Dallas Car Accident Lawyer
Why Hire A Car Wreck Lawyer?
In the Dallas - Fort Worth area, car accidents are unfortunately a fact of everyday life. According to a Texas Department of Transportation report, a car accident occurs in Texas every 81 seconds. Additionally, one person is killed in a car accident every 2 hours and 54 minutes and one person is injured every 2 minutes and 26 seconds. If you are the unfortunate victim of a car accident in Dallas, Car Accident Lawyer Robert C. Slim is here to help. Losses resulting from car accidents can range from wrongful death to serious personal injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, as well as physical pain and mental anguish.
Each year, the number of car accidents across the country increases. The number of reported automobile crashes has risen by more than a million over the past five years, bringing the most recent totals to over 6 million crashes per year. The majority of the crashes result in bodily injury, and unfortunately a significant amount of those accidents results in the death of someone with fatal injuries each year. Not only do car wrecks result in physical damage and injuries, but there are also financial and emotional consequences that auto accident victims may face.
Auto wreck attorney, Robert C. Slim, has been helping victims of car accidents throughout the Dallas - Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas communities since 1994. Over the years, he has gained the legal skills and strong reputation to help you too. Nothing can be more devastating to a person or their family than a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. You and your family suffer physically, financially, and emotionally, while everything you have worked for in your life crumbles before your very eyes.
The only way you can be sure that your case will be properly handled is to hire an experienced attorney to represent you. Not only will Robert C. Slim know how to prepare your case for maximum value, he also knows how to properly negotiate your claim to get the highest possible settlement. Get your free personal injury consultation today by calling (214) 321-8225 or by submitting the free consultation form.
What "To Do" and "What NOT To Do" After A Car Accident
Here are a few things to keep in mind after an accident:
- Exchange driver and insurance information
- Get contact information of any witnesses
- Call the police to make a report
- Do not discuss the accident details at the scene. Let the police handle the situation.
- Telephone numbers
The Drivers Information:
- Name, address, telephone number
- Driver’s license number
- Date of birth
- Insurance company name
- Policy number
- Year, Make, and Model of their car
What happens if the driver says they don't have any insurance? Make sure you still get as much of the information mentioned above. You will have to give this information to your insurance company when you report the claim.
Download and print this accident form and keep it in your car. This will help you make sure you get all the information you need if you are ever involved in a car accident.
Downloadable Accident Form
If The Police Come
Sometimes a police officer will investigate the accident and make out an accident report that contains this information. If the police do make out a report, then the investigating officer will give you a report number that you can use to get a copy of the report. If your car is not drivable, or if you are taken to the hospital, your car will also be towed to the auto pound.
At the accident scene, never be rude or confrontational with the other driver or police officers. Also, NEVER sign anything or put anything in writing about the events surrounding the accident or injuries. Unless of course you are required to do so by the investigating officer.
However, many police departments have cut back on making police reports for less serious accidents and normally do not come to the scene unless there is a need to keep the peace or if the drivers are not cooperating with each other in exchanging information.
When Dealing With The Insurance Company
One of the biggest misconceptions in a car accident case is that the insurance company is there to help and protect you. In fact, it is quite the opposite! If you are involved in an auto accident with another driver who is at fault, then that driver’s insurance company has the legal and contractual duty to protect and defend the other driver from your claim or lawsuit. Although the adjuster will investigate your claim, the investigation is done in order to determine how strong your case is and whether they can uncover some legal defense. In the end, the insurance company’s loyalty is to their driver, and not to you!
- Remember to not give any written or recorded statement. The adjuster for the other driver will probably tell you that a statement is legally required, but it is not. The reason they want to get your recorded statement is to have something to use against you in the event you take legal action for the car wreck.
- Do not sign a Release. Do not sign a release or anything that says it is a release. Do not even sign a check that says it is a release. If you do, you may lose all your rights.
- And do not sign any Authorizations, such as medical or employment authorizations. If you do, then you may be giving unlimited access to your private records and information. This gives the adjuster the ability to collect information to defend against you injury claim.
Diminution in Value Claim
If your car was repaired after an automobile accident, it probably will not have the same value as it did prior to the accident. Under Texas law, you are entitled to recovery for the depreciation in value of your car. Click here to learn more about making a claim for the diminution in value of your vehicle.
Free Personal Injury Case Consultation
It is very important to get proper legal representation from an experienced Dallas car accident attorney. Call (214) 321-8225 or submit for a free consultation and personal case review.