KXAN reports on a recent two-vehicle collision that injured four people. One of the victims, a man in his 70s, was critically injured.
The crash happened near the 16700 block of W State Highway 71 just after 5 p.m. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the critically injured man was trapped inside his vehicle. The three others who sustained injuries refused medical treatment.
Although the cause of the accident has not yet been disclosed, driver error was most likely a contributing factor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver error contributes to the vast majority of collisions – approximately 94 percent.
If you were injured by a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical bills, and non-economic damages. Attorney Luke Dow will evaluate your case in a free consultation to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Luke Dow is a personal injury attorney in Austin who will help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 512-518-4104 today to arrange a consultation at the Luke Dow Law Firm.
Why Is It a Bad Idea to Refuse Medical Treatment after a Car Accident?
Every collision is a nerve-racking experience, and the shock and adrenaline can mask the symptoms of a serious injury. Sometimes mild discomfort in the neck, head, or back can indicate a major problem that requires immediate medical attention.
If you were hurt in a wreck, a fast diagnosis and treatment may be the difference between making a full recovery and living with a permanent disability. Also, if you refuse medical treatment, the insurance company may argue that your injuries were not that serious and, therefore, they do not warrant compensation. Even if a doctor later confirms that you were seriously injured, the insurer may argue that your own negligence contributed to its severity, so you do not deserve a full payout.
This is why it is so important to seek medical attention immediately after any crash – especially if EMS arrives at the scene. Be sure to mention all areas of your body where you feel pain. For example, if you feel pain in your neck and back but you only mention your neck, it may be more difficult to tie your back injury to the collision.
5 Steps to Take at the Scene of a Car Accident
Although seeking medical attention is your first priority after a collision, it is also important that you gather evidence at the scene if you are able to do so. Keep these five tips in mind if you are involved in a collision:
- Call the police. When they arrive, make sure an officer creates an accident report;
- Exchange insurance and contact information with all drivers involved;
- Record the contact details of eyewitnesses;
- Take photos that show the positions of vehicles, skid marks, traffic signs, injuries, and property damage; and
- Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.
Insurers tend to take claims more seriously when they are filed by attorneys. If you file by yourself, the insurer may assume that you would not be willing to take the case to trial and, therefore, might offer a low settlement. Your lawyer can also help you avoid mistakes such as accepting a settlement too early or making recorded statements to insurance adjusters.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Texas, turn to the Luke Dow Law Firm for comprehensive legal guidance. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Austin. You can learn more about car accident claims in Texas by visiting the USAttorneys website.