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If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, you likely have significant medical bills and expensive repairs to your car. You should be focused on healing, not on fighting the insurance company for the compensation you’re rightfully owed. At Milano Law Group, we know how important it is for you to get just compensation, and we want to advocate zealously on your behalf. Types of Accidents We Handle Our legal team is experienced in handling many different types of accident claims. While you focus on resting and recovering, our attorneys will deal with the insurance company to get you a top-dollar settlement. We’ve handled many types of cases, including: Rear-end collisions T-bone and side-impact collisions Head-on collisions Sideswipe accidents Rollover accidents Single-vehicle accidents Multi-vehicle accidents Commercial car accidents Common Causes of Car Accidents We never mean for accidents to happen, but they do. There are a few common behaviors that lead to car accidents: Distracted driving – Distracted driving is the top cause of car accidents. Most often, people think of texting and driving when distracted driving is brought up. Texting and driving is a major cause of distracted driving accidents, but there are other ways that a driver can become distracted, such as eating, talking to passengers, or changing the radio. Speeding – Many people drive over the speed limit, but doing so drastically increases your odds of being in an accident. By speeding, you cut down the time you have to react, which means you’re more likely to get in an accident. Driving under the influence – Operating a vehicle when you are under the influence of any drugs or alcohol may cause impaired judgment and slower reaction times, which can lead to accidents. Failure to follow the rules of the road – Accidents are often caused by drivers who don’t follow posted road signs or traffic lights. Always be alert to the signs around you and make sure to always stop, yield, and go the right way in traffic, especially at busy intersections. Tailgating – When you fail to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, you run the risk of getting in a rear-end collision. Common Injuries From Car Accidents Unfortunately, car accidents often lead to serious injuries. These injuries may involve hospital visits, surgeries, and multiple follow-up doctor visits, all of which can be expensive. Some of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents are: Brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, also called TBI, occur when the brain is damaged by an impact to the head. Car accidents are the leading cause of these types of injuries. Spinal injuries – The impact from a car accident can cause injuries to your spine. Unfortunately, spinal injuries can be incredibly severe and can lead to paralysis, either partial or total. Neck injuries – Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from car accidents, especially in rear-end collisions. Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 15 mph, which is part of the reason it is so common. Internal injuries – Internal injuries, like internal bleeding, can be caused by car accidents and frequently need emergency treatment. Burns – Vehicles contain gas, oil, and hot surfaces. After accidents, it is common for the victims to suffer severe burns, some of which may require surgeries or skin grafts. Breaks and fractures – From collar bones to ribs to legs, breaks are all too common in car accidents. Some breaks or fractures may simply require a cast, while others require surgery and have lengthy recovery times. PTSD – PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can also occur from severe car accidents. Accident victims may require mental health treatment after the accident to help with PTSD. No matter what your injury is, you deserve compensation. Let us help you get top-dollar compensation to cover all of the medical expenses associated with your injury. Steps to Take After a Car Accident If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, there are a few things you can do to ensure your safety and make sure you have the evidence you may need to get compensation for your injury. Step 1 – Seek medical attention. Remember, your health and safety are both number one. Make sure you seek appropriate medical attention. Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. Many injuries, like whiplash, take time to show symptoms. Step 2 – Call 9-1-1. Let the dispatcher know you’ve been in an accident and stay at the scene until the officer arrives. Even if the accident is minor, you should still call the police and get an accident report. You may not know the full extent of your injuries or the damage to your vehicle on the scene, and an accident report will be critical if you need to pursue legal action. Step 3 – Exchange information. If you’re able, get the information of anyone involved in the accident. From the other driver(s), you’ll want to get their name, license plate number, contact information, and insurance information. If there are any witnesses, be sure to get their contact information as well. Your attorney may need to speak with them about what they saw. Step 4 – Collect evidence. Make sure to take photos of the damage to your car, the other cars, and any visible injuries. If you can, leave the vehicles where they are until the police arrive. If it is unsafe to leave the vehicles, try to snap a few photos before you move them, so there is photographic evidence of the scene. You should also write down everything as you remember it. Your memory will fade over time, and you want to have the most accurate details written down. Step 5 – Don’t talk about the accident. Accidents are traumatizing experiences. You may be frustrated at the other driver or upset about your injuries. That’s understandable, but try to avoid talking about the…

Local sheriff investigates serious car accident

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and you’re looking to get compensation from the other driver, there are many pieces of evidence you’ll want to have to show that the other driver was at fault. One of these documents is the police report of the accident. The police report will need to be provided to your attorney and to your automobile insurance company so the appropriate damages can be pursued. Why Is a Police Report Important? As mentioned above, you’ll want to show that the other driver was at fault for the car accident and any resulting injuries. A police report is one of the most useful ways to prove fault because it generally includes detailed observations from the officer who was on the scene. Helpful evidence that is commonly included in a police report includes: Facts about the scene of the accident – These can include information about the weather conditions, the time of the accident, the location of the accident, the position of the vehicles immediately after the accident occurred, and whether or not the other driver was issued a ticket or violation. Witness reports – When an officer arrives at the scene, they generally look for people who witnessed the accident and take their statements. These witness statements are helpful to show what happened leading up to the accident and the circumstances around which the accident took place. Since there often isn’t video evidence of exactly what happened, eyewitness accounts can be critical in determining who was at fault. The officer may also include their opinion of who was at fault in the accident. Information about the other driver – The police report will also include information about the other driver, such as name, contact information, insurance information, and the make and model of the driver’s vehicle. Are Police Reports Required After a Car Accident in Texas? A police report will not always be required by law, but it is still a good idea to get one, as you never know what injuries or damages will show themselves down the line. Under Texas law, if the accident caused over $1,000 of property damage, injury, or death, you will be required to report the accident and file a police report. Even if you don’t think there is $1,000 worth of damage, it is a good idea to report the accident and get a police report. You can’t be sure of the exact amount of the damage or the full extent of any injuries, so you’ll want to cover your bases. A police report will be crucial if you decide to file a personal injury or accident lawsuit or if you need to deal with insurance companies. The police report is considered an unbiased account of what happened at the accident, so it is relied on by juries, courts, insurance companies, and any other involved party to help determine what took place and who was at fault. It’s important to note that Texas law provides you with 10 days to report the accident and file a police report. If a police officer cannot come to the scene of the accident, you’ll want to get on the Texas Department of Transportation website to fill out a crash report form, also called a CR-3. It is recommended that you fill out the form as close to the accident as possible. Doing so will allow you to provide the most accurate information. The information you’ll want for the crash report includes: A detailed description of the location of the accident, including the town, state, street names, and nearby intersections The date and time of the accident A detailed description of the vehicles involved in the accident, including make, model, year, license plate number, and vehicle identification number if you have it A detailed description of what happened from your point of view (Every driver’s account of the accident will differ based on their perspective, but it is important that you do your best to provide a truthful, accurate description of the events.) A detailed description of any injuries you suffered from the accident A detailed description of any property damage caused by the accident If you are unable to file a police report, you should still make sure to document the accident as best as you can. Make sure to take down pertinent information about the other driver, such as name, contact information, and insurance information. Use your phone to take pictures of the vehicles prior to moving them. Doing so will allow you to document any other conditions that may have impacted the accident, such as poor weather conditions or disrepair of the road. If there are any witnesses, try to speak to them and get their contact information. Get Your Police Report Since the police report is such an important document, you want to make sure that you get a copy to provide to your personal injury attorney and your insurance company. The steps to getting an accident report may vary depending on your location.  Under Texas law, not everyone is entitled to see police reports due to the confidential information many of them contain. Only individuals who are directly involved in the accident or individuals with proper interest are eligible to request the full, unredacted police report. Those individuals include: The owner of the vehicle in the accident The authorized representative of someone who was involved in the accident The parent, guardian, or employer of a driver involved in the accident Any individual who is financially responsible for a vehicle that was involved in the accident Any individual who may bring a lawsuit because of the death of someone involved in the accident An insurance company that has issued a policy covering a vehicle or person who was involved in the accident A qualified radio station, television station, or newspaper If you fall under one of the criteria above, you can request a copy of the police report. Some locations where our clients…

woman sitting on the road beside her motorcycle after accident

Riding motorcycles can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite dangerous. Motorcycles leave the driver relatively unprotected, which can cause motorcycle accidents to be extremely severe and the driver to receive significant injuries. At the Milano Legal Group Accident Attorneys, we understand the importance of having an experienced lawyer on your side if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident. Our team passionately advocates for injured motorcyclists to receive the compensation they deserve. Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents At the Milano Legal Group Accident Attorneys, we believe motorcycle accidents can be prevented. As a motorcyclist, it’s important that you understand what commonly causes motorcycle accidents so you can stay alert and try to avoid these situations. Distracted driving – Distracted driving is a top cause of motor vehicle accidents in general. As smartphones become ubiquitous, drivers are more and more likely to use them while behind the wheel, even if it’s to change the song or check the GPS. When driving a motorcycle, it is critical to keep your eyes on the road at all times. If you need to check your phone or adjust something on your bike, pull over first. Failure to follow safety rules and road signs – Motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars, so it may be harder for other vehicles to see you, meaning you need to take extra caution when making turns or switching lanes. Make sure to use your blinker when changing lanes and leave a safe distance between your bike and other cars. Also, make sure to be aware of your surroundings. Avoid riding in a vehicle’s blind spot and take extra caution at intersections where it is hard to see. Aggressive driving or speeding – We all want to get where we’re going quickly, and sometimes that means driving over the speed limit or driving aggressively, especially dangerous on a motorcycle. The faster you’re going, the more severe your injuries are likely to be if there is a collision. You should also avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating or lane splitting (when a motorcycle passes between a line of slowly moving or stopped vehicles), as those are likely to cause accidents. Operating under the influence – Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal; it’s dangerous. These substances increase your reaction time and can lead to poor judgment and risky decisions. Motorcycle Accidents Cause Potentially Serious Injury According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in traffic collisions than passenger vehicle drivers and occupants, likely due to the motorcycle driver’s exposure. Any part of the body can easily be injured in a motorcycle accident, and many of those injuries are severe. Common injuries suffered by motorcycle drivers include: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) Spinal cord injuries (which often cause paralysis) Bone breaks and fractures (most commonly to the lower extremities) Internal injuries and internal bleeding Lacerations and skin abrasions (more commonly referred to as road rash) Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Collision Being in a collision is scary and, for many people, not common. What follows are a few things you should do if you are in a collision to help preserve your rights. Step 1 – Seek Medical Attention Your health and safety are the first priority. Always prioritize seeking medical care, even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. Many injuries, such as whiplash, take a bit of time for symptoms to show fully. Step 2 – Contact Law Enforcement If you’ve been in an accident, even if it is minor, you always want to call the police. Having a police report of the accident will be crucial for you and your attorney in the event you need to negotiate compensation or take your case to trial. Make sure you tell the officers on the scene about any injuries you have suffered or any symptoms you experience. Step 3 – Get Documentation If you can, get documentation at the scene of the accident. Start with the other driver and collect copies of their driver’s license, insurance, and contact information. If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their names and contact information to pass on to your attorney. It is also a good idea to take photos of the scene of the accident, as these may be useful to you and your attorney down the road. If possible, take the photos before the vehicles have been moved, so you show a clearer picture of the scene. Step 4 – Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney It will be critical that you have someone on your side who is looking out for your best interests and fighting for your rights. An experienced attorney will help you collect the information needed and file your claim, so you get the compensation that you deserve. Step 5 – Don’t Give Any Statements To pursue a claim through insurance, you will likely need to provide a statement about the accident. Don’t give this statement without consulting your attorney. You don’t want to say something that will adversely impact your claim inadvertently. In addition, don’t discuss the accident on social media. Insurance companies often search your social media pages to find information about the accident, which they may try to use against you. If you are ever presented with any documents to sign, make sure your attorney reviews them first to make sure you can sign them while still preserving your rights. Liability in a Motorcycle Accident Texas is considered a modified comparative negligence state, meaning that if you are found by a jury to be 50 percent or less responsible for the collision, you can receive compensation from the other driver, and the damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. If you are over 50 percent at fault for the collision, you will not recover compensation from the other driver. The question of the percentage of fault…

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Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Houston Personal Injury Attorney After being injured in an accident, victims often find themselves in serious pain, unable to work, and drowning in debt. Fortunately, if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation. However, if you wish to seek compensation for your injuries, you shouldn’t do so without the assistance of an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer. Our knowledgeable attorneys at Milano Legal Group are here to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your Houston personal injury. When you become our client, regardless of the type of accident that caused your injury, our experienced lawyers will do everything possible to see your case through to a successful conclusion. In addition, if you’ve lost a family member due to an accident involving negligence, we will help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.  In this Houston personal injury lawyer guide, we discuss personal injury cases in Texas and explain how to find an accident injury attorney that is right for you.  Types of Personal Injury Cases  A Houston personal injury attorney can represent you in a variety of personal injury cases, including:  Bicycle accidents Although riding a bicycle is a convenient alternative to driving a motor vehicle, taking public transportation, or walking, it can also be quite dangerous. Unfortunately, cyclists’ relative lack of protection means they tend to sustain serious injuries when involved in accidents with motorists.  Distracted driving accidents Distracted driving is more of a problem today than it has ever been. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400,000 people were injured  in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019 alone. Drunk driving accidents It is no surprise that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a bad idea. Drunk driving kills around 10,000 people every year in the United States. Those who survive their accidents are often left with life-changing injuries.  Motorcycle accidents Like bicycles, motorcycles are a great alternative to passenger vehicles. However, bikers involved in accidents with motor vehicles tend to suffer serious injuries, especially when traveling at high speeds. In fact, hundreds of bikers are killed each year in Texas.  Pedestrian accidents According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, annual pedestrian deaths in Texas sometimes outnumber motorcycle crash deaths. Many pedestrians who survive their accidents sustain life-altering injuries.  Truck accidents Semi-trucks pose serious risks to other vehicles due to their size and power. The results of a commercial truck colliding with a smaller vehicle are nearly always catastrophic.  Wrongful death When someone dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, the deceased’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members of the deceased can obtain financial compensation for the loss of their loved one by filing a wrongful death claim.  How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You A Houston personal injury lawyer can help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries, regardless of the type of accident you’ve been involved in or the injury you have suffered. The personal injury process can be broadly separated into the following three stages: (1) investigation and demand, (2) litigation, and (3) financial recovery. When you hire a personal injury lawyer to assist you, they will guide you through each of these stages:  Investigation and Demand  During the initial stage of your case, your lawyer will collect as much information as possible about your accident. Based on this information, they will then make a monetary demand on the defendant or the defendant’s insurer. If this demand results in a fair settlement offer, your accident injury attorney will take the necessary steps to ensure that you receive the agreed-upon amount. However, if the defendant makes you a lowball offer or declines to settle your case, your attorney will proceed to the next step.  Litigation Next, your attorney will draw on their knowledge, skill, and experience to handle all aspects of the litigation process on your behalf. Common litigation tasks include filing paperwork, conducting discovery, and collecting evidence. If your case fails to settle during the litigation stage, your accident attorney will take your case to trial.  Financial Recovery  Finally, whether you settle your case or win at trial, your accident lawyer will make sure you receive the money you are owed, which may entail filing post-trial motions to collect the court judgment, coordinating payment through the defendant’s insurer, or taking other necessary measures.  What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney  When you hire the right accident attorney, your chances of a successful outcome in your Houston personal injury case increase dramatically. You should do the following to find an attorney who will provide you with the best chance of success:  Choose an attorney who focuses primarily on personal injury law: Although this may seem obvious, the accident injury attorney you select should primarily practice personal injury law. Each type of practice area is highly specialized, and attorneys usually only focus their practice in a handful of areas. So, for example, when choosing a Houston personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t hire an attorney whose primary focus is divorce law. Choose a Houston personal injury lawyer who has ample experience handling cases like yours: Not only should the attorney you choose practice personal injury law, but they should have tried similar cases to yours. For example, if you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you should hire an attorney who has previously handled pedestrian accident cases.  Choose an attorney who is willing to take your case to trial: Although most personal injury cases settle before trial, if yours is a rare case that doesn’t, you’ll need an accident lawyer with sufficient trial experience. Choose an attorney with a track record of success: No lawyer should ever guarantee a specific outcome to your case. However, attorneys are free to share their previous achievements with you. So,…

Negotiating a Settlement With GEICO

Below you will learn tips and secrets GEICO adjusters don’t want you to know in order to maximize your bodily injury settlement, including answers to frequently asked questions regarding GEICO car accident settlements. Who Owns Geico Auto Insurance Company?  GEICO, part of the holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, is the second largest property and casualty insurance company in the U.S (by direct premiums written). With GEICO’s unique business model, by initially only insuring the lowest risk drivers and operating without insurance agents, it has proved to be Warren Buffet’s best investment. GEICO was once a better insurance company to deal with as an auto accident victim. Their adjusters had more settlement authority, and their average settlements were much higher. However, over the last 25 years, GEICO, and many other insurance companies, have streamlined their claims process. They’ve adopted the use of claims software to calculate “reasonable and customary” medical bills as well as placing a dollar figure on the pain and suffering element of a bodily injury claim. The results: severely undervalued settlement offers and a host of future motor vehicle accident litigation. Avoid an Undervalued Auto Insurance Claim So, how can you avoid your claim from being one of GEICO’s many severely undervalued claims or have your case subject to several years of potential litigation in the congested court dockets? The following 10 tips will help you avoid being just another undervalued car insurance claim in the endless stack of claims on a GEICO claims adjuster desk: 1. Refuse the Recorded Statement If GEICO is the at-fault party’s insurance company, you should NEVER give them a recorded statement. You certainly are not required to give one. Don’t let them make you think it’s required for your claim to be valid. Many times, GEICO auto damage adjusters will say—without a recorded statement they will not be able to determine liability, which will leave you in a waiting game. If they are taking their time with liability because their insured isn’t cooperating, it’s time to call a lawyer. Pro Tip: You can always run your property damage through your own carrier’s collision coverage or uninsured property damage coverage (if hit by an uninsured driver or a victim of a hit-and-run). Your own carrier will usually treat you better and will try to recover your deductible from the at-fault party’s insurance company. 2. Get Medical Treatment Immediately After The Car Accident There are three very important reasons to get medical treatment immediately after your accident: Maximize Your Damages “Damages” are what determine your case value. In most cases, the largest part of an auto accident injury case is the amount of your medical bills. So, it’s crucial that you receive reasonable and necessary medical treatment, as well as document and present these bills to the insurance company. Go to the emergency room or urgent care if you feel like you need to. Also, if you feel it’s necessary, go by ambulance to the emergency room. This may be even better for your case. Of course, don’t go only to fraudulently run up your medical bills. Insurance companies are not stupid. They are very good at knowing whether you’re faking your injuries. Legitimize Your Injuries Doesn’t it make sense that if someone is injured they want to see a doctor as soon as possible? Sure, it does. And the opposite is also true. Seeing a doctor immediately will legitimize your injury before the GEICO claim adjuster. Of course, there are valid reasons why auto accident victims do not immediately see a doctor after their accident (e.g., no health insurance, don’t immediately feel pain, etc.). These need to be carefully explained to the insurance adjuster. Mitigate Your Damages The law places a burden on the injured party to avoid making their damages even worse by neglecting their injuries. A defendant is not responsible for damages that could have been avoided by the injured party. This means GEICO can use the fact that you didn’t immediately seek medical treatment and made your condition worse against you. 3. Don’t Let the GEICO Adjuster Minimize Your Injuries GEICO claim adjusters are skilled at minimizing your injuries. They’ll ask you questions in a way to have you second guess your injuries and categorize them as only soft tissue injuries that will heal in a few weeks. A very common way to minimize your injuries is when the adjuster tells the auto accident victim that they will only pay for a few weeks of treatment and that they are on their own after that. Don’t believe them! If you are really injured, you should be getting reasonable and necessary medical treatment until you have reached maximum medical improvement. Auto insurance adjusters are not doctors. They can’t diagnose your condition. 4. Don’t Agree to Anything Without First Consulting with a Lawyer I know this may sound self-interested but if you don’t hire a car accident lawyer from the start of your claim, you will almost certainly be putting yourself at a disadvantage in your case. There are studies that show auto accident victims that are represented by a lawyer get 40% more of a settlement than those without one. In our own experience when clients tried to initially handle their cases on their own then hire us to take over, we see the offers previously extended by GEICO are significantly less than what we were able to ultimately settle these cases for. It just makes economic sense even considering the fact that your personal injury lawyer will receive a portion of your settlement as attorney’s fees. Also, keep in mind: personal injury lawyers don’t charge any fees up front. So, you’ll never need to pay out of your own pocket for representation. It’s a win-win. 5. Don’t Ever Agree to GEICO’s First Offer GEICO’s first offer is never their best offer and will most likely be a lowball offer. You should always negotiate your case with the auto claims adjuster. Start off high. Don’t paint yourself into a corner by starting…

collision with commercial semi truck

Herhangi bir trafik kazası, ufak da olsa, zaten yeteri kadar stresli ve ürkütücüdür. Ancak, bir tır veya 18-wheeler gibi büyük ticari araçların karıştığı kazalar çok daha korkunçtur. Bu tür kazalar genellikle tırın büyüklüğü ve bazı durumlarda yükünün ağırlığı nedeniyle çok kötü sonuçlara yol açabilir. Size veya sevdiğiniz birine bir tır veya 18-wheeler gibi büyük bir araç çarparsa, sonrasında ne yapacağınızı bilmek önemlidir. Kazadan Hemen Sonra Yapılması Gerekenler Bir tır veya 18-wheeler gibi büyük ticari araçların karıştığı kazalarla ilgili hukuki danışmanlık almak öncelikle sağlığınız için en iyisi olmakla beraber aynı zamanda sigorta şirketi nezdindeki tazminat taleplerinizle ilgili olarak da en iyi sonuçları almanıza yardımcı olur. ÖNCELİKLE İYİ VE GÜVENDE OLDUĞUNUZDAN EMİN OLUN VE DERHAL 9-1-1’I ARAYIN En önemli önceliğiniz sizin sağlığınız ve güvenliğinizdir. Öncelikle güvende olduğunuzdan emin olun ve ardından 9-1-1’i arayın. Müdahale ekipleri gelene kadar aracınızda kalın. Güvenli bir konumda bulunmuyorsanız, güvende olabileceğiniz alana doğru hareket etmeye çalışın. Araçta sizden başka kişiler var ise onların sağlık durumlarını da kontrol edin. Eğer yaralılarsa onları hareket ettirmemeye çalışın ve ilk müdahale ekiplerini bekleyin. DİĞER SÜRÜCÜ İLE BİLGİ / BELGE ALIŞVERİŞİNDE BULUNUN Size çarpan ticari aracın sürücüsü ve çalıştığı şirket hakkında aşağıdaki bilgiler dahil olmak üzere her türlü bilgiyi edinin: Kazaya karışan kişilerin adı, adresi ve telefon numarası Sigorta bilgileri ve poliçe numarası Araç tescil kartı Tır şoförünün çalıştığı şirketin adı, adresi ve telefon numarası Tırın markası, modeli, yılı, rengi ve plakası VIN numarası. Genellikle sol alt ön camda ve/veya sürücü kapısının iç tarafındadır. Eğer yukarıdaki bilgileri alamadan acilen hastaneye sevk edilirseniz, olay yerine gelen polis memurları, yukarıda belirtilen bilgileri alacak ve bu bilgileri içeren bir kaza raporu hazırlayacaktır. Dolayısıyla, kaza raporunu teslim aldığınızda yukarıdaki bilgilere de vakıf olacaksınız. KAZA MAHALLİNE DAİR HER TÜRLÜ DETAYI NOT EDİN Kazanın tam yerini, sokak adlarını ve adresi ve ayrıca tanıklar var ise her birinin iletişim bilgilerini not alın. Fiziksel olarak yapabiliyorsanız, aşağıdakilerin fotoğraflarını çekin: Her yönden ve açıdan kaza mahalli ve çevresi Yoldaki herhangi bir patinaj izi Kazaya karışan her araç ve bu araçlarda meydana gelen hasarlar Tır şoförünün ehliyeti Yaralarınız. Eğer araç içi kameranız varsa, tüm video çekimlerini kaydettiğinden emin olun. Tüm bu bilgiler, kazadaki sorumluluğun karşı tarafa ait olduğunu kanıtlarken ve tazminat taleplerinizde size çok yardımcı olacaktır. HİÇ VAKİT KAYBETMEDEN 18-WHEELER KAZALARI KONUSUNDA TECRÜBELİ BİR KAZA AVUKATIYLA İLETİŞİME GEÇİN Tır ve 18-wheeler kazaları konusunda deneyimli bir kaza avukatından hiç vakit kaybetmeden ücretsiz danışmanlık alın. Tecrübeli bir kaza avukatı size sonraki adımlar ve kaza neticesinde uğradığınız tedavi masrafları, araç hasarı, maaş/ücret kaybı ve diğer tüm zararlarınızın karşılığı olan maksimum tazminatı almanız için yol gösterecektir. Neden Tır veya 18-Wheeler gibi Büyük Ticari Araçların Yol Açtığı Trafik Kazaları Sıklıkla Olur? Tır veya 18-wheeler araç kazalarına neden olan en yaygın ve kanuna aykırı eylemler şunlardır: Yola Dikkatini Vermemek: Araç kullanırken cep telefonuyla konuşmak, mesajlaşmak, yemek / içmek, TV izlemek veya internette gezinmek gibi. Şoförün Uzun Saatler Yolda Olması: Bir tır şoförünün uzun saatler yolda olması onun uykulu olmasına, dikkatsiz bir şekilde araç kullanmasına ve hatta direksiyon başında uyuyakalmasına bile sebep olabilir. Kusurlu Araç Kullanımı: Şoförün yoldayken uyuşturucu veya alkol kullanması ihtimalinde agresif veya güvensiz sürüş manevraları veya hız sınırı aşımları söz konusu olabilir. Aracın Gerekli Bakımlarının Yapılmamış Olması: Özellikle tır veya 18-wheeler gibi ticari araçların bir yolculuğa başlamadan önce römorklarının ve araçtaki tüm parçalarının düzgün ve güvenli bir şekilde çalışıyor olduğundan emin olunmalıdır. Römorkun aşırı yüklenmesi, uygun olmayan bağlantı elemanları, havası sönmüş lastikler, kırık aynalar ve diğer eksik araç bakımları çok büyük kazalara neden olabilir. Yetersiz Eğitimli Sürücüler veya Deneyim Eksikliği. Şirketler, kamyon sürücülerini işe alırken ihmalkâr davranabilirler. Bir başka deyişle, şoförlerin sürüş geçmişleri araştırılmadan, yasaklı madde kullanımına dair gerekli testler yapılmadan ve iyi bir sürüş eğitimi verilmeden işe alınan sürücüler büyük kazalara sebebiyet verebilir. 18-Wheeler Kazaları Konusunda Deneyimli Bir Kaza Avukatı ile Görüşün Siz veya sevdiğiniz biri tır veya 18-wheeler gibi bir araç ile kazaya karışırsa yasal tazminat hakkınız olabilir. Bu tarz kazalar konusunda deneyimli Milano Legal Group Kaza Avukatları ile iletişime geçin, ve böylece hayatınızı tekrar bir araya getirmenize ve maksimum tazminatı almanıza yardımcı olalım. Ücretsiz danışmanlık için (855) 720-0495’i arayın. Hukuk ekibimiz 7/24 hizmetinizdedir. Bize haftanın her günü ve günün her saati ulaşabilirsiniz.

woman talking to therapist about emotional distress due to a personal injury

Yaralanmadıysanız ve aracınızda çok az hasar varsa sigorta şirketi nezdindeki talebinizi kendiniz halledebilirsiniz. Ama unutmayın, arabanızda küçük bir hasar olsa bile yine de bedensel anlamda zarara uğrayabilir ve yaralanabilirsiniz. Araba tamponları ve araba gövdesinin parçaları, çarpışmanın araç üzerindeki etkisini en aza indirgemede yıllar öncesine göre artık çok daha iyi. Yani arabanızda çok fazla hasar olmaması vücudunuzun herhangi bir fiziksel travma yaşamadığı anlamına gelmez. Newton’un Hareket Yasasına göre, eğer bir cisime herhangi bir kuvvet uygulanmaz ise, cisim duruyorsa durmaya, hareket ediyorsa da hareketine aynı hızda devam eder. Vücudunuz da çarpma anında hala hareket halindedir ve aracınızla aynı hızda hareket eder. Diğer sürücünün aracının sizin aracınıza çarpması aracınızın ve vücudunuzun aniden yavaşlamasına ve tüm bu kinetik enerjiyi emmesine neden olur. Dolayısıyla, ufak sandığınız araç kazaları da bedensel zararlara yol açabilir. Küçük bir kazada göz önünde bulundurulması gereken bir diğer faktör ise, kaza anında kullandığınız aracın türüdür. Siz truck denilen kamyon gibi büyük bir araçta iseniz ve diğer sürücü size ufak bir ekonomik araç ile çarptıysa, muhtemelen sizin aracınızda çok az bir hasar olacaktır veya görünür bir hasarınız olmayacaktır. Bu durumlarda, sigorta şirketine çarpmanın şiddetini göstermek ve kanıtlamak için diğer sürücünün aracına işaret etmek ve diğer araçtaki hasarı göstermek önemlidir. Unutmayın, darbenin ve hasarın ufak olduğu kazalar da yumuşak doku yaralanmalarına sebebiyet verebilir. Örneğin whiplash denilen ve araba kazasında kafa ve omurganın şiddetle sarsılmasından ileri gelen travmalar, omurga incinmesi gibi. Bu tarz hasarın ufak olduğu kazalar M.I.S.T. yani Minor-Impact-Soft-Tissue olarak da bilinir. M.I.S.T. diye tabir ettiğimiz bu tarz kazaların söz konusu bedensel yaralanmalarınıza neden olduğunu ispatlamak güçtür. Deneyimli kaza avukatları bu tür vakaları nasıl ele alacaklarını çok iyi bilirler.   Araba kazaları yıpratıcı, komplike ve yorucudur. Polis raporları, sigorta talepleri, tazminatlar ve daha fazlasıyla ilgili tüm sorularınızı yanıtlamak için buradayız.

car accident involving rideshare vehicle

  Ridesharing is so popular that the chances are high of being involved in an accident with one of these drivers. After a collision, the next steps you take are critical to obtaining the compensation you deserve. Stop everything and try not to panic. Check if anyone is injured and, if possible, move yourself to safety or stay in your vehicle. Call 911. Emergency responders can attend to anyone injured, and the police will fill out an accident report. This report will play a vital role in proving liability when filing an accident claim. Even if everyone’s injuries were minor, it is in your best interests to have the accident officially investigated, especially when a rideshare driver is involved. Gather information. Ask for the names, contact information, and insurance details of everyone involved. If there are any witnesses, ask how you can get in contact with them as well. Eyewitnesses can have a significant bearing on how an insurance provider will treat your claim. Don’t admit fault. Choose your words carefully when you’re interacting with the other parties involved. Saying something as simple as “I’m sorry” can imply guilt, which can possibly be used against you when you file an insurance claim. Take pictures and/or videos. Photos and videos of the scene, the damage to the vehicles, their positions, and your injuries can be beneficial. Along with witness accounts, photos and video can help you prove liability when it is being disputed. Seek medical care. If you were not immediately transported to the hospital, see a doctor as soon as possible. There must be medical records linking your injuries to the accident for you to obtain compensation. Call your insurance provider. After collecting all the required information on the other parties, you can notify your auto insurer of the accident and discuss your coverage options. Speak to a car accident lawyer. As soon as you can, call a trusted Houston Car Accident Lawyer who is experienced in rideshare accidents specifically. These cases and figuring out which insurance policies apply can be complicated. An attorney will immediately begin investigating to gather the evidence you need to prove liability and obtain compensation to cover your losses entirely. Can You Sue a Rideshare Company after a Car Accident? Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft consider their employees independent contractors, making suing them for liability very challenging. As of now, legal issues on rideshare company liability are being worked out in the courts, but you do have the right to file an insurance claim. Uber and Lyft carry commercial insurance coverage with a maximum liability limit of up to one million dollars. However, these policies will only kick in if the driver was on duty at the time of the accident. If the driver did not have an active ride at the time, you can only recover up to $50,000 per injured person, up to two people. Any additional compensation would come from the at-fault driver’s personal insurance policy. Accidents caused by off-duty rideshare drivers must be covered by their personal insurance. Contact Us Today If you or a loved one has been severely harmed in a rideshare accident, contact Milano Legal Group. Our Houston Car Accident Lawyer can help you navigate this process and protect your best interests. Schedule your free consultation today.

steering wheel of self driving car in an accident

Car accident claims are already complex, but when a self-driving or autonomous vehicle is involved, the level of complication rises significantly. Who is responsible for damages after a crash with a driverless car is an ongoing legal debate and the subject of many lawsuits. What is Considered a Self-Driving Car? A vehicle that is equipped with advanced technology and software systems so that it requires little to no effort by a human driver to operate. These vehicles have various levels of automation, from level one that requires driver assistance to level five, which is full automation. Potentially Liable Parties Concrete liability laws do not exist yet, but various factors unique to each collision will determine who is liable for a self-driving car accident. However, self-driving technology has not been perfected to where the car does not require some human assistance. In March 2018, a self-driving Uber car struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian, making it evident that autonomous vehicles could not sense, react to, and avoid unexpected danger. What this means is the human in a self-driving car involved in an accident, whether they are driving or remotely operating the vehicle, can be held liable if they cause an accident. If the driver or remote operator is an employee and working at the time of the accident, their employer could be vicariously liable for damages. Driver Liability Self-driving vehicle manufacturers are likely to blame a human driver in the event of an accident. On many autonomous vehicles, the software alerts the driver when they must take over the wheel. If the driver failed to take over when warned to do so, they can be held responsible. Manufacturer Liability There can be instances of a technological failure or the software failing to alert the driver quickly enough to avoid danger, making the manufacturer liable. In some cases, multiple parties will be liable, but it will depend on which parties were considered negligent and caused the accident. Texas’ Negligence Law Texas operates under the rule of modified comparative negligence. This law applies to self-driving accident cases and allows multiple parties to be responsible for damages resulting from a collision. However, each party’s percentage of fault will directly impact their recovery, and they must be 50% or less at fault to receive compensation. This is known as the 51% bar rule, which bars a claimant from recovering compensation if they are 51% or more to blame for an accident. Example: If you are awarded $100,000 and found 25% responsible because you were not wearing your seatbelt, you will receive 75% of your award or $75,000. On the other hand, if the jury determines you are 51% percent responsible, you will not receive compensation. Contact Milano Legal Group The manufacturers of self-driving vehicles or employers of those operating them will have teams of attorneys to help them devalue or invalidate your claim. When your health and financial future are on the line, you need an experienced Houston Car Accident Lawyer to help you hold the liable parties accountable. Contact us online or call (713) 489-4270 today for your free consultation.

man taking notes on auto accident for insurance

When another driver is clearly at fault for your car accident, that doesn’t mean their insurance company will accept liability. There is evidence that is vital to supporting your accident claim, and here are some examples of what you need to obtain the compensation you are entitled to. Evidence from the Accident Scene The evidence you can gather from the crash scene includes photographs and videos, any available video surveillance, measurements of skid marks, the contact and insurance information for the people involved, and any witnesses. The positions of the vehicles after impact should also be noted, as well as the weather conditions and any surrounding factors that could have contributed to the collision. Police Report The police should always be called after a car accident so an official report can be made. The report will contain contact and insurance information for the parties involved if you were unable to obtain it. It will also include the position of the vehicles, how the officer believes the accident happened, who they believe caused it, and if any drivers were cited for a traffic offense that will also be noted. Although police reports are generally inadmissible in court, they will typically hold considerable weight with an insurance adjuster when determining who is liable. Eyewitness Statements Eyewitness statements or their evidence recordings can be an invaluable resource because they do not have their own interests in mind or care about the case’s outcome. However, it can be challenging to obtain a record of eyewitness testimony, so you likely need an experienced car accident attorney to help. Medical Records Medical records are vital to a car accident claim. They link your injuries directly to the accident and also testify to the severity of your harm and required future care. Information on your injuries can also possibly confirm the speed and position of the vehicles at the time of the crash. Documentation of Other Losses You will need to provide records and receipts to obtain compensation for any other financial losses related to the accident. For example, repair or replacement invoices for the damage to your vehicle and other property, a receipt for a car rental, etc. To show evidence of lost income, you can provide pay stubs and W-2s and any records of missing work. Expert Testimony Depending on the circumstances of your car accident, your case may require expert testimony. For instance, your attorney may hire a medical expert to testify to the extent of your injuries and how they will impact you in the future, a forensic accountant to calculate future losses, or an accident reconstructionist to gather additional evidence on how the accident occurred and who caused it. How Negligence is Proven in a Car Accident Case With the evidence you have gathered, you must be able to establish the following four elements to successfully hold another party liable for your car accident in court: Duty. The driver owed you a duty of care. (e.g., drivers have a legal obligation to follow traffic laws and exercise reasonable caution) Breach of Duty. The driver breached their duty by failing to use reasonable care. (e.g., texting and driving, running a stop sign, speeding, etc.) Causation. The driver’s negligence directly caused your injury. (e.g., medical records of treatment right after the crash) Damages. The last element you must prove is damages or financial losses. (e.g., medical bills, lost income, etc.) Proving negligence can be complex, and your actions immediately following a car accident are critical. Milano Legal Group Can Help You Our highly experienced Houston Car Accident Lawyer can help you preserve the critical evidence you need to prove fault and obtain the compensation you deserve. Message us online or call (713) 489-4270 today for your free consultation.