Austin Car Accident Attorney

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.

Car Accidents in Travis County in 2020

Austin crashes 2020 map

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.

Why Clients Choose Us

  • We have dedication. Our law firm has been committed to helping clients in Austin and throughout Texas for many years.
  • We have experience. We use our extensive legal experience in car accident and personal injury law to demand justice for negligence.
  • We have results. Our lawyers have achieved over $500 million in total awards for past clients. We have a 99% case success rate.
  • We have affordable rates. We take all Austin car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. You will have no out-of-pocket costs, win or lose.

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Have You Been Injured in a Motor Vehicle Crash?

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.

When to Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Austin, TX

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.

Serving Austin and all of Travis County

Our accident attorneys serve all of the communities in and around Austin, including:

  • Bee Cave
  • Dripping Springs
  • Downtown Austin
  • East Austin
  • Georgetown
  • Lake Travis
  • Lakeway
  • Plugerville
  • Rollingwood
  • Spidewood
  • Tarrytown
  • West Lake Hills
  • Westlake
  • Zilker

No matter where you are at, we can help you.

Common Car Crash Injuries

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.

What are the Most Common Causes of Austin Car Accidents?

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.

  • Distracted driving involves anything, such as smartphone use or eating while driving, that takes the driver’s attention away from the road and safe vehicle operation.
  • Driver inattention is similar to distracted driving in that the driver’s full attention is not on operating his or her vehicle and being aware of any potential accident hazards.
  • • Inexperienced and unlicensed drivers are frequently responsible for car accidents, especially young drivers in their first six months of driving.
  • Reckless, aggressive, or drunk driving goes beyond negligence, involving another party’s egregious conduct or wanton disregard for the safety of others.
  • Driving while fatigued is a real driving danger that has led to many car accidents, especially those that involve drivers of commercial vehicles who spend a significant amount of time driving for their job.
  • Failing to yield to another person’s right of way can lead to accidents when a driver fails to obey stoplights, road signs, and general rules of the road.
  • Speeding is a common factor in car accidents. Driving too fast makes it more difficult for drivers to react to hazards and avoid accidents. Injuries are often more severe in car accidents when speed is involved.
  • Tailgating  can lead to rear-end accidents because drivers have little room for error and limited time to react when leading drivers stop or slow their vehicles.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance, such as failing to maintain breaks and tires, can lead to vehicle failures and car accidents.
  • Dangerous or defective roads conditions can be perilous for unsuspecting drivers. Examples of dangerous or defective conditions include highway ruts, inadequate warning signs, and insufficient guardrails.
  • Vehicle defects such as brake and steering failures may lead to vehicle manufacturers’ responsibility for accidents and injuries.

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.

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Car Accident Laws in Texas

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.

  • Fault-based insurance system. Like most states in the US, Texas uses a fault-based insurance law. During a car accident case, victims can hold the at-fault party liable for damages. In contrast, in a no-fault state, victims will seek recovery through their auto insurance companies regardless of fault.
  • Statute of limitations. It is imperative to file a car accident lawsuit within two years of the date of the crash or the date of injury discovery. This is the statute of limitations on all personal injury claims in Texas. If you miss your time limit, the courts in Travis County will most likely deny your claim.
  • Comparative negligence. Based on Texas’ modified comparative negligence law, a plaintiff may still recover some compensation for an auto accident he or she contributed to. The courts will reduce the plaintiff’s recovery by his or her percentage of fault. As long as the victim bears less than half the responsibility for the accident, he or she may still recover compensation.

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.

What to Do After a Car Accident in Austin

After an accident, taking the following steps can help you preserve evidence and protect your personal injury claim:

  • Seek medical attention. It is important to have your injuries evaluated after an accident to ensure that you are treated as soon as possible. Sometimes you may not initially recognize the extent of your injuries, but a medical evaluation may lead to an early injury discovery. Your medical records from the visit will also help make a record of your accident-related injuries.
  • Contact the police to make an accident report. If your injuries allow you to briefly delay immediate medical treatment, it is helpful to remain at the scene of the accident to share your version of events with the responding officer.
  • Do not make any admissions against your own interests. Even if you think you were partially at fault for the accident, you should only recite the facts to the officer and not make any statements about your own fault and liability.
  • Take photos of the accident scene. Photos may provide evidence supporting your claim, especially if photos are taken before any vehicles or other evidence are moved or changed.
  • Take notes about the accident. Accident details can quickly fade from your memory, so taking notes about all of the details will be helpful later on in the legal process. Important details may include recollections of traffic lights and signs, vehicle speeds, and comments made by witnesses.
  • Get witness contact information. Take down contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident or was on the scene after the accident occurred.
  • Look for potential recordings of the accident. Nearby businesses or homes may have security cameras that recorded the accident.
  • Do not speak with insurance representatives or attorneys for other parties until you have consulted with an attorney. Anything you say to other people about your injuries and the accident may be used against you in your personal injury claim.
  • Contact a car accident attorney, especially if you have suffered significant injuries and damages. Injured claimants who are represented by an attorney are typically more successful and secure greater compensation than those who represent themselves in car accident claims.

How is Negligence Determined?

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:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care. This is a straightforward element in car accident cases that is not usually difficult to satisfy. In general, drivers have a duty to drive with care and caution and to follow Texas driving laws.
  • The defendant breached that duty of care. Evidence of the defendant’s misconduct, such as texting while driving, intoxicated driving, or failing to yield to another’s right of way, can be used to demonstrate the defendant’s breach of duty.
  • The defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident. It is not enough to show that the defendant was driving carelessly or recklessly. You also need to show that it was the defendant’s careless or reckless conduct that caused the accident.
  • Your injuries and damages were caused by the accident. Not only will you put forth evidence to demonstrate the extent of your injuries and damages, but you also need to show that your injuries were a direct result of the accident. This element is sometimes an issue when the claimant has a pre-existing condition or did not follow through with recommended medical care after an accident.

Who is Liable for My Medical Expenses?

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.

What Compensation is Available in Austin?

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.

Contact an Austin Car Accident Lawyer Now

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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Streets in Travis County With the Most Accidents & Injuries

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.

Street Crashes Injuries Injuries Fatalities
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
SLAUGHTER 100 88 5 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
BURNET RD 122 75 2 1
N IH 35 SVRD NB 132 75 2 1
CAMERON RD 124 75 4 0
N FM 973 RD 102 72 1 0
DESSAU RD 122 72 3 4
FM 969 95 70 4 1
E RIVERSIDE DR 87 63 2 1
MENCHACA RD 70 62 5 1
W US 290 HWY 119 62 8 1
AIRPORT BLVD 99 61 2 3
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
RESEARCH BLVD 95 57 6 1
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
FM 685 122 50 2 0
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
SPRINGDALE RD 60 39 3 0
MANCHACA RD 54 38 2 1
FM 812 76 37 0 1
S IH 35 SVRD SB 57 37 2 0
LOYOLA LN 39 36 4 1
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
BURLESON RD 51 32 2 0
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
GUADALUPE ST 74 31 1 0
E STASSNEY 32 30 0 0
N N IH 35 34 30 3 1
FM 1431 59 30 5 0
RESEARCH BLVD SVRD SB BLVD 44 29 1 0
N HEATHERWILDE BLVD 66 29 1 0
RESEARCH BLVD SVRD NB 34 28 3 1
BURNET RD 38 28 1 1
N LAMAR BLVD 42 28 1 0
IH 35 SVRD 25 28 0 0
METRIC BLVD 47 27 5 1
S CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY 49 27 0 0
E MANOR 43 27 3 0
N CAPITAL OF TEXAS 29 27 0 0
E E RIVERSIDE DR 50 27 0 0
SOUTHWEST PKWY 34 27 0 0
S 620 RD 51 26 3 1
DESSAU RD 28 26 2 0
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
FM 2222 50 24 2 1
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
PEARCE LN 43 22 0 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
BERKMAN DR 27 20 1 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.