Drivers running a red light are a frequent source of accidents that have costly repercussions. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that 13,422 car accidents in 2019 were caused by drivers who disregarded a stop sign or light.
If you were hit by a driver who ran a red light, you might be facing a lengthy recovery, expensive medical bills, vehicle repair bills, and other expenses. A McKinney running red light accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office may be able to help you seek compensation from the at-fault driver for these expenses and other damages. If you lost a family member in a red light accident, Underwood Law Office might be able to help you pursue a wrongful death claim.
Negligence, Liability, and Proportionate Responsibility
In cases of vehicle accidents, a driver may be deemed negligent if they failed to follow the rules of the roads and caused damages and injuries to another person. A driver who causes an accident through negligence may be financially liable for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other damages.
The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §33.001 establishes proportionate responsibility in personal injury cases. Under this law, if a driver is more than 50% responsible for the accident, that driver cannot claim any damages.
If you were involved in a red light accident, the other driver and their insurance company might try to claim that you were more than 50% responsible to avoid paying you for your damages. A McKinney running red light accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can work hard to demonstrate that you were not responsible for the accident and that you deserve financial compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a running red light accidents lawyer serving McKinney, call (972) 535-6377
What to Do After a Red Light Accident
After a red light accident in Texas, you should immediately report it to the police. The Texas Transportation Code §550 requires the driver of any accident resulting in injury or death to remain at the scene and report the accident to the local police or sheriff. Failure to do so may be punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both.
You should also see a doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation and treatment of your accident-related injuries. Skipping this step could make it hard to prove that the car accident was the cause of your injuries.
Finally, you may want to call Underwood Law Office at (972) 535-6377 for a free case review with a member of our team. We can answer your questions and discuss our services during this call.
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Determining Damages from a Red Light Accident
A McKinney running red light accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help you determine the value of your damages when we represent you. One way we can determine that value is to collect evidence to support your claim. Some of the evidence we collect may include vehicle repair bills, medical bills, prescription receipts, or over-the-counter medication receipts.
In general, you may be able to recover the following damages in a personal injury claim:
- All medical expenses, including doctor’s appointments, surgeries, rehabilitation services, and medication costs
- Your estimated future costs of medical treatment
- Loss of wages
- Reduced earning capability if you cannot continue in your current job
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
If you are pursuing a wrongful death claim, the potentially recoverable damages in your case may include:
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
How a McKinney Running Red Light Accident Lawyer Can Help You
When we work together on your case, a McKinney running red light accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can guide you through the legal process.
Some of the ways we can help may include:
- Investigating the accident
- Determining the value of your damages
- Seeking compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurance company
- Filing a lawsuit
To investigate the accident, your lawyer can collect evidence to determine who was at fault. This evidence may include accident reports, eyewitness testimony, written statements, and photographs. We can also hire accident reconstruction experts to testify in your defense, if necessary.
Your lawyer can take over all written and verbal communication with the other driver and their insurance company. Your lawyer can also negotiate for a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If we do not receive a settlement offer that is fair to you, we can take your case to trial.
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The Statute of Limitations in a Car Accident Case
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a red light accident, you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action against the other driver.
The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003 sets the general statute of limitations at two years for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit. In the case of personal injury, the two-year period begins the day of the accident. In the case of wrongful death, the period begins the day the death occurs.
If you wait too long, you may lose the right to sue the at-fault driver, and you may be unable to recover compensation for your damages.
Call Underwood Law Office Today
You do not need to face the aftermath of your accident alone. A McKinney running red light accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office may be able to coordinate all of the legal work in your case while you concentrate on your recovery.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call Underwood Law Office today at (972) 535-6377. If you qualify, we may be able to provide you with representation on a contingency-fee-basis, where you do not pay us attorney fees unless you win your case.