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3 Vehicle Accident on FM 969 Critically Injures One—Austin Injury Lawyer Insights

By Luke Dow on May 30, 2017

KXAN reports on a serious collision on Farm to Market 969 that involved three vehicles. Emergency responders were administering CPR to one person en route to UMC Brackenridge.

According to authorities, the crash occurred around 6 a.m. Reporters at the scene remarked that the incident appeared to have been a T-bone accident.

Although the cause of the collision is still under investigation, it is likely that driver error played a role. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 94 percent of all traffic crashes stem from driver errors.

If you were injured or lost a family member in a collision that another motorist caused, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, recovering fair compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages often involves an uphill legal battle. This is where an injury lawyer can help.

Luke Dow is a board-certified car accident attorney in Austin who can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and guide you through the claims process. Mr. Dow will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent you in court. Call 512-518-4104 today to arrange a free consultation at the Luke Dow Law Firm.

How to Avoid Early-Morning Car Accidents

If you are like millions of other Americans and you have an early-morning commute to work, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of crashing. Read on to learn three of those strategies:

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving caused 800 deaths and 44,000 injuries in 2013. You are more likely to cause a drowsy driving accident if you do not get enough sleep or if you have an untreated sleep disorder.

Unfortunately, even if you get plenty of sleep, you will most likely share the road with a drowsy driver at some point. You can reduce your risk by keeping your distance from motorists who show one or more of the following signs of fatigue:

  • Swerving;
  • Drifting onto the shoulder;
  • Almost hitting the curb or another object in the road;
  • Stopping far before or after a stop line;
  • Forgetting to use the turn signal; or
  • Abnormal braking patterns.
  1. Do Not Rush to Work
You are more likely to make illegal maneuvers or speed if you are running behind schedule. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding contributed to approximately 27 percent of all traffic deaths in 2015.
  1. Do Not Eat Breakfast behind the Wheel
Eating breakfast behind the wheel is a physical, cognitive, and visual distraction—which makes it just as dangerous as texting while driving. An alarming number of motorists make a habit out of drinking coffee during their early-morning commute, but one spill is all it takes to cause a serious collision.

If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, you should not have to pay for healthcare bills, lost wages, and other damages out of your own pocket. Contact the Luke Dow Law Firm to discuss your options for recovering compensation. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an injury lawyer in Austin.

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