Frequently Asked Questions
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Whether you were injured in an accident or are simply looking for information about personal injury law, you can find helpful answers in this portion of our website. The following frequently asked questions, or FAQs, were designed to offer basic insight regarding accidents, negligence, and defective products.
Feel free to review these, or call our offices at (361) 541-6333 any time for a free consultation.
What is negligence?
Most personal injury actions are based on negligence, which can be defined as an act or inaction that constitutes a failure to provide reasonable care. An example may be a driver who is looking at his phone instead of the road. If he causes a car accident, he may be held liable for any resulting injuries and property damage.
What do I need to prove in order to win my personal injury case?
Although each case will be different depending on the specific circumstances, the following key elements must typically be proven in a personal injury lawsuit:
- The defendant (allegedly at-fault party) owed some duty of care to the plaintiff (the victim)
- That duty was breached by some act or failure act on the part of the defendant
- The victim suffered quantifiable harm
- The defendant’s breach of duty was the proximate (most likely) cause of the plaintiff’s injuries
I believe I was the victim of unethical solicitation by an attorney. What can I do?
Also called “ambulance chasing” or “case running,” barratry is a practice where attorneys use unethical means to solicit clients when they are at their most vulnerable. It is a felony in Texas and, as a result of efforts made by William R. Edwards, is now actionable in civil court. If you were the victim of barratry, you may be able to sue for a $10,000 civil penalty, attorney’s fees, and actual damages.
What are some common causes of truck accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the part of a trucking company, a truck driver, or any party involved in the operation, manufacturing, or maintenance of the truck. Potential causes include:
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Hours-of-service violations
- Overloaded trucks
- Negligent truck maintenance
- Defective truck parts
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improperly secured truck cargo
How do I know if my accident was caused by a defective auto part?
It can be difficult to know if a traffic accident was caused by a defective vehicle part. Because we investigate an accident from every possible angle, we can determine if a defective part caused the collision and if it also contributed to the severity of injuries a victim sustained. We recommend involving a skilled legal team to see what caused your crash.
How can you help injured maritime workers or oil field workers?
The Edwards Law Firm represents workers injured in maritime accidents and oil field accidents, helping them with claims under the Jones Act, workers’ compensation, personal injury law, and from all applicable sources of compensation or benefits. We know how to expose employer or third-party wrongdoing and can help injured workers and their families recover fair compensation.
Is my motorcycle over its weight limit?
Knowing your motorcycle's weight limit can save lives. It’s hard to resist the lure of the open road, especially when the weather warms up and the trees turn green. You’ll obviously need to take along some camping gear, food, water, and clothing to make the trip more comfortable, right? Pile it on! Why not? Because an overloaded bike is a dangerous bike. Motorcycles are manufactured to specific weight limits. Unfortunately, some manufacturers make it extremely difficult to determine safe weight limits for their vehicles. Even worse, some weight limits are downright unreasonable for certain kinds of bikes.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we can investigate the circumstances to determine if your bike was over its weight limit. We can also determine if the weight limit was exceeded as a result of some form of manufacturer negligence or wrongdoing.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death action in Texas?
In Texas, the surviving spouse, parents, and children of the deceased may file a wrongful death action. If you have questions regarding your right to take legal action on behalf of your loved one, our Corpus Christi attorneys can help.
For more answers to your questions, call (361) 541-6333. Your initial consultation is free!