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October 2018 - Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law

The Most Common Types of Personal Injury in Austin and How to Avoid Them

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There are many ways one party’s negligence can lead to another party’s injury. These include failure to operate a motor vehicle safely, failure to properly maintain a private property, failure to keep an aggressive dog out of situations that can lead to bites, and failure to adequately warn prospective buyers about a product’s safety risks. When a victim is injured because of another party’s negligence, he or she can pursue compensation for his or her related damages through a personal injury claim with the help of an Austin personal injury lawyer.

Below are four of the most common kinds of personal injury claims filed in Austin, Texas.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are not just one of the most common kinds of personal injury claim filed in Austin, they are among the most common kinds of personal injury claim filed anywhere in the United States. Most of us drive our cars every single day.

In 2015, there were 37,333 car accident claims filed in Texas. Car accidents stem from a variety of causes, like drunk driving and speeding. A few ways to reduce your chance of being injured in a car accident are:

  • Do not drive drunk or under the influence of another drug;
  • Obey all posted traffic rules;
  • Maintain a safe following distance between vehicles; and
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times.

Medical Malpractice

When a doctor or another healthcare provider makes an error that results in a victim’s injury, worsening condition, or death, the victim or his or her loved ones may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. According to US News, 10 percent of deaths in the United States are due to medical malpractice.

Ways to reduce your chance of being injured through malpractice include:

  • Bringing an advocate to doctor appointments;
  • Always have an updated copy of your medical records available; and
  • Researching doctors and other healthcare providers thoroughly before seeking treatment.

Slips and Falls

A slip or fall can occur for a variety of reasons, such as a broken handrail or a wet floor. You can reduce your chance of being injured in a slip or fall by:

  • Knowing how to fall safely;
  • Walking in well-lit areas; and
  • Not running on steps or uneven pavement.

Workplace Injuries

In every workplace, there is some risk of injury. In some workplaces, there is a greater risk of being injured and in many of these workplaces, workers face job-specific injury risks. Often, injured workers can file Workers’ Compensation claims, but sometimes, an injured worker is better off filing a third-party liability claim.

Ways to reduce your chance of being injured at work include:

  • Learning how to lift and carry heavy objects safely;
  • Following all job-related safety guidelines; and
  • Properly maintaining the job equipment you use.

Recover Compensation for your Losses with an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer

Keep in mind that although the personal injury claim types listed above are the most common to occur in Austin, they are not the only kinds of accidents that can injure you. If you are injured in any kind of accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your related damages through a personal injury claim. Contact Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law today to schedule your initial legal consultation with an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer.

 

Steps to Take After Getting into a Pedestrian Accident in Austin

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Pedestrian accidents are very common, and in Austin, the risks are even higher. Austin is known as one of the most walkable cities in Texas, but the potential for injury is substantially increased because of the city’s population. With greater amounts of people both in cars and on the streets, pedestrian accidents happen more frequently and cause more injury than is necessary. Accidents do not occur only during the night, either. With increased foot traffic and walking commuters across the city, many pedestrian accidents also occur in the middle of the day, often with children falling victim to unknowing motorists. If such an accident happened to you or a loved one, be sure to call Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law to represent you as your trustworthy pedestrial accident attorney in Austin and follow these steps to help you know what you should do after an accident.

Immediately After the Accident

If you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian accident, the first thing you will want to do is ensure that you get the injured person to safety and call 911. Don’t worry about medical bills or the cost of an ambulance. Your family member’s health and safety is first priority.

As help is on its way, be sure, if you can, to master the vehicle’s number plate, and, if possible, get photographic evidence. This all serves as vital evidence when you pursue compensation for your injury and damages. In most cases, when a pedestrian is hit by a car, the driver of the vehicle is to blame. Drivers must obey traffic signals and rules, including speed limits and laws surrounding designated crosswalks. If a pedestrian is hit while a driver is violating a traffic law, the liability is clear.

Treatment

After capturing some photos to help the pedestrian with the evidence, he should get medical treatment immediately. If a car has hit him or her, with or without physical injuries, the pedestrian might have suffered trauma. Another reason to get treatment is that if a pedestrian wants his or her insurance company to compensate him, then they will ask about medical payments that can only be validated by a professional. Not all healthcare professionals are considered equal when it comes to insurance, either. You are more likely to be compensated for medical bills, for example, if you have medical examinations from a physician to check your health in comparison, to say, a chiropractor.

Driver Responsibility

After an accident, there are two possible outcomes for the car involved. Either the driver stops and attends to you, or the driver speeds off to avoid liability. If the driver stops at the scene and the both of you are involved in a relevant conversation, including an exchange of contact and insurance information, you will more likely be able to pursue compensation through the driver’s insurance office.

On the other hand, if the accident was a hit and run that is the driver did not stop, then the first thing the pedestrian should do is to report the accident to the police. This will lead to the start of an investigation. The pedestrian and the law enforcement agents will try and gather witnesses who were at the scene of the accident, and if the hit and run driver is caught, he/she will not only face economic damages but potential criminal charges for fleeing the scene of an accident.

Get Help Today

We would never wish any kind of accident or injury on you, but if you are injured or a loved one has died as a pedestrian at the hands of a negligent driver, you need the best representation Austin can offer. Call our office today to speak with an experienced Austin pedestrian accident attorney and start your process of healing and compensation.