The recovery process after an accident on a Texas highway can be very challenging and stressful. Physical, emotional, and financial wounds can take months to heal, and sometimes an injured person never returns to the life that he or she previously led. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car wreck, the compassionate car accident lawyer Jeffery B. Galbreath is here to assist you. The Galbreath Law Firm will pursue your claim with the tenacity that you deserve, whether during settlement negotiations or at trial.Hold Negligent Texas Drivers Accountable for Your Injuries
Car crashes happen every day in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has found that over 95,000 vehicular accidents happened in 2013 from distracted driving alone. Sadly, these texting, radio-adjusting, and makeup-applying drivers caused 460 fatalities and 18,635 serious injuries across the state. Thousands of other accidents happened from other causes, such as speeding, failure to obey signals, and driver impairment. Someone who is a victim of these careless behaviors can seek compensation by filing a negligence lawsuit.
The law governing a negligence claim requires that an injured party prove four things. The defendant must have owed the victim a legal duty of reasonable care, the defendant must have breached that duty, the victim must have suffered injuries as a result, and those injuries must have forced the victim to incur damages. Regarding the duty of reasonable care, Texas law is clear that all drivers owe everyone else using the road this duty.
The issue of whether that duty was breached is often a subject of dispute, however. Some ways to show that a motorist breached his or her duty of care are to show that the driver was speeding, texting while driving, failing to yield the right of way, running a red light, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But these are just a few examples. An experienced attorney can launch a detailed investigation into your accident to more thoroughly address who was at fault and why.
Damages available to injured parties in Texas include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If an accident resulted in a tragic death, certain family members may file a wrongful death action to seek other types of damages, such as funeral costs and loss of companionship. A lawyer can determine the damages that you should pursue after a thorough review of the circumstances and your specific injuries.
The Texas negligence statute of limitations requires an injured party to file a lawsuit within two years of an accident. But this is not the only reason that you should not wait too long to discuss your case with an attorney. A lawsuit takes time to prepare, and the value of a case often deteriorates with time when witnesses are not interviewed promptly and accident scenes are not adequately preserved via photographic or other methods. If you believe that a defendant has tampered with evidence, however, you can ask the court to sanction the defendant for spoliation. These sanctions can have serious consequences that affect the outcome of a claim.
The Galbreath Law Firm serves clients throughout the State of Texas including but not limited to the cities of Abilene, Sweetwater, Brownwood, Coleman, and Eastland. Counties include but are not limited to Taylor County, Nolan County, Brown County, Coleman County, and Eastland County.Abilene Accident Attorney Ready to Serve You
Having built a career serving the Abilene area, the aggressive accident lawyer Jeffery B. Galbreath is here to help people who have been involved in car wrecks throughout Taylor County, Jones County, and surrounding regions of Texas. You can schedule a free initial consultation with the Galbreath Law Firm at (325) 437-7000 or via the online contact form on this website. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help!