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What damages could you seek compensation for after a car crash?

After a car accident, you may experience a variety of complications. Your serious injuries may cause you to feel immense pain, need medical treatment for some time and cost you hard-earned income due to the cost of treatment. Additionally, you may also suffer other financial challenges due to the damage caused to your vehicle and time away from work.

Though your main focus after such an event should remain on your recovery, you may feel that you do not have that luxury. Instead, you may find yourself trying to determine how you will address the financial problems and other issues resulting from the incident. If someone else's negligence caused your injury-causing accident, you may have grounds to file a legal claim against him or her in order to seek compensation.

You can't always 'see' a driving distraction

Part of being a good driver means you are alert and cautious behind the wheel. As a good driver, you also pay close attention to your surroundings, whether you happen to be navigating a busy Texas highway or a parking lot. It's always wise to have some idea of what other motorists or pedestrians in your vicinity are doing. Do you think you can recognize a distracted driver when you see one?

Some driving distractions are indeed immediately apparent; such would be the case if you glanced over to the next lane and witnessed a driver steering with his or her elbows while using thumbs to type on a cell phone. What about all the drivers who cause collisions, however, saying later that they were merely lost in thought and didn't realize there was another vehicle or person on foot nearby? There would likely be no way to recognize that a person who happens to be daydreaming at the time is distracted.

Are you suffering the consequences of an auto defect?

Auto manufacturers must provide their products to the market free of unexpected defects or dangers. Automobiles that do not meet the ordinary expectations of consumers may lead to product liability lawsuits. The party you may hold responsible depends on various factors.

If you are the owner of a vehicle with an auto defect, you must identify the responsible party by determining at which stage the defect occurred -- design, manufacturing or marketing. A design defect was present from the start while a manufacturing defect could occur during manufacture or assembly. A marketing defect happens when the dealer withholds important information.

Is there a secret liability settlement affecting your car?

If you drive, there is a nearly 100 percent chance that you’ve received a recall notice in the mail. It’s a pain, but it usually doesn’t cost you anything but time and you feel better knowing the company that made your car is looking out for you. Or you would feel pretty good until you learned about how frequently product liability lawsuits are kept secret.

In December of 2017, the federal government revealed that it is investigating Goodyear for tires installed on motorhomes from 1996-2003. The tires, apparently, could not withstand temperatures associated with driving under normal conditions on the highway and would then blow-out. Accidents from those blow-outs lead to 13 injuries and one death. Goodyear was sued over the design flaw, but those lawsuits were all kept secret from the public.

Focusing on restitution when another's distraction proves harmful

While there are a multitude of scenarios in which a serious car accident could occur, some tend to be more prevalent than others. Although you probably wish to avoid such an incident at all costs, if you encounter a distracted driver, you could find it difficult, if not impossible, to react in time to avoid collision.

While you may seek to avoid all distractions while navigating Texas roads, others may not make such sound decisions. With a plethora of possible distractions and an ever-increasing number of vehicles, you might be concerned that a similar act of negligence could pose a significant threat to your well-being.



Texas water park injuries can occur when safety is an issue at the theme park. During summertime, as parks fill up with crowds of visitors, many people may not realize that certain risks are involved.

Such was the case in 2016 when a new ride opened up at Schiltterbahn's park in Kansas City. The family-owned business Schlitterbahn operates four water parks in Texas and one in Kansas City. A week after the Kansas City Park opened, while on the highest waterslide in the world, called "Verruckt," a 10-year old boy named Caleb Schwab died. The accident resulted in the boy's decapitation, and the two women riding with him suffered serious facial injuries.

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