Driving too closely behind other vehicles (also known as tailgating) is one way that motorists in Austin increase the risk of being in an accident. Motorists who fail to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them may be proven negligent if their actions cause an accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by tailgating, then an Austin tailgating accident lawyer could manage your case.
By calling the team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins, you call in the Strong Arm to lead your case. Call us today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation about how we may assist you or a loved one.
THE DANGERS OF TAILGATING
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) explains the dangers of tailgating.
When drivers tailgate, they may fail to understand that:
- They may not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident, and that heavier vehicles generally require a greater time to stop than lighter vehicles.
- Drivers may give themselves less reaction time when hazardous roadway conditions occur.
The general rule about tailgating is straightforward: the closer you drive to a vehicle in front of you, the less time you have to brake, swerve, or engage in other accident-avoidance measures. Tailgating means driving dangerously, and it puts other motorists at risk of harm.
TAILGATING MAY LEAD DIRECTLY TO SERIOUS INJURIES
Tailgating is one of the leading causes of rear-end collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Mayo Clinic explains how whiplash is one possible result of rear-end accidents, which may be caused by tailgating motorists.
Tailgating could lead to several types of injuries aside from whiplash, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones in the arms, hands, or other parts of the body
- Spinal cord trauma
- Severe cuts or burns
- Injury to internal organs
The dynamics of every accident are different. The injuries that you or your loved one have suffered may depend on the specifics of your accident. Various factors, such as the speed of the involved vehicles, the make and model of the vehicles, and the effectiveness of a vehicle’s safety features may impact the type of injuries you or your loved one have suffered.
Right now, you may be permanently disabled or face a lengthy recovery period. In either case, you may face various expenses related to your injuries. An Austin tailgating accident lawyer can manage your case, either through an insurance claim, personal injury lawsuit, or wrongful death action.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for details about how our team may help you seek the compensation you deserve.
AN AUSTIN TAILGATING ACCIDENT LAWYER IS YOUR LEGAL ADVOCATE
You may have mounting losses after your accident. A lawyer can take the necessary steps toward recovering compensation for your various collision-related expenses, which may mean initiating an insurance claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
You may have several reasons for wanting to hire a lawyer, including:
- You may be physically or cognitively impaired due to your accident.
- You find the prospect of handling an insurance claim or lawsuit distressing.
- You believe that a lawyer with a personal injury background could benefit your goals and interests.
- You believe that a lawyer could help protect your rights throughout the duration of your case.
You may have many reasons and motivations for hiring a lawyer. You may find that retaining an attorney allows you to focus on your health, family, and personal life while they fight for your legal rights. You can call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today to get started.
HOW YOUR LAWYER MAY SERVE YOU
A lawyer may handle several claim or lawsuit-related responsibilities for you. Their goal is to guide your tailgating accident case toward a favorable resolution.
Some of the duties that your lawyer may undertake on your behalf include:
- Interviewing witnesses to your accident and recording their accounts
- Gathering physical evidence from your accident
- Documenting the accident scene
- Documenting your injuries and required medical care
- Determining the value of your accident-related losses
- Hiring experts to provide testimony
- Handling all administrative aspects of your claim or lawsuit
- Negotiating a settlement
- Filing your lawsuit in court, if a pre-trial arrangement cannot be reached
A lawyer may also provide value by defending your rights, providing advice, and addressing your questions and concerns.
TYPES OF DAMAGES YOU COULD RECOVER
Recoverable damages for car accident cases vary per situation. You may be eligible to recover compensation for expenses that another claimant in a similar situation would not. Your lawyer will calculate not only the cost of your current expenses but those that have not occurred yet. They can do this by speaking with your health care team, reviewing your employment records, and analyzing the billing statements associated with your economic damages.
They will also evaluate the impact that the accident has had on your quality of life. You could be eligible for damages that you did not previously know about.
Some of the potential damages that you may receive from a settlement or judgment include:
- Lost income while you were injured and unable to work
- Diminished earning power
- Damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Impaired quality of life
If you have lost a loved one because of a tailgating motorist, then your lawyer will seek compensation for the decedent’s funeral expenses, medical bills, and loss of consortium.
CALL LONCAR LYON JENKINS TODAY TO LEARN MORE
We offer our legal services on a contingency-fee-basis. Depending on the outcome of your personal injury case, you may not have to pay us anything upfront or out of pocket for our legal aid. We get paid a portion of the settlement we recover for you. Otherwise, you are not responsible for our attorney’s fees.
Our team will fight for the compensation that you or a loved one deserve. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for more information about how hiring an Austin tailgating accident lawyer could serve you.