Fort Worth Failure to Yield Truck Accident Lawyer
Texas law is clear that when you’re driving and you come up to a yield sign, you must slow down and, if it isn’t safe to merge yet, stop at a yield sign until you can safely merge into traffic. This is spelled out in Texas Transportation Code §544.010. Generally, traffic flows smoothly and safely as long as all drivers follow the rules of the road. Failing to yield as required can lead to collisions involving serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a crash like this, you need the help of a Fort Worth failure to yield accident lawyer.
Our Fort Worth personal injury attorneys have experience handling cases that involve one party failing to yield. These accidents can be especially bad if they involve a big truck. We have seen many injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), paralysis, and even loss of limb. We know what it takes to win serious injury cases. We can help you fight for compensation for your injuries and other damages. We have a record of taking on insurance companies and winning. We are also prepared to take your case to court if needed.
Working with us is risk-free because we don’t charge you a fee unless we win you a settlement or an award in court. Call us today at (214) 740-4556.
Common Locations for Fort Worth Failure to Yield Accidents
Two big reasons that people fail to yield are that they are in a hurry or the area is not well-marked. A failure to yield accident is most likely to happen in locations such as:
- Highway on-ramps or exit-ramps
- Busy streets
- Construction zones
- Old style traffic circles/rotaries
- Four-way stops
- Parking lots
- Pedestrian crosswalks
Traffic circles, in particular, have caused Fort Worth drivers headaches over the years, including the Benbrook Traffic Circle. Some even call it “the circle of doom.” Big trucks, especially, have a harder time navigating traffic circles. The city did finally give it a safety upgrade.
How a Fort Worth Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer Can Help You
A failure to yield accident lawyer can make a huge difference for your case after an accident you did not cause. The insurance companies have a team of lawyers on their side. By working with a personal injury lawyer, you level the playing field. Unfortunately, insurance companies work hard to avoid paying accident victims what they actually deserve. They will likely try to offer you a lowball settlement instead. Don’t accept a settlement offer or sign anything without speaking to a lawyer about it first.
Your lawyer can help you at each step of the way, including:
Determining Fault in the Accident
In Texas, the at-fault party in an accident is legally responsible for the damages they caused. To pursue compensation for your damages, you’ll need to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In some instances, there may be a third party at fault, such as a trucking company, construction company, or government agency. Before you can file a claim, you have to identify who was responsible for the crash.
Your Fort Worth failure to yield accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident and determine who caused it. If you were partially at fault for the accident, you can still seek compensation as long as you were not more than 50% responsible. The concept of Proportionate Responsibility is spelled out in the Civil Practice and Remedies Code. If you are found to be at fault, any award you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
This is why it’s important that you don’t assume or admit any percentage of fault without speaking to a lawyer first. Insurance companies may use that as evidence of your fault, lowering the amount they are willing to pay you for your injuries.
Determining What Damages to Claim and What Value to Give Them
Before you file a claim, you’ll need to determine the full value of all of your damages. Common damages in a failure to yield accident include:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages if the other driver was impaired
- Wrongful death if a family member died as a result of the accident
Economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle damage, are pretty simple to calculate. You just collect your bills and pay stubs. However, calculating future medical costs and other expenses is more complicated. That’s where an experienced Fort Worth accident injury lawyer can help. We have the industry experience to assign a fair value.
Filing Your Claim
Once we have determined what your damages are, your lawyer will build a strong insurance claim to file with the at-fault party’s insurance company. You only have two years from the date of the accident to do this, so it’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as you can.
Negotiating a Settlement Offer
Your Fort Worth accident lawyer will communicate and negotiate with the insurance company for you. They will present the best evidence to show the insurer why you deserve more than you’re being offered. The goal is to get you a fair settlement offer so you can fully cover your damages.
We settle most accident claims during this phase. However, if the insurance company will not agree to a settlement that is fair to you, we can consider filing a lawsuit. We prepare every case as if we are going to court, so we are ready to do so if needed.
Get Help from a Fort Worth Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
You may need legal assistance to get compensation for your injuries after someone failed to yield. Call a Fort Worth failure to yield accident lawyer now at (214) 740-4556. Your initial consultation with our accident injury law firm is completely free. We’ll go over the specifics of your accident and resulting injuries, as well as help determine liability. We will work with you to develop a legal case to get the compensation owed to you. If we don’t win you compensation, you don’t have to pay for our legal services.