Houston Car Accident Lawyer
Houston sees around 240 fatal crashes and an estimated 1,400 crashes with serious injuries each year. After an accident, the victims must figure out what to do next and manage the aftermath of potentially serious injuries.
If someone else caused your car accident, you might have the right to compensation for your injuries. The Houston car accident lawyers at Lanier Law have successfully helped many past accident victims pursue justice.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Houston
Car accidents occur for a variety of reasons. However, some risks out on the road have a higher chance of causing a severe accident than others.
High speeds substantially increase the risk of an accident. The driver of a speeding vehicle needs more time to compensate for potential threats, longer to stop, and quicker reflexes to make a turn. Many drivers do not realize just how much effort it takes to operate a vehicle safely while driving above the speed limit. Speeding may also increase the severity of an accident since it involves more force than a lower-speed collision.
Distracted driving includes any behavior that takes the driver’s hands, eyes, or attention away from the task of driving. While texting does involve all three types of distraction, making it a potent problem on the road, many other types of distraction can also spell disaster, from eating and drinking behind the wheel to putting on makeup.
Despite knowing the potential dangers of texting and driving, all too many drivers continue to check text messages or even social media or email while behind the wheel.
Drunk driving is a significant problem on the road for several reasons. Often, drunk drivers have a hard time controlling their vehicles safely. They may engage in reckless behavior due to poor decision-making skills or failure to follow standard safety procedures. Furthermore, drunk drivers may lack the reflexes and reaction times necessary to avoid a potential collision.
Changing lanes requires drivers to carefully look at the lane they want to move into before completing a lane change. Unfortunately, some drivers try to change lanes without taking the time to look around and check their blind spot, while others may try to push their vehicles into a space that does not offer adequate room. Failure to change lanes safely can lead to sideswipe collisions and t-bone accidents.
Traffic signals, including red lights and stop signs, exist to help drivers move safely through the streets and allow everyone to share the road safely. Failure to yield, either to pedestrians or to traffic signals, can lead to severe collisions, especially if other drivers know they have the right of way and do not pause before going through an intersection or if pedestrians enter an intersection unseen by a driver.
During rush hour, in particular, tailgating poses an immense danger. Tailgating drivers are at greater risk of hitting a driver in front of them if they stop abruptly. Unfortunately, many tailgating drivers lack the skills and reflexes they need to navigate those tight conditions safely.
Dangerous Roads & Intersections in Houston
Houston has several notably dangerous roads and intersections, including:
Several intersections see heavy traffic and a higher risk of accidents, including Kuykendahl Road and Creekside Green Drive, where a twelve-year-old boy recently suffered severe injuries in an accident. Avoiding these intersections or exercising caution when you must drive through them can substantially reduce the risk of severe accidents in those areas.
Types of Car Accidents In Houston
Many types of accidents occur in Houston. Many parents worry about their children on bikes in local intersections, particularly around Kuykendahl Road. Houston also sees several fatal or serious-injury crashes involving cars crashing into guardrails and center dividers.
What to do after you've been in a car accident
You must take the proper steps to protect yourself following a car accident. First of all, do not move your vehicle unless it is blocking traffic or the dispatcher instructs you to do so. Next, you should:
- Call the police to report the accident
- Exchange contact and insurance information with others involved in the crash
- Ask for contact information from the witnesses
- Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicles and any damage to them
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Notify your insurance company about the accident
- Get a copy of the crash report
When should I contact a lawyer after a car accident?
Ensure that you get medical attention within the first 24 hours following the accident. Whether or not you have noticeable medical needs, seeking care should be your top priority. However, once you have been assessed and treated by a doctor, reach out to a lawyer who can take on those vital next steps while you recover.
How a Lawyer Can Help After a Car Accident in Houston
A lawyer can play a vital role in your post-accident recovery. They will take care of gathering crucial evidence, including:
Your attorney will use this evidence to build your case and determine the compensation you might be able to recover. They can also work with the police and insurance companies to help maximize compensation.
How much does a lawyer cost for a Houston car accident?
At Lanier Law, we start with a free consultation to help you understand more about your rights and get you started on your path to justice. The final fee for your legal services will be a percentage of the settlement you receive.
What damages can I recover after a car accident in Texas?
Most car accident claims include the same general elements:
The property damage from a car accident is typically your vehicle, but it may also involve other categories, like expensive items you may have had in your car. If, for example, you need to replace a car seat or a laptop, you might be able to include those under the property damage category.
Injuries sustained in a car accident can lead to substantial medical bills, especially if the injuries have any long-term complications. A Houston car accident lawyer can help you break down the full extent of those medical costs and the compensation you can receive for them.
You may miss out on considerable income while recovering from injuries after an accident. In addition to claiming lost wages, you can claim a financial loss if your accident permanently impacts your ability to generate revenue.
Pain and suffering
Many Houston car accident claims include compensation for the suffering you faced after your accident, including emotional distress and physical pain. Talk to a lawyer about how to quantify suffering caused by your car accident injuries, including the impact they had on your life.
What's the average compensation for a Houston car accident settlement?
- How much insurance coverage is on the vehicle driven by the driver who caused the accident
- The nature and severity of your injuries, including whether you have any long-term complications and whether you must undergo intensive or invasive treatments
- The cost of medical services, from ambulance transport to the long-term cost of physical therapy
- Whether you caused part of the accident
What if I'm partially at fault for the accident?
According to Texas law, if you bear part of the liability for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of liability you carry. For example, if it is determined that you caused 20% of the accident, you can recover 80% of the damages related to the accident.
If you caused more than 50% of the accident, you might not have the right to recover compensation.
How much time do I have to file a Houston car accident claim?
You have to file a claim two years after a car accident in Texas. While some exceptions exist that can toll the statute of limitations and give you more time to recover compensation — like if a minor suffers injuries in an accident — you should try to start the ball rolling on your claim as soon as possible.