If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may have experienced whiplash. As you will learn in this video, whiplash is a term used to describe the neck pain that can occur in passengers when two cars collide.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that affects your body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and swelling and are usually treated with pain relievers and rest. Serious whiplash injuries can cause extreme pain and even result in the need for ongoing medical treatment.
If you have been in an auto accident and experienced whiplash, you may be entitled to compensation. The Carlson Law Firm’s team of experienced legal professionals fights for justice for whiplash victims in Killeen, San Antonio, and throughout Texas. Visit our website or call us at (888) 335-7492 to find out more.
When you drive on public roads, it is important to observe traffic laws and safe driving practices. Unfortunately, even the most careful driver can’t be completely protected against others who drive recklessly. Stay informed about common dangers posed by negligent motorists to decrease your risk of personal injury from a motor vehicle accident. Here are four tips to help keep you safe:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every 14 seconds, an American is injured in an auto accident. Simply slowing down if a negligent or aggressive driver is swerving in front of you can significantly reduce that motorist’s threat. If you notice someone driving erratically, reduce your vehicle’s speed to create a safer distance between you and the unsafe driver.
Keep an eye on your rearview and side mirrors. If someone appears to be following you too closely, or tailgating, make sure the next lane is clear, turn on your signal, and carefully move to the side. It is always safer to let an aggressive driver pass you than follow you.
Be Cautious Around Trucks
Large trucks can weigh almost 30 times as much as a passenger car. Given their size, they have a much harder time coming to a sudden stop. Avoid driving in front of large trucks in case you need to stop quickly. If you must drive next to or behind a semi, be sure to stay within the driver’s line of vision and do not follow too closely.
If another motorist’s driving appears particularly erratic or reckless, pull over as quickly and safely as possible and call the police to inform them of the danger. If you suspect someone is driving drunk, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Even the safest drivers can be harmed by others’ negligence. If you live in Killeen or the greater San Antonio area and have been hurt by a negligent motorist, the team of personal injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm is here to guide you through your legal options. Call us today toll-free at (888) 335-7492.
If you have been hurt by an individual or corporation, filing a lawsuit may be the only way to achieve justice. A personal injury claim filed to recover damages can end in two ways: an out-of-court settlement agreed upon by both parties or a court-ordered judgment after trial. Read more about the differences between these two kinds of financial compensation here.
Personal Injury Settlements
In the United States, only about 4% of personal injury cases go to trial. Most cases are resolved through a settlement in which the party allegedly at fault tries to keep the case from going to trial by offering a sum of money to the injured party. This agreement can be reached at any point before or during trial. A personal injury settlement can help a victim avoid spending a great deal of time waiting for court proceedings. It is also advantageous for high-profile defendants to settle out of court, as it reduces court expenses and keeps bad media coverage to a minimum. Settlements are generally easier to collect than judgments and bring a quicker resolution to the legal process.
If the two parties cannot agree upon a settlement, the lawsuit proceeds to a trial that is decided by a judge or jury. If the judge or jury rules in favor of the injured party, or plaintiff, the defendant must pay a monetary amount, or damages. By going to trial, both parties take a chance. Collecting damages may be more difficult than collecting a settlement. In many cases, it is the plaintiff’s responsibility to set up payment arrangements, and defendants can be difficult to work with. Consult your attorney to determine if pursuing a trial is in your best interest.
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, your first step is to contact a qualified personal injury lawyer. At The Carlson Law Firm, every client is important to us. If you live in Texas and your life has been affected by an injury caused by another's negligence, contact us at (888) 335-7492.
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