Automobile Accidents with Injuries

Automobile Accidents:

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Car Accidents :: Dealing with the Insurance Company:

If you are dealing with an automobile accident with injuries you have questions about what happens next.  "What are the next steps?"  The following links cover topics that people often have questions about when involved in an automobile accident with injuries:

Topics of Interest:
Attorney's Fee in injury cases
Settling Injury Claims
Adjuster is Delaying Payment and "Investigating" Claim
Medical Care After an Accident
Notice of Hospital Lien Against Case
Should I Use My Health Insurance After an Accident?
Multiple Car Accidents and Injuries
What You Can Recover in Injury Cases

If involved in an automobile accident with an injury, you need to do see a doctor.   I always suggest going to a doctor for evaluation as soon as possible if you were injured in a car accident of any sort.  You may "think" the injury will go away in a few days, but often the injury lingers and several weeks later when you realize the pain did not go away, you may have hurt your ability to recover from the car insurance company.  If you wait too long, you give the insurance company an "excuse".  The auto insurance company will say "How do we know this injury is from the accident?  They didn't go see the doctor for several weeks.  For all we know, they injured themselves doing something around their house after the accident, and now are trying to blame it on the accident to get money from us.  If they were really injured from the accident, they would have gone to a doctor sooner . . .". 

Reason to See Doctor Immediately:   Seeing a doctor immediately after an accident protects you in case the injury never goes away.  Often people think the pain will subside and that they don't need medical treatment.  Sometimes they are right, sometimes not.  If a couple weeks go by, or longer - such as a month or two, and your pain never goes away, you will finally decide to get it checked out by a medical professional.  You find out that the injury is actually something that requires actual medical treatment to fix.  Maybe it requires some kind of therapy or even surgery, or else the injury won't correct itself. 

You know your injury was caused by the accident because it happened to you.  If you aren't careful, you may unintentionally give the insurance company an argument or a reason to try and avoid paying your bills.

Reason to Contact a Dallas Car Accident Attorney:  Our Dallas car accident attorneys can find a medical facility that takes patients automobile accidents with injuries.  We can help you find the doctor you need to treat your injury, and document the fact that the injury was due to the car accident in question. If you are hurt, don't wait, get seen by a doctor.   You need care for your injury, and you need proof that your injury was due to the automobile accident.   The fact that you have complaints and symptoms immediately after the accident that were not there before the automobile accident is evidence that your injury was caused by the accident.   

Insurance companies will try to lull you into a false sense of security.  Making you think they will pay for medical bills in the future if you just wait to be seen by a doctor until they finish their investigation.  They lower the boom on you weeks or even months later when they tell you that they will not cover your injury claim - because you waited too long to be seen by a doctor. Do not be a victim twice. Their driver first victimized you by causing the accident an injuring you physically, don’t let their insurance company victimize you again by trying to convince you that you don’t need an attorney when you have been injured in an auto accident and then injure you a second time, this time financially.

Insurance companies make millions of dollars each year by convincing people involved in automobile accidents with injuries that they will take care of all their needs, and then "changing their mind". What happens next is when you try to get your claim settled, and receive payment for your injury medical bills, your lost income from your injury, your towing bills for your car, your rental car bills, your total loss on your automobile, and your pain and suffering, the insurance company denies responsibility, and tells you that they never actually guaranteed any type of payment. They craft their words in such a way as to try to gain your confidence (ie. “We will take care of you”, “Your claim is in good hands”, "We are like a good neighbor to you", etc.), but they will not make any guarantee that they will pay you a dime . . . listen to their words carefully, usually these adjusters have been trained by a lawyer to craft their words in this way, so they cannot later be accused of making any sort of "guarantee" to you. 

Your injury:
You have suffered injury in your automobile accident, what do you need to do next? In addition to calling the Dallas car accident attorney Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100, you need to do the following:

  1. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the witnesses as soon as possible, and SAVE THEM.

    People like to justify their behavior after the fact. They think “I’m a good person, surely I didn’t run that red light”, and then that becomes their story to their insurance company, that they didn’t run the red light . . . the other person must have run it. They may have admitted everything to you at the scene, but later on, when they have had the time to think of justifications for their actions, they will make up excuses, or will totally make up a new way the accident happened.

    Usually, its pretty easy to see who is lying. The liar will usually just go through his/her own auto insurance to get their car fixed, and will typically not even bother to try getting their car / truck / automobile fixed through the other person’s insurance, because they KNOW what the truth is. They know the other insurance company won’t pay them, because they know what the other person has already told the insurance company about what really happened.

    Additionally, if you are involved in an auto accident with a commercial automobile (someone who drives for a living), they will ALWAYS deny responsibility, regardless of how obvious it is that they are responsible. They will lose their job if they have too many auto accidents charged against them, therefor there is a built-in reason to lie . . . to save his/her job.

    Gather your witnesses, and keep their information safe and current.

  2. Take photographs of all of the car / truck / automobile (s) involved.

    Take photographs at the scene of the auto accident if you can (use your cell-phone camera if necessary). A picture speaks a thousand words, as the old saying goes. A day later or more, the debris will be cleaned up, skid marks will fade, the automobiles will no longer be in the same resting position. The person who caused the auto accident may have their car / truck fixed the very next day, and you lose valuable evidence of what the damage to their car / truck looked like. You may need these photos to prove how the auto accident happened, or to prove how severe the auto accident was.

    If you can’t take pictures at the scene, see if someone else can. If not, then take pictures of your car as soon as possible at the auto body shop, or at your home, or where ever it is located.

    Take pictures that actually SHOW the damage to your car / truck / automobile. Believe it or not, the insurance company will take pictures to try to show that there is minor or no damage. They will take pictures in lighting or angles where the damage is obscured by the angle of the photo, or by shadows.

    Do not make the mistake of thinking the insurance company treat you fairly.  Protect yourself.  Insurance companies have lawyers on staff for claims, to find, create, and use legal loopholes to try and avoid paying you if possible.  If you were involved in an automobile accident with injuries, you need to call the Dallas car accident attorney Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 to protect your rights and protect your injury claim.
  3. Take photographs of any bruising, cuts, injury.

    If you have any bruising, cuts, or injury that is visible, take pictures of the injury. It is hard to argue someone did not suffer injury with a picture of a huge black and blue bruise, and/or cuts. Bruises and cuts go away, and if you don’t take a picture, the insurance company won’t believe you when you tell them you had cuts and bruises (or they will pretend they don’t believe you).

  4. Get your own estimate of your car / truck / automobile.

    Several Dallas area auto body-shops will give you a free estimate. Have your own auto estimate done if possible. Insurance companies will often write an auto estimate for less than half what the damage really will cost to repair your car. To protect yourself, get your own auto estimate. Let the insurance company do their estimate to your car as well, but be armed with your own in case they try to short-change you. I have often seen insurance companies write estimates for $600.00 when the damage to the car was in reality over $3000.00. Protect yourself against these types of insurers.

  5. If you are involved in an automobile accident with injuries, see a doctor immediately. If you cannot afford a doctor, our Dallas car accident attorney can find a doctor for you in the Dallas / Fort Worth area that will treat you and defer payment until your claim with the insurance company is complete.  

  6. Save all documents showing what you are out of pocket.

    Save all towing bills on your car / truck / automobile, auto rental bills, storage fees, prescription fees, doctor bills for your injury, everything. If you want a full recovery, you have to provide a full record. Save everything.

  7. Call the police to the scene, order a police report. Dallas police will come out if there is an injury, if the accident is severe enough, or if there is a dispute at the scene of the auto accident.

    In some cities, police won’t come to an auto accident scene unless someone has an injury. If you are feeling pain, you have an injury of some sort.  Your adrenaline at the scene from the crash itself may be masking how severe your injury is. You might not need to go to the emergency room, but if you have an automobile accident with injuries and are in pain, you need to advise the dispatcher on the 911 call that there is an injury in these circumstances. You need emergency personnel to check you out, a police report taken, so you have a record of what happened.

    People can change their story after leaving the scene of an automobile accident. If there is no police report, and no witnesses, then you have no proof that you are the one telling the truth. It turns into a swearing match, which makes recovery from the insurance company much more difficult. If a police officer comes to the scene, usually the officer can get the person at fault to admit their fault because he/she is in shock from the accident, and hasn’t had time to think up an "excuse" about how it happened. The officer will write into the report what was said at the scene, and that is admissible at trial, so it goes a long way towards proving responsibility with the insurance companies. Protect yourself, and insist on a police officer to make an auto accident report if you are involved in an automobile accident with injuries. Then order and review the police report and verify that it is correct.  Call Dallas car accident attorney Doug Goyen and give our office the information we need to obtain the police crash report. 

  8. If you live in the Dallas area, contact a Dallas car accident attorney as soon as possible.

    You need to hire someone with experience handling Dallas / Fort Worth area automobile accident injury claims. Someone who will not harm your automobile accident injury claim, and someone who will maximize the benefits you are entitled to receive. Call and speak to Dallas car accident attorney Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 so we can protect your rights, and maximize your recovery.

Dallas car accident lawyer Doug Goyen will get your money for you and your car as fast as possible. We know how financially devastating an automobile accident can be. You need reimbursement and need it fast to pay your bills. Our office will obtain your money for you as quickly as possible.

Our Dallas car accident attorney represents clients who have been involved in automobile accidents with injuries, and other personal injury cases as well, in the Dallas / North Texas area.  We represent victims of texting drivers, distracted drivers, drunk drivers, hit and run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers, and all other types of motor vehicle collisions involving injuries.

Damages Often Recoverable in Personal Injury Cases Include the Following:
Past and future medical bills, past and future lost earning capacity, past and future lost income, past and future physical impairment, past and future disfigurement, past and future mental anguish, past and future pain and suffering, property damage, loss of use of your property - such as rental car bills, storage, total loss of property, diminished value of property, loss of body member (arm, leg, . . .), loss of body capacity (hearing, eyesight, . . . ), loss of consortium (spouse, parental, child/filial), loss of services, emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury), prenatal injury, exemplary damages, prejudgment interest, attorney's fees, and court costs.

You will receive personal assistance directly from your Dallas automobile accident attorney Doug Goyen.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident or car crash, CONTACT US ONLINE or call to speak to an attorney (972) 599 4100 to set up a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Personal Injury Areas We Help With Are:

Auto Accident and Injury Cases, Personal Injury Cases, 18 Wheeler & Commercial Vehicle Injury Accident Cases, Motorcycle Accident and Injury Cases, Wrongful Death Cases, Pedestrian Injured by Automobile Cases, Slip and Fall & Premises Cases, Workplace & Constructions Injury Cases, Dog Bite Injury Cases, Bicyclers Hit by Automobile Cases .

Types of Coverage in Automobile Injury Cases:

Automobile Liability Insurance, Uninsured Motorist Insurance, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Medpay Insurance, Property Damage & Collision Coverages for Your Auto

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