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A Crash on SH-130 Near COTA has Resulted in One Fatality

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

One person was killed after their car crashed into the concrete pillars supporting the Elroy Road overpass. The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene of the accident at around 12:30 A.M. on January 24th. 

The vehicle was a Chevrolet Corvette and the driver was the only occupant according to DPS. The Corvette was traveling north on SH-130 when it left the roadway and struck the obstruction. Lanes were closed until approximately 7 A.M. 

The cause of the accident is currently unknown, though DPS reminded drivers about the importance of being alert and sober when driving.

Reasons Behind Left-the-Roadway Crashes

If you read the news often, you may notice just how often cars seem to leave the roadway and crash. There are a few common reasons for these types of accidents and ways to stay safer.

1. Driving While Intoxicated or Drowsy

While these are technically different causes, both have a similar level of risk as both affect your reaction time. When under the influence, your reaction time decreases significantly, meaning you may not have the ability to react accordingly to a dangerous situation.

Falling asleep while at the wheel frequently results in going off the roadway or into oncoming traffic. 

Remember to be sober and well-rested when driving. If you feel too tired, pull over or call someone to get you. If you intend to drink, make sure you have a ride arranged ahead of time.

2. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is another big cause of single-vehicle accidents. Checking your phone, fiddling with the radio, or reaching for something you dropped all require you to take your eyes off the road. Other common distractions include fixating on something on the side of the road or tending to children. 

If you aren’t looking at the road, there’s a chance you won’t notice any accident in front of you. Be sure to stay focused, stay off your phone, and take steps like setting your radio before you leave.

3. Road Conditions

Road conditions can also cause you to end up in a ditch. For instance, rainy weather can make the road slick and make it more difficult for tires to maintain traction, which can cause issues with maintaining control.

Ice and spills on the road can also reduce traction in a similar manner. Poorly maintained roads or the dirt roads found commonly in rural areas can also be hazardous. 

It’s always better to slow because of bad road conditions than to risk a crash.

4. Poor Visibility

Many accidents happen at night due to reduced visibility. As you can’t see as far at night, there’s an increased likelihood that you may run into unseen obstacles. Rural roads can also lack reflectors, which makes it harder to see where the pavement ends. It’s also possible to lose visibility due to fog or bright lights from oncoming traffic.

If you can’t see clearly, drive slowly until you can see far enough to give you time to react.

If You’ve Been in an Accident, Ramos James Law Is Here To Help

Any accident can leave you in pain and struggling financially due to medical bills, lost wages, and more. The best way to get compensation is to hire an experienced lawyer, like those at Ramos James Law, PLLC. 

While not all single-vehicle crashes are the result of another party’s fault, we can offer a free consultation so you can better understand whether or not your situation warrants a lawsuit.

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Source: KXAN Austin


Alcohol Found in Vehicles Involved in a Fatal Crash

Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

On January 7th at approximately 11 p.m., the Taylor Police Department responded to the city’s first fatal crash of the year. The car accident involved two vehicles.

A Chevrolet pickup traveling south drifted into the northbound lanes and collided with a GMC Yukon. The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene while the two occupants of the GMC were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

During the investigation, it was discovered that both vehicles contained open containers of alcoholic beverages according to a news release from the police department. 

The police are currently awaiting a toxicology report from the Medical Examiner to determine if intoxication played a role in the crash.

The Dangers of Intoxicated Driving

Driving under the influence was connected with about 24% of all fatal car crashes in Texas during 2021, which accounted for 1,029 deaths. Sadly, this comes to approximately one death every 8.5 hours. 

Additionally, there were 25,261 crashes connected to drunk driving with 2,522 people being seriously injured. This makes drunk driving accidents one of the deadliest types of crashes in the state.

The legal blood alcohol limit for driving is 0.08, after which you can be arrested for drunk driving. The punishment for this crime will increase if you commit this crime repeatedly. 

A first offense may result in a $2,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, loss of your license, or a combination of these penalties. Additional offenses will result in more severe consequences, which can include up to 10 years in prison. Judges can also require additional fines. 

If a minor under the age of 15 is involved in the accident, the offender can also be charged with child endangerment, additional jail time, higher fees, or losing their license for a longer amount of time. 

How To Avoid Drunk Driving

The absolute best way to avoid drunk driving is simply to avoid driving after consuming alcohol. Instead, catch a ride with a friend or via a shared-ride app.

Unfortunately, many people do not accurately judge how intoxicated they are and may still drive even if they are well over the legal alcohol limit. 

Setting up a designated driver ahead of a night out is a good idea. If you are out with friends, be sure your driver is completely sober.

If you’re worried about being hit by a drunk driver, avoid driving late at night. Many drunk drivers head out a few hours after the local bars open and you’ll likely run into them after the last call, which is typically between 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. 

Try to keep yourself off the roads during these times. If you must drive, be sure to watch for erratic drivers. 

Were You the Victim of a Drunk Driving Accident? Contact Ramos James Law

Being hit by a drunk driver can change your life, resulting in permanent injuries or even death. But you don’t need to accept what happened. An Austin auto accident attorney like Ramos James Law, PLLC, can help. 

We have experience in auto accident lawsuits and know the best way to help you. We can make sure you get the justice you are entitled to and offer free consultations so you can learn about your next steps at no risk.

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Source: KXAN


I-35 NB Blocked Twice in Two Days by Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2022 at 11:00 pm    

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on November 9th, Round Rock Police Department had units respond to two multi-vehicle accidents on I-35 NB south of McNeil Rd. The very next morning, another multi-vehicle crash resulted in the closure of all but one lane.

The first pair of accidents involved 15 vehicles and resulted in one person going to the hospital with minor injuries. 10 of the affected vehicles needed to be towed away from the scene. Traffic was restricted to one lane for two hours while the scene was cleared. 

The next morning, two further multi-vehicle crashes occurred between Round Rock Avenue and McNeil Rd. 12 vehicles were involved and one person had to go to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Nine vehicles had to be towed from the scene and one car briefly caught fire. 

This section of I-35 is currently undergoing construction to widen it. 

The Facts About Construction Site Accidents

Accidents are sadly common around construction zones. In 2020 alone, there were 44,240 people injured with 857 fatalities in crashes around work zones. Of these deaths, 479 occurred in or near construction zones. Additionally, every year 56 worker-pedestrians are killed. 

When the deaths are broken down by victim, 62% were the driver of a vehicle. Pedestrians and passengers in motor vehicles both made up 18% of fatalities. 

Texas alone had 330 deaths in construction zones in 2020. So what can be done to help stay safe?

The single biggest thing you can do is keep your eyes on the road. Many people are tempted to look at the construction equipment and forget to watch the other cars sharing the road. 

You should also obey all instructions on the road. The posted limits will help keep you safe. Try to give other cars a bit more space as well. If you have more room, you may be able to stop in time to avoid joining a wreck.

Have You Been Injured in a Construction Zone Accident? Ramos James Law, PLLC, Can Help You

Being involved in an accident can be scary. Multi-vehicle crashes can cause more property damages and injuries than other accidents.

Ramos James Law, PLLC, has the experience to get your case the results it deserves. We offer free consultations, so you can learn more about your legal options.

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Source: KXAN


An Austin Truck Accident Attorney Explains Why Accident Claims Are Denied

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2022 at 12:04 am    

Trying to deal with your insurance company after a car accident can be stressful. If you haven’t submitted your claim yet, understanding why accident claims are denied and how to avoid this issue can save you from problems down the road. 

On the other hand, if your claim has already been denied, recognizing the reasons why may provide you with alternative options to pursue. Most importantly, your insurer should explain why your claim was denied, and if they don’t, they may be acting in bad faith. 

Seek out the guidance and support of the experienced Austin truck accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, to get your claim honored. 

Our team would like to address the valid reasons why claims are denied.

Reasons Why Claims Are Denied

  • Lapsed Coverage

If your insurance policy wasn’t paid at the time of your accident and had been canceled, the claim will likely be denied. You also won’t be able to pay the past due bill to cover an accident that already happened. 

Always make sure your insurance is current. 

  • It Isn’t Clear Who Was at Fault

Most insurance companies will try to make a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. Sometimes, that insurance company may claim you are partially at fault as well, and send a claim to your insurer. 

This can result in a stalemate where both drivers are left without any compensation from their claim. 

If your insurer claims you were at fault and you feel that is not true, you will need an attorney to help pursue your claim.

  • A Crime Was Committed During the Accident

Being involved in an accident while in the process of committing a crime, like driving under the influence, will void your policy. This results in a denied accident claim if you were at fault. 

If the driver responsible for the accident was intoxicated or distracted as a result of cellphone use, then it’s definitely worth speaking with our Austin truck accident lawyers at Ramos James Law to better understand your options. 

  • You Waited Too Long to File a Claim

Once you’ve been in an accident, the clock starts ticking on your chance to file a claim. You have 10 days under Texas laws to report an accident while many insurers require you to inform them of an accident within 24 hours. 

Try to submit your claim as quickly as possible to give it the best chance.

  • You Didn’t Seek Out Medical Attention

If you don’t feel pain after your accident, you may skip a medical exam. However, some injuries may only be felt days or weeks later.

Thus, it’s always in your best interest to seek medical attention immediately after an accident to uncover any injuries that you may not be aware of. You’ll be able to submit your medical records to your insurer along with any other evidence you have.

Failing to seek out medical attention but then attempting to secure compensation for any injuries will lead to a denial. 

Was Your Accident Claim Denied? Call Ramos James Law

Consulting with a truck accident attorney in Austin should be your first step before you even submit an insurance claim. If your accident resulted in serious injuries, you will likely need the help of an attorney. 

Ramos James Law, PLLC, takes great pride in delivering the legal guidance and support our clients need while securing the results they deserve. Contact us today for a FREE consultation and learn more about the next steps to take.

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One Hospitalized After Collision With a Semi-Truck

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Austin-Travis County EMS reported one person hospitalized after a collision on Wednesday, August 10. 

The crash occurred at 2:35 a.m. when a semi-truck and passenger vehicle collided. The incident sent one adult to the hospital.

According to ATCEMS, the collision happened four miles east of Manor on the westbound lane of Highway 290 at FM 1100. 

While one person was trapped in the vehicle, crews were able to get them out. One individual was taken to the hospital with serious injuries while a second person refused medical care. 

Safety Tips for Driving Around Semi-Trucks

Semi-trucks can be especially dangerous on the road for a number of reasons: 

  • heavy trailers mean semi-trucks take longer to stop 
  • massive blind spots make it harder for truck drivers to see others on the road
  • heavy trailers make it difficult to turn sharply

Here’s how to stay safe when sharing the road with large vehicles:

1. Beware blind spots. There are a few large blind spots you need to be aware of:

  • on the driver’s side, the blind spot extends halfway down the trailer 
  • on the right side, this includes the two closest lanes 
  • the 20 feet in front of the truck and 30 feet behind are also blind spots 

If you can’t see the mirrors, the driver can’t see you. 

2. Give them plenty of space. Due to the blind spots, you need to give truck drivers plenty of space. Trucks also swing wide when turning. If you are in this arc, you run the risk of being hit.

Additionally, high winds or a sudden stop can cause a truck’s trailer to tip over. A bad blowout can also make a truck swerve and crash into others.

Give a semi-truck much more space than any other vehicle.

3. Use your signals and pass safely. You need to give a truck driver advanced warning of your intentions while on the road as they make much longer to maneuver. Always remember to signal early when merging or exiting the road.

You should also only pass on the driver’s side of a semi as this allows you to get out of their blind spots much faster. Wait to merge into the same lane as a semi-truck until you can see the driver in your rearview mirror.

When a semi-truck is passing you, slow down and give them extra space. 

  • Avoid distractions. If you are near a truck, you need your full attention on the road. Don’t try to text or grab something from the back seat. Anything that takes your eyes off the road should be avoided.
  • Mind your headlights at night. The large mirrors of trucks catch a lot more light from headlights. Keep your headlights on low if you are behind a truck. 

If you have been in a commercial vehicle accident, there is help. Ramos James Law, PLLC, has experience in helping the victims of semi-truck accidents. 

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Source: KXAN Austin


Understanding if Your Workplace Injury Was an Accident or Negligence

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Workplace injuries happen all the time. Sometimes they are simply just accidents caused by unintended actions. However, there are often cases in which the injury was the result of the negligence of an employer, company, or business. 

From unmarked slippery floors to a lack of safety equipment provided to workers, when a workplace injury is caused by negligence, you’ll need the support of an Austin work injury lawyer. Working closely with a workplace injury attorney, you’ll be able to uncover whether your injury was the result of negligence or an accident. 

Read on to learn more about understanding if your workplace injury was an accident or negligence.   

Who Is Responsible for My Workplace Accident?

Injuries at the workplace are generally the responsibility of the employer. Any injuries that happen at work should be reported to your employer as soon as possible as this is essential to help protect your rights to legal action. 

Generally, businesses carry insurance to cover workplace injuries and accidents, in what is typically known as worker’s comp. This insurance covers wages, medical care, disability care, and basic needs for a certain amount of time for the injured employee.

If the employer does not have this form of insurance, they may be legally responsible to pay for the damages themselves.  

In some instances, if your injury is due to the employer’s negligence, they may try to convince you not to report it. This is illegal and should not be followed. 

Remember, you have the right to a workplace injury attorney.

How Is Negligence Determined?

Negligence has a very specific legal definition and your situation will need to meet certain criteria to qualify for you to have the right to take legal action against your employer or other party. 

To prove negligence in your case, you will need to prove the four elements that follow: 

  • Duty: The defendant must have a legal duty to the plaintiff in the circumstances. For instance, the defendant was the employer and they should have provided reasonable safety equipment for you to complete your job. 
  • Breach: The defendant must have breached that legal duty to the plaintiff. Following the previous example, the safety equipment was in poor condition or absent.
  • Causation: The defendant’s actions or inaction caused the plaintiff’s injury. In this example, the safety equipment broke or the lack of it caused the injury. 
  • Damages: The plaintiff was injured or damaged by the defendant’s actions. Medical bills and lost wages can be the damages listed.

If you have been injured at work, you have rights you need to protect. Consulting a workplace injury lawyer in Austin can be a great first step. 

If you or a loved one have suffered a workplace injury, legal advice can help make this difficult time a bit less stressful. Ramos James Law, PLLC, has experience in workplace injury cases. We can make sure you get the results you need to get your life back on track.

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How Is Compensation for a Car Accident Determined?

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Being in a car accident can be extremely frightening and a difficult experience to endure.

The only thing worse is what comes after. Bills start flooding your mailbox, and insurance companies may start calling constantly with settlement offers too small to cover all the personal injuries and property damages you’ve sustained. 

Don’t agree to a small settlement — the Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, can help you understand how Texas determines compensation and how to defend your legal right to seek justice.

Calculating Economic Damages

Economic damages are calculable costs sustained in a car accident to compensate victims for their financial losses. Fortunately, in Texas, there are no limits on amounts payable for economic damages a victim sustained because of a car accident. 

Types of economic damages include:

  • medical expenses
  • lost income and wages
  • loss of earning capacity
  • property damage
  • rental car costs

Calculating Non-Economic Damages

Calculating non-economic damages can prove more complex and requires a specific method to determine the amount. Non-economic damages are intangible losses that cannot be calculated but must be evaluated by a jury or judge. 

Non-economic damages fall under two categories of damages: physical and mental.

Physical Damages: Although medical expenses are covered under economic damages, the physical pain and suffering you endure and continue to suffer due to injuries are a type of non-economic damage. The aftermath of an accident can bring about chronic pain and reduce mobility, making it difficult to perform daily tasks and reducing one’s quality of life.

Mental Damages: Car accidents can often be traumatizing, especially severe accidents where victims face extreme and frightening conditions, injuries, and loss. Victims of car accidents can develop or worsen mental health disorders that make it difficult to cope with the events of the accident and daily life, such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • intense fear
  • mood swings
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • loss of energy
  • humiliation
  • sleep disturbances
  • post-traumatic stress disorder 

In Texas, the multiplier method is used to determine the amount payable for pain and suffering. Generally, the total amount of economic damages is multiplied by a rate between 1.5 – 5.0, depending on the severity of the damages and trauma sustained.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damage is a unique form of compensation that doesn’t actually compensate victims for any injuries or trauma sustained in the car accident. Instead, punitive damages are awarded to victims for the sole purpose of punishing the at-fault party for especially reckless, egregious, or intentional actions. 

The amount of compensation the victims receive is calculated based on factors such as: 

  • the nature of the defendant’s actions
  • the financial condition of the defendant
  • the endangerment suffered by the victim during the accident
  • the potential harm others may face if the defendant isn’t punished

Find Out What Damages You Can Recover From an Austin Car Accident Attorney

Your car accident can leave you with substantial financial losses, unimaginable pain, and plenty of suffering. You deserve to seek compensation against the liable party and receive peace of mind after such a traumatic event. 

The experienced and knowledgeable Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, can help you understand what damages you may be able to obtain under the specific circumstances of your case.

If you or a loved one were involved in an Austin car accident, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, for help getting the most out of your personal injury case.

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Driver Charged in Deadly Motorcycle Crash

Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2022 at 12:00 am    

The driver who fatally collided with a motorcyclist has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The Details of the Case

The fatal crash occurred on June 10th in South Austin at the intersection of Texas Oaks Drive and West Slaughter Lane.

Officers responded to the scene of the crash at 12:28 a.m. The 62-year-old victim, Jedd Bennet, was traveling east on Slaughter Lane when he was struck.

A truck traveling westbound turned left in front of the victim leading to the crash. The driver of this vehicle was a 20-year-old male.  

Bennett was declared dead at the scene while the negligent driver was arrested. The driver responsible for the incident was officially charged with intoxication manslaughter a few days later.

Understanding Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are far more common than car accidents with 2019 federal estimates showing that motorcycles were 29 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

Because motorcycles are smaller, less visible, and offer less protection than traditional vehicles, victims of accidents are much more likely to face serious injuries. 

Unfortunately, fatalities are often much more common for motorcyclists as head injuries are often deadly. Thus, it is essential for riders to wear a well-fitted helmet that can offer meaningful protection. Additionally, motorcyclists should consider using light-colored or reflective helmets so that other drivers can see them more easily at night. 

Higher speeds and riskier driving are also associated with motorcycle fatalities. If you want to stay safe for years to come, be sure to drive slower and wear good protective gear. While you can’t avoid issues like intoxicated drivers, you can help prevent other accidents. 

Other great tips for avoiding accidents on a motorcycle include:

  • always wear a helmet
  • wear reflective clothing
  • do not weave between cars
  • approach intersections slowly
  • drive slower in general
  • check behind you when you stop at lights
  • watch closely for road hazards

All of these tips can help you stay safe. Another great idea is to take a driving course. This can keep your skills fresh so you can react more quickly. 

Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Contact our Austin attorneys to help you navigate the situation and help you secure the results you deserve. Ramos James Law, PLLC, is here to help!

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Source: CBS Austin


Who Is Responsible for a Car Accident & How Is Negligence Determined?

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 12:00 am    

Car accidents can leave victims confused and with plenty of questions about what comes next. One is, “Who is at fault in my Texas car accident?”

This answer is very important for you and your loved ones involved in the accident, as this determines who will be responsible for the damages caused by the crash. 

Our Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, can advise you on how to effectively handle your case, recover evidence to establish fault, and protect your legal rights.

How Comparative Negligence Law Works in Texas

Texas is an at-fault state when it comes to filing a car accident claim, which means the accident victim must file an insurance claim with the responsible party’s insurance carrier instead of their own. In order for a car accident victim to have the right to recover compensation for damages, the victim must prove that the opposing driver was more than 51% at fault for the accident. 

Even if victims are partly responsible, the comparative negligence law in Texas allows them to file a claim or lawsuit while a deduction on their total compensation is made based on the percentage for which they are responsible. For example, if it is determined that the victim was 15% responsible for the accident, they will have 15% of the total damages deducted from their compensation. 

How Insurance Companies Determine Fault

While you might think that law enforcement determines fault at the scene of an accident, the truth is police can only issue traffic violation citations for who they believe is responsible for the accident. Insurance adjusters are the ones who ultimately determine fault through details found in their investigation and documents provided by attorneys.

Our experienced Austin car accident attorney at Ramos James Law has the resources to gather substantial evidence and conduct insurance settlement negotiations on your behalf.

How a Personal Injury Attorney Determines Fault

In most cases, establishing fault is simple but can be complex when dealing with a car accident involving multiple vehicles. Your attorney will collect various types of evidence to establish responsibility, proving that you have a legal right to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Types of evidence include: 

  • the police report prepared at the accident scene.
  • medical records indicating the extent and severity of your injuries
  • traffic camera footage
  • traffic collision reconstruction reports

How Courts Determine Fault

When it comes to taking the opposing driver to court for damages caused by the crash, your legal team will help you determine if this is the best option for your situation. While most car accidents get settled outside of court, here are a few reasons why your case may need to go to court: 

  • the insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement
  • the insurance company refuses to budge on paying out more money for your damages, despite your lawyer’s negotiations
  • both parties can’t agree on who was responsible for the car accident

In Texas, your car accident case can go to trial by jury or judge. Both will use the legal definition of negligence and comparative negligence to determine whether the defendant is at fault for your economic and non-economic damages.

Austin Car Accident Lawyers Dedicated To Defending Your Rights

If you were the victim of another driver’s negligence, you might experience difficulty recovering physically and mentally as well as financially. The compassionate car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, will work to protect your best interests and fight to get you the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.

 

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, contact your Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, for guidance on the importance of establishing fault.

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What To Do After a Car Accident?

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2022 at 12:00 am    

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 205,948 people were injured in car accidents throughout 2020. That means a person was injured every 2 minutes and 34 seconds in a Texas car accident.

In other shocking statistics, the average driver across America will experience 3-4 car accidents in their lifetime. 

Knowing how to handle a car accident can make all the difference for you and your loved one. The personal injury lawyers in Austin at Ramos James Law, PLLC, would like to share tips on what to do after an accident based on their experience and knowledge as car accident attorneys.

Pull Over if Able & Check for Injuries

Feelings of shock and confusion after an accident are normal. Take your time to gather your thoughts; a calm, cool, and collected mind is needed to assess the situation. If applicable, provide reasonable aid to injured parties but refrain from moving anyone with severe injuries. 

Make sure to call emergency medical assistance and law enforcement as soon as possible. 

Call the Police

Not only is it required by law that you call the police if any injuries or serious property damage occurs, but it’s also recommended that you do so to gather evidence that may be vital for your accident claim.  

It’s crucial for you, as a victim, to contact the police and establish initial contact so that you can state the events that transpired in your own words. Also, ensure you request a copy of the police report for your records.

Gather Evidence and Essential Documentation of the Scene

While waiting on the police, gather the necessary documents you may need to defend your claim if it comes down to that. The following information is essential for building your case and accessing the damages: 

  • information of parties involved, including: name, address, phone number, and driver’s license number
  • vehicle information, including: make, model, year, color, license plate number, and vehicle identification number
  • positions of the vehicles at the crash, including landmarks and street signs
  • skid marks
  • any debris, including: vehicle parts, tree limbs, or other objects that were part of the accident
  • weather and road conditions
  • witness information
  • events that caused the accident

While gathering the information above, attempt to keep conversation with the other parties to a minimum to avoid making statements that they may use against your case or a possible altercation. 

Visit Your Doctor

Whether you or anyone involved in the accident was injured, always seek medical attention as soon as possible. Minor aches and pains, including whiplash, may prove to be a long-term injury that can be costly and reduce your quality of life.

Medical records are also a great source of documented evidence to authenticate damages sustained in the accident and can significantly improve your case.

Speak to Your Lawyer

It’s always best to contact an attorney before contacting your insurance company. Insurance companies are never on your side and may attempt to undervalue claims. Take advantage of a free consultation to ensure your rights to compensation are protected even in a minor accident.  

The team of attorneys defending you will ultimately be the last deciding factor for your case, so be sure to choose a compassionate and qualified attorney, like those at Ramos James Law, PLLC. 

Contact Your Insurance Company

While accepting a cash offer may be tempting, it’s best to notify your insurance company of the accident to avoid liability for any economic and non-economic damages caused by the collision.

Parties at fault may also attempt to claim victimhood and pursue a claim against you. Contacting your insurance can provide another source of evidence to strengthen your case and clear you of liability.

Establish Liability and Strengthen Your Case With Help From an Austin Car Accident Attorney

Depending on the accident’s severity, your ability to gather evidence may be minimal. Your Austin car accident attorneys can help you recover other substantial evidence to strengthen your case and establish liability.

A car accident can leave you with all kinds of questions like, “What do I do next?” 

Your car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, have the experience and information you need to stay protected from what’s to come after the initial catastrophe.

If you or a loved one were involved in an Austin car accident, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, for guidance in collecting evidence and establishing liability to get the compensation you deserve.

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