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Houston Lawyer for Crashes Caused by a Negligent Driver

Drivers are much less likely to cause a traffic accident when they conscientiously obey all traffic laws and rules. Prohibitions against speeding, cell phone use, and other risky behaviors are designed to keep everyone on the road as safe as possible. Drivers know that it is dangerous to speed, disregard others' right-of-way, or to commit numerous other traffic violations. When a driver who violates these laws and rules does cause a car accident that leaves you injured, then you are likely entitled to compensation. Texas statutes pertaining to harm caused by law-breakers may offer you an additional layer of legal protection in this instance.

At the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, we are committed to pursuing compensation for those who were injured by someone who chose to disregard the rules of the road. Our knowledgeable Houston lawyers will strive to make the claims process as simple as possible for you so that you can focus on your personal recovery. We will support you through every step in the process.

Texas Negligence Per Se Laws Explained

In Texas, the legal doctrine of "negligence per se" offers a sort of shortcut to those who were injured by a party whose negligent conduct was against the law. If it can be shown that the at-fault party violated a law designed to protect the public's safety, and the injuries were of the sort that the law intended to prevent, negligence per se can be established. In these cases, the defendant may be automatically declared negligent with no further proof needed.

In a car accident claim involving a traffic law violation, it is likely that negligence per se can be shown. Laws against speeding, for example, are designed to protect the public from being injured in car accidents. If someone speeds, and they cause an accident that hurts someone, they have just caused precisely the type of harm that this law was designed to prevent. Negligence per se is likely established.

Dangerous Traffic Violations That Often Lead to Car Accidents

Almost any type of traffic violation creates some risk of accidents. Common traffic violations that lead to accidents include:

  • Speeding, including driving too fast for the current weather and road conditions
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Cell phone use other than hands-free calling
  • Failing to signal a turn or lane change
  • Not respecting other vehicles' right-of-way
  • Driving at night with missing headlights, taillights, or brake lights
  • Illegal U-turns
  • Improper passing, including passing too closely
  • Driving the wrong way or in the wrong lane

If the driver who struck you was committing any of these violations or engaging in other unsafe behaviors, they may be automatically considered negligent, and obtaining compensation may be a simpler process. If you are involved in a collision and suspect that the other driver was violating a traffic law, it is important to report the accident and your suspicions to the police.

Attorney for Drunk Driving Accidents

Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime rather than a rule violation, but the concept of negligence per se holds true in these cases. Because drunk drivers lack the reflexes of sober drivers, they are less likely to brake in a timely manner or take other steps to mitigate the severity of a car wreck. Accidents caused by people who chose to commit the crime of driving while intoxicated can be serious. Pursuing compensation can help you hold the drunk driver accountable while also collecting the financial award you need.

Traffic Violations and Commercial Trucks

The regulatory rules and traffic laws that commercial truck drivers and commercial driver's license (CDL) holders must comply with are stricter than those affecting regular drivers in personal vehicles. There are many specific rules contained in the Federal Motor Carrier (FMC) Safety Regulation that apply to both owners and operators of commercial vehicles.  For example, a CDL holder could commit a violation by driving for too long without an adequate break or by failing to make certain safety checks prior to operating their vehicle.

If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, it is important to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible so that they can begin gathering evidence promptly. Violations by commercial truck drivers are taken very seriously, and getting a lawyer who knows what these rules are and how to prove the violations is very important.  

Call a Houston Traffic Violation Accident Attorney

The Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec will work to prove the at-fault driver's negligence by proving they committed a traffic violation. Our skilled car accident attorneys will strive to recover compensation on your behalf so that you are not financially harmed by a crash that was not your fault. Contact us at 281-643-2000 for a free consultation.

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