Car Accidents

01 Feb 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

The Dallas Police Department is looking for help from the public as they search for two people they believe were involved in a serious accident on January 7. The crash happened at the intersection of St. Augustine Road and Elam Road at around 10:30 p.m. They say that the driver of a black Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling at high speeds when it lost control and hit a Nissan Pathfinder head-on.

The driver of the Pathfinder suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash. There were four people in the Jeep, one female and three males. The female was seriously injured but the three males abandoned her at the scene. Witnesses said they saw them leave the scene on foot and that one of them appeared to be injured.

While we do not know the exact cause of this crash, we do know that this accident appears to have been caused by the recklessness driving of the Jeep driver. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, this story highlights just how unpredictable the roadways can be. If you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can count on our team to work diligently on your behalf.

Texas DOT Statistics

The numbers for the state of Texas paint a tough picture for drivers here. For the latest reporting year, we saw:

  • 254,853 people injured in vehicle crashes
  • 14,299 people were seriously injured
  • 3,721 people were killed

We see that they distinguish between total injuries and serious injuries. When we talk about injuries, we know that most accident injuries are relatively minor. However, even minor injuries can mean major medical bills. Even if a person is in and out of the hospital in two hours, they likely have undergone multiple procedures to ensure they are okay.

Even a bill for $3,000 can adversely affect a family living paycheck-to-paycheck if insurance does not cover it.

For serious crash injuries, the price tag can quickly rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills alone.

Why They Happen

Driver errors are usually at the heart of most vehicle accidents. In Texas, distracted driving killed 449 people in 2017. Drunk drivers took 1,024 lives for the same year. We also want to point out that speeding is a contributing factor in many major accidents. Most people do not think speeding is a problem, but it is negligence and causes major harm.

Moving On From Here

Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance if you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another person. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, our qualified and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of a situation like this. Not only will we work to cover your medical expenses, but also other hidden costs of wrecks (pain and suffering, lost income, etc.). When you need a car accident attorney on Dallas, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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19 Jan 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

We are learning of a crash that happened in Ellis County on January 13 that took the life of a 31-year-old woman and a 6-year-old boy. The Texas Department of Public Safety says that the crash occurred near White Rock Road in Italy and involved two vehicles.

Aside from the two who were killed, an 8-year-old girl was flown to a Dallas hospital and a 10-year-old boy was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

A pickup truck that collided with the vehicle was being driven by a 33-year-old man. Police say that the pickup truck veered into the opposite lane of traffic and caused the crash. Officials are still investigating whether or not alcohol or drug impairment had a part in the incident.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. The families of those killed or injured are changed forever. If you need a Dallas car accident attorney, call us today and we will work out a path forward.

Texas Numbers

This is a large state and we see plenty of car accidents. During the latest reporting year, we know that there were:

  • 254,853 car crash injuries
  • 114,299 of those were serious injuries
  • 3,721 people lost their lives in crashes

Think about these injuries for a moment:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • And more

Not only do these injuries require immediate and extensive medical interventions, but they often require long-term rehabilitation for a person to make a full recovery.

Many people face life-long disabilities after a serious vehicle accident injury.

Medical costs in the aftermath of a crash can add up quickly. Even minor injuries can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills. For major injuries, people could be facing costs of more than a hundred thousand dollars.

What happens if the insurance companies will not cover these costs?

What about other accident-related costs like lost wages if a victim cannot work?

Why They Happen

Many vehicle accidents occur because a driver is extremely negligent. This can include the following types of behaviors:

  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding

Regardless of how a driver’s negligence causes an injury, they should be held accountable for their actions.

If You Are Hurt

Trying to fight insurance companies and other parties involved by yourself is a bad idea. These can become complex cases and you do not want to get a lower settlement than you deserve. You can count on help from one of the most highly sought-after personal injury attorneys in the area when you call the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde.

Dottie Hyde will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident. This will include not only medical expense coverage, but recovery of lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and punitive damages. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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05 Jan 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

It is something that we talk about extensively in this state, especially as the new year approaches. Whether it is on the news or on commercials, we hear constant reminders of the dangers of drinking and driving. We are asked to make sure we have a ride home after a night out. Unfortunately, that message does not get through to everyone.
In the early morning hours of New Year’s day, a woman who police say was operating while under the influence of alcohol ended up in another lane of traffic, crashing into a man in his 40’s and killing him.

Elizabeth Stratton, 35-years-old, had likely been out for the New Year, having fun like so many of the rest of us. When she made the decision to get behind the wheel, she made a decision that changed the life of so many people. After receiving treatment for minor injuries, she was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help if you or a loved one have been injured by another person while driving. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, call us today.

Number For Our State

Before we jump into the main causes of accidents, we want to give you the stats for the latest reporting year:

  • 254,853 people injured in accidents
  • 114,299 of those were serious injuries
  • 3,721 people were killed in accidents

Until something like this happens to a person or their loved ones, they do not usually consider the total costs associated with an accident. We know the medical expenses can be tremendous. For serious injuries that can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, we can only hope that insurance companies cover the costs.
Unfortunately, they often do not cover everything and they certainly will fight against reaching a settlement that covers things like lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Insurance companies are made for profit and that usually means you do not receive the money you need.

More often than not, vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of a driver. According to the state DOT, we know that:

  • 1,024 people were killed in an accident where a driver was under the influence of alcohol.
  • 449 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving.

Those are just the fatalities. Many thousands more were injured and have to live with the results and costs of those injuries each day.

What Are Your Options?

If another person’s negligence has caused you or a loved one harm on the roadways, consider seeking legal assistance. At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will work tirelessly when you need a Dallas car accident attorney. You need compensation for all of your accident-related expenses, not just a portion of the medical costs. We are here for you today, so let us get to work. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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29 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

Today, we are going a bit out of our coverage area to bring you a story that has garnered national attention. By now, you may have heard of the case of a 14-year-old boy driving a vehicle with his friends inside. They were throwing eggs out of the GMC Acadia they were driving at other cars. When one of the drivers they hit chased them, the 14-year-old boy sped off, ran a red light, and hit a Ford truck.

Inside that truck was 45-year-old Silvia Zavela and she was killed as a result of the accident. Police say that Zavela had just finished her shopping trip.

The boy, who suffered a broken ankle, was charged with murder in the crash. The GMC was his father’s vehicle. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that this is a difficult situation for everyone involved, especially the Zavela family. This incident shows that there really is no way to predict what will happen in and around the roadways. If you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can count on us to help.

Texas Statistics In The Spotlight

When we take a look at the latest report for the state, we see that there were a total of 3,721 people killed and 14,299 people seriously injured in vehicle accidents. Narrowing in closer to home, Dallas saw 197 people killed in accidents. More than 1,000 people suffered from serious injuries as a result of traffic accidents.

When a person is hurt in a car accident, there is no question about treatment. Emergency responders are going to do their jobs and ER doctors will make sure you are okay. Many people need surgery after an accident, often followed by rehabilitation.

But how much do these accidents cost?
Medical expenses can quickly rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for more serious injuries. These totals do not even factor in the hidden costs of accidents like lost income and benefits or pain and suffering.

Most of the time, accidents are preventable. All too often we see accidents happen as a result of a drunk driver. In Texas, impaired drivers were responsible for the deaths of over 1,000 people in the latest reporting year. A growing problem, and one that needs to be addressed, is distracted driving, especially among younger drivers.

How You Can Move Forward

In the aftermath of an accident that has caused you harm, one that was the fault of another person, you need to know where to turn. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:

  • Coverage of medical bills
  • Recovery of wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages

Let us handle the insurance companies and other parties involved so you can focus on healing. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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28 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

We want to bring you a story of something that happened at the beginning of this year because it shows us that there is so much unpredictability each and every time we hit the roadways. Dallas police are investigating a hit-and-run motorcycle crash that happened at the intersection of US 75 and Mockingbird Lane.

A motorcyclist hit another car and crashed, but then jumped into another vehicle and fled the scene. Witnesses told police that the motorcyclist had been traveling at a high rate of speed and was weaving around traffic. The crash sent the bike and rider onto the exit ramp and caused a fire.

Thankfully, there were no other injuries reported but this incident could have been worse. If you had been driving at the time, there is no way to prepare for or prevent something like this happening to you. Sometimes, you are simply the victim of another person’s negligence. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will help you recover the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident. Call us today when you need a Dallas car accident attorney.

It Is Injuries, Too

When people talk about traffic crashes, the conversation usually revolves around how many people are killed. Certainly, Texas saw its share of traffic-related deaths during the latest reporting year: 3,721 people were killed.

What people do not talk about enough is how many victims are injured and must live with the long-term consequences and expenses. There were more than 254,853 people injured in 2017 crashes. Out of those, 17,000 people sustained serious injuries. These are injuries that have life-altering consequences:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Shattered bones
  • Amputations
  • Internal organ damage

The immediate costs of treating these injuries can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but if a person needs rehabilitation, or suffers a permanent disability, then the price tag increases exponentially.

Will the insurance companies cover all of these costs?

Will they cover things like lost income if the crash victim is not able to work?

The expenses of an accident can quickly overwhelm a person and their families. Why should someone have to reach into their savings and become financially unstable because of the negligence of another person?

If You Get Injured

Even though insurance is meant to be there to help us, we know these companies are out to make a profit. That means they will often fight when it comes to providing a settlement.

You can stop worrying about how to handle insurance companies and other parties involved in your accidents. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will take over and work to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. We are not just talking about medical costs, but coverage for lost wages as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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22 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

Discussion about an intersection in nearby Flower Mound has us thinking about how many problems we have with intersections in and around the Dallas area. There, police say that the growth of the metropolitan area has caused more traffic on FM 2499 and that many drivers ignore the 45 miles per hour speed limit. The 2499 and Waketon Road intersection is proving to be a problem.

Police say that the number of car wrecks there have spiked over the last year. 2018 has seen more than double the 2017 total.

This area makes us think about the growth of the Dallas area and how traffic infrastructure is having trouble keeping up. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that many accidents occur due to driver error and negligence. Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a car crash that was someone else’s fault?

When you need a Dallas auto accident lawyer, call us today.

Texas Statistics

We need to face reality when it comes to the number of vehicle accidents in the state of Texas. For the latest reporting year, there were:

  • 254,853 people injured in vehicle crashes
  • 114,299 were serious injuries
  • 3,721 people were killed

Those are high numbers and we know that the vast majority of them happen in and around crowded cities like Dallas. Accidents can cost individuals and families enormous amounts money when it comes to medical costs and hidden expenses.

Consider some of the more serious injuries that can occur in a car accident: brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken and dislocated bones, internal organ damage and more. These injuries often cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency care alone. Long-term rehabilitation is often necessary for a person to make a full recovery and this only adds to the costs.

Are you sure your insurance will cover all of these expenses?

Why They Happen

All too often, vehicle accidents are caused by negligent driving behavior. This can include:

  • Drunk driving resulted in 28% of all traffic fatalities in Texas last year.
  • Distracted driving took over 400 lives last year.
  • Aggressive driving and speeding remain the main cause of accidents.

We do not think it is fair that a person and their family should be in financial jeopardy because of another person’s negligence.

Moving Forward From Here

We know that going through an accident in which you or a loved one have been injured is difficult, especially if someone else was at fault. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help. Let us handle the insurance companies and other parties so you can focus on healing from your injuries and being with your family.

We want to make sure you have compensation for the following:

  • Your medical bills
  • Lost wages if you miss work
  • Pain and suffering damages

When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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15 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

Police have arrested Jeanette Alvarez in a hit-and-run accident that happened last week along Garland Road. They say that she struck and killed a 59-year-old victim but did not stop. They were able to track her because the front license plate of her vehicle was left behind at the scene.

Alvarez was apprehended at her home and charged with causing an accident involving death. It is unclear at this time whether alcohol was involved.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that pedestrians, like the 59-year-old victim of this crash, face many dangers when they go out. Do you know where to turn if you or a loved one are injured in an incident with a vehicle?

If you need a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer, call us today so we can work on securing compensation for all of your accident-related expenses.

The Numbers

We know that you do everything you can to stay safe when you are out walking or jogging. We wish there was a way you could predict the reckless actions of drivers on the roadway, but you cannot. For the latest reporting year in Texas, there were 5,767 pedestrian accidents. Of those, there were:

  • 614 fatalities
  • 1,144 serious injuries
  • 2,000 less serious injuries

When we are outside of our vehicles, we lose protection. Our bodies are not meant to withstand the impact of something that weighs thousands of pounds slamming into them. When we get hit, the injuries can be devastating. Making the situation worse is that pedestrians usually suffer from two impacts – the initial impact with a vehicle and a second impact with the ground.

We commonly see people suffer from the following after a pedestrian accident:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Spinal cord injuries (possible paralysis)
  • Traumatic head injuries
  • Major internal organ damage
  • Soft tissue damage

People who sustain these injuries require extensive medical care and even long-term rehabilitation.

So, why do these accidents happen?

Often, we see pedestrian accidents happen because a driver was not paying attention and drove through a pedestrian crosswalk or intersection where a pedestrian had the right-of-way. Usually, a driver was busy looking at the phone. Distracted driving is a danger to pedestrians.

We also know that drunk drivers pose a threat to everyone in or around the roadway, not just pedestrians.

What Are Your Options Now?

We know that you have so much to deal with in the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. If you believe that someone else was to blame for your accident and injuries, seek legal assistance. At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need for all of your expenses related to the incident. This can include:

  • Covering your medical expense
  • Recovering lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • And more

If you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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30 Nov 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

In the middle of last month, two men were killed in a vehicle accident caused by a suspected drunk driver. The accident happened just before the holiday, so the story seemed to fade from people’s minds, but we want to bring it up again.

Why?

Because Dallas motorists face dangers at all times of the day, and drunk drivers are just one of those dangers. This accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Regal Row and State Highway 114. Police say that a vehicle was traveling southbound when another car rammed its right passenger side, sending it spinning. The vehicle that was struck hit a curb and rolled, killing both the driver and passenger.

The driver of the second vehicle was arrested under suspicion of DUI.

Do you know what to do if you are injured in a car accident that is caused by someone else’s negligence?

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we are ready to help when you need a car accident attorney in Dallas. We want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Texas Statistics

The numbers for the state of Texas can become overwhelming. For the latest reporting year, there were:

  • 254,853 people injured in vehicle crashes
  • 114,299 were serious injuries
  • 3,721 people were killed

Vehicle accidents can alter people’s lives in many ways. Even people who sustain minor injuries in vehicles accidents can face medical bills they cannot afford. Simply taking a ride in an ambulance can cost nearly a thousand dollars. The ER visit can lead to another thousand.

For major injuries, the situation becomes dire. Consider the following common serious accident injuries:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • And more

These injuries often require surgical intervention to repair and months of rehabilitation for recovery. The cost of care can rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a person is unable to return to work, they will lose the income they rely on to support themselves and their families.

Why They Happen

All too often, vehicle accidents are caused by negligent driving behavior. This can include:

  • Drunk driving (the result of 28% of fatalities last year)
  • Distracted driving (killed 449 people last year)
  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding

How is it fair that a person has to suffer financially as well as physically due to the mistakes made by another person?

What Are Your Options?

If you or a loved one are injured in a vehicle accident that is caused by another person’s negligent behavior, we advise you to seek legal assistance now. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, out knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to step in to secure the compensation you need, including:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Money for income if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • And more

When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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16 Nov 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

The entire Dallas area is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old girl after she died in a vehicle accident last week. Daisy Torres was killed and three other teenagers were injured when the vehicle they were riding in was clipped by another car. This caused their vehicle to spin out of control, off of the roadway and hit a pole.

The Dallas school district had resources available for students to talk to after the tragedy and a district spokeswoman said that “This is the most challenging day we’ve had to face within recent months.”

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that incidents like this are not what people want to think about on a daily basis. Unfortunately, they happen and you need to know where to turn when they do.

If you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can count on Dottie Hyde to fight for you. She will work to secure the compensation you need in the aftermath of an accident.

The Statistics

In 2017, Texas saw a total of 3,721 people killed and 14,299 people seriously injured in vehicle accidents. In Dallas, 197 people lost their lives and more than 1,000 were seriously injured in vehicle crashes.

We know that many accidents result in only property damage or minor injuries, but serious injuries can leave a person with major medical expenses. We often see the following as a result of car accidents:

  • Spinal cord injuries (with paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Major internal organ damage
  • Severe lacerations or amputations
  • Broken or dislocated bones

Many of these injuries can lead to life-long disabilities that require extensive care.

Why does it happen?

  • 1,024 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. Drunk drivers cause injuries and fatalities at higher rates in accidents than any other drivers.
  • Distracted drivers continue to be a major source of concern on Texas roadways. Drivers who continually look at their phone or device screens instead of the roadway are dangerous to everyone around them.
  • Speeding and aggressive drivers put lives in jeopardy due to their reckless behavior.

Regardless of how a driver’s negligence causes harm, those drivers should be held accountable for their actions.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as you can. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that you have so much to deal with in the aftermath of an accident. Let us handle some of it for you.

We will work to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related injuries. This can include:

  • Help with your medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost income if you miss work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • And more

When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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28 Sep 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

They say that one of the drivers failed to obey a stop sign, but they are not sure why it happened yet. As a result of the accident, six people were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The accident happened the other day and involved two pickup trucks. One passenger had to be flown by medical helicopter to Dallas Methodist.

While the police figure out exactly what happened, one thing is clear – nobody that was hurt expected their day to end in an accident. Sometimes, these crashes happen and nobody is at fault, but this case involved someone who made a mistake.

Did they not see the stop sign?

Were they distracted by something?

When you need a car accident attorney in Dallas, the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde will have your back.

The Numbers

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 254,582 people injured in vehicle crashes in Texas in 2017.

1 person was killed every 2 hours and 21 minutes in vehicle crashes.

1 person was injured every 2 minutes and 4 seconds in vehicle crashes.

There were no days in 2017 where someone was not injured or killed on Texas roadways.

Why They Happen

We all know that impaired drivers are a problem on the roadways. Anyone who makes the choice to drink and get behind the wheel is putting other people’s lives in serious jeopardy. They become a danger to other people on the roadway as well as those near the roadway. They should be held responsible for their actions. In Texas, 1,024 people were killed in accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol in 2017.

More and more, we are finding that drivers are distracted by their phones at the time of an accident. Whether they are texting or watching videos, they are taking their eyes off the road and causing serious harm. In 2017 in Texas, 449 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.

Speeding and reckless driving are a problem and put people into situations that they lose control of.

Injuries

Injuries from vehicle accidents can quickly cause medical bills to pile up. Many serious injuries require surgery and rehabilitation for a person to fully heal, which could mean extended periods away from work.

How will the lost income affect your ability to live?

What You Can Do

When you suspect that someone else’s negligence caused your accident and injuries, we know you will have many questions. What are your options?

What if insurance does not offer enough money to cover all of your expenses?

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can count on having an experienced team by your side to get you the compensation you deserve. When you need a Dallas car accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

Do not wait until you are struggling to pay your bills before seeking legal help. We will get out in front of this.

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