Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Millions of motor vehicle accidents happen each year throughout the United States. During the past decade, at least 3,000 people died on Texas roads each year. In the last reported year, over 17,000 people suffered serious injuries because of automobile accidents in Texas.

Drivers and passengers in Texas are exposed to a serious risk of injury or death from the negligence of others while on the road. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney before giving recorded statements to an insurance company. However, even if you have given an insurance company a recorded statement about your accident, a qualified and experienced attorney can still seek maximum recovery on your behalf.

If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in an automobile accident, contact the lawyers at Armstrong Lee LLP for your free consultation. Our attorneys have successfully resolved hundreds of motor vehicle accidents. Call us today for your free consultation.

Red Light Accidents

Red light accidents often result in serious injuries to drivers and passengers of motor vehicles. In particular, red light accidents often involve difficult questions of liability and fault. It is not uncommon for each driver to claim that they had the green light.

Houston, Texas is reported to have the highest rate of red light accidents in the country. Insurance companies will typically deny or try to underpay red light accidents if they have any argument that their insured driver was not at fault, even if the police report says otherwise.

Red light accidents in particular are often “swearing matches” between the drivers involved. A skilled attorney will investigate to determine the availability of 911 calls, witness statements, and video recordings to prove their client’s case.

The attorneys at Armstrong Lee LLP know what it takes to successfully resolve red light accidents. These types of cases normally have to be litigated in court in order for the insurance company to recognize their driver’s fault. Unlike many law firms, Armstrong & Lee LLP will take your case all the way to a jury trial if that is what is necessary to obtain justice. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Distracted Driver / Reckless Driving

Distracted driving is on the increase in Texas and throughout the country. Due to the prevalence of smartphones and GPS devices, drivers are more likely than ever to be distracted while driving. In 2014 alone, more than 3,000 people died as a result of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recognized that the rate of visible device usage while driving his highest among drivers between 16 and 24 years of age. However, distracted driving is not an issue restricted to younger drivers. Drivers of all ages cause accidents due to distraction.

At Armstrong Lee LLP, we seek the cell phone, messaging, and data records of the defendant drivers in all our cases. We know that the best results for our clients can only be won by preparing every case for trial. Call us today for your free consultation.

Texting and Driving

Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and injuries in Texas. On June 6, 2017, Texas finally adopted a statewide ban on texting and driving which took effect on September 1, 2017. Nonetheless, these preventable accidents occur on a regular basis, often with devastating consequences.

When an injured client comes to Armstrong Lee LLP after an automobile accident, we make it our standard practice to use discovery in litigation to obtain the text, call, and data records of the other driver at the time of the accident.

Drunk Driving

Thousands of people die in Texas each year due to driving under the influence. A drunk driver’s responsibility for the accident is rarely in question. As a result, when a person under the influence causes an accident, the primary issue in dispute is normally the amount of damages. Those damages can be life changing for the injured person. At Armstrong & Lee LLP we take on the legal burdens that accompany a serious accident so that you and your loved ones can focus on healing. Our lawyers fight tirelessly to obtain fair compensation for the full amount of your damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Driver Fatigue

An estimated 1 in 24 adults eighteen or over report having fallen asleep while driving in the last 30 days. An accident caused by driver fatigue can have devastating consequences. In Texas alone, it is estimated that 4,833 accidents were caused by driver fatigue, resulting in 143 fatal crashes. Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that fatigue is a factor in more than one-tenth of commercial truck accidents.

Drowsy and fatigued driving leads to tens of thousands of injuries and hundreds of automobile accidents each year. Young workers, shift workers and commercial drivers, business travelers, and people with sleep disorders are particularly at risk for drowsy driving. Drivers can prevent distracted driving by taking common sense steps such as getting adequate sleep, traveling with a friend or in groups, using rest stops, managing caffeine intake, and driving during the day.

Proving in court that driver fatigue contributed to an accident requires trial skill and experience. Though the majority of cases are still resolved by settlement, the lawyers at Armstrong Lee LLP prepare every case for trial. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Uber & Lyft Accidents

On May 29, 2017, Texas adopted a statewide framework for rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft, allowing more ordinary citizens to participate as drivers. As a result, rideshare accidents are likely to grow more common in Texas — as well as throughout the country.

When you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver Lyft driver or other ridesharing application, a complex system of insurance is at play. Under Texas law, rideshare companies are required to hold insurance depending on whether the driver is transporting a fare, on the way to pick up a fare, or off duty.

For example, Uber and Lyft each have insurance programs that have a variety of coverages for their drivers. Uber’s car insurance policy holds insurance coverage for its drivers that can pay you, as the passenger, up to $1,000,000 if you are injured.

It can be confusing to determine what coverages apply because the ridesharing companies are unlikely to give details regarding their coverage absent a lawyer getting involved — and even then often not until litigation. To compound the potential confusion, some cases involve drivers of vehicles who are not the registered driver on the rideshare account. Other cases have involved accidents with a vehicle different from the vehicle registered with Uber.

The lawyers at Armstrong Lee LLP understand the complexities of the coverages and issues surrounding rideshare accidents. Our lawyers will gladly provide a free consultation to help you make sense of these complexities.

Dangerous Driving Conditions

Dangerous driving conditions such as rain, ice, and traffic can increase the risks of serious accidents. If a defendant has the opportunity, they will try to escape responsibility by saying that the accident was due to a “sudden emergency” or was an “unavoidable accident.” Insurance companies will regularly deny claims based on these reasons even though police and witnesses found the driver at fault. However, juries understand that when there are dangerous driving conditions, drivers have an obligation to be on increased lookout for danger given the risk of serious injury. At Armstrong Lee LLP, we have a dedication to preparing each case for trial. Preparation is the key to a good settlement. It is also the key to winning at trial. Either way, Armstrong Lee LLP is ready.

Motorcycle Accidents

Congestion, driver carelessness, and distracted driving have made motorcycle riding dangerous on busy Texas roads. As all motorcyclists know — and fear — the greatest danger to the rider is the inattentive driver. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that, on average, one motorcyclist dies in Texas every single day. In 2016, almost 500 motorcycles riders lost their lives in motorcycle accidents, while over 2,000 riders were injured, often because of a driver who was simply not paying proper attention. In these situations, the defense may try to argue that the motorcyclist was at fault or argue that riding is inherently dangerous. A skilled personal injury attorney understands how to avoid these distractions and how to keep the jury’s focus on the true cause of the accident.

Contact Armstrong Lee LLP today for your free consultation.