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With over 700 miles of Freeways and Expressways in the Houston, Metropolitan area, accidents happen. Which is why it’s important to follow these guidelines to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones as well as preserving as much of the situation as accurately as possible.
Accidents that involve these types of vehicles are usually very serious injury producing accidents. Special attention should be paid in regards to these accidents because of the fact that many commercial insurance carriers have special investigative teams to go to the site of an accident quickly. It is very important to act quickly in these types of accidents because of the special investigative teams.
Pedestrian / Bicycle Accidents
These types of accidents are similar to an automobile accident involving much of the same type of investigation and information. However there are some differences. How the accident took place in where it took place can be critical. Whether or not the accident occurred within a crosswalk or if an individual was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk may have impact on the recoverability of damages.
Motorcycle crashes rarely occur without injury. We have found that insurance carriers always place some negligence on the motorcycle driver in a mad dash attempt to imply he must have been driving recklessly. Motorcycle cases take an enormous amount of time and skill to prove and present appropriately. Getting representation quickly is key to protecting and preserving your rights.
Slip & Fall
In Texas premise liability concerns injuries received as a result of the defective condition of the premises. These cases usually involve an individual, customer, or invitee who is injured as a result of a foreseeable defect. These types of cases are more difficult to prove due to recent Texas Supreme Court cases, which have shifted the burden of showing foreseeability onto the shoulders of the injured. The cases may involve slip and falls or injuries resulting from faulty construction. These cases may involve more than just the liability of the owner of the premises; it may extend to contractors, builders, architectural design defect which caused the accident.
Dog Bite / Animal Attack
Texas law allows for recovery against the owner of a home or a commercial building for the attacks and injuries caused by an animal that is under the control of the owner. This usually involves a household pet of a homeowner. The type of animal and is behavioral history can become very important in determining the evaluation of liability in the case. The insurance coverage comes from the homeowner’s policy that covers general liability. However recently many homeowners’ insurance policies in Texas have been excluding injuries caused by animal attacks. City ordinances and homeowner association regulations may also become important when attempting to demonstrate that violations of such regulations resulted in the attack.
Unfortunately, many accidents can result in the wrongful death of a loved one. Texas law allows for the recovery of damages by the representative of the estate of the deceased as well as members of the immediate family under Texas Wrongful Death Statutes. These wrongful death statutes allow recovery by the surviving children, spouse, and parents. The statutes are also limited to two years from the date of the accident that produced the death.
Uninsured or Underinsured Cases
An uninsured motorist claim is a contractual claim against your insurance company for injuries received because the other driver responsible for the accident did not have insurance. In other words, if the other driver has no insurance, your insurance company provides coverages for the damages that you would have ordinarily been able to recover. The liability of the other driver must be established and damages proving just like any other type of personal injury claim.
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