ARE YOU SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A DALLAS CAR ACCIDENT?

Every 14 seconds, someone is harmed in an automobile collision, according to statistics. Of all, they are only statistics until you or someone close to you gets involved in a terrible accident.

WHAT DOES A LAWYER DO AND HOW CAN THEY ASSIST YOU?

Most individuals have been in minor car accidents previously. When there is merely property damage in an accident like this, the procedure is usually rather simple. These sorts of cases are often addressed quickly and without the assistance of an attorney. So, why do automobile accident lawyers exist?

If you’ve ever tried to handle a car accident injury claim on your own (or know someone who has), you appreciate the importance of having a lawyer on your side.

In contrast to property damage-only accident claims, vehicle accident bodily injury claims are vigorously pursued. The procedure is often controversial, and insurance companies will do everything possible to delay, reject, and defend it. Understand that the insurance company’s purpose is always to pay out as little as possible on each claim. They already have a team of lawyers working to avoid culpability, decrease the value of your case, or dismiss your claim outright.

A personal injury attorney’s responsibility is to advocate on the victim’s behalf, to watch out for their best interests, and to manage all interactions with the insurance company. Your attorney will also extensively analyze your situation in order to compile the best potential compensation claim. This includes the following:

  • Assembling proof of the other driver’s carelessness;
  • To illustrate the worth of your claim, you must qualify and prove your damages (losses).
  • Making a formal demand, backed up by the threat of legal action;
  • Negotiating a reasonable settlement with the insurance company;
  • Filing a lawsuit and bringing the matter to trial if necessary.

Another key point to remember is that, according to an Insurance Study Council (IRC) study, vehicle accident victims who were represented by an attorney recovered 3.5 times more than those who did not engage a lawyer. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?

Money is one of the most pressing worries for victims after a vehicle accident. You might be out of work and trying to pay your monthly payments, on top of your mounting medical costs. The good news is that engaging an accident injury attorney carries no financial risk.

Unlike other kinds of legal firms, we work strictly on a no-win, no-fee (contingency fee) basis. A contingency fee, in its most basic form, implies that you pay nothing out of pocket. If we win your case, we’ll take a share of the settlement or award as legal fees. You literally never pay us a thing if we don’t put money in your pocket.

A contingency agreement aligns your lawyer’s objectives with your own. Because we are not paid by the hour, you can be certain that we will work tirelessly to get the greatest possible recovery in the shortest period of time. We accept this financial risk to make the process smoother for you and because we believe we can win your case.

If you don’t have health insurance, automobile accident lawyers might even assist you get free medical care. Seeking medical assistance as soon as possible after an accident is critical to your case, and our company can obtain your treatment at no out-of-pocket expense under a “letter of protection.”

CAR ACCIDENT TYPES AND CAUSES

Last year alone, more than 249,241 Texans were wounded in motor vehicle accidents, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). According to statistics, one reportable automobile accident occurs every 59 seconds in Texas, one injury accident occurs every 124 seconds, and one death accident occurs every two hours and 21 minutes.

Of course, automotive accidents are not restricted to passenger vehicles. In Texas, a variety of various sorts of accidents occur with frightening regularity. The facts of your vehicle accident might have a significant influence on your rights, legal alternatives, and the value of your prospective claim. Learn more about how the following variables might affect your claim by clicking on the links below:

  • Truck Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers
  • Motorcycle Mishaps
  • Accidents in which pedestrians or cyclists are involved
  • Drunk Drivers Caused Accidents
  • Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving
  • Accidents involving a hit-and-run
  • Weather-Related Mishaps
  • Accidents That Caused Wrongful Death

Speeding, reckless driving, alcohol, sleepiness, distracted driving, inattention, failure to yield, and a variety of other conditions may all contribute to car accidents. In certain cases, numerous cars with overlapping insurance coverage may be involved in a collision. However, the underlying cause of the majority of automobile accidents is driver carelessness (failure to employ reasonable care).

To prevent hurting others, all drivers have a legal “duty of care” to respect traffic regulations and drive reasonably. When a motorist fails to perform this responsibility and causes a major vehicle accident, they may be held completely accountable for the victim’s damages.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A VEHICLE ACCIDENT

The steps you take immediately after an automobile accident might make or break your chance to submit a claim and get compensation. While some of these actions may be impractical if you have been gravely wounded, doing all you can will assist guarantee that you have the greatest chance of a good conclusion.

emergency, if you are hurt, call 911 and wait for emergency responders to arrive. Even if you are not seriously hurt and do not need an ambulance, it is critical that you get medical assistance as quickly as possible. Failure to do so may result in the denial of your whole claim.

Second, gather as much proof as you can. Take photographs of the accident site, collect contact information from the other driver(s) and any witnesses, and maintain track of any medical documents linked to the collision. Take a note of or photograph the other driver’s insurance information, and make a note of the driver’s contact information as well.

Third, call the cops and get a crash report number. As soon as the accident report is ready, you or your lawyer may obtain a copy from the police.

Fourth, as soon as you are able, write down all you remember about the accident. Try to be as exact as possible about what transpired and when key events, such as the arrival of the police or an ambulance, occurred. Make these notes as soon after the accident as feasible (when your memory is fresh).

Do not provide more information to the other motorist, their insurance agent, or their attorney after you have exchanged information with them. If you have hired a lawyer, just tell everyone who contacts you about the accident to contact your attorney.

Hiring an expert personal injury lawyer is the most critical thing you can do to protect yourself after a vehicle accident. Your attorney, unlike the insurance company, is compelled to argue for your best interests. Working with an experienced Dallas automobile accident lawyer will undoubtedly put you in the greatest position to receive the compensation you deserve.

TRANSACTIONS WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES

If you were not significantly hurt in your accident, it may be tempting to attempt to settle with the insurance company directly. Unfortunately, this misses the reality of the situation: an insurance company’s primary goal is to pay as little as possible on each and every claim.

Insurance firms are for-profit organizations. Their purpose is to save their firm money, not to make sure you receive the money and attention you deserve. While this is your first significant accident, insurance adjusters deal with cases like yours on a daily basis. They understand how to take advantage of automobile accident victims when they are weak, and the fact is that they have no motive to be fair to an unrepresented claimant.

Many times, insurance firms’ initial technique is to be polite up front, promising you that everything would be covered in the end. They’ll advise you to keep receiving treatment and submit them your medical bills, only to change their tune several months later when you’re already in over your head. Their goal is to irritate the victim into accepting a settlement that is substantially less than the true value of the case.

Insurance firms will delay at every opportunity (on purpose). They’ll occasionally claim that they haven’t been able to reach the other party for weeks. They can say that your injuries aren’t as severe as you allege. They may even dismiss culpability if the evidence plainly demonstrates that you were not at fault.

Insurance firms employ teams of in-house lawyers that hunt for grounds to reject your claim (or limit their responsibility) the minute it is submitted. They understand that if you let them control the process (i.e., persuade you that you don’t need a lawyer), they will always have the upper hand. Only having an attorney on your side who is looking out for your best interests may level the playing field. You want a lawyer who is prepared to go to court if necessary and has previously defeated the insurance company.

TIME LIMITS AND THE LIMITATIONS STATUTE

You only have a certain amount of time in Texas to seek compensation from the individual who caused the accident. This legislation, known as the “statute of limitations,” states that personal injury plaintiffs have just two years to claim any sort of compensation. If a case is brought after this deadline, it will very certainly be dismissed summarily.

The two-year statute of limitations has a few key exceptions. To begin with, wrongful death survival action claims must be brought within one year after the victim’s death. Second, if the claim is against a government body (such as a municipal bus accident), the notification must be made to the city within 45 to 90 days after the accident. You lose your right to demand compensation if the notification is not submitted on time.

While the statute of limitations may seem to be severe, it serves a purpose. It gets harder to gather evidence in a case as time passes. Memories fade, witnesses leave, and evidence is lost or destroyed. Even if the statute of limitations has passed, it is vital that you contact a Dallas accident lawyer as soon as possible following your accident.

If you have any concerns regarding your legal rights (or how the statute of limitations may affect your case), we are delighted to answer them for you over the phone or by email.

COMMON CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES

A collision may result in very minor to highly catastrophic injuries, depending on the kind of accident and the severity of the incident. However, some injuries occur more commonly than others, such as:

  • Cuts, bruises, and contusions
  • Bone fractures
  • Injuries to the back and spine, including paralysis
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Injuries to the head and/or brain
  • Syndrome of compartments
  • Severe burns

While some of these injuries are mild and recover in a matter of weeks or months, others may lead to amputation, deformity, chronic pain, and/or lifelong impairment. All of this may have an impact on your capacity to work and go on with your usual activities and should be included as part of your injury claim.

Even if you are not in pain at the time of the accident, it is still a good idea to seek medical assistance. This is especially true if you have any early neck or back pain. Remember that it is your responsibility to limit your losses. Symptoms of injuries such as whiplash or a concussion are often extremely modest at first. Without timely treatment, these problems may become difficult to manage, and it may be difficult to show that they were caused by the incident.

HOW MUCH IS MY CAR ACCIDENT CASE WORTH?

Early on, determining the value of a vehicle accident lawsuit might be challenging. This is due to the fact that the potential value of every case is significantly reliant on a variety of elements (for example, the nature of the injuries sustained, responsibility concerns, insurance coverage available, and so on). The easiest way to get an estimate of how much your case is worth is to consult with someone who deals with vehicle accidents on a regular basis. 

When we say “damages,” we’re referring to the injuries and losses sustained in the collision; this is what you’re suing for. Economic losses (such as medical costs, missed pay, and property damage) and non-economic losses (such as pain and suffering and diminished earning ability) are examples of damages. In certain cases, victims may be granted punitive damages if the circumstances of the case warrant it.

In most vehicle accident instances, a victim’s economic losses will most likely include their resultant medical bills (including anticipated future costs), property damage, and lost income. Non-economic damages for a typical vehicle accident victim may include compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and other factors. While putting a price amount on something like pain and suffering might be tough, our law firm’s extensive expertise in managing personal injury cases allows us to put together a convincing argument for why the insurance company should pay you what you’re genuinely entitled to.

It’s also worth noting that accident victims should never consider settling before they’ve completed treatment and are aware of the entire range of their medical bills (including the potential of future medical care or rehabilitation). Consider the following scenario: an insurance company offers you $10,000 to settle your case early on, and you decide to reply with a counteroffer of $20,000. They’ll still say no, but imagine your health doesn’t improve (or worsens to the point where you can’t return to work). Your losses might now total six digits. Unfortunately, since you agreed to take $20,000 on a recorded conversation, they have no incentive to give you anything more—and they won’t.

OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENT VS. TRIAL

In the United States, over 95 percent of all vehicle accident injury claims are settled prior to trial. In other words, in most cases, you’re unlikely to even step foot in a courtroom. Instead, before launching a lawsuit, your automobile accident lawyer will try to negotiate a settlement. If an agreement cannot be reached, your lawyer will file a lawsuit and represent you in court.

We will inform you precisely what to anticipate at each step of the case as your attorney. We will provide you with guidance and assistance, as well as keep you informed throughout the process. We will always act in your best interests and will not accept a settlement offer unless you expressly approve it. Best of all, you won’t have to pay us anything unless we win your case.