Unfortunately, auto accidents are a common sight on Texas roadways.
You might be a safe driver and have gone years without an accident, but odds are if you drive a car in Texas you will eventually be involved in an auto accident, even if you take every safety precaution.
The fact is, you share the roadway with hundreds of other drivers every day, and not all of them are as cautious as you. For example, you might be driving through an intersection on a green light, and a drunk driver runs a red light and crashes into your vehicle. Nothing you could have done would have prevented the accident. But now you’re injured, you have medical bills, and maybe you’ve missed some work—what are you going to do?
If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, you need auto accident attorney you can trust. An experienced auto accident attorney can help get you back on your feet and help you recover the losses you’ve suffered as a result of a negligent driver.
Where and How Do Accidents Happen in Texas?
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 2,094 traffic accidents in 2017 in Richardson, Texas, alone. In Dallas, Texas there were 32,056, traffic accidents and statewide there were 422,695. Unfortunately, in Texas in 2017 there were 1,774 fatal crashes.
Based on reportable crashes from 2017:
- 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 21 minutes on Texas roads
- 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 4 seconds
- 1 reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds
In just a single day in 2017, Friday November 17th, twenty-six people were killed in separate traffic crashes.
According to Texas Department of Transportation some of the major contributing factors for crashes in urban areas in 2017 were:
- Unsafe lane change (31,281 crashes)
- Disregarding a stop light (18,182 crashes)
- Failure to control speed (107,647 crashes)
- Following too closely (21,916 crashes)
- Driver inattention (71,032 crashes)
- Failure to drive in a single lane (26,304)
No matter how the accident occurred, a car crash can impact your life in significant ways.
Auto Accident Insurance Claims and Dealing with Insurance Companies
If you’ve been involved in a car wreck through no fault of your own and you have medical expenses and other damages, you consider submitting a claim to the insurance company for the at-fault driver. However, the insurance company may offer you a “low-ball” offer, meaning, an offer significantly below the value of your claim. The insurance company does this because it knows if you accept a low offer, and waive your right for future compensation, it will save a lot of money.
Sometimes, an insurance company might even make you an early offer shortly after the accident. Accept an early settlement offer at your own peril! It is unwise to accept an early offer from the insurance company and waive your rights for future compensation because you will not know the extent of your injuries immediately after an accident. You usually will not know how bad you are hurt in an accident until you are done treating. If you accept an early offer you may not have enough money at the end of your treatment to pay your medical bills. An experienced auto accident attorney will advise you to not take an early settlement but wait until your injuries have all been properly diagnosed and treated.
Once you have completed treatment, you will want to send the insurance company a comprehensive settlement demand with all of your medical records and bills included, so the insurance company can consider all of your injuries when evaluating the claim. However, even if you send the insurance company a comprehensive settlement demand, the insurance company may refuse to make a reasonable settlement offer. If the insurance company does not give you fair value for your injuries and ALL of your damages, that does not mean that you should give up. An experienced auto accident injury attorney may advise you to consider filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
The following are the types of damages that an insurance company should consider when making an offer on your auto insurance injury claim.
Damages in Auto Accident Cases
Texas law allows you recover two types of damages for losses in an auto accident case, economic and non-economic damages. Economic losses are generally easy to quantify, like medical expenses. Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, are more difficult to put a price on. Whether and to what extent you have suffered from the following losses will affect the value of your claim:
- Economic Losses
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity
- Loss of Past Income
- Loss of Household services
- Non-economic Losses
- Pain and suffering (past and future)
- Mental Anguish
- Physical Impairment
Not all of these losses, or damages, apply in every personal injury auto accident case. For example, you might be injured, and have medical expenses, but no wage loss. An experienced auto accident injury attorney will evaluate all. Aspects of the case and include all items of damage in a settlement demand, or lawsuit, so as to maximize the recovery that you receive from the insurance company.
Why you Should Hire an Experienced Auto Accident Law Firm
Here are the following ways Herbert Law Group PLLC can help you after you’ve been in a car accident:
- We will provide a free consultation to advise you of your rights, and we do not charge you a fee unless we win your case
- We will conduct an investigation of the accident and gather all necessary evidence to prove your case
- We can assist you in finding the best medical professional to treat you for your injuries, even if you don’t have medical insurance
- We can take away the headache of dealing with insurance adjuster, as we will handle all communication regarding your injury claim with the insurance company, so you don’t have to
- We can assist in getting your car repaired or fixed, and help you get a rental car
- We will make sure that you have all the documentation you need to maximize your settlement with the insurance company
- We will handle all negotiations with the insurance company to ensure a top dollar settlement
- If the case does not settle, we will file a lawsuit for the accident and go to trial for you if necessary
- We provide stellar communication with our client – you will always know what is going on with your auto accident case
- We will make sure that your bills are paid at the end of the case
Texas Car Wrecks Facts
Other Dallas Car Wreck Attorneys Will Not Discuss
Unfortunately, car wrecks are everywhere in the State of Texas. Not only are you likely to get into a car wreck at some point in time, but there are also a lot of misconceptions about what to do when you are in a wreck. Many people assume that if you are rear ended, the person that hit you is at fault, because that is the law. Not true. In fact, most insurance companies will fight against you even when their insured hit you from behind. Another misconception is that the insurance company will pay if you are not at fault. Also not true. Insurance companies do their best not to pay. So if there is any excuse to reduce the amount the insurance company has to pay, they will find it.
In 2017 there were 922,549 car wrecks in the State of Texas. When a crash report is written, most of the time the latitude and longitude of the location of the wreck is documented. Herbert Law Group created the map to the right to illustrate just how many car wrecks happened and where. As you can see, nearly every point of every major highway had a car wreck in one year’s time! Of course, not all of those wrecks ended in an injury. The map below shows the amount of report injuries per county in Texas:
- There were 342,293 reported injuries from car wrecks in 2017.
- Is your county represented on this map?
- The data shows us that the major metropolitan areas of Texas, namely Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), Houston, and San Antonio have the most injuries reported from car wrecks, while the outlying counties have far less.
It is nearly impossible to avoid a car wreck if you live in a major city!
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If we take this Dallas car accident data and break it down by month, we can see that towards the end of the year, the number of crashes dramatically increases:
More car accident injuries occur from September to December. Nearly double from the previous months!
But what contributes to these wrecks? If a crash report is written, a police officer will usually make a determination of the “contributing factor” from a list of contributing factors. The below table shows these from 2010-2017:
Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers Fight Relentlessly
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Regardless of how car accidents happened, contact Dallas personal injury lawyers of Herbert Law Group right now if you were in a wreck and were injured. Our law firm knows how to navigate the complicated insurance claims process, fight relentlessly until we get through, and get you back to where you were before the wreck happened. We have studied the data, we know how the system works, and we love to fight!