The first question we get asked from new or potential clients is: “Do I have a case?”. As every accident is unique, there is no single comprehensive answer. In the state of Texas, however, the following three items need to be proven by an accident victim in order to win a personal injury claim lawsuit in an Austin courtroom:
1. Proof of a Negligent Act
“Negligence” and “intent” do not have the same meaning. It is not necessary to prove the other driver hit you with intent but rather did so with a disregard for public safety and traffic laws. Running a red light and colliding with another vehicle would be one example of proof of negligence.
2. Proof that the Negligent Party Caused an Injury
One thing that makes a strong legal case for a personal injury claim in Austin courts is proof that the negligent party caused an injury. Once negligence is proven, you must be able to attribute an identifiable injury to the accident. Physical injuries, psychological trauma, and damages to your car can all act as proof after a car accident. For this reason, it is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT to take detailed photos of both your injuries and your vehicle.
3. Proof the Injury Resulted in Recoverable Damages
In Austin personal injury claim lawsuits, the term “damages” refers to the amount of claim compensation an accident victim may recover from a negligent defendant. Medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repairs are examples of common damages that result from a car accident.