Auto Accidents

Auto Accident Lawyers in Galveston, Houston, League City, and Texas City
Every year, over 3 million people are injured in auto accidents in the United States of which over 255,000 result in death or injury just in Texas alone. Automobile accidents can range from minor fender benders to serious head-on collisions leaving victims with life-threatening injuries.
Common Types and Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur at any time, and you may not always be able to see them coming. Some of the most common types of auto accidents include:
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Head-on auto accidents
  • Hit-and-run car crashes
  • Multi-car pile ups
  • Rollover accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • 18-wheeler accidents
  • DUI accidents
Some of the most common causes of vehicle accidents include:
  • Speeding
  • Failure to perform vehicle maintenance
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Driving too fast for
  • Following too closely
  • Distraction/inattention
  • Aggressive driving
  • Fatigue/falling asleep at the wheel
  • Illegal driving maneuver
  • Driving while intoxicated
Theories of Liability
Theories of liability help determine who is responsible for your injuries and the damage to your car. In certain cases, more than one theory of liability will apply and so multiple parties can be held responsible for your damages. The theories of liability that most commonly apply to car wreck cases are:

Negligence, or Direct Liability.

The most common cause of car accidents is negligence (also known as direct liability). When another driver operates their vehicle in an unsafe manner, their negligence may cause you to get into a car accident. Whether they’re speeding, following too closely, not paying attention, or engaging in another negligent behavior, they’re liable for your damages.

Respondeat Superior.

Respondeat Superior is the theory of liability that holds employers responsible for the actions of their employees. If you’re struck by an 18-wheeler, a crane, or company vehicle, you may be able to hold both the operator of the vehicle and their employer responsible for your damages.

Product Liability.

In certain cases, a faulty vehicle or part may contribute to or cause your accident. Faulty parts may also cause an increase in injuries, such as in the case of airbags not deploying. In these cases, the vehicle manufacturer may be held wholly or partially responsible for your car accident.
Common Car Accident Injuries
A car wreck can lead to a wide variety of severe injuries. These include:
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding
  • Paralysis
Car Accident Injury Damages
After an auto accident, there are several types of damages that you may be entitled to compensation for, including:

Damage to property.

You deserve to be compensated for any damage to your vehicle after you are in a car accident. In addition, you may also be able to receive compensation for any objects in your car that are damaged in the vehicle wreck.

Medical bills.

You’re likely to incur injuries after you’ve been in a car wreck. These injuries can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills, which you deserve to be recouped for.

Income loss.

As you recover from the injuries you sustain from a vehicle accident, you may lose income, which you deserve compensation for.

Pain and suffering.

Pain and suffering damages include any kind of physical or mental suffering that you experience after an accident.

Punitive damages.

In some cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages after a car wreck. These damages are designed to punish the entity or individual that caused your wreck for their reckless or negligent behavior.

Mental anguish.

If a loved one is killed in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the mental anguish that you suffer.
Our team of expert car accident attorneys do more than just represent your case in court. Apffel Legal, PLLC will help you determine who is liable for your injuries, what kinds of insurance claims to file, what damages you deserve compensation for and other important factors of your case. We will also deal with the insurance companies for you. Our experienced lawyers know how to work with the insurance companies so that they can’t manipulate you into receiving less compensation than you deserve.
If you’ve been in a car accident, contact our team at Apffel Legal, PLLC today to schedule your free car accident legal consultation.

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