Car Accident Lawyers in Waco, Texas
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Getting into a car accident can be scary, as you are often faced with injuries and property damage. After a car accident, it is critical that you have a knowledgeable lawyer by your side that will help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. The experienced Waco car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group may help you understand your rights and help guide you through your personal injury claim.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN TEXAS
Unsafe Lane Changes
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 41,587 motor vehicle crashes in 2019 where an unsafe lane change was a contributing factor. A driver may make an unsafe lane change for many reasons, one example being distracted driving, such as texting. It is very important to make sure the lane is clear before merging or changing lanes. Further, it is also important to remain vigilant of other drivers who may be distracted.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol contributes to thousands of car accidents, injuries, and deaths every year in Texas. In 2019, there were approximately 26,724 total crashes where at least one driver had been drinking or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, at the time of the accident.
- 8,770 had been drinking,
- 14,806 were under the influence of alcohol,
- 3,148 were under the influence of drugs.
If you were injured by a drunk driver, call Zinda Law Group at Waco today to start your car accident lawsuit.
Speeding accounted for thousands of statewide crashes in 2019:
- Failure to control speed accounted for 142,022 total crashes.
- Speeding over the limit accounted for 2,166 total crashes.
- Unsafe speed accounted for 23,416 total crashes.
Speeding may result in unsafe driving and can cause severe personal injury, or even death.
TEXAS CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Based on reportable crashes in Texas in 2019:
- 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 26 minutes,
- 1 person was injured every 2 minutes and 3 seconds,
- 1 crash occurred every 56 seconds,
- 256,338 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes,
- 600 people were killed in head-on crashes,
- 731 people were killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection,
- There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2019.
In 2019, Waco had 3,792 total vehicle crashes. Of those crashes, there were:
- 14 fatal crashes,
- 14 fatalities,
- 65 suspected serious crashes,
- 80 suspected serious injuries,
- 769 possible injury crashes,
- 1,256 possible injuries.
With these high numbers, it is important that you know what to do in the case of an accident. Our car accident attorneys can help review your case and determine who is liable for your injuries and what compensation you deserve with your Waco car accident settlement.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Understanding what to do after a car accident is important to protect your health, legal rights, and potential compensation. You should follow these important steps to ensure your safety and your ability to seek the maximum available compensation:
1. Seek Medical Attention
No matter how minor you believe your injuries are, you should always seek medical attention immediately following an accident. Even minimal injuries have the potential to result in delayed-onset injuries. Further, you may not even know you are injured, as your adrenaline may be masking any pain. Therefore, it is important to contact medical professionals and have them evaluate your injuries and treat you if needed.
2. Report the Accident
After you have received medical attention, you should report the accident to the proper authorities, such as the police. This step is important because local law enforcement will then be able to create an official accident report. This report may serve as helpful evidence in your case. An accident report may help and show liability and, therefore, affect your possible compensation amount.
3. Document the Accident
As soon as it is safe to do so, you should write down all of the details of the accident and take pictures of the scene of the crash. This will be helpful in the future if you cannot recall certain details of the accident, such as how it occurred or the extent of your injuries.
You will also want to maintain all important documents relating to the accident. Examples of documents and information you want to keep include:
- The name and contact information of the other driver,
- The license plate number and vehicle identification number of the other vehicle,
- Names and contact information of any witnesses,
- A copy of the police report,
- A copy of any insurance policies
4. Call a Car Accident Attorney
Finally, you should contact an attorney with the knowledge and expertise in what to do after a car accident. A lawyer may be able to provide you with helpful legal advice and help you move forward with your car accident lawsuit in Waco. A Waco car accident lawyer may also help you to negotiate a settlement and get you the compensation you deserve.
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM?
The statute of limitations is the time limit you have to file a claim. This time limit varies from state to state. In Texas, the statute of limitations to file a claim for injury to yourself or your personal property is two years from the date of the accident. If you do not file a claim within this time limit, your case may be barred, and you may not be able to recover any compensation for your injuries or property damage.
One of the many benefits of having a Zinda Law Group attorney by your side is that your attorney may make sure your Waco car accident claim is filed in time.
WHAT IS YOUR POTENTIAL COMPENSATION?
If you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries or property damage. There are three different types of compensation, or “damages”:
1. Economic Damages
Economic damages are damages that have an objective monetary value. Examples of these damages are:
- Medical bills
- Pharmacy bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Lost income (present and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
2. Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages compensate you for intangible, unquantifiable losses. Examples of these are:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
3. Punitive Damages
The last type of compensation is punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded to compensate the victim, but are instead meant to punish the wrongdoer. This type of award is generally very rare and should not be expected from every case.
If you have suffered injury from a car accident, you should consider an attorney to seek maximum compensation. An experienced lawyer from Waco Zinda Law Group may help you deal with insurance companies and get you the settlement you deserve.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT SETTLEMENT VALUE
Below are some examples of variables that may affect how much compensation you may seek for your injuries.
Liability and Injuries
The severity of your injuries is an important factor when considering your compensation value. The more severe your injuries, the more potential compensation you could possibly seek. The medical bills and out-of-pocket costs to you can also be submitted to a jury for compensation.
Further, your compensation amount may be higher if a jury finds the other party more liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
Although all motorists are required to maintain automobile insurance, the insurance policy the other driver holds may affect your settlement. Minimum coverage may mean minimum compensation for you.
Pain and Suffering
Generally, pain and suffering represent the emotional distress you endured due to the accident. The following are examples of pain and suffering that you may be compensated for:
- Physical pain
- Depression, anxiety, or other emotional disorders
- Loss of consortium
- Other psychological trauma
A car accident attorney may help you calculate your potential compensation and negotiate on your behalf to obtain the highest amount of compensation possible.
GET HELP FROM ONE OF OUR WACO CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS TODAY
Zinda Law Group has years of experience in car accidents. Zinda Law Group attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies and may negotiate on your behalf to seek maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Waco personal injury lawyers may help you investigate your accident, negotiate with the insurance company, and handle all the legal work so you can focus on your recovery.
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