San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer
Texas has not had a single “deathless day” on the road for 20 years. Several thousand people die every year in Texas motor vehicle accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured. Despite the well-worn phrase, “accidents happen,” automobile accidents don’t “just happen.” They occur when a person operating a car, 18-wheeler or company vehicle fails to exercise ordinary, reasonable care and due regard for the safety of others. Crashes happen because of actions such as speeding, drinking and driving, distracted driving, unsafe lane changes, and reckless or aggressive driving. It’s because of careless or negligent behaviors such as these that innocent people get hurt.
The Law Office of Israel Garcia is dedicated to helping car accident injury victims get the care and compensation they deserve by holding the parties responsible for the crash accountable for their actions. We practice personal injury law at the highest levels and put in the effort to achieve stellar results on behalf of our clients. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a serious car accident in South-Central Texas, contact our experienced San Antonio car accident lawyer today.
- Aggressive Driving Accident
- Auto Accident
- Back Injury
- Bicycle Accident
- Broken Bones & Fractures
- Bus Accident
- Car Accident Child Victim
- Car Crash
- Car Wreck
- Company Vehicle Accident
- Delivery Van Accident
- Distracted Driving Accident
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Failure to Stay in Lane
- Front-End Crash
- Hit & Run
- Limo Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Neck & Shoulder Injury
- Pedestrian Accident
- Rear-End Collision
- Road Construction Accident
- Roadway Departure Crash
- Rollover Accident
- Running a Stop Sign/Red Light
- Side-Impact Crash
- Speeding Accident
- Spine Injury
- Taxi Accident
- Truck Accident
- T-Bone Accident
- Uber & Lyft Accident
- Unsafe Turn & Lane Change
- UPS & FedEx Truck Accident
- Uninsured Driver Accident
- Wrong Way Accident
What to Do After a San Antonio Car Accident
Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the US, and statistics reveal the severity of the problem in Texas. A person is killed in a traffic crash every 2 minutes, and almost 240,000 victims are hurt in these collisions every year. There are more than 46,000 auto accidents in Bexar County alone, leading to 240 deaths and 2,000 injured victims. Because driver negligence is usually the cause, you may qualify to recover compensation for your losses after an accident. The key to success is having solid evidence and taking the right actions in the aftermath.
There is little that can prepare you for the violent impact of a crash, and the chaos that follows is overwhelming. Some information on what to do after a car accident can help you cope, though our team at the Law Office of Israel Garcia will provide essential legal support. A top priority should be contacting us to schedule a free consultation with a San Antonio traffic collision lawyer, but the following tips are useful.
If you are conscious and able, grab your cell phone and dial 911 to get first responders on their way. You should be prepared to provide basic information about the collision, so dispatchers have sufficient details to send the right crews to address injuries, damage, and traffic disruptions.
Get Proper Medical Attention
Depending on the severity of your injuries, head to the emergency room, an urgent care center, or your primary care physician for treatment. Seeking appropriate medical care will get you on the road to healing quickly, but it also protects your legal rights. Delays or refusal to get medical care sends the message that you were not hurt badly, which could result in a lower rate of compensation.
Exchange Contact Information with Other Motorists
It is a legal duty for which you could face penalties, so provide basic contact details to all other drivers involved in the crash. Even if you believe one motorist was at fault, you should still obtain this information. There may be more than one responsible driver whose negligence contributed to the car accident.
Gather Evidence at the Scene
Your cell phone is a handy tool for collecting important proof, so make sure to capture images and/or video of:
- The damage to vehicles;
- Your injuries;
- The intersection or stretch of roadway;
Do not discuss fault, the severity of your injuries, or other details with anyone at the scene of the crash. Plus, decline to answer questions or provide statements to an insurance company. Our San Antonio car accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Israel Garcia will take the lead in these conversations, as you could harm your rights by saying too much.
San Antonio Is a Dangerous City for Car Accidents
According to statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2020 San Antonio experienced the second-highest number of car accidents out of 1,180 Texas cities and towns. Nearly ten percent of all traffic accidents in the entire state happened here. Those 33,381 crashes left more than 10,000 people injured and took the lives of over 150 people.
TxDOT statistics are similar for Bexar County, which ranked 3rd in the state for the most car accidents out of all 254 Texas counties. These numbers are consistent with the relative population size of the city and county, but that fact is of little comfort to the nearly 100 San Antonians who get into a wreck every day, year in and year out.
Texas Minimum Insurance Requirements for Auto Accidents
Texas law requires all drivers to carry liability insurance or other proof of financial responsibility in case they get into an accident and cause personal injury or property damage to others. The minimum amounts required by law are $30,000 worth of coverage for bodily injury per person up to $60,000 per accident, plus $25,000 in property damage. These are low amounts that might not be enough in an accident where someone is seriously injured or if multiple people are hurt. To protect their personal assets, many people choose to purchase significantly higher amounts of insurance coverage. At the other end of the spectrum, over eight percent of Texas drivers get behind the wheel without any coverage at all, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Whether the other driver is minimally insured, fully insured, or uninsured, the Law Office of Israel Garcia takes on the negligent driver and their insurer (or your insurer in the case of an uninsured motorist) and fights to win significant compensation that covers all expenses and damages suffered in a San Antonio car accident. The insurance company might say the accident wasn’t serious or that your own negligence was to blame. We put our decades of knowledge, skills and experience representing San Antonio car accident victims toward proving the other driver’s fault and demonstrating the full extent of the damage done in terms of medical bills, lost income, disability, pain, and the countless other ways the other driver’s negligence has impacted your life.
Leading Causes of San Antonio Car Accidents
The Law Office of Israel Garcia has successfully represented car accident victims injured by various types of driver negligence. Our team holds drivers accountable for crashes caused by their negligent, reckless and willful mistakes, needlessly putting others at risk while ignoring their duty to drive safely. The leading causes of car accidents in San Antonio include:
- Drinking and Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Fatigued or Drowsy Driving
- Aggressive Driving
- Improper Lane Changes
Help With the Most Serious Injuries
The Law Office of Israel Garcia takes on car accident cases involving the most serious injuries, including:
- Brain Injury
- Spine Injury
- Back Injury
- Burn Injuries
- Amputation Injuries
- Neck and Shoulder Injuries
- Wrongful Death
No matter how serious or trivial your injury appears to an outsider, we know that the pain, trauma, and dysfunction of what some would call a “minor” injury probably isn’t minor to you. Our attorney Israel Garcia has undergone extensive training in the psychology of understanding other people’s experiences and relaying that perception to insurance companies, judges and juries. In one case that others termed a “minor impact soft tissue injury” case with relatively low value, Israel put in the time and effort to understand what the victim was going through and relay that message to the jury. The result? A multi-million dollar verdict for his client.
Contact the Law Office of Israel Garcia Today
If you’ve been injured in a car accident with an 18-wheeler, company vehicle, or another automobile, the Law Office of Israel Garcia is ready to help you get the medical care you need and recover significant compensation for the damage done to you and the harm you have suffered. Contact our experienced San Antonio car accident lawyer today.