When a car wreck happens, the minutes, hours, and days afterward are often full of pain and confusion. If you are injured, you will deal with trauma and shock, as well as the fear of what will happen next. Once you are out of danger, you could still face huge medical bills and determining who is at fault can also be complicated.
Even if you think you know who hurt you, there is always more to the story. Untangling the details requires the help of an experienced Dallas car accident attorney like Julie Wolf at Wolf Law PLLC. Our legal team will listen to your story and guide you through the available legal options for securing financial compensation so you can heal without worrying about your finances.
What to Do When You Are Seriously Injured in a Dallas Car Accident
It is common to be disoriented after a car accident on a busy Dallas highway or roadway. After a crash, stay where you are if it is safe and follow these recommendations:
- Call 911
- Accept medical treatment
- Cooperate with police
- Take photos and/or videos of the scene and of your injuries
- Exchange information with other drivers, including driver’s license and auto insurance details
- Do not admit fault, apologize, or assign blame
- Contact your insurance company
- Contact a car accident lawyer
Why You Should Hire Dallas Car Accident Lawyer Julie Wolf
Dallas traffic can be fast and dangerous, putting you at risk for a car accident even if you are a local. When you are involved in a crash, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer like Julie Wolf is crucial to obtaining the right compensation for your injuries. Julie Wolf offers the experience and care your case needs to be successful and to protect your legal rights. Our firm can assist with:
Understanding Injury Law
Car accidents are much more complex than people realize. Identifying what caused your crash takes a thorough investigation. Our Dallas car accident attorneys can clearly explain the relevant areas of law that apply to your case and how the Texas justice system works.
You may assume your insurance company will be on your side, but paying out claims hurts their bottom line. Insurance adjusters will work hard to reduce or deny your claim and lower their costs. You need a skilled negotiator like Julie Wolf to have the hard conversations with insurance adjusters while you recover from your car accident injuries.
The injuries you suffer in a Dallas car accident could include head and neck injuries, back injuries, nerve damage, amputation, brain injury, or PTSD. Our car accident lawyers will work with medical experts to develop a complete picture of the future medical expenses you may face. We will also help you collect receipts and records of all your current and past bills related to the auto accident.
To have the best chance of a complete financial recovery, you must prove the liability of whoever caused the crash. In addition, you must prove four elements of fault or negligence:
- The other driver owed a duty of care to others on the road
- The driver(s) at fault failed in that duty
- The failure to fulfill the duty of care caused your car accident injuries
- Those injuries directly caused financial and emotional losses
Wolf Law PLLC will work with witnesses, medical experts, and accident investigators to provide valuable evidence for your case. Julie’s team can collect:
- Photos and video from traffic cameras
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Driving records
- Black box data showing whether a driver braked or was speeding
- Medical test results
- Diagnosis and prognosis reports from your doctors
Outlining Compensation Options
Many cases are settled out of court with insurance companies and/or the individuals at fault. A car accident attorney can explain your best option for maximum compensation considering to your damages and the details of what happened.
Preparing Your Case for Court
Julie Wolf has years of extensive experience successfully litigating in Dallas area courts, so she understands how all aspects of your case and the applicable caselaw can affect your auto accident claim. She will ensure all documents are filed correctly and on time, then build a solid foundation to achieve justice for you.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Medical bills after a car accident can be for injuries such as back and neck trauma, traumatic brain injuries, and broken limbs. You may also suffer harm such as:
- Internal bleeding
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Lower extremity fractures
- Facial injuries
A skilled car accident attorney will understand how to calculate past, present, and projected future medical costs to ensure your financial compensation will cover all the care you need to recover fully.
Damages You Can Seek After a Dallas Car Accident
Texas law allows a Dallas car accident victim to pursue economic and non-economic damages for their losses. Economic losses are associated with a specific amount, while non-economic damages are more subjective. In personal injury cases for motor vehicle crashes in Texas, there is no law limiting how much you can receive in compensation.
Common damages you might claim after a wreck include:
- Travel expenses for medical care, including emergency vehicles
- ICU and ER bills
- Surgery costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Mood disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD
Texas Law and Your Rights After a Car Accident
You have the right to negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement. You also have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. When your car accident attorney files a lawsuit against another driver, they will file paperwork in the court with jurisdiction considering where the accident occurred and where the plaintiff and defendant reside.
The defendant (or their insurance company) will answer to the initial pleadings and begin discussions with your attorney. Insurance companies will often settle car accident cases to avoid the cost of a trial if their client is at fault.
Understanding Fault in Texas Auto Accidents
Texas is an at-fault state, meaning whoever is causes an auto accident must pay for the resulting damages to others. All drivers must carry automotive insurance and can face fines and penalties if they do not. The current minimum liability limits in Texas are:
- $30,000 per person for bodily injury
- $60,000 liability coverage per accident
- $25,000 in property damage coverage
Some drivers do not have insurance, so ideally your policy should include an uninsured/underinsured motorist clause. This provision will cover damages incurred when another driver’s auto insurance policy does not have enough coverage to pay for your losses or they are uninsured altogether.
Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
Car accident lawyers are paid by contingency fee. You do not pay us anything upfront for the work we do, and our fee is taken as a percentage of the compensation we win on your behalf in a settlement or trial. This lets you get the help you need without paying a large fee first.
Contact Dallas Car Accident Attorney Julie Wolf
An automobile crash can be traumatic and difficult, potentially changing your life forever. Being able to rely on a skilled Dallas car accident attorney like Julie Wolf means you have someone focused on your wellbeing and achieving the best outcome for you. Our team of legal professionals will fight tirelessly on your behalf, so call Wolf Law PLLC at (972) 338-4477 today for a free consultation.