Amarillo Car Accident Lawyers Providing Outstanding Advocacy For Injury Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation for what you have endured.
At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP, our car accident attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury litigation, including cases involving motor vehicle accidents that resulted in catastrophic injuries. We have resolved hundreds of cases at trial and in out-of-court settlements. Contact us today to see how we can help you in the aftermath of a car accident.
Understanding Liability For Car Accidents In Texas
You have the right to recover compensatory damages if you suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver. In general, drivers are liable for negligence if they breach their duty to act like a reasonably prudent driver would act in similar circumstances.
The Texas Transportation Code contains provisions that regulate road traffic to ensure public safety. When a driver injures another person in an accident stemming from their violation of the Texas Transportation Code, the law considers that driver to be negligent per se.
Our law firm handles a wide variety of car accident cases, including:
- Trucking accidents
- Hit & run accidents
- Underinsured / uninsured motorist crashes
- Government liability for road conditions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Negligently maintained motor vehicles
With over 200 years of combined experience, our legal team knows what it takes to prove liability in a motor vehicle accident. If you have been seriously injured and are looking to recover full compensation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
A number of our attorneys are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our attorneys have also been named among America’s Top 100 Lawyers. To learn more about personal injury and car accidents in Texas, please see our Car Accident FAQ.
Common Causes Of Car Accidents
The causes of car accidents are nearly as varied as their effects, though many collisions can be attributed to some form of driver negligence. Some of the most common driver-related errors that cause collisions include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for weather conditions
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Changing lanes without checking blind spots
- Drowsy driving
Not all car accidents are caused by driver negligence, however. For example, a defectively manufactured tire could result in a blowout at high speeds, causing a collision. Other situations may involve a dangerous road condition such as a pothole, potentially exposing the local government agency to liability for any resulting injuries.
Understanding Compensation For Car Accident Victims In Texas
Individuals injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries. In legal terms, this compensation is known as “damages.” There are three different kinds of damages that you may pursue, depending on the circumstances of your case.
When you hear the term “economic damages,” it refers to losses that have a direct monetary value. For example, if you have to go to the hospital following any injury, you will receive a medical bill. The final total on the receipt is seen as the direct loss and is included in economic damages.
Other types of economic damages include the income you lose because you are unable to work, as well as the cost of property damage resulting from the crash.
Non-economic damages are often the most crucial part of a car accident case because non-economic damages award the injured party compensation for expenses not directly related to a monetary value. The idea behind non-economic damages is to compensate the injury victim for pain, suffering and other emotional and physical harm caused by the accident.
While many car accident settlements are negotiated with the insurance company outside of court, a car accident case that goes to trial relies on the jury and court to decide the exact monetary value of your pain and suffering. In both instances — negotiating outside of court and taking a case to trial — it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the maximum available compensation for your injuries.
In both Texas and New Mexico, punitive damages may be available to an accident victim under very specific circumstances. The law states that a person may be responsible for paying punitive damages when their actions are considered intentional or otherwise reckless. Punitive damages are not as common as economic and non-economic damages, and punitive damages, when they are awarded, are designed to punish the negligent party.
Don’t Wait. Contact Us Today.
The sooner we can get involved in your case, the sooner we can start fighting for you. Our attorneys have a long record of success in car accident and personal injury cases. For a free consultation, please call us in Amarillo at (806) 547-2022 or complete our contact form. We represent injury victims throughout the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.