Types of Car Accident Cases Our Experienced Dallas-Fort Worth Attorneys Handle
Some of the many types of car accidents our personal injury attorneys handle at Samples Ames Law Firm include:
If you were hit from behind, you almost certainly were not responsible for your accident. The other driver might have been distracted or simply not paying attention, but now you may be dealing with neck or head injuries or broken bones or strains.
Hit and run accidents
Hit and run car accidents can be very frustrating. Normally, you deal directly with the driver who caused your crash or that driver's insurance company. However, when the driver flees the scene of your accident, knowing what to do afterward can be confusing.
Uninsured and underinsured drivers
All drivers in South Dakota must have insurance, but not every driver follows the state's laws. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to drive a car without insurance. Other times, some drivers don't have enough insurance.
T-bone is the phrase commonly used to describe a broadside collision or side-impact car accident. Typically, these car wrecks involve one vehicle's front end slamming into the side of another vehicle. You might have been struck in an intersection by a driver who ignored a red light or stop sign or failed to yield.
Receiving Compensation After a Car Accident
One of the first things our car accident attorneys will do when we accept your case is to determine the cause of the accident. Some reasons drivers can be held financially responsible include:
What makes these cases so complicated is most drivers who engage in such reckless behavior often deny doing so. That's why you need us on your side. We know what evidence to look for, and we can challenge the other driver's claims. If necessary, we're prepared to take your case to court. We put your best interests first.
In Dallas, Texas many people still drive faster than the posted speed limit. And when they crash into another vehicle, the injuries they cause can often be extremely serious or even fatal.
Texting and Cell Phone Use
Texting while driving is against the law in South Dakota. Yet, some drivers continue to text and drive. Some people believe they can safely do both things at the same time—even though study after study has shown that texting drivers simply aren't aware of their surroundings and routinely cause serious accidents.
Everyone knows the dangers of driving drunk, but some drivers choose to ignore all these warnings and get behind the wheel of a car and drive while impaired. When these drivers cause an accident, they need to be held accountable for their actions. That's where we come in.
Fatigued or asleep at the wheel
When drivers fall asleep at the wheel, it might seem unintentional—but tired drivers can choose to pull over and take a break. When they cause a car wreck, they need to be held accountable for their reckless, negligent behavior.
Tailgating might seem like a minor offense, but the reality is car accidents involving tailgaters can result in serious injuries to the head, neck, and back, including whiplash (sprained neck), concussion (brain injury) and spinal cord injuries.
Most of these Texascrashes could have been prevented.
Driver negligence is a common cause of preventable traffic crash deaths and injuries, along with defects in the manufacture or design of cars or their components and various road hazards.
What You Should Do After a Car Accident
Even if the other driver seems to be clearly reckless or negligent, don't count on them admitting they did anything wrong. In fact, the other driver might even try to blame you. And once the insurance company and defense attorneys get involved, you might suddenly find yourself involved in a fierce legal battle for the compensation you deserve.
After a car accident, you need to:
Call the Police
In Texas, drivers are required by law to report all motor vehicle accidents that result in an injury, or death. Also, if you call the police, the investigating officer will create an official Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Report. This document can help you get fair compensation for your injuries and losses from the crash.
Photographs can be an important piece of evidence for any accident claim. Take photos that show exactly where the two cars collided, street signs, traffic signals, skid marks, and weather conditions.
Exchange information with the other driver
Get their name and contact information, driver's license number, and insurance information. Remember to keep your comments to just the facts because what you say could be used against you to deny your accident claim.
Talk to any witnesses
Witness statements are important for any accident investigation. Be sure you get their name and contact information, in addition to their statement.
See a Doctor
Even if you feel OK and don't believe you were injured, see a doctor promptly. Internal injuries and traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, can have delayed onset symptoms. If you don't see a doctor promptly, the insurance company may also use that to deny compensation by questioning if you were really injured in your car crash.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Remember to keep your comments to just the facts. The insurance company should be on your side, but they're a business looking out for their bottom line. Anything else you say about your car accident can be used to challenge your claim and could cost you the money you deserve. If the other driver's insurance company contacts you, politely decline to answer their questions and direct them to talk to your lawyer. Our car accident attorneys help victims in the Hurst and Dallas-Fort Worth areas get the settlements they deserve.
A good Dallas-Fort Worth car accident attorney is experienced with all types of motor vehicle crashes and has worked with clients that have been faced with catastrophic injuries including:
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Neck and back injuries
In Texas, we need our cars to maintain our mobility, freedom, and lifestyle. Having a car is more than a convenience for many Texans; it is a necessity. But driving on Texas highways can be risky, both in congested cities like Dallas and Fort Worth and in rural areas with limited lighting. You may be the most careful driver in Texas, but still be injured because of someone else’s bad driving. Car crashes take a huge toll on human life, and cause immeasurable human suffering—both emotional and economic—to families who have lost someone they love or whose breadwinner has been injured or killed. Accidents are frequently caused by driver negligence, when another driver loses focus due to a distraction, disregards traffic laws, or engages in some dangerous form of driving behavior. If driver negligence could be eliminated, countless injuries and fatalities would be prevented.
One way to deter negligent driving behavior and other forms of liability for injuries on a Texas road is to hold everyone who causes an injury or death on the road accountable to the victim and his or her family. If you or a member of your family suffered an injury or death in a highway crash because of another’s wrongdoing, consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your monetary and personal damages and at the same time help to deter the kinds of behavior that caused your loss so it is less likely to happen to someone else in the future.
Why Hire an Experienced Car Accident Attorney to Represent You?
Research has shown that crash victims who are represented by skilled car accident lawyers typically walk away with significantly more money in their pockets than those who attempt to negotiate their own settlement with the insurance company after a car wreck. In fact, a former high-ranking adjuster for one of the largest insurance companies in the world, Allstate, reported that the settlement value, according to their research, typically went up by approximately three times on average if an injured driver obtained a lawyer. In fact, this adjuster reported that many insurance companies have trained a special team of adjusters that are specifically trained to try and settle cases quickly before an injured customer can wise up and retain an attorney. These adjusters are, reportedly, given “empathy training” so that they can more easily make their customer feel like they are their friend and are trying to help them out. This tactic no doubt saves insurance companies millions, and likely even billions, of dollars each year. It’s so popular, it even has a name: “swoop and settle.” In Texas, you can settle your claim and lose your rights with just a phone call.
Simply put, an unrepresented driver is an easy target for well-trained, well-funded, and unscrupulous insurance company that only cares about their bottom line. You, as the injured person, only have one shot and making sure you recover what is just to recover for any medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, impairment, mental anguish and other damages you have suffered, which were thrust into your life through no fault of your own. Importantly, you cannot come back to the insurance company and ask for more money if you find out down the road that your injuries were more severe than you thought and you are going to need further treatment like a surgery. Once you have settled, that is forever, so it is important to ensure that you get a recovery that is enough to compensate you for all of your damages. It's important that you call a trusted Farmer's Branch / Carrollton / Dallas-Fort Worth car accident attorney for an appointment today. There is never a charge for this consultation, and car wreck cases are handled on contingency. You don’t pay unless we win your case.
Samples Ames PLLC is a member of the American Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, The National Trial Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, and the Tarrant County, Denton County, and Dallas Bar Associations, just to name a few, and has the skills and experience to deal with an insurance company who is trying to minimize the amount they should rightfully pay. We also are willing to go after other drivers who may have been responsible for your injuries after a car crash. If you contact us today at (817) 605-1505 or (469) 466-2600, we will be happy to review your case and determine the best way to proceed to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Since we charge no fee unless we are successful in obtaining an award for you, you have nothing to lose.