San Antonio Car Accident Attorney
Millions Recovered for Injured Accident Victims
Crashes and collisions are a common sight on Texas roadways. Wrecks and other automotive accidents are all too common, leaving survivors with painful injuries and even permanent damage.
At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, our dedicated auto accident lawyers understand that a wreck can leave you shaken and experiencing extreme stress in the aftermath. If you have been hurt in a car accident, you might be facing physical pain, high medical bills, and lost work wages. You may also be struggling against unreasonable, unfair accusations from another driver’s insurance company.
Auto Accidents Statistics in Texas
Auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents affect people every day. The Texas Department of Transportation keeps track of the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries that occur on roads in our state each year. According to TxDoT, Texas saw an increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2016. 3,773 people died in auto accidents in 2016. That’s a 5.45% increase from 2015. To put these traffic fatalities in perspective: one person was killed every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Fatalities aside, many more people suffer serious injuries in auto accidents. These injuries have the potential to complicate—even ruin—someone’s life. It’s easy to imagine how a major injury, such as paralysis, can permanently impact you. You can be burdened with hospital fees and the emotional and financial costs of huge lifestyle changes. Even seemingly minor injuries such as whiplash can result in expensive medical bills and days lost from work due to recovery.
The following injury statistics for Texas in 2016 include:
- 14,202 serious injury crashes a year
- 32 are Injured every hour
- 265,076 people injured in crashes
- 987 people killed in DUI crashes
If you are one of the many people who have been hurt in a Texas auto accident, an experienced, qualified lawyer can help you deal with insurance companies and even recover damages from any parties partially or entirely responsible for your injury. At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, we believe that you deserve dedicated legal representation to make sure your rights—and your future—are protected.
If you want to know more about your legal rights or if you have questions about how we can relieve some of the anxieties that follow an auto accident, call us today at (210) 899-5440. Our skilled legal professionals are always ready to help.
Why Do I Need to Consult with an Attorney After an Auto Accident?
Auto accident victims need an experienced legal professional to help safeguard their rights, make sure they are not financially exploited, and ensure they receive any damages they deserve.
After a car crash or traffic collision, you are vulnerable for several reasons. Dealing with insurance companies can be tricky, stressful, and even risky. They are businesses, first and foremost, so your well-being is not a priority. Insurance companies have been known to illegally deny, delay, or reduce claims, and a lawyer can protect you and help you with the complicated filing procedure.
If another driver was involved in the auto accident, you might also be victimized by their insurance company. This company might try to get you to admit fault or convince you to drop a claim to avoid paying you the money you deserve.
Aside from insurance claims, auto accident victims also might be legally entitled to financial compensation from liable parties. A skilled lawyer can help you assess whether or not you have a case and can represent you if you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. The person or organization responsible for your injury will most likely avoid paying you unless they are legally compelled by the courts. Working with an auto accident attorney can even convince the responsible party to settle out of court, paying you sooner and with less hassle.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Injury Claim?
If you are unable to come to an agreement with your insurance company, you may need to pursue compensation in court. In the state of Texas, you have two years from the day of the accident to file an injury claim. Time is not on your side. The longer you wait, the less time your attorney will have to build your case. Contact an experienced attorney as soon after your motor vehicle accident as possible.
How Long Does the Entire Car Accident Claims Process Take?
There's not an exact answer to this question. Because the circumstances of each auto accident are different, it is impossible for an attorney to tell you exactly how long your injury claim will take to resolve. With that said, an experienced car accident lawyer will be able to evaluate the details of your case and give you a fairly good estimate.
How Can I Tell if Someone Else Was Responsible for the Accident?
It can be difficult to tell what caused an auto accident. Far too many individuals automatically assume that the crash was their fault simply because they do not have the full range of facts necessary to understand the accident. People often contact an attorney if they can tell that another driver involved in the crash was drunk or was driving recklessly. However, many other factors that you cannot easily see could have contributed to the incident.
Your vehicle might have had a faulty brake light or the road conditions might have been unsafe. On your own, you will probably not be able to tell exactly which parties were responsible for the crash. An experienced auto accident attorney can help you with a thorough investigation into your accident and help you determine who is legally responsible for the crash.
Third-Party Liability in Car Accident Claims
While an individual driver is often legally liable for a crash, many other parties can be at fault.
Examples of Third-Party Liability:
- Construction Company - Consider a construction company that fails to put up the proper “detour” signs for road work. Someone might unwittingly drive their car into dangerous conditions.
- State Government - Imagine a state highway full of deep potholes. Someone might lose control of their truck and slam into a telephone pole or another vehicle.
- Car Manufacturer - What if a car manufacturer fails to properly install the brakes on your car? When you are unable to stop, the resulting crash could be blamed on the factory owners who did not thoroughly test their products.
In any case, a skilled lawyer can help determine the responsible person or organization and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Do You Need Physical Evidence of the Accident to Win?
Not always. Many people worry that they have to have pictures of an accident to prove that an accident occurred, but this is not always true. You will likely need to show other types of proof that the accident occurred and the other party is at fault, such as a receipt for maintenance or repairs, hospital bills, witness testimony, or police reports. Having physical evidence of an accident, such as pictures, can help your claim but it’s not required to receive financial compensation. Discuss your situation and any evidence you have with Attorney Chris Mayo.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Proving liability after an accident it key to recovering fair compensation, which can be difficult when you consider the number of factors that can contribute to an accident. At Chris Mayo Law Firm, our legal team understands what evidence is need to develop a winning strategy. It is our goal to recover maximum compensation for our clients!
Some common causes of crashes, collisions, and wrecks include:
- Driver error
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Pedestrian accidents
- Car defects or malfunction
- Poor weather and road conditions
Most people assume auto accidents are the driver’s responsibility—assuming a drunk, reckless, or distracted driver caused the accident. Maybe they swerved into oncoming traffic or failed to brake at a stop light, rear-ending another vehicle.
Our San Antonio car accident attorney can assess driver behavior and investigate whether another individual directly caused or contributed to your crash. Our team of legal professionals at the Chris Mayo Law Firm has the experience necessary to handle all types of auto accident cases.
Why Should I Choose the Chris Mayo Law Firm?
We’re dedicated to fighting for you. We know how to investigate and establish liability or responsibility for a wide variety of crashes and collisions. If you were injured by someone else’s negligence, you might be legally entitled to significant financial compensation.
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Our San Antonio car accidents lawyer can help you cope with the fallout. We can assist you in dealing with insurance companies and can help you work to get the financial compensation you deserve if someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused your accident.
To learn more about how we can help you handle the aftermath of a car accident, call us at (210) 899-5440 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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