Dallas Car Accident Lawyers
Put Experienced and Skilled Legal Counsel On Your Side
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, it’s important to secure legal help. Our Dallas car accident lawyers at Aldous \ Walker LLP are passionate about representing our clients with skill, determination, and decisiveness. We work hard to give our clients the advocacy they need and deserve.
Trial law is what we do, and it’s what we do best. At Aldous \ Walker LLP, our legal team is known for our abilities in the courtroom and are known and respected by judges and opposing counsel.
Texas Car Accident Laws
After an car accident occurs, Texas adheres to an “at-fault” rule to determine who is liable for any resulting damages. This means that the motorist responsible for causing the accident is also the one responsible for paying damages through an insurance carrier.
No-Fault vs At-Fault States
This at-fault system is opposite a no-fault system that some states follow. No-fault systems require each party to file a claim with their own insurance regardless of who is responsible for causing the accident. Fortunately for Texans, at-fault states allow more opportunities for injury victims to file a personal injury claim.
Additionally, the law recognizes that not all accidents are caused solely by one party, in fact, the majority of accidents involve the fault of more than one party in some form. For example, the injured party may have been speeding at the time of the accident or they might have failed to use their turn signal.
Modified Comparative Fault Rule in Texas
In these cases, an injured driver can still recover compensation through Texas’ “modified comparative fault" rule, as long as the claimant is less than 50% at fault for causing the accident. In these situations, the overall compensation awarded to an injured party will be reduced by the same percentage of fault they are found to be responsible for.
For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for the accident, the total compensation awarded to you will also be reduced by 10%.
Texas Car Insurance Coverage
Unlike most at-fault states, all auto insurance policies in Texas include personal injury protection coverage or PIP benefits. In the event of an accident PIP insurance covers your and your passenger’s medical expenses and other economic losses that are related to your injuries.
PIP Insurance Coverage
PIP coverage is typically reserved for no-fault states as all injury victims are required to file with their own insurance to recover compensation except in specific circumstances. In this way, Texas does allow more options to recover compensation, however, any driver can request to remove PIP coverage as long the request is done in writing.
Reasons to Hire a Dallas Car Accident Attorney
Because motor vehicle accidents are very commonplace, most people who are injured in car wrecks try to pursue compensation for their damages on their own. However, there are many benefits to working with an experienced car accident attorney.
At Aldous / Walker, our team can:
- Investigate the cause of your accident and collect evidence.
- Handle communication with the insurance company, so you can focus on recovering.
- Determine the value of your claim to ensure a fair settlement.
- Fight for maximum compensation in court if the case proceeds to trial.
With decades of experience and more than 200 trials under our belts, you can count our team of Dallas car accident lawyers to put your best interests at the forefront of all our efforts. At Aldous / Walker, clients are family.
What You Need to Know About Determining Responsibility
There are a number of factors our Dallas car accident lawyers looks into to determine who was responsible for an accident during the discovery phase of the legal process, including:
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted driving
- Pedestrian involvement
- Rollover accidents
- Poor/confusing road design
- Vehicles driving the wrong-direction
Determining responsibility is key to understanding who was at fault, and who needs to be targeted by your personal injury lawsuit to ensure you secure the maximum compensation possible.
We work with our clients to piece together the events that led up to the accident and use that information to create a plan of action that puts them in the best possible position to succeed.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can be caused by a number of things, but it typically boils down to either human error or a manufacturing defect. Regardless, knowing what can cause a car accident can help you recognize the warning signs that one could happen. Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Ignoring Traffic Lights or Signs
- Road Rage
- Inclement Weather
- Poorly Maintained Roads
- Vehicle Malfunctions
Texas Car Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 35,000 people died in car accidents in 2015, with millions more taken to the hospital to treat injuries caused by the crash.
These serious injuries can permanently affect the victim’s ability to complete tasks they used to handle, potentially preventing them from resuming their previous employment.
This, on top of the potentially massive medical bills from treatment and recovery, can put an extraordinary amount of financial and emotional stress on the victims and their families.
According to the most recent data released in 2015 by the Texas Department of Transportation, the state of Texas saw:
- 13,695 people seriously injured in car crashes
- 3,578 people killed in car crashes
- 1,954 people killed in crashes in rural areas
- 586 people killed in head-on collisions
- 0 days in the year where someone was not killed in a car crash
- 558 pedestrians killed in car crashes
- 1,000 people killed in car crashes involving a drunk driver
- 481 people killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver