How long does it take to settle an auto accident case?

Every auto accident injury case is very different, and the time it can take can range from weeks to months (or even years). Oftentimes, catastrophic injury cases with higher insurance limits, where our experienced car accident trial lawyers are seeking millions of dollars, take much longer to make that recovery because they often involve lawsuits. So the range of time can be very drastic, from a few months to a couple years. And if there are appeals (when the defendant loses in court), it could take even longer. But generally, it can take between six months and a year, on average.

What can I recover for injuries resulting from a hit-and-run accident?

A hit-and-run auto accident is a collision where one vehicle either strikes a vehicle or a pedestrian and then leaves the scene without rendering aid or exchanging information. If this happens to you, call law enforcement immediately because it’s a criminal act in Texas.

If you are able to capture the license plate, other vehicle identifying information, or information on who hit you – we may be able track them down with our investigative tools. The DFW car accident lawyers of Reyes Browne Reilley have the resources to successfully investigate hit-and-run cases, and we have been able to find many of those at fault.

Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company?

Do not give a recorded statement to the adverse insurance company.

The sole purpose of an insurance company’s request for a recorded statement is to gather information to either deny your claim or limit the amount of money they will be required to pay you. So it can absolutely affect your ability to make a fair recovery in your accident case. Remember that they already have a team of professionals and attorneys aligned against your best interests.

Politely tell the other insurance company you need to speak with your attorney, and someone will call them back. Then call the knowledgeable DFW car accident lawyers at Reyes Law, day or night, at 214-526-7900. With that one call, we’ll take it from there.

Should I negotiate with the insurance adjuster myself?

Never negotiate a car accident settlement with an insurance adjuster, on your own. They are trained to do so on a daily basis. You, as a victim, are not. There is a strong likelihood you will be taken advantage of, misled, and left without fair compensation. This is why you need the expertise of a professional Dallas car crash lawyer to negotiate on your behalf.

Should I sign a waiver allowing the insurance company to gain access to my medical records?

After your car wreck injury, never give your insurance company or an adverse insurance company the authorization to access to your medical records until you have the approval of a car accident lawyer in Dallas. Doing so would allow them to gain access to confidential medical records not even relevant to your injuries. It then becomes much easier to blame injuries, caused by their insured, on that old sports injury.

The above scenario and others, including whether one should allow a recorded statement, are prime examples of why one needs an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure a fair recovery after someone else’s negligence has “wrecked” the day.

What are UM, UIM, and PIP insurance coverage?

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage:

Uninsured motorist coverage protects you if you’re in an accident with an at-fault driver who doesn’t carry liability insurance.

Under-Insured Motorist (UIM) Coverage:

Underinsured motorist coverage steps in when you’re in a car accident with an at-fault driver whose liability limits are too low to cover the damage or medical expenses.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage:

PIP stands for personal injury protection, and it is an extension of your car insurance which covers medical expenses and, in some cases, even lost wages. It is often called “no-fault” coverage because its inherent comprehensiveness pays out claims regardless of who is at fault in the accident.

What happens if the at-fault driver is not insured or has minimum coverage?

Frequently Asked Questions

If the at-fault driver has minimal or no insurance coverage at all, it is important to know your own levels of coverage. For instance, does your policy include uninsured motorist (UM) or under-insured motorist (UIM) coverage? Does your policy include personal injury protection (PIP) coverage?

These types of insurance coverage are not required by law, but they can help cover your property and injury damages when the adverse driver has little or no insurance coverage. Because you did not cause the car wreck, your rates will not increase if you collect on the extra coverage you’ve been paying over time.

However, it is crucial you contact an experienced car accident attorney in Dallas before making an uninsured motorist claim. Having an attorney on your side can help maximize your claims with either or both insurance companies.

What if the driver who hit me was drunk, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been in a car accident involving someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s a very serious case and claims. Often times, you may be entitled to additional punitive damages for that type of conduct. Our highly skilled DFW car accident litigators have extensive experience with juries often deliver large verdicts for the pain, suffering, mental anguish, and injuries sustained.

Should I be concerned if I am running up a lot of medical bills after my accident?

Frequently Asked Questions

When you are injured in a car accident, and you need to seek healthcare, it’s important for you to take care of your body because it’s the only one you have. So whether your medical bills are $5,000 or $100,000, it is vital to get that care you need. It’s not going to really be affected by how much insurance coverage the other driver has. What will be affected is the health and quality of life you have for the rest of your time here on earth.

As your legal advocates, isolating you from the medical bills is one of the very important services we provide – either by you treating with medical providers who agree to receive payment after we settle your case or the settlement we hammer out of the insurance company(s), or the bill reductions our skilled Dallas car accident attorneys and staff might negotiate with the medical providers.

What is the statute of limitations to bring a Texas auto accident case?

Frequently Asked Questions

It will vary, depending on the state where the accident or incident occurred.

In Texas, you have two years to bring an injury lawsuit against an adverse party at fault for your accident, but there are many requirements around the statute of limitations. You’ll need to hire a professional car accident attorney in Dallas who can help you meet those deadlines and protect you along the way.