Most of us drive our cars every day. This puts us at risk of being injured in a car accident on a daily basis. In 2014, 237,941 people were injured in car accidents on Texas roadways. 3,534 people were killed in car accidents in Texas that year. Collisions can be due to a variety of causes, many of which are rooted in driver negligence.
When you are injured in a car accident because of another driver’s negligence, you can recover compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. This is also true if the accident responsible for your injury was due to a reason other than a driver’s negligence, such as a poorly-maintained or planned roadway or a vehicle malfunction. Any time you are injured in a car accident because of another party’s negligence or reckless behavior, you can file a personal injury claim with the help of an Austin personal injury lawyer to recover compensation for your damages.
Causes of Auto Accidents
Examples of ways a driver’s negligence can cause an accident to occur include:
- Driving drunk or under the influence of other drugs;
- Distracted driving;
- Failure to obey the posted traffic signs; and
- Drowsy driving.
Other causes of auto accidents include uneven pavement, potholes, poorly-laid out parking lots and roadways, and vehicle malfunctions. It is not uncommon for a car accident to have multiple causes, such as a speeding individual colliding with an individual who was using their cell phone while driving. Sometimes, weather is a factor in an auto accident, such as wet pavement making the road slippery.
Seeking Compensation through a Personal Injury Claim
In Texas, a car accident victim must seek compensation through the negligent driver’s auto insurance provider. Victims have two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury claim. After this point, the victim may no longer receive compensation for his or her injury.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need to be proactive. Seek medical attention for your injury as soon as you can to receive an accurate diagnosis and to begin treatment. Once you have done this, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to begin working on your personal injury claim. You need to prove to the insurance provider that the other driver breached his or her duty to keep you and others safe by acting negligently, and that this breach directly caused your injury. You also need to prove that the amount of money you are seeking in compensation is a fair amount to cover your losses.
Work with an Experienced Austin Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car accident in Austin or anywhere else in Texas, you could be facing significant expenses as a result. You could also be entitled to recover monetary compensation for those expenses through a personal injury claim. To learn more about filing a personal injury claim and to get started on yours, contact our team of Austin auto accident attorneys at The Law Office Of Robert L. Buford to set up your initial legal consultation with a member of our team.