Dallas Car Accident Lawyer
The aftermath of a motor vehicle collision is a challenge for anyone, but when someone else’s negligence is what caused your wreck, you’ll have the opportunity to obtain full compensation for your damages when you reach out to a highly trained Dallas car accident attorney.
There is simply no way to prepare for your involvement in an auto accident. Apart from enduring oftentimes serious injuries, you’ll also likely incur significant medical bills on top of your living expenses that can’t be paid if you’ve had to take time off of work so you can focus on recuperating. Thankfully, with the assistance of a qualified Dallas car accident lawyer, you may be able to get the justice you deserve.
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we are dedicated to fighting for what’s rightfully yours. We’ll work rigorously to build a compelling case against the at-fault party so that you can secure maximum repayment for your suffering. You can rest a little bit easier knowing that our team of experienced professionals is by your side and will stop at nothing to win your case.
Liability and Auto Wrecks
Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with your car accident claim, we’ll begin investigating the cause of the accident in order to determine who is, in fact, liable for your damages.
Now in most cases, this individual will be the driver of the vehicle that struck you. Unsafe driving practices such as distracted driving, driving while fatigued, operating a vehicle while inebriated, and aggressive driving are commonly seen causes of driver negligence in auto wrecks.
Other times, the automaker of the involved vehicles could be at fault if a faulty or malfunctioning part was the cause of your injuries. In the event that the manufacturer of the vehicle or auto parts failed to issue a recall in a timely manner or perhaps knowingly installed faulty parts, then they can be brought to account when you file your claim.
Finally, the other most common liable party in a motor vehicle collision is the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This government agency is responsible for maintaining the safety of the roads themselves. If, for example, a missing street sign or a large pothole is what caused your accident, it’s very possible that TxDOT is culpable for your damages. This type of situation is especially common in motorcycle accidents, but they can happen to any motorist on poor roads.
After conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident, and once the appropriate evidence has been gathered, your car accident lawyer will have a better idea of who’s to blame for your wreck so that they can be named as defendants in your civil lawsuit.
Don’t Expect Much from the Insurer
Many injury victims don’t expect the pushback that they get from the insurance company after filing their claim for compensation. Unfortunately, this is much more common than you might think. Auto insurance providers are known for their unscrupulous tactics in reducing the amount that they’ll be obligated to pay claimants.
For example, you might find that the insurance company is asking you to give them a statement regarding your version of how the accident happened. This could allow them to twist your words to make it seem as though you’ve admitted liability in some way.
Other times, you might be given an offer quickly. This is often a sign that the insurance adjuster recognizes the value of your claim far exceeds the amount they’re offering. The insurer hopes that they can tempt you into accepting their timely offer so that they can pay you significantly less than they would otherwise be required to.
For this reason, we strongly recommend having your Dallas car wreck attorney handle all communications with the insurer. You should also review any settlement offers the insurer makes with your attorney before you go ahead and accept. This way, you can be sure that your final car accident injury award is protected at every turn.
Seeking Compensation for Your Suffering
Our goal in filing a civil lawsuit in Dallas is to both hold the at-fault party accountable and to recover maximum compensation for the damages you’ve incurred as a result of your car accident injuries. These damages might include:
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages related to specific injury types, like spinal injuries
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of companionship and love
- Medical expenses, including installation fees for medical equipment you may need
- Loss of household services
It’s important to keep in mind that these are just a few of the most frequently sought car accident damages. Your Dallas car accident attorney will review your damages with you at length to ensure that each one is accounted for when calculating the value of your claim. Ultimately, your attorney will stop at nothing to get you the compensation you need to regain the control of your life that was lost in the accident.
In addition, you could find your award is far greater than originally calculated should the judge award you punitive damages. Although these are only issued when the judge determines that the actions of the defendant were willfully harmful or egregious in some way, their award will only benefit your case and hopefully prevent similar incidents from repeating themselves in the future.
Car Accident FAQ
We understand how complicated the claims process can be, particularly when you’re in the throes of your recovery. With this in mind, we’ve included some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions as they prepare for their upcoming Dallas personal injury case. Continue reading to see if we’ve addressed your concerns below, or give our firm a call to further discuss the details of your auto wreck.
Can I file a claim for my injured child?
Yes, you can, and you should. Children, despite being underage, still have the right to obtain compensation for what they’ve been through. As their legal guardian or parent, you have the right to file a claim on their behalf so that they can secure the funds they need to pick up the pieces of their lives.
What if the insurer doesn’t want to settle my case?
This happens far more frequently than you might think, as the insurance company typically doesn’t want to pay out on claims wherever possible. The good news is that if the insurer doesn’t want to negotiate a reasonable settlement, then we can bring them to court in Dallas, where a judge and jury can hear your case. You’re sure to be treated fairly by the courts as opposed to the money-hungry insurers.
Do I still have a case if I’m partially at fault?
It depends on what your percentage of fault is. In Texas, we adhere to modified comparative negligence laws that will allow you to still pursue your claim even if you are partly responsible for the cause of your accident. However, the threshold is 51 percent. This means that if you are found 51 percent or more liable for the cause of the accident, then you will not be able to seek any compensation for your damages. If you think this is likely in your case, we can fight to try to reduce your percentage of liability.
Schedule Your Free Claim Assessment Today
You should never be expected to cover the costs you accrued due to your involvement in a motor vehicle wreck you didn’t cause. We’ll do everything possible to ensure that the liable party is held accountable for their actions.
You can schedule your complimentary claim assessment with a regarded Dallas car accident lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP today by providing us with your contact information through the online form below or by giving our office a call at 214-522-9404.