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Don’t Ignore Fever After a Car Accident

Fever following a car accident can be a symptom of a serious injury and should never be ignored. Our attorneys discuss injuries associated with fever, other symptoms that may be present, diagnosis and treatment, and whether you can seek compensation.

Sleep Problems After a Car Accident

Sleep problems following a car accident are fairly common. Insomnia, pain, nightmares, and other issues can interrupt your sleep cycle and affect your health and well-being. We discuss common types of sleep problems and whether you can recover compensation.

Should I Accept a Settlement Offer or File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident In Texas?

You’ve been hurt in a car wreck. The insurance company is offering a quick settlement. Should you take it? In a word, it depends. Never accept a settlement offer before talking to a lawyer. Our attorneys explain what you need to know.

What is "Negligence per se" in Texas Car Accident Cases?

If the driver who hit you was violating the rules of the road, your case may be stronger, but it's still not open and shut. Our attorneys explain the legal doctrine of negligence per se and how it might affect your car accident claim.

Can A Passenger Be Liable For A Car Accident In Texas?

Understanding passenger liability in car accidents can be complex. Our Houston car accident lawyers break down the factors involved in proving a passenger's responsibility for a crash and explain why seeking legal help after such a crash is essential.

How Do Wrongful Death Lawsuits Work in Texas?

Losing a loved one due to negligence is devastating. Our Houston wrongful death attorneys at Smith & Hassler are dedicated to helping families in Texas seek justice and compensation. Here is what you need to know about wrongful death lawsuits in Texas.

Who Pays For My Costs After A Car Accident In Texas?

In Texas, car accident victims can seek compensation for a range of expenses, from medical bills to vehicle repairs—but who pays? We break down what Houston drivers should know and explain how an attorney can fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Will My Health Insurance Cover Car Accident Injuries?

If you’re hurt in a car wreck in Texas, your health insurance company may cover some of your medical expenses, but it depends on the situation. Our car accident lawyers explain how insurance coverage works and how an experienced attorney can help.

What Types of Doctors Treat Car Accident Injuries?

After a car accident, your health should come first. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the treatment process and protect your rights.

How Can I Get Medical Treatment Without Health Insurance After a Car Accident?

Too many Texans don’t have medical insurance, and after a car accident, this can create a difficult situation. Our attorneys break down the alternative options to get your medical bills for a car crash paid if you don’t have health insurance – and how a lawyer can help.

Your Rights If You Hurt Your Jaw in an Accident

Jaw pain after an accident can be debilitating. Our personal injury lawyers break down common causes of jaw injuries involving negligence and explain how an attorney can help hold the responsible party accountable.

Understanding Arm Pain After a Car Accident

Arm pain following a car crash is a common symptom and should never be ignored. Proper diagnosis and treatment are very important. Our attorneys discuss how arm pain can happen in an accident, common types of injuries that can lead to arm pain, treatment, and seeking financial compensation for the damages you suffered.

Can You Sue Someone For A Road Rage Accident?

Road rage often involves aggressive and dangerous behaviors by drivers, including tailgating, speeding, reckless lane changes, and even physical altercations. Our car accident attorneys explain how victims of road rage accidents can pursue personal injury claims, even if the aggressive driver isn’t facing criminal charges.

What Details Should I Share with the Other Driver After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can be overwhelming, but knowing what to share with the other driver is crucial. Ensure you exchange contact, insurance, and license information, but remember, avoid making statements that may be misinterpreted or escalate the situation. Our car accident attorneys break down what drivers in Houston should know.

Dealing With Broken Ribs From a Car Accident

Fractured ribs are a common result of car accidents in Houston. Our attorneys break down how crashes cause broken ribs, common warning signs, the recovery timeline, and how a car accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for your losses.

Injuries From Fender Benders and Low-Speed Car Accidents

Low-speed fender benders may not be as minor as they seem. Our attorneys explain why these accidents can cause serious injuries and highlight the importance of documenting your injuries for insurance claims.

Understanding Soft Tissue Injuries in Car Accidents

Soft tissue injuries might not be immediately apparent after a car accident, but their impact can be significant. We explain how crashes cause soft tissue injuries, common symptoms, and how a car accident lawyer can help navigate the process of recovering compensation.

What are the Elements of a Slip and Fall Claim in Texas?

If you were hurt in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in Texas, you need to know your rights and options. Learn the criteria that must be met to file a slip and fall lawsuit, and don’t hesitate to talk to our attorneys about your situation.

Emotional Trauma and Shock After a Car Accident

Car accidents can cause more than physical injuries. Emotional trauma and shock can be equally distressing. If you're experiencing symptoms like fear, mood swings, or difficulty sleeping after a car accident, don't hesitate to seek support and legal guidance from a car accident attorney.

Brain Bleed Symptoms After Car Accident

Traumatic brain injuries are serious, and brain bleeds from car accidents can be life-threatening. Don't underestimate the impact of a serious head injury. Seek medical attention right away and talk to a car accident lawyer about your potential legal options.

The KABCO System in Police Crash Reports in Texas

Accurate KABCO injury ratings play a significant role in car accident compensation in Texas. Our attorneys can help you remedy mistakes in your police crash report.

How Compensation for Truck Accidents Works in Texas

If you were hit by a commercial truck, you deserve to be fully compensated for all your injuries. Our experienced Houston truck accident lawyers explain what your case might be worth – and how we can help.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Houston

Motorcycle accidents in Houston are far too common, and holding the at-fault driver accountable is tricky. Our attorneys explain the steps to take to protect your rights after a motorcycle wreck.

What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident In Houston, TX

Getting hit by a car can result in severe and fatal injuries. We break down everything you need to know about pedestrian accidents in Houston, TX and how an attorney can help if you were injured.

Do Texas Car Insurance Rates Go Up After an Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?

Insurance rates can rise for the victims of car accidents where they are not at fault - even if they don't file a claim. An experienced car accident attorney can deal with the insurance company on your behalf.

Liability in Accidents with Emergency Vehicles in Texas

If you're hit by an ambulance, police car, or fire truck, do you have a case? It depends on the situation. Our Houston car accident lawyers explain.

Should You Go to the ER or Urgent Care After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can cause serious injuries with delayed symptoms, making early detection and treatment essential. Our attorneys explain the importance of seeking prompt medical care and the differences between emergency rooms and urgent care facilities.

Livestock Accidents in Texas, Who Is Liable?

Who pays for medical bills and lost wages when a cow and car collide in Texas? Open-range laws can complicate liability. We break down how an attorney can help guide you through the legal system and explain your potential options for pursuing compensation.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain After a Car Accident

Lower back pain is a common symptom after people have been involved in a car crash, and could be a sign of an injury that can have a significant impact on your life. We discuss the potential causes of lower back pain, types of treatment, and how an experienced attorney can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.

What Does Numbness or Tingling Mean After a Car Accident?

Numbness or tingling after a car accident can be easy to overlook. But these symptoms could be signs of a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention. We discuss the possible injuries that could result in numbness and tingling, how those injuries are diagnosed, and what to do if you’ve been injured in a car accident.

What Are the Signs of a Wrist Fracture After a Car Accident?

Wrist fractures can have significant effects on your quality of life and ability to work after a car wreck. They are also often mistaken for less serious injuries like sprains and strains. Know the warning signs – and what to do if you have a broken wrist.

What To Do If The Insurance Company Asks You To Give A Recorded Statement

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may be contacted by an insurance adjuster and asked to give a recorded statement. What should you do? Our attorneys discuss how to handle this request to make sure your rights are protected.

Determining Fault in Texas Multi-Car Pileups

Pileups are far too common on the congested highways of the Houston area, and they can cause devastating injuries – and complex legal cases. Our attorneys explain how we can get to the bottom of a multi-vehicle crash.

What Stomach Pain After a Car Accident Might Mean

Car accidents can cause internal bleeding and other abdominal injuries. Our attorneys explain the implications of stomach pain after a car wreck – and why you need to see a doctor.

The Role of Witnesses in Houston Car Accident Cases

Getting witness testimony is an often-critical part of building your case for maximum compensation. Our attorneys describe the types of witnesses in a car accident case and how to go about collecting their statements.

The Dangers of Airbag Injuries: Understanding the Risks

Understand the dangers of airbag injuries in car accidents. Learn about improper airbag deployment, common airbag injuries, chest pain, and more.

Understanding How Inexperienced Truckers Cause Truck Accidents

With the national truck driver shortage, many trucking companies are hiring inexperienced drivers – and they put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. Our attorneys break down how inexperienced truckers cause serious accidents.

What Happens if You’re Injured As a Passenger in Texas

Being injured as a passenger can lead to a fraught and difficult case, especially if the at-fault driver is a friend or family member. We take a look at how an experienced attorney can walk you through the process.

Establishing Fault and Collecting Damages After a T-Bone Accident

T-bone wrecks can cause severe injuries because the side of a car provides little protection compared to the front and rear. They can also lead to difficult and contentious legal cases. We take a look at the factors that can come into play in side-impact collision cases.

Common Rear-End Accident Injuries

Rear-end accidents may be very common, but that doesn’t mean they’re minor. Even a low-impact rear-end crash can cause significant injuries. Our attorneys explain what you need to know.

What to Know About Seat Belt Injuries in Car Accidents

Seat belts save lives, but they don’t prevent all injuries; in fact, they can actually cause certain types of injuries. We take a look at seat belt syndrome and how it can affect the value of your car accident claim.

How to Get Surveillance Camera Footage of a Car Accident

Camera footage can be critical evidence in a car accident claim, but it’s also often lost shortly after the wreck. We explain how to act quickly to secure video footage and why you need an attorney to conduct an investigation.

7 Types of Broken Glass Car Accident Injuries

If you suffered an injury from broken glass in a car accident, the best way to determine whether a settlement offer is reasonable and fight for the money you deserve is to speak with an experienced attorney. Our car accident lawyers explain why.

Fatal Car Accident Investigations

If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal car wreck, you deserve answers – and justice. Our attorneys explain how fatal accidents are investigated and how our law firm can advocate for your family.

Plastic Surgery After a Car Accident

It’s not just cosmetic; plastic surgery can be a critical part of being made whole again after a car crash. We explain the need for plastic surgery after many car accidents and how to get those medical bills paid.

Car Accident Bone Fractures

Broken bones (fractures) are among the most common injuries sustained in car wrecks, and they can have a dramatic effect on your life. Our attorneys break down the most common types of fractures in car accidents and what you can do to get fair compensation.

Car Accident Medical Treatment – Options for Injury Victims

How do you get your medical bills paid after a car accident? Our attorneys break down how you can get compensated for your medical expenses – and how we can help.

Leg Pain From a Car Accident

After a car accident, leg pain may be a sign of a serious injury. We discuss common injuries associated with leg pain after a crash and explain how our legal team can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Dram Shop Claims in Texas Drunk Driving Accidents

Can you sue a bar or restaurant that served alcohol to a drunk driver? It depends on the circumstances. Our attorneys explain injury claims under the Texas Dram Shop Act.

Sciatica After a Car Accident

Sciatica is a painful car accident injury that can negatively affect your mobility. Our legal team breaks down how an attorney can help you recover the financial compensation you’re entitled to if you developed sciatica after a car accident that wasn’t your fault.

What To Do After Being Hit By a Car in Houston
Many people aren’t sure what to do next after they’ve been hit by a car and left with serious injuries. Our attorneys discuss steps you can take that help protect your health and your right to recover financial compensation.

Texas Highway Laws

The majority of fatal accidents in Texas happen on state, federal, and interstate highways. Learn the Texas laws that apply to highway accidents and what your legal options may be if you are injured or lost a loved one on the highway.

Getting An Accident Report Changed

A police accident report can be a powerful piece of evidence in support of your claim, but only if the information in it is accurate. Our attorneys reveal some of the most common errors made on police reports and how a lawyer can take steps to help you set the record straight.

In-Vehicle Technology and Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly pushing in-vehicle "infotainment” systems as an alternative to using cellphones while driving. But distracted driving is never safe, and some aspects of these systems may actually make driving more dangerous. We break down the dangers and legal implications of infotainment systems.

Understanding Shoulder Injuries in Car Accidents

The shoulder can be injured in many types of accidents, including car accidents. If you hurt your shoulder in a crash that was not your fault, it’s important to know your legal rights and options. Our attorneys explain the most common shoulder injuries in car accidents and how victims can recover compensation for their losses.

The Deadliest Types of Car Accidents

Every car crash has the potential to cause life-threatening or even fatal injuries. We’ve broken down the types of car accidents that cause the most fatalities in Texas and nationwide – and the legal implications of each one.

The Dangers of Eye and Vision Injuries in Car Accidents

Eye injuries sustained in car accidents can be painful and lead to long-term consequences. The cost of an eye injury can be significant, which is why crash victims should seek out legal help to learn their legal options. Our attorneys break down the most common eye injuries sustained and what to do if you’ve been injured.

Your Legal Rights if You’re in a Car Accident While Pregnant

The trauma of a car wreck can have serious consequences for both pregnant women and unborn babies. Texas law provides recourse in these situations, but filing a claim can be complex and difficult. Our attorneys explain how the law applies to car accidents during pregnancy.

Your Legal Rights if You’re in a Bicycle Accident in Texas

Despite the City of Houston’s best efforts to make our roads more bicycle-friendly, far too many cyclists are severely injured or killed in bicycle accidents caused by reckless drivers. Our attorneys explain the law and break down what legal rights injured cyclists have in Texas.

Texting and Driving Accidents in Texas

Even though it’s been against the law in Texas since 2017, texting and driving is still a problem in Houston and throughout the state. Our car accident lawyers discuss the dangers of distracted driving and explain why texting is one of the deadliest forms of distraction.

What Should I Do if I’m Hit by a Drunk Driver in Houston?

Drunk driving accidents often occur in Houston and throughout Texas. In fact, more people have been injured or died in drunk driving car accidents in Texas in the past decade than in any other state in the country. Our attorneys explain what to do if you get hit by a drunk driver in Houston.

What Are the Deadliest Highways in Texas?

Highway accidents account for some of the most serious motor vehicle crashes in Houston and other parts of Texas, including many fatal car accidents. We explain which Texas highways are the most dangerous and why crashes happen so frequently.

What Happens if a Car Accident Worsens a Pre-Existing Condition

The insurance companies may have you believe a “pre-existing condition” makes your claim worth less, but that’s incorrect. Sometimes, it’s even worth more. We explain the “eggshell skull rule” and how it affects car accident lawsuits in Texas.

Hit by an Uninsured Driver? You Have Legal Options.

Texas requires motorists to have insurance, but some break the law – and if you’re hurt in an accident caused by one of them, you’re looking at a difficult and uncertain future. We explain what you can do in this situation.

What to Do After a Speeding Car Accident in Texas

Speeding is among the leading causes of car crashes in Texas and nationwide, and careless drivers can inflict incredible harm. Our attorneys discuss the legal implications of an accident caused by a speeding driver.

Can I Sue for Pain and Suffering in Texas?

The cost of a car accident or other incident caused by negligence goes well beyond medical bills and lost wages. Texas gives you the right to sue for pain and suffering, but getting full value for those losses can be difficult. Our attorneys explain how pain and suffering claims work.

Facial Injuries in Texas Car Accidents

Some of the most common injuries sustained in car crashes are injuries to the face: broken noses, lacerations, burns, and other trauma. A facial injury can leave scars that permanently affect your life. We discuss your legal rights and options.

The Importance of Timing in Truck Accident Claims

As soon as possible after a truck accident, you need an attorney to intervene to preserve critical evidence in support of your claim. Our attorneys break down the importance of timing in a truck accident investigation and lawsuit.

Factors in Texas Wrong-Way Car Accidents

Every driver’s nightmare is to be hit by a car going the wrong way. We discuss what causes wrong-way crashes and what you need to know about your legal rights if you’re involved in one.

Top 10 Myths about Texas Car Accidents

When you’re in a car accident, identifying good and bad information about what to do next can be tough. Our attorneys break down 10 common myths about car accident claims in Texas – and how we can help you find your path forward.

Modified Comparative Negligence in Texas Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury claims can get complicated when multiple parties are involved, or when the injured person is partially at fault. We explain how the “modified” comparative negligence rule works in Texas and how that might affect your case.

Traits of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers

When you’re hurt in an accident, you need to hire a lawyer. More to the point, you need to hire the right lawyer. How do you recognize an attorney who knows how to fight for the full compensation you deserve? We’ve broken down the most important traits of top personal injury attorneys.

Delayed Symptoms and Car Accidents

Just because you walk away from an accident feeling fine doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Some injuries take time to make themselves known. Our attorneys take a close look at the medical and legal implications of injuries with delayed-onset symptoms.

Can I Ask For More Money For My Car Accident?

After an accident caused by another driver, the at-fault driver’s insurance company might make a settlement offer to resolve your injury claim. But what if the offer doesn’t cover all your anticipated expenses. Can you ask for more money? What options are available to you? Our experienced attorneys explain how the process works and what you should be compensated for after your car accident.

I Was a Passenger in an Uber Accident. What Should I Do?

Millions of people each day use Uber across the country and in large cities like Houston. Unfortunately, accidents involving Uber vehicles often occur. So what should Uber passengers do if they get hurt in a car accident? What legal options are available to them? How much is their injury claim worth? Our experienced attorneys answer these questions and many more, providing useful information to people injured in Uber accidents.

How Do I Know if I Have a Concussion After a Car Accident?

Head injuries often occur in car accidents. One of the most common injuries people sustain in a crash is a concussion. But how do you know if you have one? What are the symptoms and warning signs of a concussion? And how do you know if you have a mild or severe concussion? Learn more about what to look for and what to do if you suspect you have a head injury after your accident.

What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Not exactly sure what a personal injury attorney does? Learn more about how a lawyer can help you after an accident caused by someone else. This informative article written by our Houston attorneys explains exactly what a personal injury lawyer does, from fighting for the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses to representing you in court, if necessary. Take an active role after your accident. You have rights, and your lawyer can stand up for them.

How to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas

Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Texas can be a complicated process. Our experienced attorneys explain how the legal system works, step by step. From who can file a lawsuit to where you actually need to file, there are a lot of steps that need to be taken into consideration when taking legal action after a serious accident in Texas. Learn more about your legal rights in the Lone Star State.

Americans Drove Far Less In 2020… So Why Were Road Deaths Up?

With fewer vehicles on the road in 2020 due to lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, closures, and social distancing, you’d think there would be fewer fatal car accidents. According to data from the National Safety Council, that wasn’t the case. Our lawyers dig deeper into the issue and discuss why road deaths actually increased in 2020.

What You Need to Know About Texas Hit-and-Run Crashes

Hit-and-run accidents happen often in Houston, and in many cases, crash victims aren’t prepared for the aftermath. Don’t pay for your unexpected medical expenses out of your own pocket. Our attorneys reveal how to protect yourself against the insurance company.

Texas Ranks in the Top 10 States With the Worst Drivers… Again

Texas has consistently ranked within the top 10 states with the worst drivers for the ninth year in 2020. According to an analysis by Car Insurance Comparison, drunk drivers account for the majority of catastrophic and fatal crashes in the Lone Star State.

What To Ask For In A Car Accident Settlement

After a car crash, many injury victims are eligible to receive financial compensation in the form of a settlement. What expenses are covered? What is the average settlement claim? Who decides the value of each claim? This article answers all those questions and many more.

What Should I Do If I’m Injured In An Accident With A Delivery Truck

Collisions caused by delivery truck drivers (UPS, FedEx, etc.) have become increasingly common in recent years. What should you do if a delivery truck driver causes your crash? What are your options? What are your rights? Learn more about these complicated legal cases.

Common Bad Driving Habits That Cause Houston Car Accidents

Attorney Michael Smith wrote this article about the common causes of motor vehicle collisions in Houston. Based on the latest statistics and studies, this informative article examines the real reasons why car crashes happen each day in Houston.

A Look at Houston’s Worst (And Most Dangerous) Commutes

Houston has some of the worst commutes in the country. Why is that? What makes commuting to work here so dangerous? What are the risks drivers face each day while driving to work? This article examines these hazards and the best ways to avoid a crash.

Houston Attorneys Discuss Lack Of Commercial Truck Law Enforcement

Commercial trucks often cause serious collisions on Texas’ highways and roads. Unfortunately, not enough law enforcement officials are enforcing existing state and federal laws designed to prevent truck accidents. Learn more about this complex issue and how to stay safe on the road.

The Best Ideas to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents in the Houston Area

Pedestrian accidents have become increasingly common in Houston. What are the reasons why? What are common causes of these crashes? Our attorneys take an in-depth look at this serious issue and provide steps pedestrians can take to stay safe.

U.S. Study: Texas Ranked 3rd in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

The number of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians in Texas has reached record levels. Just how bad are pedestrian accidents in the Lone Star State? Why are so many of these collisions happening? What is Texas doing to protect pedestrians? Learn more.

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