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Being in a car accident can bring your personal and professional lives to a screeching halt, and they can lead to significant costs and damages related to medical bills and missed work. When your accident was caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation for the costs and damages associated with your injuries.

To determine whether or not you have a case, and how much it might be worth, the law and outcome of other cases must be applied to the unique circumstances of your accidents and injuries. Often, additional follow-up opinions and evidence will be needed to fully measure the costs of your injuries in the long-term, as we’ll discuss below.

Once you have accurately calculated your car accident damages and collected evidence to prove them, this information needs to be drafted into a claim. That claim is then submitted to the insurance carrier of the at fault party of the accident, in the time allowed, and in the format required.

There’s no doubt about it, recovering what you deserve for a car accident is a complicated process. The best way to collect what you deserve is by working with an experienced Austin car accident attorney who knows how to put the law to work in support of the best outcome in your case.

Your dedicated Austin car accident lawyer from McMinn Law Firm is standing by to discuss your case at (512) 474-0222 through a free initial consultation, and read on to learn more.

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Common Causes of At-Fault Car Accidents Where You Could be Entitled to Damages

When you are in a car accident that is caused by someone or something else, you are entitled to compensation for the related costs and damages associated with your injuries. Determining when another party is at fault for an accident requires a consideration of the legal concept known as “negligence,” and the collection of evidence to prove it.

While we won’t turn this into a law school class, it is important to know that unless another driver or cause was responsible for the accident that injured you, it is not likely that you’ll be able to collect damages from the other party. The law and the outcome of similar cases will be applied to the unique facts and circumstances of your accident to determine what you are entitled to. The most effective way to ensure that the law is accurately applied to your car accident, so you can collect what you are entitled to, is by working with a dedicated Austin car accident lawyer.

Some of the most common causes of at-fault car accidents for which you could be entitled to compensation for your damages are:

  • Distracted Driving – When a driver is engaging in any activity while driving that impairs them visually, mentally, or manually while driving, they are violating the law by engaging in distracted driving, and will be responsible for the damages for any accidents they cause. Texting while driving is a dangerous example of this practice, as the driver’s vision is impaired by being on the phone not the road, they are mentally impaired by thinking about the text not their driving, and they are manually impaired due to their hands being on the phone instead of the wheel.
  • Drunk Driving – Drivers impaired by the influence of drugs or alcohol are unable to safely operate their vehicle, and are breaking the law. Literally all drunk driving crashes or intoxicated driving accidents are preventable, and all intoxicated drivers will be liable for the damages they cause in accidents.
  • Drowsy or Fatigued Driving Getting behind the wheel while tired can be just as dangerous as when impaired by drugs or alcohol, and drowsy drivers will be liable for the damages their unsafe and irresponsible driving causes.
  • Vehicle malfunctions – Some accidents happen even when all drivers involved were exercising caution and driving safely and in line with the rules of the road due to vehicle malfunctions. If a vehicle malfunction caused your car accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages from the vehicle manufacturer.

Determining if another party caused the accident you were injured in is the first step to recovering compensation for your damages. Next, evidence must be collected to prove your short- and long-term damages. Evidence ensures that you recover complete compensation, and are not left having to cover costs linked to your car accident out of your own pocket in the future.

Potential Damages Include Short- and Long-Term Medical Bills and Lost Earnings

Immediately after your injury, you should seek out emergency medical care to ensure that you have not been harmed in the accident. Sometimes the adrenaline and excitement of the accident can cause injuries to be overlooked. In other instances, what might have seemed like a minor bump on the head that required a few stitches could have caused a traumatic brain injury, a serious long-term injury with costly treatment requirements.

Without Evidence You Cannot Collect Compensation for Your Injuries

You can only recover damages that you can prove with evidence. If all you have is the emergency room bill, that is all you can collect. If your injuries might require decades of pain treatment, rehabilitation, and other medical interventions, all of those costs will come out of your pocket unless you have evidence to prove them. This comes in the form of follow-up opinions from medical and occupational experts, and your Austin car accident attorney will schedule all of these appointments for you if they take your case.

A medical expert measures the costs that will be associated with your injuries for the remainder of your life. The occupational expert then applies this information to your working life and measures the cost of your injury in terms of your ability to earn. You are entitled to compensation for any negative change to your ability to work and support your family, calculated from the time of your injury through the remainder of your working life.

All of this information is then incorporated into a claim that is submitted to the insurance carrier of the party at fault for the accident. Your car accident attorney will use the evidence to negotiate a settlement, and if the insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement, your attorney will take them to court on your behalf, at no cost to you.

If We Take Your Case, You Pay Nothing Up-Front, and Nothing Out-of-Pocket

When we take personal injury cases, such as car accidents or 18-wheeler crashes, we take them on contingency. This means that we only get paid if we win  your case, out of a portion of the winnings that we’ll agree upon before we get started. Your initial consultation is cost-free, and if we take your case, you’ll only stand to win, with no out-of-pocket expenses.

Reach Out to Your Austin Car Accident Lawyer For Help Today

The sooner you have a dedicated Austin car accident attorney from McMinn Law Firm on your case, the sooner you can let your attorney take over. You can step back and focus on recovering from your injuries, while your experienced attorney focuses on putting together the best possible case to collect the full compensation you are entitled to.

For your risk-free, cost-free assessment of your case, click to schedule a consultation or give us a call at (512) 474-0222. We look forward to discussing your case and seeing if it is a fit with our firm so we can help.

Recent Personal Injury Case Results

The McMinn Law Firm has helped injured Austinites for fifteen years, winning over 100 million dollars in settlements to date.

Uninsured Motorist Accident

$350,000

Drunk Driver Accident

$1,300,000

Truck Accident Victim

$1,200,000

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Our Awards

Better Business Bureau (BBB) bases its ratings on information provided by the business, and on public data sources. McMinn Law Firm's A+ rating is the highest available.
In the years 2013-2014 and 2016-2019, Justin McMinn has been selected each year as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service. Jason McMinn has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2020.
Expertise.com, a company that evaluates and recommends local service professionals, placed McMinn Law Firm on their list of 20 recommended car accident attorneys in Austin.

What Past Clients Are Saying

"Jason, Justin, and their entire support team represented me in an accident involving an 18 wheeler. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome, and maybe as importantly, the service along the way was something you would want as a client, their entire team was amazing! I can with great confidence recommend them to friends, family, and to anyone who happens to read this. Thank you McMinn Law Firm for a job well done!"

- Charles

"The McMinns were amazing. Within two days of my accident – and still barely able to move – I received a visit to my house for personal consultation (on a Saturday). All the initial feedback about my potential case turned out to be 100% accurate, and when it finally came time to settle they didn’t back off an inch. …If you’re hurt, make the call."

- Harry

"I was rear ended by a large truck. Am thankful for Justin and Jason and their team and all the hard work they put into resolving my case! I highly recommend that you contact them if you’re injured in a wreck!"

- Lori M.

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