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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Texas. In 2019, there were 3,610 deaths and thousands of more injuries caused by car accidents in Texas alone. Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye. Someone may be driving down the road and going about their day when their life is changed by the negligence of another. Accidents can lead to serious injury, medical bills, missed time from work, pain, and suffering, as well as other damages. 

Getting compensation for your losses involves dealing with the insurance company of the other driver, which is never a good idea to do without legal guidance if you’ve been injured. Contacting a skilled car accident attorney immediately is important for one who has been injured in an auto wreck. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, reach out to us today. We have a team of expert car accident lawyers with decades of combined experience ready to get you the justice you deserve.

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“I have never been in this situation and I didn’t know who to call. I’m glad I chose DC Law. My paralegal was great and answered my questions and concerns. My lawyer, Yurbin Valasquez, was always in my corner. They settled my case swiftly and were always worried about my well being, and wanted me to get better and not worry about anything. I hope to never get in a car wreck again, but if I do, they will be the only ones I call. They really care about you.”

– Kristen B.
Rear-ended while exiting 183

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“Our goal is to get you through the process of receiving compensation for your car accident as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can focus on getting life back on track.”

Car accidents are a common roadway occurrence. On average, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S. annually. In Texas, a crash occurs every 58 seconds based on reported accidents in 2018. Anyone can be a victim at any time, so it’s important to know what to do if you are involved in a crash. Read on to learn more about what to expect after a car accident and the eight immediate steps you should take.

CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN AUSTIN

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and often in the blink of an eye. But the consequences can be severe, and sometimes, fatal. In the city of Austin, there is an abundance of cars on the roads every day, and our city’s infrastructure wasn’t necessarily built with this much traffic in mind. Combine that with constant construction, an influx of new residents, and travelers exploring our city, the chances of getting into a car accident in Austin are fairly high. 

Some of the main causes of car accidents include:

MOST COMMON INJURIES AFTER A CAR CRASH

Injuries from a car crash can be debilitating and affect you for years. Injuries sustained in a car accident can keep you out of work, decrease the quality of your life, and leave you with serious medical debt. 

The most common injuries sustained in car accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

WHERE DO MOST CAR ACCIDENTS OCCUR IN AUSTIN?

According to city officials, these four intersections are the most accident-prone in Austin:

  • I-35 service road & Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • U.S. 183 service road & Cameron Road
  • North Lamar Boulevard, between Rutland Drive & Rundberg Lane
  • North Lamar Boulevard & Parmer Lane

Learn more about what to do after a car accident here

Why DC Law?

Attorney Dan Christensen is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is listed among the small percentage of licensed attorneys in the state of Texas (about 7%) who have earned the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. This distinct designation sets DC Law apart as being a law firm with the highest public commitment to excellence in the field of personal injury law.

Dan is also a SuperLawyer, a nomination only 5% of attorneys share. This award is based on various indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition and undergoes a rigorous peer review process. Dan is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the membership of which is reserved for attorneys who have tried at least 10 civil jury trials as lead counsel. Such distinctions put DC Law head and shoulders above the competition.

Making a difference in the lives of our clients

“I want to give thanks to everyone at DC Law! They helped me so much with my case. They were attentive to all of my concerns and their staff was always there for me. I would definitely recommend them to anyone I know.”

CATALINAPersonal Injury Client

“My husband and I were very pleased with the care given to my case. I won't lie, I was nervous about having to consult a lawyer, but knew it was necessary when I was not getting treated by the company responsible for my accident as I felt I deserved to be treated. We couldn't have been more pleased. The entire staff at DC Law made us feel comfortable in our pursuit of fairness. They were all very knowledgeable, thorough, and pleasant to work with. I would definitely use them again, and recommend them to others.”

MARILYNPersonal Injury Client

“DC Law have been so helpful to me and my daughter. I haven't had to worry about anything. The paralegal that's working on my case is always reassuring me every time I talk to her that they're going to take care of things, that I don't need to worry about anything. They always keeping me informed about anything new thats going on or might be coming up. I could tell they were genuinely concerned for my daughter and all the suffering that she's gone through in these last 5 months.”

JESSICAPersonal Injury Client

“Dan Christensen's team did an AWESOME job coaching me through my case. This was my 1st & hopefully my last injury accident so SUPER happy I had them there to help. Definitely feel a lot better than the pain and discomfort I felt at the time of the accident. They continuously assured me that every bit of the doctors visit would be taking care of. They have a Great team and I actually received thousands of dollars more than I expected for the diligent work they did to restore my life to as close to the lifestyle I had before the accident.”

DERRICKPersonal Injury Client

“Excellent service and very professional got us service very quickly. I did not have to wait to be seen, thank you to DC Law.”

MARIAPersonal Injury Client

Why You Should Hire a Car Accident Attorney

Car accident victims can often receive financial compensation for their injuries. Under Texas law, whether you can receive compensation will depend on fault—in other words, who is responsible for the accident.

Imagine you were driving down the road when someone speeding in the other direction pulls into your lane to illegally pass someone. You don’t have time to swerve and you hit the vehicle head-on. In this example, the driver who pulled into your lane illegally is at fault, because he did not pass with sufficient care.

Although you can receive compensation, you still need an attorney to help your case. Here are the top reasons why.

AN ATTORNEY CAN ESTABLISH FAULT

Not all accidents are clear cut. In some accidents, like a sideswipe, either vehicle might be to blame. Insurers will sometimes argue about fault because they can eliminate or reduce the amount they pay you if you share some of the blame for the crash.

Your attorney can find the evidence necessary to show that another driver is to blame. Your lawyer can:

  • Review the police report
  • Find surveillance video if your accident happened in a parking or lot or near a business
  • Help you record your own memories of what happened
  • Interview witnesses to the crash
  • Analyze medical records
  • Inspect the damage to your vehicle

With this evidence, your lawyer can try to reconstruct what happened and present a coherent story to the insurance companies explaining that the other driver is at fault.

A LAWYER CAN NEGOTIATE ON YOUR BEHALF

If the insurance company accepts that its insured is responsible for the crash, then you will need to negotiate a settlement, which should cover all your losses. Many of our clients need money for:

  •         Medical care
  •         Lost wages
  •         Property damage, such as damage to their vehicles
  •         Pain and suffering

Some insurers play hardball. They will make a very low initial offer, hoping you will accept out of desperation. Many of our clients are too hurt to work and need money to cover bills, so they feel pressured to accept the first settlement.

As experienced Austin car accident attorneys, we can properly value your injuries. Then we can negotiate with an insurer for compensation. Negotiation involves a tense back and forth, but we know the tricks that insurers use to try to minimize their legal liability.

AN ATTORNEY CAN KEEP YOU FROM MAKING MISTAKES

Some accident victims hamstring their cases by doing the following:

  • Giving a recorded statement to the insurance company when they are not feeling well and not thinking clearly.
  • Failing to keep adequate documentation of their injuries and their financial losses.
  • Settling without properly reviewing a settlement.

At DC Law, our team can help you avoid making these mistakes. Instead, we will handle the case from start to finish and take care of all communications with the insurer. We can also handle all negotiations. And should negotiations break down? We are prepared to march into court to file a lawsuit that vindicates your rights.

Get Help From Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

If you or your loved one suffered injuries as a result of a car accident, we are here to help. At DC Law, our car accident attorneys will fight to get you fair compensation for your losses. For a free review of your personal injury case, please contact us today.

Car Accident Lawsuit FAQs

How do I know if I need an attorney for a car accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident that was not your fault, a lawyer might be able to help you receive more compensation than you would on your own. This is especially true if you incurred a serious injury from the accident, resulting in medical bills, potentially time lost from work, as well as mental and emotional anguish. 

Even if your injury wasn’t severe but, let’s say, your car was totaled, a personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or your insurance company (or both). An insurer’s goal when speaking to someone who has filed a claim is to reduce what they have to pay you, so having a lawyer supporting this effort can help you receive the compensation you deserve. 

What is the average settlement for a car accident?

The personal injury settlement for car accidents varies greatly depending on the situation. Rather than looking for a catchall average, you’ll have better luck working with a lawyer to help calculate what type of compensation you’re entitled to. For more information on how these calculations are made, check out this personal injury settlement calculator

How long after a car accident can I claim injury?

The Texas statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident is up to two years from when the accident occurred. This applies to pedestrians, drivers, passengers, and motorcyclists. 

In many cases, victims of car accidents don’t fully understand the extent of their injury until some time has passed, as medical bills pile up and conditions, in some instances, worsen. It’s not uncommon to file a lawsuit at any point within the range of these two years. 

How much compensation should I ask for pain and suffering from a car accident?

The amount of compensation you ask for after being in a car accident very much so depends on the severity of the accident and the injuries you suffered. When discussing “pain and suffering” as it relates to personal injury claims, it’s a catch-all term that refers to the non-financial losses you suffered (i.e. excluding medical bills, car repair costs, etc.). If your losses extend beyond financial losses, there’s a strong possibility you deserve compensation for “pain and suffering.”

A personal injury attorney can help you quantify that amount, as well as fight to ensure you receive it.

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