Car Accidents

Knowledgeable Lawyer Assisting San Antonio Residents Injured In Motor Vehicle Collisions

Car  accidents are a daily occurrence. In one recent year, the Texas  Department of Transportation pointed out that, in Texas alone, one  reportable car crash occurred every 66 seconds. Sadly, many of these  accidents are the consequence of someone’s careless driving. When a  driver acts carelessly, he or she may be held civilly liable to any  injured person for the harm that ensued. If you or someone close to you  has been hurt in a car accident caused by someone’s negligence, Jeramie Gertz can advise you. As a San Antonio attorney focused on car  accident cases, I represent individuals and families in Bexar County and  the surrounding areas, and I can help you find out if you may be  entitled to compensation for the harm that you have suffered.

Holding a Careless Driver Liable for Damages

Driver  error is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Dangerous  behaviors include excessive speeding, running stop lights or stop signs,  making illegal turns, texting while driving, or driving while under the  influence of alcohol or drugs. While modern vehicle manufacturers have  strived to make injuries less common or severe when accidents do occur,  there is no way to make roads completely safe when drivers themselves  fail to take sufficient care.

Carelessness by a person or entity  usually gives rise to a negligence claim, which has four elements: duty,  breach of duty, causation, and damages. When undertaking any task,  including driving, people owe a legal duty to others to avoid creating  foreseeable risks of harm. Most traffic laws and rules of the road are  in place specifically to keep people safe. Unfortunately, people do not  always observe these laws and rules of the road, and usually the result  is an accident. The causation element of a negligence claim requires a  lawyer to show that the victim would not have been hurt if the defendant  had used the appropriate level of care. Thus, the defendant’s careless  conduct must have directly resulted in the accident.

Often, people  assume that vehicle insurance will adequately handle the costs of any  injuries arising out of a car accident. Sometimes this may be the case.  Under Texas law, however, drivers need only have liability insurance,  and the minimum amounts required are $30,000 for each injured person,  $60,000 for injuries per incident, and $25,000 for property damage.  Accidents can lead to costs and losses far in excess of these limits.

If  you are hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you should  make sure to pursue all of the damages to which you may be legally  entitled. Some common examples include pain and suffering, medical  costs, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and property damage.  In some extreme cases, punitive damages may be available.

Even if  you think you may be partially at fault for an accident, you may still  be able to obtain a reduced amount of damages. Under the Texas  comparative fault rule, an injured person can potentially still recover  compensation unless he or she is 51% or more responsible.

Discuss Your Case with a San Antonio Attorney Experienced in Car Accident Cases

If  you have been involved in a car accident, make sure that you understand  your legal rights. In Texas, you have only two years from the date of  the crash to file a claim for damages against a negligent party. For a  free consultation with  lawyer Jeramie Gertz, call us today at 210-807-4444 .

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