If you have been injured in a car accident in Dallas, you may be unable to work and support your family. You may be coping with severe pain and wondering whether your life will ever be the same. Even a relatively minor accident can leave you with staggering medical bills. But you don’t have to pay the price of an accident on your own. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you can recover money for your injuries. You need to talk to a Dallas car accident lawyer.
Our lawyers have been helping accident victims get the money they need for decades. We don’t charge you anything if we don’t win money for you. We’d like to give you a FREE, no obligation consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
How do I know if I have a valid car accident claim?
We see many car accident victims who try to talk themselves out of a claim. They blame themselves or say the accident wasn’t really anyone’s fault. But the law doesn’t work that way. Legally, someone caused the accident and their insurance company is obligated to pay for the injuries. The best way to tell if you have a valid claim is to talk to a car accident lawyer who understands the law and can take an objective look at the facts.
What kinds of car accidents are covered by a car accident claim?
Any accident can be covered depending on what happened. Rear-end, head-on and minor accidents are all treated equally under the law—as are most others. We handle all types of car accidents in our office, but some of the most common ones include:
- DUI drivers
- Distracted driving
- Multi-car accidents
- Accidents caused by slippery conditions or low visibility
- Accidents caused by faulty equipment on a car
- Whiplash claims
Even though most accidents are covered by insurance, it is important to understand that it is unlikely the insurance company will want to pay you what your claim is worth. This is why you need to talk to a car accident lawyer as soon after your accident as possible.
How do the insurance companies determine who’s at fault?
In most accident claims, fault depends on the legal concept of “negligence.” Drivers are negligent when they aren’t as careful as they should have been. It doesn’t matter whether they meant to injure you—if they were negligent, they are at fault and their insurance company must pay. Negligent driving behavior includes speeding, DUI and other traffic law violations. It also includes aggressive driving, distracted driving, tailgating and other unsafe behavior behind the wheel.
To determine who’s at fault, insurers will send out their adjusters and make a judgment call. They’ll often rely on the police report and the visible damage to the vehicles. But insurers don’t get to make the final call. They will often blame the wrong person, potentially in an effort to avoid paying. Your lawyer can assemble hard evidence to show what really happened and help you win your case.
What injuries are covered?
ALL types of injuries are covered—big or small. Car accident victims are frequently able to recover money for these types of injuries:
- Pain and minor injuries
- Neck injuries like whiplash
- Serious internal injuries that may involve surgery or hospitalization
- Brain injuries and concussions
- Sprains, broken bones and joint injuries
This is not an exclusive list, however. If your injury was caused by the accident, it’s covered by your claim—period.
Bear in mind that not all injuries are obvious immediately. You may seem fine immediately after the accident, only to feel pain, dizziness or other symptoms hours or days later. Because of this, we recommend that you see a doctor right away after ANY car accident—even if you think you weren’t really hurt. Prompt treatment can improve your chances of a full recovery, and seeing a doctor right away helps you make a stronger insurance claim.
How much money can I get from a car accident claim?
It depends on a variety of factors, including the way your accident happened and the type of injuries you have. The general rule, however, is that you can recover ALL of your costs related to your accident. These costs are called “damages” and the most common ones are:
- Car repairs
- Medical expenses
- The pay you lost or missed out on because you could not work
If you were seriously hurt, you may also be entitled to additional large amounts of money for pain and suffering, a disability, or other severe losses. Other types of damages may be available if you lost a close family member or were in a drunk driving accident. This money can never erase the effects of a tragic accident, but accidents take a financial toll as well as a physical one. We have found that money can ease your stress and keep you stable financially as you recover.
Why do I need a lawyer?
A lawyer can evaluate the insurance company offer and tell you if you have a strong claim. Insurance companies want to make a profit, and one of the ways they do this is to offer accident victims as little money as possible. The insurance company knows you haven’t had a chance to find out what your injuries will cost, but it hopes you will take the quick money and sign away your right to recover anything more.
A lawyer can help you get a full medical evaluation and understand the true cost of the accident. A lawyer can also build a strong case showing that you are not at fault and that the other driver’s insurance should pay. A lawyer can use this information to drive a hard bargain with the insurance company or pursue a car accident lawsuit near Atlanta. Talking to a lawyer is often the best thing you can do to protect yourself financially after an accident.
Talk to a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our lawyers have dedicated themselves to helping car accident victims get money for their injuries. We never charge you anything unless we can get money for you. Let us give you a free consultation to discuss your accident and tell you if you have a claim. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.