Texas Personal Injury Attorney Legal Blog

Dec 20

Safety Ratings Show Pickup Trucks Are More Dangerous Than Cars and SUVs

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Car Accidents, Truck Wrecks

Pickup Truck Accident Lawyer

Here in Texas, trucks are almost synonymous with the state itself. Something about driving a pickup truck down the dusty roads of Texas just seems right. And when you think of a truck, you usually think “safe.” Right? Pickups are…

Dec 17

Is It Whiplash or Something More?

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Car Accidents, Personal Injury Lawyer

Whiplash caused by car accident in Texas

If you’ve experienced neck pain after a car accident, you might wonder if it’s whiplash or something even more serious. Unfortunately, it’s an all too common question. One reportable crash occurred every 58 seconds in one recent year, and one…

Dec 13

Volvo Crash Tests Bicycle Helmets with Its Cars

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accident in Texas

Swedish automaker Volvo is looking at ways to make its vehicles pose less of a threat to cyclists through new crash tests aimed at assessing the safety of bicycle helmets in collisions with Volvo cars. Although bike riding can be…

Dec 10

Which State Has the Safest Drivers?

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Car Accidents, Dallas

Dallas car accident

Although good drivers never seem to get enough credit, they play a critical role in keeping roads safe for everyone. When it comes to safe driving in the United States, every state ranks differently. The residents of some states may…

Nov 7

Study: Infiniti Drivers Cause Most Fatal Crashes Due to Speeding and Alcohol, Pontiac Drivers for Drugs

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Auto Accidents, Car Accidents

Car accident lawyer in Texas

The automotive website Tire Reviews and More published a study that analyzed Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The study specifically examined the frequency with which drivers of different makes of cars…

Nov 5

Advantages of Having a Dash Cam in Your Vehicle

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Auto Accidents, Car Accidents

Dash Cam in Your Vehicle

Dashboard-mounted cameras, also known as dash cams, were at one time limited only to police vehicles or those of hobbyists. In recent years, however, dash cams have become far more common and much more affordable, allowing many people to install…

Oct 26

Cyclists and Pedestrians Beware: Why Deaths Shot Up, Even as Car Safety Improves for Drivers

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Rate of fatal car accidents

Improvements in vehicle and traffic safety have resulted in a significant decrease in motorist fatalities over the past five decades. Almost 55,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents yearly in the early 1970s. The United States recorded a decline in…

Oct 21

Why the Ban on Texting While Driving in Texas Hasn’t Made Enough of a Difference

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Auto Accidents, Distracted Driving

Texting While Driving in Texas

While Texas enacted a primary ban on text messaging or texting while driving activities, the state law does not prohibit many of other kinds of distractions that drivers can engage in which may cause crashes. State Senator Judith Zaffirini told…

Sep 9

Pedestrian Fatality Rates in Dallas County Outpace National Average

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury Lawyer

Pedestrian accident

The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017, according to a recent D Magazine story on an alarming report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) concerning pedestrian accidents. The situation is…

Sep 3

Houston Truck Driving Safety

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Truck Wrecks

Truck Accident Lawyer

As one of the largest cities in the U.S., Houston is booming. As the city has grown, so has its traffic. With the amount of truck traffic, there has been an increased number of truck accidents. The Houston Chronicle has…

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.