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July 07, 2020

Austin Car Accident FAQ

Dealing with the insurance company and going to court after a motor vehicle wreck can be exhausting. But when you choose to seek compensation for your losses with the assistance of a highly qualified car accident lawyer in Austin, you can focus on recuperating while we focus on your case. 

It’s quite common for injury victims to have questions about the claims process and what to expect overall as they move forward with their lawsuit. Below, we answer some of the frequently asked questions involving auto wrecks so you can prepare yourself for the claim process. 

How do I know if I should file a claim?

If you know or have reason to believe that someone else is directly or indirectly responsible for causing your accident, consider legal action. You should never be stuck with the costs of a debilitating injury when someone else is to blame for your suffering. It can’t hurt to discuss your options with a qualified car accident attorney.

What do I need to know about filing an insurance claim?

The insurance company isn’t advocating for your rights or best interests. The insurer is almost always going to be doing everything it can to reduce the amount of your injury settlement, as it will cost the company money to pay out on your claim. 

Never give the insurance company a statement, and let your lawyer carefully review any settlement offers you might receive from the insurer before you settle so you protect yourself and your injury settlement.

Can I be awarded punitive damages?

Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages are awarded by the court as a way to punish the liable party for intentionally harmful or egregious actions. Punitive damages is intended to prevent similar instances from occurring in the future, and are awarded beyond the value of an injury victims claim. For this reason, an award for punitive damages is quite rare, but not impossible, in car accident claims. 

If I am partly to blame for the accident, do I still have a claim?

You might. It all depends on how much fault you carry for the accident. Texas is a modified comparative negligence state when it comes to shared fault, so if you are 50 percent or less to blame, you can still file a lawsuit. Keep in mind that your award will reflect your shared fault deduction. If you were found 10 percent at fault, your award will be reduced by 10 percent, and so on. 

Get Help from a Car Accident Lawyer in Austin

When you have additional questions about your civil claim, consult a respected Austin car accident lawyer at Crain Brogdon Rogers, L.L.P.. When you are ready to schedule your free claim review, fill out the brief contact form below or give our office a call at 214-522-9404 .