After an accident, you could be facing serious injuries. You could be missing income from work at a time when you have high medical bills and other accident-related expenses. However, keep in mind that you may be able to seek compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.
Proving Negligence Led to Your Wrong-Way Accident
If someone else’s mistakes led to your accident and injuries, you might be able to hold them liable. Several forms of driver negligence may have led to your wrong-way accident, including:
- Distracted driving, including texting or talking to passengers
- Driving under the influence
- Illegal maneuvers
- Road rage or aggression
- Ignoring or disobeying roadway signage
In some cases, wrong-way accidents may be due to limited visibility, which could result from poor weather conditions or driving at night. No matter what the reason, if another driver’s negligence caused your accident, a lawyer may be able to build a case for the other driver’s fault. If a police officer issued a ticket for wrong-way driving or even ticketed the driver for multiple violations, a lawyer could use this as evidence in your case.
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Common Injuries and Losses that Result from Wrong-Way Accidents
Due to the high speeds and forces involved in wrong-way accidents, these kinds of collisions can be especially devastating. Some of the common forms of injuries that may result include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
After you’ve been in an accident, we recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. That way, you can begin diagnosing and treating any injuries immediately, avoiding any potential complications that could result from waiting too long to seek care. Moreover, when you document your injuries, you have a record of your losses and costs to show to an insurance provider when you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Some injuries may take time to appear, so it is important to continue to monitor any symptoms in the days following your accident and seek care as they arise. Due to the forces involved in wrong-way accidents, the jolting of the head can lead to whiplash, which can take several days for symptoms to appear, according to the Mayo Clinic.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Fight for Compensation
After an accident, you could be overwhelmed with costs and the requirements of treating your injuries. If you sustained severe injuries such as a TBI or a spinal cord injury, you could be facing hospitalizations and ongoing rehabilitation.
You don’t have to be alone in fighting for the compensation you need to heal and recover from the accident. A Plano wrong-way accident lawyer can be with you through every step of the process of your case. You can speak with a representative from Loncar Lyon Jenkins to learn how we may be able to help.
Calculating Your Losses and Presenting Your Case for Compensation
Your losses from the accident may seem relatively straightforward to you, as your medical costs may have a very clear number attached to them. However, there are forms of compensation that you may be able to seek that go beyond the cost of your medical expenses. Depending on the situation of your case, this may include less tangible forms of losses, such as pain and suffering.
Among the medical expenses that you may be able to claim include:
- Emergency room visits
- Medical equipment costs, including braces or wheelchairs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Visits to doctors
- Counseling sessions
Less tangible forms of losses may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages, in the event you lost a loved one in an accident
- Loss of consortium (or loss of companionship)
A lawyer can help you calculate your losses, as you may be entitled to seek a higher amount than you think. A lawyer can also collect documentation to demonstrate that the other driver should be responsible for your costs and losses. To do so, they may use your medical records, accident reports, witness statements, expert testimony, and more.
Communicating with the Insurance Company
After an accident, you may have to communicate and negotiate with an insurance company. While you may feel that your injuries are clear, it may take time and effort to settle on a fair amount of compensation through the other driver’s insurance provider.
You don’t have to answer mail or phone calls from an insurance company. A lawyer can handle every part of this process for you, ensuring that someone represents your side of the story. If an insurance provider refuses to settle for a fair amount or attempts to deny your claim outright, a lawyer can take your case to court.
Keeping You Informed of State or Local Laws that Apply to Your Case
Texas operates according to a system of shared fault, known as modified comparative negligence. According to Texas laws, your compensation may be reduced according to your percentage of fault for the accident. For instance, if you were found to be 10% at fault, the amount of compensation you can receive will be reduced by 10%.
A lawyer can help you understand how shared fault laws may affect your case and the compensation you may be able to seek.
Additionally, if you need to file a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit, you have a limited amount of time to do so. You have two years to begin the process, according to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003. Your lawyer can tell you about any other state or local laws that may apply to your circumstances and can ensure that your case is on track to meet any important deadlines.
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Call an Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
You don’t have to be alone in interpreting Texas law, collecting evidence of your injuries, dealing with insurance companies, and filing a claim. Your Plano wrong-way accident lawyer can take care of this process for you. Call a representative from Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (877) 239-4878 to learn more about how we can fight for your case and seek compensation for you.