Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer
The so-called accidental death rate has skyrocketed since the 1990s. However, there’s usually nothing “accidental” about personal injuries. The A-word implies that the incident was inevitable, unavoidable, and impossible for anyone to prevent. In most cases, these things aren’t true. Car crashes are a good example. Vehicle collisions don’t just happen randomly. Instead, driver error causes over 98 percent of these incidents. Defective products, such as bad tires, cause most of the rest of these crashes.
Similarly, at The Needle Law Firm, our thorough Dallas personal injury lawyers understand that maximum compensation doesn’t just happen. Insurance company lawyers very rarely roll over and play dead. So, obtaining compensation is a process, and frequently, it’s a long process. However, no matter how long it takes, we’re with you until the end of the line. Our professional team never looks for an easy settlement or a quick way out. Instead, we don’t settle for anything less than the best possible result under the circumstances.
Kinds of Personal Injuries
We treat all injury cases, and all injury clients, the same. However, most of our practice focuses on vehicle collisions. These incidents kill or seriously injure millions of victims every year in the United States. Some specific examples include:
- Ridesharing Collisions: Many Uber, Lyft, and other drivers have full-time commitments elsewhere. So, when they get behind the wheel, they are dangerously fatigued. Driving after eighteen consecutive awake hours is like driving with a .05 BAC level. That’s above the legal limit for commercial operators in Pennsylvania. Driver distraction is an issue as well. Many ridesharing drivers have one eye on the road and one eye on a GPS navigation device.
- Truck Crashes: Fully-loaded semi-trucks weigh over 80,000 pounds. Additionally, regulators routinely issue overweight waivers and enforcement officers often look the other way. The extreme force in a truck crash usually causes extreme injuries, such as head injuries, severe burns, and broken bones. These injuries are normally permanent or fatal.
- Pedestrian Injuries: Speed is a significant factor in many vehicle collisions. This factor looms especially large in pedestrian injury claims. At impact speeds under 20mph, the pedestrian fatality rate is practically zero. If the impact speed exceeds 50mph, the fatality rate catapults to over 90 percent. Even if victims survive their injuries are much more serious than vehicle occupant injuries. Pedestrians are completely exposed to danger.
Compensation in a vehicle collision or any other personal injury case, such as a fall or dog bite, usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers can obtain additional punitive damages as well, in some extreme cases.
Third Party Liability
Many Pennsylvania drivers are either uninsured or underinsured. So, the driver may not have enough insurance to cover all the victim’s losses. Fortunately, the Keystone State also has broad vicarious liability laws.
Dram shop alcohol provider liability is a good example. Commercial providers, such as restaurants and clubs, could be vicariously liable for damages if they sell or give alcohol to visibly intoxicated people who later cause crashes. Evidence of intoxication at the point of sale usually includes bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and other physical symptoms.
Other third party liability theories include respondeat superior employer liability and negligent entrustment owner liability.
Count on a Thorough Luzerne County Personal Injury Lawyer
Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Dallas, contact The Needle Law Firm. You have a limited amount of time to act.