In case of a car accident in McAllen

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As the largest city in Hidalgo County, McAllen saw a total of 2,746 automobile accidents in 2019, including seven fatalities around the Valley. In all of Hidalgo County, there were more than 15,000 (15,305) car wrecks last year.

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What are Attorney Contingency Fees?

With a contingency fee arrangement, our law firm does not charge any upfront fees. Instead, we will be paid on a percentage of what is recovered at trial or in a settlement. If a car crash victim in McAllen doesn’t get any money, we won’t collect a fee. However, a client may be responsible for expenses like court filing and expert witness fees.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

In Texas, an auto accident victim has only two years to file a personal injury action from the date of the crash.

Where Do Most Auto Accidents Happen In McAllen?

There are a number of dangerous spots where accidents happen in McAllen. In town, I-2 and N. Bicentennial Blvd near the La Plaza Mall and by the airport on south 10th Street and Business 83 (I-2) are dangerous locations.

In addition, Interstate 2 (I-2) runs through McAllen from Taylor Road to Sugar Road, and US Highway 83 is the main east–west thoroughfare. State Highway 107 runs east through McAllen into downtown Edinburg. These are heavily traveled roads, and accidents frequently occur on them, as well as at the interchanges on I-2 and I-69C and Business Route of US 281(N. Cage Blvd) and I-69C/US 281.

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What Are The Common Causes of McAllen Car Crashes?

Here are the most frequent causes of road accidents in McAllen.

Distracted driving This is regularly one of the leading causes of car accidents, and it’s only become a bigger issue due to smartphones.
Driving under the influence Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a major factor in McAllen car accidents.
Weather conditions You can’t always avoid driving in bad weather like a snow or rain storm. Bad weather can drastically alter road conditions by reducing traction, increasing slipping and stopping distance, reducing visibility, and hiding debris and other dangers. Just because you’re careful when driving doesn’t mean all the other drivers around McAllen are doing the same.
Careless or reckless driving This can include things like braking sharply, accelerating abruptly, racing, driving erratically, moving between lanes suddenly and without signaling, making illegal U-turns, and driving toward oncoming traffic.
Speed Many folks speed because they’re running late for work or they have some other perceived emergency.

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What Are The Most Common Types Of Car Accidents in McAllen?

There are several reasons or factors that can contribute to an automobile accident in Houston. Here are some of the most frequent causes:

Multi-Vehicle Collisions This type of collision involves three or more cars and usually happens on busy streets and highways. Multi-vehicle accidents can be even more dangerous than a head-on collision because a crash victim may receive multiple impacts from multiple angles. Multiple impacts are difficult for any vehicle to absorb, even if it’s a large and safe automobile.
Crashes While Merging This type of crash happens when two lanes of traffic merge into one and an auto sideswipes another. These collisions are generally caused by drivers trying to merge when they fail to check their blind spots as they’re changing lanes.
Rear-End Accidents The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of collision that happens on America’s roads, comprising 29% of all accidents. These crashes often happen because one car follows another too closely or is “tailgating.” Rear-end collisions happen when a car is already stopped at a light and also when the flow of traffic slows unexpectedly. Distracted drivers who are following too closely don’t notice the stopped or slowed traffic and don’t have enough time to react.
Head-On Collisions This type of crash is extremely dangerous and in many cases results in fatalities. Head-on collisions typically happen when cars are travelling at high speeds. This makes it hard for the car’s safety features to absorb the impact sufficiently to protect passengers from severe injuries. In addition to head-on collisions with other vehicles, they can also involve hitting animals (such as deer, elk, and bears), trees or other fixed obstacles (like lamp posts, road signs, or large debris in the roadway). These crashes often involve wrong-way drivers and those operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Side-Impact Collisions These collisions happen when one car crashes into the side of another. This type of collision make up about a quarter of all vehicle passenger deaths in the nation. Side-impact collisions are especially dangerous because there’s less space on the side of a vehicle to absorb the impact of the crash and help protect the driver and passengers. A frequent kind of side-impact collision is what’s known as a “T-Bone Crash. This happens when one vehicle perpendicularly hits the side of another vehicle. It happens a lot when an automobile attempts to run a red light, then crashes into a car moving through the intersection on a green light.

How is Fault Determined in a McAllen Car Accident?

An injured car driver or passenger in Texas will file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver for the injuries and damages they sustained in the accident. If a motorist is found to be at fault, he or she will be held liable for the victim’s damages.

Texas adheres to the “modified comparative negligence” doctrine which stipulates that a victim’s damages are barred or reduced according to his or her level of fault.

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What Should I Do Immediately After A Car Accident?

No matter if it looks like a minor issue, document the accident with the police. Know that the damage to today’s vehicles isn’t always easy to see without a mechanic’s investigation. Even if you aren’t injured, you’ll be shaken and upset, so have a police officer fill out a detailed accident, which will serve as evidence in an insurance settlement and/or lawsuit to recover damages.

Use your cellphone to take pictures of the accident and of any visible injuries suffered by you or your passengers. Exchange driver’s license data, insurance information, and contact info with the other parties, but do not talk about who may be at fault.

You may think you’re uninjured from the car crash, but see a doctor and get a full medical evaluation as soon as possible. Explain to your doctor that you were in a car accident so that he or she can properly document the case. Remember that serious injuries may not be immediately apparent, and symptoms may not develop for days or weeks. Monitor how you feel in the ensuing days and see the doctor if your condition gets worse.

Get in touch with your insurance company to tell them that you’ve been in an auto accident. Keep a record of your discussions with the insurance company, and if the other driver’s insurance company asks to take your statement or accept a settlement offer, decline and refer him or her to your Dallas car accident lawyer.

Contact an Experienced McAllen Car Accident Attorney If you’re been seriously injured in an auto accident, speak with the knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney Mario Davila, to help you with all of the issues and to protect your rights.

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What Damages Can I Recover in a Settlement or if I’m Successful at Trial?

Current and Future Medical Expenses The medical expenses that you can claim include the cost of ambulance transportation, emergency room services, surgical services, hospitalization, prescriptions given to you in the hospital and for you when you go home, diagnostic testing and lab work, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and follow-up treatments.
Your Ability to Earn a Living Another part of the damages in an auto accident settlement or a lawsuit is the amount of work that you miss because you are too injured to work, as well as missed work time due to injury-related medical appointments and treatments.
Property Damage If your car has damage caused by someone else in the accident, that person’s auto property damage coverage will pay toward the cost of repairing or replacing your car. Depending on your own insurance coverage and that of the other parties who are found to be responsible, you may have other sources that will help you recover these costs.
Other Out-of-Pocket Expenses This includes expenses such as a car rental, the cost of transportation to and from medical appointments, the cost of hiring a helper to perform household chores that you’re no longer able to do.
The Accident’s Effect on Your Life (Non-Economic Damages) If you’re injured, your attorney can claim non-economic damages. These are damages that impact your emotional well being, your relationships with others, and your ability to enjoy the activities in which you participated prior to the accident. Non-economic damages include things like pain and suffering, embarrassment and humiliation, the loss of the ability to enjoy the pleasures of life, and disfigurement.

It’s fairly rare, but an injured party in an auto accident may also be awarded exemplary damages if the injuries were the result of the willful act or omission or gross negligence of the at-fault motorist.

How Do McAllen Car Accident Settlements Work?

Negotiating a settlement in an automobile accident case in McAllen can be a complex and lengthy process. There are many factors that determine a good settlement. Exactly how motivated a party is to settle and the amount of the offer after a car crash are two major components of a settlement.

There are many other factors in the case, such as the severity of your injuries; your medical expenses; your loss of past income and of future wages; the limits of insurance coverages; and the type and availability of documentation and evidence.

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Should I Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident?

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident,  you need to contact the Mario Davila Law Firm in McAllen. 

You should speak with a McAllen car crash attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. For a free assessment, contact us now.

Our car accident attorney Mario Davila in McAllen is also pleased to serve residents in the surrounding area, including Pharr, San Juan, Mission, Alamo, Hidalgo, Edinburg, Donna, Weslaco, Mercedes, Harlingen, Raymondville, San Benito, Harlingen, and Brownsville.

In Texas, an injured party in a car crash has just two years to file a personal injury action from the date of the crash.