In case of a car accident in Dallas
A report from Allstate Insurance says that Dallas is in the bottom 15% of the largest 200 cities for safe-driving records. The report was based on auto claims data collected by the insurance company. That’s an improvement from 2017, when Dallas was ranked as the third most dangerous city for drivers by a Car Insurance Companies study.
Also, information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 14.47 people per 100,000 died on Dallas roadways in 2017—an average of two people killed every week. There were 31,650 car accidents in 2018 in Dallas. These car wrecks involved 194 fatal crashes that resulted in 202 fatalities.
Should I Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident?
Yes, it is vital that you hire an experienced Austin car accident attorney. The lawyers at the Mario Davila Law Firm will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Our law firm does not charge any fees upfront. The work we do is based on a contingency, which means that the attorney will receive a percentage of the money recovered at trial or in a settlement. If a car accident victim receives no money, the attorney won’t collect a fee. However, a client may be responsible for some expenses, such as court filing and expert witness fees.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
The deadline or “statute of limitations” for filing a personal injury action in Texas is two years from the date of the auto accident.
Where Do Most Auto Accidents Happen in Dallas?
A recent study found that Dallas drivers are roughly 46% more likely to get into a car wreck than the average U.S. driver. The average U.S. driver experiences some sort of auto accident once every 10½ years, according to analysis from Allstate Insurance.
Some of the most dangerous spots in Dallas include these intersections:
- Inwood Road at Lemmon Avenue;
- Dallas North Tollway at Spring Valley Road;
- Belt Line Road at Meandering Way;
- West Illinois Ave. at South Vernon Avenue; and
- South Beckley Ave. at West Claredon Drive.
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What are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Dallas?
What are the Common Causes of Dallas Car Crashes?
There are several causes for auto wrecks in urban areas like Dallas. Here are some of the top causes:
What Damages are Recoverable From Dallas Car Accidents?
There are a number of categories of damages that may be recovered in a car accident case. One is economic damages. These are the victim’s “out-of-pocket expenses” that are incurred as a result of a car accident. Economic damages include:
- The cost of car repairs.
- Lost earning capacity.
- Household services.
- Lost wages.
- Future medical expenses.
A car accident victim may also be able to recover non-economic damages to compensate them for their injuries. These include the following:
- Loss of Consortium.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life.
- Loss of Society and Companionship.
- Mental Anguish.
- Pain and Suffering.
- Permanent Disability.
Although it’s fairly uncommon, an injured party in an auto accident may also be able to recover exemplary damages if the injuries were caused by the willful act or omission or gross negligence of the motorist.
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How Do Dallas Car Accident Settlements Work?
Every auto accident case is different, and there are numerous factors that are taken into consideration in a possible settlement.
A big factor is a party’s willingness to settle and the amount to be offered after a car accident. Your Dallas accident attorney will help you negotiate with the insurance company. Remember, don’t sign anything until your accident attorney has look at your case and has determined that the total settlement amount covers all of your damages, including future medical treatment as estimated by a doctor.
Your Dallas car accident attorney Mario Davila, will look at these to come to an appropriate settlement amount:
- The severity of the victim’s injuries;
- Reasonable and necessary medical expenses;
- Loss of past income and future wages;
- The parties’ insurance coverage; and
- The amount of available evidence.
Another significant element in a possible settlement is determining if the victim was at all at fault in causing the accident.
What Should I Do Immediately After A Car Accident?
No matter if it looks like a minor issue, document the accident with the police. Know that the damage to today’s vehicles isn’t always easy to see without a mechanic’s investigation. Even if you aren’t injured, you’ll be shaken and upset, so have a police officer fill out a detailed accident, which will serve as evidence in an insurance settlement and/or lawsuit to recover damages.
Use your cellphone to take pictures of the accident and of any visible injuries suffered by you or your passengers. Exchange driver’s license data, insurance information, and contact info with the other parties, but do not talk about who may be at fault.
You may think you’re uninjured from the car crash, but see a doctor and get a full medical evaluation as soon as possible. Explain to your doctor that you were in a car accident so that he or she can properly document the case. Remember that serious injuries may not be immediately apparent, and symptoms may not develop for days or weeks. Monitor how you feel in the ensuing days and see the doctor if your condition gets worse.
Get in touch with your insurance company to tell them that you’ve been in an auto accident. Keep a record of your discussions with the insurance company, and if the other driver’s insurance company asks to take your statement or accept a settlement offer, decline and refer him or her to your Dallas car accident lawyer.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact Mario Davila Law Firm in Dallas.
You should speak with a Dallas car crash attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. For a free assessment, contact us now.