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Understanding Car Accident Laws in Texas

Insurance companies make big promises about helping you after an accident but rarely follow through with those promises. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in San Antonio or the surrounding area, you are in jeopardy of being left with a lot of very expensive medical bills that you may not be able to pay.

Do not accept the settlement offered by the insurance company before consulting with an experienced car accident attorney in San Antonio. Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. can negotiate for fair and full compensation on your behalf so you have the money you need to pay all of your medical bills, cover your lost wages, and make up for any other expenses related to your accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we can help. Call our San Antonio accident lawyers at (210) 361-2997 or contact us online.

Common Types of Car Accidents

A car accident is an event in which a vehicle collides with another vehicle, a pedestrian, an object, or some other obstacle, resulting in damage to the vehicle, injuries, and potentially fatalities. Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, including human error, mechanical failure, adverse weather conditions, and other factors.

Common types of car accidents include:

  • Rear-End Collisions: These occur when one vehicle strikes the vehicle in front of it from behind. These accidents often result from following too closely, distracted driving, or sudden stops.
  • Head-On Collisions: These accidents happen when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide with their front ends. Head-on collisions are often very severe and can lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
  • Side-Impact Collisions (T-Bone Accidents): In a side-impact collision, the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, often at intersections. These accidents can be particularly dangerous, especially if the side impact is on the driver's side.
  • Single-Vehicle Accidents: These accidents involve only one vehicle and typically occur when a driver loses control of their vehicle, such as running off the road, hitting a fixed object (like a tree or a light pole), or rolling over.
  • Multi-Vehicle Pileups: Also known as chain-reaction accidents, these occur when several vehicles are involved in a collision. They often happen on highways, particularly in adverse weather conditions or due to low visibility.
  • Rollover Accidents: Rollovers occur when a vehicle flips over onto its roof or side. These accidents are more likely for taller and top-heavy vehicles, such as SUVs and trucks.
  • Side-Swipe Accidents: In a side-swipe accident, one vehicle grazes or collides with the side of another. These often happen during lane changes or merging onto highways.
  • Intersection Accidents: These occur at intersections when two or more vehicles collide while crossing paths. Failure to yield right of way and running red lights or stop signs are common causes of intersection accidents.
  • Pedestrian Accidents: These involve a vehicle striking a pedestrian. Pedestrians are vulnerable in these accidents and often suffer severe injuries.
  • Bicycle Accidents: Similar to pedestrian accidents, these involve a collision between a vehicle and a cyclist, which can result in serious injuries to the cyclist.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in San Antonio

Some of the most common causes of car accidents we see involve the following:
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents and involves any activity that diverts a driver's attention from the road. Common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, using a GPS, eating, adjusting the radio, and interacting with passengers. When a driver is not fully focused on driving, their reaction time and ability to make quick decisions are impaired.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed is a significant factor in many accidents. Driving above the speed limit or too fast for road conditions reduces a driver's ability to react to unexpected situations and increases the severity of accidents when they occur. Speeding not only decreases a driver's control but also reduces the time available to stop or evade obstacles.
  • Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs a driver's coordination, reaction time, judgment, and ability to make sound decisions. Impaired drivers are more likely to engage in reckless behavior and are a danger to themselves and others on the road.
  • Reckless Driving: Reckless driving includes behaviors like aggressive tailgating, excessive lane changing, weaving in and out of traffic, and ignoring traffic laws. These actions can lead to collisions and endanger other road users. Reckless driving is often characterized by a disregard for the safety of others.
  • Poor Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, fog, and heavy winds, reduce visibility and traction. Drivers may struggle to control their vehicles and react to sudden obstacles in poor weather. Additionally, road surfaces may become slippery, increasing the likelihood of accidents. Reduced visibility can also lead to rear-end collisions.
  • Fatigue: Drowsy or fatigued driving impairs a driver's alertness and ability to concentrate on the road. Fatigue can lead to lapses in judgment, slower reaction times, and even falling asleep at the wheel. Long drives, inadequate sleep, and working long hours are common contributors to driver fatigue.
  • Running Red Lights and Stop Signs: Disobeying traffic signals and signs is a common cause of intersection accidents. Drivers who run red lights or fail to yield the right of way at stop signs put themselves and others at risk of T-bone collisions.
  • Inadequate Maintenance: Poor vehicle maintenance can lead to mechanical failures, such as brake issues, tire blowouts, and engine problems, which may cause accidents. Regular vehicle inspections and maintenance are essential for safety.
  • Inexperienced Drivers: Inexperienced or novice drivers often lack the skills and judgment necessary to handle complex driving situations. They may struggle with decision-making, risk assessment, and defensive driving techniques.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Potholes, debris, and poorly designed roads can create hazards for drivers. Reduced visibility due to faded road markings, lack of signage, or inadequate lighting can also contribute to accidents.
At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we can dedicate our time and resources to your individual case. We pride ourselves on relentlessly pursuing just compensation for clients throughout Texas.

Types of Car Accident Injuries

Though our office is based in San Antonio, our law firm accepts car accident cases from all over Texas. We handle cases involving all types of injuries, including:

We can help whether you were hit by another driver or your accident only involved your vehicle. We work with experts to determine exactly what caused your accident and pursue compensation from the responsible parties. Our firm has extensive experience in accidents caused by automotive defects as well as those caused by negligent driving.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Our San Antonio car accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to battle with insurance companies for the compensation you deserve. We are well-versed in the tactics regularly used to avoid covering the full extent of your injuries, and we know how to counter them effectively.

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After a car accident in San Antonio, you should:

  • Call the police: You will need a police report to file with your insurance claim, especially if there is severe damage to your vehicle or if you have been seriously injured.
  • Seek medical attention: Your health is the most important concern after an accident. If you are well enough to walk away from the accident without needing an ambulance, go to an emergency room or a doctor as soon as possible. Not only does this ensure that you get the treatment you need after an accident, but it also starts a record of your injuries. We will need this to show the insurance company how your injuries may affect you in the future.
  • Exchange information with the other driver: As long as you are not severely injured, get the other driver's name, contact information, and insurance policy information. If you are severely injured, ask another person, such as the police officer, to get this for you.
  • Contact a lawyer: While you will need to file a claim with an insurance company, either the at-fault driver's or your own, you may be better off contacting us first. Many insurance companies will record your interview and use anything you say against you as you make your claim. We can help you file your claim and negotiate for fair and full compensation on your behalf.

The most important thing our lawyers do is protect your interests. All of these actions can help us make sure that protection is most effective.

What is the Statute of Limitations on Car Accident Claims in Texas?

The statute to limitations to file a car accident claim in Texas is two years. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim or you may lose the right to pursue compensation.

What is Modified Comparative Fault?

Additionally, you are still eligible to pursue compensation if you at partially at fault for an accident, as long as you are less then 51% at fault. This law is referred to as “modified comparative fault” rule. In this scenario whatever compensation you were rewarded would be reduced by the percentage of fault you are determined to be responsible for.

We Bring in the Experts

We work closely with your doctors and other medical professionals to determine how your injuries may affect you in the immediate and far futures so we can make sure you are able to continue treatment as long as necessary to reach maximum medical recovery, as well as support yourself if you cannot return to work.

We also bring in accident recreation specialists if need be. These experts can recreate the details of your accident and assess cause and liability. Our San Antonio car accident attorneys understand how difficult this situation can be for you and your family. Our lawyers offer high-quality, compassionate service with aggressive representation. We will take your case to court if that is what is necessary to achieve your goals.

Ready to get started on your case? Contact a San Antonio car accident attorney from Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. at (210) 361-2997 today.

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