Traffic signals play a vital role in maintaining the flow of traffic and keeping road users safe. Tools such as traffic lights, stop signs, and yield signs help motorists understand what actions are permitted and prohibited.
Motorists who do not obey traffic signals risk disrupting the flow of traffic – or worse, causing an accident that results in injury or death. You or a loved one may be entitled to compensation if a motorist who failed to obey a traffic signal caused you harm.
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The Cost of Disobeying Traffic Signals
There is no overstating the danger that may be presented when a motorist disobeys even one traffic signal. Motorists are required to act accordingly when they encounter a traffic signal, according to Texas Transportation Code §544.004. This includes red lights, yield signs, and indicators that a lane is ending.
Motorists who disobey traffic signals may face a traffic citation, which may come along with a fine. If the other driver in your collision was issued such a citation, this information could be used to supplement your claim.
Any sign that is present on a roadway is there for a reason. Motorists must obey the signs that they encounter if they wish to avoid causing an accident. When a motorist chooses not to obey a sign or misses a sign because of inattention, then they may be held financially liable for any harm that comes from their actions.
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Injuries that May Arise from an Accident
A motorist who disregards a traffic signal runs the risk of striking a vehicle that legally has the right of way. This is just one scenario in which disobeying a traffic signal may result in an accident, and such an accident may result in serious injuries.
Some of the injuries that may arise from an accident caused by disobeying a traffic signal include:
- Spinal cord trauma, which the Mayo Clinic notes may have permanent consequences such as paralysis
- A traumatic brain injury, which could cause permanent brain damage
- Fractured bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Suffering these sorts of physical injuries may take a lasting toll on you or a loved one and could even have permanent consequences. An accident may even cause non-physical injuries, such as psychological and emotional trauma. This sort of harm could be just as taxing, if not more so, than the physical injuries that you or a loved one have suffered.
An Arlington accident caused by failure to obey traffic signals lawyer will fight to recover the cost of your damages following an accident. Call in the Strong Arm by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878.
A Lawyer Will Aim to Hold the Liable Parties Accountable
When you hire a lawyer, they will attempt to hold the negligent parties accountable for the losses they have caused you. Your lawyer will review the facts of how your accident occurred to determine who is directly responsible for your damages. In your case, liability may rest on another motorist. However, liability could also rest on a government municipality if they did not maintain or repair faulty traffic control signals. This could make them share some portion of responsibility for your expenses.
When you work with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we can review the standards of negligence set in place by the American Bar Association (ABA) and build your case accordingly.
Some standards of liability in a personal injury case include:
- Intentional wrongdoing
- Strict liability
Different standards of liability apply to different parties. For instance, if you were struck by a motorist who disregarded a traffic signal, they could be held financially responsible for their actions under the principle of negligence. However, if a faulty traffic signal malfunctioned, resulting in your injuries, the signal’s manufacturer could be held responsible under the principle of strict liability.
Your lawyer will handle the process of assigning liability and pursuing compensation from the responsible parties.
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A Lawyer Will Seek Compensation Through a Claim or Lawsuit
The facts of your accident could lead you to pursue a lawsuit or an insurance claim. Your lawyer can advise you on which option they believe is most appropriate for you.
In either case, a lawyer can handle your claim or lawsuit in its entirety. Although your lawyer may ask you to give an on-the-record statement or appear in court, they will handle the bulk of the legal process.
Having a lawyer handle your case may provide several benefits, including:
- They will understand how the legal process works.
- They may have prior experience handling claims or lawsuits that are similar to yours.
- They will defend your rights.
- Hiring a lawyer may allow you to focus on other matters, such as your health, while they seek any compensation that you are entitled to.
A lawyer will do what is necessary to guide your case to completion. They may first attempt to settle your case through negotiations with the liable insurance company. However, if not, then they can take your case to trial.
Some of the losses for which you may hope to receive compensation include the medical costs related to your accident, lost income, pain and suffering, diminished earning power, and any other expenses that you have experienced because of another driver’s failure to obey a traffic signal.
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The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins will fight for the compensation you deserve. Hiring an Arlington accident caused by failure to obey traffic signals lawyer may cost you nothing out of pocket since your lawyer will only receive their attorney’s fees if they win your case.
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