The Bettersworth Law Firm

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS! CALL NOW!

Call Us830-606-0404   888-392-0039

New Braunfels San Marcos San Antonio Sequin Austin
Recent blog posts

TX accident lawyerOn a recent morning, a car and a big rig collided on southbound I-35 near Cesar Chavez Street, necessitating the closure of all lanes for part of the morning. There were no injuries reported, but this is unusual for 18-wheeler accidents, as the amount of weight involved can be deadly. If you have been in an auto accident with a semi-truck, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Truck Accidents Are Deadly

The most recent available data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimate over 26,000 crashes involving large trucks in that year, with a disproportionate number of them resulting in injury or fatality. This is due to many different reasons - one is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has documented a pattern of truck drivers operating their vehicles for longer than association regulations recommend. Another is the simple weight involved when 18-wheelers have accidents; especially with a full cargo, much more is involved than there would be with two smaller vehicles.

Texas, in particular, has high numbers of truck crashes, both because of the state’s sheer mileage of roads (leading to more traffic), and because many of those roads are rural (which in turn, increases the likelihood of speeding and other forms of reckless driving). However, both truck drivers and auto drivers may drive recklessly and wind up culpable for accidents.

...

Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX accident lawyerBetween 2016 and 2019, city officials in Austin saw a significant drop in traffic-related deaths, but the statistics for 2019 show that the totals are rising again, especially among pedestrians. This rise is understandably concerning for drivers, pedestrians, and everyone who shares Austin’s roads, and it is important to understand the nature of the situation so that you can take steps to protect yourself.

Vision Zero

In 2015, over 100 people were killed on Austin’s roads - drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and others - and the city acted appropriately, creating the “Vision Zero” plan and patterning it after previous successful initiatives like the one mounted in New York City. Vision Zero plans advocate a number of small changes that are generally seen as common-sense in the first place, such as lowering one’s speed by 5 mph or double-checking for pedestrians and cyclists even when not at crosswalks.

The plan was to reduce traffic deaths to 0 by 2025, and for the years immediately following the plan’s adaptation, fatality figures did decrease, getting down to 74 in 2018. However, in 2019 the figure shot back up to 88, which may not sound like much, but it is around a 15 percent increase in one year - and more people losing their lives even after the implementation of a serious safety program is still noteworthy and troubling. The obvious question is why, but it is also worth investigating what people on the roads can do to protect themselves as well.

...

TX accident lawyerRecently, a young woman lost control of her pickup truck, causing it to jump the curb at a Valero gas station near the corner of Blanco Road and Jackson Keller Road. No one was hurt, according to law enforcement personnel, but one of the station’s gas pumps was struck and may need repair. While there is no word as of yet as to whether the woman will face charges or a lawsuit, it is important to know that if you are ever in this type of situation, a car accident does not have to involve physical injury or death to be taken seriously. If you cause property damage, you will almost always be on the proverbial hook to pay for it.

A Lawyer Is Not Usually Needed

In many cases, accidents that only do property damage (as opposed to accidents that injure people) wind up being handled by the injured person themselves, because they are considered relatively transactional and easy. In theory, a property-damage-only claim requires nothing more than a simple phone call or two to your insurance company. Texas requires drivers to have what is called 30/60/25 coverage - $30,000 in injury coverage per person, up to $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damages.

Because these matters are usually so inconsequential, most attorneys do not consider it practical to handle claims where only property damage is involved. Too often, the amounts at issue are too small to merit any fee for them. However, there are exceptions, and if your case is one of those exceptions, you may want an experienced legal professional on your side because if things get to that point, it may be too complex a case for you to handle on your own.

...

Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX accident lawyerRecently, a man in his sixties sustained “potentially serious injuries” when his car flipped over a guardrail on North I-35, landing 20 feet below on the service road. As of this writing, it does not appear that there were any other vehicles involved, but this does not mean that another driver did not play a role. Single-vehicle accidents are common and can be deadly, but this can be somewhat of a misnomer, given that it is possible in some cases to hold another person liable for your injuries.

Causes Differ Wildly

Most of the time, law enforcement will immediately assume that you are responsible for your own single-vehicle crash, with no other causes involved. However, this is not always the case - and even if you do wind up being held liable for part of your own injuries, you are still able to recover as long as your percentage of fault is below 50 percent. For example, if the court finds that you were 30 percent responsible for your own injuries, you would still, in theory, be able to recover up to 70 percent of your damages.

Besides driver negligence, there are several other potential causes of single-vehicle crashes. Defective parts may be one - some defect in your vehicle or one of its parts can lead to serious accidents. Other causes often have to do with road defects, which in Texas will often be the responsibility of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) or another state or city-based governmental organization. Poor lighting, potholes, badly maintained construction areas, and the like can all be major contributing factors.

...

Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX accident lawyerA recent morning gave rise to a serious accident on County Road 110, near Rockride Lane in Williamson County. Law enforcement gave no indication that anyone was injured, but rollover accidents are among the deadliest types, causing disproportionate amounts of fatalities even though this type of crash is relatively uncommon. If you are lucky enough to survive a rollover crash, you likely have serious injuries and medical bills, but you may be able to obtain compensation for what you have been through.

Statistics Show High Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics on rollover accidents are somewhat outdated, but nonetheless very revealing of trends that do not appear to have changed over time. Roughly two percent of all accidents on the road are of the rollover type, but a shocking 35 percent of all passenger vehicle deaths during that time occurred in rollovers. There are different theories as to why, but most boil down to the common-sense fact that more simply happens in most rollovers - all that metal and glass actually overturning, and the physical forces involved, will do more to a human body than most other types of car wrecks.

Some drivers do contribute to their own injuries, most often by speeding or failing to wear a seatbelt. The NHTSA also noted an association between elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) and fatal rollovers, particularly fatal single-vehicle rollovers. It is also worth noting that many rollovers happen while the driver is engaged in routine maneuvers - which in turn leads to a possible conclusion that distraction or boredom can play a role as well.

...

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

Texas Trial Lawyesr Association State Bar of Texas San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association
Back to Top