San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers

San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers: Settlement Highlights

Our San Antonio car accident lawyers obtained a total judgment in the amount of $2 million in a car accident case. This was approximately five times the defendant’s highest pretrial settlement offer. Inanother case, we obtained a verdict four times greater than the defendant’s final offer.

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Contact a San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injury and fatalities in our area. These can be complex legal claims that require the guidance of San Antonio car accident lawyers.

Many of us will be in a car crash at one point in our lives. One always hopes that the accident is minor and that no one gets injured.

However, if you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you know the crash is just the beginning of a lengthy and often costly recovery process. Car accident injuries can require weeks, months, or even years of physical rehabilitation and medical treatment. The cost of therapy and medical treatment can be staggering. Losses can also take other forms, such as lost wages or income.

Wreckage at the scene of a car accident at night
A San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Justice

When you are hurt in a crash due to another person’s negligence, it’s not fair that you are put through that pain and stress. By speaking with a car accident lawyer at Pierce Skrabanek, we can find out how we can help you best. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting on behalf of suffering Texas families.

There is never any cost or obligation on your part to speak with our lawyers. Time limits and filing deadlines do apply, however, and a confidential consultation is a wise choice to understand your legal rights.

Contact one of our lawyers today by calling toll free (832) 690-7000 to learn more about your legal rights.

Car Accident Injuries

Serious car crashes involve a tremendous amount of force and impact. Even if you are wearing your seatbelt and your car is equipped with airbags, there is still the potential for great harm. Common car accident injuries can include:

  • Concussions/Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis

These injuries can sometimes be treated in a relatively short time. Others – such as TBI or paralysis – are conditions that stay with the victim forever. They will require regular medical care for the remainder of life, and can affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.

Mild traumatic brain injuries are often associated with car accidents and are sometimes dismissed as a concussion or post-traumatic stress from the accident. Often referred to as “the silent injury,” even a mild traumatic brain injury can be severe and is usually identified by small behavior changes.  Seeking medical attention immediately after a car accident is always reasonable and recommended.  

A major car accident is an expense and a tragedy you shouldn’t have to deal with alone. Between the pain and inconvenience, insurance adjusters will continuously attempt to get statements from you regarding the accident. A legal team like ours exists to help educate you about your rights and protect them. We encourage you to speak with an experienced San Antonio car accident lawyer about how you may be able to receive compensation for your financial, physical, and emotional suffering.

Types of Car Accidents

The following are common types of car crash cases that our lawyers handle regularly:

Rear-end Accidents

These are probably the most common accident claims our attorneys handle. Their seriousness is often linked to how unexpected a rear-end collision may be, and can be attributed to the many distractions on the road today. More drivers are distracted due to texting while driving and cell phone conversations, and commutes growing increasingly longer.

Rear-end accidents range from minor fender benders at slow speeds to catastrophic accidents at high speeds. Any type of vehicle — especially a tractor-trailer — does not need to be moving very fast to cause substantial injury when it slams into a stopped vehicle from behind. These accidents can cause whiplash injuries due to the sudden momentum changes, including head, back, and neck injuries. They can also trigger a chain of events that results in a pile-up accident.

Head-on Collisions

These types of accidents can be particularly horrifying. They may also be attributed to the other driver drifting out of their lane into oncoming traffic or reckless driving, such as driving under the influence.

Drunk drivers have caused fatal crashes by taking the wrong highway ramp and driving in the wrong direction against traffic on the highway, subjecting innocent motorists to serious danger. While such a driver may face criminal charges, you should still get in touch with our San Antonio car accident lawyers to make sure your best interests are protected. A civil case can help you obtain compensation not normally covered in a criminal case.

Side-Impact Accidents

Also known as “broadsiding” or T-bone crashes, these typically happen at intersections. If a driver runs a red light or a stop sign, enters the intersection, and causes an accident, that driver may be held liable. In a side-impact collision, the car that strikes the side of the other car may be yours, or it may be the othert driver’s. If you hit the side of a car that drove through a red light in an intersection, it may not be your fault, and you should speak with our San Antonio car accident lawyers.

Sideswiping Accidents

This type of accident is where two vehicles are traveling next to each other in the same direction, and the right side of one car strikes the left side of the other. Sideswipe accidents usually happen because one driver was trying to change lanes when it was unsafe to do so.

These can happen in various places, from parking lots to interstate highways. These accidents may cause only property damage, or they may be much worse by triggering a major accident where the vehicles lose control.

Rollover Accidents

A rollover can involve a single vehicle or several at one time. Specific types of vehicles are more likely to roll over than others, such as SUVs and large trucks that may have received custom “lifts.” Rollovers may happen after a collision, during a tire blowout, in bad weather, or simply due to driver error.

Our car accidents lawyers have seen all types of vehicle crashes. Regardless of what kind of accident it was, if you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the fault of another driver, the attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek want to hear your story. The San Antonio car accident attorneys on our team are here to guide you and let you know what we can do to help. Contact us today here, or call (832) 690-7000.

Why Should You Hire a San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer?

Protection. In many car crashes, the accounts of how the accident occurred may be unclear. Also, insurance companies might not be looking out for your interests, but rather their own.

To ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum recovery, speak with us for a free consultation. When the car accident attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek take on an auto accident case, we investigate every aspect of the crash.

What sets us apart from other firms is that we’ll go to the scene of the accident and consult with the country’s top experts. We also front the expenses for you, so you or your loved ones may take this time to recover.

What is the Average Car Accident Settlement Amount?

The compensation that may be available will vary by case. You can be certain, however, that our attorneys will always seek the maximum compensation possible under car accident laws. We pursue every legal avenue to give our clients what they need to move on in life. That is our commitment to you as personal injury lawyers.

A financial damages award can help make your life easier by covering:

  • Hospital stays, ambulance rides, medical procedures
  • Follow-up medical visits
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Loss of income because you were unable to work, or you were forced to take a lower-paying job because of your injuries
  • Pain and suffering

If a car accident has claimed the life of someone you love, we will also seek compensation for funeral costs and wrongful death expenses.

Compensation from a lawsuit can’t undo what has happened in the past, but it can help you and your family build a brighter future and move forward in life.

 

Client Reviews and Testimonials

“I found Mr. Skrabanek to be very trustworthy, creditable, and genuinely concerned about my well being while I was going through this very difficult process.  He showed constant concern for me being completely satisfied before making any final decisions.”
-Beverly C.

“Fantastic team of attorneys and staff dedicated to their clients. Michael Pierce is an outstanding trial attorney for personal injury cases.”
-Diane T.

“We watched, participated & listened to Paul fight for a settlement which we could be happy with. Just this month the case has been put to rest.”
-Deborah S.

 

Car Accident Case Results

Our attorneys have built a solid record of success helping San Antonio car accident victims and their families. Several of the verdicts and settlements we have achieved for clients are record-setting.

Ambulance Accident Case — $117 Million

Attorney Mike Pierce was one of the lead lawyers responsible for obtaining a $117 million recovery for a severely injured mother of two. The woman was being transported to the hospital in an Acadian ambulance when the driver dropped his keys on the floor. He then took his eyes off the road while traveling 60 mph, leading to a violent rear-end collision. The jury’s verdict is the largest single personal injury verdict in Louisiana history.

Trailer/Vehicle Collision – Confidential Settlement

Our firm served as first-chair trial counsel in a case brought against multiple defendants after a tractor-trailer separated, leading to a collision between the trailer and another vehicle. Prior to trial, we settled with the manufacturer of the alleged defective coupling device for a confidential amount.
We then went to trial against the trucking company on a theory that the company failed to use adequate secondary safety measures. We obtained a verdict four times greater than the company’s last settlement offer.

 

How a San Antonio Car Accident Attorney Can Help

No one wants to need a lawyer. You may be hesitant about taking the step to speak with an attorney. However, a consultation is completely free, and there is no obligation to pursue a claim or hire us. Legal action can often uncover negligence, improve safety standards, and help ensure others don’t suffer the same types of injustices over and over again.

We’ll listen closely to your story to find out about your car accident and the damage it has done, and then we’ll tell you what we can do for you. We want to make sure you understand your legal rights and your options in this unfortunate situation.

Call the San Antonio car accident lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek when you are ready to learn about what we can do for you. Our toll-free number is (832) 690-7000. We look forward to helping you and your family through this difficult time.

San Antonio Car Accident FAQs

If you have been in an accident you should seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel injured. You should also cooperate with police and other first-responders, and help them fill out a police report to the best of your ability.

However, you should avoid disclosing information or making any statements to the other driver or their insurance company. These can often be used against you in a court of law. Instead, you should contact an attorney for representation and have them communicate with the other party on your behalf.

Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay anything unless we win. If a settlement or verdict is reached, our fees are paid from a percentage of the recovery. We cover the expenses associated with pursuing your lawsuit, and those expenses are later covered if a settlement or verdict is achieved.

There is no average or set amount of damages in a car accident case. Every lawsuit is unique and will involve a different set of facts and possibly laws. The financial compensation from an auto accident lawsuit will cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Costs of surgery and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Various other losses

The recovery amount often depends greatly on the skill and capability of the lawyer handling your case. Contact us at Pierce Skrabanek to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you obtain the justice you deserve.

Once we file your lawsuit, we begin “discovery,” which is an exchange of information with the Defendant(s). Both parties obtain information related to the trial, including medical records, incident reports, corporate documents, etc.

During this process, written discovery is exchanged and depositions are taken. Depositions are oral examinations conducted under oath with both parties present. Depositions are typically taken with a court reporter who types up a transcript of the questions and answers, as well as a videographer who films the examination. These steps are crucial to forming the foundation of the case strategy.

While most lawsuits are settled after written discovery is exchanged and depositions are taken, it is possible that your car accident lawsuit may go to trial. Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts for their clients. We prepare for each case as if it is going to trial.

If a fair value cannot be reached prior to trial, we will take your case to court to obtain the best value possible under Texas accident laws. Our efforts at trial have garnered prestigious awards, including induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Club, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Club, and Super Lawyers Magazine.

Please contact Pierce Skrabanek for a free case consultation at (832) 690-7000. We will evaluate the facts and applicable law of your case. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we win.

Additional Information

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