Motor Vehicle & Car Accidents in Austin
The Law Offices of Steve Gibbins handles motor vehicle accident claims on behalf of injured plaintiffs throughout Texas, including in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. If you have been harmed in a car, motorcycle, or trucking accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered.
According to the Department of Transportation, there were 3,468 fatal car accidents in Texas in 2008, with an estimated total economic loss of $20,700,000,000. Austin car accidents can be caused by negligent or reckless driving, defective auto parts, or hazardous weather or road conditions. Accidents can range from minor fender benders to serious accidents causing catastrophic injuries or even wrongful deaths.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligent or wrongful acts of another, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional damages. Texas uses a system of modified comparative negligence, meaning that a plaintiff can only recover if he or she was less than 50 per cent at fault in the accident; once fault is established, the parties will often be left to deal with their insurance companies. The injured party makes a claim against the at-fault party's insurance, and the insurer either offers a settlement or denies the claim. In situations where a claim is denied or a settlement is insufficient, the injured party may choose to file for a lawsuit. For more information, see our FAQs.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 6,986 serious injuries and 529 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in 2008. Because of their unprotected design, accidents with motorcyclists often involve more catastrophic injuries than other vehicles, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or wrongful death, all of which result in higher medical and long-term recovery costs. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, accidents involving trucks are ten times more likely to be caused by truck drivers than other factors, such as weather or road conditions. Long-distance truckers may be especially prone to cause accidents due to fatigue, speeding, or the sheer difficulty of maneuvering such heavy vehicles. This problem is especially troublesome in Texas, where a large amount of international commerce is conducted with Mexico.
Truck accident cases can involve a complex web of federal and state commercial vehicle regulations and personal injury laws. Trucks engaged in interstate travel are governed by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, whereas local delivery trucks only traveling within the State of Texas may be governed by a different set of regulations. For instance, federal law requires interstate truckers or their employers to keep travel logs and record the amount of time spent resting and driving. Interstate truckers are limited to 11 hours driving time in a 14 hour period and are required to take rest periods of 10 consecutive hours, with exceptions. In Texas, truck drivers traveling in less than a 150-mile radius within the state are not required to keep logs, but employers must ensure they follow the rest requirements.
In some cases, motor vehicle accidents may result in the death of a driver or passenger. When the accident is caused by another party's negligence or wrongful acts, the family of the deceased may sue to recover damages under a theory of wrongful death. For more information, including the types of damages available, view our wrongful death page.