When you or your loved ones are injured due to another driver negligently running a stop signal, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Negligent Driving Can Cause Stop Signal Accidents
According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), many crashes result from drivers disregarding stop signs, lights, and signals. These accidents happen in rural and urban Texas, and many of them resulted in serious injuries or even fatalities.
These accidents happen at a basic level when a driver negligently disregards the traffic signals we all use to keep ourselves safe on the road. However, there are many possible reasons why a driver may run a stoplight. Some of the more common causes are as follows.
Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving
When a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their senses and reflexes may be negatively affected. This can lead to drivers not noticing hazards or having dulled reaction times to situations that arise on the road.
Drivers under the influence may fail to notice a red light or be unable to stop in time. Some even may make reckless choices like deciding to speed through a stop signal.
Distracted driving is caused by anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving has been on the rise with the ubiquity of smartphones.
Distractions can include texting, calling, web browsing, messing with the radio or GPS, eating, looking at a map, or anything else that could cause a driver to not see a red light until it is too late.
Fatigue has been shown to have similar effects on the body as alcohol. Dulled senses, slow reflexes, and a cloudy head can all affect a drowsy driver’s ability to see and respond to traffic signals in a timely manner.
Drivers can become fatigued if they have not gotten enough sleep, either the night before or over a span of days. Additionally, performing monotonous tasks (like driving too long) can make a person drowsy regardless of the amount and quality of sleep they get.
Drivers traveling over the speed limit may have difficulty slowing down and stopping at a traffic signal. People speed for a variety of reasons, but no matter the reason, they are trying to get where they are going—fast. This may lead speeders to make reckless and unsafe driving choices like intentionally running a red light to save time, thus causing an accident.
In addition to these common causes of stop signal accidents, there may be many other circumstances where another driver’s negligence leaves you entitled to compensation for your injuries. To find out if what happened to you qualifies, contact a Plano running a stop signal accident lawyer who can review your case.
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Injuries You Can Sue for in a Stop Signal Accident
Stop signal accidents can result in dangerous crashes that can leave you and your loved ones seriously injured. Here are some of the common injuries caused by these accidents for which you may seek compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when the head is struck forcefully, causing damage to the brain. TBI can take many forms. Some TBIs result in a minor concussion, while others can be life-threatening. Brain bleeds, loss of consciousness, coma, and even death can all result from a traumatic brain injury.
Spinal Cord and Nerve Damage
Damage to the spinal cord and nerves can cause a loss of sensation and function in parts of the body. This paralysis can be temporary and recoverable, or it may be permanent.
Car accident victims may suffer from paraplegia—the paralysis of the lower body—or quadriplegia—the paralysis of the lower and upper body. The extent and nature of the injuries are largely determined by the severity and location of the damage to the spinal cord.
Back and Neck Injuries
Damage to the muscles and tendons of the back and neck can result in debilitating pain. Some of these injuries may make it impossible for you to work or go about your day-to-day life, and some may even develop into chronic conditions requiring ongoing medical care. Whiplash, caused by the head jerking backward and forward in a violent motion, is particularly common with car accidents.
Serious crashes can cause internal injuries and organ damage. These injuries may require surgery to repair damage and stop internal bleeding. In severe cases, a transplant may even be necessary. Some common internal injuries from car crashes include the following: broken ribs, ruptured spleen, punctured lung, and injured kidneys and liver.
In addition to these injuries, you may suffer other serious injuries that have a long-term impact on your health, happiness, and ability to go about your life. Injuries that make it difficult or impossible to work, find work in the future, and participate in the activities you once enjoyed may be compensated through a personal injury lawsuit.
Abiding by the Statute of Limitations
Your time is limited. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, the statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury lawsuit is generally two years.
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Seeking Compensation with an Attorney After a Stop Signal Accident
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury after being involved in a stop signal accident, the personal injury lawyers from Loncar Lyon Jenkins may be able to help you recover damages to cover your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering. A Plano running a stop signal accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins will be a Strong Arm guiding you through the process of recovering compensation after an accident leaves you hurt. Contact us today at (877) 239-4878 to receive your free consultation and to learn how we will fight for what you need and deserve.