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If you have been injured in a car accident in Dallas, contact The Benton Law Firm for legal representation. Many car accident victims have the right to demand compensation for their injuries, lost income, and other damages associated with the accident.
When you get hurt in a car accident, it can be a traumatic experience that leads to pain and suffering. The stress of treating your injuries and paying expensive medical bills is overwhelming. The last thing you want to do is deal with a legal case. At The Benton Law Firm, we understand the daily struggles you are forced to face because of someone else’s speeding, distracted driving, or general carelessness. We will take on the responsibility and handle every stage of the process, so you can focus on your recovery.
We Can Help You Get Maximum Compensation For Your Injuries
Perhaps the biggest mistake car accident victims make is moving on without pursuing a claim or trying to pursue that claim alone. When you’re struggling with injuries, psychological trauma, and financial difficulties due to medical bills, car damage, and missed work, you are in no condition to seek justice on your own. Most individuals in Dallas have minimal experience with the legal system. The laws around car accident claims are complicated and can be confusing for someone without 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 and can cause significant distress if you are left disabled or unable to work.
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 the right process is followed. An attorney also understands how to better calculate economic and non-economic damages and advise you to achieve the settlement you deserve.
A Dallas car accident 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 to give you the personal time you and your family needs to heal. Our team knows the tricks that insurance adjusters use to defer, deny, or diminish the compensation you deserve. We won’t allow them to take advantage or intimidate you into accepting a lowball offer.
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 advocate on your behalf, without emotions adversely affecting your case. The attorneys of The Benton Law Firm have experience dealing with insurance companies, whose priority is to save money for their company, not be fair to you.
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’re healing 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 forget about a claim altogether. A Dallas car accident lawyer can help you with your case and seek financial compensation on your behalf. We know how to handle the legal complexities and obtain the necessary evidence.
To best protect your rights and ensure that you achieve the most success with your claim for compensation, take these steps immediately after an accident:
When you hire The Benton Law Firm to assist you with your legal case, we will need to investigate the crash and determine who was at fault. If we can prove the other driver or another party caused the accident, that could improve your chance of receiving compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Evidence is a vital part of any legal case. The evidence we find will show that someone else was liable, the types of injuries you sustained, a timeline of your treatment, and the losses you suffered. Examples of evidence we collect include:
After completing our investigation, we can file an insurance claim and submit the evidence we obtained to the insurance adjuster. They will investigate the accident themselves to determine fault and whether they agree with our findings. Insurance companies tend to prioritize their bottom line over providing claimants the compensation they deserve. If they deny your claim or offer a low settlement amount, we can prepare for a lawsuit.
Serving Accident Victims in Dallas, TX
We understand the financial struggles you can face after an accident. You need medical treatment, which means expensive hospital and physician bills. If your injury prevents you from returning to work, that can create even more stress. You wonder how you’re going to afford all the costs associated with the crash and your daily living expenses.
The Benton Law Firm knows the burden that comes with a traumatic experience like this and will work hard to pursue the maximum financial compensation you need to cover your damages. Damages refer to all losses, both monetary and intangible, suffered from an accident, such as:
You can also pursue punitive damages if you file a lawsuit. Punitive damages, sometimes called exemplary damages, are unlike other damages. Instead of compensating for a victim’s medical bills and pain and suffering, it is a form of punishment against the defendant. A jury will only award punitive damages if you can prove with clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with malice, fraud, or gross negligence.
There are many other reasons a car accident can occur. If you don’t see the cause of your crash on the list, contact The Benton Law Firm so we can review your case and determine if you are eligible to seek compensation.
Car accidents take different forms. Each accident is unique in many ways, but they tend to fit into specific categories. The lawyers at The Benton Law Firm have experience handling every imaginable type of car accident in the Dallas area.
Our Dallas car accident lawyers can help you in a variety of circumstances, including cases involving:
Any type of accident 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:
These injuries often require extensive medical procedures and prolonged hospital stays, all of which can be quite expensive. If your accident was someone else’s fault, you might be able to hold them financially responsible for your expenses. Through a lawsuit, you can pursue compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, lost earning capacity, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and other related costs.
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 could pursue a wrongful death claim. This compensation can help pay for your loved one’s final expenses, as well as the loss of support and companionship that you suffered. You may also be able to pursue punitive damages to punish further the person who harmed your family and discourage similar behavior in the future. If you have suffered any serious injury after an accident, schedule a free consultation with one of our Dallas car accident lawyers.
The Benton Law Firm takes all cases on a contingency fee basis. We don’t want to charge upfront or ongoing fees when you’re already experiencing financial strain while treating your injuries. We won’t collect any legal fees unless we recover monetary compensation from an insurance claim or lawsuit. If we lose your case, you won’t have to pay.
The statute of limitations is a law that restricts the amount of time that you can file a lawsuit. In Texas, the deadline for filing personal injury claims, including car accidents is two years, starting from the crash date. This two-year statute also applies to claims for property damage, such as to your vehicle.
If you were 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 accident date, 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 a $25,000 minimum for property damage.
Lawsuits require preparation, attention to detail, and following strict deadlines. That is why it’s crucial that you hire an experienced Dallas car accident lawyer to help. You could attempt to handle the process alone, but you could face obstacles that you don’t know how to overcome. The Benton Law Firm has the experience, resources, and knowledge to effectively litigate cases and aggressively argue in court for the compensation our clients need.
Prepare and file a lawsuit. The first step is to prepare the legal documents to file with the court. A Complaint includes the facts of the case, and a Summons notifies the defendant that they have to appear in court for the allegations made against them in the Complaint.
Discovery process. After the defendant responds to our initial filing, we can move forward with discovery. During this stage, both sides will file requests for copies of evidence the other found. We also might schedule a deposition to ask the defendant questions about the case under oath.
Mediation. Mediations are an opportunity to sit down with the defense team and attempt to reach a settlement. If we’re unable to settle, we will have to start preparing for trial.
Trial. We will need to continue gathering evidence, find witnesses to testify in court, and create an argument that convinces a judge and jury that you deserve compensation.
Insurance claims could resolve within a few weeks or take years before reaching a settlement agreement. It all depends on the facts of your case. At The Benton Law Firm, we know the importance of receiving compensation promptly so you can pay for your expenses and move forward with your life. Our legal team will make your case a priority and stay on top of each step of the process, so nothing falls through the cracks.
The first step in any insurance claim is determining who was at fault and obtaining a copy of their liability insurance policy. Liability insurance covers an accident victim’s damages up to the available coverage amount. We will file a claim on your behalf and locate relevant evidence to prove another driver was at fault for the crash and should be held liable.
After submitting the evidence to the insurance company, the adjuster will review everything, perform their own investigation, and determine how much money they believe you should receive, if any at all. We will aggressively negotiate for a settlement we believe is adequate based on the past and future losses you incurred. If we can’t reach an agreement, we can file a lawsuit.
Your settlement will depend on multiple factors, such as:
Texas is a modified comparative negligence state. That means an accident victim’s total damages diminish by the percentage of blame they share. For instance, if you have $100,000 in damages, but a jury determines you were 25% at fault for the accident, you would be entitled to no more than $75,000 in compensation. If you are more than 50% responsible, you would not be able to seek any compensation.
If you have auto insurance, you likely have UM coverage. It isn’t legally required, but insurance companies offer it to their policyholders. Uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance provides compensation to accident victims when the at-fault driver doesn’t have liability coverage or high enough limits to compensate for all damages. If you have UM on your policy, you could file a claim for:
At The Benton Law Firm, we prioritize our clients’ needs and provide dependable legal services, support, and guidance until the very end. You will not be alone during this traumatic time in your life. We will remain by your side and help you get back on your feet.
We know the financial burden, physical pain, and emotional suffering you’ve been forced to face due to another driver’s negligent actions. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. We will advocate for your rights and seek the justice you deserve.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident, Contact our Dallas offices at (214) 777-7777 today for your initial free consultation.