Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may have had to take unpaid time off from work, or you may have significant bills for medical treatment and rehabilitation. Perhaps after your accident you no longer have the same ability to work that you had before.
If that is the case, you may have options for receiving compensation for your injuries and change in circumstances.
Why You Should Choose the Sloan Firm for Your Accident Injury Case
The Sloan Firm in Longview can help you by handling all of the interactions with the insurance companies, courts, and others. This can relieve the stress that weighs you down following a motor vehicle accident.
The attorneys at the Sloan Firm care about our clients and will do whatever is necessary to help you with your legal matter. We see the person behind the injury.
What matters to you, matters to us. That means your satisfaction is our priority. We are not a law “farm” – we are a law firm that treats each client like family.
If you have been in an accident, we are ready meet with you for free to discuss what happened, and make sure we understand your priorities. After meeting with you, we can start to build your case by examining the scene of the accident and talking to police and any witnesses.
We can then deal with insurance companies on your behalf to negotiate. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer, we are equipped and ready to take the case to trial. You can focus on your recovery and leave the rest to us.
No matter what type vehicle you are using when you are in an accident, serious injuries are possible. Injuries are even more likely if you are on foot.
Accidents may be more common when visibility is low, such as in bad weather conditions, or when a driver is breaking traffic laws or is simply not paying attention.
Examples of some factors that cause road accidents include:
Differences in speeds between vehicles
Impairment due to alcohol, drugs or fatigue
Around 4,000 people die in motorcycle accidents every year. Non-fatal motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries such as paralysis, other spinal cord injuries, and limb amputation.
One of the biggest dangers in riding a motorcycle is that other vehicles frequently don’t see you. Head-on collisions with cars are the most likely to result in fatalities, and certainly very serious injuries.
Commercial Truck Accidents
Due to the weight and size of a commercial truck, a motor vehicle accident involving a commercial truck is more likely to cause serious injuries or fatalities than an accident involving a smaller vehicle.
Commercial trucks include 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, freight trucks, tankers, and delivery vehicles. These trucks can weigh more than 80,000 pounds – many times the weight of a passenger vehicle. Commercial truck accidents are often caused by limited visibility, vehicle malfunction, driver fatigue, reckless driving and speeding.
Many people are injured or killed each year in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles. Although some of these cases are due to the inattention of the pedestrian, most pedestrian accidents are a result of the behavior of the motor vehicle driver. Examples of careless driving include driving while using the phone or otherwise distracted, or breaking traffic laws by speeding or not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks.
Although bus accidents are not as common as car accidents, they affect more people per crash than other types of accidents. Bus accidents are commonly caused by driver error or inattention, driver fatigue, vehicle malfunction, bad road conditions, or other the behavior of other drivers.
Each year almost 1,000 bicyclists in the U.S. are killed and close to 500,000 are injured in bicycle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors, nearly a third of all injuries to bicyclists happen when bicyclists are struck by cars. When a car hits a bicycle, the bicyclist may easily be injured or killed, because of the disparity in weight and metal protection between them and the motor vehicle.
After an accident, you may experience difficulty working, may need help with simple, everyday tasks, and may have chronic pain or problems concentrating. You may also have piles of medical bills to pay.
If you have expenses related to the accident piling up, we can help. The type of compensation available depends on the severity and type of your injuries, but may include:
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and are seriously injured, call 911 and seek medical care as soon as possible. If your injuries are less severe, try to document what information you can before leaving the scene of the accident:
Make a note of the circumstances so you don’t forget later.
Take pictures of the scene and the other vehicles.
Get contact information from the other driver or drivers and any eyewitnesses.
Call police to make an accident report and seek medical attention:
Get the officer’s name and the incident number before the officer leaves.
Even if you are feeling well, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible to rule out any lurking injuries.
Take notes on how you are feeling and how your injuries affect your life over the next few weeks and months.
Report the accident to your insurance company, but before giving a statement to any insurance company, come talk to us so we can help you. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies. We know how they work and we can stand up for you.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the Sloan Firm today for a free consultation. What matters to you, matters to us. We can help you pursue your goals.