San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys
Advocates For the Rights Of Car Accident Victims
If you are one of the many people in San Antonio dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, you are not alone. Not only are crashes a common occurrence with many victims in the same situation as you, but you also do not have to face the legal process after a car accident without guidance.
The legal team of Wyatt Law Firm takes our representation of accident victims very seriously. We have a passion for seeking the justice that injured clients deserve, and we do not back down when it comes to fighting for your rights. Reach out to our office today to learn how an experienced San Antonio car accident attorney can fight for you.
Dedicated San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys
At Wyatt Law Firm, we understand the safety risks that people face every day on the roads in the San Antonio area. We know that collisions can happen in an instant though have a lasting impact on your life. What might seem like an inconvenience can turn into ongoing physical, mental, and financial stress.
When you are dealing with an injury, the last thing you should be thinking about is how to file an insurance claim and fight for a full settlement. Instead, we are here to help. Our firm gets to know you, your family, and what’s most important to you, and we then design the most effective plan to achieve your goals.
Your accident and injuries are unique, so we take a unique approach to every case. You will receive nothing but personalized representation and attention from the start to the finish of your case. We do not consider personal injury representation to be a job, but instead a calling in life. We report to work each day for our clients and their best interests.
There is a reason why our firm has many awards and accolades for our legal services. To learn more about our passion and how we can apply it to your situation, please contact our office for a free discussion.
Some of Our Car Accident Case Results
Because every case is different, results from previous cases can never serve as promises of what you might receive. However, our case results do illustrate our commitment to excellence and how we fight for maximum compensation for each client.
Some of our car accident case results include:
- $10,250,000 for a family who lost a loved one when a truck rear-ended a car
- $1,375,000 for a client who was a Sheriff’s Officer responding to a crash when a truck slammed into him, causing head, neck, and back injuries
- $1,300,000 for a client who suffered injuries when an inattentive driver slammed into the back of their car
- $421,345 for a client who suffered injuries due to a defective vehicle part
Of course, the amount of compensation you can receive will depend on what happened and the severity of your injuries and losses. However, we are more than capable of handling high-dollar value claims stemming from vehicle accidents.
San Antonio Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
A car accident can cause distress, and you likely have many questions and concerns. Below are the answers to some questions that clients commonly ask us. If you need assistance with a specific situation, please contact our office directly for a free case evaluation and consultation about your rights and options.
Can I file a lawsuit if the driver who hit me was drunk?
Yes. There are two parallel legal tracks if you have suffered an injury from a drunk driver. First, the state may charge the driver criminally, and they can face stiff penalties when they cause serious bodily injury. Second, you can file a civil lawsuit against the responsible driver who will pay you for your injuries.
There are different standards of proof in criminal and civil cases. In a criminal case, the prosecutor must prove the defendant’s case beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, you must prove the defendant’s responsibility by a preponderance of the evidence.
Numerically, the difference is 100 percent versus 51 percent. It does not matter whether the driver is convicted criminally. You may still meet your burden of proof. If the driver pleads guilty to their DWI charges, you can use the plea as evidence in your civil case.
What if the responsible driver does not have enough insurance coverage to pay for my injuries?
You cannot control how much insurance the other driver has to protect themselves. They may have signed on with a cut-rate insurance policy or have taken out the bare minimum in coverage. The good news is that you do not have to pay the price for their short-sighted behavior.
Hopefully, you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage attached to your policy. If you do, you can file a claim against your insurance policy for the damages not covered by the other driver’s insurance. Do not think your insurance company will be easy to deal with. They also do not want to write you a check, and they will also underestimate your damages. You will need to deal with the same tricks from your own insurance company as you will from anyone else.
If both insurance coverages are not enough to cover the damage, the other driver will be personally responsible, although it is difficult to enforce and collect on a judgment.
Can I sue a company for my car accident injuries?
There are several scenarios where you can sue a corporate defendant in your car accident case. In the first, you suffered an injury due to a driver working at the time of the accident.
There is a legal principle called respondeat superior. In Latin, this means “let the master answer.” For you, it means you can sue a company when their employee injured you when acting within the scope of their employment. You want corporate defendants in your case because they have more insurance coverage.
You can also sue a company when they were responsible for a defect in your car that caused your injury. A company may be liable when it manufactures or sells a defective product. For example, the brakes or tires on your car might have failed and caused your accident. Other lawsuits have alleged that a design defect in the car was responsible for a rollover accident.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
Like every state, Texas has a statute of limitations that controls every personal injury case. In Texas, the law is that you have two years from the date you suffered an injury, or should have known that you had suffered an injury, to file a lawsuit. If you miss this date, the court cannot take jurisdiction over your case, and you will lose the right to file a lawsuit completely. There are few exceptions to the statute of limitations, which courts construe strictly.
Never wait until the time limit approaches to begin the legal process. Otherwise, you will lose key evidence that you need to prove the claim that is only available to you for a limited time. In practice, you should call a lawyer right after your car accident.
What if the insurance company tries to blame me for the accident?
Insurance companies may minimize your financial recovery or blame you for the accident. This might make it seem like you cannot recover compensation for your injuries, and too many people give up at this stage.
However, just because the insurance company tries to blame you does NOT mean you were at fault. Your car accident lawyer can provide evidence of the insured driver’s negligence to support your liability claims. Never give up during the claim process without a lawyer evaluating your case. Your attorney will stand up for you when an insurance company wrongly tries to blame you.
Why should I not trust the insurance company’s initial settlement offer?
You should always view a car accident settlement as a negotiation. You have a legal right to financial compensation from the insurance company they are trying to pay you money for and make the case go away. The less the insurance company pays you, the more money they make. Therefore, you can always count on some negotiating ploys to keep their tab low.
An insurance company never makes its best offer at first. Nobody does in any negotiation because the opposing party always views it as the opening offer. You can always expect the insurance company to have more room to raise their offer in the future. They are hoping that you may say yes to whatever they offer, so it makes sense for them to put something in front of you.
Claimants can expect an ongoing negotiation, so they should buckle in for a prolonged back-and-forth with the insurance company. Your lawyer knows how to handle the negotiation, and they will keep you informed of developments. Remember that a settlement offer is only an offer, and you are the one who is in control of your case (with the help of your lawyer).
What happens at the initial consultation with a car accident lawyer?
The initial consultation is the first time that you will speak with a potential lawyer. At this point, they are not yet your lawyer. You and the attorney are getting to know each other to determine whether you want to work together. From your standpoint, you need to know your legal options and how a potential case may proceed. You may also want a ballpark estimate of what your case may be worth.
From your attorney’s perspective, they want to learn more about your case. Your attorney also has something at stake because they are working for you on a contingency basis. They do not get paid if you do not get paid, so they do not want to take a weak case. The hope is you will both learn enough that you mutually decide for the attorney to represent you in your car accident case.
If you hire that lawyer, they should explain the entire representation agreement to you. Never sign anything without knowing the terms of the contract, including how their fees work. You should feel comfortable with the contingency plan before you proceed with a specific attorney.
Should I listen to the insurance adjuster when they offer advice?
The insurance adjuster works for the company that may owe you money. Their interests do not align with your interests. Their job is to save their employer money. Therefore, you must be careful when you are dealing with the adjuster. Exercise caution in what you say to them, and take anything they say with a grain of salt.
The adjuster may tell you that you do not need to hire a lawyer for your case. The insurance company wants you to be on your own because that is precisely how they save money. They want you to be uninformed of your options and trust them entirely. That is when they will use every trick can to reduce the money they need to pay you. Do not listen when the insurance company tells you that you can deal with them on their own.
Can an injured passenger file a claim for accident injuries?
The passenger has legal rights like anyone else in a car accident. The passenger can sue the responsible driver for their injuries, whether it was the driver of their car or the other one. If you suffered an injury, it is not your friend or family who will end up paying money out of pocket. Instead, it is their insurance company that will write the check.
Do not let anything stand in the way of filing a claim, because you are legally entitled to money for your injuries. An attorney will help you determine who was responsible for the accident so that you can file a claim against their insurance. When you are an injured passenger, things may be complex, and an attorney will help you figure out your legal situation.
What do I do with medical bills that pile up when my claim is pending?
Even though your health insurance company may pick up their share of your medical expenses, for now, it does not mean that they will cover everything. The standard rules apply, and you may still owe your share of co-payments and a deductible. You may still owe money now before your claim can settle. Resolving your case can take a long time, so you may have creditors beating a path to your door today.
A car accident attorney may negotiate with your medical creditors to get more time to pay your bills or even reduce payments. Eventually, you will be paid back for the money you have paid doctors and hospitals from your pocket.
You must also pay your health insurance company back for what it has already laid out when you get your settlement or jury award. Therefore, it is critical to negotiate a high enough settlement that you have money left for yourself to pay your necessary expenses and damages.
What are places in San Antonio that have the most accidents?
San Antonio has two roads that travel around the city. Loop 1604 and Loop 410 are circular roads that bypass the city streets, and tens of thousands of drivers drive them daily. Because these are bypass roads, drivers may speed and put others at risk.
According to one report, Loop 1604 saw roughly three car accidents per day. The same report says that Loop 410 at I-35 is considered the most dangerous road in the city. After Loop 410, I-35 itself is also treacherous for drivers at times. The good news for San Antonio drivers is that a significant widening of Loop 1604 should make it safer in the future.
In addition, Interstate 10 features heavy travel by both cars and trucks. It and I-35 see many accidents. One heavily traveled road averaged one car accident every three days.
Off the highways, many accidents occur on city streets and at intersections. Here are some of the most dangerous intersections in San Antonio:
- Highway 151 and Loop 410
- Bandera Road and Loop 1604
- Loop 1604 and Highway 281
- Loop 410 and San Pedro Avenue
- IH 10 and Loop 1604
- Rigsby Avenue and Loop 410
- Loop 410 and Old Seguin Road
- State Highway 151 and West Military Drive
- Alamo Ranch Parkway and Westwood Loop
Car Accident Statistics
Texas had the highest number of fatal traffic crashes of any state in a recent year when 3,615 people lost their lives due to collisions. Most of those fatalities happened in urban areas like San Antonio. Bexar County recently saw 225 traffic-related deaths—197 fatalities on urban roads and 28 fatalities on rural roads.
In addition to fatal accidents, many more happen in which people live but suffer life-changing injuries. Statewide, someone suffered injuries in a car crash every two minutes and three seconds that same year. This amounted to 15,855 people reporting serious car accident-related injuries.
If you are in a car crash, we know that you are much more than a statistic. We know that you have real concerns and struggles, and we are ready to address them. Speak with our team for more information about how we can help you and your family.
Traffic Accident Risks in San Antonio
In recent years, reports indicated that San Antonio was the 13th-worst city for traffic in Texas for many reasons. In addition, Bexar County has some of the most dangerous roads in Texas in general.
Some particularly dangerous streets throughout the county include:
- Culebra Road
- Blanco Road
- Military Drive
- State Highway 16
- U.S. Highway 281
- U.S. Highway 90
- Loop 1604
- IH -10
- Loop 410
In addition, there are certain areas in San Antonio that have a higher incidence of crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Crashes happen in many different parts of the city, including downtown, the South side, East side, North central, Northeast, and more.
With the River Walk being one of the main attractions in Texas for residents and visitors alike, this area is often crowded with both cars and people on foot. Many people in this area are relaxing and enjoying a nice dinner or live music, which increases the risk of drinking and driving.
These are only some of the many risks around San Antonio, and many factors that cause crashes in other cities exist here as well. These include traffic during commutes, interstates, dangerous intersections, an increasing number of rideshare drivers, and more.
What to Do After a Car Crash
It can take a little bit for the dust to settle after a serious accident. Once you get a diagnosis and have started treatment, the stress of your financial losses might start to build. You can protect your rights after the crash.
Keep up With Your Medical Treatment
Once you have a treatment plan, you should make sure to keep up with it. This means attending all follow-up appointments, physical therapy sessions, and more. If you keep up with your treatment, it will demonstrate that you are taking your recovery seriously. If you miss a treatment or stop, the insurance company might argue that your injuries were not as severe as you claim, and they will use this to try to limit your financial recovery.
Do not let worries about the cost of treatment stop you from getting the care you need. Allow us to seek recovery for your medical bills from the party that caused your crash.
Stay off Social Media
It can be tempting to go online and tell all your followers what happened to you or how your injury recovery is going. However, this can put your insurance claim in jeopardy. If you say the wrong thing or discuss your injuries in the wrong way, an insurance investigator might see it and use it against you.
Even posting seemingly unrelated comments or photos online can result in an adverse effect on your claim. If you state your injury is causing pain and suffering, but you post a photo of yourself at a birthday party, it can send the wrong message. This is true even if you have good days and bad days with your injuries. It is best to take a hiatus from posting anything or at least discuss your social media activity with an attorney before doing anything.
Reach out to a San Antonio Car Accident Attorney
Once you feel good enough to do so, you should speak with a car accident lawyer in San Antonio who can evaluate your rights.
There many benefits of getting a lawyer on board as soon as possible include:
- Making sure you remain within the two-year statute of limitations for injury claims in Texas if you need to file a car accident lawsuit.
- Helping to ensure that evidence—including videos, witness memories, or physical evidence—does not fade or disappear.
While calling a lawyer might seem stressful, it will actually take the stress off your shoulders because a lawyer can help you in many ways.
Ways the Right San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Knowing how to seek compensation and ensuring that you receive the full amount you need can be challenging if you have little experience with injury claims.
Our car accident attorneys regularly help clients with the following and more:
- Reviewing your situation to determine whether you have a claim
- Gathering evidence of fault and liability
- Filing insurance claims against the proper party or parties
- Negotiating with insurers for a favorable settlement offer
- Advising you when a settlement offer is adequate
- Preparing and filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court if needed
- Handling the litigation process, including continuing settlement negotiations and trial if necessary
When you have an attorney on your side, you can focus on your physical recovery and allow us to take care of the entire legal process for you.
How to Find the Right Attorney for Your Case
Finding a personal injury lawyer can be difficult. If you conduct a Google search for “San Antonio car accident lawyer,” you will have thousands of options to choose from. So, how is a car accident victim like you supposed to find the right attorney? Below are some factors to consider when shopping for a car accident attorney in San Antonio.
Good Standing With the Bar
The Texas Bar regulates the practice of law in our state. Part of the reason the profession is regulated is to protect consumers from unqualified or incompetent legal advice and representation. At a minimum, you should make sure that any attorney you are considering working with is in good standing with the bar. You can verify an attorney’s license status and disciplinary record at the Texas Bar’s website.
Experience Handling Cases Like Yours
Lawyers often focus their practices on different areas of law or even different types of cases within a given area. For example, some lawyers practice family law, while others work in bankruptcy. It’s in your best interest to find a car accident attorney that has successfully handled cases similar to yours in the past. If your accident was somehow different from a garden-variety car crash—for example, if it involved a commercial vehicle—you want an attorney who has handled that type of case before.
Transparency in Billing
The overwhelming majority of personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will not collect legal fees unless they obtain a favorable outcome for their clients. In addition, most offer free consultation, so you should never have to pay out of pocket for legal help after a car accident. Moreover, any attorney you work with should be clear about how much any settlement or award you get they will take in legal fees – anywhere from 30 to 40 percent is typical.
A Communication Style You Can Handle
One of the most common complaints that clients have about their attorneys is their lack of communication. The reality is that personal injury cases can take a long time, and a lot of that time involves waiting. In some cases, an attorney may have nothing to report while a case is pending.
That said, as a client, you have the right to receive regular updates about your case, so find a lawyer whose communication style meshes with yours. Some attorneys are comfortable giving their clients their personal cell phone numbers and communicating via text; some, on the other hand, prefer to have their staff communicate with their clients and only meet their clients a few times during their representation.
Don’t hesitate to ask any lawyer you are talking to how they will communicate with you; remember, it’s you interviewing them, not the other way around.
Speak With Our Experienced San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys Right Away
At Wyatt Law Firm, we take pride in our dedication and success on behalf of our clients following car accidents and injuries. When you are already facing challenges with your injuries, you need the right legal team on your side. You can trust that our personal injury lawyers will fight for you and your family, so please contact our firm directly at (210) 340-5550 for your free case evaluation today.
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.
Wyatt Law Firm, PLLC
21 Lynn Batts Lane, Suite 10
San Antonio, Texas 78218