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The Six Most Common Car Crash Injuries


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The Six Most Common Car Crash Injuries

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 2 million people are injured or disabled in car crashes throughout the United States annually. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has this number at more than 3 million, but regardless of the count, the astounding number of injuries that result from car accidents is abysmal and drivers should take every precaution into account before getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.

Numerous studies have shown that a person’s location within the car during the time of the accident has a direct effect on the type of injury sustained and its severity. Understandably, the closer someone is seated to the point of impact, the greater the likelihood of a more severe injury.

Aside from the passenger’s location within a vehicle, there are other factors that affect injury, including:

  • Whether or not seat belts were worn
  • The angle from which the car was hit (i.e. rear, side, or front)
  • The direction the occupant was facing at the time of the accident (i.e. was the person’s head or burn turned in certain direction)
  • The speed at which the crash occurred
  • Whether or not airbags deployed

As every car collision is unique in its own right, and the type of injury incurred also varies. Generally speaking, injuries typically fall into two broad categories known as impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are the result of a person’s body hitting some interior portion of the car. Penetrating injuries are usually cuts and scrapes caused by glass or loose objects flying within the car.

While some injuries may not require any medical attention, more serious one’s can cause permanent damage and even result in some physical (or emotional) disability.

Six common car crash injuries include:

Head Injuries

Head injuries vary from simple muscle strains to severe concussions. An unexpected stop or change in direction in a vehicle usually results in the head moving suddenly and violently. If the impact was not very forceful, occupants may just experience a slight muscle strain around the neck and back, but if the head comes into contact with an object within the car, such as the steering wheel, a concussion or lacerations can occur.

Concussions occur when the brain is severely shaken within the skull. In a mild case, rest may be sufficient to allow healing, but in more serious impacts, surgery may be required to alleviate internal bleeding and pressure. If you experience symptoms like disorientation, vomiting, and severe headaches after an accident, it is vital that you seek hospitalization immediately.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries occur when the body’s connective tissue is damaged, and usually results in “whiplash”, or injury to the neck and back. When the muscle, ligaments, and tendons in your body are unnaturally stretched because of a sudden movement or stop caused by an accident, the force can result in neck pain, upper back pain, mid-back and lower-back muscle sprains, and even serious spinal injuries.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries after a car accident are common and usually occur because of the position of the steering wheel or as a result of the seat belt tightening. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person might simply experience severe bruising or abrasions caused by the high level of force against the shoulder harness or seat belt.

Severe injuries can include fractures to the rib or sternum, injuries to internal organs, internal bleeding, torn cartilage, muscles, tendons or ligaments.

While seat belts certainly save lives, they do cause accidental injuries at times. If you feel any pain in your chest area, regardless of its intensity, it is in your own best interest to seek medical attention immediately. Failing to do so can make the injury worse, and in some cases, fatal.

Scrapes and Cuts

Car collisions can cause the glass on your windows to break or send loose objects hurtling through the air. Eyeglasses and ceramic items can easily cut your skin or cause other relatively minor injuries that may not require much medical treatment. Airbags deploying can also lead to lacerations that may require stitches.

Broken Bones

Serious injuries, such as broken bones, commonly occur in high velocity car accidents or roll overs. Broken bones can be especially dangerous as they may have caused internal damage that is difficult to perceive by EMT paramedics.

Common broken bone injuries include:

  • Spinal injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Broken legs
  • Broken arms
  • Broken ribs
  • Hip fractures
  • Broken and fractured wrists

Individuals suffering from broken bones require immediate emergency care that may result in multiple surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, and which may take a very long time to heal.

Emotional Injuries

A very serious and severe accident doesn’t just cause physical damages to the victims, but emotional problems as well. Financial burdens my results from steep medical bills and rehabilitation costs, causing emotional pain and suffering, such as depression. This is especially true in car accident survivor has seen their life drastically change because of serious and chronic injury.

Injured in an auto accident? You don’t have to be alone.

At J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we know how scary it can be to get into a car accident and get injured. We know how tough it can be when medical bills and car damages can put your life on hold. Let the attorneys at J. Gonzalez Law Firm fight for your rights for compensation and the due process you deserve.

Our personal injury lawyers in McAllen, Brownsville, and Rio Grande City will be there to help you get your life back in order.

Contact us today at (956) 630-6700 to get the process started on building your case.

 

Personal Injury Claims: On the Rise


With our fast-paced lifestyles and full schedules, a personal injury case is probably the last thing on your mind. This is because situations like car accidents or work-related injuries are two scenarios we almost never expect to encounter.

As crazy and unpredictable as life can be, it’s important to focus on the things that matter to you the most. It’s also vital to educate yourself on matters like personal injury cases, should you ever be involved in one. Similar to most things in life, there’s nothing wrong with being prepared for the unexpected. At the J. Gonzalez Law Firms, whether you’re a client or not, we have devoted ourselves to spreading the word about personal injury matters, since it is our mission to help you stay ahead of the game in any way that we can.

This is specifically important right now, as it has been reported that more people than ever are turning to personal injury lawyers for advice and representation. The reason for this is that personal injury claims in the U.S. are steadily and quickly rising at a rapid rate.

When a person is involved in an accident of any sort, the repercussions can be devastating and life altering. From financial burdens stemming from health care to lost wages and emotional trauma, data illustrates that our society has collectively stepped out of the dark and is determined to gain the justice they deserve.

At the J. Gonzalez Law Firms, we’re committed to helping you stay ahead of the curve. Therefore, it’s vital to understand why personal injury cases are on the rise and what this means for you:

Insurance

Before getting upset with your insurance provider for raising your rate again, there’s something you should know. As personal injury suits are currently on the rise, your insurance providers have had to follow suit. So, needless to say, those rising rates on your premium are actually for your protection.

If you are harmed in an accident of any sort, your insurance provider is simply assuring that you would be covered and taken care of should you need their assistance. This also ensures that should you find yourself in the middle of a personal injury case, your chances of settling the matter outside of court are strong.

Bogus Claims

Although it was noted that personal injury cases are currently on the rise, it’s crucial to understand that a number of these cases aren’t legitimate claims. Thankfully, insurance providers and the government are working tirelessly to eradicate this problem. On the bright side, statistics have shown that a larger number of personal injury cases are in fact genuine and the parties involved are awarded the compensation they rightfully deserve.

Why is the number of cases growing?

There are a variety of factors causing the number of personal injury cases to spike.

Let’s take a look at the most significant:

– Stricter laws
Across the country, it’s no secret that companies are tightening their laws like never before. This includes health and safety standards too. Now, employers are taking insurance more seriously than ever. Unfortunately, this extra coverage does little to prevent work-related accidents from happening.

As accidents and injuries in the workplace are inevitable and highly possible in industries that put monetary matters first and foremost, a substantial portion of the ‘rise’ in personal injury cases can be attributed to work-related accidents.

– The roads are dangerous!
From texting and driving to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, thousands of accidents happen in the U.S. each day. No matter how careful you are behind the wheel, the unfortunate truth is that not everyone practices the same level of caution. From claiming minor injuries like whiplash to more major claims, road accidents are also a huge factor in the rise of personal injury cases nationwide.

– It’s now easier than ever to file a claim against your employer
Due to the vast advancements to employee rights, if you feel violated in any way at your place of work, filing a claim against your employer is easier than ever. From discrimination to harassment and work-related injuries, you have the right to file a claim under legal protection.

The accessibility of filing claims is another prominent factor that has made personal injury suits skyrocket.

Whether you were involved in a personal injury case in the past or if you may find yourself at the center of one in the future, knowing the facts is key to ensuring that stress will not be on your list of concerns. At the J. Gonzalez Law firm, we are committed to educating you and helping you sort through your personal injury case with confidence. For more information, feel free to give us a call at 1800-CAR-CRASH.

When and Where to File a Lawsuit


Figuring out whether or not a certain situation is worthy of filing a lawsuit is a task on its own. While it’s easy to assume that initiating a case is as simple as calling your lawyer and expressing your dissatisfaction with a particular experience, there’s so much more to this process than meets the eye.

As much as we enjoy fighting for our clients’ rights in personal injury cases, at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we know that this is only half the battle. It’s so important for our clients—prospective or past—to know all the ins and outs that coincide with seeking justice for a matter legally, no matter the type of case they’re pursuing.

While we’ve delved deep into determining whether a situation requires legal action, now it’s time to start thinking about what happens after that point: when and where do you file a lawsuit? The answer to this loaded question can be a little complex at first glance.

As your confidence is our top priority, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about when and where to file your lawsuit:

When to File a Lawsuit

As we mentioned before, determining whether or not your case is worthy of a trial is only half the battle. Next, there are a variety of different points you should consider.

– Time
The answer to this matter varies according to what state you’ll be filing in. Statute of limitations, otherwise known as the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit depending on what you’re claiming, is a crucial part of figuring out when you should officially file your lawsuit. In the state of Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury or property damage suit.

– When the clock starts ticking
Now, you might be wondering exactly when the statute of limitations period begins. No matter what type of claim you’re filing, usually the time will start ticking beginning from the date of harm (the moment the incident/altercation happened).

However, it’s important to note that there is one large exception to this rule: discovery. In some cases, it’s common for the injured party to have no knowledge that they have been harmed. Under these circumstances, the time period would begin starting on the date of discovery (the day harm was first noticed) as opposed to the day it actually occurred.

For more in-depth information, it’s crucial that you consult with your lawyer to see what the best course of action is for your particular case.

Where to File a Lawsuit

Much like the question of ‘when,’ figuring out the best place to file your lawsuit can be quite a feat as well. To make this decision easier, it’s important to start with the basics: federal and state. The type of case you are claiming is what will determine which court you will go to. Deciding between federal and state is a big decision, as you can get into some hot water if you don’t select carefully.

-Federal
Federal courts have subject matter jurisdiction in only two kinds of cases:
If your case is based on (arises under) any federal law (otherwise known as federal question cases)
If you are suing a citizen of a different state (or a foreign national) and you’re asking for at least $75,000 in money damages
-State
If you’re thinking about filing a lawsuit, you’ll likely end up in a state court. Unless your particular case involves one of the special circumstances that listed under federal courts, the state court where you currently reside in will likely hear your case. From custody issues to personal injury suits and beyond, state courts are the most common place to file basic lawsuits.

Now that you’ve decided which route to take, it’s important to understand that different types of state courts hear different cases.

– Subject matter
Certain courts specialize in hearing specific types of cases. By separating cases by subject matter, this gives judges and court personnel the chance to build expertise in certain areas.

States have specialized courts such as:

  • Family law
  • Probate/surrogate
  • Landlord-tenant

It is also common for states to divide up their courts according to the amount of money or type of remedy involved.

The following divisions are typical:

  • Small claims ($2,500-$10,000)
  • Medium-sized (up to $25,000)
  • Other types of cases (higher amounts of money/non-monetary remedies)

Although this information may be a lot to digest, feeling competent when it comes to filing your lawsuit is key in your quest to attain the justice you deserve. At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we care about all of our clients and believe it is our duty to educate them about the legal process. To learn more about when and where to file a lawsuit, chat with one of our experienced lawyers today at (956)630-6700.

The Basics: When to Sue


Whether you’re in Brownsville or in the heart of McAllen, it’s hard to ignore the countless news headlines we’re bombarded with every day. From lawsuits arising due to hot coffee, or more unorthodox reasons like a lost pair of trousers, it’s quite obvious that the media focuses on the outrageous rather than the practical, which can lead to a lot of confusion.

At the J. Gonzalez Law Firm, whether you’re an active client or not, we’re committed to addressing all of your lawsuit related questions and concerns. In our constantly evolving world, being able to discern whether or not you should take legal action in a situation can be a difficult task. Therefore, we’ve made it our mission to help you sort through this trying time so that you will be able to make a decision competently and confidently.

No matter what case you’re considering pursuing, whether it’s personal injury or civil, you should always consult with your lawyer beforehand and carefully weigh your options. In order to make this process as simple as possible, we’ve compiled a list of matters you should explore if you’re thinking about taking any form of legal action. If you find yourself hesitating on any of these points, this is likely a sign that a legal court case might not be the best course of action for you.

If you’re considering filing a lawsuit, your situation must meet the following three requirements:

You must have a ‘good’ case

While the word ‘good’ may seem subjective, in the eyes of the law, it is not. In order for a lawsuit to be valid and stand up in a court of law, it must be able to be broken down into a series of steps or components. Of course, this is only half the battle.

Next, you and your lawyer must examine each of these ‘steps’ and ensure that you can satisfy or prove each one when prompted. Depending on the type of suit you are filing, the type of evidence you will need to provide will vary.

To illustrate this point more clearly, let’s look at this example:

If you were injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence on the road, in order to prevail in your personal injury suit, you must prove the following:

      Duty (the driver was obligated to drive safely on the road)

      Breach of Duty (they failed to drive safely)

      Cause in Fact (if it wasn’t for the driver’s actions, you wouldn’t have been injured)

      Proximate Cause (determines the proximity of the defendant’s actions to the harms caused)

      Damages (physical proof of pain and suffering resulting from the injury)

You should consider Settlement and Mediation

Even if you made it through the previous point and proved all the elements of your case, it’s not quite the right time to head to the courthouse just yet.

For the first time in history, a large number of cases are being resolved outside of court. If you’re feeling a little hesitant about pursuing your case in a court of law, simply sitting down with the other side and seeing if a resolution can be reached is a possible solution. If you’re worried about legality, there are mediation services far and wide that can offer their services for low costs and in some cases free of charge.

Of course, settlements and mediation are simply a suggestion and are not practical for every case.

Consider how you will collect at the end

If you’re certain a lawsuit is the right path for you, it’s time to start thinking about collecting a money judgment at the end of your trial. If monetary compensation for what you have endured is what you desire, you must ensure that the individual you are suing will be capable of paying the judgment in the event that you win the case. If you determine that you will have issues collecting, you will likely have to resort to the help of the authorities to get your rightful compensation. If you are pursuing a personal injury case, it’s important to note that the insurance company would be the party responsible for paying the judgment.

If you decide to pursue your matter legally, it’s important to discuss the different collection methods with your lawyer so that you may agree on the best course of action.

If your situation has met all of these requirements, it is time to sit down and prepare to file your lawsuit. Whether you’re absolutely certain or feeling a little lost, the team behind the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is prepared to assist you, as it is our ultimate goal for you to feel empowered as you pursue your legal matter further.

3 Die in Corpus Christi Car Crash Involving Cell Phone Usage


In Texas, distracted drivers using cell phones cause one out of five car crashes. This alarming trend has become such a widespread epidemic that in 2014, there were 100, 825 collisions involving distracted drivers. Of these accidents, 3,214 suffered serious injuries and 468 drivers or passengers died as a result. This is a 6% increase from 2013.

It’s important to understand that when driving, our attention is the most important factor. Sudden hazards such as a car quickly braking or an animal darting onto the street can cause a loss of control, resulting in an accident. In other cases, being distracted while using a phone can be devastating. This was the unfortunate case for four teenagers who were tragically involved in an accident where cell phone use is believed to have been a factor.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to someone else’s fault, the J. Gonzalez Law Firm can help get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and troubles.

A Tragic Incident

On their return from South Padre Island in March, four teenage girls from Houston were driving on Highway 77 near Corpus Christi when their car spun out of control and struck an 18-wheeler. Authorities believe the driver was using her cell phone as a GPS device and became distracted.

Two of the passengers died at the scene while a third was taken to a Corpus Christi hospital but died shortly after. The driver was also taken to a Corpus Christi hospital where she remains in critical condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler came away unharmed from the accident.

Against the Law

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drivers using their cell phones have a higher risk of causing an accident regardless of whether or not he/she is using a hands-free device or phone. Although Texas does not have a statewide law banning texting and driving, many cities across the state, including a few in the Rio Grande Valley, enforce bans on cell phone use while operating a vehicle.

In McAllen, Mission and Brownsville, fines can range from $200-$500 dollars for this offense. There are also laws across the state banning texting and using handheld devices when driving in a school zone. Also, all drivers under 18 are prohibited from using wireless devices.

Pay Attention

While texting behind the wheel is the most recognizable form of inattentive driving, there are many other forms that can cause devastating car crashes, including changing radio stations or eating. The Texas Department of Transportation is calling on all Texans to focus on the road and ignore distractions.

Let Us Help You

Getting into an accident regardless of the cause can be a huge hassle. The injuries you might suffer and costs incurred can be more than enough to deal with. For drivers who have found themselves victims of negligent driving where a distraction played a role, it can be hard to figure out what to do next. If that happens, do not hesitate to give the J. Gonzalez Law Firm in McAllen a call. We can get you the compensation you need to get your life back in order.

 

Car Accident Lawsuit Ends with $40,000 Compensation for Two Port Arthur Victims


It isn’t unusual to build an urge to drive after obtaining a license. Cruising up and down Business 83 or taking a little road trip to South Padre Island immediately comes to mind. Accidents can happen when we least expect them and they can be overly burdening if another driver is at fault. This was the unfortunate case with two women involved in an accident in 2013 that have now received compensation for what they experienced.

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm knows that monetary compensation can help in your recovery.  

An Avoidable Accident

The two Port Arthur women were heading north on Magnolia Street when a Port Neches motorist struck them. According to the lawsuit filed by the victims, the other driver turned left without yielding the right of way. The two victims filed a lawsuit seeking damages for injuries caused by the defendant in 2014.

Almost two years after the lawsuit was filed against the negligent driver, a court ruled in favor of the two plaintiffs. They were awarded nearly $40,000 dollars in a jury trial for damages received from the accident.

Call Us to Help

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has many years of experience handling matters like these. Our personal injury lawyer in McAllen fully knows just how hard it can be to recover from an accident where negligence played a role. If you’ve been in an accident where someone else was at fault and suffered injuries, give us a call at 956.630.6700 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Hidalgo Man Files Lawsuit Against Trucking Company Following Serious Accident


A truck driver’s vehicle is large, can weigh several tons and covers lots of ground on the road. The typical tractor-trailer is 48 feet long and over 13 feet tall. Visibility can be difficult when a driver is backing up and communication is key if a person is around the vehicle on foot when it is moving. It’s important to remember that the smallest mistake can result in serious injury. Unfortunately, a Hidalgo man was the victim in an incident with a tractor-trailer.

Suffering injuries at the hands of an irresponsible driver can be emotionally and financially hindering. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm is here to help you overcome your legal burdens.  

A Devastating Accident

In late December of 2015, the Hidalgo man filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against a trucking company he worked for and one of its operators after suffering injuries caused by being run over. According to the complaint filed in August of 2015, the man was working with the company as a truck operator and was fixing an oversized truck’s taillights. As the victim worked on the lights, the truck’s driver ran over him six times with axles from the tractor-trailer.

In the lawsuit, the Hidalgo man seeks a settlement of more than 1 million dollars for pre- and post-court costs as well as medical bills and wages lost. The plaintiff has also continued suffering tremendous physical pain and financial damage.

Helping However We Can

Remember, the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is always a phone call away. If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer and you think negligence was involved, contact our McAllen office and let us help you get the justice you deserve.

Driver Files Lawsuit After Collision with Tractor-Trailer


According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, semi-truck driving is one of the top 10 most dangerous professions in the country. These drivers are sitting for many hours at a time, making them predisposed to dealing with fatigue on the road. In addition to long hours of driving, truck drivers are also increasing strain on their arms, backs and legs.

A Life Changing Event

A Tennessee woman traveling through Anderson County in East Texas may have been a victim of this very situation. The young woman was driving along U.S. Highway 79 when a tractor-trailer collided with her. The woman suffered critical injuries and missed time from her job.

She went on to file a lawsuit against the truck driver and the company employing him for damages sustained. The victim will be seeking practical medical care fees and expenses for lost wages due to missed work time.

Fairness for the Victim

Fortunately, the victim in this case survived and, although sustaining injuries, she is seeking the justice she feels she’s entitled to. Filing a lawsuit can possibly bring her the justice she needs. We here at the J Gonzalez Law Firm are committed to doing just that. Contact us at (956) 630-6700, or message us here to let us know how we can help.

Beaumont Mother Files Lawsuit After Children Suffer Injury in Car Accident


Driving safely should be a concern for all motorists, especially those with children. It comes as second nature for most parents to always be on the lookout for their little ones. Oftentimes, however, there are forces beyond our control that can put those that we love most in harm’s way. This was the unfortunate circumstance for a Beaumont mother whose children were injured following a car accident with a driver she claims was at fault.

We understand how important your loved ones are to you. Get in touch with us in McAllen to get started on your case if negligence played a role in your accident.

Alleged Negligence

The mother filed a lawsuit with the Jefferson County District Court on behalf of her three children whom she claims were injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver. According to the plaintiff, in early December of 2015, she was traveling eastbound on Blanchette Street when the defendant ran a red light while traveling northbound on Fourth Street.

The defendant struck the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing injuries to the three children in their necks, backs and bodies in general. The lawsuit is requesting monetary damages between $200,000 and $1 million along with medical expenses incurred in the past and those expected in the future.

Get the Legal Help You Need

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm takes pride in serving those who have been dealt serious injuries due to negligence caused by another party. If you believe your car accident was caused due to someone’s irresponsibility, know that we’re here to provide the legal help you need. Visit our personal injury lawyer in McAllen to get your case started.

Lawsuit Filed After Driver Runs Red Light and Causes Accident


Traffic lights are obviously meant to keep us safe on the road. With large amounts of traffic in cities increasing each year, the importance of traffic lights and signs increases with it. However, there are certain times when drivers fail to adhere to traffic rules and cause accidents.

Thousands of drivers are injured in car accident-related incidents each year, leaving them with medical bills that can take serious tolls on their financial well-being. This was the unfortunate case with a woman in Beaumont who is suing a driver who ran a red light and struck her, allegedly leaving her with severe injuries.

Dealing with Injuries

The woman filed the lawsuit with the Jefferson County District Court in early January after claiming to have suffered severe injuries following a car accident caused by a traffic violation. The lawsuit states that in November of 2015, a man ran a red light and struck her vehicle.

The lawsuit lists the defendant as failing to control his speed or maintain proper awareness, failing to safely operate his vehicle and failing to yield the right-of-way to the plaintiff.

The woman is claiming the lawsuit stems from her suffering mental anguish, physical pain, lost wages, physical impairment, property damages and medical bills. She is also seeking costs for the lawsuit.

We Can Help

Dealing with injuries after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence is a burden that can take a heavy toll on anyone. Our personal injury lawyer in McAllen is ready to hear your story and build a case using all available evidence. Contact the J. Gonzalez Law Firm for more information on our services.