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Kingwood Car Accidents
Probably the single most significant cause of accidental injury or from car accidents. Every day across the greater Houston area, multiple people are hurt, and some are killed in a car accident. Some are caused by simple driver negligence, such as the driver failed to stop at a stop sign—other correction caused by speeding or failing to yield the right-of-way.
Some of the worst car accidents in Kingwood involve drunk driving. Drunk driving accidents are responsible for a very high percentage of fatal car accidents in our area.
A Kingwood personal injury lawyer can fight the insurance companies for you. People handling a car accident or other injury claim themselves often find the process very frustrating due to the insurance company’s lowball offers and ongoing efforts to delay.
Kingwood Trucking Accidents
Interstate 59 has multiple crashes every day near Kingwood. Some of these accidents are the fault of an 18-wheeler driver most are serious. Trucking accidents frequently involve severe injury because the big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
If you have been involved in a commercial accident vehicle, dealing with the truck accident attorney as opposed to an insurance carrier is a good step. Most people believe that the insurance carriers will offer them a fair settlement. However, those representing themselves are unaware of the actual value of your case and of the negotiation tactics that the insurance carriers use.
Getting an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side will provide the best opportunity to maximize your compensation.
Every day tens of thousands of Texas parents entrust their child’s care to daycare providers, either at a daycare center or private daycare based out of the provider’s home. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is misplaced, and the result is a child who becomes a victim of daycare abuse – either physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or who suffers an injury due to neglect.
If you believe that your child has been abused or injured by his or her daycare provider, pick up the phone and call the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400 to report the abuse immediately. Then call the Houston daycare negligence attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm.
Standards for Texas Daycare Centers
Texas law imposes minimum standards on the operation of all child care centers. Part of those standards requires that children in daycare centers are supervised at all times. This means that each child’s assigned caregiver is accountable for her care, which includes:
- Responsibility for ongoing activities;
- Maintaining appropriate visual and auditory awareness;
- Maintaining physical proximity;
- Knowledge of each child’s activity requirements and specific needs; and
- Intervening when necessary to ensure the child’s safety.
The amount of supervision required for each child is dependent upon the child’s age, abilities, the layout of the daycare center, and neighborhood characteristics.
Anybody who has children knows that accidents happen. Children fall, they get into things that they shouldn’t, they sometimes hit and bite – and it all seems to happen in the split-second you looked the other way.
But sometimes, accidents and injuries occur because of the daycare provider’s negligence and failure to adhere to the minimum safety standards imposed by law. They were understaffed, did not adequately maintain play equipment, did not keep dangerous chemicals out of the children’s reach, or failed to properly screen employees to keep dangerous sex offenders away from your child. In cases where the daycare provider’s negligence resulted in injury or death to your child, you may be entitled to damages. Though it cannot erase the damage done to your child, it can help provide peace of mind and ensure that you have the financial means to pay for any future medical or therapy costs that may be necessary as a result of the injury or abuse.
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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish
An Interactive Guide
You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.
Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.
All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.
A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.
A Guide For All Car Accident Victims
In this guide, you will learn:
- How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
- How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
- What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
Get To Safety
Prevent Further Damage & Injury
If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.
Survey The Damage
Call The Police + Gather Evidence
After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.
As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:
- Identify Extent of Injuries
- Identify Witnesses
- Identify Vehicle Damage
Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.
Should I Take?
Take Photos Of The
Other Driver's License
Damage On Both Vehicles
License Plate Of
Insurance Policy Of Other Driver
Get Medical Help
Your Health Is #1
After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.
Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.
Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Ribs
- Punctured Lungs
Whiplash is caused by a sudden forward or backward jerking motion of the head, which can damage the intervertabral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots. Symptoms of whiplash manifest in neck pain, dizziness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, headache, lower back pain and sometimes numbness in the arm or hand.
Internal bleeding is caused by blunt trauma, and varies depending on the forces involved and the individual. It cannot be seen outside of the body, and it may occur within organs, tissues and body cavities including the abdomend, chest, spinal canal and head.
It takes aproximately 4,000 Newtons (measurement of force) to break or crack a rib. The symptoms of a broken rib include pain while breathing, applying pressure to the area, and when you bend or twist your body. Ribs are often broken by the force of the seabelt during deceleration of the vehicle during a crash.
Puncturing a lung can be a serious injury. In a punctured lung, air gathers between the lungs and the chest cavity. The pressure build up makes it impossible for the lung to expand. Symptoms include coughing blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness and headaches.
Hire An Injury Lawyer
Save Time. Get Compensated.
Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.
At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.
Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.
Time Is Of The Essence
In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.
Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.
If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.
If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.
File Your Claim
Notify Your Insurance Company
It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.
Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.
Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.
Find Your Insurance Company
Find Your Insurance Company Contact Info
American Family Auto Insurance
Claim Reporting Number: 1-800-692-6326
Online Claim Portal: Go to site
Learn Fault Factors
How Fault Is Determined
Were you speeding? Nearly one-third of all car accidents can be attributed to speeding.
Was anything obstructing your view? Over half of all states have windshield obstructions laws.
What were the weather conditions? Slippery roads can reduce traction and cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Who had the right of way? The law gives the right of way to no one, but it does state who must yield (give up) the right of way.
What were the Traffic Conditions? Crashes of all types are at their highest Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Were you distracted? (Radio, Phone) Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
Were you wearing a seatbelt? Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
Was a citation given out? In most instances, any driver violating traffic law will be held largely responsible for a resulting car accident.
Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.
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If you were hurt by another, call the Kingwood, Texas personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm for a no-obligation consultation. For over three decades we have won thousands of Texas personal injury cases. Check our recent results!