Dallas Car Accident Lawyer
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Dozens of families right here in Dallas have been affected by the stark reality that Texas roadways are no longer safe. The Law Offices of Dorothy Mulcihy Hyde offers compassionate yet aggressive legal representation to those who have lost a loved one or been injured due to driver negligence. Victims should not be burdened with the financial repercussions caused by reckless motorists. With the aid of a knowledgeable Dallas car accident lawyer, you can recover fair compensation for the physical, emotional and economic harm sustained any type of car accident.
If your loved one was killed in a car accident please also find more information on how Dorothy Hyde will help your family through grieving and get fair compensation for your negligent or wrongful death lawsuit.
Causes of car accidents
Dallas was the site of 27,734 car accidents in 2014 alone, of which 142 were fatal. Negligent driving is the most common cause of traffic collisions, but other causes include:
- Distracted driving, cell phone use and texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Rear end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone collisions
- SUV rollover
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Excessive speed
- Inclement weather
- Ignoring stop lights
- Wrong way driving
- Unlawful turns or failure to obey road rules
- Brake or other vehicle malfunctions
- Uneven or damaged road surfaces
If you believe that the negligence of another driver was to blame for your accident and would like to understand your legal rights, a skilled attorney can assist you in this process and help guide you down the path to a successful recovery.
Serious car accident injuries
Beyond bruises and lacerations, car accident victims often incur much more serious injuries such as “whiplash” soft tissue injuries in the neck, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, organ injuries, and nerve damage. Some injuries happen immediately upon impact, while others may not manifest for several days or even weeks. Often the payouts offered do not cover the medical bills, economic losses and emotional pain and suffering caused by these serious car accident injuries, so it is wise to seek legal counsel, rather than accepting the first settlement or insurance offer that comes your way.
Determining liability in car accidents
Establishing who is at fault in the wake of a head-on collision, bumper fender or multi-vehicle collision is not always cut and dry. For this reason, it’s imperative to partner with a law firm that has decades of experience litigating in the courtroom and negotiating fair settlements.
Dottie Hyde is a veteran Dallas car accident attorney who has earned the moniker “Barracuda” for good reason. Driven by the tireless pursuit for justice, she ensures that clients secure maximum compensation for their injuries and losses, and will pursue every legal channel for monetary damages against the liable party.
The following steps will be taken to determine liability and whether a lawsuit is warranted:
- Reviewing police accident reports
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Gathering valuable evidence including photos and video of the scene
- Retaining crash reconstruction experts
- Assessing pertinent medical records
In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims allows two years from the date of the injury to file suit. Those who file litigation after this 2-year window may lose their right to compensation.
Texas auto insurance laws
Unlike many states which have a “no fault” insurance system, Texas motorists who cause an auto accident are obligated to pay for any related damages. State law stipulates that all drivers must have an insurance policy with minimum liability limits of $30,000 for each person, $60,000 per claim and $25,000 to cover property damage per accident. However, given the astronomical cost of medical care, these minimum amounts are rarely enough to cover the hospital and medical bills generated in serious car accidents.
If the victim’s damages exceed the amount of the at-fault driver’s insurance plan, the victim may sue in an effort to recover the difference. But because Texas adheres to a Modified Comparative Negligence rule, plaintiffs would not be able to collect if they are found to be 51 percent at fault in the accident.
Because Texas is a fault-state, some drivers opt to purchase additional insurance coverage for collision, comprehensive and medical payments, to cover vehicle damage and personal injury to occupants, regardless of who caused the accident. State-specific rules like this make working with the right Dallas car accident lawyer that much more crucial.
Uninsured & underinsured motorists in Texas
In a perfect world, every motorist would have a comprehensive auto insurance policy for worst case scenarios. In reality, thousands of Dallas residents simply cannot afford these premiums or are underinsured. Uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage is an optional component that compensates for bodily injury and property damage that is caused by a driver who does not have enough insurance or is uninsured.
If your vehicle is struck by a driver who is uninsured or underinsured, our attorneys can quickly assess the value of your claim and work on the most effective strategies for monetary recovery.
What to do after a car accident
The moments after a car accident are wrought with anxiety, disorientation and confusion. Protect your legal rights by following these steps, which will safeguard valuable evidence and aid in determining the at-fault party.
- Remain at the accident scene
- Assess injuries and ask for emergency medical assistance when needed
- Call the police
- Get contact information, license numbers and insurance data from other parties involved
- Victims of hit and run accidents should immediately make every reasonable effort to document the make and model of vehicle as well as the description of the driver
- Do not admit mistakes, even if you believe you may be partially to blame
- Speak to eye witnesses and get their contact information
- Take photos and/or video of the vehicles and accident scene
- Contact your insurance company and alert them of the accident
- Refrain from talking to insurance companies other than your own without the benefit of legal representation
- Keep all medical records that document injuries sustained in the accident, follow-up care and long-term prognosis
- Document lost earnings and time off work
Insurance companies are known for their misleading tactics, and may try to trick you into revealing potentially incriminating information regarding your case. They may even ask to hear “your side of the story” in an attempt to gain information to discredit your case and limit your payout. Bottom line: openly discussing your case with another party’s insurance company without an attorney present can significantly reduce your compensation total. Better to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side when dealing with any insurance carrier.
Protect your legal rights by filing a car accident lawsuit
Automobile accidents have the potential to cause life-altering injuries, including head trauma, spinal cord injury, paralysis, broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injury and severe psychological trauma. Some, such as soft tissue injuries, organ damage and whiplash may not be evident right away, but still have tremendous impact and lasting consequences.
Faced with hospital and medical bills, lost income and sometimes permanent disabilities, victims in the Dallas area need an experienced car accident lawyer to help them recover damages. Maximum car accident compensation is generally awarded only after a successful trial, and our attorneys are not afraid to go the distance in court.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Dallas and need legal advocacy of the highest caliber, contact the Law Offices of Dorothy Mulcihy Hyde at 214-612-7786 to schedule a free case evaluation. If we don’t win your case, you won’t pay any fees.
Related Dallas Car Accident Resources:
- Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – 2014 http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/trf/crash-statistics/2014/01.pdf
- Texas Statutes, CIVIL PRACTICE AND REMEDIES CODE http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/htm/CP.16.htm
- Texas Department of Insurance, Automobile Insurance Made Easy http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/consumer/cb020.html