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Car accidents are one of the top causes serious injury according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Texas Department of Transportation. In 2018, car accidents caused 32,367 fatalities with 2.22 million people being seriously injured from the car accident. In 2018 an average of 1.29 people died in a car crash every hour and an additional 253 people become injured. Texas had 2,49241 people injured in car accidents in 2018. Car accidents cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person. In a report from the CDC, the estimated lifetime costs for the injuries and deaths from one year of car accidents in the U.S. can be more than $70 billion.
 
No matter how cautious you are, you cannot control the actions of other careless motorists. However, after a car crash you can take control of your life and it starts by knowing you legal options available to you. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Car Accident Attorney immediately to determine if you have a legal case. ​

 

Common Causes of Car Accident

Our Car Accident Lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm, frequently investigates car wrecks and the reason why the car accident occurred. A car accident can be attributed to a wide variety of causes. Distractions, such as cell phones, cause nearly 3,500 traffic fatalities and 400,000 auto injuries annually. 11,000 people die every year in accidents involving aggressive driving. Typically, each collision has a unique set of facts associated with the accident. Some of the common causes of a car accident include: driver impairment due to drugs or alcohol, distracted drivers, defective car parts, poor road conditions, weather, speeding, or inadequate road design. There are many different distracted driving type situations that can occur to cause a car accident including: texting while driving, talking on the phone, applying makeup, or eating and drinking. Any of these distracted driving situations can take the drivers focus off of the road and could be the catalyst for a car accident. Many different cities have already banned texting while driving. In some cities, using of a cell phone is prohibited while driving through a school zone.
  • Impairment of Alcohol and or DrugsDrunk driving or driver impairment is typically is associated with drug or alcohol use. The Insurance Information Institute has cataloged the most dangerous driver behaviors. Per a 2014 NHTSA study, 40% of accidents involve alcohol. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 10 million people admitted to driving while under the influence of illegal drugs. Teens have higher accident rates than older drivers. Per the CDC, drivers 16 to 19 years old are three times more likely to die in a car crash than drivers over 20. Many do not fully realize how a substance can impair their driving ability. Many will have a couple of drinks and think they are fine to drive. Unfortunately, these drivers are often wrong and the substance that they can consume cause their focus and abilities to slow slightly. Even a slight impact could be enough to delay ones reaction time causing a car accident to occur. It’s important to remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Additional types of impairment that could cause a car accident to occur include: use of other illegal substances, prescription drugs, or even over the counter pharmacy medications.
  • Driver Fatigue: one of the most common impairments that can cause a car accident is from fatigue or lack of sleep. Sleepiness also makes drivers worse. A 2014 study conducted by AAA, found that fatigue contributed to 21% of all fatal traffic accidents on U.S. roads. USA Today reported that nearly 1,500 drivers flee the scene of fatal crashes each year. Failure to see others also kills. Many accidents occur when drivers don’t check their blind spot or fail to spot other vehicles or pedestrians. Before you get behind the wheel please make sure that can focus on driving, the road, and other drivers and that you are not fatigued or sleepy which might cause a motor vehicle accident to occur.
 
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  • Mechanical Failure and Defective Design: Defective car parts are becoming another frequent cause for car accidents to occur on Texas roadways. Auto manufacturers and parts suppliers indirectly cause thousands of collisions because of defective or poor product designs. Common mechanical parts that fail include steering and suspension; tires and brakes; and lighting.With the recent “recalls” from different car manufactures it is not uncommon that a faulty vehicle party could be the reason that a car collision has resulted. A defective car part might include parts such as: seat belts, accelerator controls, electrical wiring, wheels, tire blowouts, or brake failure. If any of these important aspect of your or another drivers car fails it could lead to a fatal car accident or serious injuries. If a violent car collision occurs the damage might not just be limited to your car but could include physical injury to your body. Roads damaged with potholes and uneven pavement increase the potential for blowing out tires or causing other mechanical failures. Inaccurate or incorrect signage can influence drivers and place construction workers and travelers in perilous positions. Malfunctioning traffic lights increase the risk of intersection collisions. Construction zone errors endanger passing motorists and workers.
  • Bad WeatherWeather ​can cause be a factor that causes a car accident. While a car accident might occur on a beautiful day and on a perfect road. Often times auto accidents are the result of poor road conditions or because of bad weather. It seems that wherever you drive on the Texas roadways the road conditions are always under construction. Uneven pavement or potholes could contribute to a vehicle accident. Whenever a driver is forced to swerve suddenly to avoid hitting a foreign obstacle or a poor road condition it can cause the driver to over-correct causing the vehicle to slide while they are trying to regain control. If you add in weather conditions such as heavy rain you end up with a recipe for a common cause of car accidents.  Common weather hazards include: heavy fog, which impairs visibility; snow and ice, which impairs directional control and creates special problems on bridges and elevated roads; rain and flooding, which obviously makes roads slippery but also reduces visibility conditions and creates conditions for hydroplaning; and morning and evening glare, which leads to dangers such as sun blinding.
  • SpeedSpeeding is the final and most common cause of car accidents that our Car Accident Lawyer encounters. In the above mentioned study by  the  NHTSA, as many as 28% of traffic fatality accidents involve speeding. Drivers speeding and unable to stop in time to prevent an accident. Speeding is a dangerous risk that can have serious consequences. When drivers speed past the speed limit that is set for a roadway they are endangering themselves and other motorists. Many drivers might be running late and speed to try and make up time. However, this unsafe risk is a common cause for car accidents. When a driver’s speed exceed the speed limit it can become difficult for drivers to stop suddenly. Because of the elevated speed a lot of car accidents occur because the driver simply have enough time to come to a complete stop. While it might seem like a minor bump, even a minor car accident can cause serious injuries from the collision. Car accidents can cause all sorts of injuries. Some crashes might only result in a minor bump, bruising, or soreness. Unfortunately, other motor vehicle collisions can cause devastating and life changing result is just the blink of an eye. At the Pascoe Law Firm our Attorney helps people who have been hurt due to a car wreck.

Guide for Dealing with Injuries Sustained in a Texas Car Accident

Get Medical Attention As Soon As Possible

First, please get medical attention you are hurt. If you need help finding medical attention the Pascoe Law Firm might be able to help you with this process. Medical treatment is important part of a car accident case. The adjuster will evaluate your case based upon your injuries. If  you do not go to the doctor the insurance company will assume that you were not injured.  Think of the chiropractor or medical doctor as the author of your story of how this accident impacted your body.  Their medical records will be the story how you were injured and your treatment and recovery.

Call the Police and Get a Police Report Following an Auto Accident

​ If possible, please remember to get a police report every time you have been in a motor vehicle accident. It is important to take photos of the collision before moving the vehicles, if safe to do so. Often times, the person who hit your vehicle might seem trustworthy and they might not want to go through insurance process. Make sure you protect yourself by getting the police report and taking photos.

Don’t Admit Fault

 The truth is that you don’t know if a person you just met is trustworthy or not. You may be in shock from having an accident. You might not know how all the laws might apply to different facts. Never admit fault, even if pressed to make a statement declaring your responsibility. Be honest about the facts. But be a journalist—do not editorialize. Make sure to  protect your self by not agreeing to anything until you know the full scope of your damage.

Exchange Information and Gather Information

​Additionally, make sure to record the other driver’s license number and insurance information to make sure they are not just giving you false information. Trade your telephone, address, insurance carrier, full legal name, license plate number, and additional contact information with all other drivers involved in the crash.​ Take Photos of your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle. Gather names and telephone number of any witness that might have seen the accident take place.

Talk To An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

The Car Accident Lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm is experienced in handling all types of car accident cases. Injury victims of a car accident often face physical pain and unpaid bills after a collision. They may not know the best steps to take to protect their rights. Most car accidents involve a legal claim of negligence. In order to determine the negligence in a car accident, the plaintiff needs establish that the defendant was the party who caused car accident to occur. After a car accident it is important to document and gather as much evidence as possible. Following an accident an experienced car accident lawyer should conduct a prompt investigation of the car accident. It is important to get documentation of the car accident by having a police report. Additionally, take photographs of the car accident while the cars are still connected if possible. Furthermore, if possible try to record the names, phone numbers, and address of any individuals who witnessed the car accident occur.  These will all help your car accident attorney build your car accident case.

Protect Your Rights After A Car Wreck

Car Accident Attorney, John D Pascoe represents injury and accident victims by protecting their rights and fighting against big insurance companies after a car crash. Many who are involved in a car accident fear that the big insurance company is just trying to take advantage the situation. Other car accident victims might feel that the insurance company is giving them the run around and trying to avoid the claim. After a car accident many injury victims become frustrated trying to resolve their car accident claim on their own. By hiring a lawyer, it can send a message to the insurance company that you mean business. Many insurance companies stop playing games after they know that an injury victim has hired an automobile accident lawyer. Don’t let car insurance companies take advantage of you after a car wreck. Car accident lawyers work to keep the insurance process moving following a car crash. After a car accident your lawyer will work to try and get you the best possible results available depending on your situation. When people try to negotiate their car accident and injury claims on their own they may be giving up compensation to which they are entitled to, and might not know is available. If you or a loved was has been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Car Accident Lawyer immediately to learn what legal options you have available.

How Long Does A Car Accident Case Take in Texas?

At the Pascoe Law Firm, our Car Accident Lawyer is often asked about how long will it take for a car crash injury claim to be completed. This question is not uncommon and many injury victims often ask, how long their will case last and if can be resolved quickly. Because almost every car accident is different the answer will ultimately depend upon your unique situation and set of facts. The time it takes to effectively resolve a car accident injury case depends on a variety of factors including:

  • Nature and degree of injury
  • Whether or not medical treatment is still ongoing
  • The backlog in the court system
​Each of these control the timeliness of the resolution of the claim when dealing with a car wreck. Unfortunately, a quick resolution is not always possible. However, at the Pascoe Law Firm we strives to resolve matters as quickly and efficiently as possible. While we work to keep your case moving we make sure that we make sure that your legal rights are protected throughout the entire process.

​Dealing With Insurance Companies After a Car Accident

​As stated before, we recommend that you contact a lawyer before talking to an insurance company. After being hurt in a collision, the most likely source of compensation is the at-fault driver’s auto insurance provider. Very few car crash claims go to trial. Instead, they are typically settled out of court with an insurer.
​The high rate of settlements should not make you believe that insurance companies are easy to work with, or that they are on your side. Insurers are major companies that are most interested in protecting their bottom lines. They will do whatever they can to deny your claim or limit your compensation.

Do:

  • Gather information at the scene that can be used in your claim
  • Take pictures and video of your injuries and property damage.
  • Notify your insurance company of the crash as soon as possible (We recommend for you have lawyer to do this for you)

Don’t:

  • Talk to an insurance company before you speak with a lawyer
  • Apologize or admit fault to the other driver or insurance company
  • Accept the first settlement offer from an insurance company

Houston / Galveston Area Car Accident Resource Center

​Click the links below to learn more about common types of  car accident and injuries associated with car accidents.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Car Accident Law and How It Might Apply To Your Case

Many people who face legal challenges have questions about their legal rights following a car crash. The Pascoe Law Firm’s lawyer is happy to answer your legal questions you might have about your particular situation. Our Car Accident Lawyer protects the rights of car accident injury victims as well as passengers who might have only been riding in the car. Our Law Office handles a wide variety of of car accidents such as, people injured in a car accident. Each case is unique, but generally you will need to show that there is a duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages to win your car accident case.

We will work for your best possible results as quickly as possible. If you need medical assistance we can in some situations help get you into a doctor or chiropractor under a letter of protection to allow you focus on your health and recovery. If you wonder what to do if you get in a car accident, turn to the Pascoe Law Firm our Galveston County car accident attorney for answers. ​

 

​How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?

You may be hoping to figure out how much your case is worth. Unfortunately, it is close to impossible to determine the potential value of your claim without knowing the full scope of your injuries and the medical treatment that you will need. Every case is unique and it would be a mistake to estimate your cases possible value off what a friend or family member got in a completely unrelated accident.
​How a certain type of accident or injury affects you will not be the same as how it impacts another person. For example, you may have suffered whiplash in a fender bender. Another person may be able to return to their normal life after a few weeks of rest and over-the-counter painkillers. You may require prescription painkillers and physical rehabilitation to gain full movement and strength in your neck.
You cannot look at similar accidents and injuries online and assume you will obtain a similar amount of compensation. There are too many factors, many of which are not published online, that may increase or decrease your potential financial recovery. We encourage individuals to look at the strength and weakness of a claim. If you would like to discuss your case and how it could be impacted please call us today at 713-829-4317.

 

The Car Accident Process

The Accident

​Auto accidents can change your life in an instant. Before you assume the worst, find a safe place and seek medical attention. When you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, your first concern should be your health. The impact could have left you with serious injuries of the spine, neck, back, or more. Your injuries could disrupt work, family, and personal obligations. However, they don’t have to have a long-term negative impact.

Your Medical Care

​Treating your injuries is a priority. Try not to feel overwhelmed with the thought of paying for your medical expenses – focus on getting healthy first. If your injuries require immediate medical attention, you may find yourself in a hospital or a doctor’s office. This may cause some anxiety, and that’s completely natural. At this point, you’re likely wondering how you’re going to pay for your medical care and how much your insurance will cover. To make matters more stressful, you may be visited by members of law enforcement in order to complete their accident report. Remain calm and do not admit fault for the accident. If you have questions about what you should disclose in your accident report, contact us to learn more about your rights.

The Scene, the Police Report, and Notification

​The accident scene tells a story. The at-fault insurance company will have their side. Make sure you gather enough information to tell your side. If you don’t have to immediately leave the scene to tend to injuries, you should gather contact information and document everything: take pictures, talk to witnesses, etc. During this time, stay calm and don’t admit fault. Always report the accident to police and then your insurance provider. Most importantly, once you are able, talk to an auto accident lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm. We recommend talking to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.

Vehicle Repairs

​For most people, cars are an everyday necessity to get to work or school, or to pick up your kids. Understanding the damage to your vehicle and whether it can be fixed is important. The first thing to assess is whether your car is drivable, which also gives you a sense of the repairs needed. If the damage is minor, then having the vehicle repaired may be the best step. If you have adequate car insurance coverage, you may be able to be reimbursed for rental car expenses while your vehicle is being repaired. If not, we may be able to make a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. Some vehicle damage is so severe that fixing the car isn’t the best option. The repair shop and your insurance provider may not have your best interests in mind when it comes to repairing your vehicle. Call us so we can fight to help you get what you deserve.

Paperwork and Phone Calls

​You’re going to get an incredible amount of mail and phone calls related to your accident, insurance claim, and bills. Let us take care of that for you. When you have been hurt in a car accident, it’s inevitable that you’re going to be hit with an onslaught of paperwork – most of which will seem completely foreign to you. This is where hiring a personal injury lawyer who values open communication is incredibly important. At the Pascoe Law Firm, we think it’s important to minimize the stress you feel due to your accident. We go to painstaking efforts to handle all communication with the insurance companies, law enforcement, and medical professionals related to your accident. We also strive to keep you informed throughout the process, so you know exactly where your case stands.

A Denied Insurance Claim or a Settlement Offer

​After investigating your accident, the insurance company may offer you a settlement. Don’t sign it. If your claim is denied, don’t give up. Insurance providers are in the business of making money. It’s common for insurance carriers to offer a settlement that is well below what you deserve. The amount owed to you should be based upon medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can help you make sense of what has been offered and determine whether the insurance offer should be accepted, or if a counter demand should be made. If your claim has been denied, you may still have options. There are a number of valid reasons why an insurance company might deny your claim. However, there are also situations where your claim is unjustly denied.

Demanding Appropriate Compensation

​Your claim is likely worth more than you’ve been offered. We can help determine the true value – and then work to get you what you’re owed. Once all of your damages and expenses related to your car accident are understood, then your personal injury lawyer will put together an initial demand or a counter demand, if an initial settlement offer was presented by the insurance carrier. The insurance provider then must decide to accept the demand, continue to negotiate with your lawyer, or deny the demand. Let the experienced Car Accident Lawyer at Pascoe Law Firm handle this for you.

Settling Your Case or Going to Trial

​Many cases can be settled without having to go to trial. However, when negotiations break down, a trial may be necessary. A settlement occurs when both parties are able to come to terms on a dollar amount. When this happens, the case does not go to trial. Instead, an agreement is signed by both parties and you are issued a settlement check. If the case goes to court, the judge or jury will decide whether or not you should receive compensation. The court will render a judgment against the other party if the case is found in your favor. Remember, you don’t pay until we win.

Lawyer for Car Accidents in Texas

Many car accidents can cause severe damage even at lower speeds. Cars can exert a powerful amount of force and pressure. Many cars were designed with different features in mind and this can greatly impact the scope of your car accident. Car accidents can cause extensive damage and injuries to the those involved in the accident. It is always horrible to hear that someone has been in injured as the result of a car accident. The driver who gets hit by car can be seriously injured and could face a length recover time from their personal injuries associated with a crash. Unfortunately, car accidents are fairly common in Galveston and Houston areas. Many drivers might never see the other vehicle coming towards them before they get hit. Many may never able to fully recover from their injury and may even pass away from the catastrophic injuries that can occur in more tragic car accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered property damage because of an car accident please contact a personal injury lawyer who can help guide during through this difficult period in your life.

Contact Our Texas Car Accident Attorney

Our Car Accident Attorney fights for the rights of those who suffer injury after being hit by car. Each motorist has a  duty to drive with caution. The Pascoe Law Firm represents accident victims in the Galveston county and Harris County. We are very familiar with the serious injuries that can occur in a car accident. Our Car Accident Lawyer is committed to holding negligent car drivers fully responsible for their actions. You can reach us at 713-829-4317 for a free consultation and prompt investigation. If you are or a loved one has been injured and suffered personal injury, call the Pascoe Law firm to speak with accident lawyer. The Pascoe Law Firm provides a free personal injury consultation for car accident victims. Call or contact us online to speak with a  Car Accident Lawyer if you or a family member was hit by another car. Hablamos Español.
 

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Areas We Service For Car Accidents

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