There are more than 250 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States. As the second most populous state, the roads of Texas are always busy, and the larger the city, the worse the traffic congestion and severity of accidents. However, sometimes cars are our only form of transportation from one point to another. We don’t all have the luxury of living above our place of work or down the street from the grocery store or a block away from our children’s school. And while modern vehicles include seatbelts, air bags, voice-activated warnings and even blind spot monitors, we’re still not 100 percent safe. Every 14 seconds, a car accident results in an injured victim, and you or someone you know has most likely been in a car accident. Hopefully, you or your loved ones were not injured and walked away with just a few bruises. However, if that wasn’t the case, did you know that you and your family may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party?
Laws Affecting Auto Collisions
Driving is a privilege extended by the state of Texas, and it’s a responsibility and freedom that should not be taken lightly, but unfortunately, it often is. Texting and using hand-held phone bans are only illegal for particular drivers or certain zones in Texas. For example, texting and using hand-held phones in school zones is prohibited. Bus drivers are banned from using hand-held and hands-free devices. Beginner drivers are not allowed to text or use cell phones. The Texas Department of Transportation attributed 90,378 crashes to distracted driving in 2012. More than 450 fatalities and nearly 18,500 serious injuries occurred as a result of distracted driving.
Sadly though, laws can’t prevent people from driving irresponsibly, selfishly and dangerously. Running a red light or speeding through a yellow light can cause a deadly collision. If someone fails to stop at a stop sign or yield to oncoming traffic, a serious accident can take place. Speeding and even driving too slow can put other drivers in harm’s way. How many times have you yourself spilled a beverage, dropped your fast food or feverishly searched for your lipstick in your purse as you’re driving? How many times have you nodded off at the wheel after a 12-hour workday, believing that closing your eyes for just five seconds won’t hurt anyone? Some people even read the newspaper or watch a movie as they ride in bumper-to-bumper traffic. And while these may seem like minor offenses, these little habits or actions can cause serious damage and pain for yourself and others around you.
If proven negligent, a wreckless driver is liable or obligated to pay for the damages that ensued as a result of their carelessness. Damages come in the form of medical bills, the expense to repair or replace a vehicle, physical pain or disfigurement. And damage goes beyond what can be seen by the naked eye. Emotional distress, mental suffering and the subsequent expense of therapy are a few examples. Compensation also includes loss of wages or earning capacity if you are incapacitated due to a physical or mental disability. In the case of your death, your spouse or child deserves compensation, too, more than just what life insurance provides.
While you think that the most difficult part of a car accident is dealing with the inconvenience of the loss of a vehicle or overcoming an injury, that’s only the beginning, because the fight to get what you deserve hasn’t even begun. That’s why you want the right attorney representing you. Representing yourself is a risk because do you personally know what a fair price is for a broken collarbone or fractured wrist? How would you weigh the damages of months of physical therapy because your femur and anklebone were shattered? What is reasonable payment for a herniated disc in your spine? What about having to have a limb amputated since the Jaws of Life could not save your leg crushed beneath the dashboard. What if your hand will never be the same and your occupation is of a carpenter or mechanic? If that’s the case, you will likely have to pursue a new profession and take a pay cut. What if your spouse or child is on life support because of someone else’s ignorance on the road? Do you know how to get every dollar you deserve? Amy K. VanDeLoo of the VanDeLoo Firm does.
Car Accident Lawyer
Before establishing her own firm, Ms. VanDeLoo was employed as the Managing Staff Counsel Attorney for the North Texas Division of Fred Loya Insurace’s Litigation Department, representing insureds involved in car accidents.
No matter the severity of damage as a result of a car accident, from a dented bumper to a totaled car, from a broken rib to a brain injury or death, it is vital that you contact a professional, knowledgeable lawyer to defend you. If you or a loved one has been wronged in a car accident, don’t hesitate to call the VanDeLoo Firm. Serving the Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney areas, the VanDeLoo Firm is fully equipped to stalwartly represent you and get you the payment you are entitled to. Give us a call today, free of charge, to discuss your claim.
5700 Granite Parkway, Suite 200
Plano, Texas 75024