In Texas, to collect damages for an accident, you must prove the other party or parties were at fault for causing the accident. This is not always as easy as it sounds. At Springer & Lyle, if you were in an accident, we will investigate the case and help you in proving fault. The party from whom you are trying to collect damages may claim that you were at least partially at fault. For example, if you were a pedestrian and hit by a car, and you claim the driver was negligent, the driver may allege you were also at fault because you were crossing in the middle of the road and not in a … [Read more...]
Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim – Part 1
Accidents are scary. Your heart races and adrenaline flows. If you are injured, you are in physical pain and unsure about what will happen next. At Springer & Lyle, we have some advice about avoiding doing or saying things that may affect your personal injury case. 1) Admitting the accident was your fault. You may apologize for the damage that is apparent right after the accident, which is tantamount to an admission of fault. You should not do this before an investigation even if you sincerely believe it was your fault. You may think you caused the accident by pulling out in front of … [Read more...]
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim After a Road Rage Accident?
Road rage is a serious problem on U.S. highways causing car crashes by aggressive and reckless drivers. In many unfortunate situations, the instigator of the road rage may pull out a gun and may possibly wound or kill another driver or passengers. At Springer & Lyle, we want you to know what to do if you are the victim of road rage. It may be possible to file a personal injury claim against a driver who caused you to be injured in a car crash due to the driver's road rage. Common Types of Road Rage In 2020, there were 1,383 road rage crashes in Texas. The numbers are increasing. … [Read more...]
Who Pays Your Medical Bills After an Accident?
If you were injured in any kind of accident, whether a car accident or a slip-and-fall incident, you likely are accruing medical bills and wonder how you will ever pay them. Your healthcare providers may be nagging you for payment. At Springer & Lyle, we are committed to helping you solve this problem. How to Get Your Medical Bills Paid After an Accident If you were injured in a car accident and the other driver was at fault, the driver or his insurance company will likely pay, or reimburse you, for medical expenses. However, the liability insurance company will not pay a penny until … [Read more...]
Proving the Other Driver Was Texting in an Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at any given moment, 600,000 drivers are using their cell phones. More than 400 drivers are killed every year when texting and thousands more are injured. At Springer & Lyle, we stand ready to do the necessary investigation to determine if a texting driver caused your accident. How to Prove the Other Driver was Texting Texting and driving have the same effect on driving as if the driver had drunk four beers in one hour! The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that it takes five seconds to read a text, the … [Read more...]
Should I File a Police Report After an Accident?
You may think that your accident was minor and there is no need to file a police report. At Springer & Lyle, we are concerned about people who fail to file a police report only to later discover they were harmed and have medical problems because of a negligent driver causing the accident. Texas Law Has Requirements for Filing a Police Report After an Accident Texas law requires you to report an accident if anyone was injured or killed, or if the vehicle has been so severely damaged it cannot be “normally and safely driven.” Thea report shall be given by “the quickest means of … [Read more...]
Holiday Travel & Accidents
The most dangerous times to travel are from late November to early January. More people are on the road between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than at any other time of the year. Families travel to different cities to be together. You may drive across town to attend a party. It is just common sense that the more vehicles that are on the road, the likelihood of crashes increases. Before you get behind the wheel, the American Automobile Association (AAA), National Safety Council (NSC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all have suggestions to make your travel safer during this … [Read more...]
Construction Zone Accidents
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that there are currently more than 3,400 active road construction sites in the state. TxDOT also reports that in 2020, there were more than 22,000 vehicle crashes in these work zones, resulting in 186 deaths with 680 people seriously injured. At Springer & Lyle, we are committed to helping those injured in Texas construction zone accidents collect the damages to which they are legally entitled. Who is at Fault for a Construction Zone Accident? Driving through a construction zone is challenging. According to TxDOT, drivers may … [Read more...]
The Differences Between Car and Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were nearly 18,000 vehicle accidents in Texas involving large trucks and cars in 2020. There were more than 600 people killed and close to 10,000 people injured. Some were so severely injured their lives will never be the same. Although there are more accidents between cars than between cars and trucks, the impact of an 80,000 pound fully loaded truck with a 4,000-pound car is different in a lot of ways than a crash between two 4,000-pound automobiles. Differences Between Causes of Truck and Car Accidents Driver … [Read more...]
Understanding Commercial Vehicle Accidents
In Texas in 2020, there were approximately 18,000 accidents involving commercial vehicles, putting Texas in the lead with respect to the number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents in all 50 states. More than 9,500 people were injured, some of them so severely that their lives and the lives of their families will never be the same. Another 629 were killed. Commercial vehicle injury lawsuits present different issues that regulate vehicle injury accident cases. If you were injured in a crash with a commercial vehicle, or someone you love was killed, attorneys at Springer … [Read more...]