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Car Accidents Involving Stop Signs

By Jackson Reed on May 01, 2018

Stop sign at intersectionWhen a driver runs a stop sign and a car accident occurs, the other driver and passengers may suffer serious injuries, including paralysis, broken bones, or brain injury. If you have been in a car accident involving a stop sign, you may be entitled to damages for the other driver’s negligent actions.

The attorneys at Reed & Terry LLP, serving clients in the Katy, TX, Richmond, TX, and Sugarland, TX areas, aggressively pursue the maximum recovery possible, and explore all avenues of reimbursement for victims in all types of car accidents.

The Legal Consequences of Car Accidents Involving Stop Signs 

In order to recover damages in a car accident case, the victim must prove the other driver was negligent and caused the wreck. This is typically accomplished by presenting evidence that the other driver was not paying full attention to his or her driving, speeding, distracted by a cell phone, or engaged in another activity. 

But when an accident is caused when a driver runs a stop sign, the requirement to prove negligence is reduced. In these instances the legal theory is one of negligenceper se, meaning the act in and of itself was negligent. This is because:  

  • The act of running the stop sign is a legal violation, separate and apart from the accident
  • Negligent behavior is essentially imputed to the driver who ran the stop sign

After establishing that the other driver ran a stop sign, we focus on establishing an amount of damages that will adequately compensate our client for all they have suffered. 

What Types of Damages Are Available in Car Accident Cases Involving a Stop Sign?

Seeking compensation for a car accident under a theory of negligence per se or an ordinary negligence action when the at fault party ran a stop sign does not change the type of damages a victim is entitled to pursue. These damages include reimbursement for:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Compensation for the difference in earnings when the victim is required to resume work at a lesser position for lesser pay
  • Medical expenses for immediate care after the accident
  • Costs of any ongoing or future medical needs or therapy
  • Pain and suffering

Repayment for the costs to repair or replace personal property is also an element of damages in car accidents, and an experienced personal injury attorney will work with you to develop a strategy that allows you to recover all you are entitled to receive.

Who to Call for Help with Car Accident Cases

At Reed & Terry LLP, our personal injury lawyers help people hurt by the negligent actions of others. For help with your case, contact us online or call our office today at (281) 201-0988. We can review your claim and recommend the best course of action.

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