Dallas Car Accident Attorney
Dallas Car Accident Attorney
In the aftermath of a car accident, you may be hurt, frightened and confused about what to do next. You may have injuries to recover from, lost wages to deal with, emotional distress and any number of other life-altering complications.
The car wreck lawyers of Guajardo & Marks, LLP understand this and can help. Michael Guajardo and Greg Marks have decades of successful, award-winning personal service representing victims and their families in DFW and throughout Texas. We understand the far-reaching impact an auto wreck has on a family and are dedicated to helping victims recover the compensation and justice they deserve.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, call 972-774-9800 today or read on to learn more.
I was Just in a Dallas Car Accident – What Now?
A car wreck can be a traumatic experience, especially when severe injuries are involved.
Based on their extensive success representing auto accident victims and their families in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, our car accident attorneys recommend taking the following steps if you or a passenger were injured in a car wreck that may have been the result of another driver’s negligence or a motor vehicle defect.
Medical treatment should be your first concern if you believe you or your passengers sustained injuries in a car accident.
Call 911 or the local police and notify them that emergency medical responders are necessary. Even if you do not have obvious signs of an injury, it is advisable to undergo a medical evaluation. The symptoms of some severe injuries resulting from auto accidents are not always immediately evident, especially to accident victims who may be experiencing the heightened physical state of an adrenaline rush.
Talking to Police and Insurance Providers
Cooperate with police, and answer their questions honestly. If the accident was caused by negligence and resulted in severe personal injury or wrongful death, the police report may be vital to your ability to pursue financial compensation.
It is generally advisable to consult with an attorney before talking with your insurance provider or the insurance companies of other involved drivers. While you should notify your insurance provider of the collision, you should not admit fault for the accident, provide a recorded statement or agree to any insurance settlement offers without first speaking to one of our knowledgeable car wreck lawyer.
Document the Car Wreck Details
Gather as much information as possible about the incident, including the circumstances in which the accident occurred. Some specifics to note include:
- Names, driver’s license numbers, insurance information and contact details for other involved drivers
- Makes, models and license numbers of other involved vehicles
- Names and contact information for any witnesses
- Pictures or video of resulting injuries and vehicle damage
- General details about the conditions in which the accident occurred
The more information you’re able to collect in the aftermath of a car wreck, the stronger the foundation of your case should you need to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Do I Need a Dallas Car Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been in a wreck and it wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t be financially responsible. Our car wreck lawyers can help you recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering.
You may think you don’t need an attorney, but make no mistake about it, the insurance company is going to use their team of lawyers to deny, delay or reduce your claim. Without an experienced lawyer on your side, especially if you have serious injuries, the chances of recovering the compensation you deserve are very slim. It takes an aggressive, proven lawyer who knows the tricks insurance companies employ and how to fight for you.
How Much Will an Attorney Cost Me?
The aftermath caused by a car wreck can be difficult and far-reaching. In addition to injuries, there can often be financial ramifications. From dealing with property damage to your vehicle, to lost wages, a car accident can often cause significant financial issues. This is why our attorneys work exclusively on a contingency fee basis.
Contingency fee means you won’t pay anything up front. Our firm will handle all expenses of your case as well as help you find the medical help you need. It won’t cost you anything up front and you will never pay a dime unless we win money on your behalf. This allows you to get the representation you need without the additional financial stress of paying for what can often be a costly and time consuming lawsuit.
You and your loved ones can focus on recovery while we handle all aspects of your case. Once your case is settled or a verdict is rendered, our firm will take our fee from the final amount less the expenses.
What Does a Car Accident Case Look Like?
If you have never dealt with a car accident claim or lawsuit before, chances are you don’t know what the average car accident case looks like. The following is condensed timeline of what you should expect once you contact us.
Once you contact our firm, we will begin your free case evaluation. If it is a case we can help you with, we will enter into a contract and begin working on your case immediately. If it isn’t something we can help you with, we will do our best to find a lawyer or other solution that best suits your situation.
No matter what, your evaluation is free and you won’t pay a dime until we settle your claim. This is called a contingency fee agreement. It allows you to get the legal help you need without the financial burden of filing and trying your case.
The next phase of your claim is known as discovery. This is essential to your case and can take several months. During discovery, our attorneys and legal team will request information regarding your accident and injuries from all parties involved. This includes passengers, police, doctors, other drivers, etc.
Discovery is how we begin to build your case. We will compile and analyze the information and determine all parties that can be held responsible for the car accident and subsequent injuries. For instance, your wreck may have been caused by a vehicle defect without you knowing. This would allow us to hold the manufacturer at fault and subsequently responsible for your compensation.
Much like discovery, depositions are an information exchange between parties involved, only done in person or by video. This includes interviews with victims, experts, the other driver, witnesses and more. Because this phase involves several different interviews, it can take some time to get everyone scheduled and in person or in front of a camera.
Mediation and More
Once we have all of the discovery and expert reports, our attorneys and experts will calculate the damages of your case. We will present this to the insurance companies involved. Sometimes, when faced with a strong case against them, they will choose to accept our offer. This is often best for the client because it avoids further expenses and a lengthy trial.
If they don’t feel our offer is fair, we can take the case to mediation. At mediation, a third party mediator will attempt to facilitate a fair settlement.
Trial (If Needed)
If a fair settlement in your best interest isn’t agreed upon during mediation, we will move to trial. The trial phase can be lengthy and expensive. Because of this, many lawyers will shy away from a trial. Michael and Greg are no those types of attorneys and are highly experienced trial attorneys. We prepare every case as though it may go to trial and if we feel its the best chance at fair compensation, that’s exactly what we will do.
Whether we settle your case before mediation, after or through trial, compensation is the final stage of your car accident claim.
Your compensation will depend on many factors. Calculating fair compensation is complex and includes the use of medical and economic experts. It can also depend on insurance policy limits. Your settlement could possibly include money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of companionship (in the case of the wrongful death of a spouse)
- Property damage
- Loss of future earnings potential
- Pain and suffering
Once your case is settled, will do our best to negotiate any reductions with your medical providers and pay all expenses, including our fees. The rest of the settlement will go to you and your loved ones. Obviously, no amount of money can ever turn back time and prevent an accident and any tragic effects, but it can hopefully help you to move forward and live the best life you can.
What Kind of Vehicle Accidents do you Handle?
While we often use the phrase “car accident” as a catch all, there are many different types of vehicle accidents our firm has successfully handled. For the most part, these cases will follow the same timeline, but certain wrecks, like truck or commercial vehicle accidents, are more complex than others and include more parties.
The most common accidents our firm handles include:
- Automobile accidents
- Truck wrecks
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Vehicle defects
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Rollover accidents
While these are the most common types of vehicle accident cases we see, we have experience with a number of other accident cases and are prepared to help you every step of the way.
Could my Wreck have been caused by a Vehicle Defect?
While driver negligence causes most wrecks, motor vehicle defects could have caused your accident and you might not even know it. The tragic fact is that faulty vehicle components are a common contributing factor in auto accidents.
If you were involved in a rollover accident, fiery car crash, or experienced a tire blowout, you may be the victim of an auto defect. Our motor vehicle defect lawyers specialize in these cases and have the expertise required to investigate the possibility that defects contributed to the wreck. If you suspect a defect played a part in your accident, we urge you to contact us to investigate the facts of your case.
Catastrophic Injuries and Death
While many accidents result in minor injuries such as whiplash or bruises, some lead to devastating consequences. Guajardo & Marks is especially dedicated to victims of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. These cases are extremely complex and take a law firm that is especially equipped with the resources and knowledge to handle them and must be willing to go up against the largest legal teams.
We have a proven track record securing multi-million dollar settlements for victims of traumatic brain injuries, amputations, paralysis and wrongful death. Our accident attorneys understand the immense toll these types of injuries take on families and are willing to do whatever it takes to get victims the justice and compensation they deserve.
Why Choose Guajardo & Marks, LLP
As you can a see, a car accident lawsuit can be extremely complex and time consuming. This is why it’s important to hire a lawyer with experience and the resources to build the best possible case for you and your loved ones. Michael and Greg have decades of experience representing vehicle accident victims. They have proven track record of successfully securing considerable settlements for their clients and are noted for their aggressive, creative approach to the law.
You also want to hire an attorney you feel comfortable with and can speak to. Our firm is dedicated to providing personal, client-focused service. We will be with you ever step of the way and will never pressure you into taking a settlement unless you are happy with it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Dallas, contact our firm today and learn why Guajardo & Marks, LLP is consistently rated as one of the top firms in Dallas and statewide.
Contact our Dallas Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you were hurt or a family member was killed in a car wreck that may have been due to a negligent driver or motor vehicle defect, please contact Guajardo & Marks online or call (972) 774-9800 for your free consultation. We welcome clients from the greater DFW area and nationwide. Remember, most accident cases have a two year statute of limitations and the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for our firm to get you the compensation you deserve.