Dallas Highway Accident Attorney
Highway accidents can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians. In 2017 alone, there were 32,056 highway accidents in Dallas alone, with tens of thousands of injuries reported, many of them serious, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. Across Texas, there were 422,695 crashes reported, including 1,774 fatal crashes resulting in 1,903 deaths. Of those killed, 1,024 lost their lives due to being involved in crashes where the driver was driving while drunk; this figure represents 28 percent of the total number of fatalities on Texas roadways that year. There were no deathless days in 2017 on Texas’ roadways. A Dallas highway accident attorney will help the families of fatality accident victims recover financial compensation for their loss.
While those numbers are rightfully shocking, they don’t really hit home until you’re actually involved in a highway accident. Injuries in any accident can be quite significant, ranging from broken bones and open fractures to permanent traumatic brain injury. Those involved may face a lifetime of pain, rehab and therapy and be left to deal with the fallout of filing an accident claim, which involves a ton of paperwork, red tape, statements for attorneys, depositions, and sadly, low-ball offers that seek to get the accident victim to settle his case for less than its actual value. The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde has experience fighting for accident victims just like you, and we can help you during the harrowing period of your life.
Causes of Highway Accidents
One of the biggest contributing factors to highway accidents in Texas is driver distraction. Drivers are texting and calling on their mobile devices more than ever before—and just one glance away from the roadway can spell disaster. Other reasons that highway accidents occur include:
- Drunk driving
- Driver fatigue and sleepiness
- Road rage and aggressive driving
- Simple driver error/overcorrecting
A driver is not always to blame in highway accidents, however. It is sometimes the conditions of the road that leads to crashes between vehicles, such as when a highway is ill-kept and a driver is involved in an accident because of a break in the pavement or a missing road sign. In the same vein, accidents can result as a part of a malfunctioning part on a vehicle or a vehicle system, such as the braking system or a failure in the drivetrain or transmission.
Recovering Compensation With the Help of a Dallas Highway Accident Attorney
The goal of a highway accident claim is to restore the accident victim to the same financial state that he or she was in prior to the accident. This often means payment for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
In the case of a wrongful death due to a highway accident, the family or survivors of the decedent have a right to seek financial reimbursement for the loss of life. This may include the loss of the deceased’s income, consortium, counsel and parenting, among other losses.
Seek out the help of Dallas car accident attorney Dorothy Hyde to determine your next steps in filing your highway accident claim. Schedule your free consultation and case review now.