vehicle accidents

Filing an Accident or Personal Injury Claim

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 3rd, 2010
There are recourses available if you’ve had a Dallas car accident. While legal affairs are usually quite expensive, there are ways you can file a claim without being put out for a lot of money. In fact, you can actually file a claim for an accident without paying money up front. This is done through a contingency arrangement, which is a good way to make sure that the case you’re filing is worthwhile. In this arrangement, the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you go to court or win, or unless you get a settlement.

In a contingency arrangement, the vehicle accident lawyer usually offers a free consultation. At this time, they’ll sit down with you and go over the details of your case. They’ll need to know as much as you can offer; be sure to bring all the relevant paperwork with you. The attorney will be able to tell you if your case has a good chance of winning. If it does, you’ll have to work with the attorney to come up with a concrete figure to seek for damages. This is a basic part of how this type of law works. Sometimes it’s hard to put a dollar value on some kinds of injuries, but this is where the attorney’s prior experience comes in.

More than Vehicle Damage, Personal Injury after a Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 9th, 2010

Sometimes, the most frightening part of a car wreck happens after the crash is over. You may, for instance, find yourself sitting in a wrecked vehicle and not knowing for sure if you’re hurt. When adrenaline kicks in, our perception of pain is vastly diminished. This means, for instance, that you may not know you’re bleeding until you actually see the blood or may not know that you’ve broken an ankle until you try to walk. Any vehicle accident attorney sees plenty of cases where the damage suffered from a wreck manifested a bit after the incident had passed.

If you’re in a car accident, personal injury is always a concern. Start by checking yourself for obvious signs of injury. Look around to see if you’re bleeding and check your face in the mirror to make sure that you’re not injured there. Car wrecks happen fast, and it’s quite possible to bounce your face off of your steering wheel or console without really remembering it. Make sure your vision is clear. If you have double vision or trouble focusing, you may have a concussion or other head injury. Look for signs of those injuries in any passengers, as well.

10 Ways to Avoid a Hazardous Driver

Submitted by jrlaw on May 27th, 2010

10 Ways to Avoid a Hazardous Driver

Any car wreck attorney can probably tell you plenty of stories of clients who knew something was wrong with the driver who injured them before it happened. There are plenty of times when people are on the road and when a driver in another lane or at an intersection seems off. Sometimes it’s obvious that they’re drunk. They may be swerving, driving way too slow or too fast and so forth. In other cases, it’s just obvious that they’re not paying attention and that an accident is inevitable. There are some ways you can avoid these drivers. Here are a few things to watch out for.

Parking Wars- Who is at Fault in a Parking Lot Accident?

Submitted by jrlaw on May 12th, 2010

You’re backing out of a parking space. You look carefully – nobody’s coming. And then, somebody smacks into you. What went wrong? You know you didn’t see anybody. Was the other person speeding? Did you just make a mistake? Is there some fault in the design of the parking lot that could have allowed this to happen? Get the contact and insurance information of the other driver. Also, write down the contact information for any witnesses. Call the police to obtain a police report for the accident, and call your insurance company. Over the next few days, watch for any bruising or nagging pains and see a doctor if you suspect any injuries from the accident.

Unfortunately, if you are backing up, you are almost automatically assumed to be at fault. Your insurance company may attempt to negotiate with the other driver’s company, but it is likely that you will be blamed. Understandably, if you are sure that you looked carefully and didn’t see anyone, you may want to dispute this. It may be time to call a Dallas car accident lawyer to see what your options are.

You have several things to consider with your attorney. These include:

The insurance companies. If the insurance companies are refusing to pay or not compensating you fairly, you may need to sue. You have the option of seeking redress from the other driver’s company as well as your own.

Truck Accidents are Likely to Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on May 5th, 2010

The life of a truck accident lawyer is quite busy. This is because there are about 90 accidents with big trucks everyday. This figure comes from the Unites States Department of Transportation, which states that a person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes in America.

When an 18 wheeler collides with a car, it’s no question that any other vehicles involved are going to be catastrophically damaged and any passengers will more than likely be horribly injured. Sometimes, the accident is so devastating that the people involved face amputation, paralysis, or traumatic brain injury. This is when you need an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer by your side.

Three Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

 

  • Open injury – the brain is severely damaged. There is an open injury and the brain matter is exposed.
  • Closed injury – this is the most common kind. It is difficult to diagnose. In children, there might be no visible symptoms for many years.
  • Axonal injury – the axons of the brain are extended. However, there maybe no obvious damage to the tissues of the brain.

A competent Dallas auto accident lawyer has knowledge about the kinds of traumatic brain injury and can guide you in determining the strength of your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Large Trucks make for Dangerous Texas Roads

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 10th, 2009

Texas is the nation’s current leader in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks. After covering several vehicle accidents involving 18-wheelers in October, CBS 11 decided to conduct an investigation of the large truck accident reports of the past five years. By inputting the GPS coordinate information of the accidents into a mapping program they were able to identify the most dangerous sections of highway in the state. More than 100 fatal accidents were included in the study and the results found give a much clearer picture of the trouble spots of these dangerous Texas roads.

 

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