Austin Car Accident Lawyer
Texas insurance law requires drivers to be insured for a minimum of $30,000 per injured person – up to $60,000 per accident – and $25,000 of property damage per accident. But in a serious crash, that coverage may not be enough.
If you’ve been injured in an vehicle accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call one of our Austin car accident lawyers today at (855) 414-1012 to find out if you have a case.
Understanding ‘Negligence’ in Crash Lawsuits
Negligence is a legal term that may describe action or inaction likely to cause harm. For example, a driver who causes a crash and flees the scene could be found negligent, due to inaction.
In some instances, those experiencing a personal injury in a crash may be partially at fault. That’s known as contributory negligence. Texas state law mandates modified comparative negligence when determining whether a driver is entitled to damages – if found to be less than 50 percent responsible for a crash, the driver may collect damages proportionate to his share of the blame.
Even if you share some fault for an accident, you might be able to recover damages. Contact a Austin car accident attorney at our office at (855) 414-1012 for information that can help you understand your options.
Dangers of Driving in Austin
To stay safe on the road, it’s important to limit distractions and be alert. And there are some situations and locations where you may need to be especially cautious.
Most of those accident fatalities were not the truck drivers, but the occupants of other vehicles. Texas large truck fatal crashes accounted for 12.6 percent of all such deaths in the country – a significantly larger proportion than any of the other states.
Texas drivers should be cautious when approaching or passing large trucks and be aware of large trucks in oncoming lanes. Most fatal large truck crashes occur in rural areas, according to the NHTSA. But cities can be dangerous for drivers, too.
Dallas, Austin, and Houston received poor marks in Allstate Insurance’s 2014 America’s Best Drivers Report, ranked as 174, 159, and 158, respectively, out of 200 cities. But there’s some good news, if you live in Brownsville: Allstate ranks your city as the second safest in the United States.
Costs of Texas Car Accidents
When you’re injured in a car accident, you might need surgery, require hospitalization, and need long-term rehabilitation care. You may also lose income, if you have to take time off work. Those financial losses can easily exceed the limits of a car insurance policy, especially if other family members were injured along with you.
We have successfully represented families who fell victim to negligent drivers on Texas roadways, including:
- A pregnant Fort Worth woman and her 4-year-old daughter, who were injured when a negligent driver struck their car head-on
- Three family members severely injured when a drunk driver crashed into their car in Austin
- A husband and wife who sustained major injuries in a Williamson County crash.
In 2013, the average cost for a visit to an emergency room was more than the average cost of a month’s rent. But that figure – $1,233 – was for common, relatively minor health problems, like a sprained ankle or upper respiratory infection. A few shockingly high figures were reported – such as $73,002 for treatment of a urinary tract infection.
An inexpensive procedure at one hospital may be unaffordable at another, because hospitals set their own rates. Even when you have insurance, your policy might not cover your total costs. There may be providers within a hospital that bill patients independently, so people may receive multiple bills, over a period of time.
Why Timing is Important for Your Accident Claim
In Texas, there is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims, so if you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t wait to get legal help from a passionate Austin car accident lawyer like Chip Evans. It may take more time than you anticipate to reach a settlement, which could cause financial hardship for you and your family. Find out whether you have a case, and how we can help you. Fill out our contact form now, so your future is not jeopardized by the passing of a deadline.
If you’ve been wronged in an accident in Austin, look no further than hiring Chip Evans and his amazing staff.
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