in your settlement. You may generally be able to seek compensation for any medical costs associated with treating your injuries, including hospital stays, diagnosis, physical therapy, or future treatment.
3. Property Damage
The amount of compensation you may receive from the loss of or damage to your property depends on how much it cost to repair or replace your property after the accident. If your vehicle cannot be repaired, you may be compensated for the market value of your vehicle.
4. Lost Wages
If you were forced to miss any time from work while recovering from the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for those lost wages.
5. Pain and Suffering
You may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering to compensate you for the emotional and mental anguish caused by your injuries.
GET A CASE EVALUATION FROM ZINDA LAW GROUP
At Zinda Law Group, our experienced Fort Worth lawyers may help you with your claim. We assist our clients in seeking the maximum compensation they may be entitled to after they or a loved one has been injured in a car accident.
Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with one of our Fort Worth car accident attorneys. You will not pay anything unless we can win your personal injury claim. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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