One person is injured in Texas every 2 minutes and 17 seconds in a motor vehicle accident, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Few parts of the United States are flatter than West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Flat, open roads and highways such as I-27, I-20, I-40, and Loop 289 lend a false sense of security and can lead drivers to “safe speeding” and “highway hypnosis.”
Being in close proximity to Texas Tech University or Eastern New Mexico State University compounds travel dangers with inexperienced and sometimes drunk college students on the road.
If you were in an accident that was caused by negligence, you should not be left footing the bill for your injuries and property damage. You need the guidance of a knowledgeable Lubbock auto accident lawyer to make sure that your legal rights and financial future are protected.
The National Center for Health Statistics Report
- Head on Collision: When two vehicles hit each other each on, the injuries are often very severe in nature and can even be fatal.
- Sideswipe: A side swipe happens when two cars make side-to-side contact. Common injuries are minor cuts and bruises, broken bones or even soft tissue injuries. They can be a more serious if one of the vehicles is forced off the roadway because of the impact.
- Fender bender: These types of accidents happen when two cars lightly bump into each other while traveling at a slow rate of speed. Even with a minor accident, injuries such as soft tissue damage, contusions or even whiplash can occur.
- Rear End Collision: When someone hits your vehicle from behind, most of the damage that occurs to your body comes as a result of the sudden unexpected jolt that you receive. It is very common to sustain such injuries as severe whiplash, spinal damage, soft tissue damage, broken bones, cuts.
- Side Collision: This is an accident where your car is hit in the side by another vehicle that is usually traveling at a significant rate of speed; it is usually much more severe and violent than a side swipe. It is sometimes called being ‘T-boned’. Some of the typical injuries that result from this type of accident are severe spinal injuries, head and brain trauma, broken bones, soft tissue damage and they have the potential to cause fatalities too.
- Rollover: Any time a vehicle barrel rolls or turns upside down on its roof, there is the real potential of a variety of very serious injuries or even wrongful death.
- Medical Expenses: These are medical and emergency expenses that directly result from the accident. They include such things as doctors’ bills, surgery, emergency room charges, ambulance fees, physical therapy costs, medicines, diagnostic tests, and any other injury related expenses.
- Disability: These are long-term effects from an accident that affect such things as future earning power and the ability to function independently. Examples of these are the loss of a limb, paralyzation and brain injuries.
- Pain and Suffering: This type of compensation results from a change in your quality of life due to an accident. You might suffer from such things as permanent severe migraine headaches from a head injury or have anxiety/panic disorders as a result of post-accident stress.
- Lost Wages: This type of compensation are awarded based on the fact that you missed work while recovering from injuries received in an accident or it has affected your ability to work in the future.
- Loss of Affection or Companionship: This is a form of restitution that is more difficult to prove, but it is very valid claim nonetheless. They stem from such things as the emotional loss of a loved one due to a fatal injury or an injury that results in the affected person neither being able to give or receive emotional or physical affection in a relationship.
This is where the claim and lawsuit process starts. It is the filing of the legal claim with the court system. The claim will be made up of such things as naming the defendants, statement of the actual claim itself, summation of supporting facts, and the amount of restitution you will seek in the lawsuit.
This is the legal process of notifying the defendant(s) in a lawsuit. The summons will state your claim, the court date, the court location, the default date and other pertinent facts relating to the claim you make against the defendant(s).
As it says, this is the defendants’ answer to your legal claim. At this point there are a few different things that can happen in the case; the defendant may file a counter-claim against you to try and deny liability, the defendant might introduce a third party into the lawsuit to try and absolve themselves of blame, or another person may join the lawsuit on a cross claim.
Before the trial phase of the lawsuit, both sides will most likely try to come to a settlement agreement to avoid having the matter go to court. There may be several proposals sent back and forth to accomplish this. Most lawsuits don’t go beyond this stage.
If the settlement phase did not produce a resolution to the matter, then next step in the process will be the actual trial. Both sides will present their evidence and support for their side of the claim to the judge and jury. This will result in a verdict in favor of you or the defendants and the amount of restitution granted if there is any.
If one party does not agree with the verdict, they have the right to try and appeal the matter to a higher court.
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