Why You May Need a Houston Car Accident Lawyer
According to the National Safety Council, in 2016 there were 13.7 million motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Texas, with its large population and many miles of roads, was the site of a significant percentage of them.
They range from large items like cars, planes and televisions, to smaller items, like medications and food. Usually, manufacturers provide us with safe products that perform as intended. But sometimes we receive defective products that do not function as advertised and are simply unsafe.
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.
When an Auto Collision is Not Your Fault
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fatal traffic crash data shows that in 2016 the number of lives lost on U.S. roadways was 37,461 (up 5.6% from 2015). Of that number:
- 10,497 were due to drunk-driving
- 10,111 were speeding-related
- 3,450 were distraction-related
- 5,987 were pedestrians
- 5,286 were motorcyclists
- 840 were bicyclists
Sadly, vehicle collisions involving pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists almost always result in significant injury or death. As both a runner and biker, Houston car accident attorney Richard Schechter is especially sensitive to this kind of accident.
Even in crashes where someone is not killed, there are often significant life-changing injuries such as paralysis, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, burns and traumatic brain damage. If you or someone you know are seriously injured in a collision by someone who was speeding, distracted or impaired, it is the other drive’s fault. And although the other driver’s insurance may admit liability, they will likely do their best to avoid full responsibility for the damages caused to you by their insured. That’s where Richard Schechter, the auto accident lawyer Houston trusts, can help.
The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. has 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.
These include cases where even though our client was found by the reporting police officer to be at fault, with a thorough investigation and expert analysis we were able to prove the other driver’s error was the cause of the collision.
A 1995 study indicates that over 90% of all automobile accidents are caused in whole or in part by some form of human error. Car accident lawyer in Houston, TX, Richard Schechter, has learned over the years that these errors may not be obvious ones, such as driving while intoxicated, driving while texting or reckless speeding. Some of the human errors we have proven in cases are less obvious mistakes, such as:
- the use of prescription drugs that have the side-effect of impairing judgment, function and reaction time
- driver fatigue from overwork
- driver distraction for a variety of reasons
With over thirty-five years of experience in handling auto accident cases, Houston accident lawyer Richard Schechter has the legal knowledge and expertise to carefully and thoroughly investigate all these causes, to ensure that the person who injured you is held fully responsible for their conduct.
Do I Still Have a Claim Even if the Accident Was Not Caused by Another Driver?
Driver error 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.
At the Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. we will work hard to determine whether there are non-driver related causes of an auto accident. For example, we have 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
- rollovers due to a vehicle being designed with too high a center of gravity
We have also handled cases involving:
- poor roadway design
- poor lighting
- inappropriate traffic control devices and markings
- trees, bushes or other vegetation that impair vision
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.
Get Legal Representation from an Experienced Houston Auto Accident Attorney
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. That’s why you need an experienced Houston car accident attorney like Richard Schechter working for you.