Have you been seriously hurt in a Dallas car accident? Montgomery Law can help you on a no-win no-fee basis.
Statistically speaking, someone is injured in a car accident every 14 seconds. Those are only numbers of course, until you or someone close to you is involved in a serious crash.
There are few things scarier than being involved in a serious car accident. In the span of just a few seconds, your life can change dramatically. Recovering from your injuries can be a long and stressful process, but the Dallas car accident lawyers at Montgomery Law are here to help you from beginning to end. We will always look after your best interests, and best of all, we handle car accident cases on a no-win no-fee basis.
We understand how difficult the aftermath of a car wreck can be. We know that you’re likely worried about your ability to return to work, to pay your expenses, and to resume your normal life. At Montgomery Law, our goal is to ensure that you get the medical care you require, as well as the monetary compensation you and your family deserve.
We’re more than happy to answer your questions 24 hours a day by phone or email, and to discuss your legal options free of charge. If you decide to have us help you with your case, you are never charged a fee unless (and until) we actually recover money for you.
If you’ve been hurt or have lost a loved one in a Dallas-area car accident, call Montgomery Law today at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free) for a free consultation.
Understanding the legal process can help you make the best possible decision when it comes to your Dallas car accident case. Click below to learn more about Texas personal injury law, and how Montgomery Law can help you.
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What Does a Lawyer Do, and How Can They Help?
Most people in Dallas have been involved in minor fender benders before. In collisions that only involve property damage, the process is often straightforward. These types of claims are generally resolved easily and without the need for an attorney. So why do car accident attorneys exist?
Well, if you’ve ever attempted to handle a car accident injury claim on your own (or know someone who has), you probably already understand the value of having a lawyer on your side.
Unlike property-damage-only accident claims, car accident injury claims are handled very aggressively. The process can become extremely contentious, and insurance companies will do everything they can to delay, deny and defend. Understand that the goal of the insurance company is to pay out as little as possible on every claim. They already have a team of attorneys looking for ways to deflect liability, reduce the value of your case, or deny your claim entirely.
The role of a personal injury attorney is to advocate on behalf of the victim, look out for their best interests, and handle all communication with the insurance company. Your attorney will also thoroughly investigate your case in order to put together the strongest possible claim for compensation. This includes:
- Collecting evidence of negligence on the part of the other driver;
- Qualifying and proving your damages (losses) to demonstrate the value of your claim;
- Issuing an official demand, backed up by the threat of a lawsuit;
- Working with the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement;
- If necessary, filing a lawsuit and taking the case to trial.
One other important thing to note is that, according to research conducted by the Insurance Research Council (IRC), car accident victims who were represented by an attorney recovered 3.5 times more than those who did not hire a lawyer. You only get one shot at bringing your claim, and working with a Dallas car accident attorney will give you the best chance at recovering the money you deserve.
How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
After a car wreck, money is often one of the biggest concerns for victims. You may be out of work and struggling to pay your monthly bills—on top of your ever-increasing medical expenses. Fortunately, there’s no financial risk in hiring an accident injury attorney.
Unlike other types of law firms, we operate on a strict no-win, no-fee basis (contingency fee) basis. In the simplest terms, a contingency fee means that you pay nothing out of pocket. If we’re successful with your case, a percentage of your settlement or award is allocated as attorney fees. If we don’t put money in your pocket, you literally never pay us a dime.
A contingency arrangement puts the goals of your lawyer squarely in line with your own. Because we don’t get paid by the hour, you can trust that we will work hard to get you the best possible recovery in the shortest amount of time possible. We take on this financial risk in order to make the process easier on you, and because we’re confident in our abilities.
If you don’t have health insurance, the car accident attorneys at Montgomery Law can even help you obtain medical treatment at no out of pocket cost. Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident is vital to your case, and we can get you seen by a doctor who agrees to defer billing until your case is settled under what’s called a letter of protection.
Types & Causes of Car Accidents
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), more than 249,241 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in Texas just last year. Statistically speaking, Texas sees one reportable car crash every 59 seconds, one injury accident every 124 seconds, and one fatal accident every two hours and 21 minutes.
Motor vehicle collisions are not limited to passenger cars. There are a number of different types of accidents that occur with alarming frequency in Texas. The circumstances of your car accident can have a major impact on your rights, as well as the value of your potential claim. Use the links below to learn more about how the following factors can affect your claim:
Automobile accidents can be caused by any number of contributing factors, including speeding, reckless driving, intoxication, drowsiness, distracted driving, inattention, failure to yield, and so much more. Some crashes may even involve multiple vehicles with overlapping insurance policies. Ultimately though, the underlying cause of most car accidents is driver negligence (failure to use reasonable care).
All drivers have a legal “duty of care” to obey traffic laws and drive in a reasonable fashion in order to avoid injuring others. When a driver fails in this duty and causes an injury accident, they can be held liable for 100 percent of the victim’s related losses.
What to Do after an Auto Accident
The actions you take immediately following a car accident can be critical when it comes to your ability to file a claim and recover compensation. While some of these steps may not be possible if you have been seriously injured, doing as much as you can will help ensure that you have the best chance at a positive outcome.
First, if you are injured, call 911 and wait on first responders to come to the scene. If you are not injured to an extent that you require an ambulance, it’s still vital that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in your entire claim being denied.
Second, collect as much evidence as possible. Try to take photos of the scene, gather contact information from the other driver(s) and any witnesses, and keep track of any and all medical records related to the crash. Write down or take a photo of the other driver’s insurance information and be sure to get the driver’s phone number while you’re at it.
Third, contact the police and ask for a crash report number. Your lawyer can then request a copy of the accident report from the police when they begin to investigate your case.
Fourth, when you are able, write down as much as you can remember about the accident in detail. Try to be as accurate as possible about what happened and when certain events occurred, such as the police or ambulance arriving. Make these notes as soon as possible after the accident, when your memory is fresh.
After you have exchanged information with the other driver, do not volunteer information to them, their insurance representative, or their attorney about the accident. Allow your lawyer to handle these conversations and tell anyone who attempts to contact you to speak to your attorney.
Without a doubt, the most important thing that you can do to protect yourself after a car wreck is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney is obligated to advocate for your best interests—unlike the insurance company. Working with a skilled Dallas car accident attorney will put you in the best position to recover the money that you deserve.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
If you have been injured in an accident, it may be tempting to try and negotiate a settlement directly with the insurance company so that you can move forward with your life. Yet doing so ignores the reality of the situation: insurance companies are working against your best interests.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Their goal is not to make sure that you get the money you deserve, but to pay you as little as possible. While this may be your first serious accident, insurance adjusters handle injury claims like yours every single day. They know how to take advantage of car accident victims while they are in a vulnerable state, and they have no reason to play fair with an unrepresented claimant.
One of the primary tactics used by insurance companies is to calm your fears by telling you everything will be covered by them in the end. They’ll tell you to continue to seek treatment and to send them your medical bills, only to reverse course several months down the line when you’re already in over your head.
They will often needlessly stall at every turn in order to frustrate you, they will deny liability or say your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim, and they will defend their driver even when fault seems obvious. Their goal is to convince you they’re on your side, that you don’t need a lawyer, or that they can only offer you so much as a settlement. Do not fall for their tricks.
Insurance companies have a team of on-staff attorneys who start working against you from the moment that your claim is filed. When someone attempts to handle an injury claim without a lawyer, the insurance company knows it has the upper hand. The only way to level the playing field is to have an attorney on your side who will fight for what’s owed to you.
At Montgomery Law, our job is to work for you. We will handle the insurance companies so that you can stay focused on your recovery. We promise to aggressively pursue your claim to make sure that you get every penny that you deserve for your injuries.
Time Limits & The Statute of Limitations
In Texas, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after a car accident. Known as the statute of limitations, this law restricts most personal injury claims (including car accidents) to two years after the injury occurred. If a lawsuit is filed after this date, it will likely be summarily dismissed.
There are a few important exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations. First, wrongful death survival action claims must be filed within one year of the date of the victim’s death. Second, if the claim is against a government entity (such as in an accident with a city bus), notice will generally have to be filed with the city within 45 to 90 days of the accident or any subsequent claims will be barred.
While the statute of limitations may seem harsh, it does serve a purpose. As time passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to collect evidence in a case. Memories fade, witnesses may move away, and evidence may become lost or destroyed. Even if the statute is far away, it is critical to speak to a Dallas accident lawyer as soon as possible after your crash.
If you have questions about your legal rights, or how the statute of limitations may impact your case, we’re happy to provide information free of cost by phone or email.
Injuries Common to Car Accidents
Depending on the type of accident and the severity of the crash, a collision can result in relatively mild to extremely serious injuries or even death. However, there are some injuries that occur more frequently than others, including:
- Cuts, contusions, and bruises
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal injuries, including paralysis
- Neck injuries such as whiplash
- Head and/or brain injuries
- Compartment syndrome
- Serious burns
While some of these injuries are fairly minor and may require just a few weeks or months to heal, others may result in amputation, disfigurement, chronic pain, and/or permanent disability—all of which may affect your ability to earn a living and carry on with your normal activities.
Even though you may not initially feel injured after an accident, it is generally a good idea to seek medical attention after any serious collision. This is particularly true if you have any initial soreness in your neck or back. In many cases, symptoms of injuries such as whiplash or a concussion are very mild at first. Without prompt treatment, these conditions may become difficult to manage.
What’s the Value of My Car Accident Case?
It can often be difficult to determine the potential value of a person’s car accident case early on because it’s often dependent on the extent of the injuries suffered (as well as other factors such as disfigurement or disability). However, an experienced Dallas car accident attorney can help give you a general idea of your case value based on the types of damages available for personal injury cases such as yours.
There are several types of damages involved in a personal injury lawsuit, including economic losses (such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage), non-economic losses (like pain & suffering and reduced earning capacity), and sometimes even punitive damages meant to punish someone who committed an intentional wrong.
In a car accident case, your economic damages will likely include any existing or expected future medical expenses, property damages, and your lost wages claim. Your non-economic damages claim will seek compensation for your pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
While it’s often difficult to put a dollar figure on damages such as pain and suffering, our considerable experience handling accident injury cases can help us put together a strong case for why the insurance company should accept a certain valuation for these losses. By basing your general damages on figures from past cases and using our network of expert witnesses, we can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your claim.
However, anyone who is currently undergoing medical treatment for an injury after a car accident should never entertain the idea of settling without knowing the full extent of their medical expenses (including the possibility of future medical care or rehabilitation).
For example, consider a situation where an insurance company offers you $10,000 to settle your case early on, and you decide to counter at $20,000. They still say no, but later, your condition deteriorates to the point where you are unable to return to work, and the value of your case has risen to 6 figures. Unfortunately, since they have you on tape verbally agreeing to accept $20,000, they have no reason to offer you a penny more.
Settling Out of Court vs. Going to Trial
In the United States, about 95% of all car accident injury claims settle before litigation. In other words, you’re unlikely to ever set foot in a courtroom in most circumstances. Instead, your Dallas car accident lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement before filing a lawsuit. No settlement agreements will be made without your approval as the client. If an agreement cannot be reached, then your lawyer will file a lawsuit with the court and represent you in trial.
As your attorneys, Montgomery Law will tell you what to expect at each stage of the case. We will give you our advice and counsel, and keep you updated throughout the entire process. We will always look out for your best interests, and will not accept a settlement offer without your express approval. Best of all, you will never pay us a penny unless we win.
Montgomery Law is Here to Help
Montgomery Law is a top Dallas law firm dedicated to helping victims of car accidents recover the compensation they deserve. Since our firm’s founding, we have devoted ourselves as fierce advocates for personal injury victims and the families of those wrongfully killed.
Because our accident attorneys work on contingency, there is no financial risk in having us help with your claim. Consultations are always free, and we’re available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and explain your legal rights moving forward. Shoot us an email today, or call Sadat Montgomery (the Car Wreck Cowboy) at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free) to learn how we can help.