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Dallas & Fort Worth Car Accident Lawyer for the Injured

Bill BerensonBill Berenson is an experienced Dallas & Fort Worth car accident attorney who has dedicated 42 years to helping victims of personal injury accidents, specializing in those involving car crashes.

He is a Board Certified Personal Injury Law specialist and he understands what it takes to bring a successful case.

His goal is to maximize the recovery of money injured victims receive and make sure they receive the medical treatment they need to get back on their feet.

Serious Car Accidents in Fort Worth

fort worth car accident lawyerCar accidents are the number one cause of serious injury in Texas and across the United States. While they are common, we should not forget how serious they can be. Severe automobile accidents can change the lives of the people involved. Whether it be through injuries and pain, loss of employment and enjoyment of favorite activities, or even the loss of a loved one, each crash victim suffers differently.

Attorney Bill Berenson is keenly aware of the damage that auto accidents can have on families, careers, and futures. With 42 years of experience in personal injury law, Mr. Berenson is a top-rated attorney who understands how difficult it can be to have suffered injuries or to have lost a family member in a car or truck collision.

Bill Berenson has a successful record when it comes to fighting for the rights of injured Texans, helping them recover millions of dollars in compensation for expenses for ongoing medical care, loss of wages, and other financial damages.

Are You Considering Hiring a Fort Worth Car Accident Lawyer for Your Personal Injury Case?

If you have recently been involved in a car accident, consult with an experienced personal injury specialist. Here are a few reasons why.

  1. Insurance companies often offer accident victims a small settlement upfront to keep them from going to trial and potentially receiving a much larger award. Bill Berenson will do his best to make sure that any settlement offer fully compensates you for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and other amounts.
  2. Injuries may be more serious than they seem at first. Often, the lifelong effects of an auto accident are not realized until years after the accident or after the examination by a doctor trained to look for such injuries. Remember that once you settle a lawsuit, you can’t go back and “re-settle.” You only get one shot, so you need to make it count.
  3. An experienced investigative team, like the one we use, can potentially uncover facts that can increase your financial recovery amount.
  4. The road to recovery for an accident victim is often not an easy one. Bill Berenson knows what hurdles and obstacles accident victims face and has the experience necessary to support accident victims throughout the trial and recovery processes.

Why Hire An Accident Attorney?

Hiring a Fort Worth Car Accident LawyerIf you have recently been involved in a serious car accident in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, you should contact us immediately. We have the legal knowledge and personal dedication to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve. We only handle motor vehicle accident cases – not other tort cases like medical malpractice, unsafe products and premises, dog bites, assaults, etc.

Have You Been Injured In A Car Accident In The Fort Worth Area? Follow These Steps

As a Board Certified Personal Injury Law specialist for the past 28 years, Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Bill Berenson knows the stress of being involved in a serious accident and will fight aggressively to pursue the highest possible recovery for you, whether you have suffered an injury or wish to pursue a wrongful death claim for a loved one. Contact us online or call us to schedule a free initial consultation today. We can help you get the results you deserve.

Car Accident Statistics in Texas

Texas is a very dangerous place to drive. In 2020, car and truck wrecks caused the following injuries and deaths:

  • 215,593 persons were injured and 3,023 people lost their lives
  • 1 crash occurred every 81 seconds
  • 429 motorcyclists died
  • 354 pedestrians and 42 cyclists perished
  • 1,075 people lost their lives when a driver was under the influence of alcohol

Hard to believe, isn’t it? But unfortunately, it may happen to you, even though you are a careful driver. If you have been injured in a collision, you should hire an attorney. This is especially true if you need help paying for your medical expenses and lost income. You may also want professional representation dealing with the other driver’s insurance company, as well as your own. By yourself, you will not receive fair compensation for your damages. Insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of people who are not represented.

Car Accident Statistics in TexasMr. Berenson is one of the few attorneys in North Texas who only handles automobile and truck collision cases.  He has been doing this for  42 years — 40 in the same location near Interstate 30/University Drive in the West Bend Tower.

These are many steps he takes to help his clients, including investigating and documenting the collision, locating and interviewing witnesses, analyzing rules and regulations, reviewing insurance policies, working with doctors and therapists, communicating with insurance companies, gathering and reviewing medical records and bills, filing insurance claims, obtaining lost wage information, hiring expert witnesses, and negotiating a settlement or filing a lawsuit and litigating the case to its conclusion.

Dangerous Highways in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

It’s no secret that DFW has its share of dangerous highways. But which ones are the worst? Here is a list of the most dangerous highways.

Rank in DFW Rank in TX City Road Mile point Crashes Deaths Miles Deaths/ mile
1 2 Fort Worth I-30 124 8 14 1.99 7.05
2 7 Dallas I-35 91 11 14 2.67 5.25
3 9 Duncanville I-20 70 11 11 2.16 5.1
4 13 Dallas I-35 161 38 42 8.87 4.74
5 15 Dallas US 175 129 29 36 8.01 4.49
6 18 Dallas I-635 66 37 39 9.54 4.09
7 22 Lancaster I-20 133 16 20 5.21 3.84
8 24 Grand Praire I-20 94 10 10 2.62 3.81

Causes of Car Accidents Fatalities in Fort Worth

Leading causes of Texas traffic deaths

According to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, these horrendous driving behaviors caused the most number of fatalities:

  • Negligent driving – 1,223
  • Speeding – 1,178
  • Reckless driving – 649
  • DWI/drinking – 645
  • Cell phone use – 72

Poor and reckless driving

It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between reckless driving and lousy driving, but they cause the most serious car crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

Reckless driving is defined as driving a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. An offense is punishable by a jail sentence up to 30 days and/or a fine of up to $200.00 under the Texas Transportation Code –– and a lawsuit for damages in a civil court.

These are examples of what an injury lawyer in Fort Worth or Dallas sees on a daily basis:

  • failing to stop at a traffic light or stop sign,
  • failing to signal lane changes,
  • cutting off and running other vehicles off the road,
  • failing to yield the right of way,
  • taking faulty evasive action,
  • passing in a no-passing lane,
  • passing when unsafe,
  • failing to stay in a single lane,
  • driving too fast around a curve or other dangerous area,
  • driving while fatigued,
  • driving under the influence of medications,
  • driving while undergoing medical treatment, e.g. wearing a cast on the hand or foot,
  • driving while subject to a medical condition, e.g. diabetes that could result in a sudden diabetic coma,
  • failing to slow down in a construction zone or other reduced speed area,
  • driving a poorly maintained or defective vehicle,
  • leaving a disabled vehicle in a lane of traffic,
  • failing to leave emergency flashers or lights on at night if a vehicle is disabled,
  • backing unsafely, and
  • other stupid driving tricks.

Rudeness, traffic congestion, and daily stress can erupt into aggressive driving behavior known as road rage. These are clear-cut signs:

  • tailgating,
  • flashing headlights,
  • braking suddenly,
  • screaming, and
  • making angry hand and facial gestures

Speeding

Texas residents need to be reminded that about 100 fatalities are caused each month by speeding. This increases the chances of a wreck happening, not to mention its severity. Speeding goes hand in hand with all of the other causes, especially the next category.

Driving while intoxicated and under the influence

Texas has always been the top state for DWIs and DUIs. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 1,468 people in Texas died at the hands of an intoxicated driver in 2017.

This vital organization that Mr. Berenson has supported advocates for those victims affected by DWIs. It wants the state to mandate sobriety checkpoints and tighten the 2015 law requiring ignition interlocks for those convicted of this crime.

More on this topic: Car crash epidemic has to be stopped

Cell phone use/distracted driving

Now it seems that everyone is looking down at them as their cell phones as they are driving, doesn’t it?

Hopefully, the new law that bans texting while driving will help keep people safer. Texas troopers gave about 2,000 citations to drivers violating the new law for the first four months of the new law, including about 100 in Fort Worth.

More on this topic: How can we stop texting while driving accidents?

Getting Paid After a Car Accident in Fort Worth with an Underinsured Driver

What Is Underinsured Motorists Insurance?

Underinsured motorist coverage provides payments for injured drivers when the at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance to fully compensate the injured party for his injuries. An underinsured motorist is someone who has chosen to purchase only the minimum liability policy of $30,000.00 per person for bodily injury required by Texas law. Both uninsured motorists and underinsured motorists coverage are combined under Part C of the standard Texas auto policy, so if you’ve got one, you’ve got the other.

How Do You Collect benefits?

A party generally must first establish that the underinsured driver was at fault and that he suffered significant injuries. In the case of underinsured motorist benefits, the injured party must also collect the at-fault driver’s policy limits before collecting under his or her own insurance policy or give a credit for the amount not collected. Any other payments, like P.I.P., are also added to the equation. If medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement, pain, and other damages exceed this amount, the underinsured motorist carrier must pay additional money.

Can You Only Get Paid Under One Policy?

No, underinsured motorist coverage is “stackable” which means that you can add coverage from several auto policies or from different family members together. We have been successful in filing under multiple policies in the past.

We Can Help

If you are in an accident with someone who is uninsured or underinsured, do not settle with the other driver’s insurance company without first contacting our law firm. There are confusing procedures and requirements that you do not know about.

For example, carriers will not pay their own insured if he settles with the at-fault driver and didn’t obtain their consent to settle first. Further, the standard Texas personal automobile insurance policy requires the company to produce a written rejection that you didn’t want to purchase underinsured motorists benefits, and a good lawyer can help smoke the company out when it refuses to produce this document. Those people who are not familiar with the legal system or insurance industry will be at a loss.

We have extensive experience successfully helping people win these claims.

How to hold negligent drivers accountable

If you or a loved one were hurt in a car or truck crash and want to hold the driver who is at fault responsible for his conduct, you must determine what caused the wreck and what the legal and economic damages are. A good Fort Worth car accident lawyer can help you accomplish your goals.

Berenson Injury Law has the experience and resources to investigate and document your claim. We will guide you through every step of what can be a complicated, frustrating process and fight to get you the compensation you or your family deserve.

Choosing The Best Fort Worth Car Accident Lawyer Near You

Selecting the top personal injury lawyer for your injury case is an important decision. How do you know who to hire if you have been hurt in an automobile or truck collision?

Qualities to Consider:

  • Specialization: Make sure he or she is Board Certified in Personal Injury. Specialized lawyers are the best ones in their areas of practice. Less than 2% of Texas attorneys are certified in personal injury. It doesn’t cost any more to hire one of them.
  • Experience: You want someone who has been practicing injury law for as long as possible – preferably at least 20 years. The fee is the same for someone who recently graduated from law school.
  • Reputation: Look up reviews on Google, Facebook, Avvo, Lawyers.com, Justia, and other sites to see what past clients and other attorneys think about him.
  • Practice: Hire an attorney who only represents car and truck accident victims (not medical malpractice, toxic torts, and certainly not criminal defense or divorce). Read the attorney’s website to learn more about his practice, experience, history, and experience with cases like yours.
  • Rapport: Schedule a meeting with your lawyer — not a legal assistant – and make sure he can do the best job and work with you.

A skilled attorney will handle all of your case’s complicated legal, insurance, medical and financial aspects. He will explain your rights under the law, advise you whether you should attempt to settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file suit, and put more money in your pocket.

How Does the Fort Worth Car Accident Lawyer Help?

Although each case is different, he will take these steps:

  • Investigate your case to determine what happened and gather important evidence before it is lost or deleted;
  • Notify all responsible parties and entities;
  • Retain experts to prove the critical details about liability and damages;
  • Work with your doctors and secure your medical records and bills;
  • File on all possible sources of economic recovery;
  • Apply Texas negligence and insurance laws to enhance your outcome;
  • Calculate and prove damages that you are entitled to;
  • Negotiate with your insurance company or take your case to trial to make sure you receive the maximum compensation; and
  • Negotiate with hospitals, doctors, health insurance carriers, Medicare, Medicaid, workers compensation, TriCare, and other health care providers to reduce your medical bills and liens.

And services are virtually free, as the insurance company for the at-fault driver will build the cost of the attorney’s fees into your settlement offer, or a favorable jury verdict will be far more than you could obtain on your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Sharing Fault In A Car Accident Case Impact My Compensation?

In Texas, as in most states, drivers are legally responsible for their own actions behind the wheel. This means that if you cause an accident, you (or your insurance company) will be held liable for any resulting damage or injuries. However, sometimes accidents happen and it can be unclear who is at fault. In these cases, the court may decide that both parties share fault for the accident.

What Can I Get Compensation For After A Car Accident in Fort Worth?

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

How Much Time Do I Have To File A Car Accident Lawsuit In Texas?

The amount of time you have to file a car accident lawsuit in Texas depends on the type of case you have. Generally, if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, you have two years from the date of the accident to file the lawsuit.

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While we are proud to call Fort Worth home, we are also more than happy to help injured people living all throughout Texas. Whether it's a car accident on the interstate or a backcountry road, we have years of experience and will fight tirelessly until our clients get what they deserve!

Helping those injured in accidents all across the Lone Star State

  • Fort Worth
  • Arlington
  • H-E-B
  • Weatherford
  • Burleson
  • Mansfield
  • Irving
  • Plano
  • Oak Cliff
  • Dallas
  • Saginaw
  • Watauga
  • White Settlement
  • Azle
  • Benbrook
  • Grand Prairie
  • Richardson

We also handle cases in other Texas cities and states