If all drivers were safe, prudent and responsible, thousands of lives would be saved every year. Unfortunately, drivers and other parties, such as employers, are often negligent and reckless, which leads to many preventable car accidents. Often, someone is injured through no fault of their own. In times like these, it’s important to have experienced attorneys with a provide track record of results representing you.
If you or a loved one was in an auto accident in Austin, contact the Austin personal injury lawyers at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm right away to discuss your rights. You may be able to file a claim against a driver and/or other parties in pursuit of a financial award. Our Austin car accident lawyers can help you pursue justice and fair compensation.
According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, a person is injured in a car crash every 2 minutes and 3 seconds in Texas and a person is killed every 2 hours and 26 minutes. Tens of thousands of serious injuries from car accidents occur in Texas each year. In Travis County alone, there were over 17,000 motor vehicle collisions in 2020. See the list of the top 100 streets where car accidents occurred most often in Travis County.
Car accidents are a leading cause of accidental injuries and death in Austin and across the state. In minor accidents, motor vehicle occupants can often walk away from the collision without serious injuries. Unfortunately, other accidents can cause severe and sometimes devastating injuries.
If you have been injured in an automobile collision, you know that post-accident matters can be complex, and recovering fair compensation for your losses is often a challenging process. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to negotiate with because they want to pay as little as possible for their claims. Recovering compensation is even more challenging when the responsible party disputes liability.
When injuries are temporarily or permanently disabling, missed work and lost income can make matters more stressful for you and your family. Answering calls from insurance adjusters, calculating your total losses, handling medical appointments and bills, and negotiating a settlement agreement can be difficult when you are trying to recover from your injuries.
You do not have to negotiate a car accident insurance settlement or handle a lawsuit alone. Hire a lawyer for an experienced professional’s advice and assistance. An Austin car accident lawyer can represent you during conversations and negotiations with an insurance claims adjuster, improving your chances of securing positive results.
If a settlement does not work, your lawyer can take the defendant to trial in Travis County. A trial could force the defendant to pay fair compensation for your damages. The defendant may have to pay for your legal fees and court costs as part of a judgment. While it can benefit you to contact an attorney after any auto accident in Austin, it is especially important to obtain legal advice if your case involves serious injuries, a crime (i.e. a hit-and-run accident), wrongful death, or insurance bad faith.
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Car accident injuries can range from mild to moderate or severe. Even mild injuries can lead to additional post-accident complications. Defendants and insurance companies often try to downplay plaintiffs’ injuries and make allegations that the plaintiff is faking or embellishing his or her injuries. Unfortunately, this is a common defense tactic used to try to reduce the plaintiff’s compensation.
However, an experienced car accident attorney will have the skills and resources necessary to help you prove the extent of your injuries. Some injuries can’t be seen on an x-ray or in other types of medical imaging, such as soft tissue injuries like whiplash and other strains and sprains. Medical experts can be used to help with injury evaluation and expert testimony to help prove your injuries.
In addition to soft tissue damage, other common car crash injuries include traumatic brain injuries, broken and crushed bones, torn muscles and ligaments, spinal cord injuries, and disfigurement. The most severe car accident injuries can cause long-term disability, such as brain damage and paralysis.
One of the tasks a car accident lawyer from the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm can perform for you is a thorough investigation into the cause of your crash. Our investigators can take steps such as calling eyewitnesses, collecting evidence, revisiting the scene of the accident, hiring experts, speaking to physicians, gathering records, and hiring reconstructionists to better understand who or what caused your car accident. Then, we can help you file a claim against the at-fault party.
Most collisions in Austin trace back to human error. Negligent or reckless drivers and vehicle owners can cause preventable vehicle accidents. If the driver was on duty at the time of the accident, his or her employer may be vicariously liable for damages. Other parties could be at fault as well, including the City of Austin for a roadway defect. Speak to our car accident attorneys to find out who might be responsible for your crash.
To achieve the best possible results for your car accident claim, you must have at least a basic understanding of Texas’ related laws. That way, you can navigate them and exercise your rights. Otherwise, you could miss a step or make a mistake that hurts your chances of obtaining compensation, such as missing your deadline to file a claim. A conversation with our Austin car crash lawyers can answer any questions you may have about how the State of Texas handles car accident cases.
Contact us for a more in-depth overview of Texas’ car accident laws. We can let you know how they might apply to your case. If we accept you as a client, our lawyers can navigate all relevant laws on your behalf. We can demand full compensation for your damages based on how much we believe the law entitles you to receive. We can also take care of complex filing processes and requirements for you.
After an accident, taking the following steps can help you preserve evidence and protect your personal injury claim:
Most car accidents are caused by human error, such as distracted driving, failing to observe a stop sign, or turning in front of an oncoming vehicle. In a personal injury claim, the claimant generally sets forth evidence that proves the defendant’s negligence caused the car accident.
Texas is a fault-based car accident state, which means that the person whose negligence caused the accident is responsible for the resulting injuries and damages.
In some cases, the accident fault is uncontested, and the claimant only has to prove the losses that he or she suffered as a result of the accident. When liability is contested, however, the following specific elements must be satisfied to prove that the defendant’s conduct amounted to negligence:
In personal injury cases, the person who caused your accident is responsible for the medical expenses related to your accident injuries. As mentioned above, Texas’s comparative fault laws provide that damages, including medical expenses, are paid in proportion to the defendant’s share of fault.
If you or another party is found to be partially at fault for the accident, the defendant will pay your medical expenses according to the defendant’s share of fault. For example, if the defendant was 75% at fault for the accident, he or she will pay 75% of your medical expenses. If the defendant was solely responsible for the accident, he or she will pay 100% of your accident-related medical expenses.
There are many reasons to file a car accident lawsuit. Bringing the at-fault driver or another defendant to justice could punish the individual for reckless or wanton acts. It could also institute safety changes on a larger scale, such as by pushing for legislation that could help prevent similar tragedies in the future. A positive result could also bring you and your family peace, closure and justice after a devastating car accident. Finally, a lawsuit for a car crash could result in compensation for your losses. As a car accident survivor in Texas, you could be eligible for damages such as medical bills, property repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, legal expenses, and punitive damages. If you choose to hire us, we will fight for maximum compensation for you.
Find out what your car accident case could be worth during a free consultation at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm today. Our Austin accident attorneys can review your crash claim for free, explain your rights and let you know if you have grounds for a lawsuit. If so, we may offer to represent you during negotiations with insurance companies, or a trial in Travis County. For more information, contact us through our website, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call us directly at (512) 888-7777.
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Below are the top 100 streets in Travis County where the most accidents, injuries and fatalities took place in 2020. If you or a family member were involved in a motor vehicle collision on any of the streets below, please call our office right away. It’s important that you don’t lose any evidence that can help you win your case.
|S IH 35 HWY||315||216||6||3|
|N LAMAR BLVD||282||191||12||2|
|S MOPAC EXPY||206||108||4||0|
|W PARMER LN||151||96||3||2|
|N N IH 35 SB||141||96||0||1|
|W WILLIAM CANNON DR||105||91||7||0|
|E BEN WHITE BLVD||116||85||6||1|
|S CONGRESS AVE||111||81||7||1|
|N IH 35 NB||116||79||4||1|
|S S IH 35 NB||124||77||3||3|
|N IH 35 SB HWY||139||76||2||0|
|N IH 35 SVRD NB||132||75||2||1|
|N FM 973 RD||102||72||1||0|
|E RIVERSIDE DR||87||63||2||1|
|W US 290 HWY||119||62||8||1|
|N N IH 35 NB||134||60||0||1|
|S S IH 35 SB HWY||101||60||1||2|
|N IH 35 SVRD SB||93||58||4||0|
|N IH 35 SVRD NB||109||57||1||1|
|E PECAN ST||132||56||3||0|
|W ANDERSON LN||112||56||4||3|
|E BRAKER LN||59||56||3||0|
|W HOWARD LN||83||54||0||2|
|W OLTORF ST||54||48||6||0|
|E RIVERSIDE DR||54||48||5||0|
|W WELLS BRANCH PKWY||91||46||2||0|
|S SH 130 HWY||93||42||4||0|
|E 290 HWY||107||41||1||1|
|N US 183 HWY||57||41||3||1|
|E SH 71||89||40||1||0|
|S 1ST ST||76||39||3||1|
|N PLEASANT VALLEY RD||50||39||0||0|
|FM 620 RD||68||39||1||1|
|S IH 35 SVRD SB||57||37||2||0|
|E CESAR CHAVEZ ST||52||36||4||1|
|N N IH 35 SVRD SB||78||36||3||1|
|S BRODIE LN||51||35||3||0|
|W STASSNEY LN||46||34||2||3|
|E RUNDBERG LN||43||34||2||2|
|RESEARCH BLVD SB||54||33||1||1|
|W PARMER LN||47||32||1||0|
|S IH 35 SVRD NB||39||32||4||0|
|E MARTIN LUTHER KING JR||28||31||0||0|
|N N IH 35||34||30||3||1|
|RESEARCH BLVD SVRD SB BLVD||44||29||1||0|
|N HEATHERWILDE BLVD||66||29||1||0|
|RESEARCH BLVD SVRD NB||34||28||3||1|
|N LAMAR BLVD||42||28||1||0|
|IH 35 SVRD||25||28||0||0|
|S CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY||49||27||0||0|
|N CAPITAL OF TEXAS||29||27||0||0|
|E E RIVERSIDE DR||50||27||0||0|
|S 620 RD||51||26||3||1|
|W US HWY 290||74||26||1||0|
|NE DECKER LN||33||25||3||0|
|W 71 HWY||64||25||4||2|
|E BEN WHITE BLVD EB||47||25||4||0|
|ANDERSON MILL RD||36||25||1||1|
|N LAMAR BLVD||54||25||5||0|
|E E OLTORF ST||37||25||0||0|
|W PARMER LN||24||23||1||0|
|RESEARCH BLVD NB BLVD||49||23||2||3|
|S S CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY NB||39||23||0||0|
|S CONGRESS AVE||22||23||3||0|
|AIRPORT BLVD BLVD||40||22||2||1|
|W BRAKER LN||20||22||1||0|
|S S CONGRESS AVE||23||22||1||0|
|ED BLUESTEIN BLVD||44||21||1||1|
|W E US 290 HWY SVRD WB||25||21||0||0|
|E 7TH ST||35||21||5||0|
|S CONGRESS AVE||33||20||1||0|
|FM 2222 RD RD||21||20||4||0|
|BLAKE MANOR RD||37||19||4||0|
|N N MOPAC EXPY NB||50||19||0||0|
|E E WILLIAM CANNON DR||27||19||2||0|
Our Austin car accident lawyers will do everything in our power to maximize the settlement you receive. If the insurance company does not offer you a fair and just settlement, we will take your case to trial in order to try and obtain a verdict that pays you what you deserve. Call now for your free, no obligation consultation.