If you were injured in an accident with a driver who disobeyed a traffic signal, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A Houston car accident lawyer experienced with failure to obey traffic signals from Loncar Lyon Jenkins may be able to help you pursue payment for your lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Our Houston personal injury lawyers also work on a contingency-fee-basis. Even if you do not think that you can afford a lawyer, in this type of payment structure, you do not owe us anything until your case is resolved. To call in the Strong Arm, dial (877) 239-4878.
ESTABLISHING FAULT FOR YOUR TEXAS MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Traffic signals help organize and control the flow of vehicles. This includes stoplights, pedestrian signals, flashing beacons, bridge crossing warnings, and other indicators present at intersections that help manage traffic.
To establish fault for your accident, you will need to show that the other driver caused your collision due to negligence. Even if you believe that you may be partially at fault for the accident, that does not preclude you from pursuing compensation for your damages.
Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility statute, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §33.001, you can recover compensation as long as your portion of fault does not exceed 50%. A Houston accident caused by failure to obey traffic signals lawyer can help you sort through the evidence to determine who is at fault for your damages. From there, they can explain your legal options and help you pursue compensation.
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POSSIBLE CAUSES OF YOUR ACCIDENT
There are many potential reasons why a driver might disobey a traffic signal.
Your collision may have been the result of:
- Road rage. Anger can cause impatient behavior and poor decision making, leading to accidents at intersections.
- Poor vision. Vision impaired drivers may not be able to notice or correctly interpret a traffic signal, putting those around them at risk of harm.
- Speeding. When exceeding the speed limit, a driver may not be able to slow down in time to stop at an intersection, leading them to run a red light.
- Distracted driving. Drivers who fail to pay attention while driving are more likely to miss or ignore traffic signals.
- Drunk or drug-impaired driving. Drivers who are under the influence have poor vision and delayed reaction times, making it difficult to obey traffic signals.
A lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can examine the cause of your accident and implement a plan of action accordingly. To speak with a member of our team at no cost to you, dial (877) 239-4878.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A FAILURE TO OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNAL ACCIDENT
There are some things you can do after an accident to protect your rights if you want to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Before we get into specifics, you should consider getting evaluated by a doctor if you have not already done so. The information you get from your health care team could be used to tie your injuries to the collision.
You should always follow through with your doctor’s recommended course of treatment as well. You do not want to give the other party or their insurer the chance to doubt the severity of your condition.
YOU SHOULD FILE AN ACCIDENT REPORT
Per Texas Transportation Code §550.062, you are required to file an accident report if your collision resulted in any injuries, deaths, or apparent property damage that costs $1,000 or more. By filing an accident report, you start a paper trail that can prove how your accident happened and who was involved.
YOU SHOULD DOCUMENT YOUR INJURIES AND LOSSES
In addition to filing an accident report, it can be a good idea to gather your own evidence as well. Take pictures of your injuries, the damaged vehicles, and the accident scene. Photographic evidence can help your lawyer assign fault and liability for your losses.
DO NOT TALK TO THE OTHER DRIVER OR THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY
Shortly after the accident, the other driver may try to contact you personally. They may try to offer you money and discourage you from reporting the incident to the insurance company. Additionally, the liable insurer may ask you to give a recorded statement, which can be later used against you. You should allow your lawyer to handle the communications involved in your case. They can speak to the at-fault driver and their insurer so that you can recover from your injuries.
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COMPENSABLE DAMAGES IN YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE
Your attorney’s goal is to secure compensation on your behalf. They can estimate the cost of your collision-related losses so that you do not accept an unfair settlement offer from the insurance company.
Some of your damages may include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired quality of life
- Lost income
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Property damage costs
Your lawyer may be able to settle your case through out-of-court negotiations or a lawsuit.
BRING IN THE STRONG ARM WITH LONCAR LYON JENKINS
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our personal injury lawyers will apply their experience both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. We want to get the best outcome for you and your family. We are committed to protecting your rights, all while treating you with the dignity you deserve as you recover from your injuries.
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you generally have two years after an incident to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. To get started with a free consultation, reach out to Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (877) 239-4878 today. Learn how a Houston accident caused by failure to obey traffic signals lawyer can fight for you.