“Joe” was driving home from work last July when an SUV rear-ended his pickup truck at a high rate of speed. That driver was intoxicated. Joe was taken to a hospital, x-rayed, and diagnosed with a strain/sprain. Joe was angry and wanted to explore his legal options. He hired us and we went to work.
We learned that the driver’s blood alcohol content was shockingly high .28%. That is three and one-half times the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. Joe’s left shoulder had been causing him a lot of pain. But he had no health insurance or way to pay for a doctor. Joe’s problem was a common one for people who have been in a car accident. Many people don’t have health insurance or if they do, their plan refuses to pay their bills by claiming that:
- the health insurance plan is secondary to the at-fault driver’s liability insurance company or other entity,
- the ambulance, hospital, or doctor was out of network, the service was not necessary, or it was too expensive, or
- vehicle crashes are somehow exempt from reimbursement.
If you have been injured in a car or truck crash, you may be reading this because you are searching for a good Fort Worth car accident lawyer. You need someone to help you recover your damages as quickly as possible so you can return to your old life. There are many personal injury attorneys here to choose from. How can you know who will do the best job and get you the compensation you want? Learning about their results and whether their clients were pleased are two of the best ways to decide.
We go above and beyond for our clientsBill Berenson only handles car, truck, tractor-trailer, motorcycle, and pedestrian crash cases. He has successfully practiced personal injury law in Fort Worth for the last 41 years. Here are just a few of his client's stories from the past few months.
SteveThis nice man who lives in south Tarrant County was driving last year for his job. Suddenly a large commercial vehicle crashed over the interstate's barrier. Steve (the names and reviews have been changed to protect the identities of our clients) slammed on his brakes. But he could not avoid hitting the trailer laying on its side. However, the police and eyewitnesses blamed another driver who had cut in front of the 18-wheeler. Steve's foot was badly injured and he had to have surgery. We jumped into action. We sent our accident reconstruction expert to the scene and conducted our own thorough investigation of the scene and the two vehicles and did other legal work. Last week Mr. Berenson attended mediation with Steve and made the insurance company pay a substantial amount (the amount is confidential at the request of the company's attorney). Our client will receive approximately $125,000 after medical and legal bills. This case just settled but Steve said he was working on a 5-star review.
SusanOur client was driving home when a vehicle crashed into her car. But hit-and-runs are rampant in North Texas and the other driver took off. Fortunately, another driver chased him down. But the police officer wrote down the wrong VIN number and it took a detailed investigation to learn who the real driver was. We got good news: the vehicle was owned by a company, which meant that it had higher insurance limits. Almost all crashes are caused by individuals who purchase the required coverage in the amount of $30,000 for anyone person they injure or kill. Even if the personal injury lawyer goes to trial and obtains a larger verdict, it is never paid by the at-fault driver over the amount of the insurance policy. Substantial payments to people injured in a car wreck are rare. Susan hurt her neck, back, and knee and had to undergo medical treatment, including several steroid injections, to alleviate her pain. We worked hard and obtained a recovery of $113,000, then cut her medical bills. After her expenses were deducted, Susan received $50,100 two weeks ago. We have included reviews from on and other sites from our clients.
"Very professional, helpful to any concerns. Helped me throughout the whole process. I will definitely recommend to family and friends. I wanted to thank Mr. Berenson for doing his best and help me get my treatment to get back on my feet."
Berenson Injury Law has filed a lawsuit against a Fort Worth business executive who was driving while incredibly intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was apparently more than three times the legal limit - at only 7:15 p.m. Our client will have to undergo surgery next week after suffering a great deal of pain for months. This collision also tragically took the life of another man. Berenson Injury Law will fight to get our client just compensation. We also will seek punitive damages to deter the executive and others from driving while intoxicated in North Texas.
Mr. Berenson is also a proud supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and its worthy goal of "No More Victims."
If you have been injured in a car, truck, 18-wheeler, motorcycle, or pedestrian crash caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another driver, contact Berenson Injury Law.
We must stop the driving while intoxicated epidemicThe previous attention to our DWI problem has been buried by the overwhelming number of deaths and injuries caused by COVID-19. However, according to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 24,618 drunk driving crashes last year in our state. Just here in Tarrant and Dallas Counties, DWIs sadly took the lives of 114 residents and injured 2,729 people.
Action we need to takeEvery driving collision is easily preventable. It cannot be dismissed as just a "car accident." It is an intentional crime. It is assault or manslaughter caused by a deadly weapon. While it is can be hard to avoid getting the virus if you are in a grocery store, it is easy to prevent a DWI: don't drink and drive. We strongly believe that intoxicated drivers must be held accountable and more strongly punished. The following actions could reduce the huge DWI problem we have. All drunk drivers need to
- be prosecuted, jailed, and fined,
- be sued in civil courts and forced to pay jury verdicts,
- have ignition locks placed on their vehicles and pass sobriety tests before they are allowed to drive - if they can even drive at all or at least be prevented from driving at night,
- have to undergo counseling,
- pay higher insurance premiums,
- meet the families of the victims and learn the pain and harm they have caused to the survivors,
- be named on web sites so that they will appear in public searches and others will know the crime they committed, and
- be required to perform public service, including cleaning up after car and truck wrecks.
We can help youBill Berenson has successfully received maximum amounts from drunk drivers over the past nearly 40 years from lawsuits and settlements. He recently obtained all available insurance proceeds in this case, including the liability limit for the drunk driver who had been excluded from the vehicle owner's substandard policy. His client received $88,000 from the total paid of $130,000. Our client was very happy with the results and kindly wrote this review on the AVVO legal website:
|Wanted to share my journey with Bill Berenson and staff. My husband was killed by a drunk driver December 7, 2019. I was devastated and not knowing what steps I need to take a friend of mine reached out to informed me of the urgency to find a lawyer. He did the research and referred Bill Berenson attorney injury lawyer to me who had great reviews and 5 stars. After meeting with Mr. Berenson and Mr. Stan I was convinced I did not need to look any further for a lawyer. I felt confident that he and his staff would work hard for me even though nothing would be able to bring my husband back. Mr. Berenson asked me to Trust him to handle my case knowing that I had so much to deal with. Mr. Berenson, Ms. Shannon, Ms. Jessica and Ms. Stan kept me informed every step of the way by calling, emails and text messages. Mr. Berenson displayed so much compassion and work diligently throughout the entire process. He remembered me by sending a beautiful cake for Christmas. I've received many calls from Ms. Shannon asking if there's anything she or the firm could do for me after the case was settled. Allow me to inject the drunk driver had no insurance but Mr. Berenson being the professional lawyer that he is work hard to get them to pay for damages. A special thank you to Mr. Berenson and staff for sticking by my side. If you need an Accident Injury Lawyer I highly recommend Bill Berenson of Fort Worth, TX|
Berenson Injury Law has successfully obtained all of the available insurance proceeds for a woman who hurt her hand in a Fort Worth car accident. We discuss our results here occasionally to give people who may be searching for a personal injury attorney to know the results we are capable of achieving.
Paula's storyPaula and her husband Jim (their names have been changed to protect their privacy) were driving home from church last summer. A woman failed to yield the right of way to them at an intersection. However, she claimed that Paula was at fault. Further, she said she was suffering from a heart ailment, as if that gave her the right to run the light. The damage to the two cars was relatively minor. Here is a photo of Paula's vehicle. But she had to be rushed to an emergency room due to the pain in her hand. Unfortunately, the airbag had hit it at a speed of about 200 mph. We have seen many injuries caused by them. When the other driver’s insurance company delayed Paula's claim, she knew that she needed to hire a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer. After a car or truck collision, the sooner that the injured person at least speaks to a board-certified personal injury lawyer to obtain advice (the first call is free), the better.
What we did to help our clientWe immediately obtained the police report, secured a witness statement (who knew them from church), got photographs, and obtained other evidence to win the liability case. This is essential since you want to be ready if and when the case is heard in court by a judge and jury. Yesterday, for example, we scoured two the scenes for evidence. In the first case, our clients' son perished on a motorcycle in Fort Worth when a truck driver failed to yield to him. In the second, another man who walking on the side of a highway in Weatherford was hit by a young pickup truck driver who left him for dead (that driver claimed he had hit a deer, but the body shop saw human hair and blood and called the police who arrested him). Both of these tragedies happened in the last few days. Timing is critical, as key evidence often disappears. We also worked with Paula's doctors to make sure she got the medical treatment and reports she needed. She unfortunately needed several surgeries to repair her wrist. We secured all of her records and bills and prepared for trial. We worked hard to make the two insurance companies pay the $100,000 maximum available on the other driver's policy plus the $102,500.00 available under our client's underinsured motorists and personal injury protection benefits. However, Paula's health insurance company demanded repayment since it was a self-funded ERISA plan. This is always a difficult fight -- and an excellent reason to hire an injury attorney since the money they can save you often easily pays their fee. But even though it was legally entitled to be paid in full and refused to reduce its balance, we forced it to reduce its subrogation lien by over $16,000.00. Paula received $87,000.00 after repaying the health insurance lien and legal fees. That is close to one-half of the total amount --an excellent result. And if she had not hired an injury lawyer, she probably would have received no money at all. Fortunately, Jim was not injured but we obtained him a small settlement for him as well.
Our clients' reviewThey were both thrilled with our work. Paula kindly wrote this review today when she came to our office to pick up her second settlement check:
“Mr. Berenson and the whole team were awesome! Mr. Berenson would call regularly to update us on progress and fill us in on any roadblocks. We had 3 different insurance companies involved and we would never have been able to navigate thru them without his help. We are very happy with the settlements he and his team reached and we highly recommend them if you find yourself in need of an injury attorney!”Jim said that Mr. Berenson "was better than Perry Mason!" For those of you who are too young to remember, this phenomenal lawyer always won his cases -- usually in a dramatic scene when he forced the person testifying to admit that they were lying. He is one of the reasons that Mr. Berenson and plenty of other lawyers who grew up in the 60's became attorneys.
We can help youHere is more information about verdicts and settlements we have obtained recently:
- $788,000 recovered in last 8 days
- $1.5 million recovered in August
- $950,000 recovered for North Texas couple
Here's another thing out of control: Texas car accident deathsWe reached a sad new milestone yesterday: one or more Texas car accident deaths have happened every day for the past 20 years. During that time, over 70,000 innocent lives have been taken due to fatal collisions. That would almost fill up the AT&T Stadium for a Cowboys game last year. We are #1 in the country in this dismal statistic, even though California has 10 million more people. The head of the Texas Transportation Commission said that 90% of Texas car accident deaths were preventable. But she noted that we were "numb" to the carnage and took it for granted. That should not be happening. To combat this problem, the Texas Department of Transportation has started a campaign to #EndTheStreakTx. It has encouraged a grassroots movement to stop or at least curb the number of Texas car accident deaths. If you don't think this is a serious issue, consider what just happened here.
Seven Die in Fort Worth car wrecks -- just on Friday morningTraffic on our North Texas roads is back to normal, so bad drivers have returned with a vengeance. Here we all are, stuck in the middle of a grim pandemic with a lot of people still unemployed and staying home. But some can't even obey basic traffic laws designed to keep us all safe. Friday morning was an especially deadly time to be driving. There were four separate Fort Worth speeding accidents over a three hour period that killed seven people. That is shocking. We wanted to focus on one of these crashes that was especially devastating. Meg and Ben Arbour, who were both 39, were almost back to their home in far south Fort Worth when two cars racing on West Risinger Road near Hulen crashed into them. One of the racers then hit a wall and flipped over. The Arbours and that driver, who was 19, died at the scene. The Arbours were a wonderful couple. Graduates of Texas A&M University, they were very involved with their church and Christian causes. Ben held a Ph.D. degree from the University of Bristol in England, worked at Sewell Lexus, and was a professor of philosophy at Weatherford College. And to make this story even more heart-breaking, they were the parents of four beautiful children who range in age from 10 to 16. We extend our sincere condolences to their children and family. May God bless, comfort and sustain you. We made a donation to their GoFundMe account and ask others to consider doing so. The hit-and-run driver is at large. Hit-and-runs are another big problem here in North Texas that must be stopped by criminal and civil means. We support the Fort Worth Police Department's effort to to find this killer and file vehicular manslaughter charges immediately. Anyone who has knowledge of his identity should call them at 817-393-4885. Further, area residents have started an online petition to stop street racing on Risinger Road. They demand more four-way stops, stop lights, flashing lights, lit pedestrian crossings, speed bumps, and police patrols. Please sign and share it. We call on the city to make these necessary changes so that we don't have any more street-racing crashes there -- or anywhere else.
Speeding is a huge problem on Texas roadsThe two top causes of Texas car accident deaths involve speeding. Our state suffered almost 48,000 vehicle wrecks caused by speeding in 2019. That's 130 a day. READ: Car crash epidemic has to be stopped It is obvious that the faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the chance that it will cause serious injury or death. Due to their extreme force, speeding drivers cause up to 30% of all fatalities in Texas. And in the above tragedy, street racers often drive at speeds up to 100 miles an hour -- in residential zones with 35 to 40 mile per hour limits. And you see reckless drivers screaming by cars which are already doing 70 on our interstates. We have just been hired on a case where a man was passed by two street racing vehicles who must have been going over 100 miles and was in a major crash. While street racing is illegal, it is hard to stop. The criminal justice system attempts to do so by assessing long jail terms for second degree felonies and huge fines. The civil justice system, which is our side of the docket, also can exact a substantial punishment with substantial verdicts awarded. But we have way too many drivers who seem to think they are trying to win a race at the Texas Motor Speedway. By exceeding the speed limit, often while looking at their cell phone or being inebriated or high, they turn their vehicles into deadly weapons. The resulting collision is violent and almost guaranteed to lead to serious injuries or even deaths.
How a personal injury lawyer proves speeding to win your caseSpeeding is the number one cause of wrecks. Sometimes it is obvious or the at-fault driver admits he was going too fast. But at other times, it can be difficult to prove. Police officers rarely, if ever, personally witness a crash. When they arrive at the scene, hopefully they can determine that the other driver's negligence caused the collision and issue a citation. However, there is no law in Texas that prescribes speed limits. Instead, the Transportation Code merely discusses maximum speed requirements in Section 545.351. And subpart (b) weakly states the obvious: the operator shall control the speed of their vehicle as necessary to avoid a collision and to use due care. This allows a reckless driver a lot of wiggle room in court about whether their speed was reasonable. Here is a truck from a recent crash that killed one person and seriously injured our client and several others. We worked the case immediately - the two photos below are from the scene about 100 miles from Fort Worth - and obtained the full insurance company policy limit ($100,000 with our client netting $62,500). We are now going to file suit and attempt to get additional compensation.
Other ways to determine speedThe injury attorney and accident reconstruction expert, depending on the case, can use a combination of the following:
- interviews with drivers and eyewitnesses;
- photographs of the vehicles and analysis by an expert;
- photographs of the scene, including skid marks, yaw marks, and crash debris patterns;
- dash cam and area surveillance videos;
- downloads of the vehicle event data recorders;
- speed/reaction/stopping distance calculations; and
- aerial photography
Texas needs to increase law enforcement to save livesMost states have cracked down on speeders. We need to do more. Most other states heavily rely on points systems and quickly suspend and revoke driver's licenses for speeding offenses. We don't. Most other states have more police officers and cameras recording speed. We need more. According to a shocking study by Wallet Hub, these are the states and the District of Columbia ranked from strictest in law enforcement for reckless and speeding drivers (Delaware) to the least strict (care to guess?).
|Overall Rank (1=Strictest)||State||Overall Score||Reckless Penalties Rank||Speeding Enforcement Rank|
|T - 3||Arizona||17.00||7||2|
|T - 3||New Mexico||17.00||7||2|
|T - 8||Illinois||14.00||16||4|
|T - 8||Virginia||14.00||25||1|
|T - 8||Alabama||14.00||7||19|
|T - 8||Washington||14.00||12||8|
|T - 13||West Virginia||12.50||5||36|
|T - 13||Maryland||12.50||25||5|
|T - 17||Wyoming||11.00||11||32|
|T - 17||Vermont||11.00||12||29|
|T - 17||Georgia||11.00||25||17|
|T - 20||District Of Columbia||10.50||34||11|
|T - 20||New York||10.50||41||5|
|T - 20||Florida||10.50||34||11|
|T - 20||Rhode Island||10.50||25||19|
|T - 24||Hawaii||10.00||25||23|
|T - 24||Alaska||10.00||16||29|
|T - 24||Louisiana||10.00||40||11|
|T - 24||Maine||10.00||16||29|
|T - 29||Missouri||8.50||41||19|
|T - 29||Tennessee||8.50||41||19|
|T - 29||Pennsylvania||8.50||45||11|
|T - 29||South Dakota||8.50||16||40|
|T - 29||Utah||8.50||25||32|
|T - 34||Indiana||8.00||41||23|
|T - 34||Connecticut||8.00||25||36|
|T - 34||Minnesota||8.00||25||36|
|T - 34||Nevada||8.00||22||40|
|T - 34||North Dakota||8.00||22||40|
|T - 39||Massachusetts||7.00||34||36|
|T - 39||New Hampshire||7.00||16||49|
|T - 39||Michigan||7.00||16||49|
|T - 39||Wisconsin||7.00||45||23|
|T - 43||Kentucky||6.50||45||26|
|T - 43||Montana||6.50||33||45|
|T - 43||Ohio||6.50||45||26|
|T - 43||South Carolina||6.50||45||26|
|T - 47||Nebraska||6.00||34||45|
|T - 47||New Jersey||6.00||34||45|
|T - 49||Oklahoma||5.50||34||48|
|T - 49||Mississippi||5.50||45||32|
Most other states heavily fine speeders. We don't. The maximum ticket in Texas is about $300.00 but in Oregon, it is $6,250.00. Mr. Berenson related that he and his wife were traveling in Oregon years ago and were pulled over. The officer announced that the ticket was going to cost them $750.00. He nicely let them off with a warning. Fort Worth has a good aspirational goal, but we need solid results. Fort Worth adopts Vision Zero to reduce Fort Worth car crash deaths
The above measures would help reduce Texas car accident deaths. We wanted to publicize this urgent cause. One life lost is one too many.
$202,500 (the limits of three insurance policies) - to a woman driving to work in Fort Worth who fractured her wrist and had several surgeries. Her medical bills were paid by her health insurance at a much lower rate. We are fighting to get its subrogation lien reduced. Her estimated net recovery is $85,000.$180,000 - to two women and their three children who were in a low-impact collision caused by an 18-wheeler last summer in Fort Worth. Injuries to their necks and backs were fairly minor; an infant had no injuries. The net recovery, after we forced their auto liability company to waive its right to be repaid for the Medical Payments it paid out, was $120,000.
$167,500 (the limits of two policies) - to a husband and wife driving in North Richland Hills two years ago when a woman in a car hit their SUV. He had to have cervical surgery and she had to have a hernia repaired. We made all available insurance companies pay the maximum amount available. They had health insurance which paid their medical bills so they netted $108,100. $100,000 (the limits of two policies) - to the mother of a man who tragically died as he was riding his motorcycle and was hit by a drunk driver last month. The net recovery is $73,750.$50,000 (the policy limit except for $10,000 paid to two other injured people) - to a father, mother, and their son with neck and back injuries after a multi-vehicle collision in Granbury. We are now fighting their insurance company for additional money. Their net recovery to date is $21,000. $30,000 (the policy limit) - to a woman hit by a driver who failed to yield the right of way in Fort Worth with neck and back injuries. This was not easy since the other driver had a policy with a substandard insurance company. She has received $14,600 and there will be additional money paid from an underinsured motorist policy. $30,000 (the policy limit) - to a woman in Keller with multiple injuries who will net approximately $10,000. $28,000 - to a man near Granbury with back problems who will receive $13,300. These numbers show how much our clients receive after payment of medical bills, attorney's fees, and records charges. There is no one mega case here with a horrendous injury/death and a multi-million dollar commercial insurance policy. We are working on many more settlements and going to court to get jury verdicts on others. Mr. Berenson is finalizing a case involving a child tomorrow morning in court (via Zoom). As you can see, we are very busy fighting for our clients. And we focus on doing the hard work of getting our clients the biggest awards and highest percentage of the settlement, not simply accepting the first offer that is made. We never pay medical bills and health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid liens in full. The client would get little, if any, money that way. We operate under the Golden Rule. We always want our clients to feel like they were treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
How to hire good personal injury lawyer
A car or truck collision can be life-changing. If you try to take on the negligent driver's insurance company on your own, you will not know where to start. There are many questions you will not have answers to. For exampleThis is not a DIY project you can figure out from watching a YouTube video or My Cousin Vinny.
- Who should you contact?
- What should you say and not say?
- Should you give them a recorded statement when they ask (which they will)? What should you say?
- How will you investigate the crash?
- Do you know how to get the police report and speak to the officer?
- How to you preserve testimony from eyewitnesses? Take photographs and secure surveillance and dash cam videos?
- Which hospital, doctor, and therapy should you go to?
- How will you get your medical bills and lost wages paid?
- Which bills have to be paid immediately?
- How much money is available?
- How much is your case worth?
- How do you make a demand?
- Should you file a lawsuit immediately?
- How long do you have to file suit?
- Which court and county should you file in?
- How do you file documents electronically?
- How do develop the case up for trial?
- How do you try a case?
- How do you handle an appeal?
That is why you should, at the very least, talk to a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer. The first consultation is free and he or she does not get paid until you get paid, so that's a win-win for you. He or she is a licensed professional who represents injured people for a living. While this is probably your first rodeo, they do this 24/7. The attorney knows what to do to help you navigate a complicated process. They will answer your questions and explain how the intricate legal/insurance/medical/financial process works.
Why you should hire a car accident attorney
You should consider hiring one, especially in certain cases. They have the knowledge you need to get the right medical treatment, get your medical bills paid, and get back to the life you led before the crash. They know that this is a very difficult time in your life, made more difficult due to Covid-19. The personal injury lawyer will work insurance companies to find out how much coverage exists and then pursue these funds. They will also work with any and all health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, workers compensation, or other sources of payment to see if these bills can be paid by third parties. They will do an asset, background, and/or criminal investigation into the other driver and their company (if they were driving on the job). The car wreck lawyer will research and use the law and regulations that help your case. Finally, they will negotiate the best possible settlement or take your case to court and fight to get you a good verdict from a jury.On the other side, the insurance company is not going to roll over and play dead. They employ skilled, well-trained adjusters and attorneys whose sole jobs are to make money for the company by denying or delaying claim processing, making low-ball (if any) offers, and defending their insured driver in court. We hear often by people who tried to handle the case themselves first that they were shocked that "the other company was not being fair." No, they never are. The only thing that will make the insurance company act reasonable is for you to handle the best personal injury lawyer you can find.
They and their staff will be your confidante, sounding board, friend, and what we used to have here in Fort Worth, gunslinger.
How to hire the best Fort Worth injury lawyerWho you hire will make a big difference in the outcome of your case. We have many good personal injury attorneys in North Texas. Mr. Berenson is not the only one. So compare the top injury lawyers you see online. Make sure that they have the following qualities at a bare minimum:
- Many years of experience - of course, the more, the better;
- Board certification in personal injury law;
- Hundreds of 5-star reviews;
- Good results (which is why we post some of ours here); and
- Is not a mass marketer on TV, radio, or the internet.
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If you have unfortunately been injured in a Fort Worth car accident, this is probably the first time you have had to deal with the personal injury claims process. So you have questions about your legal rights and how a personal injury lawyer can help you. In my 40 years specializing in personal injury law, the question I get asked the most is how much money do you think I will receive after my medical bills are paid? It's a great question. I have discussed this on my web site and blog posts, in a book and seminars I have written and taught to injury attorneys.
How to calculate how much money you might receive from a Fort Worth car accidentSince every car and truck wreck is different, there is no way to state one answer. The real answer can only be learned after the injured person files a lawsuit and a jury returns a verdict for his or her damages (but even then, the verdict can be and often is appealed to a higher court). As a result, there is no one-size-fits-all formula that injury lawyers and insurance claims adjusters and their attorneys use. It is true that many years ago, some cases were sometimes resolved by the "three times medical bills" calculation, but that hasn't been used in a long time. That is because someone who only had a mild neck strain could see a chiropractor 50 times and have a $10,000 medical bill, then claim his fender-bender was automatically worth $30,000. However no insurance company adjuster would begin to pay that inflated amount, especially now. Furthermore, the online calculators designed to get you to hire the law firm that publish them to lure you into hiring it are inaccurate. Take a look at the photograph above from a Fort Worth car accident I recently settled for a large amount of money. Just looking at the picture, it is not clear how badly the occupants were hurt. We have seen serious looking crashes where people only suffered relatively minor injuries, as well as the complete opposite happening, especially with all the pickup trucks and SUVs on the road. A good personal injury attorney is skilled at investigating the collision, dealing with insurance companies and medical providers, obtaining critical evidence, developing the case for trial, and knowing how the value of one case can be substantially more or less than another one. As the file develops and the facts become clearer, the car accident lawyer will have the information needed to more accurately estimate a range of settlement values, say from $20,000 to $25,000, then do his best to get more than that. Negotiations can be complicated. Each side uses different variables and can reach different numbers as they estimate what a jury might decide.
What affects the value of a Fort Worth car accident?We look at approximately 62 variables before we can accurate estimate a range of a case's value in court, but the four primary ones are
- how serious the crash looks;
- how seriously injured the person was;
- how much his reasonable medical bills were; and
- how much insurance is available and which carriers are involved.
Fort Worth car accident claim by typeThese are estimates of what various kinds of crashes might be worth, depending on the variables mentioned above:
- Drunk driving accidents – Despite the well-known dangers of driving while intoxicated, some motorists still get behind the wheel after drinking too much. Fort Worth DWI accidents frequently settle for the drunk driver's insurance policy limits which are usually $30,000 (although we are working on one now with a $1 million policy) to $100,000. This depends on the severity of the accident victim’s injuries, how elevated the drunk's blood alcohol content was, the amount of insurance, and if an alcohol-provider like a bar or store is involved.
- T-bone accidents – T-bone or sideswipe accidents are often the result of distracted driving. These accidents frequently occur at high speeds and often cause serious injuries. Fort Worth sideswipe accidents can settle in the range of $20,000 or more, depending on the above variables.
- Rear-end accidents – Rear-end accidents are extremely common, again due to the prevalence of cell phone use while driving, and vary widely. Depending on the severity of an accident victim’s injuries, these cases may settle for anywhere between $15,000 and $30,000 and even more, depending on the amount of available insurance or whether a company owned the vehicle.
- Hit-and-Run accidents – While many assume that there is no way to recover financially after a Fort Worth hit-and-run accident, that is not necessarily the case. Hit-and-run accident cases tend to settle for $30,000, depending on the seriousness of the injuries and whether that driver is apprehended or whether you file on your own policy's uninsured motorists benefits.
- Motorcycle accidents – Fort Worth motorcycle accidents often result in serious, life-changing injuries. Typical motorcycle accident settlements can range from $30,000 to $100,000.
- Truck accidents – Accidents involving large commercial trucks tend to be some of the most serious accidents due to the trucks' size and weight and the speed at which these accidents often occur. On average, Fort Worth truck accident cases settle for between $100,000 and $200,000, depending on the facts, but we have handled cases where the final total recovery is in the millions.