Car accidents can leave you with injuries, a long-term recovery process, and no way to earn income while you heal. If another driver was at fault for your accident, Texas law allows you to pursue compensation for these damages, but this process is not always easy. An insurance company may dispute your claim or try to settle your case for a low amount.
If you want legal help on your side, a Carrollton car accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office may be able to represent you. As soon as you sign on, we can take over all communications and paperwork in your settlement negotiations. If the responsible party’s insurance company refuses to make you a fair offer, we can take them to trial.
Underwood Law Office operates on a contingency-fee-basis. In this agreement, you pay us nothing for our work unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.
We invite you to call our firm today at (972) 535-6377 for a free, no-obligation consultation on your case with a member of the Underwood Law Office team.
Who Can Be Liable for a Car Accident
In a personal injury lawsuit, the party whose negligent actions caused the crash may be held liable for the victim’s damages. There are many ways that a driver can cause an accident with a negligent act. These include:
- Distracted driving, such as reading a text message, eating instead of steering, or taking their eyes off of the road to check directions or adjust the climate controls.
- DWI. In Texas, driving with a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08%—or while impaired by drugs or a controlled substance—can result in a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), per Texas Penal Code § 4904.
- Violating a traffic law, such as speeding, failure to yield, making an illegal lane change, running a red light or stop sign, or driving at night without headlights.
Sometimes, a non-driver third party can be liable for a car accident as well. Consider the following:
- A negligent mechanic who did not maintain a safety system
- A negligent product manufacturer who caused an accident after a component, such as an airbag or a steering axle, malfunctioned
- A negligent city road crew that closes off a lane for maintenance without putting the correct signage up first, causing an accident
When Underwood Law Office represents you, our investigative team can identify the liable party in your case. If you believe that another party caused your accident, no matter what the circumstances were, call us today at (972) 535-6377 for a free consultation with a representative of our firm.
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Evidence in a Car Accident Case
A Carrollton car accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office will gather evidence to attempt to prove two things when we represent you: the liability of the responsible party and the value of your damages. Evidence of liability may include things like:
- Any CCTV, traffic camera, dashcam, or security footage of the accident we are able to obtain.
- Photos, videos, or police reports.
- Eyewitness statements.
- Your medical records.
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts about how the accident occurred.
When it comes to your damages, evidence may include:
- Your medical records.
- Statements from medical experts about the cost of your future care.
- Documents from your work about missed wages, benefits, and promotions.
- Estimates or receipts for the repair or replacement of damaged property, such as your vehicle.
- Statements from experts about the value of your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
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Damages You May Be Able to Recover
In general, the following damages may be available to car accident victims in Texas:
- Emergency treatment and all medical bills, both current and future
- Lost wages for the time you were unable to work due to your recovery
- Reduced earning capability, if your injuries prevent you from returning to work in the same capacity as before the accident
- Property damage
- Noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life
If a car accident in Carrollton took your family member’s life, you may be able to pursue a different set of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Underwood Law Office also handles these wrongful death cases. Call us today to learn more about the unique rules surrounding these cases.
What to Expect When Working with a Lawyer
When you work with a Carrollton car accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office, we may be able to take over your case from day one. In addition to investigating your accident and gathering evidence, our firm can:
- Discuss your case, answer your questions, and give you legal advice at any time.
- Handle all communications with involved parties or their insurance companies on your behalf.
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a fair settlement offer based on the evidence we provide.
- Take your case to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to make you a fair offer.
- Conduct your case in compliance with Texas personal injury law.
There Is a Time Limit to Sue
It is important to know about the time limits in your case if you are considering legal action for your injuries. In Texas, the general statute of limitations for both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits is two years, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003.
There could be some circumstances that change this general deadline and require you to act even sooner. A representative of Underwood Law Office can help you understand which specific deadlines pertain to your case when you call us for your free consultation.
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To learn more about working with a car accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office, call us today at (972) 535-6377. A member of our firm will discuss your accident, your legal options, and our services as part of this free consultation. If we believe you have a viable case, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with nothing due upfront.
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