Dallas Passenger Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Any type of car accident in Dallas can be incredibly stressful. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and you’re worried about medical bills, missed work time, and other expenses, you have legal options. A Dallas passenger vehicle accident lawyer can help you get started seeking the compensation you deserve.
Our Dallas car accident lawyers know what it takes to win cases. We can help you and your family gather the necessary evidence, build a personal injury claim, and fight for the financial recovery you need. Plus, we bring years of experience to your case and don’t charge you unless we win for you.
To schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation as soon as possible, call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.
What to Know About Passenger Vehicle Accidents in Dallas
According to crash statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- There were 3,639 motor vehicle traffic deaths with an estimated economic loss of $38,400,000,000 in 2018. (And these are just accidents that resulted in death.)
- There were also 12,161 accidents in Texas the same year that resulted in serious injuries.
- Further, between the years of 2010 and 2016, Dallas had an average of nearly 31,000 car crashes each year.
Passenger vehicles are the most common types of vehicles involved in crashes. A passenger vehicle is one that can transport passengers for non-commercial reasons. If a driver is being negligent on the roads of Dallas, their carelessness can result in injuries or death for other drivers and their passengers.
If you were injured in a passenger vehicle accident that was not your fault, under Texas law, you may be entitled to compensation. A Dallas passenger vehicle accident lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim to seek recovery for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, and other losses for yourself and your passengers.
Main Causes of Dallas Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen in so many different ways, but we commonly see patterns. Here are some of the top causes of accidents in the Dallas area:
- Excessive speeding
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving (such as texting while driving)
- Reckless driving
- Failure to follow traffic signals
- Poor vehicle maintenance
When pursuing compensation, you will need to show how the other driver was negligent in your accident. If they were exhibiting any of the above behaviors (or other careless actions), these are clear signs of negligence. Chances are high that the other driver is legally liable for your costs resulting from the accident.
Common Injuries Resulting From Passenger Vehicle Accidents
Injuries from passenger vehicle accidents can also vary widely. Some of the most common include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head injuries and brain traumas
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Leg or knee injuries
- Life-long disabilities
Your Legal Rights After Being Injured in a Passenger Vehicle Accident
You should not have to pay for an accident that was not your fault. To make sure you don’t get left footing the bill, it’s important to know your rights. If another driver was responsible for your accident, you are likely entitled to financial recovery for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vehicle damage
- Pain and suffering
Unfortunately, this compensation does not come to you without action. As an injury victim, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault and is liable for your damages — which you can do through a strong personal injury claim.
You can seek compensation for the exact economic damages that you paid (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 41.0105). The state of Texas does not currently limit pain and suffering damages for passenger vehicle accidents, which means you might be able to get significant recovery for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and other non-economic damages.
An experienced Dallas passenger vehicle accident lawyer can help you calculate the full value of your damages, gather evidence from the accident, file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, and make sure the insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you.
Four Vital Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Dallas
Although having a lawyer on your side is usually the best first step, there are other ways you can begin building your injury case. Here are some steps we urge injury victims to take if they can.
1. Report the Accident
After your car accident, be sure to call the police and tell them that you were injured in an accident. This will lead to the creation of an accident report, of which you can get copies.
2. Get Medical Attention
Whether you have minor or major injuries, it’s important to get them treated as soon as possible. If you have serious or life-threatening injuries, get medical attention right away. Otherwise, see a doctor as soon as you can after leaving the scene.
If you wait too long to see a doctor, the other driver’s insurance company can point to your delayed medical records (or lack of medical records) and say that you weren’t hurt as badly as you’re claiming. Waiting too long to get medical attention can also cause injuries to worsen or not get the attention they need soon enough, which impairs your treatment timeline.
3. Take Pictures
Use your phone or a camera to photograph the accident scene, your injuries, and your vehicle damage. This helps preserve the scene and show exactly how everything looked right after the crash.
4. Exchange Information
Get the other driver’s full name, insurance information, contact information, and driver’s license number. If there were any witnesses at the scene, ask for their contact information. These pieces of data will be helpful to you and your accident lawyer later.
When you consult with a lawyer, you can bring all of this information with you. Also, keep track of all medical records and other evidence of your damages. Your lawyer will pick up where you left off and ensure you are taking the smartest steps towards the recovery you deserve.
Get a Free Consultation with a Dallas Passenger Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today
Our Dallas car accident lawyers have years of experience helping accident victims win what they deserve. We treat each and every person with compassion and respect, and we’re happy to listen to your concerns during a FREE consultation. If you choose to work with us, we won’t charge you a fee unless we win for you.
To schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible, call us today at (214) 305-8277 or fill out one of our online contact forms.