Being in a car accident is of course stressful. You may feel that you were not hurt and resist seeking medical help. You just want to go home. At Springer & Lyle, we want to help you understand the importance of getting prompt medical attention following a motor vehicle accident. Why You Need Prompt Medical Attention Following a car accident, your body naturally releases adrenaline into your system. You may also be in shock. These two natural events may trick you into thinking you are not hurt when you very well may have some type of injury. There are several reasons why you should … [Read more...]
Are Car Accident Settlements Taxable in Texas?
Texas does not have a personal income tax, so there is no need to be concerned about claiming any of your personal injury settlement or jury award as income for Texas tax purposes. The only concern is whether you are expected to claim the money as personal income when submitting your federal IRS tax return. Springer & Lyle provides you with some of the information you need to be sure you comply with the relevant law. Does the Federal Government Tax Your Personal Injury The IRS code establishes how you are to handle the different aspects of your personal injury award that you receive … [Read more...]
What Can I Do If I Am In A Car Accident With No Insurance?
Texas law requires all drivers to carry proof of insurance. If caught driving without your proof of insurance, you will be subject to civil penalties. If you are in a car accident with no insurance, even if you were not at fault, you will likely find the other driver's insurer tries to prove you were. At Springer & Lyle, we can help you collect for your damages even if you did not have car insurance. Consequences of Being in an Accident Without Insurance If you are in a car accident and have no insurance, there are hefty consequences even if you are not at fault. Some consequences … [Read more...]
Who Is At Fault When a Car Accident is Caused by Hydroplaning?
If you have been driving a car that is hydroplaning, you know how frightening that can be. You feel helpless and have no control over the car. At Springer & Lyle, we want to provide you more information so you can understand the causes of hydroplaning and what to do if you are in an accident caused by another car that was hydroplaning. What Causes Hydroplaning? Hydroplaning occurs on wet pavement when too much water gets between the vehicle’s tires and the road. The tires lose traction and therefore lose contact with the road surface. The driver loses control of the car. Although … [Read more...]
Tips for Taking Photos of a Car Accident Scene
If you are in an accident with another vehicle, photos you may be able to take at the scene may help your case if you claim the other driver was at fault. At Springer & Lyle, we have some tips for you when photographing the accident scene. Tips for Photographing an Accident Scene Most people have a phone with a camera. Taking photos at the scene can limit your own liability, protect you against fraud, and help you prove who was at fault. Some photographing tips include: If possible, take photos before the vehicles are moved.Protect yourself. Don’t risk danger and be sure you … [Read more...]
How Long Do You Have To Report a Car Accident in Texas?
Every year, thousands of people are killed or seriously injured on Texas roadways. Our goal at Springer & Lyle is to help those who have been injured due to the negligence of another driver collect all the damages to which they are legally entitled. Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics The Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that in 2021, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 4,701 people killed in motor vehicle accidents on Texas Roadways. This was the second most deadly year for traffic deaths and injuries in Texas history. This was an … [Read more...]
Important Questions to Ask a Car Accident Witness
If you are involved in a car accident and if you are able, you need to note if there are any witnesses. If so, get their name and contact information. If possible, here are some questions you can ask them. If it is not possible to get the answers at the scene, your personal injury attorneys at Springer & Lyle will follow up and ask these important questions. Questions of Car Accident Witnesses Any statement you can get at the scene or later could be very helpful. Statements from witnesses can be key to proving who was at fault. If you were unable to ask questions at the scene, your … [Read more...]
Tips to Avoid Holiday Car Accidents
Statistics show that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, more people are on the road than at any other time of the year. It is just common sense that if there are more vehicles on the road, there is more of a chance of being in an accident. At Springer & Lyle, if you plan on traveling during this holiday season, we have some tips for you that can decrease your chances of becoming an injury or fatality statistic. Tips to Avoid Holiday Car Accidents In addition to more cars on the road, people are celebrating, letting their guard down, and drinking more alcoholic beverages than … [Read more...]
Injured as A Passenger in A Car Accident
If you were injured as a passenger in a car accident, you may find yourself overwhelmed with medical expenses. If you are injured so severely you are unable to work, you may also be losing wages. At Springer & Lyle, we assist injured passengers in collecting their damages. Collecting from Your Driver In Texas, all drivers are required to carry auto insurance that will cover the medical expenses and other losses of their passengers if the passengers are injured in a car accident. This is true even if the driver was the one at fault for the accident. The issue of fault is not … [Read more...]
What Happens When an Unlicensed Driver Causes a Car Accident?
Despite Texas law that requires motorists to have a valid driver’s license, every day across the United States, hundreds of people are in car accidents with an unlicensed driver. This does not automatically mean that the unlicensed driver is at fault for the accident. At Springer & Lyle, we analyze the facts to determine if the driver was at fault and, if so, we pursue all remedies so you can be compensated for the damages you suffered. How to Be Compensated When Unlicensed Driver is at Fault for the Accident To obtain automobile insurance for a vehicle registered in … [Read more...]