Everything's bigger in Texas, including the state's system of highways and roads. Texas boasts nearly twice as many drivable miles as California and, as motorists travel billions of vehicle miles each year, car wrecks are an all too common occurrence.
Though not all of the vehicle collisions reported to Texas law enforcement result in serious injury or death, many do and, the more devastating the crash, the more likely it is to cause long-lasting, negative physical, psychological, and financial consequences for victims.
Car accident victims often find themselves severely hurt and unable to work while unexpected—and unmanageable—medical debt mounts. Although victims injured in wrecks caused by another person or company's wrong choices can seek compensation for damages from the at-fault party's insurance company, obtaining a sufficient settlement can be difficult and may require litigation. If you're considering taking legal action in a Texas car wreck case, here's what you need to know.
Common Types of Car Accidents and Their Causes
The Larrick Law Firm PC represents car wreck personal injury clients throughout Texas and handles cases involving a wide variety of accident types, including:
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact “T-bone” crashes
- Side-swipe collisions
Though they're frequently referred to as “accidents,” car wrecks usually involve negligence—or wrong choice—on the part of a motorist or company. In Texas, frequent crash causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
- Failing to Yield before Turning Left
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
Car Wrecks Can Cause Devastating Injuries
Car accident injuries can vary dramatically in severity—from relatively minor injuries that heal with time and treatment to those that require extensive care and permanently change the victim's quality of life. Common injuries associated with car accidents include:
- Lacerations or Cuts
- Contusions or Bruises
- Burns from air bags
- Abrasion injuries
- Strains, sprains, and other soft-tissue injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Dashboard injuries to knees and hand/wrists
- Broken, fractured, or crushed bones
- Head or brain injuries, such as concussions or Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck, shoulder, or back injuries
- Spinal cord damage that may result in paralysis
- Lost or amputated limbs
- Dental or facial trauma
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Psychological injuries
- Driving anxiety
Potential Compensation for Car Accident Damages
Car wrecks don't just cause physical injuries; they can also deal a serious blow to victims' finances. Fortunately, car accident victims can pursue compensation for both economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- Accident-related medical expenses and medical bills
- Future medical care related to permanent car wreck injuries
- Property repair or replacement costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Pain and physical suffering
- Mental anguish, stress, worry, anxiety
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more.
In addition to coverage for present damages, a car wreck settlement should include money to cover future medical bills, future lost income and future pain/suffering for ongoing or permanent car accident-related injuries.
Consult Our Experienced Texas Trial Lawyer About Your Car Wreck Case
After a car accident, negotiating a fair settlement with an insurance company can seem like an almost impossible task for victims. Just keeping up with an insurance company's constant demands for information can feel like a full-time job. Having knowledgeable and experienced legal representation levels the playing field and discourages insurance companies from giving accident victims the runaround.
If you were injured in a wreck caused by another person or company's wrong choices, skilled trial lawyer Elizabeth Larrick and the legal team with the Larrick Law Firm PC can help you fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, and more.
From our main law office in Austin, the Larrick Law Firm PC handles cases in the Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas Metropolitan areas, as well as throughout the state of Texas. Do you have questions about a car crash case? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.