Car Accidents

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation for what you have endured.

At Smithee & Russell, LLP, our car accident attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury litigation, including cases involving motor vehicle accidents that resulted in catastrophic injuries. We have resolved hundreds of cases at trial and in out-of-court settlements. Contact us today to see how we can help you in the aftermath of a car accident.

For a free consultation, please call us in Amarillo at (806) 322-9200.  Our attorneys fight for injury victims throughout the state of Texas.

Understanding Liability For Car Accidents In Texas

You have the right to recover compensatory damages if you suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver. In general, drivers are liable for negligence if they breach their duty to act like a reasonably prudent driver would act in similar circumstances.

The Texas Transportation Code contains provisions that regulate road traffic to ensure public safety. When a driver injures another person in an accident stemming from their violation of the Texas Transportation Code, the law considers that driver to be negligent per se.

Our law firm handles a wide variety of car accident cases, including:

  • Trucking accidents
  • Hit & run accidents
  • Accidents caused by  uninsured or underinsured drivers
  • Government liability for road conditions
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Negligently maintained motor vehicles

Our PI specialists are  Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our attorneys have also been named among America’s Top 100 Lawyers. To learn more about personal injury and car accidents in Texas, please see our Car Accident FAQ.

Common Causes Of Car Accidents

The causes of car accidents are nearly as varied as their effects, though many collisions can be attributed to some form of driver negligence. Some of the most common driver-related errors that cause collisions include:

  • Speeding or driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Ignoring right-of-way laws
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Changing lanes without checking blind spots
  • Drowsy driving

Not all car accidents are caused by driver negligence, however. For example, a defectively manufactured tire could result in a blowout at high speeds, causing a collision. Other situations may involve a dangerous road condition such as a pothole, potentially exposing the local government agency to liability for any resulting injuries.

Texas Laws Regarding Compensation For Car Accident Victims

Individuals injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries.  There are three different kinds of damages that you may pursue, depending on the circumstances of your case.

Economic Damages

Economic damage refers to losses that have a direct monetary value. For example, you may recover for medical bills caused by the accident as well as future medical expenses that are reasonably necessary. Other types of economic damages include past and future lost income due to your inability to work, as well as the cost of property damage resulting from the crash.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are often the most crucial part of a car accident case because it is an award for damages that are not limited to out-of-pocket expenses.  Non-economic damages compensate the injury victim for pain, suffering, and emotional harm caused by the accident, as well as for objective injuries like physical impairment and disfigurement.

Punitive Damages

In  Texas, punitive damages may be available to an accident victim under very specific circumstances. The law states that a person may be responsible for paying punitive damages when their actions are considered intentional or the result of conscious indifference to the rights of other people. Punitive damages are not as common as economic and non-economic damages but are awarded to punish the party who is grossly negligent.

Don’t Wait. Contact Us Today.

The sooner we can get involved in your case, the sooner we can start fighting for you. Our attorneys have a long record of success in car accident and personal injury cases. For a free consultation, please call us in Amarillo at (806) 322-9200. We represent injury victims throughout the state of  Texas.