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Auto accidents never seem to happen at a convenient time – they typically happen when you are running late to a meeting, with zero extra time. Auto accidents are a pure inconvenience of life that many of us are forced to experience a few times during the course of our lives. After your first auto accident, you understand the routine paperwork of calling local police to file a report, exchanging insurance information, and making a claim. However, more severe accidents often involve dangerous injuries and weeks spent in the hospital recovering, which can have a tremendous impact on your daily life, career, and physical health.
Texas is unfortunately a hot spot of recurring auto accidents, despite the attempt of the legislature to curb the number of accidents throughout the state. In 2014, the state of Texas witnessed a more than 5 percent statewide increase in the number of auto accidents from 2013. Out of the 370,000 reported accidents throughout the state in 2014, approximately 37,000 accidents occurred in the San Antonio area. This is about the same rate as the number of accidents which occurred in both Dallas and Fort Worth, indicating a slightly higher than average rate of accidents in San Antonio. This could be due to many different factors, such as driver distraction and drunk driving. However, it is clear from the annual statistics that the number of auto accidents is on the rise, as do the numbers of severe injuries and fatalities.
Texas is a comparative negligence state – which is a legal way for saying that if you are equally at fault for the accident, you may not be entitled to bring a claim against the responsible party. Texas courts consider all the factors at play in the accident, and if you are found to be contributorily liable for the accident at greater than 50%, then you will not be able to bring a claim against the other party for damages. Our attorneys at Sadler and Sadler can assist you in determining your percentage at fault.
Your claim for damages may include the following types of expenses:
Our attorneys will further assist you in calculating out the appropriate amount of damages, since some of these items require projection into the future, or putting a dollar price on the emotional suffering the accident caused on your life.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling auto accident claims. We put our clients first and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Auto accidents may occur in the blink of an eye, but should not lead to decades of financial strain. As the victim of an auto accident, you should not be responsible to cover these costs. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.