Austin Car Accident Lawyers

Austin Car Accident Lawyers: Settlement Highlights

Our Austin car accident lawyers returned a judgment in the amount of $2 million in a car accident case. This was five times the defendant’s highest pretrial settlement offer. In another case, we obtained a verdict four times greater than the defendant’s final offer. 

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Get in Touch with an Austin Car Accident Lawyer

One of the most common causes of serious injury and fatalities in the Austin area is car accidents. These often lead to complex lawsuits requiring the guidance of Austin car accident lawyers.

One always hopes that a car accident is minor and that no one is badly injured. However, many of us will be in an automobile accident at some point in our lives.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident in Austin, the crash is just the beginning of a lengthy and often costly recovery process. Car accident injuries can require weeks, months, or even years of therapy, rehabilitation, and medical treatment. The cost of such extensive treatment can be staggering. Losses can also take other forms, such as lost wages or an ability to generate income in the future.

Black car with crumpled front end after an accident

 

An Austin Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Justice

When you are hurt in a crash that another driver caused, it’s not fair that you are put through that pain and stress. An Austin car accident attorney at Pierce Skrabanek can review your case and help determine your next steps. Our attorneys have years of experience representing Texan families who have been tragically affected by car accidents.

There is never any cost or obligation for you to speak with our attorneys. However, time limits and filing deadlines for injury cases do apply, so seeking a confidential consultation promptly is a wise choice for understanding your legal rights.

Contact one of our Austin car accident lawyers today by calling us toll-free at (832) 690-7000 to learn more about your legal rights.

 

Austin, Texas Car Accident Injuries

Car crashes can often involve a tremendous amount of force upon impact. Even if your car is equipped with safety airbags and you are wearing your seatbelt, great harm can still occur. Common types of car accident injuries can include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Concussions/Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Internal bleeding
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries

Such injuries can sometimes be diagnosed and treated in a relatively short time. Others – like TBI or paralysis – are conditions that stay with the victim and alter the rest of their life. These conditions may require ongoing care, specialized medical equipment, and can affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.

Seeking immediate medical attention after a car accident is always recommended. Mild traumatic brain injuries from car accidents are sometimes dismissed as concussions or post-traumatic stress from the accident. But even a mild traumatic brain injury can be severe and is often accompanied by behavioral changes that surface later on.

You shouldn’t have to face the expenses and tragedy of a major car accident on your own. On top of the pain and inconvenience, insurance adjusters will continuously attempt to obtain statements from you about the accident. Our legal team exists to educate you about your rights and protect them. We encourage you to speak with an experienced Austin car accident attorney promptly about compensation for your financial, physical, and emotional suffering.

Common Types of Car Accidents

Our Austin personal injury lawyers regularly handle the following common types of car crashes:

Rear-end Collisions

These are probably the most common types of car accident claims our attorneys handle. Their seriousness is due to how unexpected a rear-end collision may be, and they are frequently caused by the many distractions on the road today. More and more drivers are distracted due to texting while driving, cell phone conversations, and increasingly longer commute times.

Rear-end collisions may range from minor fender benders at slow speeds to catastrophic accidents at high speeds. Any type of vehicle — especially a commercial truck — does not need to be moving very fast to cause substantial injury when it crashes into a vehicle from behind. These accidents can cause whiplash injuries, including head, back, and neck injuries. They can also trigger a chain of events that cause a pile-up accident involving several cars.

Head-on Crashes

Head-on crashes can be particularly horrifying and in many cases, fatal. They often happen when another driver drifts out of their lane into oncoming traffic or is driving under the influence.

Drunk drivers have caused deadly crashes by taking the wrong highway ramp and driving in the wrong direction against traffic on the highway, subjecting innocent drivers and passengers to serious danger. While such a driver may face criminal charges, you should get in touch with our Austin car accident attorneys to make sure your interests are protected. A civil lawsuit can help you obtain compensation that isn’t covered in a criminal case.

Side-Impact Accidents

Side-impact accidents typically happen at intersections and are also known as “broadsiding” or T-bone crashes. If a driver runs a red light or a stop sign, enters the intersection, and causes an accident, they could be held liable if they injure another person.

If you hit the side of a car that drove through a red light in an intersection, it may not be your fault, and you should speak with our Austin car accident lawyers immediately.

Sideswiping Accidents

This type of accident is where two vehicles are traveling next to each other in the same direction, and one side of one car strikes the side of the other. Sideswipe crashes typically happen because one driver attempted to change lanes when it was unsafe to do so.

These can happen in various places and situations, ranging from parking lots and interstate highways. They may cause only property damage, or may be more serious if they trigger a major accident.

Rollover Accidents

A rollover can involve a single vehicle or several at one time. Certain types of vehicles are often more likely to roll over than others, such as SUVs and large trucks with a high center of gravity. The tendency to rollover may be worse if they have received custom “lifts.”

Rollovers may happen in many situations, such as after a collision, during a tire blowout, in bad weather, or due to driver error (such as overcorrecting a turn). They can also happen if an accident happens near a cliff or a ledge.

Our experienced car accident lawyers have seen all types of vehicle crashes over the years. Regardless of the type of accident, if you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver, the attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek want to hear your story. Our Austin car accident attorneys are here to guide you and let you know what we can do to help. Contact us today here, or call (832) 690-7000.

Why Hire an Austin Car Accident Lawyer?

Protection. In many car accidents, the accounts of how the incident happened are often unclear. Additionally, insurance companies typically have their own interests in mind, not yours. Speak with us for a no-cost consultation to ensure your rights are protected and you receive maximum compensation.

When the accident attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek take on a car crash lawsuit, we investigate every aspect of the collision. What sets us apart is that we’ll visit the scene of the accident and consult with the country’s top investigative experts. We also front the expenses for you, so you or your loved ones can take this time to recover instead of worrying about the details of your case.

What is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident?

Compensation for car accident lawsuits will vary by case. You can be certain, however, that our attorneys will always seek the maximum compensation for you under Texas car accident laws. We pursue every legal option possible to give our clients what they need to move forward with their lives. That is our commitment to our clients as personal injury lawyers.

A financial damages award can help make your life easier by covering:

  • Hospital stays, ambulance rides, and medical procedures
  • Follow-up medical visits
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Loss of income because you were unable to work, or were forced to take a lower-paying job
  • Pain and suffering

If a car accident has claimed the life of someone you love, we will also seek compensation for funeral costs and wrongful death expenses.

Compensation from a lawsuit cannot fully undo the damage caused by a car accident, but it can help you and your family build a brighter future and move forward in life.

Client Reviews and Testimonials

“Fantastic team of attorneys and staff dedicated to their clients. Michael Pierce is an outstanding trial attorney for personal injury cases.” -Diane T.

“My experience with Paul and his assistants was wonderful. They took care of me very well and I would recommend them to anyone that needs a good lawyer.”

– Harriet H.

Car Accident Case Results

Our attorneys have built a solid record of success helping Austin car accident victims and their families. Several of the verdicts and settlements we have achieved for clients are record-setting.

Ambulance Accident Case — $117 Million

Attorney Mike Pierce was one of the lead lawyers responsible for obtaining a $117 million recovery for a severely injured mother of two. The woman was being transported to the hospital in an Acadian ambulance when the driver dropped his keys on the floor. He then took his eyes off the road while traveling 60 mph, leading to a violent rear-end collision. The jury’s verdict is the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.

Defective Boat Lawsuit – $2.5 Million Verdict

We served as first chair trial counsel in a plaintiff’s case involving a defectively manufactured steering mechanism for a boat motor. We returned a total judgment of $2.5 million for the plaintiff when the defendant had offered no money to settle the case prior to trial.

Hire an Austin Car Accident Attorney

No one wants to need a lawyer. You may be hesitant about taking the first steps to contact an attorney. However, a consultation with us is completely free, and there is no obligation to pursue a legal claim or hire us. A lawsuit can often uncover negligence, improve safety standards, and help ensure others don’t needlessly suffer the same types of injustices.

We’ll listen closely to your story to find out about your car accident and the damage it has done and explain your legal rights We want to make sure you understand your legal rights and options as you face this challenging situation.

Call the Austin car accident lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek when you are ready to learn about what we can do for you. We’re waiting to help. Our toll-free number is (832) 690-7000. We have the experience and dedication needed to see your case through.

Austin Car Accident FAQs

If you have been in any type of vehicle crash, you should seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel that you are injured. Be sure to cooperate with police and other first-responders and help them fill out a report to the best of your ability.

However, be sure to avoid disclosing information or making any statements to the other driver or their insurance company. These can be used against you in court during a trial. Instead, you should first contact an attorney for representation who can communicate with the other party and their representatives on your behalf.

Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything unless we win. If a settlement or verdict is reached, our fees are paid from a percentage of the recovery amount. We cover the expenses associated with your lawsuit, which are later deducted if a settlement or verdict is reached.

There is really no set time for a car accident lawsuit — each case is different and involves various factors and multiple parties in certain cases. You can expect a lawsuit to take at least several months, and sometimes a year or longer, depending on circumstances.

While this may seem like a while, in the long run, you will benefit from the monetary damages you receive from a lawsuit. Such awards can help create better living circumstances for you and your family moving forward.

Once we file your lawsuit, we begin “discovery,” which is an exchange of information with the Defendant(s). Both parties obtain information from one another related to the trial, including medical records, incident reports, corporate documents, etc.

During this process, documents are exchanged and depositions are taken. Depositions are oral examinations conducted under oath with both parties present. Depositions are typically taken with a court reporter who types up a transcript of the questions and answers, as well as a videographer who films the examination. These steps are crucial to forming the foundation of the case strategy and require the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Courts will consider and review a number of different factors when calculating a settlement award for a car accident case in Austin, Texas. These may include:

  • The seriousness of the victim’s harm, injury, and damage
  • The degree of negligence of the liable party
  • The number of parties involved in the accident
  • Local, state, and federal laws governing injury settlements

Lastly, the amount of damages you receive often closely depends on the skill and capability of the lawyer handling your case. You should only work with qualified car accident attorneys who have experience in handling these types of claims.

Many lawsuits are settled relatively quickly after written discovery is exchanged and depositions are taken. However, it is possible that your car accident lawsuit may go to trial. At Pierce Skrabanek, our car accident attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts for their clients. We prepare for each case as if it is going to trial.

If a fair agreement cannot be reached prior to trial, we will take your case to court to obtain the best results for you possible under Texas accident laws. Our efforts at trial have earned us prestigious awards, including induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Club, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Club, and Super Lawyers Magazine.

Please contact us at Pierce Skrabanek for a free, no-obligation case consultation at (832) 690-7000. We will evaluate the facts and applicable law of your case. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we win.

Additional Information

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