Auto Accidents in Texas
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.
At Kelley Law Firm, we understand that no amount of money can undo your injuries or the tragic loss of someone you love. However, we 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. If you or someone you love was involved in an auto accident, and you believe someone else is to blame, reach out to our team right away 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 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 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 provide powerful testimony on your behalf. We have the resources needed to develop an innovative and personalized legal strategy aimed at maximizing 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 case, comparative negligence rules apply.
Under Texas’s modified comparative negligence rule, you are still allowed to file a personal injury claim after an auto 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 an 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.
If the insurance adjuster argues that you were even a little bit at fault for the accident, you could miss out on thousands of dollars in compensation. It’s important that you work with an experienced auto accident attorney, like ours at Kelley Law Firm, who can protect your rights and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We conduct our own investigations to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who was at fault. Our team can fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute, devalue, or even deny your claim.
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Most car accidents result in serious physical, emotional, and financial losses. After an accident, you may be faced with significant injuries, mounting medical bills, and weeks or months off work. You may also be left dealing with significant trauma, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result of the accident. 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 certain, 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, rather, to punish the defendant for gross negligence and/or wanton/willful disregard for the safety of others.
Our Dallas car accident attorneys can review the details of your case with you during a free and confidential consultation. We 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 real, 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. To date, our firm has recovered more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, including many million- and multimillion-dollar results.
Throughout the legal process, you can count on our attorneys and staff to provide the personal attention and support you need. We understand the unique challenges you are facing, and we are here to help your family through this immensely difficult time. We are proud to be active members of the local community, and we are ready to help serve those who need us most.
Injured in an auto accident? Contact Kelley Law Firm today at (972) 853-5398 for a free consultation with our Dallas car accident lawyers.