If you saw some of the headlines in the Fort Worth Star Telegram — just from today — you know just how dangerous our roads are here in Tarrant County:
* Benbrook Man Dies In Rollover Wreck
* 3 Killed in Two Wrecks Involving Motorcycles
* Fort Worth Police Looking For Driver of Black Mercedes Involved In Hit-And-Run
* Man, 57, Dies After Car Hits Pole In Hurst
* Passenger Killed In Three Vehicle Collision Identified
* Cyclist Fatally Struck Near Arlington School
Unfortunately there is a chance that you will be injured in a motor vehicle collision here in North Texas. There were 23,433 crashes just in Tarrant County in 2011 which seriously injured 5,721 people and caused fatalities to 148 people.
I hope that you haven’t been in a motor vehicle collision, but if you have, you owe it to yourself to hire the best personal injury attorney that you can find, just like you deserve the best medical care, or the best of anything.
Why? While you may assume that the other person will tell the truth about how his negligent driving caused the wreck and that his insurance company will treat you fairly, I have seen that that rarely happens. Insurance companies make vast profits by paying as little as they can on claims.
On your own, you don’t have any idea on how to proceed. You’re not a professional adjuster or attorney. The process is confusing. You have questions that need answers, ones like:
■ How much money can I recover for my injuries? My vehicle damage?
■ Will the other driver’s insurance company pay my medical bills?
■ What if I have a permanent injury?
■ Which doctor(s) can help me recover from my injuries?
■ Am I entitled to a rental car?
■ What is PIP and Med Pay?
■ If my health insurance pays for my bills, do I have to pay it back?
■ What is UM or UIM? Can they be stacked?
■ Should I sue the other driver? His insurance company? Any one else?
■ Do I have to pay income tax on my recovery?
An experienced personal injury lawyer will answer all of these questions — and more. He knows how to investigate your case, negotiate with the insurance companies, and take your case to trial if necessary. A lawyer is in the best position to help you obtain the most favorable settlement that, even with the attorney fee deducted, significantly exceeds what you can obtain on your own. And a good accident lawyer’s fee is almost always built into the settlement proposal, so it is virtually free.
I was hired yesterday after a woman had been trying to handle her collision case herself but got mad when the adjuster kept taking unfair advantage of her.
Please contact my office if you have any questions about your injury claim. I can help.