Dallas Car Accident Lawyer
The Law Office of Doug Goyen has represented residents of Dallas, Texas in personal injuries from auto accidents since 1997. We have settled thousands of cases and recovered millions in settlements for our clients. Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 or contact us on our website contact form so we can help. The consultation is free and there is no fee unless you win!Law Office of Doug Goyen
The Texas Department of Transportation reports were 36,862 car crashes in the City of Dallas in 2019 and Dallas County had 55,346 reported accidents. The following intersections lead the City of Dallas every year in the number of accidents.
- Beltline Road at the North Dallas Tollway had 133 reported accidents from 2012 to 2015.
- Skillman Street at I-635 (LBJ Freeway) had 132 reported accidents from 2012 to 2015.
- Northwest Highway at Walton Walker Blvd had 105 reported accidents from 2012 to 2015.
- South Buckner Blvd at Military Parkway had 88 reported accidents from 2012 to 2015.
- The Julius Schepps exit to Central Expressway at I-635 had 78 reported accidents from 2012 to 2015.
These are not the only dangerous intersections in Dallas. There are literally hundreds of others. More and more people are driving while distracted in Dallas, often looking at their smartphones while driving. As the numbers of accidents increase, so do the number of injuries caused in by those accidents.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen helps people injured in accidents recover from the impact the accident has had on their lives.
- We help our clients recover the money needed for their ambulance, hospital, emergency room doctors, and other medical costs they have incurred due to the accident.
- We help our clients find a medical facility to treat their injury if they do not know where to go for treatment.
- We help our clients find a medical facility that will defer billing the client while they receive their treatment if they cannot afford to get the treatment they need for their injury.
- We help our clients recover their lost income from the auto insurance company if they had to miss work due to their injury.
- We help our clients who need help getting payment for the damage to their vehicles, towing bills, storage fees, and rental car expenses.
- We help our clients recover their out-of-pocket expenses they have incurred due to the accident.
- We help our clients by getting the full settlement value for their pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, and other damages caused by the accident.
The following is a list of things "to do" after an auto accident to protect your rights, especially when an injury is involved.
At the scene of the accident you should do the following:
Try to remain calm. An auto accident is a traumatic event, especially if you suffer an injury. It is easy to be upset after an accident but that will not help you. You will need to check injuries, make phone calls, gather information and be able to describe the accident and any injuries clearly to the police officer and paramedics when they arrive.
Check for any injuries. Check yourself for injuries. Auto accidents are sudden, unexpected, and traumatic events. Many people are in a state of shock right after an accident and do not realize the severity of their injury. Before you start moving around too much you should check yourself to make sure of your injuries. If you are able, check on the other people involved. Check on your passengers. If they do not require first aid, then check on the occupants of the other vehicles involved. If anyone is injured, including yourself, you need to get help right away.
Call 911 if anyone is injured. If there are any injuries to anyone call 911. Let the dispatcher know that there are injuries at the accident scene. The police will investigate the accident, and paramedics will tend to anyone who is injured. Advise the police officer there are injuries. Some larger cities will not write police reports if there are no injuries. If you are in pain, let the officer know so they investigate the accident and make a report. The person who caused the accident may say one thing at the scene but say something totally different once they leave the scene. The accident report helps document what was said at the scene of the accident.
If hurt let the paramedics check you out. Just after a wreck when the adrenaline is pumping people might not realize just how serious their injury is. You need a medical professional to verify the seriousness of your injury.
Gather witness information. Obtain names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. Do not wait for volunteers. Witnesses often stop to help, but when police start to arrive they feel it is time for them to leave. You need the witness's contact information in case the other driver changes their story to the police officer, or later to the insurance company. You will need to give the witness information to your lawyer in case the witness is needed.
Just because the other driver starts off by admitting they are responsible does not mean they will continue that way. After the initial shock of the accident, some people start to justify their actions and come up with excuses, even blaming you. They may worry about their insurance rates, or maybe talk to their spouse or friends and decide to change their story. If there are witnesses, you need to get their contact information.
NOTE: If you are too injured to do any of these steps, you need to call a friend or a family member to come to the scene and do these steps for you.
Exchange information with the other drivers. Texas requires people involved in accidents to exchange identification and exchange automobile liability insurance information, regardless of fault. Everyone involved must exchange their information. Use your cellphone to take photos of everyone's ID and automobile insurance paperwork.
Most people are cooperative about giving out this type of information at the accident scene. Once you leave the scene, your ability to gather this information decreases. Some people refuse to give this information at all after they leave the scene of the accident, which makes getting your automobile repaired and dealing with whoever their insurance company is more difficult.
(Note: Often police officers arrive before people have exchanged information. Sometimes the officer will tell those involved that they can get the other driver's information on the police report when it becomes available. Texas Transportation Code section 550.023 requires an operator of a vehicle involved in an accident that results in injury or results in damage to another vehicle to:
give their name, address, the registration number of the vehicle they were driving and their motor vehicle liability insurance to a) any person injured, or b) the operator or occupant of or c) a person attending a vehicle involved in the collision";
"if requested and available, show the operator's driver's license to" the other people involved . . .
The law requires drivers to exchange their information with each other after an accident. If the officer will not release the information to you at the scene then the information will need to be obtained from the officer’s accident report.
Take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, and of the accident scene. Use your cellphone to take photos of all the damage to all the vehicles involved in the accident. Take photos of the damage to each vehicle and the points of impact on the vehicles, and of the license plates.
Take photographs at the scene of the accident. Take photos of any skid marks and any debris on the road from the accident. Take photos of the roadway where the accident happened to show the lanes and traffic. Take photos in the direction you were traveling before the accident, and the direction you were coming from. Do the same for the other vehicles involved - pictures of the road in the direction they were traveling, and in the direction they were coming from.
Give your statement to the police officer. Cooperate with the police officer at the scene. They will speak to each driver separately and out of the hearing of the other drivers to get each person's statement about what happened. The statements given will help the officer write his accident report. You need to make sure your statement is given so the officer knows what you observed when the accident happened so they include your statement in the report.
If you are inside the boundaries of the City of Dallas you most likely will have the Dallas Police Department investigate the accident, but there are exceptions. Sometimes the Dallas County Sheriff's Office investigates certain accidents inside the city. Sometimes the Texas Highway Patrol will investigate accidents inside the city limits - such as on the Tollways. Even though within the circle of the City of Dallas, you might find yourself in University Park, or Highland Park and their police may do the investigation.
The following are links to the records departments for the police agencies that investigate accidents inside the City of Dallas:
- Dallas Police Department Records
- Dallas County Sheriff's Department Records
- Texas Highway Patrol
- University Park Police Department Records
- Highland Park Police Department Records
If your accident happens on the edges of the City of Dallas, you may find yourself in the jurisdiction of one of the cities that surround Dallas. If so, you can locate a copy of your accident report at that police department's records department.
All law enforcement agencies in Texas are required to send copies of their police crash reports to the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation makes these available online usually within two or three weeks. The records can be located, purchased (between $6-$8), and downloaded at the following website:
Follow the advice of paramedics at the scene.Listen to the paramedics. If they evaluate you and think you need to go to the emergency room you should follow their advice. Paramedics are trained and have the experience to identify symptoms in people that indicate they may have a serious injury or even life-threatening injury. Go to the emergency room if the paramedics tell you that you should go.
After you leave the scene of the accident:
Do not speak to the insurance company if you were injured in the accident. If you are injured in the accident the insurance adjuster's job is to pay as little as possible for your claim. If they get the opportunity to deny paying your claim they will do so. Insurance adjusters are trained and experienced in gathering information that helps them deny part or all of a claim. They will ask questions designed to elicit a response from you that allows them to deny part or all of your claim. Let your attorney talk to the insurance company for you. A personal injury lawyer that handles accidents will know how to answer any insurance adjuster's questions for you in a way that preserves your claim.
If you are still in pain after the accident you need to follow up at a medical facility for evaluation and treatment for your injury. If you are injured in an accident, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you do not know what kind of medical facility to see, or if you are unsure how you will be able to afford medical care we can help. The Law Office of Doug Goyen will help you find a medical facility that can treat you for your injury. We can help you find a medical facility that will defer any payments until the insurance company releases the funds for your injury claim. If you prefer to see your own doctor that is fine too.
Take pictures of visible injuries. Take photographs of any bruising, cuts, scrapes, lacerations, or any visible injury. It is hard to argue someone did not suffer an injury with a picture of a huge black and blue bruise, or cuts, or lacerations. 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, it is their job to require proof from you for your claims. If you have visible injuries take photos of them.
Obtain your own repair estimate for your vehicle. Get your own estimate of your vehicle. The auto insurance companies almost always write their estimates for less than the actual damage. There are several reasons for this. First, they would rather be on the low side than the high side of payment for the automobile's damage. Second, if you decide to keep the money and not fix the car, they end up paying less this way. Third, the lower the amount of damage to the car, the less likely a jury will believe that someone suffered an injury in an accident. Be sure and let the insurance company do their estimate for your vehicle as well.
If the insurance company decides to fight liability on the accident, you want to have an estimate for the repairs of your vehicle that shows the amount it will actually cost to do the full repairs on your vehicle. Without your own estimate you may end up having to rely on the insurance company's estimate in court for proof - and their estimate is almost always lower than what it will cost to actually repair your vehicle.
Body shops typically give free estimates for vehicles damaged in an accident. They want your business. Body shops in Dallas, Texas that can do an estimate and repairs on your vehicle include:
- Harvey's Paint & Body - at Maple and Wycliff
- Service King Collision North Dallas - on 75 svc road near Royal
- Dallas Auto Body Repair - on Harry Hines near Walnut Hill
- Dallas Collision Center - on Irving Blvd near Inwood
- Caliber Collision - at Preston Road and Alpha
- Jose's Body Shop - at Davis and Walton Walker
While your vehicle is being repaired you may need a rental car. Make sure you inform the rental car company that there is an insurance claim. Most rental car companies will set up a "direct bill" with the insurance company directly while your vehicle is being repaired. Rental car companies in the Dallas area include:
Document what you are out of pocket. Save all documents showing what you have had to pay or owe due to the accident. Save all towing bills, rental car bills, storage fees, prescription fees, doctor bills for your injury, medication, other property that was damaged due to the accident . . . anything you were out of pocket that you would not have had to pay or owe but for the accident. We will need documents for everything claimed to ensure you are able to recover the full value of the claim.
Be careful about what you post on social media. Assume the insurance company and its lawyers will see anything you post. Your posts can often make it appear like everything is fine with you. The insurance company and their attorneys will use any posts they find that give that appearance to argue against any injury claim being made.
Hire a personal injury lawyer with experience handling automobile accidents. Do your research. You will want to interview any lawyer before you hire them. If you are unable to speak with the lawyer but only able to speak to the law office's case manager, then do not hire that law office. You need to speak to the actual lawyer who is going to be representing you. You may want to interview a few lawyers before deciding. Make sure to ask questions about anything you are concerned with. Only hire a lawyer after you have spoken with them and are satisfied that they will take care of your case.
Official Records and Reports for car accidents in Dallas, Texas can be found at the following agencies:
- Dallas Police Department Open Records Unit – 1400 S. Lamar, Dallas Texas – website info: Dallas Police Department Records
- Dallas County Sherriff’s Department Records - Frank Crowley Court Building, 133 N. Riverfront Blvd, 1st floor, Dallas, Texas – website info: Dallas County Sheriff's Department Records
- City of Dallas Records – 1500 Marilla St. #5ds, Dallas City Hall, Dallas, Texas
- Dallas Auto Pound – Where vehicles are towed after accidents
- Dallas Police Department-Auto Pound, Vilbig Road, Dallas, TX – 1955 Vilbig Road, Dallas,Texas
The following information is typically needed in car accident injury cases. If you do not have all the information below do not worry, we can gather the information you are missing based on the information you are able to give us.
Your contact information: Your name and contact information including phone, email, mailing address to contact you about your case.
Location and date of a car accident and injury: The date, time, driving conditions, and location (city, street, nearest intersection) of the accident and injury, any injury suffered, if others were injured, if you know of any video of the accident, or any photos or video taken at the scene after the auto accident.
Description of the car accident: The auto accident description, lanes involved, the lane each car was in, if near an intersection or on a highway, the speed limit, the speed you were traveling, locations of other vehicles, their speed, and how the auto accident occurred.
Conversations at the scene and after: Any conversations you had at the scene with other drivers, witnesses, police, or anyone else - and if any conversations with anyone since you left the scene of the auto accident – such as insurance adjusters, police officers, other drivers, or anyone else regarding the auto accident, injuries, or damage to your vehicle.
Other vehicles involved in the auto accident: Names and contact information of any other people involved and their insurance information. Type vehicle the at-fault driver was in, any other vehicle's information, and any license plate numbers or VIN numbers of vehicles involved in the auto accident.
Your vehicle and its occupants during the car wreck: Your vehicle, if you were driving or a passenger, owner of the vehicle you were in, auto insurance on that vehicle, other people in the vehicle with you, and where they were seated in the vehicle (driver, front passenger, rear passenger).
Police investigation of the car wreck: If the police came to the scene of the auto accident, who called the police, if any tickets issued, if anyone arrested, name and ID of officers involved, police report number, and if you have a copy of the police report.
Medical treatment for car accident injury: If taken by ambulance from the scene of the car wreck, what hospital and treating facilities have you seen since the auto accident, what type of treatment done, any future appointments set, copies of any medical bills or records, and if photographs of any injury.
Health insurance: If any health insurance has paid or will pay any of your medical bills related to the car accident, including private health insurance like Cigna and Blue Cross, but this also includes Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers Compensation.
Future medical treatment for your car accident injury: If you have any appointment set at any medical facility, or if you need to find a medical facility that can treat you for a car accident-related injury.
Damage to your vehicle from the car accident: Any pictures or video taken of the damage, any estimates done, any auto insurance contacted so far, if the vehicle is drivable, if a rental is needed, if the vehicle was towed from the scene, where your vehicle is now, what body shop will repair your vehicle, if your vehicle is a total loss and how to determine the total loss value of your vehicle.
The above information will help determine liability (who should pay), it will help determine damages to date, and it will help know collectability (if insurance involved). Other issues often come up during phone consultations related to a car accident injury - you are free to ask our Attorney Goyen about anything you are concerned with regarding your car accident case during the consultation.
We ensure we have the evidence to legally prove liability, prove damages, and ensure you can collect for your injury and damages.
Liability of Other Driver(s): We gather the evidence needed to prove the liability of the other driver. We prepare that evidence in a professional format for a demand. We get police reports, witness statements, your statement, any passenger's statements. We review the auto accident scene and familiarize ourselves with the location - the lanes, intersections, speed limits, how heavy the traffic is at the location, points of view from where you were driving and points of view where the other driver was heading, and points of view of any witnesses that may have seen the accident and use the evidence to nail down liability.
Medical Treatment: If you do not know where to go for medical treatment for your injury we can help you find a medical facility to treat your injury. We keep in contact with you to verify how you are doing, how your injury is healing, and how your treatment is going.
Damages from Accident: Our personal injury lawyer ensures your demand covers every way the car accident has caused damage to you both in out-of-pocket expenses such as medical bills, lost income, property damage, diminished value, towing, and rental bills; and then how the injury has impacted you due to pain and suffering and mental anguish, physical impairment and disability, and disfigurement.
Investigation into the different causes of the accident: During our investigation of an auto accident, we look for all the possible causes of the accident to find every person or entity that may be responsible for your damages. Different causes of the auto accident can mean that other people or other businesses may also be responsible to pay for the damages caused. We investigate these potential causes to make sure we get a full recovery for your case.
The following causes of auto accidents are the types of accidents where the other driver may be the only person responsible and often is the only person responsible, where we collect through the insurance covering the driver:
- Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving- Such as Texting and Driving or Driver Inattention
- Car Accidents Caused by Aggressive Drivers- Speeding or Tailgating
- Car Accidents Caused by Aggressive Drivers- Reckless Driving or Road Rage
- Car Accidents Caused by Failure to Yield the Right of Way- Disregarding Traffic Control Devices and Signs
In this next group are cases where there may be others in addition to the driver that are responsible for the damage and injury caused. We investigate each accident to ensure we know all the parties who may be responsible:
Car Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers - Sometimes there may be a Dram Shop Act case if the drunk driver was over-served at an eating or drinking establishment. In this type of case, the establishment that served them alcohol may also be responsible for your injury. Additionally, you may have a claim for Negligent Entrustment against the owner of the vehicle if the drunk driver was driving someone else's vehicle and that person knowingly let a drunk driver take control of their vehicle.
Auto Accidents Caused by Drug-Impaired Drivers- If the driver was driving someone else's vehicle you may have a claim of Negligent Entrustment against the owner for allowing someone impaired by drugs to drive their vehicle.
Auto Accidents Caused by Fatigued Drivers- If the fatigued driver is driving a commercial vehicle, their company may have additional responsibility for violating hours of service if they were scheduling their driver too many hours. If the driver was obviously fatigued and was driving someone else's vehicle you may have a claim for Negligent Entrustment against the owner of the vehicle.
Auto Accidents Caused by Debris on the Highway- If the debris came from a commercial vehicle their company may be responsible for violations of Texas law related to securing loads.
Car Accidents Caused by Negligent Entrustment of a Car to a Dangerous Driver- If the owner of a vehicle lets an unlicensed or dangerous driver use their vehicle then not only is the driver responsible, but the owner is responsible as well for negligently entrusting their vehicle to an unlicensed or dangerous driver.
Car Accidents Caused by Inexperienced Drivers- Such as teens or unlicensed drivers. If the owner of the vehicle allowed an inexperienced or unlicensed driver to drive their vehicle you may have a claim of Negligent Entrustment against the owner of the vehicle.
We keep you informed every step of the way so you understand what is happening with your case. We discuss your claims for your injuries and damages to ensure we demand compensation for everything you are owed from the car accident and injury claim. We will track down every insurance policy that may owe the damage caused. We review all routes of recovery in your case.
Once we have all your information for your damages and your injuries review the case with you and send a demand to the insurance company. When the insurance company makes any offers we convey those offers and advise you. We do not settle a claim without your permission.
When we settle the case we get the insurance company to send payment immediately so we can disburse the funds and get your money to you for your car accident injury claim.If a Lawsuit is Required
Most car accident injury cases are settled before a lawsuit is needed. If a lawsuit is needed to force the insurance company to pay, we discuss this with you first. We make sure that you understand the reasons why a lawsuit is needed, what it will cost, what is required in the lawsuit.
We discuss the costs and benefits of a lawsuit. We advise what we think is the best course of action, but it is your case, we represent you but you make the final call.Free Case Reviews and Consultations
We offer free phone consultations to discuss your case. Additionally, we offer a free strategy session during the phone consultation. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, the legal issues involved, and any legal issues we identify that are most important to maximize the compensation you are owed.There is No Fee Unless You Win
If we cannot recover on your case you owe us nothing. We charge a Contingency Fee in personal injury cases. Contingency Fees are structured to take a percentage of whatever we can recover on your personal injury case. This is a performance-based contract, which means that the better we do for you, the better we do for ourselves. This aligns our interest with your interest in the case.City of Dallas, Texas Information
The first settler in present-day Dallas was John Neely Bryan. He surveyed the area in 1839 and established a permanent settlement there in 1841. The John Neely Bryan Cabin is located in downtown Dallas to commemorate Dallas' original settler.
The estimated population of Dallas in 2019 was 1,343,573. The population of the DFW area including Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Ellis County, Hunt County, Kaufman County, Rockwall County, Johnson County, Parker County, Tarrant County, and Wise County was estimated to be above 6,800,000 in 2010.
Dallas is home to ten Fortune 500 companies within its city limits. The economy in Dallas is diverse, including dominant areas of transportation, defense, telecommunications, financial services, and information technology. Dallas is home to ten Fortune 500 companies in its city limits. The economy in Dallas is diverse, including dominant areas of transportation, defense, telecommunications, financial services, and information technology. Companies inside the city limits of Dallas include AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Tenet Healthcare, Comerica, Brinker International, and the list goes on. The DFW area includes giants in their areas including Ericsson North America, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and ExxonMobil with many more.
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