Texas Accident and Injury FAQs

When you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn for reliable and timely information. It’s natural to have many questions, and the legal team at Parker Law Firm is here to provide the answers and facts you are looking for. Browse our FAQs and learn about common accidents, compensation, and how an attorney can help. If you don’t see your question, don’t hesitate to reach out to our attorneys. Take a moment and fill out our online contact form to hear back from a knowledgeable and experienced legal team.

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  • Who Pays For My Medical Bills After An Accident?

    Ultimately, we want the insurance company for the person who caused the problem to pay the bills, but that's on down the road. They're not going to pay it immediately and they're not going to pay it piecemeal as you go. In these situations, the insurance company will not pay until they pay one time at the end of the case — a lump sum settlement. That's why you want to be sure and put it on your medical insurance, because if you don't then they won't bill your insurance.

    They won't bill the insurance company that hit you and you will get a bigger bill at the end of the day than if you had used your insurance. The other issue that you're going to run into is that many doctors will not see car wreck victims, even if you have insurance. So you need to be ready for that and try to get to someone who will take your insurance and will see a car wreck victim. If you're having any kind of difficulties you need to call a law firm or a lawyer to try and get some help on that.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Accident?

    If you've been injured you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • What Should I Do After I've Been in a Car Accident?

    First and foremost, get medical attention. If you aren't taken to the hospital and you're able to take pictures at the scene, take pictures of the license plate of the car that ran into you, the damage to the other car, pictures of the driver, pictures of any witnesses, etc. Be sure and get the names of any witnesses and how to contact them. A lot of people believe the police are going to get all the witnesses — they don't. Let me just tell you they don't do it.

    One of the most important things that you need to do when you have a car wreck is when you get medical treatment, give them your health insurance. The other person's insurance isn't going to pay for your healthcare, not at this point in time, but if you have a significant injury you absolutely want to hire a lawyer — the sooner, the better because there are a lot of things that happen early on and the insurance company is involved almost immediately. They know what they're doing, they do this every day. You don't, you're not in a wreck every day, and you’ll need some help and need some guidance.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Area Truck Accident?

    If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial truck accident in Texas, our experienced truck accident lawyers are ready to help right away. Contact us online, or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • Can I Sue the Trucking Company After a Truck Crash?

    Trucking accidents are like no other. A lot of people want to call them big car crashes — they're not. When you have 80,000 pounds of steel rolling down the highway at 70 miles an hour against your 5,000 pound automobile, there's no question who the “winner” is going to be. Oftentimes injuries are horrific.

    In those kinds of cases. You want to sue the trucking company — not just the driver.

    So, the simple answer is absolutely yes, you can sue the trucking company. There's other folks that might be involved as well such as the shipper, the dispatcher — there's a whole host of different folks that may be involved and we oftentimes need to include them because the injuries are so horrific that you want as much insurance coverage or assets possible. Because if they've caused brain damage, you may be looking at a life care plan for that person that’s millions of dollars. There's so much that can go wrong in a truck accident and you really need someone who's experienced about finding the coverages, finding the liability and finding how all the parties interplay.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Area Truck Accident?

    If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial truck accident in Texas, our experienced truck accident lawyers are ready to help right away. Contact us online, or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • How Often Do Cases Go to Court?

    Oftentimes cases will never see the light of day inside of a courtroom. In fact, most of the time, most cases don't go to court. The reason is quite simple, because if the case gets worked up properly, it's going to settle just shy of going to trial. Now, there are other law firms out there that just have hundreds of cases, and they are just a mill that just turn them out and those cases almost always settle. It's because they can settle on the cheap in effect. The insurance companies know it; the lawyers know it; everybody knows except the client. At the Parker Law Firm, what we do is we take each and every case and prepare it as if it's going to trial.

    The easy answer is almost all cases settle before they go to trial. The harder answer is why are they settling before they go to trial?

    There are times that I may try three or four cases in a year. There are times when I may not try any cases in a year. And the reason is quite simple. It's because we were able to get them resolved. Whatever you do, hire an attorney who's going to take your case to trial, or at least is prepared to do that. Only then can you get top dollar best value for your case to make sure that you're compensated as fully and as adequately as the law will allow.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Accident?

    If you've been injured you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Is It Illegal to Text and Drive in Texas?

    In Texas, it absolutely is illegal to text and drive. We passed a law to prevent that. It is so dangerous —study after study after study indicates that talking on the phone is the same as being drunk while driving. It's not only illegal, it's absolutely negligent to be doing it. And it seems like, especially in the last several years, almost every car wreck case that we're involved in involves texting or some type of use of the phone. And yes, the technology has gotten a lot better to where now we can trap that information. We routinely download the information from the cell phone company to find out if you were texting or driving. Is it illegal? Yes. You might get a ticket, but that's just a scratch on the surface compared to if you seriously hurt someone or even kill someone as a result of texting and driving.

    If you've been involved in a car wreck and are seriously injured, you absolutely want your attorney to search those records and take a look at them. We routinely do it at Parker Law Firm. And if you have any questions, give us a call. I'll be happy to try to answer them for you.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • Why Does My Insurance Company Have to Pay?

    Anytime you're involved in an automobile accident, the state requires everyone to carry at least $30,000 in liability insurance. Unfortunately, oftentimes, especially in my practice where people are seriously injured, $30,000 won't even scratch the surface. And so we were forced, if we can't find other insurance available, we have to look at your insurance. And what I mean by your insurance as, I mean, what we call UIM or UM under insured or uninsured motorist coverage.

    The matter is you're going to have to rely on your own insurance company. It's not right. It's not fair, but that's life. It gets a little tricky when you have to do that, so if you've been seriously injured in a, in an automobile accident or a loved one has been give us a call and let us explain to you the uninsured. But also even if you don't have an accident and you just want us to look at your insurance policy, just to tell you whether or not you got enough coverage or what our recommendation would be. Give us a call. We'd be happy to take a look at your deck page, let you know exactly what you got and where you may or may not need some more insurance just to protect yourself. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • Can I Afford An Attorney?

    We're often asked when people come in to see us as, "how am I going to afford you?", "How do I pay you?" — And the simple answer to that is you don't have to pay me until we get a recovery. That's because we work on a contingency fee, and what that means is, is that we take a percentage of what the recovery is. It's typically a third — if we don't have to file a lawsuit, if we can get it resolved without having to file a lawsuit — versus 40% if we do have to follow a lawsuit. Oftentimes people are concerned, "well after I pay my lawyer, and after I pay all my medical bills, there's not going to be anything left for me." Unfortunately that might be the case with a lot of law firms, but at the Parker law firm, we make a guarantee to you. And that guarantee is that we will never, ever, ever, ever put more money in our pocket than you put in your pocket. Our clients will always put more money in their pocket at the end of the day than we do ours. Not everybody does that. Give me a call, let me explain it to you and see if we can help.

     

    If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as the result of the negligence of someone else, we would love to hear your story and see how we can help you. Call our office today at 817-503-9200 or fill out our contact form for a Free Consultation with our firm.

  • How can a truck‚Äôs black box data be used to help my truck accident case?

    You’ve probably heard of black boxes related to airline crashes. This vital piece of equipment can tell investigators a great deal about what might have caused a crash when no other evidence exists. People are often surprised to learn that many commercial semi-trucks also have black boxes. Known as an Event Data Recorder (EDR), this device records important information about the truck driver’s actions. If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a crash with a semi-truck, the EDR could provide the evidence needed to show fault and support your claim for compensation. Data in semi-truck black boxes

    Information Provided by a Black Box

    According to crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks were involved in 433,000 police-reported crashes in 2015, leaving 116,000 people injured and 4,067 people dead. If you are affected by a semi-truck crash and did nothing to cause the crash, you will need strong evidence to prove that the truck driver was at fault. One possible source of evidence is the truck’s EDR. If a semi-truck has an EDR, it will record the following information:

    • Speed
    • Braking
    • Acceleration rate
    • Length of time driving
    • Idle time
    • Fuel consumption
    • If a seatbelt was engaged
    • If the airbag deployed

    Data from the EDR could show if the truck driver was speeding, if he didn’t apply the brakes—which can be an indication of distracted driving—and whether he took the required rest breaks. Any of these violations could prove his liability and support your claim for compensation.

    You Need an Attorney to Secure This Important Evidence

    The trucking company and its insurance company are not going to hand over this evidence easily. When you work with Parker Law Firm, you can be sure that we will fight to get the proof necessary to present the strongest claim possible. And our fee will never exceed the recovery you receive, so you will not pay us out of your own pocket. Contact us as soon as possible after a crash with a commercial truck, so we can do what is necessary to protect this valuable evidence.

     

  • How Trucking Companies Dodge Trucking Laws

    Trucking companies dodge trucking lawsThe oil boom in the Permian Basin of West Texas is attracting its share of attention in the headlines these days. But not all of the attention is good, especially when it involves an increasing number of trucking accidents that lead to serious injuries and fatalities.

    One of the major reasons for the increase in accidents is the larger number of 18-wheelers on the roads traveling to and from West Texas. Another reason is that trucking companies and their drivers are disregarding safety regulations more and more in an attempt to make more money in an industry that has become highly competitive.

    One of the most important Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations trucking companies and their drivers must abide by is the “restart” provision, which is designed to keep drivers from driving more than 70 hours per week. If the driver does hit 70 hours of drive time, they are obligated by law to rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least 2 nights of rest from 1-5 AM, when their bodies need to rest and re-focus, according to FMCSA’s Hours of Service Rules. Unfortunately, this law is largely ignored and we are left with tired and inattentive drivers operating trucks that greatly outweigh the average commuter vehicle.

    Why are Trucking Companies Disregarding Regulations?

    This is a highly competitive industry, especially in Texas. Truck drivers are under an immense amount of pressure to deliver their cargo and to deliver it fast.

    Trucking companies usually pay their drivers by the mile, but not for the time they spend inspecting their trucks, resting, or taking any down time for repairs and maintenance. To maximize drive time, driving hours and service regulations are often overlooked and ignored. This results in drowsy, dangerous drivers, and trucks that are not properly maintained. These serious safety breaches can lead to accidents that cause serious injury or death and contribute to the increasing danger on the roadways.

    A Continuous, Dangerous Cycle

    The business model that dishonest trucking companies follow allows them to cut delivery times, regardless of safety. Companies who do follow the rules lose business because they are at a large disadvantage.

    Cheaper, untrained drivers are then hired over well-trained drivers who do follow regulations, and our safety is the sacrifice. Many of these deceitful drivers go from state to state, hiding their accident records, failed drug tests or drunk driving incidents and get rehired.

    Drivers Will Explain the Pressure

    If you converse with any of the truck drivers, especially those who have lost their jobs, they will tell you about the pressure put on them by trucking companies. Many companies, they claim, completely disregard the safety regulations and procedures.

    Often times it is the trucking company, not the driver, who deserves the blame. These drivers are placed in difficult positions and sometimes threatened with their job if they don’t comply with dangerous behaviors that place lives at risk.

    Do You Have a Trucking Accident Case?

    These types of companies are clearly “aiding, abetting and encouraging” their drivers to disregard safety regulations, and need to be held liable for this practice. At Parker Law Firm, we believe that these companies need to be held accountable for placing of our lives at risk to make a dollar. We are experienced in trucking accidents and we know how to examine all of the evidence to determine if and when safety regulations were disregarded.

    If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler and the accident was not your fault, you may be due compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Not only will you receive compensation that you deserve, you will aid in holding these underhanded companies responsible for the danger they place drivers in every day. Call us today for a Complimentary Strategy Session.