We Fight for Car Accident Injury Victims

There are few things that can cause as much fear, pain, stress, and feelings of hopelessness than a serious car accident. We’re here to help you through this difficult time.

In fact, it’s all we do. Many law firms handle a variety of legal issues; we only deal with personal injury cases, and the majority of those involve auto accidents.

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Below, we have attempted to answer your most pressing questions and help you understand why it may be in your best interest to speak with a car accident lawyer before you speak with the other side’s insurance company.

When you’re ready, we hope you’ll give us a call at our Austin office – 512-616-2222 – for a 100% free and confidential car accident case evaluation. After a quick conversation with one of our legal professionals, you will understand whether you have a viable personal injury case, which will allow you to move forward in a way which best secures your financial and medical future.

Get a Free Car Accident Case Evaluation

At Sutliff & Stout, we have extensive experience handling car accident cases in Austin involving a wide variety of circumstances. Our goal is to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for any loss you or your family may have suffered. We take a hands-on approach and explore all possible claims so that you can recover an amount that fully and fairly compensates you for your expenses, pain, and suffering. Contact us to discuss your case with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys by calling our Austin office at 512-616-2222 or by completing and submitting the short form below. We look forward to helping you.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

One of the keys to any auto accident injury case is the ability of the injured party to prove that the their injuries were caused by the negligence of the other driver(s). Below is a list of factors which frequently contribute to auto accidents that result in personal injury lawsuits:

  • Texting while driving or use of a cellular telephone
  • Other distractions inside or outside the car
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving while impaired by prescription drugs
  • Driving during peak or rush hours
  • Driving a car that is in disrepair or in need of maintenance
  • Being a younger or inexperienced driver

Steps to Follow After an Austin Accident

The moments immediately after a car crash can be confusing. If there are no serious injuries and the cars are operable, the drivers involved in the crash should move their cars to a safe location out of the way of moving traffic. It is important to get the following pertinent information from the other driver, as police reports can contain inaccurate or missing information:

  • Complete name, address, and phone numbers
  • Name of the driver’s cell phone carrier, if you believe the driver was using his or her cell phone at the time of the crash
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Driver’s license number, insurance company and policy number, and license plate number
  • Name and phone number of someone who can reach the driver if needed
  • Names and contact information of any eyewitnesses
  • Name, badge number, and phone number of any investigating police officer

Pictures should also be taken of the damage to the cars and the accident scene itself, especially if there are skid marks or debris. If you are injured, pictures should be taken of your injuries as soon as possible and throughout the healing process.

Things to Avoid Doing After a Car Accident

After an accident, you might be confused, scared and disorientated. You may not know what to do, or how to handle things. You have already suffered much and know that you don’t want to make your situation worse for yourself. There are a few things that you absolutely should not do after an accident, including:
 

    1. Do not delay seeking the medical treatment that you need

    If you are hurt, you need medical care. Do not let the fear of how much it might cost deter you from seeking the medical care you need. Do not hide symptoms or injuries from your doctor and tell your doctor everything about your injuries. While you might not feel badly right after the accident, a little bump to the head could actually be a serious traumatic brain injury that could have serious complications if not properly treated.

    Similarly, you may have suffered internal injuries in your accident. Don’t ignore the doctor’s orders and complete whatever course of treatment that is prescribed for your injuries. Get the medical care that you need, so that you can get better as soon as possible.

    2. Don’t communicate with the other party’s insurance company

    The other party’s insurance company will likely try to contact you to discuss the accident. These people are not your friends, no matter what they might say, so do not talk to them. They represent the other person involved in the accident, and do not represent your interests.

    3. Don’t delay in contacting a lawyer

    Do not hesitate when it comes to getting in touch with a personal injury attorney. You need legal assistance on your personal injury case as soon as possible. Your lawyer will need to get to work building your case, conducting interviews and collecting evidence, and every day that you delay you risk evidence disappearing forever.

Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?

Hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your auto accident case is in your best interest because your lawyer knows the legal process and can take care of a lot of the legal aspects of your case for you, which gives you more time to focus on what truly matters – getting better and getting your life back on track. Your lawyer:

  • Will have experience dealing with insurance companies and personal injury claims.
  • Will work with your insurance company to figure out what kind of coverage is available for your accident.
  • Will also work, negotiate, or fight the other party’s insurance company, claim adjuster, and lawyer, on your behalf to get you what you deserve for your injuries, pain and suffering.
  • Will also have the knowledge required to handle all of the paperwork associated with your personal injury claim and will be familiar with all of the deadlines that are associated with filing your claim.

Having a personal injury lawyer standing by your side and helping you handle your personal injury claim allows you the chance to focus on your recovery.

How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

At Sutliff and Stout, we handle our auto accident clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients pay nothing unless their case is successfully resolved either by winning at trial or by negotiating a settlement. The purpose of a contingency fee arrangement is to help clients in seeking the justice they deserve by making personal injury legal representation affordable. If the client doesn’t win, no payment is due.

Upon winning or settling the client’s case, the attorney’s fee will be paid out of a percentage of the client’s award or settlement, rather than out of the client’s pocket. The percentage that will be paid is something that the client and the attorney decide prior to agreeing to representation, when preparing a representation agreement. How much the attorney’s fee will be can depend on whether the case settles or goes to court, and could also depend on how long and complicated the case ultimately turns out to be. A contingency fee payment arrangement eliminates the financial risk to the client so that our clients can get the justice they deserve. Hiring an attorney should ever get in the way of your ability to obtain justice.

Will I End Up In Court?

It may be surprising to learn that very few personal injury cases actually make it to court. Normally, personal injury cases, like automobile accident cases, get resolved through settlement negotiations. Cases only go to court when no settlement agreement can be reached between the parties involved.

There are a number of reasons why personal injury lawyers try to resolve cases via settlements rather than going forward to trial. For instance, when going up against an attorney or law firm with a proven track record of winning in court, it might be a good legal strategy to try to settle so that circumstances can be controlled, rather than leaving things to be decided by a judge or jury. Settlements are also a popular resolution method since they are generally quicker than going to court. Court proceedings are complex, advance according to a schedule, and can drag on for months or years. Court proceedings can be stretched out even further by the appeals process.

Settling a personal injury case is a good option since this route of resolution is often more affordable, quicker, and easier to complete than taking a case to court. Settlement negotiations give a lot of control over the outcome of the case to the parties involved. The parties have the opportunity to hash out mutually agreeable terms to resolve their dispute. Settlements are also often a preferred route of resolution because they are less stressful than court proceedings and they take up considerably less time than court proceedings.

Case Studies

  • $1,000,000.00 Verdict

    In exchange for a $1,000,000.00 agreed judgment and a cash payment of $750,000.00, Sutliff & Stout settled a dram shop action stemming from a single vehicle accident in Texas that occurred in December 2013. This single vehicle accident claimed the life of a mother of two small children. After 9 depositions and significant discovery, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain this result for our clients after 8 months of litigation. Attorneys fees and expenses were $256,066.02.

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  • $568,875.00 Verdict

    Sutliff & Stout was engaged by Michael relating to a car accident he was involved in on August 25, 2011. Michael went to the emergency room immediately after the accident to be treated for minor scrapes and bruises as well as what he perceived to be a concussion. Prior the accident, Michael was dealing with pre-existing issues, but the testimony was that the collision exacerbated those conditions. Michael’s medical bills totaled $10,465.00. Because Farmers Insurance would not be fair to Michael, the case was tried in Harris County. Famers Insurance argued that the Jury should award Michael under $10,000. The Jury was not persuaded by the insurance lawyer’s argument and after a lengthy trial instead awarded Michael $568,875.00. The defendant driver was only insured up to $100,000.00, but the insurance companies were required to satisfy the remainder of the judgment. The net recovery to Michael was $296,379.00.

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  • $126,500.00 Settlement

    Sutliff & Stout was engaged by Bill to represent him relating to the injuries he sustained resulting from a rear-end accident causing less than $500 in property damages. The injuries required Bill to have back surgery. Because of the small amount of the property damage the insurance company did not want to be fair to Bill. So, Sutliff & Stout sued. After a year of litigation, Sutliff & Stout was able to settle Bill’s case for $126,500.00. The net recovery to the client was $44,043.26 in addition to the payment of over $25,000 in medical expenses.

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Featured Testimonial

I cannot thank Sutliff & Stout enough for the way they handled my case in a very professional yet caring manner. They treated me more as a friend than as a client. Their endearing ways in dealing with clients show how much they genuinely care. They resolved my case as soon as possible because they didn’t want me to go through any further hardship after already losing my daughter. In my time of need, Sutliff & Stout was there for me.

Review by: Daisie M.
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