Texas – December 31, 2020

Emergency crews in Longview were called to aid victims of a two-vehicle pin-in crash on Judson road.  One person was taken to the hospital following the crash near Farm to Market Road 1844 after air bags were deployed, while the other vehicle landed on its side after the crash.  The Longview Public Safety Department was investigating the accident that may have been caused by rain and wet roadway conditions.  Accident attorneys can be instrumental in the processes that determine fault and the amount of damage compensation victims are entitled to under Texas laws.  In 2019 there were 731 people killed in crashes occurring at intersections, or related to an intersection, but there were no accidents related to bridge collapse. 

Weather conditions.

Weather conditions can contribute to automobile accidents, coupled with other environmental factors they may cause more damage.  Conditions that could contribute include slick roads caused by foreign objects, loose debris, ice, rain, and wet leaves.  Visual obstructions caused by rain, sleet, or snow, smoke, fog, or other factors that reduce visibility may increase accidents in Texas.  Certain roadway designs, signs and signals, and other highway-related conditions can be exacerbated by the weather, but may expose liability on additional parties in automobile accident cases.  Federal, state, and local governments have a duty to safely design, construct, and maintain the roadways used for travel by commercial and passenger vehicles.  If they are negligent in those duties, they may share partial responsibility for some roadway collisions, and bear the brunt of property loss and injury damages.  It is always  best to speak with an accident attorney after a crash in Texas.

Government agency.

When car accident attorneys name a government agency as a party to legal action, or insurance settlements, some of the laws toward recovery are different.  There is a 180 day period to file a notice against a government entity regarding tort claims and a maximum amount that accident victims may recover, depending on what type of government unit is being sued. The state and municipalities allow up to $250,000 per person and $500,000 per incident. All other levels of government allow for $100,000 per person and $300,000 per incident

Damages.

When an accident results in damages that include property loss, personal injury, or death, award values requested by accident attorneys figure in amounts for lost earnings, resultant medical bills and care, household expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium if someone dies because of the accident.  If the accident was caused by a malicious action Texas courts may award punitive damages but limits them at  two times the amount of actual damages up to $750,000 in total damages, or $200,000. An accident attorney can explain the possibility of punitive damages based on individual cases.

 Hire an attorney.

Contact a professional attorney at the Cooper Law Firm for a free consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret the law to support a case’s best outcome toward compensation for car accident injuries and related fatalities.

Cooper Law Firm

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2222
Longview, TX 75606

Physical Address: 501 N Third St,
Longview, TX 75601

Telephone ; (903) 297-0037
Toll-Free: 1-855-297-HURT (4878)
Facsimile: (903) 236-0035

Sources:

https://www.news-journal.com/news/police/crews-respond-to-two-vehicle-crash-north-of-longview/article_da278144-4baa-11eb-9a9a-9b995278adfa.html

https://ftp.txdot.gov/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2019/01.pdf

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/auto-insurance.html

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/CIVILPRACTICEANDREMEDIESCODE.pdf