May 26, 2017 Last Updated 6:14 PM, Jun 22, 2016

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The Chain Reaction of a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident sets off a chain reaction. After the accident, a flurry of thoughts begin rushing through your mind: “Was the accident my fault,” “Are my passengers okay,” “Is my vehicle totaled,” and “What happens next”?

Along with these questions comes the pain of injuries and also a flood of emotions such as stress, worry, and even guilt. The emotional weight only adds to the difficult task before you of handling insurance companies, paying for repairs, and possible doctor visits for injuries.

Bottom line, accidents make life more difficult. Our team of Texas attorneys are here to help you put your life back together.

You’re Entitled to Compensation

If you have been hit and hurt in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Many of our clients are awarded money that helps cover their mounting medical expenses. Others are unable to work for an extended period of time following a wreck and can earn back lost wages. Some receive money for the pain and suffering they endure. There are times, as well, when damage to property may be covered as well.

Wrongful Death

In the worst incidences, a wreck may result in the death of a family member. We understand that each life is precious and can never be replaced. In addition to suffering that tragic loss, families must deal with the after-effects of such misfortunes. The death of a family member results in loss of income as well as funeral costs and medical bills. If you’ve been involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a loved one, the surviving relatives may be entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death suit.

Help is a Click or Call Away

Our legal team works hard to help those involved in a car accident receive the justice they deserve. We have the experience and ability to go up against the big insurance companies, lawyers, and drivers involved. We are here to help you through this stressful experience. Contact us today to discuss your case at no charge.

Crossing the Street

Going for a jog or enjoying a walk around the neighborhood is something many folks do each day. There are many children who cross streets everyday as they head to and from school. It is an activity that we rarely give thought to when it comes to safety as we trust motorist to obey the law and yield to pedestrians. However, the sad fact is that, on average, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes each year and another 76,000 are injured.

Distracted Drivers

Motorists are faced with many more distractions in the car these days. Many drivers are tempted to send a quick text or check social media while driving, believing that it will only take a second. During the short amount of time it takes to type and send a text or check a status, they might miss the crosswalk warning or a stop sign and slam into an innocent person crossing the street. Such an injury causes both physical and emotional damage and can lead to unpaid medical bills, loss of income, and in several cases – the death of a loved one.

We are Here to Help You, 24/7

Our compassionate Texas attorneys know how to help people who have been hit and hurt due to someone else’s lack of attention. We will take care of you throughout the entire process and will fight to bring you the financial compensation and justice you deserve. Click or call us today for your free consultation; we are ready to help you.

Slip-and-Fall

Accidents happen. Most folks can think of a time when they’ve been walking through a store, such as Wal-Mart, or their apartment complex and they’ve slipped. Some catch their balance; many others take an unfortunate fall. Such accidents can result in lacerations, fractures, broken bones, or concussions. In fact, falls account for over 8 million emergency room visits each year.

You May be Entitled to Compensation

Such injuries can lead to medical bills, ongoing therapy, or lost wages. Our team of attorneys have years of experience going up against the big insurance companies that represent retail chain stores and apartment complexes, and we can help get you the compensation you’re entitled to.

Get Back on Your Feet

Our Dallas and Houston attorneys care for those in our community and we strive to help them get back on their feet. We will keep you updated throughout the entire legal process and will work to bring you the justice and compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. Click or call today to learn about your legal options.

When these lethal machines are in collisions, the results can be catastrophic – physically, emotionally, and financially. Trucking companies know this, so the instant they are notified of a collision involving one of their vehicles, they start protecting themselves.


The fight for justice has never been easy. Having a powerful team behind you will help. The law firms of Baron & Budd and Godsey – Martin are each powerful in their own right. Joined together, they form a team that big corporations, trucking companies, and defense lawyers must respect. The legal expertise of our two firms is a force for delivering just outcomes. Those injured in big truck wrecks will have their voices heard. With our team by your side the only story told will be the truth.

David Godsey and Justin Martin started Godsey Martin in order to advocate Justice. Over the years David Godsey has seen how big companies such as the insurance industry approach justice. After seeing a pattern of greed he decided to take his knowledge and apply it to protecting his community. As the firm continues to grow in size so does their message. Congratulations to our fierce leader David Godsey on receiving the Texas Wesleyan School of Law 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Why did you become an attorney?

“I’ve always had a passion for helping people. Throughout my childhood and early adulthood I participated in organizations that were geared to help people. I hold a bachelor’s in Social Work, so during my college years I spent a lot of time continuing that passion. Once I graduated from college, I was presented with a unique opportunity to work with family, as well as join a profession that strives to help those navigate the legal waters. At that time, I decided to enter law school and since then I’ve been helping injury victims obtain justice.”

Fun Fact:

“My wife, who is also an attorney, and I have three beautiful children. I played wide receiver on a football scholarship during college and was a four-year letter winner. I spend most of my free time raising my children and relaxing with my wife.”

Why did you become an attorney?

“Atticus Finch (an attorney in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) is the reason I became a lawyer.

At one point in the book, Atticus says: ‘. . . there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution gentlemen, is a court. It can be the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest JP court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve. Our courts have their faults as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.’

Fun Fact:

“I have tried over 100 jury trials in my 15+ year career, spending over a decade defending cases for insurance companies, so I know their tricks better than most. In my spare time, I enjoy physical fitness and the outdoors in all its forms - from boating and hiking to hunting and fishing. I have been a competitive marksman in several different disciplines since childhood. I’ve also been a state record holder in Oklahoma in power lifting and was the three time Oklahoma Karate Association divisional champion back in the 1990’s during my college years. I am married and have 3 children.”

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Accidents can leave you injured, confused, and in need of legal assistance.

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