Austin Car Accident Lawyers

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How Can an Austin Car Accident Lawyer Help You Recover?

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. An attorney’s negotiation and litigation skills help protect you from lowball offers and ensure your compensation covers your true costs.

Car accidents can cause serious injuries and massive disruptions to your life and livelihood. After such a traumatizing event, you can empower an attorney to help seek fair compensation while you and your family recover physically and emotionally from the crash.

At Pierce Skrabanek, our Austin car accident lawyers have decades of experience helping clients throughout Texas and the United States obtain justice. Especially in cases involving catastrophic injury to the brain or spine, the claim you bring today must be strong enough to ensure full compensation. For those in need of long-term or life-long care, an experienced car accident attorney has the skills and expert resources you require.

It is important to secure an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and advise you on the best course of action to take to protect your claim. Additionally, there are deadlines for taking legal action, and it is vital to preserve any evidence that may be relevant to your case before time runs out. 

Contact our Texas offices right away online or by calling (832) 690-7000 — you may be one free case consultation from representation you can trust, and all the relief that assurance brings.

What Kind of Compensation Can an Austin Car Accident Attorney Help Secure?

Every settlement or verdict amount for a car accident lawsuit is unique because the circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis. In general, factors that may affect your case result include the severity of the injuries sustained, the potential liability of the parties involved, and the availability of insurance coverage.

Damages you may claim in an Austin car accident lawsuit include:

  • Medical expenses: This may include hospital stays, ambulance rides, and surgical procedures
  • Lost wages: For those unable to work because of their injuries
  • Property damage: The cost of repairing or replacing any property that was damaged in the accident, including your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering: For the physical and emotional anguish experienced as a result of the accident
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, you may be able to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendant for particularly reprehensible conduct (such as drunk driving)

For those surviving family members who lost a loved one due to a car accident, you may also file a wrongful death lawsuit. The compensation from wrongful death damages can help cover funeral costs, loss of income, and the emotional loss of a person’s unique companionship and support. 

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. Contact Austin car accident attorneys who can help you with real, tangible results by calling (832) 690-7000 for a free and confidential consultation.

What Injury Claims Can an Austin Auto Accident Attorney Help You File?

The Austin auto accident attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek can handle personal injury claims related to car accidents, including complex and catastrophic harm.

The most common auto accident injury claims we handle include:

  • Head and neck injuries from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) to whiplash, which occurs when the head is suddenly and forcibly thrown back and forth
  • Back and spinal injuries that can range from minor yet debilitating sprains, to more serious injuries such as herniated discs or a severed spinal cord
  • Broken bones particularly in the arms, legs, and ribs that often impact a person’s independence and make performing their job impossible
  • Lacerations to the skin which can cause lifelong disfigurement and psychological trauma
  • Internal injuries such as unseen bleeding or vital organ damage

Psychological injuries may also be part of your claim, including disruptive experiences with anxiety, depression, and PTSD that diminish your quality of life.

Important reminder: Insurance claims representatives for car accidents seek to minimize your payout, and may use your own statements as evidence against you later. When you secure representation from an experienced Austin car accident lawyer, your attorney can negotiate with insurance reps on your behalf to help protect your right to recovery.

Top 5 Most Common Collisions an Austin Auto Accident Lawyer Can Handle

Five of the most common types of car accidents that the lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek regularly handle include:  

  1. Side impact: Also known as “broadside” or "T-bone" accidents, these collisions occur when one car runs into the side of another car. They often take place at intersections due to one driver running a red light or stop sign.
  2. Rear end: These types of accidents occur when one vehicle collides into the back of another. These frequently occur at stopping points like intersections due to distracted driving. Another common cause of rear-end accidents is when one driver has to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected emergency, and the other vehicle is following too closely (“tailgating”) to react safely in time.
  3. Head-on: When two cars collide while traveling in opposite directions, the impact is both disastrous and traumatic for survivors. Drunk or fatigued driving may cause someone to drive the wrong way on a one-way highway or street, terrorizing other drivers and causing potentially grievous injuries.
  4. Rollover: These accidents happen regularly with commercial trucks, but can also occur with top-heavy passenger vehicles like SUVs. When one vehicle rolls over, there is potential for a multi-vehicle pileup accident that can cause exponentially large amounts of damage.
  5. Sideswiping: Sideswipe accidents occur when drivers traveling in opposite directions on a divided highway or in a parking lot glance against one another. These may be minor at low speeds, but in high-speed conditions can cause one or both vehicles to travel in unpredictable directions, off the road or into oncoming traffic.

Regardless of what kind of auto accident you’ve been in, the Austin car accident lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek are ready to help. Contact our Texas headquarters at (832) 690-7000 — we are here to lead you through this tragedy toward a better future.

Record-breaking results: Multiple verdicts and settlements from our Austin car accident lawyers have broken records, including the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history. For that case, attorney Mike Pierce helped secure a $117 million recovery for our client, a severely injured mother of two.
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Daryl M.

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“My experience with Mr. Skrabanek was honestly far better than all expectations that we had. He took care of us like we were family, making sure me and my wife always felt like a priority and walked us through all of the concerns that we had. If you are looking for a professional who truly cares for his clients you can stop the search. You won’t be disappointed.”

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“Mike and his team helped me settle an injury claim case. I was informed and helped through every step and they were always professional and very responsive. I really enjoyed working with them.”

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“My attorney, Michael, did an amazing job with my case. He’s a straight shooter and has a vast knowledge of the law combined with an extensive amount of experience, making him a fantastic attorney. I fully recommend this firm.

Thank you Pierce Skrabenek!”

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“Paul Skrabanek of the law firm Pierce Skrabanek was very professional and went above & beyond in handling my daughter's case. Very dedicated, worked diligently, and got justice for my family. If I could give a higher rating than 5 stars I would. Thank you and your firm for such tenacity.”

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“These guys are awesome, they were very informative from the beginning to end, working with them was super smooth, and I had all questions answered thoroughly. The whole team at this firm works to help in every way they can. They were able to get me the compensation I deserved and exceeded my expectations. If you’re ever in need of a stellar team to stand behind you and work for you, these guys are the ones you would want in your corner.

Thank you very much Paul and thank your team for me.”

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“Working with Paul Skrabanek was a very positive experience. He helped me understand the legal process as someone who has never been a part of a lawsuit, and was able to get me settled quickly and painlessly! Loved working with Pierce Skrabanek law firm!”

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Michael Pierce and his team, especially Krystle, were very professional, always available (even on weekends), and very knowledgeable. We appreciate their hard work on our case and the time they took to explain every detail as our case progressed. Mike is a phenomenal attorney and we highly recommend them for your legal needs.”

Beverly C.

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“I found Mr. Skrabanek to be very trustworthy, creditable, and genuinely concerned about my well-being while I was going through this very difficult process. He showed constant concern for me being completely satisfied before making any final decisions.”

Diane T.

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

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“We watched, participated & listened to Paul Skrabanek fight for a settlement which we could be happy with. Just this month the case has been put to rest.”

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Contact Experienced Austin Auto Accident Lawyers

An established local law firm can help investigate your crash, build a case on your behalf, and alleviate your worries after an accident. At Pierce Skrabanek, we do all the legal legwork and paperwork required to bring a case, and keep our clients updated throughout the process. This frees up individuals and families to focus on healing while we pursue the compensation they deserve.

You only have one chance to file a claim that will cover all your future care needs. Pierce Skrabanek has decades of experience and resources we can employ on your behalf, including a network of expert witnesses. Qualified experts can accurately attest to your injuries, recovery requirements, and economic needs.

Reach out to Pierce Skrabanek online or by calling (832) 690-7000 for a no-cost, no-obligation, 100% confidential consultation. One phone call could be your first step to an improved future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does filing a car accident lawsuit cost me anything?

At Pierce Skrabanek, our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay us upfront, and we only collect our fees after securing you a settlement or verdict. That means we cover the expenses associated with your lawsuit first. If we do not win for you, you do not owe us anything.

What happens after I file an Austin car accident lawsuit?

Soon after a lawsuit is filed, a “discovery” process begins. This is a formal exchange of information made with the opposing side. Lawyers will gather, request, and share information related to the trial, including medical records, incident reports, corporate documents, etc. This is work that your attorney handles on your behalf — we demand any hidden information the other side may be holding, and also work to protect your right to privacy regarding any information the other side is not entitled to see.

How are car accident settlements calculated?

Your lawyers will consult with experts to add up past costs and project your future expense needs adjusted for inflation. We send a demand letter and enter negotiations with evidence supporting your claim. If the other side refuses to issue a fair settlement offer, we will take that evidence before a judge or jury.

It’s important to choose an established firm with proven results, as well as testimonials from people just like you in Texas and across the country.

How long do I have to file an Austin car accident lawsuit?

Each state has a time limitation on how long after a crash you can file your claim. In Texas, that deadline is 2 years from the date of the accident. If you miss that deadline, no matter how strong your case may be, you will lose out on your chance to recover compensation.

It is extremely important that you contact Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 583-1862 before that expiration date arrives. Once you have our representation, we will meet all the legal deadlines associated with your case on your behalf.