Based in Tyler, the attorneys at Negem & Worthington help clients throughout East Texas who have been injured in auto accidents, including drunk driving accidents, recover the full compensation to which they are entitled.
We understand that after a serious accident you need to concentrate on your recovery. Unfortunately, the minimum liability insurance required by Texas law is usually inadequate to cover the damages caused by catastrophic accidents. While receiving compensation for the harm you have suffered is of utmost importance, the stress of a lawsuit can be taxing. With this in mind, we will take over the case and use our collective skill and experience to uncover every contributing cause of your accident and identify all potentially liable parties. We can also assist you in finding medical specialists and other care providers, and petition that they wait for payment until your case is resolved through settlement or trial. For a free case review, contact us today.
Causes of Auto Accidents
Drivers must exercise reasonable care on Texas' roads and highways; however, most auto accidents stem from failure to abide by traffic laws or negligent and/or reckless driving, such as:
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to signal while turning
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to drive on the right side of the road
Also, drivers too often attempt to multi-task behind the wheel, engaging in such dangerous activities as talking and texting on cell phones. However, factors other than poor judgment behind the wheel contribute to the high number of car and truck collisions; in some cases, extenuating circumstances may have led to your accident, triggering third party liability.
Additional Causes of Accidents and Third Party Liability
Accidents are sometimes caused by factors unrelated to any particular driver's behavior, such as a vehicle malfunction, faulty mechanical repairs, or poorly maintained roads. In any of these circumstances, a third party may be liable for your injuries. For example, if a vehicle or vehicle component is proven to be dangerously defective, the manufacturer may be responsible for any harm caused by that defect. Similarly, if a mechanic fails to properly repair a vehicle, and that failure causes an accident, you may be entitled to recover from the mechanic and/or repair shop. If your accident was caused by deficient roadway maintenance, the state may be liable for any injuries that result. Inadequate roadway maintenance may include:
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Damaged or missing traffic signs
- Improper striping on passing lanes
- Problems with the roadway that obstruct a driver's vision
- Poorly placed trees and utility poles
The state may prosecute a criminal case against a person charged with driving under the influence (DUI); however, if you or a loved one was injured as a result of another's decision to drive drunk, you must seek compensation in civil court in order to recover for your personal injury or wrongful death. Due to diminished sensory perception and motor skills, drunk drivers rarely take evasive measures to mitigate the severity of collisions, leading to severe, high-impact accidents and especially serious injuries. If your accident was caused by a drunk driver, our experienced and aggressive auto accident lawyers will fight to see you fairly compensated for the losses you have suffered. In some cases, it may also be possible to pursue recovery against parties that provided alcohol to the drunk driver; under Texas law, liability may attach to liquor stores, bars, or restaurants who serve alcohol to persons who are obviously intoxicated.