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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.

What Types of Evidence Might I Need to Prove a Defective Tire Case?

Tire companies and stores are no more keen on paying out a fair settlement than insurance companies are. The more proof of the defect you have, the better. Your attorney may seek out evidence like:

  • Accident scene photos - Photos of the exploded tire and any tire tracks on the road may help show where and how the tire burst.
  • Expert testimony - As it can be difficult for a layperson to discern what caused a tire to burst, lawyers often bring in expert witnesses in tire defect cases. These individuals are highly knowledgeable about tires and tire defects, so their assessment can go a long way toward convincing everyone.
  • Witness testimony - The majority of car accidents are witnessed by someone. If a witness or even better, multiple witnesses, say they saw your tire explode for seemingly no reason, you are much more likely to win. The word of neutral, third-party witnesses with no interest in the outcome of the case is typically taken seriously.
  • Tire pieces - If possible, tire fragments should be collected after the crash. The pieces can be examined to determine whether the tire was punctured by an object on the road, or simply burst on its own.
  • Cameras - Cameras are absolutely everywhere these days. Drivers have dashcams. Quite a few traffic lights have cameras. Businesses have security cameras. People often film themselves in public. Many homes have cameras. Your lawyer may be able to locate video footage of the accident.

Multiple types of evidence are often used in a tire defect case. If you suspect that a tire defect caused the accident, it is best to call an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner they can begin investigating, the easier it may be to locate strong evidence.

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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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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:

  • Pain and suffering - Children may not cope with pain, injuries, and medical procedures, as well as an adult, can. Fortunately, you can pursue damages on behalf of your child that will compensate them for their pain and suffering.
  • Emotional trauma - Many children need counseling after going through the trauma of a car accident where they were injured. Your child may have troubling emotional symptoms like being afraid to ride in a vehicle, or being unable to stop thinking and talking about the car accident.
  • Medical bills - While minors are not responsible for their own medical bills, these economic damages are recoverable by the parents, who are responsible for these bills.
  • Lost future income - If the accident was severe enough that your child will have permanent disabilities that could impact their future earning potential as an adult, they can receive compensation for their lost future wages. However, calculating and proving the amount of lost future income for a child can be quite challenging. A skilled attorney will need to approximate the amount your child would have earned as an adult before and after the accident.

If the child reaches the age of majority before a parent or guardian files a claim on their behalf, the child then has a period of two years to file their own claim. However, at this point, certain expenses that the parents became responsible for often cannot be recovered. It is important to file a suit as soon as you are able.

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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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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.

Every insurance company operating in Texas must offer uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage exists specifically to address this type of situation. Unless you specifically opted out in writing when you signed up for your insurance policy, you almost certainly have this type of coverage. Even if you only have state minimum insurance, you may be able to recover up to $30,000 in damages from your own insurance company.

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