Auto Accidents in Texas
At Kelley Law Firm, we understand that no money can undo your injuries or the tragic loss of someone you love. However, Our Dallas car accident lawyers have also seen firsthand how a fair settlement or verdict allows families to heal and move forward with their lives after devastating motor vehicle accidents.
Texas is known for having some of the highest motor vehicle accident crash rates and traffic-related fatality rates in the country. According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDOT), the fatality rate on Texas highways and roads increased by nearly 19% in 2020, with a total of 3,896 accident-related deaths.
Another 14,656 people suffered serious bodily injuries due to motor vehicle accidents statewide that same year.
The vast majority of auto accidents are entirely preventable. These collisions typically occur due to the carelessness or recklessness of one or more parties.
When this is the case, injured individuals and the surviving loved ones of fatal accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation.
Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer After a Car Accident
After you have been involved in a car accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. One of the best decisions you can make is to hire a car accident lawyer to represent you. Our experienced team will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
We also handle the paperwork and negotiations with insurance companies, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. In addition, our team will investigate the accident and identify any liable parties.
Hiring a skilled car accident attorney is the best way to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and damages. If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident, reach out to our personal injury law firm immediately to learn how we can help.
Contact us online or call (972) 853-5398 for a free consultation. We serve clients in Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, and all of the surrounding areas.
While some states follow a no-fault car insurance system, allowing car accident victims to seek compensation from their insurance providers regardless of fault, Texas is not one of them. Instead, Texas follows a traditional fault-based system.
Under this system, you must prove that someone else—whether another driver, a trucking company, or even an auto manufacturer—was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries to collect compensation for your damages.
Proving fault after a car accident can be difficult, especially if the other driver’s insurance company disputes your injuries or argues that you were to blame. However, at Kelley Law Firm, we know how to fight back against insurance companies’ efforts to avoid paying out fair settlements to car accident victims.
Our Dallas car accident attorneys work alongside accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, expert witnesses, and others who can help prove the cause of your crash and powerful testimony on your behalf.
In addition, we have the resources needed to develop an innovative and personalized legal strategy to maximize your recovery.
Understanding Comparative Negligence & How It Could Affect Your Claim
While some accidents are the fault of a single person, many involve several at-fault parties who share varying degrees of blame. When this is the car accident case, comparative negligence rules apply.
Under Texas’s modified comparative negligence rule, you are still allowed to file a personal injury claim after a car accident for which you are partly at fault—as long as you are not found to be more than 50% to blame for the crash.
Additionally, even if you are found to be 50% or less at fault, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage.
For example, if you were involved in a car accident and the insurance adjuster and/or court determines that you were 30% at fault for the collision, your recovery will be reduced by 30%. If you are seeking $10,000 in damages, you can only collect up to 70% of that amount, or $7,000.
Suppose the insurance adjuster argues that you were even a little at fault for the accident. In that case, you could miss out on thousands of dollars in compensation. You must work with an experienced car accident lawyer, like ours at Kelley Law Firm, who can protect your rights and fight for the total, fair compensation owed.
We conduct our investigations to determine precisely what happened and, most importantly, who was at fault. Our team can fight against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute, devalue, or deny your car accident claim.
They went to bat for me on day one even when I didn't expect anything.
Most car accidents result in severe physical, emotional, and financial losses. After a car accident, you may face significant injuries, mounting medical bills, and weeks or months off work. Due to the car accident, you may also be left dealing with significant trauma, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
By filing an auto accident claim with an insurance company or bringing a lawsuit against an at-fault motorist, you can seek fair financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.
Common damages in car accident claims include:
- Emergency care
- Medical treatment
- Rehabilitation/physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Medical devices/equipment
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Home modifications
- Household assistance
In rare instances, victims may also be entitled to punitive damages. Also known as exemplary damages, these are not meant to compensate the victim for specific losses but, instead, to punish the defendant for gross negligence and/or wanton/willful disregard for the safety of others.
Our Dallas car accident attorneys can review your personal injury case details with you during a free and confidential consultation. Our attorneys can work to determine the potential value of your claim and identify the types of damages you may be entitled to receive.
Providing Compassionate & Aggressive Legal Representation
Kelley Law Firm is committed to helping honest, everyday people get back on their feet after serious motor vehicle accidents. We have a long history of serving the historically disadvantaged and disenfranchised—and we have a legacy of success.
Our personal injury law firm in Dallas has recovered more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, including many million- and multimillion-dollar results.
You can count on our attorneys and staff throughout the legal process to provide the personal attention and support you need. Our personal injury attorneys understand your unique challenges, and we are here to help your family through this tough time.
We are proud to be active members of the local community and ready to help serve those who need us most.