Austin is known for having some of the worst traffic in the nation. With thousands of cars on the road every day, it’s not surprising that our area experiences more than its fair share of automobile accidents. In fact, according to recent statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, a reportable car crash occurred every 57 seconds on Texas roadways in 2016. Of these accidents, 3,773 were fatal—an increase of 5.45% from the previous year. In other words, automobile accidents are very common in Texas and many of these accidents are the result of negligence.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car crash, you are likely suffering from lasting consequences. Serious accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death, while relatively minor accidents can still leave victims dealing with injuries, trauma, and financial burdens. At Howry Breen & Herman, we help victims of negligence fight for a just recovery. Our Austin car accident attorneys have extensive trial experience and are prepared to help you pursue the compensation you are owed.
Injured in a car accident? Contact our firm online or by phone at (512) 430-4844 to schedule a free case evaluation with our legal team.
How Are Car Accidents Caused by Negligence?
Operating a moving vehicle is a huge responsibility. Every time a motorist gets behind the wheel, he or she has a duty to act in a reasonably safe manner in order to protect themselves, their passengers, and other motorists. Unfortunately, not all drivers take this responsibility seriously. When drivers act carelessly or recklessly, they can cause serious accidents.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Distracted driving, including eating or cell phone use
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI/DWI)
- Reckless driving, including speeding or street racing
- Failure to follow traffic laws, including illegal turns or lane changes
- Dangerous driving maneuvers, such as turning left ahead of oncoming traffic
- Failure to stop at street lights and/or stop signs
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel
These are just some examples of how negligence might lead to a car accident. Other examples of negligence include defective automobile design or faulty car parts (including brakes or tires), poorly designed roads, or unsafe speed limits.
Understanding Texas Comparative Fault Law
Much like other types of motor vehicle and bicycle accidents, car accident liability falls under Texas’s comparative fault law. Under this law, a driver is only entitled to recover damages if he or she is no more than 50% at fault for the accident. If a motorist is found to be less than 51% at fault, he or she is entitled to recover the total amount of damages suffered minus the percentage that he or she is liable. In other words, if a jury finds that you suffered $100,000 worth of damages but you were 40% at fault for the accident, you are entitled to recover $60,000.
Every situation is unique and, therefore, it is impossible to say how much your case is worth without a consultation. It is important that you meet with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case and to determine whether or not you are entitled to recover damages.
Contact Our Team Today
At Howry Breen & Herman, we have been helping injured victims throughout the Austin and Georgetown area since 1995. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients fight for a favorable outcome. In addition to assisting injured victims, we represent defendants wrongfully accused of negligence. No matter your situation, our Austin car accident attorneys can provide you with the personalized legal counsel and aggressive advocacy you need.
Call (512) 430-4844 or fill out a confidential contact form to request a complimentary case evaluation with our firm.