Auto Accidents

San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyers

Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. These crashes total nearly 6.4 million per year and collisions on our highways and roadways result in nearly 3 billion injuries and take the lives of 40,000 people.

According to the law, anyone operating a motor vehicle must do so with “reasonable care under the circumstances.” Any driver failing to do so is subject to the law of negligence and may be required to pay for damages that resulted from his or her actions.

While automobile accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, courts generally look to the following factors to determine whether a driver was acting negligently at the time of the accident:

  • Disobeying posted traffic signals or signs
  • Failing to signal when turning or changing lanes
  • Driving above or below the speed limit
  • Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also notes reckless drivers as those who drive unsafely with clear disregard for the probability that such driving may cause an accident. A reckless driver may be held liable for an accident as a result of:

  • Speeding above the posted speed limit or at a speed not suitable for road conditions
  • Improper or excessive lane changing, failing to signal when changing lanes
  • Improper passing, using an emergency lane to pass or passing on the shoulder

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, then you require experienced auto accident attorneys to protect your rights. Typical injuries from auto accidents include head injury, paralysis, spinal cord injury, brain injury and death.

Many issues arise as to how your injuries and the disruption to your life will be addressed. How does your own policy help you in times of serious injuries? What can you do if the at-fault driver’s policy is less than your medical bills? What rights do you have with your own insurance company and the insurance of the negligent driver? Since 1953, our experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyers have assisted persons with serious injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence and can help you and your loved ones as well.

Auto Accidents

What To Do After An Auto Accident


Sometimes even serious injuries are not always immediately painful. In the wake of an accident, your body will often release adrenaline and even natural painkillers that your body produces. It is not at all unusual to only begin to feel the full effects of an accident until several hours later or even the next day. Obviously some injuries will be immediately apparent to you and/or emergency response personnel. However, some injuries, such as injuries to the soft tissue or disc in the spine will not show up on x-rays; only an MRI or CAT Scan can find these injuries. While not as obvious as a broken bone or other serious injuries, these can be very debilitating and in some instances cause lifetime problems. Only a qualified doctor and radiologist can confirm these injuries.

Property Damage:

When your vehicle is damaged by the fault of another driver, it is the responsibility of their insurance company to make repairs. Since the minimum limit of $15,000 is usually enough to repair most vehicles, the issue that costs most drivers is when their vehicle is declared a total loss. This means that the insurance company has decided that the vehicle is so damaged that it is no longer safe to repair or that it would lose so much value, even with repairs, that they will instead pay the actual cash value of the vehicle. There are several different methods to arrive at the actual cash value, or “ACV,” of a vehicle. In most instances, the insurance company looks for the resale value of a vehicle like yours in the area and then averages those values to come up with the ACV.

If I am seriously injured, what am I entitled to?

If you are seriously injured, you have the right in Texas to recover for the following damages: Physical pain and mental anguish for past, present & future; loss of earning capacity in the past and future; disfigurement; physical impairment for past, present and future; and medical care for past, present and future. Not every element will apply in every case, but our expert attorneys can help guide you in what to do after an auto accident.