La Grange & Austin Car Accident Attorney
Fayette, Bastrop, and Colorado County Car Accident Attorneys
Thousands of individuals are injured in automobile accidents each year and are left with lingering pain and suffering and expensive medical bills. These accidents often cause a variety of injuries ranging from minor scrapes, lacerations and bruises to whiplash, broken bones, loss of limbs, and even traumatic brain injuries. At times, car accident victims may be unable to work for extended periods of time, which can become a financial burden for them and their loved ones. By engaging the services of an experienced car accident attorney, it is possible to lift that burden by obtaining significant compensation.
I routinely represent auto accident victims in the state of Texas. I offer each client knowledge and compassion and have a well-earned reputation for successfully pursuing personal injury claims.
Common Causes of Automobile Accidents
Although all drivers have a duty of care not to injure others while operating a motor vehicle, driver errors contribute to numerous accidents, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI/DUI)
- Running red lights/stop signs
- Driver fatigue
- Improper turning
- Reckless driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Mechanical defects
What is negligence?
In order to have a successful claim, it is necessary to show the following four elements of negligence: (1) the other driver had a duty of care to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner, (2) the other driver breached that duty, (3) the other driver’s actions caused the accident, and (4) injuries or monetary losses were directly caused by the accident.
Additionally, if an accident was caused by defects in the road, a faulty traffic signal, inoperable streetlights, or a collision with a public vehicle (e.g. sanitation truck, police car, ambulance), it may be possible to pursue a claim against the responsible town, municipality, county or state. Before pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, however, it is necessary to file a Notice of Claim with the appropriate government agency within 180 days of the accident. Finally, if an automobile accident was due to a mechanical defect, such as faulty brakes, tires, or airbag injuries, a product liability lawsuit can be brought against the negligent manufacturer or distributor.
What to Do After an Automobile Accident
After an automobile accident in Texas, you should call the police and seek medical treatment. This is crucial since the police reports will be needed as evidence in your personal injury claim. Even if you feel fine, a doctor should examine you. While high impact collisions can obviously lead to catastrophic injuries, people can also be injured in “minor” fender benders. At times these injuries may not surface for days or even weeks. A doctor can help to diagnose any injuries and alert you to warning signs that may indicate you have been injured. By failing to seek medical treatment in a reasonable amount of time, you may forfeit your right to obtain compensation for future medical expenses.
Additionally, it is helpful to collect any additional information such as the other driver’s contact and insurance information, and the names and contact information of any witnesses. Also, take pictures of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles and your injuries if possible. Finally, if you were injured, you will likely need to be treated by doctors and other medical professionals. It is crucial to receive proper treatment and also obtain records of doctor visits, surgical procedures, radiological tests, prescriptions and rehabilitative care that will support your personal injury claim.
Austin & La Grange Auto Accident Attorneys
Since 1995, I have helped car accident victims obtain meaningful compensation. Regardless of the nature of your injuries, you will have peace of mind knowing that your legal team is by your side. Because these claims often require negotiating with an insurance company, I will leverage my knowledge and skill to make sure you receive the full value of your claim, which also considers any future injuries and medical expenses. If the insurer fails to make a fair and reasonable offer, I will take your case to court.
I can help you recover damages such as lost wages, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering and other losses. Moreover, I handle all accident cases on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay any attorneys unless your claim is successful. My objective is to fight for your rights so that you can focus on recovering and getting back to your normal routine. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, please call me at 979.968.3783 and I will be happy to evaluate your situation. I am here to help you if I can.