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Seeking Compensation After a Car Accident: Know Your Rights

Seeking Compensation After a Car Accident: Know Your Rights

Traffic accidents—including car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents—continue to rank among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. In a populous city like Houston, as well as in the outlying communities of Texas, traffic accidents are a daily occurrence. When victims are injured in motor vehicle accidents that they did not cause, they have every legal right to pursue a recovery of their damages by filing a personal injury claim.

Situations in which victims can file these claims include accidents caused by:

  • Another driver's negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act
  • Drunk drivers and drivers impaired by controlled substances
  • Defective auto parts, including tires, brakes, and airbags
  • Defective roadways, signs, or traffic signals

Regardless of the precise cause of your auto accident, a Houston car accident lawyer from the Daspit Law Firm is prepared to respond immediately to your call for assistance. Attorney John Daspit, our firm's founding attorney, is equipped with extensive experience and considerable insight gained from working as a former insurance defense attorney. With these unique skills, he is able to effectively fight back against insurance corporations that attempt to pay victims as little as possible.

Houston Auto Accident Statistics

Notable statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation in 2012 include:

  • The fatality rate was 1.41 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
  • There were 3,399 fatalities, a 10.82% increase from deaths recorded in 2011.
  • 87,087 people suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident.
  • 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 35 minutes
  • 1 person was injured every 2 minutes, 17 seconds
  • 1 reportable crash occurred every 75 seconds

As alarming as these statistics may be, they serve to highlight the ever-present dangers motorists and pedestrians face when venturing onto Texas roads and highways. If you have been injured, you have the right to seek compensation.

What Types of Compensation Can Car Accident Victims Recover?

Compensation will always be a matter that varies from case to case, as each accident, injury, and victim is unique. As such, determining the value of your personal injury claim is a matter that should be handled personally by an experienced attorney. Generally, however, Texas courts will consider the following when awarding compensation to victims or their families:

Economic Damages
Courts will consider all financial damages that resulted directly from an accident and injury. These damages may include past and future medical expenses, lost work wages and future earning, funeral costs, and other necessary financial expenses.

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are damages that do not easily equate to monetary sums. Examples of the non-economic damages victims and families may be eligible to recover include compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment or quality of life, and the emotional injuries families suffer as the result of losing a loved one in a fatal accident.

Punitive Damages
In some car accident cases – but not all – victims and their families may also be awarded exemplary damages. Punitive damages are reserved for cases involving serious acts of negligence or misconduct, such as in drunk driving accidents.

Daspit Law Firm Is Ready to Help You Seek Justice

Ultimately, car accident victims and their families have the right to file a personal injury claim against the party that caused them harm. To best take advantage of this right and to give yourself the best possible chance of recovering the compensation you rightfully deserve, it is strongly encouraged that you work with legal representation capable of guiding you through the personal injury claim process. Learn more about your claim, the compensation you may be entitled to receive, and how a Houston personal injury attorney from the Daspit Law Firm can be of assistance by requesting a free case evaluation.

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