What Are the Most Common Types of Auto Wreck Cases You Handle?
The Haslam Firm, LLP handles a variety of different types of auto wreck cases in Texas. The most common types are fender-benders, intersectional collisions, and improper lane changes where there is only property damage. Additionally, the firm also works with auto wrecks that progress in severity with rollover accidents, severe intersectional collisions, drunk driving accidents and unfortunately, the very rapidly growing area involving distracted driving.
In December 2011, the NTSB recommended that all 50 states and the District of Columbia enact complete bans on all portable electronic devices for drivers including banning the use of hands-free devices.
What Is the Law Pertaining to Usage of Cell Phones While Driving in Texas?
In some states, such as California, there is a ban on all cell phone usage while driving, with the exception of hands-free devices. A person can, however, drive down the road and talk on his or her speaker phone. Attorney Robert Haslam feels this is a good start but it doesn’t go nearly far enough and unfortunately in Texas, you can do all of the above except in certain designated areas, such as school zones.
What Are the Top Misconceptions that People Have Regarding Auto Wrecks?
Most people understand texting or talking on the phone while driving is extremely dangerous. However, one of the biggest misconceptions people have is that everyone thinks that he or she can do it safely and, of course, that is not the case. There are a variety of reasons that this is true. For one thing, someone using his or her phone while driving is visually distracted. Obviously, if he or she is typing a text message on a phone, even traveling as slow as 30 miles per hour, that is 44 feet per second. If the person using their phone looks down for even two seconds, they have gone the length of a basketball court, and that’s just at 30-miles an hour.
Attorney Robert Haslam firmly believes that no one can text and drive safely and that is a huge misconception people have, believing that it can be done.
Another misconception people have regarding auto accidents is in the way that people are treated, not only by the opposing side’s insurance company but by their very own as well. Attorney Haslam suggests everyone read an excellent book called “From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves: The Dark Side of Insurance.”
This book describes how over 10 years, Allstate reeducated their adjusters to treat people poorly and to delay their claims for as long as possible. The purpose was to basically starve out their policy holders, not pay them and force them to hire attorneys. The only other option left to the people was to settle their claim for a low-ball offer; much less than the claim was worth.
What Are the Liability Laws Regarding Auto Wrecks in Texas?
Texas follows what is called a modified comparative fault system. This says that if someone is more than 50% responsible for an accident, he or she will recover nothing, even in a serious injury case. That is how tilted the system is.
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