Car Accidents

07 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

We want to take you a few hours outside of Dallas to highlight something that is a bigger problem than most people realize – dog bites. The incident happened in Cedar Park and has left a 10-year-old boy seriously hurt.

On November 28, police received a call just after 5 p.m. and arrived to find a child with a major leg wound that his parents say was caused by a dog bite. According to the boy’s father, Lincoln LeMere, the boy was playing football with a friend when the incident occurred. LeMere said that the dog, a boxer-terrier mix, got away from its owner while she was walking to the mailbox.

The boy’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, but the wound is extensive. The dog is currently under a 10-day quarantine where animal control will determine if it is a threat to the community.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that these incidents are scary and far too common. If you need a Dallas dog bite attorney, we will work to secure the compensation you need.

The Scary Numbers

Not only do 36 percent of US households have dogs, but we want to tell you these statistics:

First, we want to say that children and the elderly are most susceptible to dog bite injuries because they cannot defend themselves as well as a healthy adult. That being said, anyone is at risk of getting bitten by a dog.

Dogs bite people for various reasons, often because they are scared or have been surprised in some way. These are bites that an owner likely could not have prevented. However, there are times when a dog’s owner is responsible for what happens.

  • Anytime a dog has a history of aggression, the owner should take extra precautions. This means not letting their dog around other people or other people’s pets.
  • If a dog owner lets a dog off its leash despite laws that say that should not happen, they could be held liable if someone gets bitten. Letting a dog off a leash can create an unpredictable situation.

Dog bite injuries can be severe and often require plastic surgery to restore functionality and appearance to an area of the body. The emotional trauma of a dog bite can haunt people for years.

Your Next Steps

Getting bitten or attacked by a dog is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. If this has happened to you due to another person’s negligence, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we are ready to step in and secure the compensation you need for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include:

  • Coverage for medical bills
  • Lost income if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering damages

When you need a Dallas dog bite 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 attorney, 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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04 Sep 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

Some might say that it is impossible to stay concentrated on driving at all times. There is always something that distracts you to a certain degree. A stunning woman in a mini-dress crossing the road. A car accident that you pass by. But more often, a notification on your phone.

More than 92 percent of all Americans own a cell phone, and in today’s world, it would be rather difficult to imagine our lives without texting and social media messaging. In fact, many Americans are addicted to their smartphones and social media, which is why checking every notification on their phone is like taking a drug.

But when it happens when you are driving, it can be fatal. Getting distracted while driving has been around for years, and experts argue that the problem is becoming worse every year. Millions of motorists in Texas and all across the United States believe that hands-free texting is a much safer alternative to the regular texting. But how true is that?  

Typing vs. voice texting: is hands-free texting safe?

“It may seem harmless to read a text or check a notification on your phone while driving, but in reality, it could cost you your life or cost the lives of others,” warns our Dallas car accident attorney from the Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde.

Regardless of how confident you are in your ability to react in time, do fight the temptation to take your phone and unlock it once you hear a notification sound while driving (in fact, unlocking your smartphone by itself can become a major distraction).  

Even though most cities in Texas ban all forms of cell phone use that is not hands-free while driving, is it actually safe to resort to hands-free texting while operating a vehicle? In short, it is not.

Hands-free texting is just as unsafe, study shows

I know what you are thinking, “Wait, what? I have read multiple studies indicating that hands-free use of mobile phones is completely safe for driving!” But this is not what this recent study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute has found.

According to the study in question, there is no discernable difference in reaction time for people who “text” by talking to their phone and those who text by actually typing their messages.

While Texas law bans the traditional method of texting while driving (typing), it makes it lawful to send texts as long as it is hands-free. But both methods are shown to be equally unsafe and dangerous, according to the study. Researchers have found that the distraction is mental.

The study found that drivers who are both texting by voice and typing took twice as long to react to changing driving conditions compared to those who were not distracted by their mobile phone at all. The study has shown that the mental distraction of concentrating on what was said in the received text is identical in both methods of texting.

Similarly, thinking about how you are going to reply to the text affects your ability to react to changing driving conditions just as badly. Failure to concentrate on your task at hand – driving – is the actual cause of distracted driving, and it makes absolutely no difference if you are texting by voice or typing.

What does Texas law say about hands-free texting?

And if you truly think about it – if you tried both methods of texting while driving (we sincerely hope you didn’t!) – it makes sense why the study has found no difference between the two methods. In other words, when a motorist fails to give driving his or her full attention, accidents do happen.

Hopefully, Texas laws will catch up with the studies and ban hands-free texting while driving sooner rather than later. For now, injured motorists and pedestrians have to fight for their right to win compensation by proving that the other party was distracted by their phone while driving. Consult with our Dallas car accident attorney from the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to speak about your particular case.

It may be possible to establish that the driver was “distracted” even if he or she resorted to the hands-free method of texting prior to the accident. Get a free consultation by calling at 214-883-1700 or fill out this contact form today.

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31 Aug 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

The aftermath of a car accident is often confusing and stressful, making the process of determining who was at fault difficult. It’s made even more difficult when you realize that fault is determined separately by insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, and courts of law. If you believe the other driver was negligent and caused the accident, you’ll need to prove it with the help of a Dallas car accident attorney, but first you need to understand how these three important entities determine who is at fault.

How Do Insurance Companies Determine Fault?

Texas is not a no-fault auto insurance state. Whichever driver is found to be at fault can expect to be responsible for covering the property damage expenses and medical bills for everyone involved in the accident. If the costs go above your auto insurance limits, you’ll be required to pay for the rest out of pocket, and of course, you can anticipate skyrocketing premiums. For these reasons, a good attorney is especially important.

Insurance companies decide who’s at fault by looking at Texas’s legal explanation of negligence. A driver is negligent when they act with a lack of caution compared to that of a reasonable person in similar circumstances. Insurance adjustors will research the accident, talking to witnesses, viewing any damage to the vehicles, and examining medical reports.

Your insurance company may decide to assign partial blame to each driver, splitting costs based on each person’s percentage of fault. There’s a Texas rule called modified comparative negligence that only allows a driver to recoup their losses if they are found less than 51 percent responsible for the accident.

How Do Law Enforcement Agencies Determine Fault?

A police report is created by the cops who investigate your accident. They’ll interview witnesses and drivers to get a clear picture of what happened. However, police reports don’t always state who is at fault for the accident. Even if they make their best judgment on who caused the crash and issue a citation, it doesn’t necessarily mean that person will be found liable in a court of law, though it can be used as evidence of negligence. When in doubt, speak to your Dallas car accident attorney.

How Do Courts Determine Fault?

In a lawsuit after an automobile accident, the court will determine fault based on whether the defendant was negligent under Texas state law by failing to exercise caution leading up to the crash. Witnesses will be called, including law enforcement officers who created the police report, other involved drivers, people who saw the accident happen, and expert witnesses like accident reconstruction specialists and medical doctors.

Insurance company decisions may be offered as evidence, but they do not determine the case’s outcome. In addition, police reports may be considered inadmissible because they are deemed hearsay. Once all of the evidence has been presented, the jury or judge will decide whether the defendant is required to compensate the plaintiff for their losses and injuries.

A judge or jury may take prior accident cases into consideration when making their decision, and a traffic citation may convince them that the person who received it was the negligent party. This is particularly helpful if you were injured by someone who broke traffic laws.

If you’re being sued for injuries in a car accident and worry that you may be at fault, a Dallas car accident attorney at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde can help protect your rights. Keep any negative information you gave your insurance company or police on the scene from being used as evidence against you by calling us for a consultation as soon as possible at 214-883-1700. We offer an aggressive defense and sound legal advice to prevent the lawsuit from overpowering your daily life.

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