San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer
Car crashes are a simple fact of life today in Texas. No matter how careful of a driver you are, you risk getting into an accident with another driver due to the other driver’s errors or negligence. All drivers should practice defensive driving, but, unfortunately, not all drivers are courteous or even responsible. Some drivers can even be negligent in the way they drive.
Automobile accidents are a huge inconvenience in the best of circumstances. There is the work of filing a claim, getting repairs made, and possibly missing time from work. In the worst cases, individuals can face large bills, or even suffer severe injuries or death in car accidents.
There are over five million car accidents every year across the country. And, unfortunately, over 33,000 of those accidents involve a death. In Texas, there are about 3,000 fatalities from car accidents every year.
The Cost of Auto Claims
In 2013, the average cost of an auto liability claim for property damage was $3,231 while the average cost of claims for bodily injuries was $15,443. This includes everything from minor fender-benders to totaled vehicles and accidents that result in the hospitalization of drivers or occupants in one or more cars. So, while those numbers may be the average, the cost of car accidents in direct bills involving repairing cars, medical bills, and missed work can be significantly more depending on the nature of the accident. Every year, the cost of medical care and productivity losses related to car accidents exceed $80 billion in the United States.
Of course, this only counts the monetary loss of accidents. The psychological trauma of the injuries, or even the death of loved ones, in an accident can be overwhelming. Where others have been negligent or careless in causing trauma and pain, it is only reasonable to consider options to receive just compensation for damages.
Common Causes of Crashes
While car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, there are some very common accident causes .
- Alcohol-related accidents. Individuals driving under the influence of alcohol (a driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater) cause about a third of fatal car accidents in Texas, or over 1,000 deaths every year. Nationally, about 10,000 deaths every year can be attributed to drunk driving .
- Speeding: drivers speeding contribute to a large number of severe accidents as well. When drivers are going to fast for road conditions, it is much more likely that a dangerous crash may occur either through single-vehicle or multiple-vehicle accidents.
- Running Red Lights: running red lights can be highly dangerous to the occupants on the car running the red, other vehicles, as well as pedestrians.
- Fatigue: tired, sleepy drivers are another major cause of auto accidents. According to data, about one in six fatal car crashes are the result of at least one driver being overtired.
- Aggressive driving: driving aggressively, rather than defensively can not only violate traffic laws but can endanger fellow motorists and bystanders. Aggressive driving often includes speeding, improper or excessive lane changes, and/or improper passing (such as failing to signal or passing other vehicles on the shoulder).
- Distracted driving: texting or calling on a cellphone while driving is a major problem for all drivers, but especially younger drivers. Also, distracted driving can include being distracted by passengers in a car or other events going on inside or outside the car that distract the driver from the road. According to the NHTSA, in 2013 there were 3,154 deaths attributed to distracted driving .
Some crashes are a result of both parties negligence, carelessness, or simple mistakes. How much at fault each driver is in an accident certainly plays an important role in determining how much each party can claim in a lawsuit or countersuit.
Texas is what is called a “modified comparative fault” jurisdiction. That means that where both parties share some fault in an accident, the plaintiff, even if he or she is partially to blame for the accident and resulting injuries, can recover damages in a civil suit. In a comparative fault jurisdiction, the damages that a plaintiff may recover are reduced by the amount of fault the plaintiff is found to be responsible for though. So, if the plaintiff is found to have been 25% at fault for an accident, then the plaintiff’s damages will be reduced by 25%. However, if the plaintiff is found to be mostly at fault, say more than 51%, then he or she will recover nothing from the defendant as the plaintiff was primarily at fault for the accident.
Common Injuries from Car Accidents
Car accidents can lead to all sorts of physical injuries to drivers and passengers alike. These injuries can be minor or severe, or short-term, long-term or even lead to permanent disabilities.
Car occupants can suffer injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage (such as a punctured lung)
These are only a portion of the numerous types of injuries that a victim of a serious automobile accident can suffer. Each accident is different and so each injury can also be different.
If you are involved in an auto accident and believe you have been injured you should immediately seek medical attention to make sure that you are alright.
If you suffer injuries that lead to a loss of work or major hospital or doctor bills, it may be necessary to obtain outside assistance from a knowledgeable attorney. An attorney can provide much-needed legal counseling and provide options in order to receive compensation if that is necessary.
Contact San Antonio Auto Accident Lawyer Nadine Nieto
Automobile accidents can be major life events that have long-term financial and physical effects. Individuals who have been injured in a car accident should be aware of their rights and options.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else s negligence contact the Law Offices of Nadine M. Nieto at (210) 298-0088 or send her a message for a free no obligation consultation.