How a Round Rock car accident lawyer can help youFighting for compensation can seem daunting if you have suffered a severe injury from a car accident. It may stress you out to consider negotiating with insurance companies about your injuries and compensation - and it should. As we speak, the insurance adjusters may be harassing you now and trying to pressure you into accepting a settlement you know is not enough. A Round Rock car accident lawyer can help relieve your concerns about protecting your legal rights. We handle insurance communications, so you do not have to worry about saying or doing anything to potentially jeopardize your claim. Our car accident lawyers can bring the following benefits to the claim process:
Using a client-first approachMany car accident lawyers are more concerned with what benefits their interests than yours. At Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, our car accident lawyers put the needs of each of our clients first. We aim to serve our clients as efficiently and effectively as possible. We consider every possible solution for your case while delivering excellent customer service to you. We pledge to put everything we have into your case to fight for maximum compensation.
Determining the worth of your claimOur car accident lawyers can help determine the actual worth of your damages. While we measure some of your damages through financial documents, there are some damages that you cannot measure by out-of-pocket costs, like pain and suffering. A car accident lawyer can assess what each of your damages is worth and even include damages you did not consider when seeking compensation. For example, you may only consider medical expenses that you are currently paying, and our car accident lawyer can include damages for all estimated future medical expenses.
Figuring out the best way to resolve your claimAnother benefit that our car accident lawyers bring to your claim is a sense of clarity. You may not know the best process to take to resolve your claim or how the outcome can potentially turn out. Our Round Rock accident lawyers can paint a realistic picture of how your claim might proceed and how the insurance companies will respond.
Defending your legal interests against the insurance companiesWhether the insurance company offers you a settlement, adjusters will often resort to deceptive actions to prevent you from receiving your just compensation. They will gather any information to limit or deny your compensation, including challenging the severity of your injuries. Some insurance adjusters will also ask that you submit a recorded statement that they can use against you and search for any contradicting statements. When a Round Rock car accident lawyer represents you, you have legal protection against the insurance companies and their deceitful ways. Once you have legal representation, the communication between you and the insurance company ends, as we handle all communications moving forward.
Offering legal representation in courtAnother benefit of a Round Rock car accident lawyer is that you have guaranteed legal representation should your claim make it to court. If the insurance company does not agree to the requests in your claim, you have the right to take your case to litigation and possibly trial. Even if you are apprehensive about allowing your claim to progress to trial, our car accident lawyers are not. We are confident in our ability to build the strongest case on your behalf that can lead to the successful results you desire. In most cases, insurance companies are more likely to settle and meet your requests when they know your attorney is ready to take your claim to trial.
What are the most dangerous intersections and roads in Round Rock?Round Rock has several dangerous roads, including Interstate 35, U.S. 290, State Highway 130, and many more.
Interstate 35 (I-35)This roadway travels for nearly 400 miles across Texas. Named one of the most dangerous roadways to travel on for commuter vehicles, pedestrians, and trucks, I-35 is known for ongoing construction projects and traffic congestion. In a recent year, 20,401 traffic accidents happened along I-35, which resulted in 153 deaths. Further, the roadway’s fatal accident rate per mile is 3.1.
U.S. 290Another dangerous road that runs from Austin to Houston is U.S. 290. Last year, at least two fatal and 142 traffic accidents happened on this roadway.
State Highway 130A portion of this roadway allows drivers from San Antonio to Austin to travel 85 miles per hour. Although this highway is an excellent alternative to other congested roads, the high speed can lead to severe road accidents involving distracted or inexperienced drivers.
What makes Austin’s intersections and roads so dangerous?What makes these popular roads dangerous? Increased traffic congestion, constant road construction, and driver negligence.
Increased traffic congestionThese popular roadways connect several of the largest cities in Texas. Drivers who live in and out of Texas can travel these roads at any time of the day. Millions of cars can simultaneously travel on a single road each day.
Constant road constructionWith I-35 in particular, ongoing road construction projects constantly take place. Construction zones require drivers to take additional precautions while driving. Instead of adjusting their speed and paying attention to the changes in traffic, drivers continue to speed through work zones and cut other drivers off to avoid traveling behind certain vehicles. Road construction can also cause dangerous conditions for drivers. The construction work performed on roadways can lead to potholes, additional debris lying around, or uneven pavement. If construction workers fail to maintain traffic flow, that negligence can also contribute to an accident.
Driver negligenceMost car accidents happen because of another driver’s negligence. When a driver makes a conscious decision to speed or cut another driver off, they jeopardize the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. Other acts of driver negligence include:
- Driving while distracted
- Aggressive driving
- Running traffic signals
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to yield the right of way
Injuries from car accidentsEven if victims survive car accidents, they often walk away with severe and life-changing injuries. These might include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Vision and hearing loss
- Soft tissue injuries
- Crush injuries
The cost of a car accidentCar accidents are expensive. Some of the most common damages from a car accident are medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. These damages can easily overwhelm you, especially the costs of medical bills for serious injuries. Treatment for injuries can easily cost thousands of dollars, even for minor injuries. More severe injuries might require hospitalization, surgeries, home health care, and other treatment that can result in medical bills you might not imagine being able to cover. Thankfully, if someone else caused your crash, you should not have to cover these bills. Other costs of a car accident include:
- Earnings you lose if your injuries prevent you from working
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Permanent impairments or disfigurement
Proving liability for your accidentWhen someone else causes you injury, you have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the party whose negligence caused your accident. However, you cannot simply point fingers at someone else and expect to receive compensation. Our team knows how to gather evidence and build a solid case to prove another party's liability whenever possible.
Fighting for your compensationOnce you seek compensation for your injuries, we can explore your legal options. First, you may file an insurance claim with the other driver's insurance company. If the insurance company fails to offer proper compensation, you can file a car accident lawsuit against the other driver and their insurance company. This is a long process but might be necessary to obtain full compensation in some instances. During the process, your lawyer will have the chance to negotiate with the insurance company about your demands for compensation. The insurance company may decide to offer you a settlement for your injuries, and we will review any settlement offers to ensure they are adequate. In other circumstances, the insurance company may refuse to settle with you, requiring litigation for your case.
Car Accident FAQs
What information do I need to file my car accident claim?The more evidence you have to make your car accident claim legitimate, the better. In addition to copies of your police report, you can include the other driver’s contact information, photos and video evidence of your accident, and the names of any witnesses who saw the accident unfold. We can help gather all the evidence you need to support your claim.
If the insurance company asks for permission to access my medical records, should I release my medical records?Absolutely not. This request is one of the tactics that insurance companies use to try to discredit your car accident claim. Insurance companies may need to review records of your accident-related injuries. They also might ask for your entire history of medical records to search for evidence of any pre-existing conditions they can use against you. They do not need access to your medical history. Contact a car accident lawyer immediately if insurance companies ask for medical records.
Is it better to settle with the insurance company or take my claim to trial?It depends. Settlement offers by insurance companies are notorious for being low and insufficient for your actual compensation. If insurers do not offer enough to cover your losses, we might need to escalate the process to civil court. If your claim makes it to trial, you may also receive additional damages you cannot obtain in your insurance settlement. You might receive punitive damages and additional compensation if the court finds the other driver's actions egregious.
What if the other driver was not carrying insurance at my accident?If the negligent driver was uninsured at the time of your accident, there are other ways you might seek compensation. If you carry uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, that coverage can compensate for your injuries. You want a lawyer helping with this type of claim, as well.
Speak to our skilled Round Rock car accident lawyers todayAt Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, our Round Rock car accident lawyers are ready to evaluate your case and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Your car accident should not have to take a severe financial or emotional toll on your life. The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If a Round Rock car accident injured you, call our office right now for a free consultation! Because we take all of our car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a dime unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by clicking here.
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