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Being injured in a car accident is a scary situation for anyone. The car you use to take you to and from work, and which you depend on for your livelihood is damaged or totaled. Often you are hurting or wondering if you might be injured and just do not know it yet, at least until the adrenaline wears off.

If you are injured, you are watching medical bills add up while you’re missing work, and wondering how you are going to pay for everything. On top of all that, there is the scary and unknown process of dealing with insurance companies who are not on your side.

Let Thompson Law’s Austin car accident lawyers help guide you through this difficult period in your life. If you have been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another person, Texas law entitles you to compensation. Let Thompson Law help you determine what your auto accident claim is worth.

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Austin Car Accident Statistics

Austin Car Accidents by the Numbers

The rapid growth Austin has experienced recently has led to more traffic, and consequently more auto accidents. Further, Austin is a popular destination spot for tourists, adding to further congestion within the city. A variety of groups track car accident data in Austin, including:

Data collected by these groups show there were 11,755 total crashes in Austin, Texas in 2020. Of those, 86 collisions led to the deaths of 92 individuals, and 364 crashes led to serious injuries for 420 people. 2021 was even more deadly in Austin, with traffic fatalities rising to 116. Further, roughly 20% of crashes involved likely or possible injuries, as 2,446 crashes led to possible injuries for 3,846 individuals.

Common Causes of Austin Car Accidents

Austin experienced 20,759 motor vehicle accidents in 2021, a 6.3% increase over the 19,533 motor vehicle collisions in 2020.  The most common contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents in 2021 reported by the Austin Police Department were:

  • Driver inattention:  2,514 motor vehicles collided
  • Failed to control speed:  1,121 motor vehicles collided
  • Followed too closely: 920 motor vehicles collided
  • Failed to yield right of way turning left:  651 motor vehicles collided
  • Under influence of alcohol:  495 motor vehicles collided
  • Changed lane when unsafe:  443 motor vehicles collided
  • Disregard stop and go signal:  348 motor vehicles collided
  • Had been drinking:  344 motor vehicles collided
  • Distraction in vehicle:  337 motor vehicles collided

What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Austin?

It doesn’t matter whether you live in Austin or the surrounding cities, were a visitor to Austin for an event like SXSW, or were just passing through Austin on the way to San Antonio when your accident occurred – Thompson Law’s Austin car accident lawyers can help.

What to Do After a Car Accident:

  1. Remain at the Accident Scene:  Never drive away from an accident scene, even if it is a minor collision, or you could be subject to being cited for a hit-and-run per Texas Transportation Code § 550.022.
  2. Get Somewhere Safe:  If your injuries allow you to do so, move to a safe location on the road, put your hazard lights on, and use flares to signal to other drivers that an accident has occurred.
  3. Call 911:  Emergency operators can send police to the scene to help with the redirection of traffic, take statements from drivers and witnesses, develop an assessment of fault, prepare a crash report, and contact EMS, if needed.
  4. Be Honest in Your Statement:  Describe how the accident happened without any speculation. However, do not admit fault to the other driver, police, or the insurance company, as it may hurt your claim. Our Austin car accident lawyers can help you understand who is to blame for the accident. Absent obvious injuries, when asked if you are hurt it is best to say “I do not know and need to see a doctor to get checked out.” Many accident injuries are masked by adrenaline so may not be immediately felt, but if you say “I am not injured” the insurance company will use your statement against you.
  5. Exchange Info:  Exchange names, contact and insurance information, license plate numbers, and any other relevant information (e.g., locate the vehicle identification number (VIN) and photograph it).  Taking pictures is often a good idea so you get all the correct information. You may also want to take a picture of the other drivers, particularly for identification purposes if they do not have a drivers license.
  6. Take A LOT of Pictures:  You will want to take photos of every vehicle that was part of the collision.  Be sure to photograph the locations of the vehicles in the roadway, property damage both from a distance and close up, debris on the roadway, and signs showing the location of the accident. If there is inclement weather, such as rain, snow, ice, or fog, you should photograph that, as well.
  7. Scan for Cameras or Witnesses:  If you or a passenger are physically able, it is a good idea to try and find nearby witnesses to the accident, or cameras from local businesses which may have caught the wreck on video.
  8. Immediately Seek Medical Attention:  In addition to simply checking to see if you are physically ok, seeing a medical professional will allow you to document any visible injuries or areas of concerns which will become part of your immediate post-accident medical history. This is important because even short delays in treatment allow the insurance companies to argue you were not injured in the accident, but likely subsequently by something else (e.g., tripping and falling in your home).
  9. Remain Organized:  Be sure to create a folder with any information related to your auto accident in Austin, TX. The personal injury claims process takes time, and it is important to document pieces of evidence you may forget later, such as lost wages, property damage to items in your car (e.g., you mobile phone), and other items people routinely forget to make a claim for after an accident.
  10. Call an Accident Lawyer:  Car accident injury claims handled by a lawyer result in about a threefold increase in compensation to injury victims compared to victims that try to handle their case independently. Thompson Law’s Austin car accident lawyers offer FREE CASE REVIEWS, and have a strong track record of success.

DOs and DON'Ts After a Car Accident

Our Austin car accident lawyers have also put together a visual guide to help you understand some things you should and should not do after a car accident. If you have just been in an accident, you can use this guide to help you through the immediate post-accident process. If you have not been in an accident but want to be prepared for when you may be, you can save this guide to your phone for future reference.

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How Can an Austin Car Accident Lawyer Help?

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If you or a loved one has been in a car crash in Austin, call us today at (844) 308-8180 for a free consultation. Our attorneys will ask you some basic questions to understand the specific details of your crash and let you know how we can help. Once you have selected us to represent you, your personal injury lawyer will begin gathering evidence to prove fault and get the other driver’s insurance company to accept liability for the accident. Some of the the steps we will take include:

  • Notifying the defendant’s insurance company of your legal representation
  • Helping you find medical care, if desired
  • Obtaining your Austin crash report
  • Taking you statement of events that led to the accident
  • Obtaining eyewitness statements
  • Seeking out nearby video surveillance or dash camera videos
  • Collecting photos of the property damage
  • Diagramming the accident scene
  • Obtaining any related medical records, past and present
  • Crafting a demand letter to the insurance company
  • Negotiating with the insurance company to obtain your just compensation

While the laws in Texas do not cap or limit claims for your pain and suffering, it is important to properly build your case to prevent the insurance company from denying your claim. Insurance companies may try to deny your injury claim using arguments such as:  the injury was pre-existing and not caused by the accident, there was a gap in treatment after the accident so you cannot really be hurt, or the accident was your fault.

An Austin car accident lawyer can help you avoid these insurance company traps. Thompson Law can help ensure you get fair value for the physical pain you experienced, your lost wages, the property damage to your vehicle, your medical expenses, and other damages. Compensation for your injuries is your right, and our accident lawyers will do everything within our power to help you obtain maximum value for your settlement.

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We provide car crash victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our Austin car accident lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.

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Thompson Law’s Austin car accident lawyers charge NO UPFRONT COSTS. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid out of a portion of your settlement. If for any reason we are unable to help, you will not owe us a penny.

If you have been injured in an accident, you need an Austin car accident lawyer with a strong track record of results, and one recognized as a strong advocate for their clients.  Our Managing Partner, Ryan Thompson, is recognized as a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer, and is also a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you with legal advice after a car accident. We can even get you signed up with one of our attorneys over the phone before the insurance companies try to reach out to you and fight your right to compensation. Our staff is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, and are standing by ready to help you get back on your feet after your accident.

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Maybe you do not need an Austin car accident lawyer today. Still, it is a good idea to have the contact information for Thompson Law saved in your phone so you know who to call for advice on what to do after an accident. There are many ways a lawyer can help after a car accident, and we stand ready to guide you through the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision.

Be aware the Texas statute of limitations limits the time to file a claim after an accident to 2 years from the date of accident in most cases. Call Thompson Law today at (844) 308-8180 for a FREE CASE EVALUATION. Take action now to protect your right to fair compensation after a car accident in Austin.

The Life Cycle of a Car Accident Claim

How Car Accident Claims Work

When making a car accident injury claim, it is important to understand generally how the personal injury claims process works.  While each accident claim presents its own unique set of variables, the overall process is largely the same in most cases.

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Car Accident FAQs

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Get medical treatment! Your health and safety are the most important thing, and your first priority should be seeking immediate attention from a hospital or doctor. Not sure that you’re injured or how serious your injury might be? You should still seek immediate medical attention if you are in a car accident, truck wreck or any other type of accident. 

Getting immediate medical treatment does two things: First, it makes sure that any injuries you sustained are properly diagnosed and treated and second, it helps eliminate any doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident. Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injury, but making the mistake to skip getting checked out can have serious consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for medical bills and time off work, with the help of your attorney. 

A competent and skilled personal injury lawyer is almost always necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you have sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. They are there to take care of the defendant (their customer) who caused your wreck or accident. 

An expert personal injury attorney should be able to help you not only force that insurance company to pay for the injuries and damages the defendant caused, but will also do their best to make sure that you are compensated for every category of damages you may be entitled to, some of which you may not even be aware of: medical bills, future surgical costs, time off work in the past or time you may have to take off in the future, as well as the pain, suffering, and impairment that many injured people experience. 

The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win. 

Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.  

The real question here is how soon should you contact a personal injury attorney, and the answer is as soon as possible! In Texas, you generally have two (2) years to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. However, other states may have different time limits, and you may not always be able to tell on your own which state’s limitations apply to your case! The safest course of action for anybody injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of case, is to immediately consult with a personal injury attorney in your area.   

This will help you make sure that your claim will not miss the applicable limitations period. But second, and just as importantly, it will make sure that the right investigations are conducted and the right steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim in court, should that become necessary. 

If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.  

If you are injured in an accident, the robust team of attorneys, paralegals and investigators at Thompson Law is ready to fight to help you get the money you deserve. Damages can include doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and can include pain and suffering and even punitive damages in certain cases.  

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.

A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.

Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.  

Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if it’s close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss.  You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.  

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.     

If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.  

If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime! 

The right personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case. Thompson Law, LLP has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers can assist you.  

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.  

Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start: 

6 steps after car accident
  1. GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you. 
  2. CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.  
  3. TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.  
  4. GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.  
  5. FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.  
  6. CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.  

Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too.  As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck.  Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.

Under Texas law, “bicycles are entitled to all rights of the road that apply to a motor vehicle, including access.” Unfortunately, drivers often don’t respect the rights of cyclists, and bike accidents are increasingly common, causing severe injuries to the cyclist.   

First, stay at the scene.  As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.  

Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention.  Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury, and internal injuries often produce non-specific symptoms. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team. 

Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers.  DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.   

Fourth, document the scene.  Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc.  Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.  

Last, a lawyer to discuss your rights.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.   

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, that process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss. 

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Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.

Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 10 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2020, including the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.