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Automobile Accidents in Texas

Texas has the dubious reputation for being the state with the second-highest number of car accidents, right behind California. Every year, thousands of Texans are injured or killed on our highways and roads, and in many cases, these tragic accidents are the result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions.

If you were injured or if someone you love tragically died due to an automobile accident in Dallas, Fort Worth, or any of the surrounding areas, turn to the team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm. While we cannot undo the immense pain and suffering you and your family have experienced, we can help you fight for the justice and fair compensation you are owed. Our Dallas car accident attorneys are known for their aggressive approach to litigation—an approach that has helped our firm secure more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. 

Injured in a car accident? Call Mike Slocumb Law Firm at (469) 214-6515 or contact us online to request a free consultation with our team today.

Is Texas a Fault State for Car Accidents? 

Texas is a fault state when it comes to auto insurance and car accident claims. Also known as “tort” systems, fault-based systems require accident victims to prove that someone else—whether another driver or a third party—was entirely or at least partly at fault for the collision to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. Because Texas also follows a rule of comparative fault, you will need to prove that the other party was 50% or more at fault to file a claim.

The other driver may be at fault if they caused the accident in any of the following ways: 

  • Driving carelessly, recklessly, or aggressively
  • Texting or using a cellphone while driving 
  • Driving while distracted (by a phone or otherwise)
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Failing to follow the posted speed limit 
  • Disobeying traffic control devices, such as stop signs and signals
  • Driving while fatigued/falling asleep at the wheel
  • Making unsafe or illegal turns or other driving maneuvers
  • Failing to yield the right of way 
  • Following too closely, or “tailgating” 

While negligent motorists are the most common cause of car accidents, there may be additional third-party factors involved. For example, a poorly maintained roadway may contribute to a collision, or an auto defect may result in more severe injuries than the victim would have otherwise sustained. 

At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we carefully investigate car accident claims and evaluate all possible factors involved. Our Dallas car accident lawyers work with accident reconstructionists and other professionals who provide expert testimony to bolster our clients’ claims. We know how to fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute, devalue, or deny your claim—and we are ready to aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you are owed. 

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What Is the Maximum Settlement for a Car Accident in Texas? 

Technically, there is no “maximum” settlement for car accident claims in Texas. Instead, there are many factors that influence the overall value of your claim and the amount in compensation you can expect to receive. 

Some of these factors include: 

  • The severity of your injuries 
  • Whether you were partly at fault for the accident 
  • Your degree of fault (if any) 
  • The cost of your medical bills and related expenses 
  • The value of your lost wages, income, and employment benefits 
  • Whether your injuries led to temporary or permanent disability 
  • The value of your lost earning capacity (if any)
  • Projected future medical costs related to your injury 
  • Projected future lost earnings related to your injury
  • The value of your diminished quality/enjoyment of life 
  • Available insurance coverage

In Texas, the minimum liability insurance requirements include $30,000 in bodily injury per person and $60,000 in bodily injury per accident, as well as $25,000 in property damage per accident. However, you may have additional coverage available through your auto insurance provider. You may also be entitled to sue the liable motorist for damages if they do not have sufficient insurance to cover the cost of your damages, or if they are uninsured. 

We strongly recommend that you reach out to our team to discuss your various options. Mike Slocumb Law Firm offers free, zero-obligation consultations. We want to help you get the information you need to make empowered decisions about your recovery and your future. 

How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit? 

In Texas, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim in court. If you miss the two-year statute limitations, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case, meaning you will not be able to recover any compensation for your damages. 

Note that this only applies to car accident lawsuits, not insurance claims. Most insurance companies require you to file a claim much sooner, usually within a few days to a couple of weeks at most. We encourage you to act quickly after a car accident so that you do not unintentionally jeopardize your right to recover compensation. 

Get in touch with our Dallas car accident attorneys right away to learn how we can help you with your claim. We offer free consultations and contingency fees, so you do not owe any attorney fees or litigation-related expenses unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict for you.

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