CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER Auto Accident Injury Litigation Austin
Auto accidents are frightening and overwhelming. Sadly, many of these crashes cause devastating injuries. The financial stress of growing medical bills and lost wages while recovering can be debilitating. Fortunately, you are not alone at this trying time. Shaw Cowart LLP’s car accident lawyers can assist.
We know a car accident can impact your life. We have helped many people with significant injuries from car accidents and will fight for the greatest compensation for you.
During this trying time, your main focus should be on healing your injuries. You don’t need the added stress of negotiating with the insurance company. We will handle your claim so you can focus on your family.
Our experts can explain your legal rights and alternatives in person. Call 512-858-8862 today for a free consultation. We service clients in Austin.
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- Texas Traffic Laws
- Texas auto accident rules are complex.
Texas follows the modified comparative negligence concept, which reduces your damages by the percentage of blame you bear. Furthermore, if you are found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will be denied compensation.
For example, if your damages are $100,000 and you are 25% at fault, your recovery is only $75,000 If you are determined to be 60% at fault, you get nothing. Because of these laws, proving the other driver’s negligence is critical. Our attorneys understand the laws governing comparative negligence and will go through every detail to show the other motorist was at blame.
Texas additionally mandates that all drivers carry the following minimum liability coverage:
- $30,000 per person, per accident
- $60,000 in total bodily harm liability
- Liability of $25,000 per accident
Remember that these are the legal minimums. Accidents often cause more damage than these minimum limitations cover. As a result, you may want to consider acquiring higher insurance coverage levels.
There are further deadlines for bringing a vehicle accident case, called statutes of limitations. To sue in Texas, you have two years from the date of the accident. After this date, you may lose your right to claim for damages.
Shaw Cowart LLP understands how these regulations affect your case and will ensure that all rules are followed so that you receive the most compensation.
What To Do After A Car Crash?
When Do You Need A Car Accident Lawyer?
Ideally, you should hire a vehicle accident attorney as soon as you are hurt. The insurance company will have a large legal team working against you to ensure you get as little compensation as possible. Your case will be handled by a trustworthy professional who knows the details of your case and has access to several legal resources.
Car Accident Damages
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Expenses for medical care now
- Expenses of Paycuts
- Loss of future earning ability Anguish
- Loss of life quality
- Vehicle damage
If the crash killed a loved one, you may be able to sue for wrongful death.
What Are Some Common Car Accident Injuries?
Car accident claims can involve a wide range of injuries. Among the most common injuries in car accidents are:
- Bones Split
- Bruises and Cuts
- TBIs (TBI)
- Disc Injuries
- Knee Pain
- Back Pain
- PTSD (PTSD)
In general, if your injury was caused by a car accident, you should claim it.
Uninsured or underinsured motorist accidents
Uninsured drivers are more common than you think. According to the Insurance Research Council, 14% of US drivers are uninsured. That’s nearly one in every seven drivers.
In Texas, all drivers are obliged to carry the above-mentioned minimum liability insurance limits. Some prefer to drive without insurance, while others lack appropriate coverage to adequately recompense you for your injuries. Be prepared if you are harmed in an automobile accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver.
While dealing with an uninsured motorist may appear simple, individuals who refuse to accept responsibility and insurance companies that refuse to compensate you can make the process difficult. Innocent drivers frequently receive significantly less money than they deserve owing to insurance companies or dishonest drivers. Fortunately, the vehicle accident attorneys at Shaw Coward LLP can help you fight for a fair settlement.
Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is a must-have for auto insurance. It protects you financially if you are harmed in an automobile accident caused by a driver who lacks appropriate insurance to pay your losses. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage pays for the following damages up to the policy limits:
- Expenses of
- Inability to earn in future
It is prudent to get the maximum uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage available from your insurer. The added peace of mind that this coverage provides is well worth the small monthly premium increase.
Car Accidents Caused By Texting
Distracted driving has been one of the top causes of car accidents as handheld electronic gadgets have become more widespread. While these portable devices are a big source of driver distraction, there are other ways to lose attention.
- Using a cell phone
- Using a GPS or in-dash navigation system
- An iPod or other music system set up
- Maps and directions
- Putting on makeup in the rearview
- Talking to other passengers
- Cell phone use while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions for other drivers. The National Safety Council estimates that cell phone use causes 28% of car accidents.
The NHTSA says:Sending a text message takes a driver off the road for about 5 seconds, which is enough time to drive the length of a football field.
Drunk driving brain activity is reduced by 37%. Talking on a cell phone increases your chance of a car accident by 4 times, while texting increases your risk by 23 times.
The following procedures can be taken to prove the other driver was using a cell phone at the time of the accident:
- Viewing traffic light surveillance footage
- Investigating eyewitnesses who saw the other driver on his
- Examining cell phone records to establish usage at the time of the accident
If the other driver in your vehicle accident was texting or otherwise distracted, it might greatly boost your chances of winning your case.
DUI Car Accidents
Even the safest and most responsible drivers might be put in danger by drunk drivers. As automobile accident attorneys who have represented victims of drunk driving, we know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
Several issues specific to drunk driving accidents might impact the result of your case, including:
In some cases, restaurants and bars can be held accountable for damages if they serve a clearly inebriated person who causes a car accident.
– Punitive damages – Additional compensation may be awarded to the victim to punish the drunk driver at fault and deter future offenses.
– Conviction – A drunk driver’s conviction can help your accident case.
– Shaw Cowart LLP will explore all compensation options, including utilizing Texas dram shop regulations and demanding punitive damages, to assist you maximize your recovery.
An infographic listing typical vehicle accident reasons.
Among the most common car flaws that cause significant injuries are:
- Uninflated or overinflated airbags can cause catastrophic head, neck, and shoulder injuries.
A defective seatbelt may not sufficiently restrain you in a collision, resulting in injury or death.
Inadequately designed doors can open during a collision, allowing people to be ejected.
- An inadequately-strengthened roof is required if a vehicle turns over. That’s why convertibles often have roll bars. But many hardtops aren’t strong enough to sustain rollovers.
Inadequate protection in side impacts – Side impacts can cause significant damage and injury. Insufficiently strengthened vehicle doors might cause serious injury or death.
Inadequately designed fuel systems or tanks can rupture in an accident, causing a deadly vehicle fire.
Defective tires can fail much before their advertised lifetime. This might cause tire blowouts or tread peeling off while driving. High-speed collisions can cause severe injuries.
Product liability law covers damage caused by defective products, such cars. Our lawyers will work with a team of engineers to thoroughly research your case and show that a defective car caused your injuries. This will offer you an edge in maximizing your compensation.