Over half a million people travel through Dallas each day. As a result of this high volume, dangerous and deadly car accidents occur each day. Every one of these collisions has the potential to leave injury victims with significant losses from medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost income, and more. Fortunately, the injured have legal rights.
Working with a Dallas car accident lawyer will help you maximize the compensation available for your losses. A good attorney will provide you with indispensable legal resources, including expertise built from years of representing cases just like yours. These services reduce the burden of filing a personal injury claim and negotiating with insurers.
You and your family deserve peace of mind after your accident injury. The car accident attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have decades of experience handling car accident cases in Dallas and representing injured plaintiffs in court. We are prepared to fight vigorously on your behalf for the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Learn more about your legal options and what steps you can take to begin seeking your claim during a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our Dallas personal injury lawyers. You can schedule your free initial case review now by calling (877) 446-9001 now or by using our convenient form to contact us online.
When to Consult a Car Accident Attorney in Dallas
Some car accident injury cases can be resolved fairly quickly and amicably among all parties. If an accident resulted in no injuries and inexpensive repairs, then the claim can often be handled through the insurance claims process without additional legal assistance.
However, car accident cases are rarely as straightforward as they seem. Someone who initially declares no injuries after an accident can wake up days later with a sore back, a pinched nerve, or whiplash. Similarly, an injury that initially seems minor may have future associated costs because of rehabilitation or a likelihood of re-injury.
These are just some examples of the types of cases in which the personal injury claimant may wish to have legal representation. An experienced car accident lawyer in Dallas will provide guidance on how to get a thorough diagnosis, what sort of future costs may be associated with an injury, and what evidence is needed for the insurer to pay the requested claim in full.
Types of car accident cases that can benefit from the services of a personal injury attorney include when:
- You aren’t sure how to handle all the paperwork or feel uncertain about negotiating with insurers
- You are unsure how to estimate your total losses
- There is no clear at-fault party, or fault could be shared among multiple parties
- An insurance adjuster is requesting access to medical records from before the accident
- The adjuster is asking for more proof of your injury or proof of your personal pain and suffering
- You receive an initial settlement offer you feel might be too low
- Your lost wages are difficult to calculate because of the nature of your occupation
Situations in which it is always a good idea to contact a car accident attorney include when:
- An accident has resulted in the death or permanent disability of an immediate family member
- Your injuries are extensive or treatment incurs substantial hospital bills
- You miss work for four or more weeks
- There is significant damage to your vehicle or the other person’s vehicle
- You have permanent effects from the injury, possibly resulting in reduced earning capacity
- The insurer’s initial offer doesn’t cover all of your losses and associated expenses
- Your claim was denied
- You were hit by an employee driver and their employer is disputing your claim
- You have losses that are difficult to prove, such as an inability to provide care to children or older family members
- The injury victim was a minor
- The other driver or the driver’s insurer is disputing fault, possibly attempting to assign fault to you
- It’s been months since your accident, your claim isn’t settled, and you’re not sure if the statute of limitation could expire soon
- You’ve been served with a lawsuit related to the accident
- Your case has complex circumstances requiring skilled investigation by experts
Choosing the Right Car Accident Attorneys
The ideal Dallas car accident lawyer for your case will have experience handling cases similar to yours in your home state. The lawyer should have a history of winning settlements and court awards for his or her clients. Experience trying cases in front of a jury is also important because any case can proceed to a trial.
All services should be provided transparently. No legal actions should be taken without your express consent and the information needed to understand what the decision could mean.
Our personal injury attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have qualities that go beyond these bare minimums. You will be listened to attentively and be kept informed regarding your current situation, your legal options, and the optimal choice you could make given your personal preferences.
We always work in our clients’ best interests, giving them the highest chances of obtaining the maximum compensation available for their injuries under the law.
What Your Personal Injury Lawyer Will Help You Prove After Your Accident
An injury victim has to prove two main things.
First, they must prove that another person, company, or party was at-fault for the accident and, thereby, legally responsible (or liable) for the costs of their injuries.
Second, the injured party must provide evidence of his or her losses. This evidence often comes in the form of hospital bills, receipts, prior pay stubs, and medical documentation proving the extent of the injury. Sometimes, statements from experts are gathered in order to back up the assertions made by the victim.
Elements of a Car Accident Case in Dallas
Most car accident injury cases involve the legal doctrine of negligence. Negligence claims have four main elements:
- Duty of care: The defendant had a duty of care to obey laws and act with “reasonable care” to protect others from harm
- Breach: The defendant breached that duty of care, typically by breaking a law or forgetting to perform an action like checking mirrors before merging
- Causation: The defendant’s breach in the duty of care caused the plaintiff injury
- Damages: The incident caused by the breach resulted in damages to the plaintiff. Damages can be financial losses, such as medical bills, and non-monetary losses, like pain and suffering
Steps You Can Take to Support Your Car Accident Case
In order to support your claim of negligence and document the extent of your losses, there are a number of actions you can take as an injury victim to build a stronger claim.
First, obtain a thorough diagnosis of all your possible injuries. Describe your symptoms in detail, and request all necessary tests in order to rule out possible overlooked diagnoses. Ensure that your medical documentation written on your chart is thorough, detailed, and descriptive. Follow your doctor’s orders to the letter. Miss work and forego typical activities if that’s what it takes to heal.
Save all bills and receipts for medical and other expenses related to your accident.
Minimize your interactions with insurers. Restrict the information you share to what can be read on the police report. You may wish to delay stating an amount for your claim since your health status is an ongoing matter, making your total losses unclear. If an adjuster is asking questions about fault or your prior medical history, you can defer to an attorney to speak on your behalf.
Steps Your Attorney May Take to Investigate Your Case
Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of your case in order to obtain all of the documentation and evidence you may need. They may request a statement or deposition from your medical doctor and from police officers who responded to the scene of the accident.
Based on the circumstances of your case, your lawyer will research all applicable laws and regulations.
Your attorney may return to the scene of the accident in order to obtain evidence the police investigation overlooked. Physical evidence, such as tire marks, debris, or damaged grass, can allow an expert to reconstruct the accident with accuracy.
Getting Compensation for Your Car Accident Injuries
Many car accident victims overlook the total amount of compensation available for their injuries and other losses associated with their accidents.
Typical damages available after a car accident in Texas include:
- Medical bills, past and future
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Vehicle repairs
- Compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of ability to perform domestic services, such as child raising
- In the event of a wrongful death, funeral and burial expenses
To increase the chances that you will receive the maximum compensation available for all of your damages, you should save copies of all your medical bills and other expenses. An experienced car accident attorney can also help you estimate your total losses — past and future — sometimes with the help of physicians, economists, and consultants.
Dealing with Insurance Companies After Your Accident
Be Wary of the Insurance Company
While an insurance company may appear professional and friendly, remember that insurers have a profit-driven motivation to pay out as little as possible for your car accident injury claim.
Accordingly, be wary when talking with insurers. Provide them the minimum amount of information required to file your claim, including the date and time of your accident, your contact information, and the police report number for your case.
Since you will be unsure of the full cost of your medical treatment until you have healed, you will be unable to provide a total cost of your injury. In other words, you do not have to commit to saying how injured you are, whether or not you are experiencing pain, how long you can expect to heal, and what the total costs of your medical bills will be.
If insurers are asking questions about fault or they are requesting to know more about your medical history, then you may find it in your best interests to defer to a car accident injury lawyer who can negotiate on your behalf.
Don’t Give a Recorded Statement without Consulting a Lawyer
A recorded statement is almost always unnecessary for filing your claim. If you are asked to provide one, it could later be used to dispute your claim or deny it altogether. An Insurer will use any advantage it has to reduce a claim’s value.
It is generally best to talk to a lawyer before you talk to insurers. Having an attorney keeps you informed of your rights and gives you an ally when dealing with insurers to ensure you don’t make mistakes, like giving a recorded statement unnecessarily.
Types of Car Accident Cases Heygood, Orr & Pearson Handles
The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have decades of experience handling car accident cases of all types.
We represent accident victims who’ve been injured in:
- Car accidents
- Truck (eighteen wheeler) accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Wrongful death cases
- Cases involving large companies
- Cases with multiple parties
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Dallas
A car accident can be caused for any number of reasons in Dallas, but many of the direct causes come down to driver negligence. Drivers who speed, drive under the influence, or otherwise break the law put you and everyone in your vehicle at risk.
Common causes of Dallas car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while tired
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield
- Driving without glasses or contacts
- Failure to maintain lane
- Following too closely
- Changing lanes or merging unsafely
- Aggressive driving (road rage)
Common Injuries After a Serious Car Accident
Car accidents can cause a number of serious injuries to victims. Some of these injuries may be permanent, such as chronic pain, a diminished use of your senses, or a permanent limitation to your physical abilities.
Common injuries incurred during car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Head and neck injuries, whiplash
- Fractured bones
- Internal bleeding
- Limb amputations
- Facial scarring
- Burns, cuts, bruises, and scrapes
How Common Are Car Accidents in Dallas?
Dallas is a hotspot for traffic and, thus, car accidents. According to statistics provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Dallas saw 31,950 total car accidents in the year 2018. 13,575 of these accidents resulted in injuries, with 1,038 of them measurably serious. There were a total of 194 fatal crashes, causing a total of 202 fatalities for the year.
Looking back on historic data from 2001 to 2016, the Houston Chronicle found that Dallas ranks #2 in the U.S. for traffic deaths as a proportion of population, with the metro Houston area ranking just above it. Houston also topped the list for traffic fatalities by total miles travelled, with Dallas ranking at #3. Dallas took the lead ranking for deaths involving speeding, deaths on interstates, and pedestrians fatally struck on interstates.
Car Accident Statistics in Dallas, TX
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