What Should You Do If You Get In A Car Accident In Austin?
A car accident can be brutal and disorienting. One moment you’re driving calmly, the next you hear skidding and the crash of steel and glass as a distracted driver slams into your car. As the fog clears, you may not be thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney.
An auto accident can leave you with substantial car repairs, medical bills, painful injuries and concern about missing work or other obligations. In the worst cases, it might mean severe bodily harm or even the wrongful death of a loved one.
Whether you were a driver, a passenger or a related victim in an accident, an experienced and proven Austin auto accident lawyer from Justinian & Associates can help you on the road to recovery. We will assert your rights, and make sure you receive full compensation for your harm.
Austin Can Be a Dangerous City to Drive
With 22 million vehicles registered in the State of Texas, Austin ranks as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for driving. The stakes are high, and the statistics are grim.
In 2018, the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that there is a car accident in Texas causing bodily injury every two minutes. A death every two and a half hours. Texas is among the ten most dangerous states to drive, even in terms of miles driven.
Even Good Drivers Can Become Injured Victims
The unfortunate truth is that practicing safe driving and ‘staying in your lane’ is not always enough to avoid an auto accident in Austin. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that Texas has more drunk driving fatalities than any other state. And the Texas DOT data shows most people killed in an auto accident in Texas were wearing seatbelts or other restraints.
Despite campaigns by the State of Texas to raise awareness about texting while driving, distracted driving continues to cause one out of every five car accidents in Texas. Even alert and conscientious motorists, motorcycle riders, bicyclists or pedestrians can become the victims of drivers who are impaired, drowsy or negligent in the maintenance of their vehicles.
If you or a loved one were injured by a car accident in Austin, San Antonio or anywhere nationwide, the law firm of Justinian & Associates has the experience, skills and drive to protect your rights, and the patience and understanding needed to help you through a challenging time.
Why Should I Get An Austin Auto Accident Attorney?
There are many reasons to speak to a lawyer if you have been the victim of an auto collision. An Austin auto accident attorney can help deal with insurance companies to ensure that your car is quickly repaired and a rental car is provided if needed. And if your car is totaled, a personal injury lawyer can help negotiate a fair settlement.
If you or your loved one is coping with hospitalization or physical and emotional pain after the accident, you may be too busy or injured to properly deal with the car accident and all the steps needed to receive any compensation. And if you are dealing with a grievous harm or even the wrongful death of your loved one, you might not be in a position, emotionally or mentally, to make complex financial or other serious decisions on your own.
But the most basic reason to get a lawyer if you have been in a car accident is that the odds are stacked against you without one.
Auto Accident Victims With Personal Injury Attorneys Receive Much Higher Settlements
A widely-cited study by the Insurance Research Council demonstrated that:
- Auto accident victims represented by an attorney are generally compensated about three times higher than those without one.
- Eighty-five percent of auto insurance company payments for bodily injury are made to victims represented by a lawyer as opposed to people who represent themselves.
One thing is for certain: when you speak to the insurance company, they will consult a lawyer. In fact, probably an entire department full of lawyers, all of whom understand that victory lies in achieving the very lowest possible settlement you can be convinced to accept.
Insurance company attorneys may have compassion for your pain and suffering. But they work for the insurance company. It’s their job to use any statements you make, or legal theories they can construct, to deny or reduce compensation. It’s nothing personal.
But you don’t have to face stressful phone calls and negotiations alone.
Speaking To An Auto Accident Lawyer At Justinian & Associates Costs Nothing
Justinian & Associates has been representing victims of automobile accidents for over a decade. We have a dedicated staff of personal injury attorneys who offer an absolutely free consultation to hear the specific details of your case and let you know your options.
Because we work on a contingency-fee basis, our pay is contingent upon whether we recover money for you or not. So if we work on your case and fail, you won’t owe a dime.
If you do decide to hire an Austin car accident attorney, Justinian & Associates is ready to help. Our roster of seasoned attorneys and staff of experts will assert your interests from pre-trial settlement all the way through the court trial. Our representation is tailored to the specifics of your case and your individual needs. We offer cutting edge communications technology, but specialize in offering the personal touch, meeting you in person while you recover at the hospital, or wherever is convenient.
The important thing is to make the phone call, and start explaining your side of the story.