An auto accident can happen at any time, during even the most mundane outing. All it takes is one instant to forever change the lives of drivers and passengers, as a collision can lead to severe injuries and even death. Over 30,000 fatal crashes occurred in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Cars, vans, trucks, and other motor vehicles are dangerous tools, and the constant bustle of Houston leads to collisions every day. Speeding down I-45, running a red light on Main Street, or failing to yield at Hermann Park can easily take the life of someone else when behind the wheel. When a person is injured or killed through negligence in an auto accident, they may be able to hold the responsible party liable for their losses in court.
Common instances of negligence that contribute to car accidents include:
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signs or lights
- Distracted by passengers, food, or other items
- Driving while calling or texting
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
A car accident can lead to a wide range of injuries, from minor bruises to permanent paralysis. The speed of impact, placement of the collision, and use of safety devices such as seat belts can greatly impact the damage inflicted on those inside the vehicles involved.
Minor and serious injuries can result from a car accident, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal injury
- Broken bones
When faced with these injuries, victims may encounter a variety of costs. Medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and ongoing medical needs such as physical therapy can add up quickly, leaving victims facing overwhelming debt for an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Insurance companies often offer those injured in a car accident a settlement. While the settlement may sound like a large and much-needed amount, it is important to consider whether it will truly cover all of your costs, including long-term care. For instance, if a victim has broken his leg in the crash, he or she may face many hospital visits, surgeries, prescriptions, and the cost of a wheelchair or crutches, plus months of rehabilitation so that he or she can walk. In the meantime, he or she may be missing work and unable to drive. Any settlement agreed to by the victim must truly cover all of these costs, and any other incurred as a result of the accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to negligence in Houston, Katy, Spring, Humble, or anywhere in Texas, the attorneys of Blizzard & Nabers can help you seek the compensation that you deserve. Determining if a settlement is fair and fighting an insurance company for what you are owed can be an overwhelming task, but with our team on your side, you can let us take care of your case while you focus on recovering from the accident.