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Auto Accidents

Auto Accidents in Central Texas

In 2008 there were an estimated 5.8 million traffic collisions in the United States. That’s nearly 16,000 per day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 2.35 million people were injured and 37,261 people were killed as a result of those collisions.

Many factors may contribute to a collision – excessive speed, driver inattention, talking or texting on a cell phone, failing to yield the right-of-way, following too closely, running a stop sign or red light, unsafe lane change, passing when unsafe, making an improper turn driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc. The overwhelming majority of crashes are the result of someone’s carelessness. Few collisions, if any, are completely unpreventable.

CALL AN AUSTIN ACCIDENT LAWYER IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A COLLISION:

An insurance adjuster may contact you soon after a collision and ask for details about the accident and your injuries, as he records the interview. Providing a recorded statement rarely benefits you. It’s usually to get you to say something inadvertently that can be used to deny your claim.

Everything you say, and even what you don’t say can, and will be used against you. If you doubt this, try asking the adjuster if you can call their driver and record his or her statement while you ask why he or she carelessly caused the crash. The adjuster will refuse for the same reason you should.

Don’t assume an insurance company or the police will gather and preserve all the evidence you need to obtain fair compensation. Just because an insurance company provides you a rental car and repairs your car, it doesn’t mean they will pay your medical bills after you have finished treatment or your lost wages after you return to work.

Insurance companies may switch adjusters multiple times, ignore your calls, and delay resolving your claim as long as possible. This occurs even in cases where an officer wrote a report blaming the other driver. By the time you realize you need an attorney, critical evidence may be lost or destroyed. You need someone to conduct a thorough investigation early to preserve the evidence to prove your case. Lee, Gober & Reyna does that.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED:

Seek medical attention if necessary. Proper medical treatment may reduce the time it takes to recover from an injury. If you want to see a doctor, but don’t have health insurance and can’t afford to pay out of your pocket, we may be able to help. Call Lee, Gober & Reyna for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose by contacting us. We won’t charge you any fees for our time or expenses unless we obtain a recovery for you.

Depending on the facts of your case, it may be critical to consult an attorney before talking to an insurance adjuster. A common mistake is assuming the insurance company will treat you fair. The truth is insurance companies are in business to make a profit. The less they pay to injured victims, the more they have to pay their CEOs and executives big bonuses and huge salaries.

Don’t let anyone pressure you into making quick decisions. If an insurance company offers money to settle your injury claim within 30 days after a collision, call us before you settle for a free, no obligation consultation. Never settle your claim before you know the full extent of your injuries or have an opportunity to consult with an attorney.

You have the right to select an attorney of your choice. Ask questions about an attorney’s experience and prior results in order to make an informed decision. If a complete stranger contacts you and tries to persuade you to hire an attorney they recommend, call and notify the State Bar of Texas.

Located in Austin, Texas, Lee, Gober & Reyna represents clients throughout Central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, including the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Temple, Waco, Bryan, Houston, Conroe, Baytown, Galveston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, San Antonio, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, San Angelo, Abilene, Laredo, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Harlingen, as well as Williamson County, Travis County and Hays County. Sitemap
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