If you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence in a traffic accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other negligence-based incident, you face a challenging road forward without the compensation to pay for it. The law recognizes your right to compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses, and an experienced Midland personal injury lawyer at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers is standing by to help protect your legal rights and pursue your rightful compensation.
We are a national law firm based in Texas with multiple offices around the country. We also work with affiliate law firms in most states that share our focus and dedication to excellence. No matter where you are located, we may be able to help you, so call or contact us now. We are open, for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by clicking here to submit your case for review.
Injuries Can Happen in Midland
Midland, Texas, is known as The Tall City, and it’s the business HQ of Permian Basin, which is the nation’s largest oil production region.
Midland sees its fair share of traffic and traffic accidents, and some of the most accident-prone intersections include:
- Loop 250 and 191 are busy day and night
- Andrews Highway at Golf Course Road
- Loop 250 at Midland Drive
- Wadley at Big Spring Street
- Wadley at Midland Drive
Traffic accidents of every stripe are often at the heart of personal injury claims, and they can be severe. The veteran personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers in Midlands dedicate their impressive practice to helping those injured in all kinds of negligence-based accidents recover their full range of losses and are here for you too.
Common Personal Injury Claims
No two personal injury claims are ever precisely the same—each has unique circumstances and trajectories—but most fall into these basic categories:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bike accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Slip and fall accidents and other premises liability claims
Additionally, wrongful death claims and claims that stem from accidents on the job—such as construction accidents—are closely related to personal injury claims.
Car accidents are a prime example of personal injury claims, and the basics apply across all such claims. If you suffered an injury because of another driver’s negligence, you’ll seek compensation through the claim you file with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Let’s take a closer look.
Driver negligence causes most car accidents, and—unfortunately—such negligence comes in far too many life-threatening varieties.
In a recent year, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,142 people. Motorists owe their entire attention to proceeding safely, and failing to meet this responsibility can lead to deadly accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calls texting the most alarming distraction of all—in a long list of disturbing distractions. When a motorist is driving at highway speeds, they travel about the length of a football field in about five seconds, which is about the amount of time it takes to read or type the average text.
It is well established that drinking and driving are deadly, but this fact does little to curb the dangerous practice.
NHTSA statistics show:
- In the United States, someone loses their life to a drunk driving crash every 45 minutes.
- This amounts to 32 lives a day.
- Last year, more than 11,500 people lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents, which is a full 14 percent higher than the previous year.
NHTSA reminds drivers that drunk driving fatalities are entirely preventable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that drowsy driving amounts to the dangerous combination of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of fatigue. Too little sleep typically causes drowsy driving, but sleep disorders that go untreated and prescription medications can also play a role. It is impossible to pinpoint when sleep takes over, which makes drowsy driving especially dangerous. Falling asleep at the wheel, however, is not the only risk factor.
Drowsiness behind the wheel can have all these hazardous effects:
- It leaves motorists less attentive to the road ahead
- It slows motorists’ reaction times, making it more difficult to adjust one’s steering or brake suddenly
- It leaves motorists less well prepared to make safe driving decisions
These statistics help establish the dangers of drowsy driving:
- In a recent year, drowsy drivers caused about 91,000 traffic accidents.
- These accidents led to about 50,000 injuries.
- Eight hundred people lost their lives in these drowsy driving accidents.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that aggressive driving is a significant factor in U.S. traffic crashes. Aggressive driving typically refers to drivers who engage in a combination of aggressive practices that put everyone on the roadway at increased risk.
Some of the hallmarks of aggressive driving include:
- Driving far too fast for the driving conditions at hand
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Leaving one’s lane without any concern for safety
- Attempting to engage other drivers through obscene gestures, verbal taunts, incessant honking, headlight flashing, and more
- Driving erratically
- Ignoring traffic lights, signals, and signs
- Passing illegally, including passing on the right—or even on the shoulder
- Refusing to yield the right-of-way
Some aggressive drivers will go so far as physically tapping other vehicles. Aggressive drivers terrorize others on the road, and when you spot one, the best course of action is to alert the authorities as soon as it is safe for you. You can help prevent a deadly accident.
Speed requires a category of its own. Speed plays a primary role in far too many of the accidents on our roadways and is the primary killer.
III shares these statistics:
- In a recent year, speed alone was the primary driving behavior in fatal traffic accidents at 17.2 percent involvement (impaired driving took second place with 10.1 percent involvement).
- Excess speed has played a role in about a third of all fatal car accidents for the last two decades.
- Premises Liability Claims
Another common type of personal injury case involves accidents due to property hazards. Companies and property owners must keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors and customers. When they fail to do so, people can suffer serious injuries, and owners or businesses should be liable.
Some examples of accidents that might lead to premises liability claims include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites
- Electrical accidents
- Carbon monoxide exposure
- Negligent security
If you fell in the grocery store, were the victim of an assault at a hotel, or suffered injuries in a common area of an apartment complex, discuss your rights with our Midland personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.
Your Injury-Related Losses
You have suffered an injury by another party’s negligence and obtaining the compensation that fairly addresses your covered losses is essential to your recovery. Below are common losses in an injury claim.
Car accidents mean property damage to your vehicle, which generally plays a role in every car accident. The damage to your vehicle is typically easy to pinpoint and to put a price tag on, which may not be the case for your other losses.
If you suffered an injury in an accident, you will face steep medical bills. The severe nature of injuries that occur in many accidents, however, means that you may also face secondary health concerns and ongoing healthcare needs. Ensuring that your claim represents your entire range of medical expenses, including potential future needs, is paramount to your ability to recover fully.
Some of the medical costs that are commonly involved in accident and injury claims include:
- Emergency care
- Surgical care
- Hospital stays
- Care from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Pain management
- Holistic healthcare approaches, such as chiropractic care
While you recover from your physical injuries, you may need to take time off work and lose income. While this is challenging enough, things can become even more so if it affects your earning potential or your career trajectory.
Physical and Mental Pain and Suffering
While your lost earnings and medical bills are easily verifiable, your pain and suffering from a car accident are impossible to see, which makes them more challenging to address in your personal injury claim. In fact, the pain and suffering accident victims experience is well verified, all too real, and can be one of the most challenging setbacks to overcome. In other words, you should not minimize or ignore these losses.
The Insurance Company
Regardless of the kind of accident you suffered an injury in, you will file your personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider. While it is true that the insurance provider collects premiums specifically to cover accident claims like yours, it is also in the business of turning massive profits, which tends to get in the way of it making fair settlement offers to claimants like you right out of the gate.
Often, it takes professional legal counsel for claimants to obtain just compensation to cover their complete losses.
Some of the tactics that insurance companies like to employ in their efforts to keep settlements as low as they can get away with include:
- Denying claims from the very beginning, hoping to discourage claimants from proceeding
- Making meager settlement offers early on, hoping that claimants will accept out of desperation
- Attempting to shift fault toward claimants and away from policyholders
- Denying the extent of claimants’ losses
- Artificially prolonging and complicating the claims process
The insurance company is well aware that you are at your most vulnerable after being injured by someone else’s negligence, and it will leverage your vulnerability for its own purposes if it can get away with it. You are always better off with a dedicated personal injury lawyer in your corner.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Personal injury claims are complex legal matters, and the insurance companies that field them have a lot of experience in offering less-than-adequate settlements to vulnerable claimants like you.
Having a savvy personal injury lawyer on your side can help in all of these ways:
- Your lawyer will help you better understand the claims process and will help you make the right decisions for yourself and your claim throughout.
- Your lawyer will gather all the relevant evidence and will compile it into your most substantial claim. This may include eyewitness testimony, accident recreation models, expert witnesses, and much more.
- Your lawyer will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, so you won’t have to. Insurance representatives are skilled at obtaining statements from claimants that they ultimately use to harm their claims. There is no requirement that you make a statement, and it’s in your best interest not to.
- Your lawyer will skillfully negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement that fairly addresses all of your covered losses.
- Your lawyer will carefully prepare for trial (if the insurance company refuses to negotiate fairly or in good faith).
Hiring the right lawyer sends a strong message to insurance adjusters that you plan to fight for the payment you deserve.
Turn to an Experienced Midland Personal Injury Lawyer for the Help You Need
If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, the time to get help is now. The best course of action for you is to hire an attorney so that you can focus on your injuries while a professional handles your legal matters.
The formidable Midland personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers have two decades of experience successfully guiding claims like yours toward advantageous outcomes. Your personal injury claim is vital to your future, so please don’t wait to reach out for more information today.
If an accident injured you in Midland, call our office right now for a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a dime unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by clicking here.
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