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Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident? We Can Help

An auto accident can leave you injured, unable to work, and unable to pay your regular monthly expenses. All auto accidents can result in serious injury even though they vary in type. The Texas auto accident attorneys of Noteboom – The Law Firm assist residents, and others throughout the state, who have suffered serious injuries in an auto accident. Our attorneys will focus on the law so you can focus on getting your life back on track. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

What is Included Under the “Umbrella” of Auto Accidents?

We generally think of an “auto accident” as one that involves two or more vehicles. There are other types of auto accidents that involve a car, pickup truck, SUV, or other passenger vehicle as well as motorcyclist, pedestrian, or bicyclist. In some instances, a passenger vehicle can be involved in an accident with a large commercial truck. All of these accidents are potentially very serious or fatal. The truck/auto accident can be catastrophic due to the size of the truck. A passenger vehicle involved with a motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian can be catastrophic because there is little to no protection for those not inside the automobile. Specifically: 

  • Motorcycle/auto accidents—The biggest danger to motorcyclists is definitely auto and truck drivers. Often, auto and truck drivers fail to treat motorcycles with the same respect and caution given to other vehicles. A motorcyclist is also more likely to be in the “blind spot” of another driver. Vehicles backing out of parking spaces are often responsible for motorcycle accidents. These drivers may fail to properly look for oncoming motorcyclists. Drivers may also change lanes without properly looking for a motorcyclist. Because motorcyclists have no seat belts, airbags, or a steel cage surrounding them, their injuries are likely to be very serious. 
  • Pedestrian/auto accidents—Pedestrians (especially children and the elderly) are very vulnerable when hit by an automobile. Children can often pull away from their parents, darting out into a street without looking. The elderly may take longer to cross the road and be hit by an impatient driver. Drivers are held to a higher standard where pedestrians are concerned. In most instances, it is the driver’s obligation to look for pedestrians and proceed through areas with a high pedestrian population with care. 
  • Bicycle/auto accidents—Like motorcyclists and pedestrians, bicyclists have no protection when hit by an automobile. This results in serious or fatal injuries. Motorists are held to a higher duty of care with bicyclists—the same as pedestrians—because a bicyclist has no protection. 
  • Commercial truck/auto accidents—A loaded commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. The “average” passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds. The sheer disparity in size almost ensures those in the passenger vehicle will suffer more significant injuries than the truck driver. 

How to Determine Liability Following an Accident

Of course, there are instances when liability for an auto accident is readily apparent. Other times, liability comes down to determining which party was careless or negligent. A police report can have information offered up by witnesses and parties which can indicate who is likely at fault. 

In certain cases, a law or rule of the road may have been clearly broken. If the person who caused your accident was significantly exceeding the speed limit or otherwise driving carelessly, then negligence per se could be at hand—that is, the defendant is negligent as a matter of law. In other circumstances, a factor such as being hit from behind may strongly suggest negligence. The majority of the time a driver hit from behind is not responsible for the accident. 

In the same way, a vehicle making a left-hand turn is almost always liable for a collision with a vehicle coming straight from the other direction. The exceptions might be if the vehicle did not stop at a stop sign or light or was significantly exceeding the speed limit. Accidents involving an automobile, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian are generally considered the fault of the auto driver. This is because pedestrians and bicyclist—due to their vulnerability—are owed a particular duty of care.  

The specific damage to your vehicle and the vehicle of the other driver could also prove which driver was negligent. If you have been involved in an auto accident, it is important that you speak to a knowledgeable motor vehicle accident attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm. 

What is Comparative Negligence Under Texas Law?

Some states operate under pure contributory negligence. This means if you are responsible for even one percent of the collision, you cannot recover damages for your injuries. Currently, four states and the District of Columbia apply this extremely strict rule. Texas, thankfully, is not one of them. Texas motor vehicle law operates under comparative negligence. Comparative negligence divides the “blame” for an accident proportionately to the fault of each driver. The victim’s compensation is then reduced by his or her degree of fault. So, assume another driver is over the legal limit for alcohol then hits your vehicle while making a left-hand turn. 

At first glance, the impaired driver is clearly responsible for the accident. However, if you sped up significantly (exceeding the speed limit) to get through a yellow light, it might be determined that you also bear some responsibility. If it is determined that you were 5 percent responsible, then if you were awarded $100,000, you would only receive $95,000.  Because Texas is actually a modified comparative fault state, it also implements the 51% bar. This means if you were more than 51% to blame for the collision, you are barred from collecting compensation for the accident. 

How Do I Know if I Need An Attorney?

If you have been involved in an auto accident and your injuries are anything above very minor, it is can definitely be beneficial for you to contact an experienced auto accident attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm. Especially if you are unable to work following your accident, you definitely need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney by your side. This is extremely important if you are to collect the compensation you are owed. If you are a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist, you almost certainly need a strong auto accident attorney in your corner. You may have injuries that will alter your life and need a highly skilled attorney to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.  

Noteboom—The Law Firm, Handle All Types of Injury Cases

There are many types of vehicle wrecks that can result in serious injuries. Matters handled by our auto accident attorneys include:

Each of these case types can result in catastrophic injury. Such harm means lost income, excessive medical bills, the need for ongoing medical care as well as a decreased quality of life. Hiring a law firm with experience in such matters can make a difference in whether or not you gain the compensation you deserve.

Our attorneys only handle cases involving serious injuries and will not see your case as a “quick settlement.” Once retained, we will immediately contact the insurance company so they will deal with us directly. We will work with vocational, economic, and rehabilitative experts to establish the extent of your projected care as well as the amount of economic damage done to your career. 

If the insurance company refuses to settle and denies you the relief that you are entitled to then we will file a Petition to begin a lawsuit. Our firm has been handling such cases in Hurst, and throughout Texas, since 1982. We are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Dallas, Fort Worth, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, and Grand Prairie. 

Contact Noteboom—The Law Firm  

We pride ourselves on the personal attention we provide to clients who have been in an auto wreck. We only handle a relatively small number of cases at any given time. Accordingly, we are in regular communication with our clients and our attorneys take a team-based approach so that each member of our team is up to speed on your situation. Chuck Noteboom and Brian Butcher are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Chuck’s expertise has been used to defend people throughout our state, since our firm was founded in 1982. This experience is one reason why we tell potential clients that if they can find a better law firm then they should hire that firm. Do not risk your future to a less-experienced lawyer. Contact our attorneys online or by telephone today.

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