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A Car Accident Can Have Devastating Consequences. Board-certified Personal Injury Attorney Luke Dow Can Help.

Being involved in a car accident is a frightening experience. You likely feel like your life has been turned upside down and you don't know who to trust or how you will pay for the damage and other effects.

Attorney Luke Dow, a board-certified car accident lawyer in Austin, TX, has been representing Texans injured in car wrecks since 1995. Our team can help you secure the full compensation you deserve so you can move forward with your recovery.  

So what should you do if you were in an auto accident?

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If you or a loved one was in a car accident, schedule a free consultation with our Austin law firm to find out how a car accident attorney can help you rebuild your life.

Six Easy Steps for Handling a Car Accident

After a Car Wreck, You Should:

Stay on the Scene

Do not leave the scene of the auto wreck until you speak with all those involved or you could end up facing a hit-and-run charge. 

Get Help

If anyone on the scene is injured, call an ambulance. In most injury cases, you should also call the police and request an official report of the collision.

Exchange Information

Speak with all other parties involved in the auto accident and gather their contact, insurance company information, and driver's license details.

Gather Evidence

It is a good idea to speak to witnesses and take photos to use as evidence later. If you can safely do so, photograph all vehicles and injuries, as well as the scene of the incident.

Avoid Admitting Fault

Be careful what you say while at the scene of the crash. You should never admit fault, even if you believe you are to blame. A casual apology can be used against you later.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

Contacting an attorney after a car accident can help ensure you are fully protected against a lawsuit and receive the compensation you need to recover.

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"Mr. Dow listened to the facts of my case and moved forward from there when no one else would. He kept me informed on every aspect and was able to settle the case to my advantage, for which I am very grateful. I definitely would, and have, recommended him to family and friends. I thought this experience would be an extremely stressful event, but Mr. Dow made the whole experience unproblematic." Susan from Austin
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Understanding Your Car Accident Case

The way vehicles collide can affect every aspect of your car accident case, from the severity of your injuries to the type of compensation you can collect.

Personal injury lawyer Luke Dow and our Austin, TX, team understand how to investigate different car accident types. We can assess the circumstances of the auto accident and identify the best course of action to help you recover.

Common Types of Car Wrecks:

Head-On Collisions

When the front ends of two vehicles collide, the combined velocity frequently causes catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death. In 2016 alone, 639 people were killed in head-on collisions in the state.

Multi-Vehicle Pile-Ups

Multi-vehicle accidents typically occur on highways or freeways, making them some of the deadliest accidents. After this type of accident, it is often difficult to determine the cause and who was at fault.

Rollover Accidents

A rollover occurs when a vehicle flips onto its side or roof. While any vehicle can flip or roll over, this accident is most common with SUVs due to their high center of gravity.

Side-Impact Accidents

Sometimes called a T-bone collision, this type of accident occurs when the side of a vehicle is hit by the front or side of another. The resulting injuries will depend on the construction of the vehicle and its safety features.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end accidents occur when a vehicle collides with the one in front of it and are typically considered the fault of the rear driver. The most common personal injury associated with rear-end collisions is whiplash.

Fantastic Results for Clients throughout the Austin Community

"Luke and his staff are super friendly and professional, always answered my questions, kept me advised of how my case was progressing and got me a fantastic result in the end, which I greatly appreciate.  I highly recommend Luke Dow and his staff to anyone needing fantastic legal representation!" Mike R.
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The Effects of a Car Accident

Personal injuries stemming from a car accident can range from minor to severe. They include:

A car accident can also result in the wrongful death of a loved one. 

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*According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

In some cases, victims may suffer from these personal injuries and not be aware that their symptoms are linked to a car accident. Traumatic brain injury, for example, can manifest as:

  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes
  • Sensory problems

Depending on the severity of your accident, the effects on your life can be extreme. An auto wreck attorney can handle the details of your case so that you can get your life back to normal as soon as possible. 

A Car Accident Can Have Far-Reaching Physical and Financial Consequences

Medical Expenses

With a serious personal injury, medical bills can extend far beyond the initial recovery period. Some injuries require lifelong care and dramatic changes to your daily life.

Lost Wages

Whether you miss work because you've lost your vehicle or due to time spent in the hospital, lost wages after a car accident can cause significant financial instability.

Emotional Trauma

A car accident can be an incredibly traumatic event, especially if the incident results in the loss of a loved one. You may suffer on-going psychological and emotional distress.

Do I Really Need a Car Accident Attorney?

Whether or not you need a car accident lawyer depends on a few different factors. In general, minor car accident claims are easy to settle without legal help, especially if it is clear who was at fault for the crash.

Difficulties can arise when liability is not clear, when insurance companies fail to cooperate, or when substantial losses have occurred. Generally, it is a good idea to seek legal representation if:

Austin, TX, attorney Luke Dow and our law firm can also help if you believe the insurance company is offering you a settlement for less than you truly deserve. There may be circumstances that increase the worth of your car wreck claim.

We typically recommend contacting our Austin law firm and speaking to a car accident attorney before signing anything from the insurance company to ensure you receive the level of compensation you deserve.

So how does hiring a car accident lawyer help your case?

A Car Accident Lawyer Can:

Investigate the Accident

Our team takes all the time necessary to understand your unique auto accident and works with experts to investigate all aspects of the case.

Gather Evidence

We can speak with witnesses and review the specifics of your case to identify crucial evidence to support your right to compensation.

Negotiate with Insurance Companies

Our team can work with insurance company adjusters to ensure you get the best possible settlement allowable under the law. 

File a Lawsuit

If the settlement from your insurance company isn't sufficient to pay your bills, we can file a lawsuit against those responsible for your accident.

Collect Compensation

While many of our injury cases settle out of court, attorney Luke Dow is a strong litigator and will not hesitate to take the action which is best for you.

"Luke Dow is the most hard working, honest, no nonsense Attorney in Texas...  Luke made us feel like we were his only client. He was very accommodating and understanding to my 100% dv war veteran husband that has severe ptsd...  Do yourself a favor and hire this well respected, compassionate, down to earth  Law Firm. He will get you the results you deserve." The Coates

Luke Dow

Luke Dow

Luke Dow is board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a member of a variety of prestigious organizations, including:

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

His name was also included on the National Trial Lawyers list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, schedule a free case evaluation today. Contact our Austin firm online or call us at (512) 480-9502 today.

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