Car Accident Lawyer Austin

George Salinas and His Team of Car Accident Attorneys in Austin Help Victims Get the Compensation They Deserve

Austin is a city that practically begs you to get out and about. What with the music scene, Sixth Street, Town Lake, and Zilker Park-- if you can’t find something fun to do in Austin, you aren’t trying very hard. Austin also has more than its fair share of traffic, and with traffic comes car accidents.

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, and it another driver’s fault, you’re likely to want to put the entire thing behind you as quickly as possible. However, don’t be tempted by a lowball offer of settlement from an insurance company. Allow an experienced Austin car accident attorney to protect  your rights to fair compensation for your injuries and losses while you focus on the important work of physical recovery.

Distracted Drivers

The overwhelming attraction that we all feel for our smartphones has led to more and more drivers who engage in dangerous distracted driving. The problem has become so serious that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has devoted an entire portion of it’s website to the matter. Smartphone use cause three types of distraction:

  • Visual distractions that engage the driver’s vision
  • Manual distractions that engage the driver’s hands
  • Cognitive distractions that engage the driver’s thoughts

The king of distractions is texting (or otherwise interfacing with a smartphone) because it manages to combine all three classifications simultaneously.

Car accidents are upsetting, especially if you've been injured because of another driver's negligence. Your claim is important, and your compensation matters. While the circumstances of every car accident are unique, the dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas will work tirelessly to protect your rights and recover just compensation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you.

Drunk Drivers

Distracted drivers aren't the only dangerous drivers out there. Drunk drivers remain an obvious threat. While everyone knows that getting behind the wheel after a few alcoholic beverages is dangerous, some drivers continue to engage in this extremely dangerous and irresponsible activity. These drivers endanger everyone with whom they share the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares some sobering statistics related to drunk drivers:

  • In 2015, more than 10,000 people were killed in traffic accidents that involved alcohol, which equates to almost a third of the U.S. traffic fatalities that year.
  • In 2015, 16 percent of child traffic fatalities were alcohol-related.
  • In 2015, 1.1 million drivers were arrested for DUI, but more than 111 million people attested to driving while under the influence that year.

These statistics confirm that drunk drivers pose a significant threat to everyone on the road.

Aggressive Drivers

The State of Texas recognizes that aggressive driving is a significant problem.  Significant statistics include:

  • About 56 percent of traffic fatalities involve some form of aggressive driving.
  • Speeding is a common form of aggressive driving, and contributes to almost one in three fatal traffic accidents.
  • Aggressive driving can morph into road rage, which is a criminal offense that is exceedingly dangerous and terrifying.

Texas breaks aggressive driving down into several different driving activities:

  • Following another car too closely
  • Illegally passing another car on the right
  • Speeding unsafely
  • Ignoring “No Passing” zones
  • Cutting across a driveway, parking lot, or entrance to make a turn
  • Failing to stop, yield, and grant immediate use of an intersection as instructed by signage and traffic lights
  • Failing to yield to a passing vehicle
  • Increasing speed when passed by another vehicle
  • Failing to stop when emerging from an alley, building, or driveway
  • Failing to stop for an approaching train
  • Reckless driving

Aggressive driving can also include engaging angrily with another driver by gesturing obscenely, shouting, flashing headlights unnecessarily, and/or honking unnecessarily. Aggressive drivers often implement a variety of aggressive driving techniques all at once. If you see an aggressive driver – and you’ll know one when you see one – give that driver a wide berth.  Stay behind that driver, where you can see them. If you think it’s warranted, contact the authorities when it’s safe to do so. You could help prevent a deadly accident.

Injuries Common to Car Accidents

Every car accident is unique to the circumstances that surround it, but injuries common to such accidents include:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries are often extremely painful, slow to heal, and physically difficult to overcome. These injuries happen when one of your spinal discs or vertebrae is forced out of place – such as by the impact of a car accident. This can lead to a herniated or bulging disc that can necessitate surgery and extensive physical therapy.

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
  • Traumatic brain injuries, because they affect the brain, are especially difficult and dangerous injuries common to car accidents. These injuries are singularly complicated because they can alter the highly-calibrated activity of your brain – the very activity that makes you uniquely you. To make things that much more difficult, TBIs, because they’re typically invisible to outside observation, often go undetected and undiagnosed until complications arise. While TBIs are highly unpredictable, several closely associated symptoms to watch for include:

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Numbness that can be widespread or localized
    • Sudden onset of dizziness, confusion, and/or lack of coordination
    • Sudden onset of persistent headaches, speech disturbances, and/or extreme fatigue or sleepiness
    • A sudden change in behavior or personality
    • Sudden development of mood swings

Because a TBI affects your brain, it can alter your very sense of self, which can be even more difficult to deal with than the physical aspects of the injury. For this reason, TBIs are often not only financially and physically devastating but also emotionally crippling.

If Another Driver’s Negligence Caused Your Injuries, You Need an Experienced Austin Car Accident Attorney

Austin is fun and festive, but if another driver has left you injured, you’re probably feeling left out of the scene. The dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas is here to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and compassion to aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled, so please contact or call us at (512) 851-1004 to schedule an appointment today.