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Recovering Compensation for Your Child After a Car Crash

 Posted on August 05, 2022 in Personal Injury

el paso car crash lawyerNo parent wants to see their child injured. If you were in the car with your child when you got hit and they got hurt, you were probably much more focused on your child’s injuries than your own. If you were not present during the accident, getting the call that your child was hurt in a car crash was probably one of the most frightening moments you have experienced as a parent. 

Once the dust settles, you will likely be wondering how you can go about recovering compensation for your child. They may have extensive medical bills from the emergency room, from physical therapy, and often, from counseling if the car accident harmed them emotionally. You, as their parent or legal guardian, can file a claim on your child’s behalf. An attorney can help you ensure that you are taking all the right steps to secure funds for your injured child. 

How Can I File a Claim on Behalf of My Child?

Because minors do not have the legal standing to file a lawsuit or insurance claim on their own behalves, you will need to do it for them. There are a few special rules when it comes to settling an injured child’s claim in Texas. Like in most car accidents, your lawyer’s first attempt at resolving the claim will involve negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company. However, a minor cannot agree to a settlement - in most cases, a court will need to approve any offered settlement. 

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4 Dangerous Tire Defects and How to Prove Them

 Posted on July 28, 2022 in Personal Injury

TX injury lawyerTire defects can be an insidious danger. To the untrained eye - or even a trained eye - your tires might have looked fine. Your tires may have felt perfectly normal while you were driving. Then, all of a sudden, one fails and you get into a serious car crash. While tire defects can cause blowouts or separation from the vehicle at any point, a failure event is more likely to happen when you are driving at higher speeds. This is part of what makes tire defects so dangerous. When your tire fails, you are probably going to lose control of your vehicle no matter what. Without four good tires, there is little you can do to steer away from a crash or recover from a loss of control. If you were injured in an accident that you believe was caused by a defective tire, you may need to speak to an attorney who has experience with tire defects. Your legal action may be based on product liability, so it may look a little different than a typical car accident claim.

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How an Attorney Can Investigate Your Truck Accident

 Posted on July 12, 2022 in Truck Accidents

TX accident lawyerCrashes involving an 18-wheeler can be wildly destructive. These enormous vehicles can do a lot of damage very quickly. All it takes is one wrong move on the truck driver’s part or one mechanical error on the truck company’s part, and a serious accident can occur. The scene left behind after a truck crash can be very messy. It may be difficult for the police who respond to the scene to figure out exactly what went wrong. Often, a more detailed investigation is needed before you can pursue compensation. Truck drivers and the companies they work for may refuse to cooperate or even lie in an effort to cover up their negligence. Fortunately, attorneys have ways of finding the evidence they need. It is best to contact a lawyer right away after the accident before any kind of coverup can occur.

Strategies Lawyers Use to Gather Evidence in a Truck Accident Case

Trucking companies love dealing with an unrepresented party after one of its drivers causes a crash. The evidence needed to prove a claim can be difficult for a layperson to find and interpret. It is crucial that you work with a skilled attorney after a truck crash. Strategies your lawyer may use to investigate include:

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The Driver Who Hit Me Does Not Have Insurance. Now What?

 Posted on June 29, 2022 in Car Accidents

TX injury lawyerAfter a car accident, one of the first things you do is ask for the responsible driver’s insurance information. The last thing you want to hear when you do this is, “I do not have any.” If you were hit and injured by an uninsured driver, you might be wondering who is going to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and likely totaled vehicle. These costs can add up rapidly. Even if you use your own health insurance, you are still likely to end up with a huge hospital bill. If you do not have health insurance, getting the care you need can be challenging. You are not out of luck - there are ways to recover compensation even if the other driver failed to fulfill his legal obligation to carry insurance. The process for filing a claim and pursuing damages may look a little different in this case, but one of our attorneys can guide you. You may have multiple options.

How Can I Recover Compensation From an Uninsured Driver?

After an accident with an uninsured driver, you generally have two options for pursuing compensation. The first option is to file an uninsured driver claim with your own car insurance company. Or, you could pursue compensation directly from the driver who injured you. Simply relying on your own health insurance is an option, but it is not recommended.

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Hours of Service Laws And Your Texas Truck Accident Claim

 Posted on June 03, 2022 in Truck Accidents

IL injury lawyerCommercial truck drivers must generally follow the laws that apply to regular traffic and then some. 18-wheelers can cause significantly more damage than a personal vehicle should they crash. They are also much more challenging to drive than a typical family car, requiring additional training to operate safely. It makes sense for there to be extra regulations that apply only to commercial trucks. One of the most important safety laws that truck drivers must abide by are hours of service regulations. Hours of service regulations are set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and apply to truck drivers in every state. An hours of service violation can have serious implications after a truck accident.

What Are Hours of Service Regulations?

These laws control how long a driver can keep going without a break, and how long that break must be. Their main purpose is to ensure that truck drivers are well-rested and alert. Operating such a large vehicle on public streets requires a lot of focus. Fatigued or sleepy drivers are much more prone to mistakes. Drowsy driving can lead to accidents - possibly including yours. If you were hurt in a truck accident, it is certainly worth investigating.

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5 Ways to Prove That a Tire Defect Caused Your Accident

 Posted on May 25, 2022 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerDefective tires put everyone on the road in danger. They can burst without warning, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Defective tire crashes are more likely to happen at higher speeds, so they can be particularly serious. Multiple vehicles are often involved especially when these accidents happen on the highway. If you were hurt in a car crash caused by a defective tire, the maker or seller of the defective tire can be held liable. They had a duty to put only reasonably safe tires on the market, and their failure to do so resulted in injuries. The difficult part may be proving that your accident was in fact the result of a tire defect. To do so, you will probably need to enlist the help of an experienced tire defect attorney. Multiple types of evidence may be needed, and a thorough investigation will need to be performed.

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Accident Reconstruction May Be a Powerful Tool in Your Commercial Truck Wreck Case

 Posted on May 10, 2022 in Truck Accidents

TX injury lawyerCommercial trucks, including semi-trucks, flatbeds, and delivery trucks, are much larger than most of the vehicles on the road. This means that crashes involving commercial trucks often cause significant property damage and serious injuries. Sadly, many commercial truck accident victims do not survive. If you were hurt or a loved one died in a truck crash, you may be interested in taking legal action against the trucking company.

Bringing a successful injury or death claim against a trucking company or carrier is no easy feat. To win the case and recover damages, the plaintiff and his or her attorney must prove several elements, including the cause of the crash and the party at-fault for the crash. Accident reconstruction can be a valuable tool in truck accident cases.

What is Accident Reconstruction or Crash Reconstruction?

Accident reconstruction is the process of understanding what series of events led to a crash and representing these facts through models and simulations. Experts in the field of accident reconstruction often have an advanced understanding of physics, mathematics, and engineering. They evaluate evidence and witness testimony to understand how and why a crash occurred.

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Recovering Damages for an Injured Child After a Car Crash

 Posted on April 29, 2022 in Car Accidents

TX injury lawyerSeeing your child get hurt in a car accident can be a traumatic experience for a parent. You probably do everything you can to keep your child safe. Having another driver carelessly harm your child can feel like a real-life nightmare. After you have gotten your child to safety and had their injuries treated, you may start to wonder how you can hold the negligent driver accountable for what happened to your child. Since minors cannot file a lawsuit on their own behalf, you will need to act on their behalf. As a parent or guardian of a minor, you can pursue compensation for your injured child. An attorney can help you determine what the best next steps are.

What Damages Can a Minor Recover?

Calculating damages owed to a minor who has been injured in a car accident can be a little more complicated. Minors are not responsible for their own medical bills, and any income they earn technically belongs to their parents. This does not mean that recovery for these damages is impossible - rather, it must simply be sorted out who is owed what. Minors can recover most of the same damages that adults can, like:

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Understanding the Importance of Spoliation Letters in a Texas Truck Wreck Case

 Posted on April 12, 2022 in Truck Accidents

TX injury lawyerSemi-trucks, flatbeds, delivery trucks, and other commercial trucks are usually much bigger than the other vehicles on the road. Consequently, accidents involving commercial trucks are often catastrophic. If you or a loved one were injured in a serious truck crash, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable and recover financial compensation through a truck crash injury claim. Obtaining and preserving evidence is a crucial aspect of a successful claim.

Preserving Evidence So it is Not Lost or Destroyed

Robust evidence is a necessity if you want to win your truck accident case. You will need evidence to prove that the at-fault party’s actions caused the crash and that your injuries were the result of that crash. You will also need to prove that you sustained damages as a result of your injuries.

Crucial evidence in a truck accident case may include:

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What if the Driver Who Caused My Accident Was Uninsured?

 Posted on March 29, 2022 in Car Accidents

TX injury lawyerWhen a careless driver crashes into you, you can be thrown into a horrible situation. You might be in pain from your injuries. You could be missing work or unable to fulfill your household responsibilities. Your vehicle is probably totaled, forcing you to replace it. The one saving grace in that situation should be that the responsible driver’s insurance company is supposed to pay all your expenses so that you do not suffer any financial losses. When it turns out that the other driver does not have insurance - or his insurance is insufficient to fully compensate you - you may be wondering who will pay for your expenses and lost income due to the accident. Your best bet is to contact an attorney who can help you understand your options for making a financial recovery after a serious accident with an uninsured motorist.

Who Pays if the Other Driver’s Insurance Will Not?

You may have multiple options for recovering financial compensation after a crash caused by an uninsured motorist. The two main parties you could recover compensation from are your own insurance company, and the other driver himself. There are benefits and drawbacks to both. A lawyer can help guide your decision about which route to pursue.

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