Auto Accidents

Does Not Wearing a Seatbelt in a Car Crash Affect Your Insurance Claim?

Can you recover money for your injuries in Texas if you weren’t wearing your seat-belt? Find out the answer to that and other questions in this post.
Getting in an auto accident causes a thousand questions to race through your head. And you know law is complex. So it’s possible many things will come up that you didn’t even know to think of.

Here are some Plain English answers to 6 common questions:

Can I still recover money if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt and the other driver was at fault?

Yes you can. Some states don’t let you recover money at all. But in Texas, the Supreme Court is more sensible than that and ruled in 2015 the amount you can recover, but it can be reduced.

There are no guarantees on how that will actually work out for you. But make sure you wear your seatbelt anyway… you don’t want to […]

By |June 26th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

What to Do if the Police Won’t Respond to Your Crash

Many police departments have changed how they respond to car accidents because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what to do if they don’t show up.
You might live in a big city with a busy police force already known to not show up for minor car accidents.

Surprised? It happens.

And with coronavirus wreaking its havoc, this problem now happens more frequently. In fact, CNN wrote an article about it.

And, it may even happen in communities where it’s never happened before.

So, let’s say you get in a car wreck. You call the police and wait quite some time. No one shows. It appears as though they’ll never come.

What do you do if it looks as though the police won’t come at all?

Relax…You’re Not in Uncharted Territory

If the police won’t come to the scene of your accident, don’t get anxious. All is not lost. You can still take steps to protect yourself legally if […]

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

4 Auto Accident Situations that Require an Attorney

You don’t need to hire an attorney for every situation. But you should in these types of auto accident cases. Learn more from Mullen & Mullen.
Should you or shouldn’t you hire an attorney?

That’s always the question. On the one hand, you want to make sure you get fair treatment from the other driver and their insurance company following a car accident.

On the other, hiring an attorney means months and maybe years of stress, dealing with the lawyer, assembling paperwork, and possibly going to court.

So, how do you make the call? When should you pick up the phone and call a personal injury lawyer?

These trigger events should lead to you reaching out for legal help:

You Suffer a Serious Injury or Permanent Disability

Sometimes serious injuries are obvious. But believe it or not, serious injuries can also be completely overlooked.

Injuries like whiplash and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take weeks or months […]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Should You Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident During Covid-19?

Need medical attention after a car accident during the spread of COVID-19? Should you change how you approach getting it? Big mistake! Find out why from Mullen & Mullen.
What should you do if you get in a car accident and COVID-19 is taxing the medical system?

Here’s what to do:

Undoubtedly Get the Medical Attention You Need

Some police and emergency personnel have opted to screen calls so they only spend their time responding to more serious crashes.

For example, some will ask if one of the drivers needs to go to the hospital or if a “major crash” happened.

If not, they refuse to come. That could happen to you.

Regardless of what the police do or don’t do, get the medical attention you need. It’s essential to winning and maximizing the value of your claim.

Worried about contracting COVID-19 at the doctor’s office? Then follow the social distancing procedures you hear about so much […]

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Coronavirus Could Lead to More Danger on the Road

Yes. Coronavirus could make driving more dangerous. Not directly. And certain risks could increase. Find out what they might be from Mullen & Mullen.
…As if coronavirus isn’t causing enough disruption already!

We’re slowly experiencing more of the unexpected trouble coronavirus causes.

For example, have you noticed problems with your internet service or cell phone reception? Some people have.

So far, those particular problems haven’t been huge. But they have happened.

Speaking of coronavirus disruption, it causes problems with driving too.

Here’s what to look out for:

More Drivers Not Carrying Insurance

Not too sure what you can do about this one, other than making sure you pay your own insurance and have adequate uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

It’s totally reasonable to think that since so many people are losing their jobs, they won’t have money to pay their auto insurance.

That doesn’t justify them driving without car insurance. However, some will. And you can bet the number of people […]

By |May 11th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

3 Possible Ways Covid-19 May Affect Your Car Accident Claim

Is there anything Covid-19 hasn’t affected? Find out how coronavirus could affect your car accident claim and exactly what you can do about it from Mullen & Mullen.
You’ve probably experienced the utter lack of toilet paper on store shelves. Who’d have thought that would be such a huge problem?

Covid-19 has caused much more serious and far-reaching effects than a shortage of toilet paper – including the deaths of more than 40,000 Americans.

How could it cause issues with a car accident lawsuit if you have one?

No one knows for sure because we’re going through a completely new situation here.

You may run into all or some of the issues below:
Delays in Your Case’s Processing
Most car accident claims settle before court. That’s as easy as phone calls and letters between your lawyer and the defendant’s insurance company.

Because everyone’s adjusting to life with coronavirus, expect longer times to resolve your claim.

However, the world must […]

By |April 19th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

The 3 Most Likely Injuries to Result from a Rear-End Collision

What injuries can happen to you if another driver rear-ends you? Find out. And learn what to do to protect yourself legally and financially. 
Did you get rear-ended recently? Know someone who was? 

Various types of car accidents are more likely to cause certain injuries. 

What could happen if you get rear-ended? 

Any of these injuries may result: 
1. Whiplash
“Whiplash” happens when your neck moves back-and-forth rapidly due to a forceful impact. 

Its name comes from the fact that your neck moves quickly like the cracking of a whip. 

Symptoms of whiplash don’t necessarily show themselves immediately after your auto accident. 

They may take a few days to show. 

Whiplash can result in pain and stiffness in your neck, loss of motion in your neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and pain or numbness in your upper back or arms. 

Some people may also experience blurry vision, poor sleep, irritability, difficulty concentrating and remembering, or depression. 
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) […]

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Daylight Savings Increases the Risk of Car Accidents 

You may not think that when daylight savings happens your risk of a car accident increases too. But it does. Find out why and what you can do about it.
Seven states have passed bills to eliminate the time change daylight savings brings. Arizona and Hawaii don’t actually observe daylight savings at all.

Legislators believe there are enormous health and economic benefits to doing so. But, enacting these changes requires congressional approval, so they haven’t happened yet.

Strangely, daylight savings brings the unanticipated problem of more time spent driving in the dark. Darkness decreases visibility, which increases car accidents.

On weekends, for example, 72% of pedestrian fatalities caused by car accidents happen between 6 PM and 3 AM. And 57.3% of all pedestrian fatalities happen between 3 PM and 12 AM.
Why Does Driving in the Dark Lead to More Accidents?
Your eyes do adjust to lower light levels. However, you still see less than you […]

By |March 10th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Why You Shouldn’t Settle Quickly After Your Car Accident

If you get in a car accident, should you settle it quickly so you don’t have to deal with all sorts of stress and hassle for months on end?
You know how obnoxious and frustrating it is to deal with the aftermath of an auto accident.

You have to go to doctors, recover from your injuries, see how your insurance company values your car, and so on.

And this could drag on a long time. To get your full settlement, you know it may take months of negotiating or even years, if you have to go to court.

It seems like it would be a lot easier to just accept that initial offer they make quickly after your automobile accident.

Then, you can just get past all the stresses and hassles and get on with your life.

Well, it’s your choice. So you can do whatever you want. But, understand that you’re likely leaving a lot […]

By |March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Injured in an Auto Accident and the Other Driver Has No Insurance?

What Happens When You’re Injured in a Car Accident and the Responsible Party Has No Insurance?
 What could be worse than getting in an auto accident and suffering severe injuries that require months to heal?

How about an irresponsible driver who causes the car accident and doesn’t have car insurance?

It happens.

Texas law requires every driver to carry insurance when operating a motor vehicle. But, waving a magic wand and requiring everyone to do so by law doesn’t mean that everyone will follow through.

So, what happens when you get hit in a car accident and the other driver doesn’t have car insurance?

There’s a few possibilities:
The Other Driver Isn’t Off the Hook
You may feel some desire for revenge. You want that other driver to experience some pain and suffering so they understand the consequences of their actions.

Depending on the extent of your injuries and the value of their assets, it may be worth your […]

By |February 25th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments