If you or a loved one was recently injured in Lubbock due to a fellow driver who ran a stop signal and struck your vehicle, filing a personal injury lawsuit might be the appropriate legal route to take to get compensation for your damages.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, a Lubbock running a stop signal accident lawyer may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf if you are currently struggling with your injuries. There are a variety of injuries a person can suffer after a car accident, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second leading cause of TBI-related emergency department hospitalizations in 2014 was motor vehicle accidents. Other serious and life-threatening injuries may include spinal cord injuries, whiplash, neck injuries, back injuries, and concussions.
If you have not visited a doctor yet after being injured in a car accident and are considering taking legal recourse measures against the driver who hit you, speak with your doctor as soon as possible. This will help ensure you are not faced with any life-threatening injuries that may go unnoticed. Additionally, medical records may be required as evidence when building a personal injury case, as they contain proof that you suffered related injuries to your motor vehicle accident.
To learn more about how Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you build a personal injury lawsuit, call our law firm today at 877-239-4878. You can speak with a member of our legal team about what legal options you have to pursue compensation from an at-fault driver.
Motor Vehicle Accident Rates are High in Lubbock County, Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), approximately 7,257 motor vehicle accidents took place in Lubbock County back in 2018. Of these crashes, 108 were suspected of serious injuries, along with approximately 702 non-incapacity injuries. In 2018, the TxDOT also found that there were exactly 24 fatal crashes in Lubbock County.
From a state-wide perspective, the TxDOT found that, in 2018, one person was killed every two hours and 24 minutes in Texas. Additionally, one person was injured every two minutes and seven seconds from a motor vehicle accident. There were also approximately 12,186 serious injury crashes back in 2018 throughout the Lone Star State. Those crashes led to 14,937 people suffering a serious injury that same year.
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Identifying Negligence and Liability
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), the basis for most personal injury claims is negligence. The Legal Information Institute (LII) lists four elements of negligence, which must be proven against the defendant when you file a personal injury claim under this basis. The four elements include:
- A duty of care: The defendant owed a duty of care to not cause harm to the plaintiff.
- A breach in their duty of care: The defendant failed to upkeep their duty of care either through their actions or refusal to act in a way that would prevent harm.
- Causation: The breach led to the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.
- Damages: There is proof that the plaintiff suffered injuries and other damages as a direct result of the defendant’s negligence.
Once you establish negligence, you can begin to pinpoint liability during a personal injury lawsuit involving motor vehicle accidents.
The ABA also addresses an example of liability during motor vehicle personal injury lawsuits. They state that if a driver is found negligent in an accident, they may be held liable for the victim’s damages and injuries.
As the ABA suggests, a negligent driver’s liability “stems from careless or thoughtless conduct or a failure to act when a reasonable person would have acted.”
If you were recently injured in a car accident caused by a driver who ran a stop signal, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. A Lubbock running a stop signal accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins may help you determine a value for compensation, prove negligence existed, and address liability in your case.
For a free case review with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, call our law firm today at 877-239-4878.
Monetizing Your Losses Requires Factoring All of Your Damages
Once you prove negligence and identify the liable party, you must consider adding up all of your damages. By monetizing your damages, you can present your total losses to the defendant, their insurance provider, or their legal team when you begin settlement negotiations with them.
For you to monetize your damages, you may start with your medical costs, which could be both current or future expenses. Your medical costs may include surgeries, ambulance transportation, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and medications.
Additionally, you may have missed time away from work to heal and recover from your car accident injuries. Fortunately, a personal injury lawsuit may be able to include these losses into your settlement package as well.
Other damages you may look to monetize when building a personal injury settlement package may include the following:
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Limited earning capacity
- Emotional distress
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Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today to Begin a Free Case Review
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, a Lubbock running a stop signal accident lawyer can help you potentially figure your total damages and help you fight for justice in or out of court against the at-fault party. If you are struggling to gather vital evidence that would prove negligence existed against the driver who ran the stop signal and caused your accident, Loncar Lyon Jenkins may also be able to help you gather this information.
To begin working with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, call our personal injury law firm today at 877-239-4878.