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Multi-Vehicle Crash in East Austin Results in Two Injuries

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.

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Source: CBS Austin

One Dead After Collision With a Traffic Light

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.

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Source: KXAN Austin

Proving Fault In A Distracted-Driving Related Accident

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!

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