Choices That Cause Injury Often Are Not

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Cause of Collisions: Most people term a collision an “accident”. Your injury accident attorney will need to prove that the other driver's actions were more than "just an accident". The problem with that term is that it gives the false impression that nothing could have been done to avoid it, that it was “just an accident”. Collisions are usually not caused by “accidents” – there are usually several conscious unsafe decisions that lead to the collision – so in this respect the cause of the collision is typically due to bad decisions. They are usually the result of someone consciously disregarding the law. The law is designed so that if a person obeys the law, wrecks won’t happen very often. Unfortunately, many people decide the law doesn’t apply to them, or is too inconvenient for them to follow at the moment, and cause wrecks, causing injuries, harms, losses and even death to their victims. Some people think it is ok to speed, change lanes without looking, not pay proper attention while using their (cellphone, radio, applying makeup, etc.). If in the Dallas area, you will need a Dallas Car Crash Lawyer familiar with the adjusters in the area from the major insurers. Our law office has been working claims in the Dallas / Fort Worth area since 1997 as a law office, and prior to that Doug Goyen worked as a claims adjuster in the Dallas area from 1989 to 1997. We are familiar with how to handle claims in the Dallas area. Often, in today’s society of shifting the blame – people who cause a car crash victimize you a second time by trying to claim that they aren’t responsible for the harms and losses they caused when they disregarded the law.

Injury accident advice on what to do after a collision: 1. Stay calm. Car crashes are unexpected and usually traumatic events, certainly so if you are hurt. 2. Phone 911 and get the police to the scene. You need a written report. Police officers will often want to just get you to exchange information without writing a report. Insist on a written report, especially if you are hurt. The officer will not remember the details later if he does not write them down in a report. 3. Obtain names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. Don’t wait for volunteers to come to you, they may think that you already have witnesses and go on. If you see someone who is a witness to what happened, or a witness to the other driver admitting fault, gather that witnesses information. You will likely need to give it to the insurance company later. People involved in accidents often change their story after they leave the scene. Without witnesses, auto accidents often turn into swearing matches (which means the insurance company won’t pay).

Your injury accident attorney needs to be familiar with the problems in pursuing claims, and how the insurance companies will try to defend. A big part of insurance company defense is based on the media blitz they used in getting tort reform passed in the mid 1990s through 2000s. Due to this media blitz, and information (and disinformation) pushed on the public by the insurance industry, many people seem to think that there is an overabundance of people out there faking injury in order to collect on the bonanza of dollars insurance companies are dumping all over fraudulent claims. Nothing can be further from the truth. Insurers are so difficult to deal with now, I can’t think of any line of work that would be more difficult and take more effort than to fake an injury in order to make money. In reality, pursuing an injury claim helps to reinforce “good behavior”. If the community (or a jury) chooses to hold people responsible for their “choices” and illegal behavior, then the community becomes a safer place. For example, if a driver is held responsible for the injury he caused in a wreck, and his insurance company or his business, or he himself is forced to pay, then his insurance rates will rightfully go up, the burden of the harms such as medical bills, lost income, and property damage will rightfully be placed on the shoulders of the person who caused the expense, debt, or cost. 

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.

Dallas Car Crash Lawyer handling a wide variety of personal injury cases. Contact to discuss your claim. We often handle cases that other law offices pass up. We often find that other law offices do not have the personnel to properly evaluate auto cases, and pursue the proper insurance coverage that will cover your claim. The call is free, see if we can help you.

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

Doug Goyen has been practicing as an injury accident attorney in the Dallas area since 1997. Prior to becoming a lawyer Doug Goyen was an insurance adjuster for major insurance companies for over 7 years. Doug Goyen graduated from Southern Methodist University Law School in 1997 and has represented thousands of people and families of people who have been victims of collisions, crashes, accidents, and other acts that caused injury or death due to negligence or wrongful acts of others. Dallas car crash lawyer, Doug Goyen has the experience, knowledge and ability to help auto accident victims recover fully from the insurance companies involved. Attorney Doug Goyen has also represented thousands of clients in a wide variety of criminal matters in trial, hearings, and other proceedings. Doug Goyen is licensed through the State Bar of Texas, and is a member of Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (DTLA), and Christian Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA).

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@gmail.com 

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