Dallas Car Accident Lawyer

car accident lawyer in texasAt Tate Law Offices, P.C., we understand how devastating a car accident can be. We want to ease your burden. We can take care of your car accident case, while you take care of yourself. We are highly skilled and dedicated Dallas accident attorneys who have many years of experience with helping crash victims and their families in Dallas and areas throughout Texas.

Contact us today for a free consultation. A Dallas car accident lawyer from our firm can personally review your case and guide you through your legal options. Ultimately, we can seek the maximum amount of compensation for the losses you have suffered and help you to get your life back on track.

 

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Verdicts and Settlements

  • Truck & Motorcycle Accident( Brain & Pelvis Injury ) $6.5 million Settlement
  • Car Accident( Fatality ) $3.7 million Settlement
  • Product Defect( Burn Injury ) $2.2 million Settlement
  • Truck Accident( Spinal Injury ) $1.8 million Settlement
  • Pedestrian Accident( Leg Injury ) $1.5 million Settlement
  • Car Accident( Head Injury ) $350,000 Settlement
  • Car Accident( Back Injury ) $87,000 Settlement
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How Can Our Dallas Auto Accident Attorneys Help You?

If you were in a car accident in Dallas or in the state of Texas, we can help!

The Dallas auto accident lawyers of Tate Law Offices, P.C. can provide many services to you after a car accident, including:
  • Providing a free consultation that carries no obligation to you
  • Compiling the evidence needed to prove your accident case
  • Consulting with our network of experts in fields such as accident reconstruction, mechanical engineering, medical care and life-care planning
  • Assisting you to receive quick and effective medical treatment for your auto accident injuries
  • Dealing with all insurance companies on your behalf and setting up all claims
  • Helping you to get your car repaired or replaced
  • Working to get you a rental car so your transportation needs are met
  • Fighting for a top-dollar settlement for your injury claim
  • If necessary, filing a lawsuit for the accident and going to trial
  • Keeping you updated throughout your case
  • Being there for you even after your case is completed.

To learn more, please see Our 10 Promises to You. We take our clients’ welfare seriously. Your case is important to you, and it is important to us, too.

Five Steps You Should Take After a Dallas Car Accident

If possible, we suggest that you take the following steps:
  • Get medical attention right away – If you were not taken from the crash scene in an ambulance or have not gone to the doctor yet, do so now. Serious injuries can have delayed symptoms. Tell the doctor you were in a crash. Follow your treatment plan. Keep all of your medical bills. If you do not have health insurance, please let us know. We will work to assist you in getting medical care.
  • Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the other person’s vehicle, if possible – Photographs can be very important in telling the story of how a wreck occurred. If your car is in your possession, take pictures of it. If it has been towed, we will work with you to acquire the photos.
  • Write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident – The witnesses to the accident are typically the best source to determine how the wreck occurred. If there are no witnesses, don’t worry. We will look at other evidence to use as proof in your case.
  • Don’t talk to the insurance company – You might think that you should call the insurance companies (yours and the other driver’s) yourself. This is simply not true. Insurance companies are always hard at work, attempting to deny settlement payments or pay minimum amounts of money for car accidents and related injuries and losses. Additionally, insurance companies may record phone calls and use portions of what you say in attempts to deny you fair compensation. Our accident attorneys take care of all insurance company communications for our clients so their statements cannot be taken out of context and used against them. If any insurance company calls you, just tell them your lawyer will be in touch with them. We will report your wreck and deal directly with their adjusters and attorneys.
  • Call Tate Law Offices, P.C., as soon as possible – Typically, the sooner we are involved with the case, the better. We will work to secure important evidence to build your case and advise you on the important steps to take in order to have a strong claim. Our consultations are always free.

What Happens in a Dallas Auto Accident Claim or Lawsuit?

Most of the car accident claims that our lawyers are involved in do not result in a lawsuit because we are able to settle them before a lawsuit is filed. However, if we believe that a lawsuit would be beneficial for you, we will advise you and obtain your permission to file suit.

Generally, most Dallas car accident claims include some of the following steps:

Investigation

Our lawyers have experience with a wide range of car accident cases, including rear-ending, side-impacts, head-on collisions, rollover wrecks and single-car crashes. We know what to look for when investigating each type of wreck.

Our car accident attorneys will work with our investigators and experts to answer the key questions at this stage in your case:

  • Why did your crash occur?
  • Who was responsible?

Typically, in a car accident case, we will seek to determine if another party’s negligence caused the crash. Negligence generally means that another person acted (or failed to act) as a reasonable person would under the same or similar circumstances. Negligence we typically discover in car accidents includes:

  • Speeding – Driving faster than the posted speed limit or too fast for traffic and weather conditions or the design of the road.
  • Aggressive driving – Running through a red light or stop sign at an intersection, tailgating, weaving through traffic, failing to yield or making dangerous passes.
  • Drunk driving – Driving with a blood alcohol concentration beyond the legal limit of 0.08 or driving while impaired by any combination of alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs.
  • Distracted driving – Driving while texting or talking on a cell phone or while engaging in any other distracting activity such as interacting with passengers or pets in the car.
  • Drowsy driving – Driving despite being heavily fatigued or while falling asleep at the wheel – an issue that arises often in crashes caused by truck drivers and other drivers engaged in work activity.

However, fault is not always another driver’s error. Your attorney will also consider whether your accident or injuries were caused by:

  • Faulty car repairs – A mechanic who failed to make a repair as warranted, which in turn caused your car to be unsafe.
  • Design or manufacturing defect – An auto company or parts manufacturer whose tires, brakes or steering column failed due to a defect or whose safety features such as a seat belt or air bag failed to function properly.
  • Dangerous road conditions – A government agency that allowed a road to fall into disrepair, which in turn, led to your crash.

 

Filing an Insurance Claim and/or Pursuing Litigation

After we fully investigate your case, we will collect the evidence necessary and file a detailed claim with the insurance company. In most cases, we can settle a case without the need to engage in litigation. However, if the insurance company refuses to pay fair value, we will file a lawsuit to attempt to force them to pay you what we believe a case is worth.

During the lawsuit process, we will work towards a settlement by directly negotiating with insurance company attorneys. If no settlement is reached, we can proceed to trial.

Resolution

After a settlement is reached or a verdict is obtained on your behalf, we can take steps to collect the amount owed to you, resolve any claims or liens on your recovery by health care providers or others and disburse payment to you. We will not charge you any legal fee or case costs unless we are successful in recovering compensation for your losses.

Please see our Case Results section for examples of cases our law firm has handled that have resulted in substantial recoveries for our clients after all of their medical bills and legal expenses were paid.

What You Can Expect to Recover in Dallas Car Accident Claim?

At Tate Law Offices, P.C., we understand the serious nature of the injuries that Dallas car accident victims and their families face.

The severity of these injuries depends on the weight of the vehicles involved in the collision, the speed at which the vehicles were traveling and the location of the impact. Car accident injuries can include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Soft tissue injuries (such as whiplash or tendon tears)
  • Spinal cord injuries (paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our goal is to maximize the value of each one of our clients’ cases. We will gather all of your medical records and work records and consult with experts to seek just compensation for you and your family, including:

  • Car rental and car repair or replacement
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and lost future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium and loss of services
  • Emotional distress
  • Physical Impairment

If the defendant driver in your case was either grossly negligent or engaged in willful conduct, we may also seek punitive damages in order to punish and deter such behavior.

Please see our section on wrongful death and survival damages to learn more about the damages sought if you lost a loved one in a car crash in Dallas.

Contact Us Today

When you are ready to get answers to your questions about your Dallas personal injury or wrongful death case, call or reach us online and get started with a free consultation.

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.

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