Our client was traveling through an intersection when a semi-truck ran a red light colliding with the driver's side of our client's vehicle. Injuries suffered by our client included a fractured rib, rotator cuff strain, multiple bruises and contusions to her body, post-traumatic headache, and sprains to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. We filed a lawsuit and were able to prove the defendant driver had meth in his system. Settled for $500,000.

Our client was visiting his daughter and grandson when he stepped on a toy left carelessly on the floor. This caused our client to fall and he sustained severe injuries to his knee and a pinched nerve in his lower back. Our client suffered a serious loss of the normal enjoyment of life because of this injury that greatly restricted his movement and ability to conduct normal activities. Our client was awarded over $100,000 for his injuries.

Our client was rear ended by a reckless driver who was driving under the influence causing injuries including multiple cervical herniations, left shoulder impingement, post-traumatic headaches and muscle spasms. They failed to stop and render aid to our client, nearly striking three other pedestrians on a nearby sidewalk. Our client attempted to self-treat, however, her pain continued to intensify and she contacted our office for assistance in seeking medical care. We fought and won policy limits of $250,000.

Our client was rear-ended by a driver who was speeding and changing lanes when unsafe. She suffered a deep laceration to her head, multiple contusions to her body, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pain. Our client sustained a mild traumatic brain injury including nausea, anxiety, dizziness, and headaches. With our guidance, our client was able to receive essential medical treatment for her injuries and was awarded $150,000.

In Texas, it can be difficult to get around without a vehicle of your own and sometimes you have to rely on others to make sure you get from point A to point B. That can mean using a taxi service, like Uber or Lyft, or sharing a ride with a friend or co-worker. Unfortunately, you can still find yourself in an accident caused by your driver.

What can I do as a passenger in an accident?

It's important that passengers take the right steps after an accident to protect their potential claim. It may seem awkward to request insurance information if the at-fault driver is a friend, co-worker, or relative. However, that is exactly what liability insurance is for.

Never tell an insurance company that you were not injured

You may seem fine at first, but car wrecks often leave behind latent injuries that can take days, weeks, and in some cases, months to fully manifest. In fact, do not discuss your injuries with the insurance company at all.

Insurance companies are skilled in asking questions that have hidden legal implications in order to minimize your pain and suffering. Even everyday questions, such as "How are you?", can be used against you.

You should refrain from discussing your injuries until you have completed any treatment plans outlined by your doctor. It is best to consult with a personal injury attorney who can handle these conversations on your behalf and file a lawsuit to protect your rights.

Why would I file a claim on my own insurance if I was the passenger in someone else's car?

You may have additional coverage on your own auto insurance policy, such as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Uninsured and Under Insured Motorist (UM/UIM), which can be critical if the at-fault driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your injuries.

Know when to hire an attorney

Car accidents can be very disruptive to your everyday routine. Personal injury attorneys know the ins and outs of the entire process and can develop the best legal strategy for you to win your case.

Stanley and Associates is there for you through the entire process.

When you're already in pain, the last thing you want to deal with is phone calls, paperwork, and arguing with insurance companies. Our team will file all claims for you, handle all communications with the insurance companies, and we work with many physicians to ensure you get the treatment you need.

Best of all, you don't pay us a single dime until we win your case. If we don't win, you don't pay! If you're ready to make a decision, contact us as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 via email or phone call. Call 844-CAR-WREX today!

personal injury attorney must effectively tell your story to the insurance company and, when necessary, a judge or jury. An accurate police report is part of that story, and it can carry a lot of weight when an insurance carrier puts a value on your case. The initial phone call is the start of building evidence against the at fault driver.

When in doubt, it is always best to call the police to make a report.

Once a police officer arrives, their job is to be a neutral third party and to document as much evidence as possible, including date, time, weather conditions, vehicle damages, injuries, identifying information for the individuals involved, witness statements, and video evidence (when available).

Based on the evidence collected, officers will typically assign contributing factors to determine who is at fault or majority at fault.

Unfortunately, officers can make mistakes on these reports.

We have seen them all and they do occur more often than you may think. If the law enforcement officer got some objective information wrong, details about your vehicle, your insurance coverage, or the location of the accident, for example, you can probably get the report changed or amended as long as you provide documentation in support of the correction.

Critical errors, such as an officer attributing fault to you because of a misunderstanding, the officer siding with the other driver, assigning contributing factors to the wrong party or not obtaining a statement from an involved party, may require more effort on your part to have corrected, though, not impossible.

It is not always easy to get a police officer to change a report.

If you simply don't agree with something that is in the report, such as an account of the accident given by a witness, or the officer's finding that you violated a traffic law, you'll have a much tougher time getting any change made.

In that situation, the best you can probably do is write up your own version of the detail you are disputing and hope that it be included as a supplement to the report. In most cases, whether it is added to the report or not will be up to the law enforcement agency.

Contact the police officer or police department responsible for making the report.

Once you have gathered your facts and details, it is time to contact the police officer or department to request the report be updated or changed. Remember:

If you find you are not getting anywhere with the police officer or department, it may be time to consult with an attorney regarding your personal injury case.

Injured in an auto accident? Call Stanley & Associates

If you have been injured in an auto accident in or around Dallas, contact Stanley & Associates for your free case consultation. Stanley & Associates has represented clients across Texas for over ten years. Our firm has successfully won thousands of cases during this time.

Our Dallas car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means no fee unless we win. Call 844-227-9739

Image via CNN - Crash happened near Andrews, Texas on March 15, 2022

(CNN) - Nine people -- including six student athletes and their coach -- were killed in a fiery crash between a pickup truck and a van carrying members of the University of the Southwest's men's and women's golf teams, officials said Wednesday.

The crash happened around 8:17 p.m. Tuesday just outside Andrews, Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety said."A Dodge 2500 pickup was traveling southbound on FM 1788. A Ford Transit passenger van registered to the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM was traveling northbound on FM 1788," the DPS said in a statement. An earlier notice from the agency misidentified the pickup as a Ford F-150.

"For unknown reasons, the Dodge pickup drove into the northbound lane and struck the Ford passenger van head on," DPS Sgt. Steven Blanco said. "Both vehicles caught fire and burned."

Six students and one faculty member aboard the university van were killed, the DPS said. The driver and a passenger in the pickup truck also died.

Continuing reading at CNN.

If you need a wrongful death attorney in Texas, call Stanley & Associates

Many times when a death of a loved one occurs due to the negligence of another, a civil lawsuit is not the first thing on your mind. However, it is very important that a tough, experienced, and compassionate attorney gets involved at the start of the case. Evidence needs to be protected and circumstances need to be figured out.

Stanley & Associates has represented clients across Texas and throughout the United States for over ten years. Our firm has successfully won thousands of cases during this time.

Our Dallas car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means no fee unless we win. Call Stanley Associates at 844-227-9739

Woman with her foot in a cast wonder what a personal injury attorney is.

Thousands upon thousands of Texans are seriously injured in a variety of accidents every year. We're not even talking about the football team! Many Texans don't even think about involving a personal injury attorney until it is too late. We are going to go over what a personal injury attorney is, what they do, and why they are needed.

Ok, so what is a personal injury attorney?

A personal injury attorney represents clients that have been injured due to the negligence or inactivities of another in a civil claim. It is important to know that hiring a personal injury attorney is not the same as hiring a criminal attorney. Criminal attorneys seek to punish the at-fault person through prison time or to defend an innocent person in a criminal trial. Personal injury attorneys seek to punish the at-fault person with monetary penalties.

The most important things to understand about a personal injury attorney is how they get paid, what they do, and why they are needed.

How they get paid.

One of the biggest concerns we hear from prospective clients is how much money it costs to obtain a personal injury attorney. The good news is that most personal injury attorneys get paid a percentage of the total settlement or outcome of the case. Typically, personal injury attorneys do not require a retainer, or an upfront deposit, from their client at the beginning of the case.

Additionally, many established and experienced personal injury firms, like Stanley & Associates, will front case expenses. This means the firm pays out of pocket to investigate and work on the case. Keep in mind that not all firms operate the same way and that attorney fees and expenses will vary from firm to firm.

What they do.

As discussed above, a personal injury attorney is not looking to put anybody in jail. Rather, they work to punish the negligent party monetarily. The attorney will have a team investigating and collecting information pertinent to your case. They will also file claims against the negligent party and negotiate to reach a settlement agreement. If the attorney is unable to reach an agreement, they will file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Why they are needed.

Civil litigation can be a long and expensive process. When you've been seriously injured, the last thing you want to do is manage claims and deal with the legal components of managing your case.

That is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney that has seen thousands of injury cases. He or she is familiar with the laws and regulations concerning your case. They will spend time and money to fight on your behalf. The personal injury attorney and their team will manage the tedious process for you so that you can focus on recovery.

Why choose Stanley & Associates?

Our attorneys have the experience you can rely on to manage your case. Your case will be managed by a team of experts, not just a singular associate. All clients are treated with the dignity, respect, and compassion they deserve from beginning to end. When you choose Stanley & Associates, you're choosing not to waste time. You're choosing experience, honesty, and trust.

Call our office today for a free consultation: 972-833-8000

Photo of a courtroom before jurors arrive for jury duty.
Photo by David Veksler

The judge and constitutional law professors will tell you about your "civic duty" - to go down to the courthouse for jury duty. To get paid ten dollars a day to take off work and help decide whether or not someone goes to jail, or to decide if someone has to pay.

Just thinking about a trial after a traumatic personal injury can be daunting. That's where our personal injury attorneys can assist you.

Did you know...

Most personal injury cases will settle before a trial. Talk about a weight lifted off your shoulders!

We call a jury to the courtroom and go to trial when an insurance company has refused to pay enough money to settle the case.

In Texas, it is against the law for someone to drive without valid car insurance. During a trial, you cannot mention Allstate, GEICO, or any insurance company - even though they will pay for their insured driver's negligence.

Who gets to decide how much a case is worth?

A jury is who will decide which person was negligent in a car wreck. They will also get to decide how much money the injured person will receive as compensation for this process. It can take years to get to trial.

When the final trial date comes, you won’t hear anything about car insurance. It will just be the other driver at court. But their car insurance provided their lawyer and will pay any amount awarded by the jury.

A summons for jury duty is always a surprise and hardly ever fun. But jurors are an integral part of the trial process and the role should not be taken lightly.

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