Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2022 at 12:00 am
Austin Police responded to a crash at 5:41 a.m. in Austin on May 23, 2022.
About the Crash
In the early hours of May 23, a motorist was traveling the wrong way on the Mopac Expressway when they crashed into another vehicle.
The wrong-way driver died at the scene of the accident according to Austin Police.
The driver of the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital with minimal, non-life-threatening injuries.
Austin Car Accident Attorneys Inform You What To Do if You See a Wrong-way Driver
Seeing a car heading in your direction on the highway is frightening and dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 350 people die annually due to wrong-way accidents.
Being aware of your surroundings on the highway is vital to avoiding an accident. The following is advice on what to do when you see a vehicle headed in the wrong direction:
1. Drive with extreme caution on nights and weekends.
Nights and weekends are more likely to have intoxicated or impaired drivers on the road. Be on high alert if you must be on the streets at these times.
2. Veer towards the right lane.
Statistics have shown that wrong-way drivers usually drive on the left lane since it’s closer to the median and the road they should be on.
3. Be vigilant.
Avoid distractions, such as being on your phone, eating, or tuning the radio. Staying focused on the road allows you to observe your surroundings and catch any reckless drivers.
4. Alert the authorities.
Call 911 as soon as you are out of harm’s way to report the wrong-way motorist and to potentially prevent any accidents or deaths.
If you are a victim of a car accident due to a wrong-way motorist, contact your experienced Austin car accident lawyers to start your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 12:00 am
Car accidents are dreadful experiences that can cause serious damage to your physical and mental well-being. The aftermath can be especially confusing as you attempt to deal with the situation.
This is exactly why you should contact your Austin car accident lawyers to guide you on what to do after an auto accident. The team at Ramos James Law, PLLC, would like to share some facts on the main causes of car accidents in hopes to bring awareness and prevent accidents.
Leading Cause of Car Accidents
While freak accidents do happen, there are common reasons traffic accidents occur. The main causes of car accidents include:
1. Distracted Driving
One of the most common driving mistakes in today’s modern world is distracted driving, which includes talking or texting while driving. Other common distractions that can impair your driving include:
- Eating while driving
- Putting on makeup while behind the wheel
- Attempting to use GPS while driving
- Lack of focus on the road due to passengers
2. Driving While Inebriated
Unfortunately, even with apps like Uber and Lyft, drunk driving is still a frequent cause of automobile accidents. Although drunk driving isn’t the number one cause of crashes, it is the most fatal.
We encourage everyone to call a Lyft, Uber, or friend, or designate a sober driver instead of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking.
3. Driving Over the Speed Limit
With all the pressure of getting to work on time, plus the amount of traffic, one may be tempted to speed up to get to their destination quicker. Keep in mind that it is better to show up late than to risk your life and the lives of others.
Texas weather shows brutal winters and hurricane seasons can occur. Driving on icy roads can pose a danger even to drivers who are used to driving in those temperatures. Rain is also a major contributor to weather-related accidents.
5. Avoiding Traffic Signals
Running a red light or stop sign can cause a serious accident. Cellphone usage contributes to neglecting traffic signs, which is why it is important to be aware of your surroundings and put down the phone when behind the wheel.
6. Night Driving
Driving when it is dark can be difficult without adequate lighting. If you are having difficulty seeing in front of you at night, be sure to use your high beams to check for any upcoming twists or turns and traffic.
7. Fatigued Driving
A lot of us work hard for countless hours at a time, which can leave us exhausted by the end of the day. If you are feeling extremely tired, it is best not to get behind the wheel. Fatigued driving is impaired driving.
Austin Car Accident Lawyers Hope to Prevent Accidents By Sharing The Leading Causes of Car Crashes
We hope these statistics help reduce the number of car accidents that can lead to tragic outcomes. Being aware of the main causes of accidents can help you become more alert while driving.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, contact your Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, for guidance on starting a claim.
Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 12:00 am
A person riding a scooter was killed after being struck by a driver in East Austin on Friday, April 29th, 2022.
Details About the Accident
Authorities responded to a car crash on April 29th at around 2:30 a.m. near 3401 E. 7th Street. According to the authorities, an individual on a scooter was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver who struck the victim was arrested for DWI.
There were several street closures as a result of the accident but all were reopened around 6 a.m.
Sobering Accident Facts Provided by Austin Car Accident Lawyers
Drinking and driving are two activities you should never combine. Not only does, drinking and driving put your life at risk, but also the lives of all others on the roads, including innocent pedestrians.
The following are some eye-opening facts about drunk driving that can potentially help save lives:
- Drunk driving accidents are 100% preventable
- Having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher is considered legally drunk
- Your first DWI can cost thousands of dollars
- In the U.S., approximately 30 people die due to drunk driving every day
- Texas is the fourth-worst state for drunk driving
- In 2019, there were almost 25,000 DUI crashes in Texas
- Fatal drunk driving accidents can lead to prison time
We can only hope everyone reconsiders getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking. A night of fun is not worth the severe legal consequences you may face, especially when there are so many options to find a designated driver.
If you or a loved one have fallen victim to a drunk driving accident, contact your Austin car accident lawyer at Ramos James Law, PLLC, to guide you in the process of recovery.
Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2022 at 12:00 am
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a drunk driver just after 6:30 p.m. in Cedar Park.
Details About the Accident
A man was arrested on March 28, 2022, days after striking a man walking on a sidewalk on Avery Ranch Blvd. and South Bell Blvd.
The victim was taken to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
The driver has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and the accident is still under investigation.
Texas Ranks in Top 5 of Worst Drinking and Driving States
Unfortunately, Texas takes fourth place in the worst states for inebriated driving.
In 2021, Texas roadways saw almost 5,200 deaths due to intoxicated driving. Studies show that there are approximately seven drunk drivers for every 100,00 people. Needless to say, these numbers are tragic and can easily be prevented.
The consequences of driving while intoxicated can be catastrophic, and knowing when not to drive or telling someone not to drive can save lives.
How to Spot a Drunk Driver
If you see a person driving recklessly, it is important to get yourself to safety and report what you saw. Some signs of drunk driving include:
- Swerving in and out of lanes/road lines
- Swerving onto the wrong side of the road
- Completely driving in the wrong lane
- Turning suddenly, without blinkers, and/or illegally
- Driving under the speed limit and timidly
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Close to colliding into other vehicles or causing accidents
- Headlights off
- Frequent breaking
If you or someone you know have been a victim of a pedestrian or intoxicated accident, contact your Austin car accident attorney at Ramos James Law, PLLC, to begin the road to physical and emotional recovery.
Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2022 at 12:00 am
One person was injured after being struck by a car around 12:40 a.m. in Austin.
Details on the Auto-Pedestrian Accident
A person walking on Westgate Boulevard was hit by a car on March 14 at about 12:40 a.m. in South Austin. The pedestrian was said to be in critical condition and was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The accident is still pending investigation and no further details have been released.
Auto-Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
About 6,000 pedestrians are fatally struck by vehicles each year in the United States. Approximately 10% of these accidents happen in Texas.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, pedestrian fatalities are increasing in Texas and account for almost one in every five accidents.
In Texas, there were about 5,000 pedestrian-involved accidents in 2020. Consequently, those accidents caused over 1,000 serious injuries and 731 deaths.
The most common circumstances for auto-pedestrian accidents in Texas are:
- Pedestrians not yielding to vehicles’ right-of-way
- Drivers not paying attention
- Drivers not yielding to pedestrians’ right-of-way
- Drivers traveling over the speed limit
Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers To Prevent Accidents
Pedestrians are more susceptible to serious injuries or death in traffic accidents simply because of the sheer size of vehicles. We each have a responsibility to abide by the rules of the road and decrease the tragic numbers of pedestrian deaths.
As a driver:
- Be aware of the pedestrians’ right-of-way, especially when making turns
- Come to a complete stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
- Be mindful of stopped buses or other vehicles
- Keep your eyes on the road; don’t be distracted; don’t use your phone
As a pedestrian:
- Use intersections or crosswalks to cross the street
- Look both ways before crossing
- Make eye contact with drivers to make sure you are seen
- Don’t presume all drivers see you or are paying attention
- Follow all traffic and crosswalk signs
- Always walk on a sidewalk or on the left side of the street to face oncoming traffic
- Avoid using devices that distract you from seeing and hearing
Austin Car Accident Attorneys Determined To Help You Secure Justice
If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, look no further than Ramos James Law, PLLC, to get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 12:00 am
A two-vehicle car crash occurred right before 7 a.m. near South U.S. Highway 183.
Details About the Accident
Two vehicles collided going southbound on U.S. Highway 183.
The collision forced one car into a nearby ditch. One of the drivers was knocked unconscious and required being rescued from their vehicle.
Both drivers were hospitalized, with one suffering minor injuries while the other sustained severe injuries.
Surprising Statistics About Texas Motor Accidents
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there has been a rise in motor vehicle accidents since 2019. There was a 7.5% increase in total accidents in 2020, consequently leading to more fatalities, which increased by almost 19% that year.
- 12,107 serious injury motor vehicle accidents occurred with 14,656 people obtaining a severe injury.
- One person perished every 2 hours and 15 minutes due to a crash.
- Every 2 minutes and 34 seconds, a person was injured in an auto accident.
- There was an automobile accident reported every 1 minute and 7 seconds.
- 205,498 people sustained an injury due to automobile traffic crashes.
- 538 people died in head-on accidents.
- There wasn’t a single day in 2020 that a crash-related death didn’t occur.
Austin Car Accident Attorneys Here To Guide and Support Victims of Automobile Accidents
For over a decade, the car accident lawyers at Ramos James Law, PLLC, have been helping victims recover from the trauma and stress of an accident. Our legal team will assist and guide you in making a claim so you can recover and get the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, contact your Austin car accident attorney today.
Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 at 12:00 am
On February 15, 2022, a car accident between two vehicles left one person dead and a vehicle in flames on the 9100 block of US 183 in Austin, TX.
Details About the Austin Car Accident
One person is deceased and the other was severely injured.
According to authorities, first responders arrived at the scene of the car accident with one car in flames, and the other vehicle collided into a building. It is unclear which building the other vehicle crashed into.
One person was declared dead at the scene while the other was taken to the hospital to be treated for their severe injuries. Authorities warn to expect traffic delays in the area for a few hours.
What to Do if Your Vehicle Catches on Fire After an Accident?
Dealing with the stress of being in an accident can be overwhelming for most, but if your vehicle were to catch on fire it can be traumatizing. If you are able to do so safely, here is what is recommended to do if your vehicle becomes engulfed in flames after a car accident:
- If possible, move your vehicle to a safe place, stop your car, and turn off the engine.
- Remove yourself and any passengers from the vehicle, and do not let anyone enter the burning vehicle to retrieve personal items.
- Move at least 100 feet away from the vehicle and warn bystanders and oncoming traffic.
- Call 911 as soon as you’re out of harm’s way.
- Stay away from oncoming traffic.
Our Austin Car Accident Lawyers Have Helped the Injured Seek Justice for More Than a Decade
For over 10 years, Laura Ramos James and her team of car accident attorneys have fought for Texans who have been harmed in personal injury accidents. Their experience in this field has given her the means and resources she needs to make sure that those who were injured get the compensation they deserve.
Don’t hesitate to file a car accident claim with an experienced car accident lawyer. The statute of limitations for filing for a car accident is two (2) years from when the accident took place.
Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2022 at 12:00 am
Posting on social media platforms allows your personal life to become public information. When you make a post, you may think your friends and family are your only audience but the information you post on any platform is easily accessible to anyone prepared to pry into your personal life.
If you were involved in an accident or are a victim of a personal injury, it can be natural to notify your followers on social media of your situation, however, this information can be used against your favor. Posting about your accident, even if it was with good intentions, can be used to manipulate your words and create a false narrative of your situation.
Austin car accident attorney at Ramos James Law, PLLC, recommends not using social media until your injury claim has been decided. If you decide to continue posting online, you should be informed on how interacting online can hurt your injury claim.
Your Posts on Social Media Can Be Used as Evidence Against Your Claim
After filing a personal injury claim, the defense team may search your social media accounts to find anything that can be used against you. Their goal is to dodge paying what they owe you by shifting the blame of your personal injury onto you.
It is common to be stressed and overwhelmed after a car accident and to vent to friends and family online. However, no matter how harmless you think your post is, it can be used by the defense attorney to dispute your injury and minimize your claim.
Using Social Media After an Accident
It is suggested to lay off social media while the litigation process is in progress. If you decide to post online, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from being debunked.
The tips will come in handy if you post on social media after submitting a personal injury claim:
1. Be selective with your posts.
It’s for the best if you avoid posting any pictures of you in the hospital, of the accident, or pictures involving your recovery process. You may want to be wary of posting anything positive, as well, even if it is irrelevant to the accident or injury.
The defense party can claim you are not in distress or in any pain if you are posting yourself being active and having fun.
2. Change your privacy settings.
It is advised you go into your privacy settings on your social media accounts and change your profiles to private, if they aren’t already. You can do this just while the process is occurring.
3. Ask not to be tagged in photos and posts.
It is suggested you ask your friends and family to not tag you in any posts during the ongoing investigation. You can also check your setting and turn off the ability to be tagged in others’ posts.
4. Be aware of friend requests from people you don’t know.
If you get a friend request from someone who is unfamiliar to you or has a strange profile, it can be individuals who are looking into your claim. You should only accept requests from people you know until the claims process is over.
5. Do not delete existing posts.
If you posted about your car accident, don’t delete the post because it can seem suspicious and self-incriminating. Leave your posts up but refrain from making any more posts about the accident until your insurance claim is resolved.
For more information about how your personal injury claim could be at risk of being discredited and denied by the manipulation of the defense, seek legal consultation from the Austin car accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC.
Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2022 at 12:00 am
On January 28, 2022, two people were left hospitalized after an accident occurred right past midnight on the 7900 block of Research Boulevard.
What We Know About the Car Accident
The car accident that occurred in North Austin sometime after midnight left two victims hospitalized.
According to police, one victim was stuck inside the car and had to be removed. Both victims were injured and sent to a local hospital, and one of the patients likely has life-threatening injuries.
No other information regarding identity or the extent of injuries sustained by the other victim has been released, and the details of the car crash have not yet been determined.
What to Do After a Collision?
If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being involved in a car accident, There are a few things you should do to stay safety and to document, should you decide to file a car accident claim.
After a car accident you should:
- Inspect you and your party for injuries.
- Call 911 if there are any severe injuries.
- If you can do so safely, move your vehicle to a safe spot, set flares or cones, and exchange information with the other driver, especially insurance information.
- Make a record of the scene of the accident and gather as much witness information as you can.
- Take photos of the scene, the vehicles, and its surroundings.
- Call the police and make a police report immediately to collect sufficient and fresh evidence to effectively build your car accident claim.
Austin Car Accident Attorneys Ready to Seek Justice in Your Honor!
Car accidents are overwhelming and can lead to devasting situations. If you or your family have been involved in a car crash, it would be in your best interest to contact your car accident attorney at Ramos James Law, PLLC.
Laura Ramos James has over a decade of legal experience in personal injury, and she has even suffered a personal injury accident of her own. She knows how uncertain it can feel after an accident and has made it her mission to help anyone else that has gone through the same to find relief.
Our compassionate legal team is determined in getting our clients adequate financial recovery entitled to them to cover any damages and medical costs.
Source: Fox 7 Austin
Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2022 at 12:00 am
One person dies after being struck by a vehicle in North Austin.
More on the Austin Pedestrian Accident
Early Sunday morning around 2 a.m., a pedestrian was killed at the intersection of Research Boulevard and North Lamar Boulevard in North Austin. The pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.
Details of the crash are limited at this time, including how exactly the accident had occurred and the identity of either of the individuals involved. As a result of the accident, authorities closed down part of US 183 while they conducted their investigation.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to a 2020 report drafted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 4,852 crashes involved pedestrians
- 1,211 of these crashes involved serious injury
- 732 of them involved a death
The report also stated that every 1 out of 5 traffic fatalities can be attributed to pedestrian fatalities. Moreso, the numbers reflected in this 2020 report indicate a 9 percent increase in fatalities when compared to the previous year.
How Pedestrians Can Stay Safe
1. Only cross the street on crosswalks or at intersections.
2. Always look left, right, and then left before you attempt to cross over.
3. Never assume that a driver can see you. Always make eye contact to make sure they see you.
4. Always obey crosswalk and traffic signals, even if no vehicles are present.
5. Always use the sidewalk, and if there isn’t one present, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
6. Avoid distractions like your cell phone or other electronic devices, food, anything that can take your eyes and ears off of the road when walking.
Over a Decade of Helping the Injured Find Peace
For over 10 years, Laura Ramos James has fought for Texans who were hurt in personal injury accidents. Her experience in this field has given her the tools and resources she needs to make sure that those who were injured get the compensation they need to relive life to their fullest.
Don’t hesitate to file a car accident claim with an experienced car accident lawyer. The statute of limitations for filing for a car accident is two (2) years from when the accident occurred, so every minute counts.
Hurt in a Car Accident? Pedestrians Have the Right to Seek Compensation As Well. Contact the Austin Car Accident Attorneys of Ramos James, PLLC Now.