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harris county car accident lawyerMore than 6 million auto accidents occur in the United States each year. In those crashes, over 3 million people are injured. Some injuries are minor, but others can have a significant impact on the life of the affected person. In fact, about 2 million people per year suffer permanent injuries in car crashes, and sadly, not all of these severely injured individuals will receive compensation. This is, in part, because far too many of them do not seek treatment until it is too late. If you experience an accident, it is important to know how to avoid the same troubling fate.  

Adrenaline and Injury Symptoms

When a crash happens, those involved often experience a rush of adrenaline. This evolutionary response to trauma can mask the symptoms of an injury, leading the person to believe they are fine. Even more troubling is that, even when symptoms do start to manifest, people often fail to directly attribute them to the accident. If they continue to overlook the connection and never seek treatment, their risk for long-term complications and/or death can increase dramatically. 

Symptoms That Could Indicate a Serious Injury

One of the biggest reasons that people may not immediately attribute their delayed symptoms to an accident is that, at first glance, the symptoms might not seem very serious. For example, a simple headache after a crash could be an indication of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a blood clot, or brain hemorrhaging. Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulder area—which might be written off as stress from the accident or simply being “shaken up”—could be an indication of whiplash. Back pain could indicate a herniated disc or damage to nerves or muscles. 

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Houston Car Crash Injury Lawyer

Losing someone you love in a head-on collision can be a traumatic and devastating experience. While grieving, it may seem impossible to consider taking legal action. But if the accident was caused by another person's negligence or recklessness, filing a wrongful death claim could provide some closure and help your family receive financial compensation for damages like lost financial support. Here is what you need to know about taking legal action after a loved one dies in a head-on collision.

Identifying Negligence or Recklessness That Led to the Accident

In order for any successful wrongful death claim, there must be evidence that another individual or party was negligent or reckless in their actions and directly responsible for causing the accident that resulted in the victim's death. This means gathering physical evidence from the accident site (such as photos or video footage) as well as witness statements and police reports detailing how exactly the crash happened. The more evidence that can be provided, the stronger your case will be when it comes time to present it in court. Fortunately, you will not need to do this yourself. Work with an attorney experienced in wrongful death cases who can gather and preserve evidence to use during your claim.

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Houston personal injury lawyerWhen we discuss possible injuries after car accidents, many of us tend to think of broken bones and other physical injuries that can heal with due time and rest. One of the costliest injuries a person can suffer is hearing or vision loss

While injury claims for hearing or vision loss can certainly lead to some considerable payouts by insurance companies, people also need to understand that many insurers will aggressively try to limit what they have to pay in such cases. For this reason, any person dealing with hearing or vision loss issues following a car accident in Houston will want to be sure that they are working with an experienced car accident attorney.

Pedestrian Safety Tips in Houston

People can suffer vision or hearing loss in car crashes in many ways. Consumer Affairs reports that 17 percent of people exposed to deployed airbags can suffer from permanent hearing loss.

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houston pedestrian accident lawyerKTRK-TV reported on December 11 that three different pedestrians were killed in Houston after three separate car accidents. One person was hit and killed by a vehicle on the inbound lanes of the Southwest Freeway at the 288 merger.

A woman died after being struck by a car near Westheimer Road, with the woman reportedly running out of gas on the eastbound side of Westheimer Road and trying to carry a gas can across through westbound lanes when she was hit by a vehicle. A pedestrian crossing Farm to Market (FM) 1960 East outside a crosswalk was struck by a Mitsubishi sedan, but all drivers mentioned here reportedly stayed at the scenes of the crashes and did not display any signs of intoxication.

Pedestrian Safety Tips in Houston

People who walk to and from destinations in the Houston area are right to worry about their own safety when they read stories like these, but the same people also need to be aware that pedestrians themselves can dictate their own safety. Everybody needs to practice good planning when they are planning to be pedestrians.

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houston car accident lawyerA woman died in Houston recently after she drove the wrong way and crashed head-on into another vehicle on Interstate 610 (I-610) North. A deputy with the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office saw the woman going the wrong way on Hardy Toll Road at about 2:30 a.m., but could not get her attention.

When the woman made it to I-610, she collided head-on with another man who was transported to a hospital in critical condition while the woman died at the scene. Investigators did not indicate whether the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

How Wrong-Way Crash Cases Work

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way crashes only account for 2 percent of all motor vehicle accidents but they account for 10 percent of traffic fatalities. Wrong-way crashes often occur because people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but other common reasons can include distracted driving, confusion with traffic signs, or entering highways from off-ramps.

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