If you have been injured in a car wreck in Dallas, you need to speak to an attorney right away in order to protect your rights. Attorney Aaron Herbert is the Dallas accident attorney who can help. Do not let the insurance company take advantage of you! You can count on us to negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you get fair value for your claim. Our office handles all automobile accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we recover money for you! Call us now for a free consultation and to find out how much your case is worth.
If you or a close family member suffered a serious injury in an auto accident that was caused by someone else, you can’t help feeling the unfairness of your having to suffer when you did nothing wrong. It offends your sense of justice! You are suffering—physically, emotionally, and financially, for someone else’s wrongdoing. Fortunately, you have recourse against the party who caused your losses by filing a legal claim to recover money for your financial and quality-of-life damages. Although no amount of money is ever adequate compensation for the loss of a loved one, or of your health, making a claim against the responsible party is important in several ways:
- It can provide you with the means to obtain the healthcare you need.
- It can ease your financial burden by getting your medical bills paid and compensating you for your lost earnings, or those of a deceased family member whom your family relied on for support.
- It can provide a sense of closure.
- It can force the wrongdoer to face up to the harm done and possibly prevent a recurrence of the behavior that led to your losses.
- It can restore your sense of justice.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A DALLAS CAR ACCIDENT
Take these steps immediately after an accident to help protect your right to a claim for compensation for your damages
- Get the ID and contact information for all owners, drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
- Get the plate numbers, registration, and insurance information for all vehicles.
- If you are physically capable, take pictures of the accident scene, showing all cars involved, including the point of impact on every vehicle involved and street signs or other geographical features that will identify the location of the accident.
- Call the police and request that an officer be sent to the scene. If you have been seriously injured, tell the police dispatcher that you need an ambulance.
- Make a report to the responding officer, providing only basic information about the accident. After several days, you should obtain a copy of the accident report from the law enforcement agency that wrote it.
- Do not apologize. While you simply mean to be polite, this could be wrongly construed as admitting you were at fault.
- Do not comment about how you feel physically, unless you are clearly badly injured and need someone to call an ambulance.
- Get medical attention without delay. You should still be seen in an Emergency Room or physician’s office.
- Do not allow any insurance adjuster to record a statement from you. The adjuster’s job is to minimize the company’s payout, not to help you get your claim paid.
- Do not sign any authorization, release, or anything else for any other car’s insurance company.
- Call a Texas Board Certified personal injury trial specialist. In Dallas, choose the law firm of attorney Aaron Herbert.
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
To ensure that you recover an amount of money that reflects the full range of damages that you and your family have suffered, you should retain the best personal injury attorney you can find, preferably a Dallas accident attorney who has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in personal injury trial law. You can find the experienced, specialized representation you need for an accident-related injury or wrongful death anywhere in the state at the Dallas law firm of attorney Aaron Herbert.
Why Hire a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer?
You may think that you can handle the insurance claim yourself, but fighting for fair compensation without an accident attorney is difficult. If you are without representation, insurance may very well try to take advantage of you and make a lowball offer. A lawyer can help you handle the paperwork and the negotiation process while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Where an attorney can really be beneficial is if you miss work or your injuries leave you permanently disabled in some fashion. Medical expenses and lost wages from work are easily calculated, but your inability to provide for your family, accomplish tasks or any strain on your relationship are not. An attorney can ensure that you receive payment for non-economic damages.
CHOOSING AN ATTORNEY FOR YOUR ACCIDENT CASE
The qualifications and experience of the car accident attorney you choose to represent you can make an enormous difference in its outcome. Here are some tips for selecting the right attorney for your car accident case:
- Choose a Texas Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Attorney with a practice devoted exclusively to personal injury law.
- Choose an attorney who has significant courtroom experience and a demonstrated willingness to try a case in court with a high rate of success. (Insurance companies know which attorneys will go all the way for their clients and will usually offer better out-of-court settlements, to avoid the expense and uncertainty of a trial.)
- Check the attorney’s AVVO rating. Look for a rating of 10 out of 10.
- Select an attorney who has successfully handled high value cases. An attorney who is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum has recovered settlements and verdicts for individual clients in excess of a million dollars.
- Make sure that the attorney you hire has access to traffic safety engineers and accident reconstruction experts who can provide support and expert testimony to help prove your case.
- Choose an attorney you feel comfortable with, who is focused on your needs, and who is committed to keeping you informed about the progress of your case.
How Do I File a Police Report In Texas?
Texas requires that a police report be filed in the event of injuries or a fatality at an accident, or if there is more than $1,000 in property damage. If a police officer does not show up to the scene for whatever reason, you can file a report online. After giving a report to police, you’ll need to take down as much information as you possibly can from the other driver and about the accident in general.
How To File an Insurance Claim in Texas
The minimum coverage allowed for car insurance in Texas is $30,000 per injury, $60,000 per accident and $25,000 to account for property damage. After an accident, it’s crucial to file an insurance claim as soon as possible. You’ll need:
- Your full name and policy number, along with its start and end date.
- Date and time of the accident, along with a complete description.
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of all other involved drivers.
- Driver’s license and license plate numbers of the other driver.
This information is usually acquired at the scene, either by yourself or police if you are unable. You should also get witness statements, and document the scene as much as you can. Take pictures of the damage, note any signs or lights, and describe the actions of the other driver as clearly as you can to the police officer on scene.
Before all else, the first thing you need to do after an accident is seek medical attention, even if you only suspect you might have been injured. If you wait a while to get treatment, the other driver’s insurance may try to say that your injuries must not have been that bad, and therefore don’t need compensation. Never admit fault and keep your cool; car accidents can get tempers flaring, but you should try to stay calm and assess the situation.
FREE CASE CONSULTATION
At the Law Offices of Aaron Herbert, we offer a complimentary consultation in which we will examine the facts of your case and advise you on how to proceed. With 14 years of experience, Texas Board Certification, a client-centered practice focused exclusively on personal injury law, the highest possible AVVO rating, more than 50 jury verdicts, and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. You will incur no attorney fees, court, or legal expenses unless you recover. Time to file is limited by state law, so call today at (214) 200-4878 to protect your right to a monetary recovery.
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At the Law Firm of Aaron Herbert, we offer a free consultation during which we will examine the facts of your case and advise you on how best to proceed.
Aaron A. Herbert has extensive experience, Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law (2008, Re-certified 2013), a client-centered practice focused exclusively on personal injury law, the highest possible AVVO rating, more than 50 jury verdicts, membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. You will incur no attorney fees, court cost, or legal expenses unless you recover. Time to file is limited by Texas law, so call today to protect your right to the compensation you deserve. Call 24/7 (214) 200-4878 or toll free to (855) 655-HURT.
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