Auto Accidents
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Time is critical in any auto accident.

Waxahachie Car Accident Lawyer

2015 Recoveries

$Confidential Amount – Severe head injury in motor vehicle accident
$1,946,759.84 – Head Injuries to a minor in a trucking accident
$1,007,337.59; Head injury and ankle injury in a trucking accident
$754,430.16 – Injuries to a minor in a trucking accident.

Every year, tens of thousands of Texans are injured in car accidents. The financial, physical, and emotional suffering after a car accident can be immense. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you should pursue a claim as soon as possible, since there are time limitations on how long you have in hand to file a claim/lawsuit against the responsible parties.

You could be entitled to recover financial compensation if you were injured in a car accident. Your injuries could require extensive medical care, which only makes up a portion of the damages you could recoup. Your case could also lead to compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. When we take your case up, it is on a contingent fee basis, meaning you only have to pay us if you recover enough compensation. Contact us now.

Why Hire Auto Accident Attorneys from Clay Jenkins & Associates

The car accident lawyers at Clay Jenkins & Associates, Attorneys at Law, , are especially experienced in dealing auto accident cases in Dallas and Ellis County in Texas. We understand the priorities following a car accident. We have extensive experience with car accidents and will help you decide the viability of the case and the best way to proceed with it. Our auto accidents attorneys will work with you, the medical providers and the insurance companies to collect the documentation and evidence needed to pursue a case in your favor.

Our goal is to resolve your case. Often, this process involves negotiating a settlement with the other party’s insurance carrier. Settlements are common in these cases, but we would work to ensure you only accept a fair offer.

We could also pursue litigation. While lawsuits are not always necessary to resolve these cases, our firm will not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf and prepare the case for trial.

How Our Car Accident Lawyers Will Receive a Payment

At Clay Jenkins & Associates, we take car accident cases for a contingency fee. Our clients won’t have to pay us a dime out of pocket, by the hour, or up front. Our lawyers will only collect their payment if you receive compensation for your losses.

This payment structure helps eliminate your financial risk while allowing us to get to work on your case right away.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Even if you believe that you are safe, take these precautions. Severe injuries can surface days or even weeks after the incident. If you can’t move instantly, call a loved one to do these steps for you or ask for assistance from somebody at the scene.

  • Call for help: Report the event right away. Give all the details to the 911 dispatcher. When the police reach the scene, narrate it to them and describe your injuries. Neither talk about nor blame anyone for the accident except to the police.
  • Take Pictures of the Scene of the Accident: Click pictures (and record video clips) of the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved in the accident, using your cellphone. Take photos from various angles and also take photos of the interior of your vehicle. Take pictures of your injuries.
  • Gather Information: Gather information like insurance, license plate, contact info and driver’s license of everyone involved in the car accident. Collect names and contact information of any spectators. Also, check whether you have uninsured motorist coverage (UM), under-insured motorist coverage (UIM) or personal injury protection (PIP).
  • Seek Medical Care: Even if you think that your injuries and wounds are not dangerous, seek medical care at once. This is required, because Emergency Medical Treatment, ER and doctor’s books will be asked by insurance firms and wanted in auto accident lawsuits. Be sure to follow up on any discharge advice you are given. Failure to do so can jeopardize your case. Save all receipts and bills.

Dealing with Insurance Companies After a Car Accident

Insurance companies will always look out for their own interests. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced auto accident attorney on your side. Furthermore, insurance companies will generally seek to obtain the lowest possible settlement, so be sure to consult with a car accident lawyer to learn your rights.

Ways the Insurance Adjuster May Try to Minimize Your Payout

There are different approaches insurance adjusters can use to avoid paying a claim in full. One of these options involves offering a settlement to an injury victim immediately after the accident. Their hope is the injured party accepts the low offer before they have the chance to consult a lawyer.

Another approach the insurance adjusters can take is using a recorded statement to take your words out of context. For example, they could twist your words to make it seem like you accepted responsibility for the accident when you did not. They could then use the misrepresentation as an excuse to deny your claim.

When you hire our firm, you will not have to deal with insurance companies. We will advocate on your behalf and negotiate for a fair outcome.

The Law Pertaining to Car Accidents

In most cases involving a car accident, the person who has endured the injury typically depends on the conception of “neglect” to base the fault of another person or company. The fundamental elements to establish negligence are as follows:

1) Obligation of duty by accused to complainant;

2) Infraction of that duty;

3) Perpetration of the plaintiff’s damages by defendant’s breach; and

4) Damages.

To demonstrate financial obligation based on neglectfulness, a complainant should prove without doubt that the accused did something that a commonly responsible person practicing reasonable care wouldn’t have performed in the given contexts, or that the accused couldn’t do what an ordinarily careful person exercising reasonable care would have done.

Duty of Care in Car Accidents

For a petitioner, establishing a breach of care involves depicting that, activities done or not done by the accused couldn’t meet the reasonable level of care under the situations. A motor vehicle driver has an obligation to control his or her vehicle with due care all the time, which means considering elements like traffic conditions, visibility and weather.

This duty is owed to every person a driver shares the road with. This party includes not only other motorists but also motorcyclists, pedestrians, and even passengers in a driver’s own vehicle. Establishing this duty of care in a car accident case is rarely an issue, as the driver’s duty is clear.

Establishing Fault in Car Accidents

The duty of care is only the first aspect of negligence. To recover compensation for your injuries, you must also establish that the other party breached their duty of care. When the obligation of care is demonstrated, the petitioner’s job is to demonstrate precisely how the accused breached (or “violated”) that measure of care. For example, fault can be based by:

1) Proving that the accused breached a traffic law (a report by a police officer may contain the findings);

2) By the testimonial of spectator to the incident;

3) By the petitioner’s own testimonial as to what came about; or

4) By analyzing proof at the scene of the accident.

The final step in demonstrating negligence is to establish how the complainant was injured by the accused’s action (or inaction). This is generally shown by your medical records along with evidence relating to loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, pain and suffering and other damages that are applicable to your situation.

Clay Jenkins & Associates Can Seek Compensation for You After a Car Crash

Getting hurt in a car accident could lead to long-term emotional, physical, and financial complications. Your case could help address these issues by providing you with a monetary award for your injuries. This financial compensation won’t undo the harm you sustained, but it could help ensure you have the support you need to move on with your life. 

You do not have to pursue your personal injury case alone. Focus on getting your life back on track while our lawyers get to work for you. Reach out to Clay Jenkins & Associates for a free, no-obligation consultation with our team. 

AT Clay Jenkins & Associates, WE WILL:
  • Provide a free confidential consultation;
  • Answer your questions;
  • Assist you with the insurance claim process;
  • Handle the paperwork;
  • You will not be charged unless you recover;
  • Advance costs of your personal injury case;
  • Spanish speaking staff if needed;
  • Assist you with get seeking appropriate medical care; and
  • Provide legal advice and help with aspect of your case.

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