According to the National Safety Council, in 2009 there were over 10 million auto accidents in the United States. Texas, with its large population and many miles of roads, was the site of a significant percentage of them. The Houston area, including Houston, Harris County Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Fort Bend County, The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Galveston, Texas City, Friendswood, Clear Lake, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Angleton, Matagorda County, Freeport, Anahuac, Chambers and Liberty Counties and other cities, was the region with the largest number of collisions in the State of Texas.
Unfortunately, auto accidents often result in serious injury or death. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 32,000 people died in 2011 in auto wrecks, and Texas was the scene of over 3,000 of those deaths, exceeded only by California. Of the 3000 auto related deaths in Texas, almost 600 occurred in Harris County. Of even greater concern is the fact that the number of deaths in automobile collisions increased in Montgomery and Fort Bend counties by 10% and 65% respectively. Collisions involving automobiles and pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists, which almost always result in significant injury or death. Of the 32,000 people who died in 2011 in auto accidents, 5000 were pedestrians hit by cars, 4500 were motorcyclists and 600 were bicyclists. As both a runner and bike rider, Richard Schechter is especially sensitive to this kind of accident.
Even in the crashes where someone is not killed, there are often significant injuries and life-changing injuries such as paralysis, herniated discs and significant tears of muscles, ligaments and tendons and other spinal cord injuries; broken bones; burns and traumatic brain damage.
Richard Schechter has over thirty years of experience in handling auto accident cases. These include cases where our client was found by the police officer to be at fault, but by thorough investigation and analysis, we were able to prove the other driver was the cause of the collision. A 1995 study written by Lun and Reagan and published in Public Roads indicates that over 90% of all automobile accidents are caused in whole or in part by some form of human error. We have learned over the years that these errors may not be obvious ones, such as driving while intoxicated or while texting. Amongst the human errors we have found in cases are less obvious mistakes, such as the use of legal drugs that have the side-effect of impairing judgment, function and reaction time; driver fatigue from overwork; and driver distraction for a host of reasons. The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. knows how to carefully and thoroughly investigate all these causes, to ensure that the person who injured you is held fully responsible for their conduct.
Driver error, however, is not the only cause of serious injuries and deaths in vehicle collisions. Studies based on evaluations of police reports indicate that roadways, the environment and vehicle malfunctions are also a cause of injury or death in over one-third of all collisions. Thus, we at Richard Schechter, P.C. are always alert to try to determine whether there are non-driver related causes of auto accidents. For example, we have handled cases in which there have been allegations of poor roadway design and lighting; inappropriate traffic control devices and markings; and trees, bushes or other vegetation that impair vision. We have also participated in cases against auto manufactures involving defects with cars and trucks, including malfunctioning seat belts, defective brakes, bad tires, worn components, airbags that did not properly deploy and rollovers due to a vehicle being designed with too high a center of gravity.
We will thoroughly explore and investigate the facts of your case to make sure that all possible claims are carefully evaluated. We want to help you recover all the damages to which you are legally entitled, including: lost wages and earnings in the past; loss of the ability to earn money in the future; doctor, hospital, therapy and medication expenses, past and future; physical pain, mental anguish, and physical impairment and, of course, compensation for the damage to your car.
We have handled cases in cities and counties around the State of Texas, including: Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Galveston County, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Rosenberg, Fort Bend County, The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery County, Brownsville, Harlingen, Padre Island, Cameron County, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Victoria, San Antonio, Bexar County, Austin, Georgetown, Travis County, Weslaco, Edinberg, McAllen, Hidalgo County, Jim Webb County, Karnes County; Dimmit County, LaSalle County; Dewitt County; Zavala County; Laredo, Webb County; Eagle Pass, El Paso, Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, Nederland, Bridge City, Vidor, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Tyler, Longview, Dallas, Fort Worth, Amarillo, Abilene, Midland, Odessa, Tyler County, Waco, Killeen, Jasper, and Woodville, among others.
The results that our firm has obtained over the years demonstrate our commitment to our clients. The insurance company for the other party will have an experienced professional working for them. Put one to work for you. Contact us on-line or call the Law Office fo Richard Schechter, P.C. at 713-623-8919 or 800-734-5612, and let us put our skill and experience to work on your behalf.