Lawyers for Car Accidents in Austin, TX
A car accident can be one of the most traumatic events a person experiences. With thousands of auto-related crashes occurring in the Austin, TX area annually, it is a reality that many individuals and families must face – that they may be in a collision with another car, truck, motorcycle or stationary object. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, reach out to an experienced Austin Car Accident Attorney at Treviño Trial Law.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are numerous hazards and conditions that can lead to collisions on the road. Here is a list of just some of the most common causes:
- Reckless driving – This includes unsafe lane changes, speeding, running red lights, and tailgating
- DUI or drug dui
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue or inattentiveness
- Over-correcting or loss of control
- Bad road or weather conditions
- Mechanical defect or failure
Injuries stemming from auto accidents can range from mild to catastrophic. When you’re injured, it can be difficult to carry out the most basic of functions needed to care for yourself and your family. You may be unable to work and have long-lasting medical treatment, making it hard to provide for your family.
Injuries Caused By Car Accidents
Even accidents that happen at low speeds and those that are considered fender benders can cause injury to the drivers and passengers of motor vehicles. Sometimes the injuries are immediate and obvious, while others may not be apparent for several hours or even days after the incident occurs. Some of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents are:
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Broken Bones
What To Do If You’ve Been In An Accident
It is recommended that you take the following steps if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident:
STOP – You should never leave the scene of an accident, even if it appears to be minor. You could be arrested for driving or walking away. If your vehicle is drivable, pull off to the side of the road to get out of traffic. It could be dangerous to remain on the road. Use flares if you have them or turn on your emergency flashers to warn other motorists that an accident has occurred.
SEEK MEDICAL CARE – If you or anyone in your vehicle has been hurt and you need urgent medical care, call 911. If you don’t believe you were injured, it is still recommended to be seen by a medical professional as injuries aren’t always immediately apparent. You also may need medical documentation if you wish to file a claim against another negligent party.
CALL THE POLICE – Even if no one is injured, calling the police is a good idea. Not only can they help control traffic, making it more safe for everyone, but they will make a report, collect evidence, and talk to potential witnesses. These are key elements when seeking restitution through insurance companies and/or personal injury claims.
TAKE NOTE AND PHOTOS – If possible, take a moment to look around you and note the particulars of the area. Details may be forgotten later, so note the time of day, the weather condition and how many people were in both vehicles, drivers, and passengers. Most people carry a cell phone with a camera so it is a good idea to get photos of your own. Take photos of your vehicle and the vehicle of the other persona involved. Take a picture of their license plate, driver’s license and insurance card to have a handy record of it. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask for their names and contact information. In a claim where liability is not necessarily obvious, witnesses may play a key role in determining what really happened.
CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY – Once you are safe and have received medical attention, if necessary, contact your insurer. Most insurance companies have a 24-hour helpline or claim representatives available whatever time of day it is. They will ask pertinent information from you and will document it in your claim file. They also will be able to help with things such as obtaining a rental car and getting your vehicle repaired.
GET EXPERIENCED LEGAL GUIDANCE – Car accidents are frightening and confusing and you may not know where to turn if you have questions. The driver of the other vehicle involved may deny responsibility, leaving you to worry and wonder how you will get the medical treatment you need and compensation for lost time and income. Even if the responsible party admits fault, their insurance company will try to pay out the minimum amount of money possible. You don’t have to accept their lowball offer.
Proving Negligence In An Austin, TX Car Accident
There are four important elements that must be met in order to have a successful car accident claim. You must demonstrate the following elements of negligence:
- The other driver had a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner
- The other driver breached that duty
- The actions of the other driver caused the accident
- The accident directly caused your injuries and monetary losses
Get Skilled and Compassionate Representation – Get Treviño Trial Law!
Our firm has the experience to help you navigate the complexities of an Austin car accident claim. At Treviño Trial Law, our Austin Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to getting you justice and maximizing the compensation you receive. We will investigate the incident, collect and preserve pertinent evidence, get medical reports and expert opinions, and get your claim moving toward settlement or trial if needed. During this difficult time, you need to concentrate on recovering and getting your life back to normal. We’re here to help you. Contact us today at (512) 401-3444 or fill out our form online.