Dedicated Texas Car Accident Lawyers Fight for Your Rights
Attentive advocacy for those injured in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin car wrecks
People are spending more time in cars than ever before, for both work and pleasure. Driving has become more dangerous over time, as we have seen an increase in the number of fatal crashes in proportion to miles on the road. Safety advocates link these troubling statistics to a combination of distracted driving, speeding, driver inattention, and drunk driving.
When you or a loved one are injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, it is essential you have experienced legal representation on your side. At Slack Davis Sanger, our attorneys know how to put together a strong case on your behalf. Our track record of success speaks for itself, but we invite you to contact us and let us show you what we can do for you. When another person’s negligence alters the rest of your life, we can help.
“Slack Davis Sanger came highly recommended to me by a colleague. From my first meeting with Mike Davis, I knew my sisters and I had made the right choice. Slack Davis Sanger managed all of the details and people day-to-day…This firm delivered – and more.”- Kyle Smith, Client
How often do car crashes occur in Texas?
A look at statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) shows that taking to our state’s roads and highways is risky. In fact, in 2020, vehicle crashes killed one person every two hours and 15 minutes. One person suffered injury every two minutes and 34 seconds, and a vehicle wreck happened every minute and seven seconds.
Broken down into specific numbers, this included 3,896 fatalities (a 7.5 percent increase from 2019) and 205,498 injuries. The Texas DOT also noted that, in 2020, there was a roadway-related fatality every single day.
What are common causes of car accidents?
Although it may seem like car crashes can happen at any time for any reason, driver negligence does play a large part in many motor vehicle wrecks. Examples of negligence or even outright recklessness include:
Distracted driving. Driving while distracted means doing anything that takes the driver’s mind off the task of driving. This can include manual, visual, or cognitive distractions. The most common example of distracted driving is texting, but it can also include activities behind the wheel like eating, grooming, engaging in conversation, or using a cellphone. Rubbernecking at a nearby collision or roadside distractions can also cause a driver to lose attention and cause a crash.
Driving while fatigued. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk. The CDC reports that being awake for 18 hours and getting behind the wheel is similar to having a BAC of 0.05 percent, and drowsiness can increase the effects of alcohol. Commercial truck drivers are at an increased risk of fatigued driving.
Driving under the influence. Impaired driving kills 29 Americans every day. Driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is both illegal and dangerous, and it causes thousands of accidents and injuries every year. Alcohol and drugs can affect a driver’s coordination, decision-making abilities, and reflexes, greatly increasing their risk of causing a crash.
Speeding and reckless driving. Drivers may exceed the speed limit for a variety of reasons – maybe they are late for work, thrill-seeking, racing, or impaired. No matter what the reason, speeding also increases the chance for a serious collision, as it reduces the time a driver has to react or stop in an emergency. High speeds also cause a more severe impact upon collision, causing major physical trauma.
Injuries from car wrecks can range from serious to catastrophic. The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger will determine the extent of your injuries – not just today, but how they will affect you in the future – when building your case and the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
What are common injuries from car wrecks?
After an auto accident, it is crucial to get immediate medical attention; not only for your health and safety, but to document your physical injuries. Common serious and life-threatening injuries from car crashes include severe burn injuries, loss of limb, internal injuries and organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement and scarring, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Any of these injuries can cause temporary, long-lasting, or permanent disability. When the victim is a child, the risk of permanent disability may be even greater. The injury attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger investigate every detail of your accident to find out exactly how it happened and who (or what) was responsible. Then, we hold them accountable for your injuries and suffering.
Who is liable for my car accident?
The key to a successful outcome for any car crash injury case is determining fault. In some cases (for example, drunk driving), fault may be obvious. In others – such as those involving company vehicles, autonomous vehicles or vehicles with self-driving features like Tesla’s autopilot – it may be more complicated, which is where a skilled legal team comes in.
Our attorneys work to establish liability and fault. We collect evidence to support your case, which can include things like police records, photographs from the scene of the crash, accident reconstruction expert reports, witness statements, and your medical documents.
In some cases, there may be multiple liable parties. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, other responsible parties could include the owner of the vehicle, the car manufacturer, a rideshare company like Uber, or the government entity in charge of maintaining the roadway. The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger know how to hold the right people responsible.
What is my Texas car crash injury claim worth?
The exact value of any case hinges on the severity of your injuries, and the facts of your accident. However, when we take your claim, we consider every detail. When determining the value of your injury case, we ask questions like:
Have you lost time from work recovering from your injuries? Will you be able to earn income in the future? How much medical debt have you incurred? Will you need future and ongoing medical treatment? Are you likely to fully recover from your injuries? What is the full scope of your pain and suffering?
Our attorneys can also file a wrongful death claim on your behalf if your loved one lost their life, which can also provide compensation for funeral and burial expenses. Most importantly, our goal is to ensure you secure the fair amount of compensation to which you are entitled. We will take on the insurance company and all necessary parties on your behalf, and we are not afraid to go to trial to get you the justice you deserve.
How can a car wreck attorney help me?
At Slack Davis Sanger, we handle the legal formalities while you recover from your injuries. We work to secure financial compensation for your losses and damages – medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We tap into our vast network of resources to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Our legal team dedicates themselves to your case, including:
Working with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, which means opening the lines of communication and dealing with their insurance adjuster on your behalf.
Collecting evidence of negligence and liability, which can entail launching an independent investigation as well as analyzing existing police reports and other evidence pertaining to your accident.
Demonstrating injuries and damages, which we can assess through expert medical testimony and your medical records. We can show both how the accident is currently affecting your health and how it will affect your life in the future.
Negotiating a settlement, whether in or out of court. We understand that you need financial compensation as soon as possible, but we will never accept a lowball settlement in the interest of quick resolution. We prepare every case as if it is going to trial to achieve maximum value for your claim.
Look to trusted Texas car crash lawyers when you’re in an accident
The injury attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger offer honest and compassionate legal representation for victims of auto accidents throughout the state. Our unparalleled experience in accident litigation makes us the right choice when you need help securing compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 800-455-8686 or fill out our contact form.