Auto accidents happen every day and account for the majority of personal injury claims in the U.S. They can involve cars, trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, trains, motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists, or collisions with animals. There are also accidents involving planes and boats, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, work accidents, drunk driving accidents, and product injuries.
If you are involved in an accident that incurs significant damage to vehicles or property, physical injury, or at the very worst, fatalities, you may benefit from having an experienced Austin accident lawyer on your side for legal representation. You will most likely need a lawyer to ensure you are compensated for any losses you incur as a result of the accident, such as car repairs, medical expenses, lost wages or rental car reimbursement. You may be entitled to both monetary and punitive damages as a result of the accident.
The benefits of hiring an Austin accident lawyer include:
• To help you receive the compensation you deserve
• To help fight for your rights with the insurance company
• To negotiate with the insurance claims adjuster on your behalf
• To deal with health care companies
• To reach a just and amicable settlement
• To take your case to court if necessary
Accident lawyers are knowledgeable of state and national transportation laws. They are also adept at handling insurance adjusters, who are trained to try to settle your case for the lowest possible dollar amount, no matter who was at fault or what circumstances are involved. They also know how to prepare and effectively settle your accident claim, as well as make sure you meet the necessary deadlines for filing a lawsuit if needed.
It is not necessary for many auto accident claims to be filed in court. In most scenarios, with adequate research, proper guidance and skilled negotiation, a lawyer can help you avoid litigation and settle your claim out of court. This can ultimately result in a savings of expenses, a timelier resolution, and possibly a larger settlement amount.
An Austin Texas accident lawyer can handle a wide range of issues that result from accidents, including property destruction, personal injury, wrongful death, or liability determinations. They can also help protect you from any future problems relating to your injuries and claim.
Your insurance company will classify your injuries as either “soft injuries” or “hard injuries.” Soft injuries are minor injuries to muscles or other soft tissues and include injuries such as a bruised thigh, a sprained ankle or a strained neck. Hard injuries are more serious injuries that could have a permanent or long term impact on your life and include injuries such as head injuries, broken bones and lost limbs.
Hard injuries are labeled as more serious injuries since they often involve a high level of pain and suffering that can last for a long period of time. As a result of these injuries being considered more painful, they also tend to command larger insurance settlements. You generally only need an accident attorney to assist you when you have what are considered hard injuries.
Most accident lawyers work on what is called a contingency basis. This basically means you are not expected to pay your legal fees up front. Instead, the lawyer will take a certain percentage (typically one third) of anything you are awarded as a result of your claim. This gives them a huge incentive to work diligently on your case and to be an effective advocate for you while trying to settle your insurance claim or your auto accident case.
It is important to contact an accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident so they can contact your insurance company on your behalf, help protect your rights, and explain the options available to you with regard to the money you may be entitled to recover for your injuries or the damages sustained.
If you have been involved in any type of accident you feel necessitates the services of an Austin accident lawyer, call us immediately. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.