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Killeen is seeing an increase in the number of car accidents reported every year. Your life can change in a split second because of another driver’s failure to pay attention, failure to follow posted signs or choose to drive under the influence. Car accidents can have lasting effects on your ability to live a happy and fulfilled life, but a good attorney will understand your losses and help start you on the road to recovery. A Killeen car accident attorney from The Carlson Law Firm is ready to help.

For more than 40 years, The Carlson Law Firm has represented Killeen’s personal injury victims. When you hire an attorney, it is important that you hire an attorney who is familiar with your community. Our firm first opened its doors in Killeen in 1976. Since then, we have helped thousands of Bell County residents recover millions of dollars in the aftermath of car collisions. A skilled Killeen car accident attorney at The Carlson Law Firm can help you prove the other driver is at fault. Our team of attorneys, nurses, and investigators will take a detailed look at your case. We will help you every step of the way through the physical and financial recovery process.

The Carlson Law Firm has been voted Best Law Firm in Central Texas because we provide skilled legal representation for personal injury clients. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. 

Common Car Crash Injuries in Killeen

Auto accidents can cause harm to nearly every part of the body. The type of crash and the severity of the impact determine the severity of those injuries.

Our Killeen personal injury attorneys see these common car accident injuries:

  • Head: eye injuries, partial vision loss, concussion, facial or jaw fractures and dental injuries
  • Neck and back: whiplash, strained muscles, and disk injuries
  • Abdominal: hip fractures and injuries to abdominal organs including the liver, spleen and kidneys
  • Leg and knee: bruises, fractures, and meniscus tears
  • Feet: ankles, feet, and toes can be strained, sprained or broken
  • Catastrophic injuries: auto accidents are the leading cause of catastrophic personal injuries. These injuries typically have a life-long effect.

The injuries a person can suffer from a car accident are endless. It is important that even if you do not believe you are injured that you seek medical attention right away. A doctor will diagnose the type and extent of any injuries or confirm that no injuries occurred. 

Every day, our local first responders see many different types of car accidents. Some are minor and leave much damage to the people or property involved. Others are major and can cause severe injury or death to those involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that has resulted in personal injuries, it is important you discuss your situation with a car accident lawyer right away. As a victim, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering and future medical procedures. 

Types of cases our Killeen Car Accident Attorneys handle

We’ve been representing car accident victims for over 40 years. Our team of highly-skilled car accident attorneys is able to handle a variety of auto collision cases. One of our attorneys can help you if you’ve been involved in one of the following accidents:

Motorcycle

Motorcycle accidents often lead to deadlier accidents when involved with passenger cars. Even with it’s “Share the Road” campaign, Texas Department of Transportation reports that 493 riders lost their lives and 2,006 were seriously injured in 2016. Nearly half of all fatal motorcycle crashes were caused by a car or truck colliding with it. Drivers may not see, or misjudge how close the motorcycle is and the speed it’s traveling. 

Commercial or Company Vehicle Accidents

A commercial or company vehicle is a car, van, truck or bus that is owned and operated by a company to be used by employees or agents of that company. Commercial vehicle accidents occur while employees are doing work assigned duties; such as, carrying work equipment, hauling goods or transporting passengers. These incidents may also occur during work-related employee transportation. 

Distracted Driving

Research indicates that it takes 27 seconds for driving to regain a motorist’s full attention after using a cellphone or other device in a vehicle. TxDOT reports that distracted driving accidents account for 100,000 crashes on Texas roads. The National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes three types of distracted driving. 

Drunk Driving Accidents

It is illegal get behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Alcohol in your system impairs the ability to safely operate a vehicle.  Every year, drunk driving puts nearly 112 million people at risk because of poor decisions and dangerous habits. Drunk driving accidents can be life-altering events for innocent people in Killeen, who, through no-fault of their own, are injured or killed by a drunk driver. 

Hit and Run Accidents

Some of the most tragic types of accidents our car accident attorneys handle are accidents involve the driver leaving the scene. Texas laws require individuals to stay at the scene and exchange information until law enforcement and ambulances arrive. For those who are injured in a hit and run incident, there is some anxiety surrounding the claims and investigation process, especially when there is difficulty locating the other driving. Fortunately, you still have a chance to take legal action. 

Multiple-Vehicle Crashes

While any car wreck can have potentially devastating effects, a multi-vehicle crash tends to be particularly catastrophic. A collision involving three or more cars is a chain reaction collision or pile-up accident. Many times, these types of accidents result in serious injuries for all parties involved. Pile-up accidents raise complex legal issues when determining who is at fault for the wreck and holding them accountable.

Pedestrian Accidents

Sidewalks and crosswalks should be safe places for Killeen pedestrians to walk and jog. Unfortunately, negligent drivers fail to observe the rights of pedestrians, leading to serious accidents. If you’re the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact one of our skilled Killeen car accident lawyers for a free consultation. We will advocate for you every step of the way.

Uninsured/Underinsured (UM/UIM) Motorists

Roughly 14 percent of Texas drivers are uninsured; however, it’s nearly impossible to put a number on the number of underinsured drivers on Texas roads. These policies you and any household family member riding in any car as well as any non-family members riding in your insured automobile.

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is among the most common types of car crashes that occur on Texas roadways. Rear-end crashes happen when the front bumper of one vehicle strikes the back end of another. Informally called fender benders, these collisions are common where the roads are congested.

Rollover Accident

If a car is clipped at the right, it can go into a spin and rollover. Rollover and roof crush accidents can happen to any vehicle. However, studies and years of litigation have shown that some vehicles have an unreasonably high tendency to roll over, even under normal driving conditions.

Speeding

When driving, you rely on other drivers to use reasonable care to avoid collisions. Driver who speed neglect this responsibility and put themselves and others on the roads in danger. Accidents caused by speeding produce some of the most serious and catastrophic car accident injuries due to the sheer high velocity and impact of these crashes. 

How does a Killeen car accident attorney prove negligence?

When you suffer car crash injuries, a Killeen car accident attorney must establish that the person who caused the wreck was negligent in order for you to collect compensation for your injuries. By definition, negligence is the failure to use ordinary care. In other words, when a person or business fails to do what a person of ordinary prudence would have done under the same or similar circumstances they are negligent.

In order to win a negligence case, the injured party has to prove four points to show that a person at fault acted negligently

  • Duty- The defendant owed a legal duty to the plaintiff under the circumstances.
  • Breach- The defendant breached that legal duty by acting or failing to act in a certain way.
  • Causation- The defendant’s actions (or inaction) that actually caused the plaintiff’s injury.
  • Damages- The plaintiff suffered harm or injuries as a result of the defendant’s actions.

What To Do After A Killeen Car Crash

In 2016, nearly 63% of the traffic crashes that occurred in Killeen resulted in some sort of injury. It is important that you know what to do in the unfortunate event you are involved in a car crash. The following tips are what a Killeen car accident attorney recommends in the aftermath of a crash: 

  • Stay put 
  • Assess the damage 
  • Call authorities
  • Watch what you say (and sign)
  • Gather information
  • Collect evidence
  • Get help from a qualified Killeen car accident attorney

With Carlson, you’re never alone

At The Carlson Law Firm, we are a client-first firm. From the very moment you contact us, we will show you that you made the right choice. With Carlson, you get a Killeen car accident lawyer who understands that the aftermath of an unexpected injury can be filled with challenges. We are here to help you seek just compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. With more than 40 years of experience in personal injury law, our accomplished Texas personal injury lawyers have successfully represented thousands of complex personal injury claims. Contact a Killeen car accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation.

Our Killeen attorneys serve Killeen and its surrounding areas: Harker Heights, Nolanville, Copperas Cove, Belton, Temple and Fort Hood.

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