Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 at 12:00 am
Two vehicles were swept into a creek in North Austin on Christmas Eve, leaving several people stranded and in need of rescue. If you ever drive or crash into water, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe. Keep reading to learn more about the Christmas Eve accident and what to do in case of a car flood from the team at Ramos James Law, PLLC, Austin personal injury lawyers.
The North Austin Accident
On December 24, heavy rainfall swept two vehicles from the road near Quail Creek Neighborhood Park in the 1100 block of Rutland Drive north of West Rundberg Lane.
At around 7:15 a.m., Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) received reports of a vehicle carrying several passengers being swept off the road and into a creek. Travis County Star Flight and the Austin Fire Department also arrived on the scene to assist with search and rescue.
Two individuals were discovered and rescued from the creek but were not in need of medical attention. ATCEMS also reported rescuing people from trees.
While responding to the first vehicle, officials discovered a second vehicle upside down in the creek. The second vehicle could not be searched until water levels receded. ATCEMS also relayed that two victims were safe on high ground but “unable to exit.” The search continued for a victim who was reportedly seen by the driver of one of the vehicles in the creek.
As of ATCEMS’s final update, there were no additional victims reported and two people were still stuck on high ground.
What To Do if Your Car Is Flooding
Even as little as six inches of water can be enough to make you lose control of your vehicle, so it’s no surprise that higher water levels can be incredibly dangerous. That’s why it’s so important to avoid driving in poor weather or driving through rainwater. However, whether due to flash flooding or poor road maintenance, sometimes we can find ourselves driving into water despite our best efforts.
Crashing into water can be incredibly dangerous, but knowing what to do can help keep you calm and keep you safe. If you ever find your vehicle entering water high enough to stall the engine, there are steps you can take to avoid a potentially deadly incident:
- Stay calm
- Roll down all your windows
- Break windows that can’t be rolled down
- Take off your seatbelt
- Help any passengers still restrained
- Exit through a window
- Swim to safety
While a flooding vehicle can be extremely dangerous, these incidents are not among the most common types of accidents. In fact, drowning deaths account for only about 1% of all car accident fatalities.
If you’ve been involved in a water-car crash in Austin, a car accident lawyer in Austin can help you seek f28inancial relief.
Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2023 at 12:00 am
If you’re a parent, there’s a sad fact you should know: car accidents are one of the top killers of children in the U.S. Keep reading to see the numbers for yourself, and learn more about how child car accident injury compensation works from our child accident attorneys in Austin.
Child Car Accidents in Texas by the Numbers
Information regarding what portion of all car accident victims children represent is surprisingly limited. Here at Ramos James Law, we’ve reviewed the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) statistics surrounding child car accidents and accident injuries to get a better idea of the problem:
- There were a total of 155 children under the age of 15 killed in car accidents in Texas in 2022.
- 728 children under the age of 15 were severely injured in Texas car accidents in 2022.
- In 2022, there were 13 babies younger than one year old killed in Texas car accidents, and another 33 severely injured.
- Out of all the children under the age of 15 who were killed in car accidents while in vehicles, 40% were not properly restrained at the time of the crash.
As you can see, Texas children represent more than twice their fair share of all accident fatalities and severe injuries based on the total population. While making up less than 2 people out of every 10 in the state, kids make up nearly 4 out of every 10 severe car accident victims.
How Does Child Car Accident Injury Compensation Work in Texas?
Children are entitled to all the same types of damages as adult victims, potentially including things like medical bills, disfigurement, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Since a child under the age of 18 can’t file a claim on their own in Texas, a parent will need to file on their behalf. Once a settlement amount is agreed to and approved by a judge, then the money will either be held in the court registry until the child turns 18 or will be used to purchase an insurance annuity to be paid out over time after the child reaches 18.
Get Help From Compassionate Child Accident Attorneys in Austin
If your child has been injured in a Texas car accident, you’re probably facing an overwhelming amount of challenges. Take some of that stress off your plate by reaching out to a personal injury attorney for help seeking compensation.
At Ramos James Law, PLLC, we know that each accident is different, and we respect your unique needs and situation. Reach out to the Ramos James Law child injury attorneys in Austin for help fighting for your rights.
Has your child been injured in a Texas car accident? Reach out to the Ramos James Law child accident lawyers in Austin to get compassionate representation.
Posted on Sunday, May 14th, 2023 at 10:33 pm
Being in a car accident is a terrible experience as is, and the uncertainty around your car accident settlement can make it worse. You may see your bills begin to pile up while you wait on the compensation you need following your car accident injury.
However, there is an end in sight.
While the time it takes to receive your car accident settlement can vary, an experienced Austin car accident lawyer can help ensure your settlement stays on track and that you receive it within a reasonable amount of time.
Here’s what you can expect as you wait for your car accident settlement.
What Is the Average Time It Takes To Get a Car Accident Settlement?
The actual amount it will take to get a car accident settlement can vary greatly depending on the specifics of your situation. A simple case can be resolved in months while more complex cases can take years.
Typically, cases are resolved in around 6-18 months, however, it depends greatly on the details of your accident.
It’s critical to follow all medical recommendations set forth by your doctors to better understand the long-term effects of your car accident and to work closely with your Austin car accident lawyer to ensure you receive all compensation possible to cover any future medical debts.
Factors That Can Affect How Long Your Car Accident Settlement Takes
As mentioned before, some cases will take longer than others to resolve, which can be frustrating when you aren’t given a clear timeline from your insurance company. If your case seems to be dragging out, there are some reasons why that might be.
Your car accident injury lawyer will be able to answer your questions about delays in your case. What follows are factors that can affect the length of your settlement process:
Legal or Factual Issues With Your Case
If the party at fault for the accident is unclear, you can expect the case to drag out. Additionally, insurance companies may dispute your injuries or act in bad faith to avoid paying out what is owed to you, increasing the length of time to finally get what you deserve.
A skilled car accident injury lawyer can help gather the evidence you need to fight these accusations and delays.
Your Car Accident Injury Claim Is High-Value
Since Texas has uncapped non-economic damages, you may be looking at a big paycheck. If you were seriously injured and have permanent, painful injuries that can translate to high-value compensation, the insurance company will work diligently to drag out the claim as long as possible to hopefully dissuade you from pursuing what is fully owed.
This is where an attorney with car accident settlement experience can help. They can negotiate a higher settlement without needing to go to trial. If the insurance company still doesn’t want to pay, they can also help you with your court case.
You Still Need Multiple Surgeries or Extensive Medical Treatments
If you settle too early, you may find yourself stuck with substantial medical bills. If you’re still recovering, it’s typically best to wait to see how much the accident will actually cost over time.
Once you’ve reached the maximum medical improvement, that’s when it’s time to consider a settlement. Your attorney can negotiate a higher settlement and you can be certain you will have enough to cover your bills.
You Don’t Have an Experienced Attorney in Your Corner
Insurance companies know they can wait you out and have the advantage if you aren’t represented by a lawyer. These companies have years of experience in wearing down claimants in hopes that you’ll take an unfair settlement.
They’ll make your life harder by asking for unnecessary records or even more exams, and may also just dodge your attempts at contacting them.
This is why you need an experienced Austin car accident lawyer in your corner. A knowledgeable lawyer will know all the tricks used by insurance companies and how to counter them while helping you avoid costly mistakes that could negatively affect your claim.
Let Ramos James Law Get You the Car Accident Settlement You Deserve
Don’t let the insurance companies push you around. Let the team at Ramos James Law, PLLC, negotiate a higher settlement for you.
We have years of experience in car accident settlements, and have successfully fought for each of our clients to help them get what they deserve. We are ready to fight for you, too! Call us or use our contact form and see how we can help.
Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2023 at 12:00 am
A vehicle-motorcycle crash just before 9:40 p.m. on March 13th resulted in the death of one. It was reported that a 911 caller found the motorcyclist unresponsive at the scene of the accident.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics responded to the accident, which took place at 4300 Ganymede Drive in northwest Austin. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead while the vehicle driver was unharmed.
The investigation is ongoing.
Motorcycles are well known for being one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Part of the problem is people not knowing how to drive them appropriately while another issue is other drivers not being considerate of motorcyclists.
If you want to enjoy safer motorcycle rides, here’s what you should do:
- Drive Carefully: Driving between lanes or sharing a lane with another motorcycle are both dangerous. Stay where you can be seen by other drivers.
- Inspections: Regularly inspect your motorcycle and complete any maintenance needed. Even running down a short checklist can help prevent accidents.
- Wear Safety Gear: Helmets are the single most important protective equipment as they protect your head (and brain) from critical impacts that could easily kill you. Other protective gear, such as eyewear, jackets, and appropriate riding pants, can protect you from injuries like road rash.
- Ride Sober and Undistracted: You should never operate any vehicle if you’re even a bit tipsy. If you enjoy music while you ride, make sure you set it before you leave.
- Take Training Courses: Even after you obtain your license, you can still improve your riding technique. Take safety classes and learn how to handle common dangers like distracted drivers or losing control.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Ramos James Law, PLLC, Will Fight for You
If you have been in a motorcycle or other vehicle accident, you don’t need to navigate your situation alone. The team at Ramos James Law will fight to help you secure a fair settlement for the damages you have suffered as the result of another party’s fault.
We offer free consultations so you can learn about your legal rights at no risk to you. Should you decide to work with our team, know that we only get paid when you do!
Source: KXAN Austin
Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2022 at 12:00 am
Just before 4 p.m. on November 20th, there was a collision on Manor Road close to Susquehanna Lane in Austin.
Austin Police and the Austin Fire Department responded to the scene of a three-vehicle crash that resulted in two people needing treatment. One adult with minor injuries was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center while the other person refused transportation.
The crash resulted in a temporary closure of the southbound lane of Manor Road.
What To Do if You’ve Been in a Multi-Vehicle Crash
A single-car accident is bad enough, but multi-vehicle crashes bring new dangers. If your car can still move, try to drive to the shoulder if it’s safe. If your vehicle is stuck or too damaged to work, here’s what to do:
1. Stay in the Vehicle
If you’ve been in a multi-vehicle accident, it’s safest to stay in your car. There may be more cars that will add to the crash and you will be hurt far worse if you are hit while out of your vehicle. The only exception is if your vehicle is on fire or some other immediate danger.
2. Avoid Moving if You Can
The shock of an accident can cover up injuries. Spinal injuries are very common after a crash, so try to keep your head still. If you are a bystander, don’t try to move someone unless there is an immediate risk, like a vehicle fire.
3. Call For Help
911 should be the first call made after an accident. Even if there are no injuries, a police report can still help with all the legal issues later on. Your Austin truck accident lawyer will want to see a police report as part of the evidence in your case.
4. Get Medical Treatment
Even if you aren’t in pain, it’s still important to be examined after a crash. Some injuries will only show symptoms in the days or weeks that follow an accident.
Documentation of your injuries will help if you choose to bring up a claim. Most insurance companies will also want any medical records you have obtained, so make sure to secure these whenever you attend an appointment. Additionally, always make sure to have an extra copy for your own records.
5. Contact an Austin Car Accident Attorney
A crash can leave you facing financial struggles, so having a car accident lawyer in your corner will give you the best chance to obtain justice and compensation.
Ramos James Law, PLLC, Is Here for You
After an accident, you are likely to see your bills piling up as you try to remedy the situation. An experienced attorney can help you get the results you need to get your life back on track.
The Austin car accident lawyers at Ramos James Law, PLLC, have years of experience helping victims receive the help they deserve. We offer FREE consultations, so you can know what to expect from your case without having to pay a penny.
Contact us today and get the help you need.
Source: CBS Austin
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 at 10:21 pm
A deadly collision with a traffic light occurred on Sunday, August 28, at around 10:20 pm.
The accident took place in North Austin at North Lamar Boulevard and West Yeager Lane.
One adult was trapped in the vehicle before the arrival of paramedics, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The individual was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
The currently unidentified man died in the hospital as per the Austin Police. As of August 30, nothing else has been revealed about the identity of the victim.
This single-vehicle collision is the latest traffic death this year. This crash puts the total number of victims at 70 from a total of 69 crashes.
Understanding Fatal Single-Vehicle Collisions
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were a total of 3,520 total fatal crashes with 3,874 deaths in Texas in 2020. With Texas’ population at 29,217,653, this means that there were 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
That same year, there were 2,017 single-vehicle collisions. That means that 52% of all traffic fatalities in 2020 involved just one vehicle. Something to note is that collisions that involve pedestrians or bicyclists are counted as single-vehicle collisions.
The most deadly types of single-vehicle collisions involve pedestrians and hitting solid objects, like trees. This contributes to the high fatality and injury rate.
The biggest factors that contribute to single-vehicle collisions are drowsiness, driving under the influence, and inattention.
Inattention is any time the driver takes their eyes off the road. Cell phone use, grabbing things from the floor or back of the vehicle, or other distractions are frequently cited examples of inattentive driving.
Common safety procedures to best protect yourself and others on the road include:
- Never drive intoxicated.
- Avoid driving while tired. If you are nodding off, pull over somewhere safe to rest.
- Always keep your eyes on the road.
- Don’t focus on crashes or things on the side of the road. Most people will tend to guide your car toward where they are looking.
- Don’t reach for things in the back of the car. If you have children, make sure what they need is within their reach. If you need to attend to the children, pull over.
If you have been the victim of an auto accident, you may need legal help. Ramos James Law, PLLC, is here for you. We have experience with auto accident cases and we can help you obtain the justice you deserve.
Source: KXAN Austin
Posted on Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 8:31 pm
When a distracted driver causes a preventable collision, you are entitled to seek financial recovery for any damages they have caused to you.
When filing a civil suit against said driver, your best chance of proving negligence is to gather as much evidence as possible at the time of the incident – assuming you have not been seriously injured and can safely do so.
The Austin car accident attorneys of Ramos James Law, PLLC, are here to explain what distracted driving is and what evidence is needed in order to help support your claim.
What Is “Distracted Driving?”
Distracted driving can be classified as an event that does not allow a driver to focus and keep their cognitive, visual, and/or manual control of driving their vehicle.
Distracted driving behaviors include the use of a cell phone when behind the wheel, changing radio stations, eating and drinking, general reckless driving, or even having a conversation in which you are constantly looking at your fellow passengers while you drive.
As per the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving leads to approximately nine deaths every day and 1000’s of injuries. Additionally, there were approximately 398 Texan lives lost on roadways in 2019 as a result of distracted drivers.
Being distracted for five seconds is all it takes to cause a catastrophic accident that could’ve been avoided.
Evidence to Gather in a Distracted Driving Accident
When a negligent driver causes damages to your body and/or personal property, it is crucial to gather evidence to support any claim you may file. Of course, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may need help from a loved one to help you secure the following types of evidence:
- Photographs and/or video pertaining to the accident, including physical damages you suffered, vehicle damage, the location of the accident, and key street signs.
- The full legal name of the negligent driver, their phone number, model of their vehicle, license plate number, and insurance information.
- Any police reports (once they become available).
- Any and all medical reports, medication prescriptions, hospital bills, proof of rehabilitation treatment, and doctor’s notes.
What a Negligent Party Can Be Held Liable For
If proven guilty of causing an accident, a defendant (the negligent distracted driver) can be responsible for but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
- Lost wages due to missing work as a result of injuries sustained
- Vehicle and intellectual property damages
Austin Car Accident Attorneys Ready to Fight for Your Recovery!
When a distracted driver wreaks havoc into your life, causing serious harm that keeps you from the things you love, you are entitled to seek the financial recovery you deserve.
The Austin car accident team of Ramos James Law, PLLC, is determined to make things right. We will fight tooth-and-nail to get the financial compensation you deserve!