If you have been injured in a street racing accident, you already know that street racing is a dangerous activity that can have severe, irreversible consequences. An El Paso street racing accident lawyer may be able to help you build your case, fight for your rights, and much more. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins at 800-777-7777 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.
Street Racing is Illegal in El Paso
Driving is a commonplace activity, but it comes with serious responsibilities. Texas has numerous rules regarding how drivers should behave behind the wheel, as described in Texas Transportation Code § 545. The code makes it illegal to:
- Speed: this refers not only to following the posted speed limit, but also to using your own best judgment. You must pay attention to your surroundings and maintain a speed appropriate to the circumstances.
- Engage in reckless driving: anyone whose driving speed or style endangers others or their property is violating this law.
- Use highways for racing: the code specifically forbids car drag racing and competitions of any sort.
Unfortunately, not everyone takes these responsibilities seriously. Drivers who fail to follow these rules put themselves and everyone around them at risk.
If you or a loved one were injured in a street racing accident, Loncar Lyon Jenkins may be able to help. Our firm has many years of experience in representing personal injury cases. Call the office at 800-777-7777 so we can put that experience to work for you.
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Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If you sue for compensation, your claims will likely fall into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are compensation for financial losses suffered due to the accident. Noneconomic damages are compensation for physical and mental losses. Both can be applied to personal injury and wrongful death cases, as described below.
In personal injury cases, economic damages may include:
- Loss of wages: you were forced to take time off from work to recover from accident-related injuries.
- Loss of earning capacity: your injury resulted in a permanent disability or impairment that prevents you from earning or working as much as you did before.
- Medical bills: your injury required a trip to the hospital, prescription medications, physical therapy, and/or other forms of medical treatment.
Noneconomic damages may include:
- Loss of consortium: your injury has impaired your ability to have a healthy sexual relationship with your spouse.
- Pain and suffering: your injury caused you physical or mental anguish, either temporarily or permanently.
- Disfigurement: your injury left you with a scar that will never heal.
Some of the damages that apply to personal injury suits, such as medical bills, may also apply to wrongful death suits. In addition to these damages, there are damages specific to wrongful death cases that you may be entitled to.
In wrongful death cases, economic damages may include:
- Funeral expenses: you had to pay for your loved one’s burial and/or funeral services.
- Loss of financial support: you were financially dependent on the deceased, so their death has led to financial hardship.
Noneconomic damages may include:
- Loss of companionship: your loved one’s untimely death has left you without their love, attention, and care. Spouses, children, and other close relatives may all file for loss of companionship or similar damages.
Bear in mind that the above is not an inclusive list. Other kinds of economic and noneconomic damages exist. A lawyer may be able to give you a more complete picture of which ones may apply to your case and how much you should ask for each.
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What an El Paso Street Racing Accident Lawyer May Do for You
After a street racing accident, there are certain things that only you can do. Only you can seek medical attention and send your car, if it was damaged or wrecked, for repairs. Both of these actions create a paper trail of harm done in the accident, which can strengthen your claims down the line.
In terms of receiving damages, if you decide to file a lawsuit, you must do so in a timely manner. A statute of limitations is any law that places a limit on how much time you have to file a lawsuit. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 sets the statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases at two years.
Once you decide to file, we can take over your case. The lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins have represented clients who were involved in all kinds of car accidents. We know how to handle such cases and increase your chances of receiving compensation. We can do this by:
- Listening to you: during your free case review, we will evaluate your case and tell you honestly if your claim is strong enough to have a chance.
- Collecting evidence: it is up to you (and your lawyer) to put together a convincing case. Potential evidence may include medical records, repair bills, eyewitness testimony, and more.
- Communicating with other parties: you do not have to talk directly to any of the other parties involved in the case. We will respond to all communications from the defendant, their lawyer, and their insurance company.
- Going to trial: we will, of course, negotiate hard to get the compensation you deserve. But if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we are willing and able to take the case to trial.
Not sure where to go from here? Call in the Strong Arm. An El Paso street racing accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can advise you on what your next move should be. Call our office at 800-777-7777. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you do not have to pay us unless and until you receive compensation.