According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one person was injured on the road every two minutes in 2021. Were you injured in a Texas car accident? Dibrell Graham Law is here to help. Our skilled attorney understands the emotional and physical consequences of a vehicle collision. We know how difficult this situation is for you and your loved ones and want to do everything we can to ensure that you are taken care of and compensated to the greatest extent possible.
Call Dibrell Graham Law today at (512) 522-5330 to learn about your rights and options. Our knowledgeable injury attorney is here to answer your questions and go over the next steps.
Determining fault after a car accident
At Dibrell Graham Law, we know how terrifying and disorienting a car crash can be, so we use all of our resources, knowledge, and expertise to help ensure that our clients are fairly compensated. We begin with a thorough and comprehensive investigation into your accident. We’ll visit the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, review and assess photographs and video footage, consult with accident reconstruction experts, and obtain police reports to help us survey the damage and build you the strongest case possible.
Our detailed investigation will give us an edge in terms of demonstrating fault, which is key in negotiation.
Common causes of car accidents
Negligent or reckless driving is the most common cause of any car accident. However, accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons that include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Failing to yield to the right of way
- Running stop signs and stop lights
- Wrong-way driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Potholes and poor road conditions
- Tire blowouts
Even if you don’t know the exact cause of your crash, our lawyers will undertake an in-depth investigation to determine what happened and why. All of the evidence we gather will help us prove the other party’s fault and get you the compensation you deserve.
What to do after a car accident
At Dibrell Graham Law, we have years of experience handling car accident claims. We understand that immediately after a crash, the last thing you’ll be thinking about will be the steps recommended to ensure that you’ll be able to obtain fair compensation. However, this small checklist can make all the difference when developing your case:
- Call 911 to make sure a police officer arrives at the scene of the accident
- Before moving any vehicles, take photos and videos with your phone; the more documentation, the better
- Record the conversation with the adverse driver and any witnesses and save it to the cloud
- Get the other driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information
- Record witnesses’ names and contact information
- Notify your own insurance company of the accident and keep a record of that call
- Never speak to the other driver’s insurance company before hiring a lawyer
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Hire an accident lawyer as soon as you can
If you are injured or in such a state of shock that you forget to take these precautions, don’t worry. The right attorney will conduct a strong enough investigation to collect any missed information. That’s one of the reasons why hiring an experienced attorney is paramount to a successful case.
Costs of a car accident
A car accident can come with many unforeseen expenses, especially if a severe injury is involved. Damages are divided into three major categories:
Pecuniary damages can be measured financially. This type of compensation includes medical expenses and the cost of treatment, the cost of repair and replacement of the vehicle, (this also includes anything of value that was in the car and lost or damaged during the accident), lost wages from the time taken off after the accident, and the cost of any long-term care including physical therapy and rehabilitation services.
Non-pecuniary damages are damages that cannot be measured financially. A good lawyer will be able to prove damages that are not associated with a cost. Emotional distress and PTSD, undue stress on personal relationships, pain and suffering experienced after the crash, and future loss of potential wages if the victim has to find a job in a new field all fall under the category of non-pecuniary damages.
Special damages can be measured monetarily but are in addition to whatever pecuniary damages were already calculated. Special damages include things like transportation while the car is being repaired, bonuses and perks missed while taking time off from work, and the cost of lower earning potential if the injured party must find a new job.
We will gather evidence
Once our attorney is handling your case, we’ll conduct an expert investigation and gather a range of evidence to support your case. Some of the evidence we’ll collect is as follows:
- The police report
- Your statement
- Eyewitness statements
- Video of the crash from nearby surveillance cameras or dash cams
- Photos of the crash
- Documentation related to the driver, vehicle, or incident
- Expert witness testimony
- Your medical records
- Open records information such as an officer’s body cam/vehicle dash cam.
Our team will gather a wide range of evidence in the days and weeks after the accident. However, once a personal injury lawsuit is filed, it opens up the discovery process and allows us to collect even more evidence. Once your suit is filed, we will be able to focus on the other party and request documentation and evidence from them.
Fault and liability may be different, depending on the case at hand. In some cases, the at-fault party is not the same as the party who is liable. The person at fault is always the individual who caused the crash. Liability is connected to the party legally responsible for compensating you for your injuries. When an at-fault driver is driving as an employee, their employer is often held liable.
Dibrell Graham Law can help
We know car accidents can be stressful. At Dibrell Graham Law, we aim to make the road to compensation and recovery as seamless as possible. Call Dibrell Graham Law today to speak to an attorney who will work to win your case! Call us at (512) 522-5330 or contact us online.