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Advocates For the Rights Of Car Accident Victims

Were you injured in a car accident through no fault of your own? At Wyatt Law Firm, we work with clients, not against them, to recover maximum financial compensation after serious motor vehicle accidents. You may be feeling overwhelmed in the aftermath of a car crash, but our attorneys are here to walk you through the legal process to a successful outcome.

Our car accident attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts & settlements for motor vehicle accident victims, including:

  • $4.3 Million* in a Defective Vehicle Case (Victim Was Wrongfully Killed)
  • $1,830,498.41* in a Defective Tire Case (Victim Was Wrongfully Killed)
  • $9,726,995.16* in a Defective Vehicle & Tire Case (Wrongful Death and Brain Injury)

*All values represent net recovery to clients.

Boutique Law Firm With Large Firm Experience

the national trial lawyers top 100We consider ourselves a boutique law firm. As a small firm, we are able to give each case the attention it deserves. Our size is a benefit, not an impediment to our practice. In fact, we have the resources and experience of a large firm, which allows us to take on all major insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other large corporations. We demand accountability for wrongdoers and justice for our clients.

We serve people throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi.

What Makes Us Different

Wyatt Law Firm is unique for a number of reasons. For one, we consistently secure results for our clients and do so in a way that always puts the needs of our clients first. For this, we have received a number of awards and recognitions (recognitions below awarded to Attorney Paula Wyatt), including:

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    San Antonio Car Accident Attorney, Paula A. Wyatt

    Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Paula Wyatt)

  • Texas Super Lawyers ® (a Thomson Reuters Service, Paula Wyatt, 2011 – 2012, 2014)
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Paula Wyatt, 2007)

Not only do our results stand out, but we also take a unique approach to car accident cases. We take the time to get to know our clients – their hopes, their fears, their expectations. When we get to know you, we truly believe that this makes for a better client experience and, often, a better case outcome.

When an individual is involved in a car accident, it can be traumatizing. You may not know what the next step is and feel worried or concerned. This is an understandable reaction. Auto accidents happen in the blink of an eye and they are not something for which we can truly be prepared. You will most likely have a number of questions after an accident. Our car accident lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm are dedicated to providing the answers you need.

Auto Accident FAQ

When an individual is involved in a car accident, it can be traumatizing. You may not know what the next step is and feel worried or concerned. This is an understandable reaction. Auto accidents happen in the blink of an eye and they are not something for which we can truly be prepared. You will most likely have a number of questions after an accident. Our car accident lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm are dedicated to providing the answers you need.

Should I talk to the insurance company?
After an accident, we advise you to report it to your insurance company. You may want to avoid providing recorded statements to an insurance company, however, until you have retained legal counsel. Statements you make may be used in your case after an accident, you may make comments of which you are not aware.

What do I need to obtain?
You will want to make sure you exchange information after an auto accident. This includes the other party’s driver’s license number, their insurance information, and any other documents related to the vehicle, especially if it belonged to a business. If possible, also seek out potential witnesses to gather their information. Their statements may be used on your behalf. If possible, take photos of the scene, the damage, and any visible injuries.

Do I need to seek medical attention?
After any auto accident, you will want to get checked by a doctor or other medical professional. The medical records may be used in your claim. Also, victims do not always notice or feel their injuries right away. It may be days before you begin to experience the pain of an injury caused by the accident.

How do I know who was at fault?
Texas is a “fault” insurance state which means that the driver who caused the accident must pay for the damages. Fault is based on a number of things including the reckless actions of other drivers such as drunk driving, texting while driving, and more.

Do I need a police report?
A police report of the accident can help solidify the events that occurred. This can mean additional evidence for your claim. If possible, getting a copy of the police report is advised to help show your side of the story.

How quickly should I retain representation?
If you have been involved in an accident, retain representation as quickly as possible. This can help protect your rights to just compensation and keep you from making any statements that may be used against you.

How To Talk With An Insurance Company

Important Do’s And Don’ts After A Car Accident

When you are involved in a car accident, it can be difficult to think clearly. With the chaos of surveying damage, exchanging information, and reeling from what happened, it can be difficult to know the proper thing to do or say. One thing that you are required to do is alert your insurance company. However, although we would like to think that the insurance companies are out for our best interests, they are still businesses. As such, you need to be careful about what you say.

At Wyatt Law Firm, we believe that you should consult an attorney before discussing your claims with the insurer. The insurance company starts establishing their case the moment an accident is reported. Our car accident attorneys will inform you of your legal rights and help you build a case that benefits you.

An insurance claim adjuster might contact you before you have a chance to talk to your lawyer. Without knowing it, you may say things that can be used against your case. This is why we have listed what to say and what not to say to the insurance company after an accident.

Things To Tell The Insurance Company

You should tell your insurance company what happened, including the location, time, and weather conditions. You want to make sure to accurately recreate the scene for them. You also want to tell them, to the best of your abilities, what events transpired that led to the accident.

In the age of cell phones and digital advancements, it is easier to document life’s moments – allowing you to collect evidence at the touch of a button. As is the case with any accident, it is important that you take pictures as proof of the damages incurred. After which, you should inform your insurance company about what happened to the automobiles involved and what harm was done.

You are required to exchange insurance information when you are involved in a car accident. You should submit the information the other driver gives you to your insurance company.

Car accidents are usually just that: accidents. However, there are times when an individual purposely gets into an accident to put you at fault so that they can exploit the insurance system. If you believe that you have been involved in a fraudulent accident, inform your own insurance company.

If you experienced physical harm during the crash, make sure your insurance company knows about it. They can incorporate any medical expenses into your claim.

What Not To Tell The Insurance Company

Never admit fault to an insurance company. Even if you were at fault, allow your insurance company and attorneys to figure out the details. They can deduce the degree of fault of each party.

The insurance company is more interested in the facts. Often our perception of events can get skewed during such traumatic scenarios. If it saves them money, the insurance company might use your opinions against you. That is why it is recommended that you don’t overshare and just stick to the basic facts.

Never consent to a recorded statement. You are not required to submit one. If you do, what you say may be used against you later.

Whiplash (neck strain) can be very debilitating. But whiplash has become synonymous with exaggerated injuries and is a term that can make insurance companies question whether your injuries are real. If you have been injured, we advise that you use other adjectives to describe your injuries and to go into as much detail as possible.

Some insurance companies may try to get you to sign releases or medical statements. Do not do it without first getting the advice of an attorney. The attorney will let you know if you are legally required to do so or not, and whether it is against your best interests.

Know Your Auto Insurance Policy

It is a generally understood fact that we need car insurance in order to protect ourselves and others in case of an accident. But what does this really mean? Often, many of us don’t look at our insurance policies until after an accident occurs. Don’t let inadequate insurance policies catch you by surprise. It is important to know the state requirements as well as personal preference when it comes to auto coverage. Make sure you know your insurance policy before driving.

Our car accident attorneys can help inform you of your legal rights. If you were involved in a car accident, contact us today!

Insurance Coverage In San Antonio

Texas law requires that all drivers be insured. Drivers are financially responsible for paying for any damages or injuries to other parties in an accident if it was their fault. In order to fulfill this obligation, many buy liability insurance. Drivers must carry at least this much liability coverage:

  • $30,000 in bodily injury per individual
  • $60,000 per accident (total of all injuries)
  • $25,000 for property damage

These are the statutory minimums. Many drivers carry higher liability coverage. While only liability insurance is mandatory, there are other coverages you may want to have.

Examples of other types of coverages include:

  • Collision — damage to your vehicle from a crash
  • Comprehensive — non-collision damage (hail, fire, vandalism, deer, etc.)
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM)
  • Towing and labor
  • Full coverage — a policy covering all of the above

While it is not mandatory, uninsured/underinsured driver is important protection. The policy pays the difference if you are injured by a driver who has no insurance or too little insurance. Otherwise you would bear those losses.

In Texas, it is illegal to drive without liability insurance. If you are caught doing so, you can be fined between $75-$350 the first time, and up to $1,000 for any additional citations. You can also, potentially, have your driver’s license suspended.

Car Fires After Accidents

When you sit down in your car, you expect it to work properly. Manufacturers and technicians have an obligation to ensure that the product they sell drivers is safe and thoroughly checked. Automobiles have the capacity to do great things. Travels are faster and more expedient. However, in a similar vein, vehicles have the capacity to do great damage. If a car is not properly created, it can lead to fires. Vehicle fires can be damaging and potentially deadly.

Causes Of Car Fires

A safe automobile design ensures the driver is protected from undue dangers of a large mechanical device. If not properly assembled or designed, a car can catch on fire, leading to extensive damage and harm.

Common causes of a vehicle fire include:

  • Faulty design of gas tank
  • Side-saddled tank placed outside of car’s frame
  • Misplaced fuel tank
  • Fuel tank malfunction
  • Defective fuel line materials

A majority of cars run on gasoline, which is a highly volatile liquid. Coupled with the heat of an engine and the continuously moving parts of a vehicle, if a fuel line or tank malfunctions, it can lead to pain and damage that should have been prevented. Car fires can occur in normal vehicular usage, but the probability of it happening become higher after a crash. Auto collisions are bad enough; however, they are exponentially worse when the vehicle catches on fire.

Compensation After a San Antonio Accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, there are plenty of questions that arise, and legal action may be something to consider as a victim. If you have been harmed due to the negligence of another driver, our car accident attorneys at Wyatt Law Firm want you to know your rights and help you seek compensation. In order to file a claim in the state of Texas, you must do so within two years of the date of the accident.

Texas is a “fault” state. This means that if the other driver is found to be liable for the accident and resulting injuries, they can be held financially accountable. Our firm can help you seek compensation so you can focus on your recovery while we cover the legal aspects. We put the needs of our clients at the top of our priority list because we truly believe in their cause.

What Damages May Be Available?

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you are most likely wondering what kind of compensation you can seek. The expenses associated with a car accident can reach exorbitant amounts and making sure you are covered is important. At Wyatt Law Firm, we want to make you aware of your options for compensation so we leave no stone left unturned as we file your claim.

The types of compensation you may be entitled to include:

  • Medical expenses – This includes time spent in the hospital, any ambulance fees, rehabilitation, physical therapy, accessories, and more.
  • Lost wages – This can cover the wages you may have lost due to your time recovering, and could potentially include wages that you may have made but no longer could due to your injuries.
  • Property damage – This covers the costs of damages that your vehicle may have sustained.
  • Pain and suffering – Oftentimes, if an injury victim suffers severe physical or mental pain as a result of the car accident, they may be able to seek damages for pain and suffering.

Construction Zone Accidents

Confusing road signs, multiple lanes of traffic suddenly merging into one, bright lights – construction zones aren’t just dangerous for the workers. Texas is one of the top three states for the most motor vehicle crash fatalities in construction and maintenance work. In 2013, Texas experienced 104 crash fatalities in work zones.

We represent individuals who have been seriously injured in highway construction zones. Each construction project has an established written plan that must be followed by the contractors and subcontractors working on a project. When this construction plan is not followed, construction workers and the drivers are exposed to a high risk of injury.

What causes motor vehicle accidents in construction zones?

The hazardous nature of construction zones mean that there are many different ways car accidents can occur in or near them. Among those causes are:

  • Incorrect or improper signage and warnings — Without reasonable warning that you’re approaching road construction, an accident could occur.
  • Failure to maintain roads during construction — If a construction company allows cars to travel on an unsafe road and an accident occurs, the construction company could be held responsible.
  • Unsafe turns and insufficient speed warnings — When road construction requires vehicles to make sharp turns or navigate around construction, proper signage and barricades are required.
  • Failure to protect construction workers — The rules and regulations concerning construction projects are also established to protect the workers who work within construction zones.

These types of car accidents are avoidable. Injured individuals may be able to file claims against the construction company, city, or other entity for failure to maintain a reasonably safe premises.

Construction Site Auto Accidents: Facts & Statistics

The following statistics have been compiled by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

  • Fatalities in construction work zones averaged 669 per year from 2007 to 2012.
  • Between 2003 and 2013, Texas ranked at the top of the list for construction worker deaths in work zones with 131 fatalities.
  • In 2013, 66% of roadway work zone fatal occupational injuries were traffic-related.
  • Work zone car accidents account for under 2% of all motor vehicle crashes (U.S., 2010). Out of these accidents, 30% result in injury and 0.6% resulted in fatality.
  • 12% of all work zone injuries are caused by transportation incidents

Defective Roadway Construction

Personal injury litigation involving defective roadways are among the most complex and challenging of motor vehicle accident cases. Typically, insurance companies either try to shift the blame on the accident victim or get the victims to settle for policy limits alone. Municipalities and other entities responsible for constructing and maintaining roads do not readily accept responsibility for these types of accidents.

In addition, plaintiff actions alleging defective highway design and construction can be costly, and many law firms do not have the financial resources, technical resources or advocacy skills needed to pursue these cases.

What Counts As A Highway Defect?

Some roads seem more dangerous than others, which can be attributed to a number of factors such as design, grade, speed limit, width of the lane, or heaviness of traffic. While many roads might seem dangerous, not all are defective or poorly designed.

Some factors that could make a highway defective and cause motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Inadequate traffic delineators — This can include anything necessary to safely channel or guide traffic, such as cones, reflectors, and lane dividers.
  • Improper speed limit — Speed limits often need to change as the environment changes. For example, more buildings are constructed which can lead to a heavier flow of traffic, which consequently can necessitate a change in the speed limit.
  • Adverse weather conditions — When weather conditions become dangerous for driving, the entity responsible for the road or highway should take appropriate measures to keep drivers and their passengers safe. This might include temporarily closing a road, laying salt, clearing snow, or posting warning signs.
  • Poorly constructed roads — Some roads are inherently dangerous because of poor design, such as roads that don’t have proper drainage. Roads and highways must be carefully engineered and built according to regulations. Improperly or poorly designed roads can cause serious car accidents.
  • Improperly maintained roads — Roads that have potholes, are littered with debris, and are overrun with sign-blocking foliage could qualify as improperly maintained roads.

Fatal Car Accidents

Did You Lose A Loved One To Negligence?

Any kind of car accident can be devastating to a victim and to his or her family. Unfortunately, some of these accidents have fatal results. When these fatal car accidents occur, it is important that the family take the necessary legal action to hold the liable party accountable for their actions. Our fatal car accident lawyers know that many fatal collisions are often preventable, and this adds to the heartbreak. It is when someone chooses to act recklessly or negligently that others pay for their actions.

When a person acts in negligence and causes a fatal car accident, the family of the decedent may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. According to Texas statute 71.001,

an action for wrongful death may be brought if the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of one party causes the death of another.

Texas statute allows for two years from the time of the accident for the family of the victim to file a wrongful death claim. There may be exceptions available and our team at Wyatt Law Firm can help you understand these.

Who Is Entitled To Seek Compensation?

Many people wonder who is allowed to seek compensation in the event a loved one is lost in a fatal car accident. This can often be very confusing, but it is extremely important to understand. Under the law, there are only a specific number of individuals who may seek compensation.

The following surviving family members may seek compensation in a wrongful death claim:

  • Spouse
  • Children (including formally adopted children)
  • Parents
  • Personal representative or executor (if spouse, children, or parents do not file within three months)

Siblings cannot file a wrongful death claim. Children who have been legally adopted cannot bring a wrongful death claim for the their biological parent.

When filing a wrongful death claim, the surviving family member can seek damages related to lost earning capacity; lost love, support and companionship; medical expenses; and funeral costs.

San Antonio Rollover Accidents

Any type of wheeled vehicle can roll over, causing serious or fatal injuries to the driver, passengers and others who are in the vehicle’s path.

Many factors can cause or contribute to a rollover accident. SUVs with a high center of gravity or narrow wheelbase are particularly prone to rolling over. Hitting obstructions in the road or a significantly lower road shoulder can also cause a vehicle to roll. An improperly loaded truck can tip on a freeway exit ramp or when making a sharp turn. In all of these scenarios of rollover accidents, the cause may not be readily apparent. A thorough investigation must be completed to determine the cause and which party bears liability for the accident.

No Recovery, No Fee For Your Car Accident Case

If we do not secure a recovery, you owe us no fee for our services. It’s that simple. Operating on a contingency fee allows people to choose the attorney best suited to handle their case. If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious motor vehicle accident, we invite you to contact our car accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation.

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I was extremely satisfied with the handling and outcome of my lawsuit. Paula and her entire team are amazing at what they do. I’m so glad that I had them there to help me every step of the way. Karen and Clayton were most definitely helpful with keeping me informed and on top of everything. Louis and Gavin were also very helpful in making sure I understood the process. I would 100% recommend them. Thank you Wyatt Law Firm. Thank you Paula.
April 2021
-Ralph L.

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