Dallas Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident in Dallas, contact The Benton Law Firm for legal help. Many victims of car accidents have the right to demand compensation for their injuries, their lost income, and other damages directly related to the accident. Texas has one of the worst records in the country for car accidents. Many vehicle crashes occur each day throughout the Dallas area. If you are among the many unlucky citizens involved in a car accident, you should contact an experienced car accident lawyer to find out more about your potential to file a successful claim against those who have harmed you. Call the experienced Dallas car accident lawyers from The Benton Law Firm at (214) 777-7777 to discuss your options today.
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
Perhaps the biggest mistakes car accident victims can make after a crash is to try to move on without pursuing a claim, or trying to pursue that claim alone. When struggling with injuries, psychological trauma, and financial difficulties due to medical bills, car damage, and missed work, a person is in no condition to attempt to get justice on their own. Most individuals in Dallas have minimal experience with the legal system. The law around car accident claims is complicated and can be confusing for someone with no prior experience.
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience, especially if you have suffered physical injuries or have lost a loved one. These experiences are also psychologically damaging, which can be exasperated if you are left disabled or unable to work and medical bills are piling up or if you are left without a vehicle.
Texas litigation laws are complicated. Navigating Texas’ legal system can be confusing, especially if you are not at your best, recovering from physical and/or psychological trauma. If you have no prior experience with litigation, then you will most certainly increase your chances of getting the best possible settlement if you call an attorney with experience litigating cases against irresponsible drivers.
An attorney has experience. An experienced attorney already knows what details to address, like deadlines for filing paperwork, and can make sure that everything is filed correctly and that the right process is followed. An attorney also understands how to better calculate economic and non-economic damages and can advise you to achieve the settlement that you deserve.
An attorney can communicate on your behalf. While you are recovering from your injuries and the trauma, you need a minimal amount of stress. An attorney can run interference for you to give you the personal time that you and your family needs to heal. Our team knows the tricks that insurance lawyers use to defer, deny or mitigate the compensation that you deserve and will keep them from getting you to make statements that they can twist and use to weaken your case.
Ensure more successful negotiations. You may feel anger towards the person who is responsible for your injuries. A level-headed attorney can ensure that negotiations go smoothly and will advocate on your behalf, without your emotions adversely affecting your case. The attorneys of The Benton Law Firm have experience dealing with insurance attorneys, whose priority is to save money for their company, not be fair to you. Our attorneys know their tricks and can protect your interests so that you are not taken advantage of during this vulnerable time.
Focus on your recovery. The most important thing you should be focusing on right now is your recovery. It is in your best interest to let a skilled attorney handle the stress on your behalf while you heal from your injuries and trauma.
There is a lot you will need to do after a car accident, so there is no reason to try to navigate this system alone or to forget about a claim altogether. A car accident lawyer can help you with your case and help you find compensation. They will know how to handle the legal complexities, and they’ll be able to organize the required evidence. While an attorney takes care of the legal side of your accident, you can focus on the important task of taking care of yourself.
Why Choose The Benton Law Firm to Handle Your Case?
The Dallas car accident legal team at The Benton Law Firm has an outstanding record of holding those who cause serious car accidents accountable. We fight with the legal skill and passionate advocacy necessary for our clients to receive the compensation they need to recover and live fully after the trauma and pain of their car accident.
The Benton Law Firm has built its stellar reputation on our dedication to our clients. Our team has an outstanding record of winning substantial compensation packages because we care about putting together the best case for every one of our clients. Our clients have rewarded us with a Superb rating from Avvo and many grateful testimonials. We have helped many injured Texans get justice for their injuries after a devastating collision, winning millions for our past clients, including nearly $500,000 for an individual injured in a car accident. We are ready to win big money for you as well as soon as you give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Types of Cases We Handle
Car accidents take many different forms. Each car accident is unique in many ways, but they do tend to fit into certain categories. The lawyers at The Benton Law Firm have experience handling every imaginable type of car accident in the Dallas area.
At The Benton Law Firm, our team can help you in a wide variety of circumstances, including cases involving:
- Rollover Accidents
- Speeding Accidents
- Road Defects
- Mechanical Defects/Malfunctions
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Reckless Driving Accidents
- Insurance Claims
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Any of these accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that have profound short-term and long-term effects on health, finances, and future prospects. Injuries from car wrecks can be very severe and often include the following:
- Broken bones – Bone fractures are a very common occurrence in a vehicular accident. A femur break has a 50 percent fatality rate and should be taken very seriously.
- Brain injuries – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and death.
- Chronic pain
- Facial disfiguration
- Internal bleeding
- Serious lacerations – Cuts and scrapes are also extremely common in car crashes.
- Neck and back injuries – Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that victims incur in a car crash and can limit your mobility indefinitely, depending on the severity of the accident
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injury is the second-leading cause of paralysis, at 23 percent. A victim who has suffered a spinal cord injury has a one-in-four chance of facing paralysis to some degree.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – anxiety, phobias and other psychological trauma can lead to long-term psychological problems and dramatically affect your lifestyle.
- Torn or damaged tendons and ligaments – Victims can get violently tossed around in a motor vehicle accident, which may cause severe bruising and tearing of muscle and body tissue.
- Death – The CDC reports that there were 40,327 motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2016.
These injuries often require extensive medical procedures and prolonged hospital stays, all of which can be quite expensive. If your accident was the fault of someone else, you can hold them financially responsible for your costs. Through a lawsuit, you can force them to pay for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, lost earning capacity, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and any other related costs.
In addition, many people are unfortunately killed in car accidents every year. If your loved one was killed in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you can pursue a wrongful death claim to win financial compensation from them. This compensation can help pay for your loved one’s final expenses, as well as loss of support and companionship. You may also be able to pursue punitive damages to further punish the person who harmed your family and discourage similar behavior in the future.
What to Do After A Car Accident
To best protect your rights and ensure that you achieve the most success with your claim for compensation, take these steps, in roughly this order, immediately after an accident:
- Get the driver’s license or other ID, insurance information and contact details for all owners, drivers, and passengers of the other vehicle. Also, get the vehicle’s plate numbers and registration. Make sure to also document information about the company if it was a commercial vehicle.
- Do not offer an immediate apology, which could be mistaken for an admission of fault. Just be polite.
- Do not discuss how you feel physically unless you are badly injured and need help or need someone to call an ambulance. You may not yet understand or feel the extent of your injuries.
- Call the police. If you are very hurt, ask the dispatcher to send an ambulance. Get medical attention immediately in an emergency room or doctor’s office.
- Request to have an officer sent to the scene and make a report of the accident. Provide only the basic information, and after several days, request and obtain a copy of the police report.
- Avoid speaking with insurance adjusters, but if you do, do not allow them to record a statement from you.
- Do not sign any release, waiver, authorization, or anything else for any other car’s insurance company.
- Follow all medical advice and take time to recover from your injuries.
Facts About Texas Car Accidents
Throughout Texas in 2012, there were roughly 63,000 serious crashes in the state, with 87,000 people sustaining severe injuries from these crashes. The majority of collisions occur in urban areas, such as Dallas, but many auto accidents also occur in rural communities. Dallas is a large metroplex that sits in the center of several different highway systems. This influx of drivers and motor vehicles leads to the potential for numerous vehicle collisions.
Large cities such as Dallas, Houston, and Austin have begun no refusal weekends as an effort to combat drunk driving crashes. During these weekends, law enforcement officers can pull over suspected drunk drivers and have a magistrate on speed dial who will approve a warrant for a blood test to test the driver’s blood alcohol content level.
In 2012, Dallas had nearly 25,000 reported car accidents, out of which 128 were fatal, and 3,500 resulted in serious injuries. This is no small number, but is yet only a fraction of the over 325,000 car accidents which were reported throughout the entire state. Throughout the whole of Texas, the most common crash contributing factor is speeding, accounting for 23,000 collisions in 2012.
Speeding, driver distraction, failure to drive in a single lane, driving under the influence, and driving under the speed limit are several of the top contributing factors for serious accidents. If a driver participating in any of these factors caused an accident which resulted in injuries to yourself or family members, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Fatal Accidents By Gender/Age
In 2017, car accidents caused 37,133 deaths in the U.S., according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS). More men than women die in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, nearly every year from 1975 to 2017, the number of male crash fatalities was more than twice the number of female crash fatalities, according to IIHS. Experts say this is because men typically drive more miles than women and are more prone to engaging in risky driving behavior, such as driving under the influence and not wearing a seat belt.
Car crash deaths are a top 10 cause of death among Americans aged 1-54, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Texas and throughout the U.S., 18-34 is the age range of drivers in the most fatal and non-fatal car crashes.
Fatal Crash Involvement Rate* Fatal Crash Involvement Rate is the number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven
Causes of Car Accidents
In Texas in 2017, 3,721 died from car crashes and 14,299 were seriously injured, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In Texas, speeding is the No. 1 cause of car accidents, followed by distracted driving. Other common causes of car accidents include failure to yield, aggressive or reckless driving, drifting between lanes, and driving while intoxicated.
Average Costs for Car Accident Victims
In 2012, more than 2.5 million people checked into an emergency room to receive treatment for injuries caused by a car accident, according to the CDC. Of those trips to the ER, about 200,000 patients needed to stay in the hospital for further treatment of their injuries. Analysts estimate the average cost of these visits is approximately $3,300 for the ER and a staggering $57,000 for hospitalization over the patient’s lifespan. In Texas alone, the total cost of crash-related deaths in 2013 was $4.79 billion – the sum of $37 million in medical costs and $4.85 billion in work loss costs.
Texas Car Accident Laws and Statutes
The statute of limitations is a law that restricts the amount of time that you can file a lawsuit. The Texas, the deadline for filing personal injury claims, including car accidents is two years, starting from the date that the crash occurred. This two-year statute also applies for claims for property damage, such as to your vehicle. If you are under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, then you would have until two years from the time you turn 18 to file a claim.
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is also two years but starts when the person dies, rather than the date of the accident, and can be paused for up to one year. This applies to claims filed by other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
Texas law requires all drivers to carry the minimum level of liability automotive insurance coverage. A Texas driver must be covered for $30,000 per person and up to $60,000 total for one accident in a standard insurance policy. Additionally, drivers are required to carry $25,000 minimum for property damage.
Contact a Dallas Auto Accident Attorney
Don’t just be another statistic. You don’t have to face a future of huge bills and lower earning potential because someone else did not behave responsibly on a Dallas road. After a traumatic accident, it’s important to get help from a passionate Dallas auto accident attorney like Jeff Benton. Come to The Benton Law Firm to make sure the individuals engaged in dangerous driving are the ones to pay for the suffering you are experiencing right now.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in the Dallas area, do not hesitate to contact the experienced car accident team at The Benton Law Firm. Our Dallas injury team has years of experience in achieving favorable compensatory settlements for our clients. The negligent driver should be held accountable for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any additional damages you have faced as a result of the car accident. Contact our Dallas offices at (214) 777-7777 today for your initial free consultation.