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Every two minutes and 13 seconds, a person is injured in a vehicle accident in Texas. In Dallas alone, there were 27,734 total crashes in 2014.
There’s a commonly held notion that accidents “just happen.” At Guajardo & Marks, we have represented the rights of many Dallas vehicle accident victims, and we can tell you first-hand that this is not the case. The majority of vehicle collisions are preventable. Accidents often stem from the negligence of another driver, including drunk driving, distracted driving, driver fatigue and reckless driving (speeding, improper lane shifts, etc.).
Think of all the things we have to deal with after a serious car accident. We suffer injuries, damage to our vehicle and take time off of work, to name just a few. But one of the unexpected pains that we encounter after being involved in a vehicle accident is dealing with insurance companies.
How we deal with insurance companies can have major implications for our finances. Many people don’t realize that the actions we take and the words we say to insurance companies impact the payments we receive following an accident.These matters can be so complicated that attorneys specialize in dealing with insurance companies as part of their job. But that doesn’t mean that you need to pass a bar exam just to talk to insurance adjusters. In fact, by keeping a few guiding principles in mind, you can learn how to engage with insurance adjusters without fear of shooting yourself in the foot... read more
The suffering of victims in a major vehicle accident come in many forms. In addition to physical and emotional pain of the victims and their family members, there are also other damages that must be faced: loss of income, loss of work capacity, steep medical bills, ongoing medical treatment and psychological pain and suffering. It can feel as though nothing can be done to help cope with these hurdles. However, if negligence was the cause of your vehicle accident, then someone can be held responsible to give you compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.
Traumatic Brain Injury – 14.3 percent of all traumatic brain injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents. TBI’s can lead to cognitive brain functions; this includes problems with memory, concentration and reasoning.
Spinal Cord Damage – Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. SCI’s can lead to loss of feeling, pain, respiratory problems, weakness and loss of motor function.
Loss of Limb/Amputations – The loss of a limb or an amputation permanently alters a person’s life in many ways – intense pain, body image issues and loss of work capability and income, to name just a few. When health is not the primary cause of amputation, vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of the loss of limbs.
Organ Damage – Vehicle accidents can cause serious and life-threatening injuries that can’t be detected upon first look. Internal and organ damage in a car collision can impact vital bodily functions and cause damage to the kidney and ureter, intestines, lungs, spleen, liver and many other internal organs.
Wrongful Death – When someone loses their life in a vehicle collision, their loved ones face incredible challenges. In addition to emotional and psychological suffering, there are also financial ramifications – medical bills, funeral costs and loss of income, especially if the deceased was the primary earner. Surviving family members of vehicle accident victims sometimes seek compensation for their losses in wrongful death cases.
The vehicle accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have helped victims and their families in the wake of serious vehicle collisions. Our experienced legal team will pursue every avenue available to ensure that your case gets the proper attention and care that it deserves.
It is important to act as quickly as possible after a vehicle accident. The actions taken in the short time following a major accident often determines the success of the case.
Mike made me realize there just may be Angels- there was one with my son during his accident, and one that made sure he was taken care of afterwards. Thank you Mike Guajardo and Associates for all you have done, and will continue to do. God Bless. – Rachel Black