If you or a loved one were injured after another driver ran a red light, then you may be entitled to more compensation than the insurance company initially offers to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A Wichita Falls running a stop signal accident lawyer can help you pursue damages for your losses. That way, you can get the help you need to recover and heal after you suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligence. Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 to learn more and to receive your free consultation.
Understanding Accidents Involving Running a Stop Signal
When another driver runs a stop signal, you may not see them coming before it is too late. In an instant, you can suffer serious injuries that will have a long-term impact on the course of your life.
If the other driver was negligent and reckless, resulting in your injuries, you can file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of your attorney to recover damages. Before you take legal action, though, you may want to have some more context on how and why these types of accidents occur and how that might affect your case.
Causes of Running a Stop Signal Accidents
Every driver on the road in Texas has to understand traffic signals. According to the Texas Department of Public Health’s Texas Driver Handbook, drivers have to obey the tri-colored stoplights that govern traffic flow.
It is one of the first things drivers learn: green means go, yellow means caution, and red means stop. Nonetheless, people still speed and run through red lights, resulting in accidents that can cause serious injuries. So, what causes these kinds of accidents? There are potentially many factors that may contribute, including:
- Drunk or drug-impaired driving: Drivers who are under the influence have limited senses, reflexes, and decision-making skills. This means that they are more likely to not notice red lights, to not be able to slow down in time, or to decide to rush through the light against good judgment.
- Elderly drivers: Older drivers may have impaired vision that prevents them from seeing a red light or slowed reflexes that make it difficult for them to stop in time.
- Fatigued drivers: When a driver is sleepy, they may show similar symptoms to a drunk driver, with dulled reflexes and senses.
- Speeding: When a driver is speeding, they may not be able to stop in time and may even accelerate in order to get through the light, which can make a crash more severe.
- Road rage: Drivers in the grips of road rage may be speeding or making irrational decisions.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting, messing with the radio, or otherwise distracted are not able to pay adequate attention to traffic signals.
There are many ways in which someone’s negligence can result in an accident involving running a stop signal, putting them at fault for your injuries. We can explore how your accident occurred. Call (877) 239-4878 to speak to the Loncar Lyon Jenkins team.
Impacts of Running a Stop Signal Accidents
If you are injured by a driver who runs a red light, you can potentially suffer a variety of serious, life-altering injuries. Some examples for which you may be able to pursue compensation are as follows.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Car accidents can result in head trauma that causes brain bleeding, concussion, and even coma or death.
- Broken bones: Fractures can be painful and debilitating.
- Lacerations: Deep cuts can cause blood loss, painful scarring, and even organ damage.
- Internal injuries: In addition to lacerations, broken ribs and blunt trauma from a car accident can cause injuries to your other internal organs (spleen, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc.).
- Loss of limb: You may lose a limb on impact in severe crashes. Severe fractures may necessitate amputation.
- Back, neck, and spine injuries: Injuries to your spine can cause pain, limit your mobility, and result in paralysis.
There are many other serious injuries that can be caused by car accidents.
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Pursuing Compensation for Your Injuries in a Running a Stop Signal Accident Case
There are several types of compensatory damages that you may be able to recover with the help of a Wichita Falls running a stop signal accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins.
You can recover economic damages, which will help with the financial consequences of your injuries. Your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and out-of-pocket expenses are included under this category.
You may also be able to recover non-economic damages meant to compensate you for your mental, emotional, and quality of life losses. This category can include your physical pain, emotional agony, loss of enjoyment of life, and inability to participate in hobbies and day-to-day activities you once enjoyed.
How to Recover Damages
In order to recover damages, you and your lawyer will need to present a case that uses evidence to show that the other driver was at fault for the accident, and therefore responsible for your injuries.
However, this does not mean that the driver who ran the stoplight has to be 100% at fault for what happened. Sometimes, life is not black and white, and Texas law makes allowances for that.
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001, you only have to show that the parties you are suing were more at fault than you were. So, even if you believe you may be partially to blame for your accident, you may still be able to receive compensation.
How Loncar Lyon Jenkins Will Fight for You After an Accident
A Wichita Falls running a stop signal accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can be the Strong Arm after your accident. To learn about how we can help fight for compensation on your behalf, and to receive your free consultation, call us today at (877) 239-4878.