Plano Car Accident Lawyer

Plano Car Accident Lawyer

Doug Goyen, AttorneyAttorney Doug Goyen has represented Plano residents for personal injury cases involving auto accidents since 1997. When residents need a Plano car accident lawyer, the Law Office of Doug Goyen helps recover the compensation they deserve. Attorney Goyen has lived in Plano, Texas since 1999 and is personally familiar with the highways, roadways, and streets of Plano and the surrounding areas. The Law Office of Doug Goyen provides experienced, aggressive, and powerful representation for our clients. Our results are proven. We get our clients compensation for their injury claims. 

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The Texas Department of Transportation shows that in 2019 there were 5,800 auto accidents in Plano, Texas. Collin County had 13,857 accidents at that same time. A 2016 study using Texas Department of Transportation Data during a four-year period from 2012 to 2015 showed the following 10 intersections in Plano, Texas had the most intersection accidents:

  1. Dallas Parkway and Legacy 108 accidents
  2. Plano Parkway and Preston 91 accidents
  3. Coit and Spring Creek 82 accidents
  4. Dallas Parkway and Parker 73 accidents
  5. Dallas Parkway and Park 70 accidents
  6. Independence and Spring Creek 66 accidents
  7. Legacy and Preston 61 accidents
  8. McDermott and Ohio 55 accidents
  9. Custer and Spring Creek 51 accidents
  10. Alma and Spring Creek 48 accidents

Distracted driving, while people use their smartphones, keeps driving the numbers of accidents higher, and with more accidents, there are more people injured in those accidents. Our office represents people who have been injured in auto accidents. You have no control over what other drivers do and you had no control over the driver who hit you. Regain control by calling the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. We will start working on your case today. 

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HOW OUR PLANO ACCIDENT LAWYER HELPS OUR CLIENTS

Nobody wants to be hurt or in pain as a result of someone else’s carelessness, and for good reason. If someone causes harm to another person due to negligent behavior, the injured person has the right to be compensated for their injuries and property damage. We assist people who have been injured in car accidents in a variety of ways. When others cause harm negligently, the law allows for recovery. The most common ways in which the Law Office of Doug Goyen assists in auto accident injury cases are as follows::

  • Collecting the money from the auto insurers to pay for the medical bills caused by the accident, including bills for the ambulance, emergency room, emergency room doctors, therapists, diagnostics, medication, and any other type of medical billing related to your injury from the accident.

  • Helping clients who do not know where to go for medical treatment find medical facilities that will treat their injuries.

  • Helping clients who cannot afford medical treatment find medical facilities that will treat them and defer collections on the bills until the insurance company releases payment for the injury.

  • Collecting the money owed for the damage done to our client’s vehicle and compensation for any other out-of-pocket expenses related to the damage done to the vehicle such as towing bills, storage fees, and rental car bills.

  • Collecting the money owed for lost income incurred due to time missed from work because of an injury caused by an accident.

  • Securing the full settlement value for our client’s pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, or any other damage that was done to our client, so our client is compensated for their injury.

If you are needing representation, or just need a consultation, then call us today at (972) 599 4100, or contact us on our website contact form. Our consultations regarding personal injuries related to auto accidents are free. Additionally, there is no fee unless you win!

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WHAT CAN YOU RECOVER FOR YOUR INJURY CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE?

In Texas it is the wrongdoer’s responsibility to “right the wrongs” that they caused. They caused the damage and harm, they must correct what they caused. If your child breaks a neighbor’s window while playing baseball, we make them pay for repairing the window. If someone causes harm to someone else or damage to someone’s property, they must “right the wrongs” they cause. Texas call those harms “damages”. In Texas, damages recoverable in auto accident cases that involve injuries include the following:

1. Property Related Damages. This includes any costs or expenses related to the property that was damaged, including: 

a. Property Damage: Such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses, is recoverable in an accident case.

b. Loss of Use: Included in a car wreck or accident case are rental car bills, or if you used your property or vehicle in your business and lost some of your income while the vehicle was unable to be driven.

c. Storage: If your vehicle was towed from the scene and stored in a storage yard, you will be charged for that time. This is recoverable in the event of a car accident or a motor vehicle wreck.

d. Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the value of the vehicle immediately prior to the accident.

e. Diminished value of property: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you are entitled to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.

2. Injury Related Damages: The person who negligently caused the injury owes for the costs, expenses, and for the injury to the person that they caused. A person injured due to negligence is legally entitled to recover for the following injury related damages: 

a. Medical Bills: The total amount of past and future medical bills incurred to treat the injury caused by the negligent conduct.

b. Lost Income or Lost Earning Capacity: The amount of money you actually did lose due to the injury and will lose in the future is called past and future lost income. The amount of money you could have earned had you not been injured is termed past and future lost earning capacity.

c. Loss of Services: If someone can no longer do their normal household duties due to the injury, then they may be entitled to recover for loss of services.

d. Pain and Suffering: Compensation is allowed based on the common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice of a jury for past and future pain and suffering caused by the injury. Determining the value of pain and suffering in terms of settling a claim is done by trying to think of how a jury will think of the value of someone’s pain and suffering.

e. Mental Anguish: This is determined by how your physical injury has caused you mental anguish to the point where it is more than just disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future in order to get compensation for past and future mental anguish .

f. Physical Impairment: Compensation may be awarded if you have been physically impaired due to your injury, and for how you will be physically impaired in the future. The law allows people compensation for both past and future physical impairment related to the injury. 

g. Disfigurement: Some injuries cause a physical alteration in a person’s appearance. The person injured in this way due to negligence is entitled to recover for both past and future disfigurement, how the injury has physically disfigured you in the past, and how it will do so in the future.

h. Loss of body member or mental function: If you have lost an arm, leg, or mental function or capacity due to the accident or injury, then you may recover damages for the harm that was caused.

i. Loss of consortium: If the injury severe enough that it has caused you to no longer enjoy the companionship of your family members, then you are entitled to recover for how this has damaged your family relationships.

PLANO CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER CHECKLIST FOR ACCIDENTS

The following checklist can be used in an auto accident at the scene of the accident. It has been specifically designed for auto accidents with injuries. It has also been tailored to people involved in accidents living in the Plano, Texas area.

a. Stay calm and check for injuries. Auto accidents are traumatic, sudden, and unexpected. People are often in shock right after a car wreck and do not realize how seriously they are injured. Before you start moving around be sure to check yourself to make sure you are not injured more severely than you realize. Check on any passengers in your vehicle. If your passengers do not need first aid, then next check on the occupants of the other vehicles involved in the collision. If anyone is injured seek help right away.

b. Call 911 if anyone is hurt. If anyone is injured call 911 and let the dispatcher know there are injuries due to an accident and your location. The dispatcher will send the police and paramedics to the scene. When the police arrive they will secure the area and help with anyone injured until the paramedics arrive. They will take statements from people involved in the accident and later write an accident report.

Plano Police Department accident reports can be ordered here:  Plano Police Department Accident Reports

Texas DOT Accident Reports: Another place to locate accident reports is through the Texas Department of Transportation. If it has been 2-3 weeks or longer since your accident, the report is likely on this database as well: Texas Department of Transportation Accident Reports

c. Collect any witness information. If there are any witnesses to the accident get their name, phone number, and any other contact information they will give you. The other driver may be admitting fault at first, but once the police arrive they may change their story. You want to have any witness information to give to the officer. The other driver might change their story after they leave the scene of the accident when they talk to their spouse, friends, or start worrying about their insurance rates going up. Your lawyer will need the witness’s information in case this happens.

(NOTE: If you are unable to do anything on this checklist due to your injury, call a friend or family member to the scene of the accident so they can do this for you)

d. Exchange information with the other drivers. Texas law under  Transportation Code 550.023 requires all drivers involved in an accident to exchange identification with each other, and exchange auto liability insurance with each other, regardless of who is at fault. Take photos with your cellphone of the other driver’s ID and insurance information and keep it for your records.

e. Take photos of the vehicles and of the accident scene. Take photos of the points of impact of all the vehicles involved including any damage that was done. Take photos of the license plates. Take photos of any skid marks or accident debris on the roadway. Take photos of the roadway in the direction you were traveling and the direction you were coming from. Do the same for the other driver, take photos of the road in the direction they were driving and the direction they were coming from.

f. Talk to the police officer investigating the accident. Cooperate with the police when they arrive. They will interview each driver separately outside the hearing of others involved to get their version of what happened. Be sure to tell the officer your version of how the accident happened. Let the officer know if you are feeling pain or any type of injury. All this information will go on the police officer’s accident report.

g. Let paramedics examine you if you are injured. When the paramedics arrive let them know if you are hurt or in any type of pain or discomfort. If they advise you to go to the emergency room you should listen to them. Paramedics are trained to help in auto accidents and look for signs of injuries that may be more serious than you realize, or even life-threatening. Follow their advice.

If you decide to drive yourself to the emergency room, or if later in the day you realize you need to go to the ER the following emergency rooms are located in the Plano, Texas area:

Medical City Plano Emergency Room  – Emergency, 3901 W 15th St Entrance, Plano, TX 75075. Phone +1 972 596 6800

Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Emergency Room  – 6200 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75093. Phone +1 972 981 8000

Children’s Medical Center Plano Emergency Room (ER)  – 7601 Preston Rd 1st Floor, Plano, TX 75024. Phone +1 469 303 2100

Medco Emergency Room & Urgent Care  – 3960 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75023. Phone +1 469 264 8184

ER Near Me Plano  – 1905 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093. Phone +1 469 596 7561

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AFTER YOU LEAVE THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT

The first thing you need to do is hire a personal injury lawyer with experience handling auto accident cases. Hire a personal injury lawyer that handles car accident cases. Do your research. Speak to the lawyer before you hire them. Do not sign up with a law office through a case manager without first speaking to the lawyer. The lawyer is the one representing you and you need to be able to speak to the lawyer. In addition to hiring an attorney, the following guide will help you protect your rights to the compensation you are owed due to the other driver’s negligence. 

a. Do not speak to the insurance company if you are injured. If you are injured the insurance adjuster’s job is to pay as little as possible for your injury claim. If they can find a reason to deny your claim they will do so. Insurance adjusters are trained to ask questions that elicit answers from you that they can use to deny your claims. Let your lawyer talk to the insurance company on your behalf if you have an injury.

b. Follow up with medical care if you have an injury from the accident. If you are injured and need follow-up care and do not know where to go for treatment, the Law Office of Doug Goyen can help you find a medical facility that will treat your injury. If you do not know how you will be able to pay for the treatment, we can find a medical facility that will agree to defer the collection of the bills until after we receive the payments from the insurance company for your injury claim.

c. Take photos of any visible injuries you may have. If you have any visible injury you need to take photos. The insurance adjuster will demand proof of any injury you claim, and photos of visible injuries from the accident are part of that proof.

d. Get a repair estimate at a body shop. Do not rely on the insurance company’s repair estimate. The insurance company will always write their estimate lower than the cost of the actual repairs. They do this in case someone decides to pocket the money instead of having their vehicle repaired. When you do get the vehicle repaired the body shop requests supplemental estimates from the insurance company so they can be paid supplemental payments that cover the actual cost of repair. Problems arise when the insurance company decides they are going to deny your claim. If we need to add the value of the damage to your vehicle to litigation related to your case, we need proof of what it will cost to repair your vehicle. You want to have your own estimate that shows what the cost will actually be to repair your vehicle so you have evidence that allows the court to award you that money.

Body Shops:  Body shops will typically do a free estimate for people who have been involved in an auto accident. The following is a list of body shops in the Plano, Texas area that can do estimates and can do the repairs on your vehicle.

Caliber Collision  – 1205 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75075

Service King Collision South Plano  – 4001 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75023

DFW Pro Bright Star Body Shop  – 1108 Dobie Dr #103, Plano, TX 75074

Caliber Collision  – 6435 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093

Texas Collision Centers  – 2501 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75075

Rental Cars:  If you need a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired you need to make sure the rental car company knows that you need the vehicle due to an accident. They will get the insurance company’s information and set up a direct bill with the insurance company if possible. That way the rental car company will bill the insurance company directly. Rental car companies in the Plano area include:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car  – 2901 N Central Expy #110, Plano, TX 75075

National Car Rental  – 8100 Dallas Pkwy #105, Plano, TX 75024

Budget Car Rental  – 1330 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074

Hertz  – 3303 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75023

Enterprise Rent-A-Car  – 6800 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024

e. Keep track of any costs or expenses related to the accident or injury. Keep track of any bills, expenses, receipts, or other evidence of what you are having to pay out of pocket due to the accident. Give copies of what you have to your attorney so they can get you reimbursed for these items.

f. Be careful of anything you post on social media. Assume that the insurance adjuster and the lawyers for the insurance company will see anything you post on social media. Any post that shows you living a physically active life during the time you are claiming you are injured will be used against you to show that you must not be as injured as you say you are.

Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 to speak to Attorney Doug Goyen today, or contact us on our website contact form. We handle auto accident cases with personal injuries. We look forward to helping you with your case.

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TYPES OF CASES WE HANDLE

The Law Office of Doug Goyen handles personal injury cases throughout the state of Texas. This includes car crash cases (automobiles, 18 wheelers, motorcycles, pedestrians struck by vehicles, etc.), premises cases (such as injuries caused by a dangerous condition on a property), dog bite cases (or other animals where the owner let their animal loose or had a dangerous animal and the owner’s negligence causes injury to someone else), workplace injuries, and other injuries caused by the negligence or harmful acts of others.

Plano Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accidents

We deal with the insurance company and protect your rights while you focus on what you need to do to get better and take care of yourself and those around you.

Plano Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks do serious damage and cause serious injuries. We will fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve and protect your rights while you recover.

 

Plano DWI Accident Lawyer

DWI Accidents

Drunk drivers cause serious injuries and death every year. We fight their insurance companies to get you compensated for the damage and injury they have caused you.

Plano Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians struck by vehicles can suffer serious injuries. We represent people injured in by negligent drivers and help our clients get compensation for their injury.

Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are at risk of serious injury when struck by vehicles. We represent bicyclists who have been struck by negligent drivers.

 

Dram Shop Lawyer

Dram Shop Cases

When bars or restaurants continue to over-serve drunk people and those people cause accidents with injuries, we help clients recover compensation for their injuries.

 

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle Accidents

We protect the rights of motorcyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers. We fight to get all the compensation due from the insurance company.

Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises Liability

We help clients recover compensation for injuries caused by unsafe conditions on property. Businesses have a duty to their customers to keep their establishments safe.

Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog Bites

Dog owners who are irresponsible with their animals owe for any damage their negligence caused. We deal with the insurance company involved to get compensation for injuries caused by negligent dog owners.

Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful Death

When someone dies due to negligence the family and estate has a claim against the negligent parties that caused the death. We represent families and estates in recovering compensation for the harm done.

Personal Injury Attorney

Other Personal Injury

Personal injuries are caused by negligence, assaults, and other acts where those who caused the injury owe for the injury caused. We help people with personal injury case recover what they are owed for the damage caused.

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FREE CASE REVIEWS

If you or someone you know needs the assistance of a Plano car accident lawyer call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation and a free strategy session regarding your case. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, identification of the legal issues involved with your case, and identifying those legal issues that will help maximize your recovery in your case. We will email a copy of this strategy session to you for you to keep. Call us today.

PLANO, TEXAS INFORMATION

Plano, Texas is a suburb mostly within Collin County with a 2019 estimate of over 287,677 residents. The Law Office of Doug Goyen provides services to clients in Plano, Texas as well as all cities in the Collin/Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Europeans started settling in the area in the 1840s. Plano was incorporated in 1873.

Plano is the headquarters of businesses such as  Ericsson North America,  Dr. Pepper Snapple,  Toyota Motor North America,  Denbury, Inc,  Frito Lay, and many other businesses.

Plano ISD  serves most of the  City of Plano with three senior highs:  Plano Senior High School,  Plano East Senior High School, and  Plano West Senior High.

Auto accident resources in Plano, Texas

Visitors with accidents: If you are visiting Plano and have an auto accident and you now have an unexpected need for lodging and places to eat during your stay while dealing with the accident, the following restaurants, hotels, and activities are in Plano, Texas: 

Restaurants in Plano, Texas

Hotels in Plano, Texas

Attractions in Plano, Texas

DIRECTIONS TO OUR OFFICE

Click the following link for directions to our Addison office:

Law Office of Doug Goyen
15851 Dallas Pkwy #605,
Addison, Texas 75001

Directions to our office from Plano, Texas are as follows: Our office is conveniently located off the North Dallas Tollway a few miles from the Galleria. We located in the Madison Business Center at 15851 Dallas Pkwy #605, Addison, Texas 75001.  Head South on the Tollway, exit Keller Springs Road go thru Keller Springs Road. Our building, The Madison Business Center is the second building on your right at 15851 Dallas Pkwy #605, Addison, Texas 75001.

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@goyenlaw.com

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