Injury Lawyer For Accidents Caused By Aggressive Driving In Dallas
In a city with as many people as Dallas has, traffic can be difficult to navigate. Though drivers are supposed to follow the rules of road safety laid out in Texas Transportation Code §545, some drivers decide to forsake safety and drive aggressively. Not only may this result in criminal charges in some cases, or traffic tickets, but it also can cause serious car wrecks that change the course of innocent people’s lives. Anyone injured in a car accident caused by aggressive driving should speak with experienced legal counsel for help getting the compensation they need.
If you are injured in such a crash, Pintas & Mullins, a Dallas car accident law firm, is ready to help you. We have worked on a large number of cases that span the gamut of injuries, with some of our previous clients have suffered such injuries as the following.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord trauma
- Loss of limb
- Broken bones
No case is too big or too impactful for our attorneys. Let us help you get the compensation that is owed to you.
Forms of Aggressive Driving
There are many ways in which an opposing driver may be responsible for your accident. Aggressive driving is fuzzily defined, but it includes a wide range of activities that are included below.
Perhaps the most obvious form of aggressive driving is speeding. Roads are built to safety standards that apply to specific speeds, and exceeding those speed limits can be dangerous. In these cases, the speeding driver may be found at-fault for the crash that their speeding causes.
The cause of your accident can be another form of aggressive driving: weaving in and out of traffic. According to Texas Transportation Code §545.104, drivers are required to use their turn signals to indicate a lane change. Weaving in and out of traffic usually means that the driver in question has failed to signal a lane change or fails to signal one in time for other drivers around them to react. This unpredictability can cause devastating crashes.
Another form of aggressive driving is tailgating, which is a term that denotes a failure to leave sufficient space between one car and the car in front of it. Drivers in Texas are required to keep a safe following distance, so failing to do so can mean that the driver is legally to blame for an accident caused by their inability to stop in time to avoid a collision with the car in front of them.
The Value of My Claim
Your claim’s value is determined by the amount of damages you suffered. While instances of severe negligence can result in additional compensation called “exemplary damages,” a typical claim will have two categories of damages: economic and non-economic.
The first category is filled with all of the damages you suffer that directly impact your finances. For example, they can include medical bills, the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle, wages lost as a result of your injury, and even the loss of future earning capacity due to a reduction in your motor function.
On the other end of the spectrum are those damages which are not financial in nature. Though they may not come with specific bills or receipts, nevertheless they should be compensated by the at-fault party. After all, their actions caused you to suffer these harms. Examples of non-economic damages are the emotional toll of becoming disfigured, loss of enjoyment in life, the physical pain you experience, loss of consortium with your spouse, and similar ills.
Fault’s Effect on My Claim
A final note must be made regarding the value of your compensation. In some cases, you may share some of the legal fault for your accident. Fortunately, Texas law allows you to recover damages even when that is the case. The system of proportionate responsibility used in Texas courts means that you can recover compensation as long as you are no more than 50% at-fault for the accident that caused your injuries. However, your total compensation package will be reduced by the same percentage as the percentage of fault attributed to you.
So, if you suffer $500,000 in damages but are found to be 10% responsible, you will be able to recover $450,000 instead of the full amount. Having a lawyer at your side can help you improve your chances as lowering your share of the blame and thus increasing your compensation.
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