There are nearly three million traffic injuries each year resulting in more than 40,000 fatalities. According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an automobile accident occurs every 10 seconds in this country. With more than 200 million licensed drivers on the road, riding in a vehicle is a perilous daily occurrence for many Americans.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Dallas or the surrounding area, you have legal rights. The experienced Texas car accident lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us today at (214) 237-9001 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Causes of an Auto Accident
Accidents can be caused in a variety of ways. Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal car accidents. Driver distraction is another common cause. Distractions today come in many forms: phone calls, texting, iPods, CD players, eating/drinking, smoking, etc. Too many drivers fail to focus on the road and instead try to do many other things at once. In our fast-paced society, where everyone seems to be in a rush to get to wherever they are going, auto accidents are inevitable.
Unfortunately, a serious auto accident can lead to extensive injuries and damages for those involved and their families. Lost wages, medical bills, car repairs and pain and suffering during the rehabilitation process can by physically, financially and emotionally draining. In the event of an accident, victims can find themselves battling large insurance companies who want to pay out as little as possible. These insurance companies have teams of attorneys and adjusters with years of experience in handling car wreck claims. Victims may not know their rights or how to deal with insurance companies, resulting in delays or unfair reimbursement.
Dram Shop Laws in Texas
In Texas, intoxicated driver car accident cases may also involve negligence on the part of drinking establishments, such as bars or restaurants. In fact, businesses that sells alcoholic beverages to visibly intoxicated patrons can be held liable for accidents that occurs after their visits.
To prove that the establishment was at fault, your car accident attorney will need to show that the intoxicated driver was sold and served alcohol to a degree that they were a danger to themselves or others. Your attorney can help you determine whether Texas’s dram shop law applies to your case.
Why do I need legal representation?
Too many times, auto accident victims think they can resolve their claim without the help of an experienced attorney. Insurance companies will often try to convince victims that an attorney will simply take part of their recover as attorney’s fees, resulting in them actually getting less money for their claims. They know that nothing could be further from the truth.
The only reason they want car accident victims to deal with them directly rather than through an attorney is because they know it will save them money. The fact is, insurance companies are in business to make money, not to pay money to auto accident victims. Their only goal is to settle legal claims for as little as possible. Without an aggressive, experienced lawyer to guide auto accident victims through the process, they are likely to leave hundreds or thousands of dollars on the table by trying to resolve their claims themselves.
Although car accidents are common, knowledgeable, aggressive car accident attorneys are not. In fact, many of the auto accident attorneys seen on television have never tried A court case. Despite all their bravado, many auto accident lawyers aren’t nearly as tough as they claim to be. A number of these high-volume, high-pressure lawyers want to do nothing but settle their cases as quickly as possible so they can move on to the next case. They make money not by ensuring their clients get the full compensation to which they are entitled, but by churning out their cases as quickly as possible without investing any time or money. Unlike many lawyers who treat their clients like a number, at Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we give every client care and attention. We work with our clients every step of the way until their case is tried or settled. Our only goal is to get our auto accident clients every penny they deserve for their injuries and damages.
How Much Is Your Car Accident Case Worth?
Though we’ve helped hundreds of people get the compensation they deserve after they’ve been in a car accident, we can’t say for sure how much your case is worth until your free consultation. During your consultation, we’ll look at all the details of your case, including your medical bills and other expenses, to figure out what your case is worth.
The compensation you may be entitled to is divided into two categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are intended to compensate you for the actual money you lost due to the accident. This includes medical expenses, property damage, lost wages due to missing work, and more. Our lawyers will use your receipts, invoices, bills and other evidence to show how much you’re owed.
Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate you for the intangible losses you suffered, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. Because you can’t really prove these losses with invoices and receipts, our experienced Texas car accident lawyers will work with psychologists, doctors and other experts to build a strong case on your behalf.
You may also be entitled to punitive (or exemplary) damages. These damages are intended to punish the defendant. In personal injury cases, punitive damages are awarded only when the defendant acted with malice or gross negligence. For instance, if a person purposely hit you with their car or caused a wreck while extremely intoxicated, punitive damages may be assessed.
Exemplary damages in Texas are capped at the greater of: $200,000, OR two times the amount of economic damages plus noneconomic damages, up to $750,000.
We know your time is important, and you need compensation as soon as possible. That’s why our attorneys will do our best to get the money you deserve out of court during negotiations with the other side. However, if they refuse to offer fair compensation, we’re more than capable of taking your case to court and fighting for your rights before a judge and jury.
Why HO&P is Different
Our lawyers approach every case with the assumption it will be tried to a jury. Whether it’s hiring the right experts, obtaining the necessary records, interviewing the key witnesses or helping our clients get the medical care they need, our meticulous attention to detail ensures that our clients achieve maximum value for their claims.
A little known fact is that insurance companies know which lawyers have the commitment and resources to take their clients’ claims to trial and which are simply looking for a quick and easy settlement. Unlike many auto accident lawyers, our board-certified attorneys* have tried dozens of car accident cases to verdict. Because of our experience, reputation and results, insurance companies know that the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are eager to take our clients’ cases to trial and will leave no stone unturned to make sure they get the maximum compensation for their claims. When it comes time to talk settlement, the insurance companies know that if they do not treat our auto accident clients fairly, a jury trial is all but guaranteed, exposing them to increased risks and costs. By preparing each case as if it will be tried, we are able to achieve settlements for our clients that provide them with full compensation for their injuries and damages.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have tried dozens of auto accident cases for our clients, and we have settled hundreds more. In fact, our attorneys have achieved jury verdicts and settlements totaling more than $75 million for our clients involved in auto, bus and truck accidents over the last few years.
If you or someone you know has been injured or if you lost a loved one in a car accident, you need an experienced and knowledgeable law firm that can guide you through the legal process. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights.
Speak to an Experienced Texas Car Accident Lawyer Today
When it comes time to talk settlement, the insurance companies know that if they do not treat our auto accident clients fairly, a jury trial is all but guaranteed, exposing them to increased risks and costs. By preparing each case as if it will be tried, we are able to achieve settlements for our clients that provide them with full compensation for their injuries and damages.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our Texas car accident attorneys have tried many car crash cases for our clients, and we have settled many more.
If you or someone you know has been injured or if you lost a loved one in a car accident, you need an experienced and knowledgeable law firm that can guide you through the legal process. Contact us online or call us at (214) 237-9001 for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights.
* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.