Car Accidents: Protecting Your Family
A new report from the City of Austin's transportation department reports that there were 78 fatal crashes in 2012 -- a 42 percent increase from 2011. Distracted driving accidents were cited as one reason for the increase. Aggressive driving is another.
In March 2013, the Austin Police Department will deploy more than three dozen Austin police officers to crack down on aggressive drivers on IH-35 with the goal of reducing the number of serious and fatal collisions. So far in 2013, in only a little over two months, 17 people have died in car wrecks in Austin.
The three most dangerous intersections in Austin, according to the report, are: Parmer Lane at Lamar (which had the most traffic crashes with 34); Hwy 183 and Loyola; and Hwy 290 East at Springdale. Other areas that are dangerous are intersections with multiple turn lanes, especially those near highways, and highways and service roads.
Automobile Accident Injuries: Protecting Your Family
Prevention and planning ahead can reduce your risk and increase your ability to avoid financial devastation from a serious automobile accident. Steps you can take are:
--Always wear your seat belt and require everyone in your car to wear their seat belts. Make sure small children are in properly installed child safety seats.
--Never use a cell phone while you are driving. No talking, no texting, no checking a map or updating your Facebook status.
--Obey traffic signals, don't speed and maintain a safe distance between your car and other vehicles.
--Get adequate auto insurance coverage! Liability and collision coverage are not enough. Everyone should carry:
--Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. A no fault policy that can pay for your medical expenses and lost wages
--Uninsured and Under-insured Motorist Coverage. If the person who causes the collision has minimum or no insurance, this coverage can provide the money you need to compensate you for your losses.
What To Do If You Are Seriously Injured or a Family Member is Killed in a Car Accident
If you are injured, getting continual medical care from the time of the collision until you have recovered is the most important thing to do. Make sure that the accident is reported to the other driver's insurance carrier and to your own insurance carrier. Keep track of all the expenses you incur that are related to the accident. If your loved one has died, you may need to request that the medical examiner investigate the cause of death.
You should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able to after a car accident injury or the death of a family member. Investigating the accident, establishing liability, and identifying your sources of financial recovery are things that are important to begin work on as soon as possible after a wreck. A lawyer can assist you in protecting yourself from the other driver's insurance company and asserting your claim with your own insurance company. This is especially helpful if you are dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one.
Daniel Ross and the Ross Law Group offer free consultations for personal injury cases. If you have been injured or have a family member who has died due to someone else's negligence, call us to talk about your situation and how we may be able to help you.
You can contact Daniel Ross at 512-474-7677 or online at rosslawpc.com.