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.

woman injured in car accident

Those injured in a car accident in Houston are entitled to recover compensation from the at-fault party. There are two types of payment available to pursue: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory Damages Damages is a legal term that describes the different types of compensation available to victims in a car accident settlement or court award. Compensatory damages compensate a victim for their current and future losses. Within compensatory damages, there are two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic Damages: Financial losses that require evidence of the actual amount of money you have lost. Some examples include: Medical bills: emergency visits, hospital stays, physical therapy, outpatient procedures, prescription medications, etc. In-home medical care Nursing home or rehabilitation costs Medical treatment Property repair or replacement Lost wages from missed work Diminished earning capacity (if you are no longer able to work at the same level as before the accident) Non-Economic Damages: These damages do not reflect financial losses but are subjective. This makes them much more challenging to prove. For instance: Pain and suffering Emotional distress Loss of enjoyment of life Loss of opportunity Loss of consortium Physical impairment (e.g., disability, loss of a limb) Disfigurement Unjust hardship Punitive Damages The second type of compensation available in some car accident claims is punitive damages. They are rarely awarded and reserved for cases involving defendants who acted with malicious intent, oppression, or fraud. Punitive damages are a form of punishment to deter similar harmful acts by others in the future. How Much Compensation Can I Get After a Car Accident? The exact amount of compensation you will get after a car accident cannot be predicted, but an attorney can give you an estimate of how much you are entitled to.  Here are the guidelines typically used to discern a car accident claim value. Liability and Strength of the Case Liability is the legal term for fault. If there is strong evidence to support another party’s liability, it can dramatically increase the value of your claim. On the other hand, your compensation can be reduced if there is evidence that you are partially or the majority to blame. Texas courts follow the rule of modified comparative negligence, which means you must be 50% or less responsible for the accident to recover compensation, and your percentage of fault will reduce the amount you recover. Damages The severity of your injuries and other losses will directly impact your claim’s worth. The following factors are generally considered: Did you have pre-existing injuries, and if so, were they made worse? Are your injuries permanent? Amount, type, and cost of your medical care. Amount, type, and cost of future medical care. Are there any gaps in medical treatment, and if so, why? Amount of lost wages. Whether you will be able to return to work. Restrictions on daily life activities. How your life has been impacted. Whether your spouse or children have suffered. Causation There must be documentation that directly links your injuries to the car accident. If you did not seek medical care immediately following the collision, the insurance company can fight causation and allege that your injury was not caused by the car accident or was a pre-existing condition. Contact Us to Obtain the Compensation You Deserve Our Houston Car Accident Lawyer will strive to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible. Message us online or call (713) 489-4270 today for your free consultation.

Too Late to File Claim

Is it too late for you to claim an injury for your car or truck accident case? The general rule is: the longer you wait to seek medical treatment after a car accident, the more difficult it will be to prove your injuries.  The rationale for this view is twofold: (1) if you’re really hurt, why didn’t you see a doctor immediately; and (2) how do we know that your injury was caused by the accident since so much time has passed. There are four main reasons why you want to seek medical treatment as soon as possible following a car accident: Document your injury: When presenting to a healthcare provider soon after an accident, they will document your injury with what you tell them; they will perform diagnostic testing such as x-rays, MRI’s, CT scans, or labs; and all this information will be put into your medical records. This will act as objective proof that an injury exists and the likely cause of that injury. Causation: As mentioned above, seeking medical treatment temporally as close to the accident as possible will help to overcome questions of causation in your case. In car accident injury cases, you must prove “negligence.”  To prove “negligence,” you must show: (1) “the existence of a legal duty, (2) a breach of that duty, (3) and damages, (4) proximately caused by the breach.” Rodriguez–Escobar v. Goss, 392 S.W.3d 109, 113 (Tex. 2013).  This basically means you need to prove that the responsible driver’s carelessness caused your injuries.  When you don’t quickly seek medical treatment, insurance adjusters and juries begin to doubt the source of the injury was related to the accident. Mitigate your damages: the law bestows a duty on all aggrieved parties—the duty to mitigate your damages—to avoid making your injuries worse by neglecting your injuries. The responsible party will not be liable for any harm that you caused yourself by avoiding seeking medical attention. Validity: Seeking medical care immediately after an accident bolsters your injury claim and substantiates its validity. In other words, it makes it seem less likely that you may be “faking” it. Of course, there are several reasons people don’t see a doctor immediately following a car accident, all of which are reasonable.  You may not immediately feel that you are injured or injured enough to go to the emergency room.  You may not have health insurance or any money to pay for healthcare.  Indeed, these are all valid reasons.  However, it’s best to get advice from a car accident lawyer prior to communicating with the insurance company, especially if you’ve failed to get little or any medical treatment since the accident. We’ve had clients not seek treatment for months after a car accident and still received compensation.  But, it will definitely present significant challenges in your case and your compensation will likely be greatly reduced.  You can typically justify days or even weeks why you never sought medical treatment after your accident, but months become increasingly more difficult to explain away.  Do yourself a favor—if you think you may be injured, seek medical treatment immediately and avoid any problems with your health and your case!

Mother putting her baby securely in a car seat in case of a car accident

Selecting the right car seat and securing it properly are critical to keeping your child safe in a vehicle. Not only will a car seat help protect your child in an accident, but they are also mandated by Texas law.  What are Texas’s Car Seat Laws?  Any child who is younger than eight years old must ride in a child passenger safety seat system when traveling in a motor vehicle. The only exception is if the child is taller than 4 feet, 9 inches. An approved child passenger safety seat system is one that is in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and is:  Appropriate for the size and weight of the child; and Installed within and attached safely and securely to the motor vehicle, either: In accordance with the instructions for installation and attachment provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system; or, In another manner that is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car Seat Recommendations by Age The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) specifies the following seat recommendations by age, in order to keep children safe in vehicles:  All Children: Keep children in the back seat for as long as possible, or at least until age 12. It’s always the safest way to ride. Birth – 1 Year Old: Infants should be seated in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the seat manufacturer’s height and weight limits, typically around age one.  1 – 3 Years Old: Children should continue using a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. Then a child can use a forward-facing car seat with a harness until the child has reached the seat manufacturer’s height and weight limits, which could be anywhere from 65 to 90 pounds.  4 – 8 Years Old: After outgrowing the car seat with a harness, children can use a booster seat that raises them, so the car’s seat belt fits correctly and until they’ve grown tall enough, which is typically around 4 feet 9 inches.  8 – 12 Years Old: Once they fit correctly, children must wear a seatbelt. The lap belt should lie across the thighs, not the stomach. Additionally, the shoulder belt should not come across the face or neck.  Seat Belt Tips: Children sitting in booster seats designed for shoulder belts should not use only a lap belt. At no time should items such as books, towels, or pillows be used to boost a child.  Shoulder belts should always lie across the chest and never behind a person’s arm or back since it will eliminate any protection for the upper body in an accident.  Get Assistance with Installing and Inspecting Your Car Seat The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a directory of inspection stations that can connect you to a certified technician in your area. The certified technician will perform a car seat inspection for free and will demonstrate how to install and use your car seat correctly. Have You Been Involved in a Car Accident?  If you or someone you love has been involved in a severe car accident, speak to a skilled Houston car accident lawyer who can help. We offer free consultations.   

woman signing a personal injury waiver

Many recreational activities are inherently dangerous and require a signed liability waiver before you can participate in them. Under Texas law, signing a personal injury liability waiver generally releases another party from being held legally responsible for an injury or damage that the first party sustains. In other words, if you sign a liability waiver and get injured due to an unforeseen risk, you cannot sue the company for compensation.  Types of Activities that Require a Waiver Some of the most common activities that require a person to sign or agree to a waiver of liability include:  Skydiving Bungee jumping Equipment rentals Snowboarding and skiing Amusement parks Concerts Gyms Vehicle rentals Major sporting events Boat rentals Unguided tours Cruise ships Hunting tours Spas treatments Medical care (non-emergency situations) I Signed a Liability Waiver, Can I Still Sue?  If you signed a waiver prior to participating in an activity and you were injured, some circumstances may allow you to still sue the company. If your injury was the result of gross negligence or you were fraudulently induced to sign the waiver, you may be able to pursue a claim.  Gross Negligence: refers to the willful disregard for participant or customer safety. For example, a company is aware of a potential hazard but does not take action to fix or mitigate the risk of an injury.  If your injury was due to a company’s ordinary negligence, the liability waiver may prevent you from suing the company.  Ordinary Negligence: refers to the risks or unsafe conditions that can arise even if a company or property owner is attempting to keep the premises reasonably safe—for example, broken equipment, misinformation, improper maintenance, etc. However, if you suffer an injury resulting from engaging in the activity in an unauthorized manner or during the normal course of participation, the waiver is much more likely to be found valid.  Do I Have To Sign a Waiver? Yes, if you want to participate in the activity or rent the equipment, the company will typically require you to sign the liability waiver. However, the choice is still yours. Make sure to read every word of the release carefully before signing so you know exactly what rights you may be giving up. Only sign if you agree and fully understand the terms of the contract.  What To Do if You Have Been Injured but Signed A Waiver The best thing you can do if you are injured but have signed a liability waiver is to speak to a Houston personal injury lawyer. Having an attorney evaluate your accident will be your best option if you want to be fairly compensated. There are distinct factors that render a liability waiver unenforceable. They understand these types of contracts and can help you prove liability.  We Can Help  Contact Milano Legal Group to work with a team that understands these personal injury liability waivers and can help you prove the agreement to be unenforceable. Call us today at (713) 489-4270 or message us online to schedule your free consultation.    

man calling car accident lawyer after no-injury auto accident

Most car accident claims involve bodily injuries, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recover compensation if you aren’t injured in a collision. If your no-injury car accident resulted in damages of any kind, you can file a claim.  Types of Available Compensation for a No-Injury Car Accident After most collisions, you can file an insurance claim for non-injury damages. Non-injury damages is a legal term for compensation that covers losses from a car accident that do not involve medical care or treatment for an injury. Your non-injury damages might include compensation for: Property Damage Payment for the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle, as well as any other personal items damaged in the accident.  Rental Car You can claim the costs for a rental car if you need one while yours is in the shop or while waiting for a check for reimbursement.  Lost Income If you have to miss any time away from work due to your accident, you can recover lost wages. In some cases, you may be able to recover damages for diminished earning capacity if you can no longer work or cannot work at the same level as before your car accident. Who Is Responsible For Paying My Damages? The driver who caused your accident is responsible for your damages. Typically, you will file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. This is called a third-party claim because you are the third party to the other driver and their insurer. The insurance company will process your claim, but they will also investigate the accident to determine that their policyholder was truly at fault. Most car accident claims settle outside of court. However, if the negligent party or their insurance company refuses to offer you a fair amount based on your losses, you may benefit from filing a property damage lawsuit. An alternative option is to file a claim against your own auto insurance policy. However, you will be responsible for your deductible until your insurer recovers compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.  If you discover that the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, you will need to go through your own insurance company directly if you have UM/UIM (Uninsured/underinsured motorist) insurance coverage. If you happened to have rejected this coverage as part of your policy, you can still file a claim against your collision coverage. However, if you only carry liability insurance and the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, your only option for compensation is to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver personally.  Do I Need a Lawyer?  No-injury car accident claims typically do not require a lawyer, but hiring one can be beneficial. Car accident lawyers take the burden of dealing with the insurance company off of your shoulders. They will also gather evidence, evaluate your damages, and handle the negotiations for you. In the event that you pursue a lawsuit against the driver or their insurance company, an attorney will make certain that the proper steps are taken to ensure you recover the compensation you are entitled to.  Contact Milano Legal Group A no-injury car accident can still result in extensive damages. Speak to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer to discuss your legal options. Reach us online or call (713) 489-4270 today for a free consultation.

What to Do After a Hit-and-Run

Texas’daki bir araba kazasından sonra zararlarınız için adil bir tazminat almak, hatalı sürücü kaza mahallinde durarak size bilgilerini verdiğinde bile zaten yeterince zor olabilir. Ancak vur – kaç kazasında yaralandıysanız, tazminat almak daha da güçleşebilir. Zararlarınızın karşılığı olan tazminatı güvence altına almak için vur – kaç kazalarında nasıl bir yol izlemelisiniz ve hangi adımları atmalısınız öğrenin. Vur – Kaç Kazası Nedir? Sürücülerin kaza gerçekleştikten sonra kaza mahallinde durma yükümlülüğü vardır. Texas Ulaşım Kanunu Bölüm 550‘ye göre, bir araba kazasına karışan sürücü, kaza mahalline mümkün olduğunca yakın bir yerde durmalı, herhangi birinin yaralı olup olmadığına bakmalı, eğer gerekli ise yardım çağırmalı, yaralanma veya maddi hasar var ise kazayı rapor etmeli ve diğer sürücü ile bilgi alışverişinde bulunmalıdır. Kaza mahallini bu yükümlülüklerini yerine getirmeden terk etmek vur – kaç olarak tanımlanır. Vur – kaç kazasında hatalı sürücü, adını vermeden veya kazada yaralananlara yardım teklif etmeden önce olay yerinden kaçar. Bir başkasının olay yerini bulması ve yardım istemesi zaman alacağından, vur – kaç kazaları özellikle kazadan ötürü yaralanan ve/veya araç hasarı oluşan mağdurlar için tehlikeli olabilir. Vur – kaç kazaları, kaza mağdurlarının tazminat almalarını da zorlaştırabilir; çünkü ilgili sigorta şirketi nezdinde talep oluşturabilmeleri için kusurlu sürücünün bilgilerine sahip olamayacaklardır. Vur – Kaç Kazalarının Cezai Yaptırımları Bir trafik kazasına sebep olmak ve ardından kaza mahallini terk etmek Texas yasalarına aykırıdır. Polis sanığı yakalar ve sanığın vur – kaç eylemini gerçekleştirdiği sabit olursa, bunun ağır cezai yaptırımları vardır. Texas’da kaza mahallini terk etmek, verilen hasarların ciddiyetine bağlı olarak bir kabahat (misdemeanor) veya ağır suç (felony) teşkil edebilir. Kişi, vur – kaç eylemini gerçekleştirdiği için 10 yıla kadar eyalet hapishanesinde hapis, 500 ila 5.000 ABD doları arasında para cezası, ehliyet iptali ve diğer cezalarla karşı karşıya kalabilir. Vur – Kaç Kazalarının Hukuki Yaptırımları Texas’da kaza mahallini terk etmenin cezai yaptırımları olduğu gibi hukuki sonuçları da vardır. Hukuki yaptırımlar, yaralı bir mağdurun kazaya sebep olan hatalı sürücüye karşı açtığı hukuk davasının sonucunu ifade eder. Hukuki yaptırımlar, yaralı mağdurun tedavi edilerek sağlığına kavuşmasını ve mağduru kaza öncesi durumuna geri getirmeyi amaçlamaktadır. Bu hukuki yaptırımlar çerçevesinde, vur – kaç eylemini gerçekleştiren kişi, mağdurun tıbbi faturalarını, kaza sebebiyle işe gidemediği için kaybettiği ücretini, araç hasarını, kazanın sebep olduğu rahatsızlık, acı ve ıstırap ve manevi zararlarını ve daha fazlasını ödemek zorunda kalabilir. Birçok vur – kaç kazasında, vur – kaç eylemini gerçekleştiren davalı taraf, ayrıca, davalı tarafın ağır ihmali nedeniyle onu cezalandırmak ve ibret teşkil etmesi adına, ek cezai tazminat ödemek zorunda da kalabilir. Vur – Kaç Kazalarında Yapılması ve Yapılmaması Gerekenler Texas’da vur – kaç kazasından sonra zararlarınızın karşılığı olan tazminatı alabilmek için, kazanın mağduru olarak yapmanız gerekenler vardır. İlk olarak, vur – kaç kazasını derhal polise bildirin. Kaza mahallinden 911’i arayın. Kazaya sebep olan sürücünün vurup kaçtığını söyleyin. Sağlık görevlileri ve polis memurları gelene kadar bulunduğunuz yerde kalın. Polis geldiğinde vur – kaç kazasının nasıl gerçekleştiğini anlatın. Polise vurup kaçan sürücü hakkında aracının markası ve modeli, nereden gelip ne tarafa gittiği gibi mümkün olduğunca fazla bilgi vermeye çalışın. Bedensel yaralanmalarınız var ise tıbbi yardım alın ve tedavinize dair rapor ve faturalarınızı saklayın. Kendi sigorta şirketinizi arayarak, sigortasız / yeterli sigortası olmayan sürücü teminatınız kapsamında talebinizi oluşturun. Olabildiğince fazla delil toplamadan vur – kaç kaza mahallini terk etmeyin. Örneğin, telefonunuzla araç hasarınızın fotoğraflarını çekin. Çekilen bu fotoğraflar kaza ile ilgili delil oluşturacağı için oldukça önemlidir. Vur – kaç kazasının yaşandığı bölgede bir araştırma yapın. Aracın bırakıldığı yere yakın iş yerlerinden birine ait kamera ya da trafik kameralarının olup olmadığını kontrol edin. Eğer aracın park edildiği bölge insanların yoğun şekilde bulunduğu ve pek çok iş yerinin yer aldığı bir bölge ise olaya şahit olmuş biri veya birileri bulunabilir. Eğer şahitleri tespit ederseniz iletişim bilgilerini alın. Unutmayın; topladığınız herhangi bir bilgi, polisin vurup kaçan sürücüyü belirlemesine yardımcı olabilir. Ayrıca, topladığınız bilgiler, sigorta şirketi nezdinde talebinizi oluştururken size de yardımcı olacaktır. Kendi sigorta şirketinizin temsilcisi ile telefonda konuşurken vur – kaç kazası için hata veya kusur kabul etmeyin. Bir doktora görünene kadar yaralarınızla ilgili hiçbir soruya cevap vermeyin. Bir avukatla konuşmadan sigorta şirketinin size teklif edeceği anlaşmayı kabul etmeyin. En önemlisi, eğer ciddi yaralanmalarınız var ise vur – kaç kazasını tek başınıza halletmeye çalışmayın. Sigorta şirketiniz ile zararlarınızın telafisi için yapılacak görüşmelerden maksimum faydayı almak için bir araba kazası avukatına başvurun. Sigortasız veya yeterli sigortası olmayan sürücü teminatınız var ise, bu teminatınız vur – kaç kazasından kaynaklanan zararlarınızı tazmin edebilir. Eğer böyle bir teminatınız yok ise avukatınızın, zararlarınızın tazmini için diğer alternatifleri araştırması gerekir. Deneyimli bir kaza avukatı, Texas’da vur – kaç kazalarında ne yapmanız ve ne yapmamanız gerektiği konularında size yol gösterecektir.   Elif Dag-Milano Elif Dag-Milano, Texas Barosu, İstanbul Barosu ve Türkiye Barolar Birliği’ne kayıtlı avukattır ve bedensel yaralanmalar uzmanlık alanıdır. Elif, özellikle, araba kazası, kamyon kazası, motosiklet kazası, tır ve benzeri ticari araç kazası, yayaların maruz kaldıkları kazalar ile köpek ısırmaları ve ölüm tazminatları alanında hizmet vermekte ve müvekkilleri adına alınabilecek en yüksek tazminatı almak için büyük bir özveri ve titizlik ile çalışmaktadır. Uyarı: Burada verilen bilgiler hukuki tavsiye niteliğinde değildir ve bir avukat-müvekkil ilişkisi oluşturmaz.

man adjusting motorcycle helmet to protect him from an accident

A helmet is by far the most critical piece of safety gear when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Helmets saved 1,859 lives in 2016 and reduce the overall risk of dying in an accident by 37 percent. That is why many states, including Texas, have helmet laws in place to promote safety.  Current Helmet Laws in Texas For most motorcycle riders, helmets are a requirement. They protect your safety, and they can drastically reduce the possibility of a brain injury or death from an accident. But, some people in Texas have the option not to wear a helmet under certain circumstances. First, motorcyclists must be older than 21 before helmets are an option. After that, riders must complete an approved motorcycle operator safety and training course, as well as carry proof of the appropriate health insurance coverage to be allowed to ride without a helmet. This insurance of at least $10,000 worth of coverage is intended to take care of medical expenses in the event of an accident. It also shows that the motorcyclist accepts the risks that come with riding without a helmet. Helmet Requirements  Motorcycle helmets must meet the following safety standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation:  It must weigh at least three pounds. Unsafe helmets usually weigh only one pound or less.  An inner liner that has a layer of firm polystyrene foam at least one inch thick. This may not be visible, but its thickness can be felt.  Sturdy chin straps with rivets. Any external components or decorations do not extend further than two-tenths of an inch from the helmet’s surface. The helmet has a manufacturer’s label with the name, model, size, month and year it was manufactured, and the type of materials used. A “DOT” sticker is on the back of the helmet, certifying compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards. Novelty helmet sellers may give motorcyclists counterfeit DOT stickers to place on a non-compliant helmet, which is why all the other standards must be observed to distinguish if a helmet is safe.  The Impact of Helmets on Liability If you are injured in a motorcycle accident while not wearing a helmet, it can be extremely challenging to recover full and fair compensation, particularly if you were required by law to wear one. The reason being that victims have the burden of proving another party’s negligence caused the accident before receiving compensation. The at-fault party may deny liability or fight your claim by suggesting your negligence in choosing not to wear a helmet was the actual cause of your injuries.  Texas courts follow the rule of modified comparative negligence with a 51% bar. This rule can dramatically reduce or eliminate your compensation if you are also responsible for your accident. If you are found more than 50 percent at fault for your motorcycle accident, you are barred from financial recovery. If less than 51 percent of the blame is placed on you, you can recover compensation, but it will lower it. For example, if you are awarded $10,000 and found 40 percent at fault, you will receive $6,000. If you are awarded $10,000 and found 51 percent at fault, you won’t receive anything.  Speak to a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer For more information on Texas state laws regarding motorcycle helmets, or if you believe you have an injury claim, speak to a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Milano Legal Group. We offer free consultations; call (713) 489-4270 or reach us online today.    

what to do after car accident

Trafik kazasında yaralanmış olun veya olmayın, haklarınızı korumak adına gerekli adımları atmanız çok önemlidir. Aracınızdaki hasarın ufak olduğunu veya bedensel yaralanmalarınızın olmadığını düşünüyor olsanız bile bir Texas kaza avukatının görüşüne başvurmak her zaman iyi bir fikirdir. Zira, sonradan hissetmeye başladığınız ağrılarınız veya sonradan ortaya çıkan bedensel yaralanmalarınız için tıbbi tedavi almak istediğinizde veya aracınızdaki hasarın aslında sizin sandığınızdan daha fazla olduğunu fark ettiğinizde, başınıza gelen trafik kazasını, sigorta talepleriniz için belgelediğinizden emin olmalısınız. 1. DERHAL TIBBİ TEDAVİ ALIN Trafik kazasına uğradıktan sonra vakit geçirmeden tıbbi tedavinize başlayın. 911’i arayın ve polis ile itfaiye, ambulans veya acil servis yetkililerinin kaza mahalline gelmelerini bekleyin. Sağlığınız bu aşamadaki ilk önceliğiniz olmalıdır. Eğer itfaiye veya ambulans kaza mahalline gelirse, acil service gitmeniz sizin için en iyisi olabilir. Eğer yaralandığınızı düşünüyorsanız, acil servise gidin. Unutmayın ki, küçük bir darbe bile önemli yaralanmalara neden olabilir. İç kanama, kırık kemikler veya travmatik beyin yaralanmaları gibi yaşamı tehdit eden durumları kontrol altına almak veya bertaraf etmek için, yaralanmalarınızın ciddi olduğunu düşünmeseniz bile acil servise gitmek akıllıca olabilir. Acil serviste tedavi görmeye karar verirseniz, acil servis personeline semptomlarınızdan herhangi birini açıklarken mümkün olduğunca detaylı bir açıklama yaptığınızdan emin olun. Doktor semptomlarınızı bilmiyorsa, sizi doğru şekilde teşhis edip tedavi edemez. Ayrıca, tüm şikayetlerinizi doktorunuza belirtmezseniz acil servis kayıtlarınızda bu şikayetleriniz görünmez. Bu durum ise daha sonra sigorta şirketinden bedensel yaralanmalarınız ile ilgili talepte bulunurken taleplerinizi olumsuz yönde etkileyebilir. Doktorunuzun tavsiyelerini her zaman dinleyin. Eğer aile doktorunuz ile veya diğer başka bir sağlık çalışanı ile tedavinize devam etmenizi tavsiye eder ise, doktorunuzun bu tavsiyelerine her zaman uyun. Eğer tıbbi yardıma derhal başvurmadıysanız ve yaralandıysanız, mümkün olan en kısa sürede daha fazla vakit kaybetmeden tıbbi tedavinize başlayın. 2. “TRAFİK KURALLARI”NI BİLİN – TEXAS HUKUKU ÇERÇEVESİNDEKİ YÜKÜMLÜLÜKLERİNİZ NELERDİR? Öncelikle, yukarıda da belirttiğimiz üzere, bedensel yaralanmalarınız ve sağlık durumunuza dair önlemlerinizi derhal almalısınız. Ancak, bir motorlu taşıt kazasına karıştıktan sonra nasıl hareket edeceğiniz ile ilgili olarak Texas yasaları çerçevesindeki yükümlülüklerinizi de bilmelisiniz. Texas Taşıma Kanunu Başlık 7, Alt başlık C, Bölüm 550’ye göre: Bir trafik kazası neticesinde bedensel yaralanma veya ölüm gerçekleşti ise, kazaya karışanlar derhal aşağıdaki önlemleri almalıdır: Kaza mahallinde veya kaza mahalline mümkün olduğu kadar yakın bir yerde aracınızı durdurun; Aracınızı kazanın gerçekleştiği yerde durdurmadıysanız, kaza mahalline geri dönün; Kazaya karışan araç sürücüleri olarak, birbirinize veya araçtaki yolcuya veya kazada yaralanan herhangi bir kişiye, ad-soyad, adres, araç tescil numarası, motorlu taşıt sorumluluk sigortası bilgilerinizi verin; Kazada yaralanan herhangi bir kişiye tedavinin gerekli olduğu açıkça görülüyorsa veya yaralı kişi nakil talep ederse, kişinin tıbbi tedavi için bir doktora veya hastaneye nakledilmesini veya nakledilmesi için gerekli düzenlemelerin yapılmasını sağlayın. Bir kişinin yaralanması veya ölmesi veya bir aracın normal ve güvenli bir şekilde sürülemeyecek ölçüde hasar görmesi durumunda ise ilgili polisi derhal uyarın. Kaza mahallinde durulmaması ve olay yerinden kaçılması veya yukarıdaki kurallara uyulmamasının ağır hukuki sonuçları vardır. Buna göre, bir kişinin ölümü ile sonuçlanan kazalar için ikinci derece ağır suç (felony), çok ciddi bedensel yaralanmayı içeren kazalar için ise üçüncü derece ağır suç (felony) yaptırımları ile karşılaşmak mümkündür. Eğer daha az ciddi bedensel yaralanmayı içeren bir kaza söz konusu ise eyalet hapishanesinde beş yıla kadar veya ilçe hapishanesinde bir yıla kadar hapis cezası, 5.000 dolara kadar para cezası veya hem para cezası hem de hapis cezası yaptırımlarıyla karşılaşmak mümkündür. Bir kaza yalnızca araç hasarını kapsadığında ise, ilgili tarafların şunları yapması gerekir: Kaza mahallinde veya kaza mahalline mümkün olduğunca yakın bir yerde, trafiği gereğinden fazla engellemeden aracınızı derhal durdurun; Aracınızı kazanın gerçekleştiği yerde durdurmadıysanız, kaza mahalline derhal geri dönün; ve Bilgi verme ve yardım sağlama gerekliliklerine uyana kadar kaza mahallinde kalın. Bu kurallara uyulmaması, tüm araçlara verilen hasarın 200 dolardan az olması durumunda C Sınıfı bir kabahatle veya tüm araçlara verilen hasar 200 dolar veya üzerindeyse B Sınıfı kabahatle sonuçlanabilir. 3. POLİS MEMURUNUN KAZA RAPORU HAZIRLAMASINI İSTEYİN Polis geldiğinde, kaza raporu hazırladığından emin olun. Zira, kaza raporu, söz konusu kaza ile ilgili sigorta şirketi nezdinde talep oluşturduğunuzda size yardımcı olacaktır. Texas Polis Memuru Kaza Raporu Nedir? (CR-3 Form)? Texas Polis Memuru Kaza Raporu, ilgili trafik kazasının yazılı bir özetidir. Kazanın olduğu zamanı, tarihi, lokasyonu, kazaya karışan kişileri, kazaya şahit olanları, kazanın oluş şeklini ve kazada hangi tarafın hatalı olduğunu veya polis memurunun kazaya kimin sebep olduğu ile ilgili varsayımlarını içerir. Texas Taşıma Kanunu Bölüm 550.062’ye göre, Texas polisi, trafik kazası sebebiyle bir yaralanma veya ölüm meydana geldiyse veya araçta meydana gelen hasar 1.000 dolar veya üzerindeyse Kaza Raporu (Peace Officer’s Crash Report) hazırlamakla yükümlüdür. Texas polisi ayrıca hazırlamış olduğu söz konusu kaza raporunu kazanın olduğu tarihten itibaren en geç on gün içinde Texas Ulaştırma Departmanı’na sunmakla yükümlüdür. Texas Kaza Raporlarını buradan satın alabilirsiniz. Eğer söz konusu trafik kazası yaralanma veya ölüme sebebiyet vermedi ise veya araç hasarı 1.000 doların altında ise, yine de Mavi Form Kaza Raporunun (CR-2 Form) (Blue Form Crash Report) doldurulması sizin yararınıza olacaktır. Sürücü tarafından bu raporun hazırlanması ve tutulması hukuken bir yükümlülük değildir. Bu rapor sadece sürücünün kendi kayıtları için faydalıdır ve 1 Eylül 2017’den itibaren ise Texas Ulaştırma Departmanı’na sunulmasına veya departmanda kayıt altına alınmasına gerek yoktur. Trafik kazasına karışan sürücülerin polisin gelmediği veya rapor tutulmasına gerek olmadığı durumlarda vakit kaybetmeksizin CR-2 Form’unu doldurmaları ve kazaya dair tüm detayları bu rapora yazmaları zaman içerisinde kaza ilgili bilgilerin unutulması ihtimaline karşı çok önemlidir. Önemli: Bir kazadan sonra polis memuruna ifadenizi vermeden hemen acil servise götürülürseniz mümkün olan en kısa sürede bir kaza avukatını aramanız yararınıza olacaktır. Sadece bir taraf ifadesini verdiğinde, başka tanık veya başka kanıt yoksa, polis memuru genellikle sadece o tarafın söylediklerini dikkate alarak bir rapor hazırlayabilir. Bu durum ise, sigorta şirketi nezdindeki iddia ve taleplerinizi olumsuz yönde etkileyebilir. Bu gibi durumlarda, polis memuru ile iletişim kurmak ve kazada kimin hatalı olduğunu açıklığa kavuşturmak adına bir kaza avukatı ile iletişime geçmeniz sizin için en iyisi olacaktır. 4. KANIT TOPARLAYIN Kaza mahallinin çekebildiğiniz kadar çok fotoğrafını çekin. Artık hayatımızdaki her önemli olayı belgelemek için en iyi araca sahibiz—akıllı telefon. Çoğumuzun bir iPhone’u veya yüksek çözünürlüklü kamerası olan başka bir akıllı telefonu var. Onu kullanın. Yolun, kendi arabanızın, diğer sürücünün arabasının ve vücudunuzda oluşan yaralanmaların, morluklar, kesikler ve çizikler gibi…

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There is a time limit known as the “statute of limitations” for filing any type of personal injury lawsuit in Texas. In most cases, victims harmed by another’s negligent actions or their failure to act have two years to bring a claim. The failure to do so within the allotted time will typically cost you your right to obtain any amount of compensation. Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Texas Under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code section 16.003., the two years designated for personal injury victims to file a lawsuit typically begins on the date the accident occurred. It is usually in your best interest to begin the claims process relatively soon after your injuries have occurred. However, that does not mean that you should resolve your claim before you have reached “maximum medical improvement” (MMI) or understand the total value of your case. If you have suffered serious harm, most personal injury lawyers would advise that you wait to settle a claim until you fully recover and know the full implications of your injury. If your claim is against a Texas state or local government employee or agency, you must file a formal claim with the government unit within six months of the accident. Since the timeline and filing requirements are more stringent for personal injury claims against the government, it is vital to speak to an attorney immediately after the accident to ensure your rights are protected. What If You Miss the Two Year Deadline? In general, there’s no way around the statute of limitations. If you wait until after the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim has expired, the party you are attempting to sue will typically file a “motion to dismiss.” Pointing out that the statute of limitations has run will almost always result in your case being dismissed unless a rare exception applies to your claim entitling you to more time. The personal injury statute of limitations in Texas was established to streamline the legal process. That way, lawsuits are not brought to the courts several years after the incident occurred and after much of the significant evidence has been lost. Exceptions to Texas’ Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Several scenarios may temporarily stop the clock and extend Texas’ deadline to file a personal injury claim. These circumstances can include: The injured person is under the age of 18, or as described by Texas law — under a legal disability The injured person is not of sound mind The party who allegedly caused the injury leaves the State of Texas. The clock will begin running once the injury victim turns 18 or becomes mentally competent or once the party returns to Texas. The period of the responsible party’s absence will not count as part of the two-year statute. We Can Help If you believe you have a personal injury claim, speak to a trusted Houston Personal Injury Lawyer before the statute of limitations runs out. Call (713) 489-4270 today for a free consultation.