A Car Accident Lawyer Can Ensure You Receive Proper Compensation

From medical bills to lost income, a car accident can create a financial hardship for victims. That is why you should seek the help of a car accident lawyer who understands the variables that can affect the outcome of a case. If you are an accident victim, do not forego your right to legal representation. For over 40 years, Roger "Rocky" Walton and his team in Arlington, TX, have been helping car accident victims receive compensation to cover their damages. We seek maximum recovery to compensate you for every damage you have suffered. Schedule a free consultation online or call (817) 429-4299 to learn more.

Steps to Take Following a Car Accident

Taking action after a car accident helps preserve important evidence so your case can be properly presented. But you have to be careful to take the right steps so the integrity of your case is not compromised. Here are some tips to keep in mind, and if you are able, to do immediately after a car accident:

  • Call for medical attention for injured parties.
  • Get the names and contact information for all other drivers, and for any witnesses.
  • Take photos of your injuries, both personal and any damage to your property.
  • Make a note of the insurance company and agent for the other driver.
  • Write down the officer’s name and badge number so you can get a copy of the police report.
  • Record details of the accident, such as the date and time, weather conditions, and where the accident happened.

One thing not to do is admit fault. You will need to give the responding officer an accurate account of what happened, but do not take the blame for the accident or offer an apology. Saying you are sorry and apologizing can be construed as an admission of liability, making it harder for you to recover what you deserve.

"We will examine the evidence and consider the case from all angles to ensure the best possible outcome is reached. Part of getting the best possible outcome for your case involves some action on your part, in knowing what to do after an accident happens." Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C.

Potential Causes

Speeding, running red lights, and weaving in and out of traffic are forms of reckless driving that commonly lead to accidents. However, reckless driving is not the sole cause of motor vehicle accidents. Other causes could include:

  • Drinking and driving – Alcohol can make a driver overestimate his or her abilities and increase the likelihood of taking unjustified risks behind the wheel. 
  • Dangerous road conditions – Potholes, poorly painted dividers, missing signs, and clumsily designed intersections make for dangerous road conditions.
  • Faulty products – Untrustworthy mechanics may sell old parts as new, falsely advertise, claim they replaced parts when they did not, or knowingly mislead you in another way. If your accident was caused by an auto defect, you could be eligible for a product liability claim. 
  • Inclement weather – Rain, snow, and ice can create slick, unsafe surfaces to drive on.
  • Distracted driving – Talking on the phone, texting, eating, fiddling with the radio, and talking to passengers can all take a driver’s attention away from the task at hand.

Car accidents cause devastating and life-changing injuries. An attorney will stand by your side and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Effects of Car Accidents

A car accident can have a lasting financial and emotional impact on a victim, in addition to causing injury. Effects can include:

  • Physical – Head injuries are common, especially in high-speed accidents. When drivers or passengers hit their head against the glass, steering wheel, or dashboard, it can lead to a concussion and long-term cognitive impairment. When hit from behind, whiplash may occur, sometimes leading to severe muscle and ligament damage.
  • Financial – A car accident can prevent you from going to work. If you sustain a long-term injury or disability, your earning capacity can be severely reduced. Further, between ambulance transportation, diagnostic tests, medications, visits to specialists, and rehabilitation, your medical bills could quickly stack up.
  • Emotional – Shock, disbelief, denial, anger, anxiety, and irritability are some of the emotions experienced by victims after a traumatic accident. A car accident can leave the victim socially withdrawn and isolated.

Our attorneys can gather pertinent evidence in order to help you collect the compensation you deserve.

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Our attorneys can gather pertinent evidence in order to help you collect the compensation you deserve.

Why Accident Victims Need Representation

In an immensely stressful time, it is important to have a car accident lawyer fighting on your behalf to maximize the compensation you receive for your hardship. Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton and his team can help you do exactly that, and, in the process, navigate issues such as:

  • Statute of Limitations – If the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit has passed, the party you are suing will bring this to the attention of the court. In Texas, the deadline for personal injury lawsuits is two years.
  • Building a case – We will utilize all documented evidence from the scene of the accident to build your case. This evidence could include photographs, witness statements, police reports, and anything else relevant to the case.
  • Seeking maximum compensation – Without the assistance of a lawyer, you may not know how much compensation to which you are entitled. We will examine the evidence and consider the case from all angles to ensure the best possible outcome is reached.

Car accidents can take many forms, implicating other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. As each scenario involves a unique strategy, an attorney can help you navigate legal proceedings and build the strongest possible case. One of the most important tasks your attorney undertakes is to determine liability. Once fault is established, a demand for payment from the responsible party can be made.

Proving Fault

To prove fault, your attorney will review the evidence and the facts at hand. This includes listening to you and your account of how the accident happened, and then:

  • Examining the evidence, including the police report and any photos taken. Your medical records are also a good indication of how the accident happened, because your physician will document the severity of harm done and likely causes for the injuries. When necessary, your attorney will call upon all treating physicians to testify or give a statement of opinion as to how certain injuries occurred.
  • Interviewing witnesses, either in person or by written discovery.
  • Talking to the officer on the scene to make sure the official report is accurate.
  • Reconstructing the accident, which may require the use of an accident reconstruction specialist or other expert witnesses.
  • Applying the law to the facts of your case, and present a clear picture of what happened so there is no doubt but that the other party was at fault.

After all of the evidence is gathered, we examine how it applies to the facts of your case and establish who caused the accident. When liability is proven, you are in a good position to make a demand for reimbursement. This includes asking for compensation to cover your lost wages, medical expenses, and expenses for future care.

In the event of a fatal accident, we help those left behind recover final expenses and other damages. Each case is unique, requiring an individualized approach to ensure the best outcome.

Learn More about How We Can Help

If you have been injured in a car accident, do not take your chances with the first lawyer you come across. Let board-certified personal injury trial lawyer Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton and his team work to win you full compensation for your damages. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (817) 429-4299 today. We have been helping victims since 1987 and offer a free consultation to review your case and give you an idea of what to expect.

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