We Know El Paso—and We Work Hard to Get Victims the Compensation They Deserve
El Paso is a fantastic border city along the famed Rio Grande River. It’s a great place to live or visit, providing residents and tourists alike with plenty of things to do. With top-notch schools, museums, and other educational and cultural opportunities, El Paso is a great place to raise a family. Many people have figured this out, and with El Paso’s population rising to one million, you have certainly noticed more and more traffic on its streets and highways.
If you were in a car accident in El Paso, you may have suffered injuries, you may have questions about what to do next, and you may not even know where to start. Please know that we offer a FREE consultation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us right now at 800-898-4877, or . There is NO cost to get a free consultation right now. If you decide to hire us, you pay us nothing up front, and you will pay absolutely nothing at all unless and until we’ve won your case.
With more than 20 years of experience and thousands of victories under our belts, our team of El Paso attorneys will leave no stone unturned to get you the most possible compensation for your injuries. Furthermore, we are one of the highest rated major personal injury law firms in the state, and we take pride in treating our clients like family—so contact us right now.
Car Accidents in El Paso
If you are like most people in the El Paso area, when you drive, walk, or bicycle around the city, you do not actively think about your risk of a serious accident. Unfortunately, these incidents are shockingly common and can turn your life upside down when you least expect it. The Texas Department of Transportation gathered for El Paso:
- Total reported crashes: 16,345
- Possible injuries: 3,998
- Reported non-incapacitating injuries: 1,453
- Reported incapacitating injuries: 244
- Fatalities: 47
Do not simply put this unpleasant topic out of your mind—forewarned is forearmed. If you already suffered injuries in a car accident that another driver’s negligence caused, you’re no doubt rattled, which is normal and natural. There are, however, specific things that you can do to protect your rights in a car accident claim.
One topic that may prove less pleasant than car accidents is car insurance. If another driver’s negligence injured you, however, you’re going to have insurance companies in your future. The most important facet of insurance companies to keep in mind is that they are in the business of making money and not in the business of making your just compensation their primary concern. It’s as simple as that. No matter how many advertising dollars they may spend to convince you otherwise, insurance companies are ready, willing, and able to trip you on your own words in the aftermath of an already-upsetting situation.
What to Know About Car Accident Claims
If someone else’s negligence injured you in a car accident, you’re no doubt feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. That’s where your experienced car accident lawyer comes into play. While you’re not obligated to provide a recorded statement to the insurance company—and are well advised not to—your dedicated car accident attorney can help you pick up the pieces after such an event and navigate your claim toward its best possible resolution. Car accidents are always brutal, but your car accident attorney will help protect your rights and your rightful compensation. Allow your attorney to share any necessary information with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
While you may need to provide your insurance company with an official statement about the car accident, your attorney will coach you on how best to proceed. It’s in your best interest to provide truthful and succinct answers to their exact questions, and not let your emotions get the better of you. Yes, every car accident—no matter how minor—is upsetting, but that doesn’t mean you need to share your innermost feelings with the car insurance company. Your experienced car accident attorney will guide you through this often-difficult process.
Driver Negligence in El Paso
Driver negligence plays an outsized role in causing car accidents, and while drivers can get creative when it comes to accidents, several common causes often play a role:
Driving under the influence of alcohol. While it may seem ridiculous to need to mention the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol, drivers out there still don’t seem to have received the memo. Alcohol dulls drivers’ reaction times, offsets their good judgment (as evidenced by their decision to drive in the first place), and obscures their peripheral vision. Put simply, impaired drivers are dangerous.
Driving while distracted. Distracted drivers are no safer than impaired drivers. Our lives feel harried—and continue to feel more so—but when we get behind the wheel, we take on the obligation to put all of that on hold. Driving is an immense responsibility that requires our utmost concentration, and drivers who neglect to focus necessary attention on their driving endanger everyone on the road.
The most egregious form of distracted driving is smartphone use. The meteoric rise of the smartphone has provided drivers with an all-encompassing distraction that never seems to get old. In fact, interacting with a smartphone distracts drivers in every official method of distraction (visual, manual, and cognitive). We’ve all witnessed drivers who observed their phones rather than the road, and the number of these drivers is on the rise. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers.
Aggressive driving. When it comes to safe driving, there’s no place for aggression. Driving is no time to take out your frustrations or disappointments. Driving is a complex task that demands our utmost concentration and emotional control, and aggressive drivers often cause deadly accidents. While it’s difficult to adequately define aggressive driving, aggressive drivers typically engage in a combination of dangerous driving habits, rather than simply sticking to one. Furthermore, aggressive driving comes in a variety of forms:
- Driving erratically, which can include passing on the shoulder; ignoring traffic signs, signals, and lights; failing to yield safely and as directed; and randomly slowing or stopping a vehicle
- Focusing one’s anger on other drivers by honking incessantly, flashing headlights, screaming, and gesturing obscenely
Speeding. You learned it in driver’s ed, but it’s just as pertinent today—speed kills. Many drivers take to their vehicles with the outdated belief that the speed at which they drive is a personal choice that’s theirs to make. On the contrary, drivers who choose to exceed the speed limit make choices that put other people’s safety on the line.
In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety places speeding squarely at the top of the heap when it comes to modes of dangerous aggressive driving. Furthermore, AAA forwards the statistic that speeding plays a critical role in a full third of traffic fatalities—a truly sobering fact. Aggressive drivers—including drivers who speed—are dangerous drivers, and when you spot one on the road, steer clear. If you think the situation warrants intervention, contact the authorities when it’s safe to do so. You could help to prevent a dangerous accident from occurring in the first place.
A more serious accident that leads to more substantial injuries can devastate its victims. Certain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and serious burns, are difficult from which to recover. Exorbitantly expensive and physically damaging, these injuries also tend to leave significant psychological effects that can prove even more difficult to overcome.
If you sustained a significant injury in a car accident that another driver’s negligence caused, it’s time to consult an experienced car accident attorney. While no amount of legal compensation can ever return you to your pre-injury health, just compensation can provide you with the means to continue to navigate your journey toward healing. Your recovery is far too important to leave to chance—or to the insurance company’s discretion.
Even a minor car accident can set you back a significant chunk of change, and when things turn more serious, the vast expenses can result in costs for:
- Emergency transportation and treatments
- Surgeries and aftercare
- Doctor, specialist, and therapist visits, treatments, and care
- Ongoing and follow-up treatments and care
- Prescription medications
- Adaptive physical devices
- Home adaptations
- Home healthcare
This list, however, only examines the medical expenses. Serious car accidents typically lead to lost wages and even to diminished earning capacity, which can add up to exorbitant losses. This, however, doesn’t touch on the personal pain and suffering that’s so closely related to serious car accidents and serious injuries.
Evidence in Your Case
Car accidents are upsetting, dangerous, overwhelming, and costly. One important step you can take to better protect your rights and rightful compensation is to collect evidence at the scene of the accident. If you cannot, enlist a bystander to get the job done. Don’t neglect these forms of evidence:
- Smartphone pictures and videos of the accident scene that capture every angle and every relevant detail.
- Eyewitness accounts and contact information.
- All pertinent documentation, including police reports, medical bills and reports, and damage estimates.
- A sketch of the scene that tells a visual story of what happened when and where. (Include all the details that you can.)
- A written narrative that describes the accident in full detail and in your own words. (Jot this down as soon after the accident as you’re able—the confusion and turmoil of an accident can quickly muddle your memories.)
Contact an El Paso Car Accident Law Firm Today
If you were injured in an accident that another driver’s negligence caused, you need an experienced car accident attorney. If you take nothing else away from this overview, remember that. The Law Office of Stewart J. Guss will help resolve your claim justly and fairly, and we will move mountains to help you get the compensation you deserve. You don’t pay anything unless you receive compensation, so please call 800-898-4877 or contact us online today!
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