Texting While Driving Banned in Austin, Not Texas

Currently, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) ban text messaging behind the wheel for all drivers. If a driver were to be caught texting while driving in one of these states, law enforcement officers can issue tickets and fines. Fair enough, right? Texting while driving is generally considered to be the most alarming form of distracted driving and is responsible for causing thousands of injuries and fatalities during auto accidents each year. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a federal agency that promotes driver safety, states that distracted driving and texting while driving… Read More

What Not to do After You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident

Car accidents, as well as any type of motor vehicle accident, can be stressful, chaotic experiences. When accidents are serious enough to cause injuries, emotions can run incredibly high. Remaining calm and collected during a car accident, however, can not only ensure that all immediate concerns are attended to, but also that your potential personal injury claim is not compromised. When a motorist, passenger, or pedestrian is injured as the result of another driver’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act, there are always certain steps that should be taken. These can include collecting the other driver’s information and making sure that… Read More

DWI Standards for Truck & Commercial Drivers

Drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs place others on public roads and highways in serious danger and at serious risk of suffering injuries and fatalities. When these drivers get behind the wheel of massive commercial trucks – including 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large freight bearing vehicles – the dangers and risks can increase dramatically. In fact, the Texas Department of Public Safety explicitly warns truck drivers against the use of alcohol when driving commercial vehicles, as alcohol impairment can negatively impact driving in a number of ways, including: Slowed reaction time to… Read More

Fourth of July DWI Accidents & the Rights of Injured Victims

With the Fourth of July weekend quickly approaching, residents throughout Texas and the nation will have the opportunity to reflect on some of the more concerning aspects of what this holiday has come to mean. In particular, July 4th – as well as the days preceding and following the holiday – have become notorious for increased rates of auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities across the country. In many cases, these increased occurrences of accidents and injuries can be attributed to higher rates of impaired and intoxicated driving. In fact, the problem of DWIs and DUIs during this time of year have… Read More

$52,000 Settlement in Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) Case

The Loewy Law Firm has resolved an Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) case for a client who was injured in a car wreck. The client was hit by a driver who was not carrying insurance. The client had a UIM policy of $52,000 and our law firm was quickly able to secure this money for the client (even though the Austin Police Department cited our client for the crash – something we disputed and proved was wrong). UIM is insurance that extends coverage to include property and bodily damage caused by a motorist with insufficient insurance. Underinsured motorist coverage is designed… Read More

$120,000 Settlement in Car to Pedestrian Collision

The Loewy Law Firm has settled a case for an Austin woman who was seriously injured on Oltorf when a car collided with her as she was crossing the street. Our client sustained a broken hip. The Austin Police Department decided not make a conclusion about who was at fault but our law firm’s investigators quickly concluded the driver was at fault – and after we showed our findings to the driver’s insurance company, they settled for the full policy limits. Our law firm specialized in car-to-pedestrian crashes and we have regrettably seen a noticeable rise in these cases in the past year. Read More

Austin Man Dies After Hit and Run Car Crash

According to the Austin-American Statesman, on May 7, an Austin was hit by a Nissan Altima on North Lamar Blvd. The man was rushed to Brackenridge Hospital but tragically died from his injuries. The Austin Police Department continues to search for the driver. Our law firm regularly represents people hit and sometimes killed by reckless drivers. Hit and run crashes are some of the worse cases we see. We are currently representing an elderly woman who was hit by a car while she was crossing the street. Our client sustained a broken hip and is still in a rehab unit. Hit and… Read More

Texas Legislature Pass Law Against Hit and Run Drivers

The Texas House passed a new law 130-0 which increases the penalties for drivers for who leave the scene of an accident. The Senate previously passed the bill and Governor Perry is expected to sign it. Austin’s Senator Kirk Watson introduced the legislation. The legislation was passed in response to the tragic death of Courtney Griffin of Austin. Ms. Griffin was walking home late at night when she was hit Gabrielle Nestande, who had been drinking and driving. Ms. Nestande drove off and only received a 10 year probated sentence. A major problem in the trial was a loophole in the… Read More

Pregnant Woman Among Injured in Austin Car Accident

A pregnant woman and five other passengers were injured when a car slammed into the steps of a home on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses say that the pregnant woman may have suffered serious injuries. “I was sitting right here on the corner,” a witness said, “it all happened so fast.” The 17-year-old witness was forced to jump out of way when a blue sedan was pushed off the road by another vehicle into the front porch of the home. Firefighters were forced to pry the pregnant woman and other passengers from the car following the wreck. The car contained four adults… Read More

Hit and Run Crashes – On the Rise

KVUE news covered a tragic story regarding a young woman, Katy Palmer, and her boyfriend who were involved in a hit and run collision during South by Southwest in Austin. The driver of the car shamefully drove off and the police and Palmer’s family are actively looking for him. Palmer was killed and her boyfriend sustained a head injury. Our law firm has seen an increase in hit and run car cases in Austin over the past 18 months. The most notable case was the Nestande case, which received enormous media coverage. The less known cases involve innnocent people like Katy Palmer. Read More