Traffic signals are a vital part of our road safety, allowing communication to aid the smooth control of traffic. When drivers ignore the road rules, they put themselves and others at risk of serious injury.
If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, see how an Austin accident caused by failure to obey traffic signals lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help with your case today at (800) 777-7777.
NEGLIGENT DRIVERS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ACCIDENTS
Running red lights, failing to yield to others, and ignoring speed limits are typical examples of how road users can disregard traffic controls. The following factors have been associated with reasons motorists fail to obey traffic signals:
Inexperience, lack of skill, and risk-taking have been associated with accidents involving young drivers. Similarly, older drivers are more likely to be adversely affected by visual, cognitive, and mobility impairments. These factors can increase the risk of an auto collision, making age an element of a motorist’s ability or willingness to observe traffic controls.
When a driver’s attention is diverted away from the road, the risk of an accident is significantly increased. Common distractions include sending or reading text messages, talking on the phone, using in-car technologies, other passengers, eating, and events outside of the vehicle catching a driver’s attention.
Other forms of distraction include being lost in thought, listening to loud music, or driving while upset. According to Business Insider, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in America to date.
Drivers who disregard speed limits have less time to react if a challenge suddenly appears in the road. Other examples of reckless driving include failing to yield to other drivers, switching lanes erratically, and running red lights.
Driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication can affect a road user’s cognitive ability, driving behavior, and reaction times, often leading to tragic consequences when a driver is unaware of or disregarding traffic controls.
For many people, driving is an integral part of their job. Accidents have been associated with drivers who are incentivized to meet specific performance indicators, increasing the likelihood of disobeying traffic rules and regulations.
THE LEGAL PROCESS OF CLAIMING COMPENSATION CAN BE CHALLENGING
Following an accident, it can be confusing to know how to manage a compensation claim, especially when you are recovering from injuries. Many people seek legal representation to help them navigate the legal procedure.
The priority in an auto accident should be your health. Having your injuries appropriately treated and documented is essential, even if you feel unharmed. Shock can mask some injuries, while others—such as a concussion—are not always immediately apparent.
Once you have received medical treatment, you might find yourself facing thousands of dollars in medical bills. You may be eligible to recover compensation for those expenses and other losses. This is typically achieved through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
Proving the other driver was the cause of your accident, estimating your injuries’ financial impact (both current and future losses), and negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement are key factors in many successful auto accident personal injury claims.
An Austin accident caused by failure to obey traffic signals lawyer can help you to seek compensation covering:
Economic expenses refer to out of pocket costs paid as a direct result of your accident’s monetary losses. Compensation can include payment in lieu of current and ongoing medical bills, rehabilitation costs, property damage, lost wages, and any reduced earning capacity in the future.
Non-economic expenses are more difficult to define as they tend to be calculated on an injury’s emotional impact—such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. While subjective in nature, they are an essential part of a compensation claim.
If you are unsure how to proceed with a compensation claim after being struck by a negligent driver, reach out to Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (800) 777-7777. Together we can determine the most suitable legal options for your situation.
HOW AN AUSTIN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY FAILURE TO OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNALS LAWYER HELPS
Operating as a business, insurance companies will often attempt to offer a settlement that does not fully reflect how the accident has impacted your life physically, financially, or emotionally. To even the playing field, a lawyer can provide a mixture of the following services to build a robust case:
- Investigating the cause of your accident
- Identifying responsible parties
- Gathering vital evidence to support your claim
- Proving negligence
- Estimating the value of your claim
- Negotiating with at-fault parties’ insurance companies
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Representing you in court, where necessary
It is also important to be aware of specific laws that limit the time you have to claim compensation. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you generally have two years from the date you were injured to begin legal proceedings for personal injury (or in the event of wrongful death). If you do not act in time, it is unlikely you will be able to file a compensation claim.
CALL US TODAY TO DISCUSS YOUR LEGAL OPTIONS
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, the responsive team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins has the knowledge and resources to fight for compensation. We can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.
We provide most of our services on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning there are no up-front costs to pay until we achieve a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Every year over 7,000 clients in Texas trust us to represent them. We want to help you too. We pride ourselves on high levels of accessibility, communication, and quality legal support.
Call today for a free case review at (800) 777-7777 to find out more about the options appropriate for your circumstances.