Fort Worth Car Accident Lawyer
Providing Dedicated Representation to Crash Victims Since 1976
Car accidents often result in extremely
serious injuries that range from broken bones and loss of limbs to back injuries and disfigurement.
Victims of car wrecks usually end up facing significant medical bills,
severe pain, and the inability to work for an extended period of time.
In extreme cases, these accidents result in
If you experienced an injury because of a negligent driver, you may be
entitled to legal compensation. While some
personal injury victims choose to represent themselves,
having an experienced Fort Worth car accident attorney represent you can
make a big difference in the amount of compensation you recover.
Contact us 24/7 at (817) 591-4222 or
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to schedule a FREE consultation!
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Why Hire Us?
At the Law Office of James M. Stanley, our team can fight to obtain maximum
compensation possible on your behalf. We approach every case with comprehensive
investigations and diligent preparation.
No matter how your accident was caused or who was involved,
we will not stop until we identify all responsible parties. In every single case we take on,
we always prepare as if we are going to trial. This sends a message to the insurance companies that we are serious about
We can help you craft the most compelling case by:
- Reviewing police reports
- Reviewing medical records of the treatment you received
- Interviewing witnesses
- Accessing traffic camera footage
- Investigating the history of the other driver
- Reviewing cell phone records
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Lawsuits in TX
All states have limits on the amount of time you have to take legal action
after being harmed by another party. This is commonly referrred to as
a "statute of limitations" which sets a hard deadline on all
personal injury claims, including those related to car accidents. This
helps make sure important evidence doesn’t get lost, and that any
witnesses who are called to testify are recalling recent memories.
In Texas, you have
two years to file a lawsuit against the person or party responsible for your car
accident in pursuit of compensation. If you do not file a claim before
the statute of limitations period expires, you lose your fight to seek
legal action. Since the statute of limitations can essentially make or
break your case, it is important to act quickly after a crash and retain
powerful legal representation to ensure you are compliant with all applicable
How Much is Your Car Accident Case Worth?
Every car accident is different, therefore every car accident will have
a different value. There are no hard and fast rules which dictate how
much an insurance settlement will be or how much a jury will award. The
value of your case will ultimately depend on the strength of your case
and the specific circumstances of your injuries. It is important to consult
with a Fort Worth car accident attorney to get a more accurate representation
of your eligible compensation.
Factors which may influence your case's value include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of your medical treatments
- The amount of wages and income your injuries have caused you to lose
- The amount of evidence and documentation proving the cause of the accident
- The strength of your legal representation
Is Texas a No-Fault State?
not a “no-fault” state for car insurance. On the contrary, it
is considered an “at fault” or “comparative fault”
state, which means that insurance companies will evaluate fault in an
accident before providing coverage and the “at-fault” drivers’
insurers will cover any damages.
In other states, “no-fault” coverage allows insurers to provide
coverage to their respective parties, no matter who is at fault.
Because they will be expected to cover the damages of any accident they
cause, Texas drivers are required to carry these
- $25,000 for property damage
- $30,000 per person for bodily injury
- $60,000 per accident for bodily injury
If you carry insurance in Texas, your policy will pay for the other party’s
medical bills and property damage any time an accident is your fault.
Similarly, if the other party causes a collision, their insurer will pay
for your lost property and medical treatments.
Sometimes, fault is split into percentages. A 50% fault accident is considered
a “no-fault” accident and each party’s insurer will
take care of them privately. If someone else is 100% at-fault for your
accident, you will be able to collect 100% of the insurance payout, but
if they are only 75% at fault, your payout may be reduced.
Many drivers prefer to pay for additional coverage, so they are fully covered
in the event of an accident. One example of additional coverage is insurance
for uninsured or underinsured drivers. When you carry this coverage, your
insurer may be able to make up for whatever another party’s insurance
policy cannot cover.
If you need help dealing with insurance companies, our firm is here to help!
Modified Comparative Negligence
Breaking fault down into percentages, as we’ve discussed above, creates
a unique system of
negligence in Texas. Even if someone else behaved carelessly, your actions can be
brought into question if they weren’t 100% by the book.
For instance, if someone else was texting while driving, but you made an
unsafe lane change, your lane change might be used against you when determining
negligence, even though the other driver’s behavior was the primary
cause of the accident.
We call this section of Texas law “comparative negligence”
or “proportionate responsibility.”
Unfortunately, comparative negligence can affect your settlement. With
the help of our attorneys, however, you may be able to securely and fully
establish the other party’s responsibility.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
Whatever you do,
do not accept the first offer from an insurance company without consulting an
Insurance companies try to limit how much they payout, which can result in an offer that does not adequately cover your injuries.
With experienced legal counsel by your side, you can be confident in receiving
your fair share of compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and damages
to your property.
Some things you should be aware of when dealing with insurance companies
after a car accident:
- Insurance adjusters are trained negotiators, first and foremost. While
they may seem friendly and helpful, they never forget that they are primarily
concerned with protecting the interests of the insurance company.
- Insurance companies are not obligated to treat you fairly or promptly.
Even if you and the other driver cooperate fully, they may still deny
- Do not be surprised if the insurer asserts you are exaggerating your injuries
or claims they are part of a pre-existing condition. Always keep copies
of medical records pertaining to your treatment as evidence.
- Anything you say to an insurance adjuster can and will be used against
you. Be mindful of what you say.
- If you do not accept the insurance company's first offer, they may
begin to ignore you or intentionally delay your claim. Hiring an attorney
is the best way to keep your claim on track.
Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Once you accept an insurance settlement it is usually difficult to recover
more compensation, since most settlements specifically state that the
amount agreed upon will be the only money paid to the injured party. If
you have already signed an agreement, however, you may still have options.
Call an attorney at our firm today to learn about what next steps you can take.
Car Accident Cases We Handle
There are a number of negligent and reckless actions that can cause a car
crash. Our firm has handled many different cases involving:
No matter what caused your accident, or what types of vehicles were involved,
we want to discuss your options to see if we can help you recover the
compensation you are owed!
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When you need effective and compassionate guidance, you can count on the
Law Office of James M. Stanley. Even though car wrecks are common,
the injuries you sustained should not be taken lightly. Secure legal representation from an experienced Fort Worth car accident
To learn more about how we can help you fight for maximum compensation, contact our office
today at (817) 591-4222! consultations are free!