Austin Car Wreck and Accident Lawyers

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Car Wrecks and Accidents happen all the time in Austin

In addition to the physical trauma that occurs in a car accident, you must also deal with the emotional and financial stress that follows. Understanding this, here at Terry & Kelly, PLLC we work tirelessly to make the legal process as anxiety-free as possible while we help you facilitate your recovery.

Those who work with our Austin car accident lawyers — Jim Terry and Trent Kelly — gain the peace of mind that comes from working directly with an experienced advocate at every stage of the legal process. Jim and Trent handle their own cases at all times, so you will never be passed off to another attorney or legal assistant who is unfamiliar with your case.

We offer personal injury representation that is custom-tailored to the specifics of your situation and is designed to obtain a full and fair outcome in an efficient manner.

What causes Car Accidents?

Car accidents in Texas occur for a variety of reasons and can lead to a wide range of catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common causes of car wrecks include:

    • Drunk driving
    • Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
    • Speeding
    • Ignoring stop lights and other traffic signals
    • Failure to yield
    • Failure to signal or check mirrors before merging
    • Following too closely

Regardless of the exact cause, if you have been injured in a car accident you should contact our office to find out how you can protect your rights.

Mr. Terry is an exceptional attorney. James (Jim) is easy to talk to, he explains the process very clearly, and he keeps you informed of events normally before they will occur.” — Karen (client from Austin)

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What are the Elements of a Car Accident Case?

Not all cases that involve a Car Accident go to court. A very skilled Austin Personal Injury Lawyer can negotiate with the other party in order to secure a settlement before the case even begins. Certain legal elements will play a role in every car accident case, including Establishing Liability in Car Accident Claim, negligence, and comparative fault. 

What is Liability? 

Liability is defined as the state of being responsible for something, by Law. It’s the first thing that comes to mind in a Car Accident case. Who is Liable for the accident, and did they hurt anyone involved? In most cases there are usually two parties involved in a 1 on 1 collision, but under Certain Situations there may be a 3rd party involved and these could include:

18-Wheeler Companies: 

If you have collided with an 18-wheeler in an accident, more than likely, the company who owns the truck will likely get involved. Your Austin Semi-Truck Attorney will have to contend with both, your insurance company to get your proper compensation, as well as the Trucking Companies Insurance to get payment for your troubles. 

Defective Auto Parts:

Some Collisions happen due to Defective Parts on Motor Vehicles giving out. If you were in an accident caused by a manufacturing error, then your Austin Motor vehicle accident Attorney could help recover compensation.

Road Construction Companies:

If an Accident happens to be near, or at, a construction zone, it’s also likely that the Road Construction Companies will have to get involved. If they were found to be the cause of the accident, then they will be entitled to give compensation under law. 

What is Negligence?

Negligence is when a person has behaved in a thoughtless/careless manner that may have led to injury to another party. The plaintiff has to be able to prove that the Defendant being sued was acting Negligently. 

He or she has to be able to demonstrate that:

  • The Defendant’s duty is to use caution on the roadways (Highway, Street or otherwise).
  • The defendant did not act on his duty. (For Example, if he/she was texting, on the phone, or any other kind of negligent activity).
  • The negligent party contributed in some part to a car accident where injuries occur.
  • The Plaintiff  has received an injury as a result of the negligence of the Defendant.

Comparative Fault

Are you in a state where a modified comparative fault rule has been enacted? Here in Texas, the rule might be relevant in your motor vehicle accident case. This also applies if you settle outside of court.

Give Terry and Kelly a call!

If you have been in a car accident and find yourself with questions about paying for medical bills, recovering lost wages, repairing your vehicle or anything else related to your injuries, we are here for you.

Call Terry & Kelly, PLLC at 512-910-2000 or fill out our online contact form.

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