Car Accident Information
Last Updated on July 31st, 2017
Motor Vehicle Accidents – An Overview
If you are involved in a Texas car accident, and you feel that it was caused by the negligence of the other driver, then you may have cause for a lawsuit.
Negligence in Texas is determined to be a factor based on â€œproper lookoutâ€.Â This means that every driver on the road must observe all circumstances of driving in order to prevent an automobile accident.Â The failure of a driver to pay attention to the road and other drivers can result in a car accident because of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for harm to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
You may need the help of a lawyer in order to prove that the other driver was negligent if you were involved in an automobile accident in Texas. This can be a complex issue, especially if the accident resulted in serious injury to you or a passenger in your vehicle. You also have to prove that you suffered bodily injury in the accident and if you choose to deal with the insurance company on your own, you may have difficulty receiving the compensation which you deserve. Â Lawyers are more skilled at and are better equipped to sue for compensation in a car accident.
The damages that you can sue for in a Texas car accident case include:
- Loss of income because you are unable to work, permanently or for a period of time
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Non-economic compensation, such as for pain and suffering.
The court may reduce the amount of your claim if the other driver claims that you are also responsible for the car accident, which is why you need the services of an experienced auto accident lawyer.
Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests.
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Something to Think About
Last Updated on July 31st, 2017
Here is a reprint of a Dear Abby column:
Recently, a man ran a stop sign, rammed my car and left me with a broken back.Â From that I learned what a dim view insurance companies have of homemakers.Â When asked if I was losing time at work, I answered with an honest “yes.”Â Then came the question, “What do you do?”Â When I replied that I am a housewife, I learned there was no coverage because what I do isn’t considered “work.”
Abby’s answer goes on to explain how the founder of USA Today wrote an article on the value of stay-at-home moms concluding that stay-at-home moms work “an average of 91.6 hours a week … worth $143,121 annually” based on their roles as housekeeper, laundry machine operator, janitor, computer operator, facilities manager, psychologist, and family CEO.
Of course, from a legal point of view, Abby’s answer falls far short.Â The question really is what is her lost earning capacity and how much did they have to pay to replace her.Â In other words, she could make a claim by hiring someone to do all the work she does and asking for reimbursement.