Car Accidents

Austin Car Accident Lawyers

Millions Recovered for Auto Accident Victims in Texas

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash, you will need an experienced Austin car accident attorney on your side. The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC has the resources and skills to help you obtain fair compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial losses. Steadfast in the pursuit of justice for our injured clients, we are ready to help you fight for compensation. We take calls 24 hours a day, so please don’t wait to contact our firm.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You

  • We’re available 24/7 – you can reach us day or night
  • Our firm is backed by decades of collective experience
  • We are trial-tested litigators with a history of success
  • You won’t pay any fees unless we win your case

Determining the Cause of Your Car Accident

Car accidents are quickly becoming a leading cause of injury and death in the United States, but Texas, in particular, is noted for having one of the highest rates of fatal traffic accidents over the last few years.

Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:

Getting injured in an automobile accident is no small affair. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be up against a lifetime of pain and suffering. The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC has helped numerous individuals in the Austin area recover financial compensation after a car wreck. We have helped people who were injured due to the negligence of other drivers, as well as those who were injured due to faulty and defective automotive equipment and vehicles.

When handling a case, we look at all possible angles to determine what caused an accident and its resulting injuries or death. We look for issues like defective child car seats, SUV rollovers, unsafe vehicle roof designs, unsafe vehicle seats, defective fuel systems, defective ignition devices, the overall crashworthiness of a vehicle's design, unsafe tires and other problems and defects that can serve to cause an accident or worsen the injuries associated with an accident.

Seeking Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries

The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC provides comprehensive legal help to people who have been injured in car accidents. We represent people who have sustained severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Our firm places an emphasis on working directly with experts to gain a clear understanding of the impact of your injuries.

Additionally, our car accident lawyer in Austin handles wrongful death claims for family members who have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident. Call us for the help you need – we are knowledgeable about the methods insurance companies use to minimize the claims of victims and their families, and we are aggressive advocates for those we represent.

With the help of our firm, you can seek compensation for:

  • Hospital bills and medical expenses
  • Past and future loss of income
  • Pain and suffering / mental anguish
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy

Why You Shouldn't Wait to See a Doctor

Even if you think your injuries are minor, it’s important to seek medical treatment after a collision because:

  • You may experience a delayed reaction: Some injuries aren’t immediately noticeable to the untrained eye. In fact, accident survivors often feel a rush of adrenaline after a collision that masks the severity of their injuries. It’s very easy for a layman to confuse cervical spine damage for symptoms of whiplash. A trained medical professional can evaluate your injuries, prescribe essential treatment options, and schedule any necessary surgeries.
  • You need to secure the evidence: You need to create a detailed record of your injury-related expenses and debts before accepting a settlement or walking into a courtroom. Otherwise, you may recover compensation that doesn’t account for your present and future needs. Visiting your doctor and other necessary medical professionals can provide you with the documentation you need to secure both economic and non-economic damages.
  • The defendant’s insurance company doesn’t want to pay: While it’s best for your health to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, sometimes life and personal circumstances get in the way. Regardless, you need to visit with a doctor within 7 days to protect your claim from the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. Otherwise, the rival insurance company may claim that your injuries aren’t severe enough to warrant compensation.

Identifying Whiplash & Soft Tissue Injuries

According to the American Chiropractic Association, whiplash occurs as a result of a violent jerking of the neck, first in one direction and then back in the other. The results of the movement can include damage to the muscles, ligaments and vertebrae in the neck area. Whiplash most commonly occurs in car accidents involving rear-end collisions.

Since whiplash symptoms often do not show up for hours or days, people may be initially unaware they have been injured. Symptoms can include stiffness, a reduction in the ability to move the head and neck, pain radiating down from the injured area into the shoulders and arms, severe headaches and chronic pain. It is, thus, important for people who have been involved in a car wreck to see their doctor afterwards, even if they initially believe they escaped without injury.

Why You Should Let Us Deal with the Insurance Company

After a car accident, it may be tempting to accept the first settlement offer you receive. However, you should know that the insurance company’s only goal is to settle your claim quickly, and for as little money as possible. They are NOT on your side – despite what they might tell you. The only person you should trust after an accident is your attorney.

We know how insurance companies operate, and we know what tactics they use to minimize, delay, and deny valid car accident claims. When you work with The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we will fight to protect your rights throughout every step of the process. If the insurance company won’t offer a fair settlement, we’re not afraid to take your case to trial.

What If I Was Partially at Fault for the Accident?

A very common tactic of insurance companies is to claim that you bear partial responsibility for the accident in an attempt to reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay out. Even if it can be proven that you share some fault for the accident, Texas law still allows you to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under the modified comparative neglience rule, you can recover compensation as long as you are found to be less than 50% responsible for the accident.

Whatever percentage you are found at fault for the accident will be deducted from the final settlement or verdict. For exampe, if you secure a $10,000 settlement but are found 20% at fault for the accident, you will receive $8,000.

Collecting Evidence to Support Your Case

There are four critical pieces of evidence that can help protect your right to damages:

  • Photographs: As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is particularly true after a collision. The defendant can make a thousand accusations, but your legal team can utilize photographic evidence to recreate the events that led up to the crash. These pictures can clear you of liability, establish the defendant as the at-fault party, and prove that your injuries are worthy of compensation. But the accident scene will be cleared quickly, so you have to act fast (if possible). If you can, use a smartphone or personal camera to take pictures of:
    • The accident scene
    • The parties involved in the collision
    • Vehicular damage
    • License plates
    • Property damage
    • Your injuries
    • Insurance information
  • Witness Testimonies: Many car accident victims experience the symptoms of shock and confusion after surviving a traffic collision. Consequently, most firsthand survivor testimonies are vague or missing important details that can elucidate the overall sequence of events. After an accident, it’s crucial that you speak with the Good Samaritans who stopped to help you and ask if they’re willing to share their testimonies. Write down their names, phone numbers, and details about their statements and give this information to your legal representative.
  • Your Medical Records: You need to see a medical professional immediately after the collision to make sure you aren’t suffering any life-threatening injuries or side-effects. Your doctor can update your medical record with test results, X-rays, and other important information that can be used as evidence in your case. This record supports your claim by clearly stating the extent of the damage and proving that your injuries aren’t a preexisting condition.
  • The Police Record: Calling 911 is the first step you should take after an accident. This notifies law enforcement that an accident has occurred and that there may be injured parties in need of help. The police will take statements, talk to witnesses, and collect evidence to get an idea of how the accident occurred. They will use this information for a police report that can be used as evidence in your case. After all, judges and juries respect the word of the law above all else. The police record is especially helpful if your case involves a drunk, distracted, or uninsured driver.

Get Started on Your Auto Accident Case with a Free Consultation

In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a car accident is only two years. If you miss this deadline, it may be impossible for you to bring your case to court. If you have been hurt in a serious collision, we encourage you to take action today. The sooner you do, the greater the likelihood that you will obtain maximum compensation. Call the Austin car accident attorney at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC for the aggressive representation you need.

Contact our auto accident lawyers today at (512) 271-5112 to schedule your free consultation.