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We love what we do at Berenson Injury Law: fighting for our clients. From proving their often difficult liability cases to arranging and paying for their medical treatment to getting them the best settlements or verdicts, we bend over backwards to get the job done. And we love how happy our clients are.

Only in the event that you have unfortunately been hurt in a motor vehicle collision and are researching the best injury lawyer to help you, we are proud to have hit a new milestone: 300 of our wonderful clients have left 5-star reviews on Google, AVVO (where our firm has received the Client’s Choice Award for the past seven years and where Mr. Berenson was named a “Superb” attorney with a 10 out of 10 rating) and Yelp.

Asking one person who you should hire for your car wreck is a start, but asking 300 people is obviously much better.

We usually meet the friendliest people in Texas — but that can change at the drop of a hat gas pedal. Texas has almost the second highest number of these terrifying crashes in the country. This is a huge problem that sadly take the lives of over 1,500 people each year.

These are some of the latest horrific road rage incidents in Texas:

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  • In Houston two days ago, a female driver chased a woman riding a motorcycle and killed her;

blog-pic-of-car-on-top-of-coinsIf you have been in a car wreck, you naturally assume that the at-fault driver has liability insurance and will pay your damages. But a shocking 20% of Texas motorists — or about 3.5 million people — are not insured. And based on the number of times we see this happening, we think this number is higher. Almost everyone who has insurance carries the state-required minimum amount which only pays a maximum of $30,000 for the injuries to one person, $60,000 for the injuries to all people, and $25,000 for all vehicles damaged. This is often not enough, especially with the high cost of medical care. And that’s not to mention the multiple claims filed by drivers and passengers in chain-reaction car accidents. That is why you must purchase an uninsured/underinsured coverage policy to protect you and your family.

If you are injured in an all-too-common uninsured/minimally insured driver accidents, this post will answer your questions including

  • When can you use your policy?
  • What should you do if your insurance company does not make a fair offer of settlement?
  • Do you have to file a lawsuit and testify at a trial?

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Teenager texting and drivingDistracted driving must be stopped

It is shocking that every day over 1,000 Americans are injured and nine lives are lost due to distracted driving collisions. To combat this horrendous problem, the National Safety Council uses April to try to prevent one of the top three causes of the ridiculously car wreck high fatality rate in the U.S. My law firm supports safety organizations like End DD and tries to promote awareness about how we can stop easily preventable car crashes from happening.

It’s hard to believe how people don’t hesitate to drive 65 mph while looking away from the road and down at their cell phones, often texting while driving. Or fiddling with the dashboard computer, eating and drinking, putting on makeup, or looking behind them at passengers. Or all of the above.

There are over one million people driving at any one time talking and paying more attention to their Facebook news feed than to the drivers around them.

This is an urgent problem, as the reaction time for a distracted driver is like someone’s who is legally intoxicated.

But most people are addicted to their cell phones. The result? We all have to take our already dangerous roads for granted.

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If you have been involved in a car or truck accident, you need answers to these important questions:

  1. Can you get a good recovery of money to pay your damages?
  2. Should you hire a personal injury lawyer?
  3. Will you have to testify at a trial?

If you are like most people who have been in a vehicle crash, you have probably suffered a neck and back injury. We know how you must be feeling. You hurt 24/7. You have restricted movement and can’t sleep. You probably can’t go to work or take care of the kids.

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Your stress is compounded because you are incurring medical bills which are sometimes enormous. You won’t have a car because it is being repaired or you might be underwater on the car note if it has to be totaled. And you are losing money if you can’t work.

The insurance company takes advantage of people’s predicaments so it can make a low offer of settlement and close the case cheaply.

You need to have an idea of what your case is worth and how to proceed so you can be repaid for your medical bills and other damages.

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After the second rainiest year in the history of Dallas-Fort Worth which just ended a few months ago, we are all ready for some beautiful spring weather. But tomorrow more storms are expected and there is even a chance of hail and tornadoes in the region. Of course there is — this is Texas where if you don’t like the weather, just blink, right? It was only a few weeks ago that we were hit by 80 mph winds and large hail on another day. Yes, spring showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a lot of unexpected collisions on our roads. If you have been injured in one of our frequent weather-related auto accidents, you may not know how to proceed. This post offers tips about how you can succeed in your car accident case.

You will have questions including

  • Can I still recover my damages even though wet roads were involved?
  • Who is responsible?
  • Which insurance company will pay for my car or truck now, mine or his?
  • How much money can I receive?

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Many drivers in Texas have opened their mail to find a surprise traffic ticket, photograph of their vehicle, and a stiff fine. Of course, the red light camera program has been extremely unpopular in Texas since the state legislature authorized it 2007. But there is hope for those who hate these automated tickets. There are two ways that the controversial red light cameras could be removed soon.

A local state representative has introduced a widely supported bill in Austin that would eliminate them in May, although past efforts have failed. In addition, the Texas Supreme Court will rule in June on their legality in a case brought by a North Texas lawyer.

But we can all agree that red light runners are extremely dangerous. In a recent year, close to 1,000 people were killed and 137,000 people were injured, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Photo courtesy of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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MedStar-ambulanceA chain reaction on Interstate 20 at the interchange with Interstate 35 tragically ended Wednesday night despite the valiant efforts of two paramedics. A Fort Worth fatal crash tragically took the life of a young woman and her unborn child. But this disaster could have been much worse.

Two MedStar paramedics, Miguel Brito and Ryan Bader, saw her car on fire as they were driving by in their ambulance. They were able to use their fire extinguishers to put out the flames, break the glass, and rescue two people trapped inside who had had lost consciousness. One man was even wedged under the dashboard. Gas was spewing out of a ruptured tank. A passing motorist jumped out and helped grab one of the men out of the car.

The two victims were rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition. The EMTs also rescued a third person who suffered minor injuries.

drowsy-drivingA shocking study revealed that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving while intoxicated, according to a CBS News report. The problem of drowsy driving is especially severe in Texas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that Texas is #1 in sleep-related fatalities with 20% of all such fatalities — double the number of deaths of the #2 and #3 states combined.

There are a huge number of drowsy drivers on our streets and highways, day and night. Sixty percent of drivers admitted to driving while they could barely stay awake at least once in the past year and many do this on a regular basis. The NHTSA alarmingly notes that each year overly tired drivers cause over 100,000 car accidents, injure 71,000 people, and take the lives of 1,550 people.

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After being a Texas car accident lawyer for almost 40 years, I know that one of the first questions my new clients will ask is how easy or hard it is going to be to get a good settlement. This can be a difficult process with any company but I never cease to be amazed at the tricks insurance adjusters and attorneys from the worst auto insurance companies play. While the insurance industry takes in a stunning one trillion dollars a year in premiums, adjusters often refuse to pay reasonable compensation. While this is a hard category to judge, here are three lists that name the most egregious offenders.

Worst insurance companies for car and truck collisions:

The American Association for Justice (the nation’s largest group of plaintiff’s attorneys) listed the following (health and disability insurance companies are omitted):

1. Allstate

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The chances are very high that if you have been involved in a car accident in North Texas, it was caused by a driver who is insured with Allstate so I will focus on them. Don’t get your hopes up if you are hit by an Allstate insured though. You are not in good hands, despite what the company would have you believe in their advertising (that is only what it claims will happen if you are their policyholder). When their insured driver crashes into you, their claims representatives can be nitpicking. arrogant, and cheap.  Offers are often only one-half of what I estimate I can get from a jury. In my experience, you will usually have to file a lawsuit if you expect to get paid a reasonable amount of money.

Our law firm battles Allstate on a regular basis, as it is the second largest auto liability insurer in Texas. Only State Farm is larger. Allstate has 16 million customers worldwide, owns other companies including Esurance and Encompass, and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In Texas, it has 13 different companies registered with the Department of Insurance and any one of eight can be involved in a car or truck crash case. One company alone has a value of $48 billion. With that economic weight, it is used to bullying claimants around and getting what it wants.

We have a good track record of getting good results against them. Today for example, we were able to get them to pay our client his entire underinsured motorist benefits from them after he had already received a driver’s entire insurance policy amount in a hotly disputed case involving an 18-wheeler. He was very happy with the settlement on the first part of his case and very generously wrote this review:

“These guys are great. They’re very transparent and very aggressive. I hope I never need a personal injury lawyer again, but if I did, I’d go back to Mr. Berenson.”

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