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Causes of Car Accidents

Experienced accident lawyer explains what causes auto accidents in Texas

The causes of car accidents cover a wide range, from driving while drunk or distracted driving to driving while fatigued or while using a cellphone. Any of these factors might lead to a rear-end crash on Loop 410 in San Antonio or a head-on collision on US 281 near downtown. But no matter what type of auto accident you're dealing with, you can count on the Herrera Law Firm, Inc. to make things right. Founded in 1983 in San Antonio, TX, the law firm has a well-deserved reputation for being an experienced, dedicated firm that delivers results. That's why it's critical that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident. We're ready and eager to help you.

The Herrera Law Firm

1800 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 224-1054

Don't wait to contact us if you or a loved one was injured or a loved one was killed in a car accident in Texas. To learn more about specific causes of car accidents, click on the following links:

Our San Antonio lawyers can determine the actual cause of the crash and determine the parties who were responsible. If another driver in your accident has fallen asleep behind the wheel and rear-ended your vehicle, we can pursue the compensation you deserve for that driver's negligence. We can seek compensation for you even if a driver disappears in a hit-and-run accident. You have options. We can help.

Some of the most tragic types of car accidents we see involve drunk drivers. Despite public awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, people still continue to get behind the wheel and wreak havoc in our roads. Texas continues to lead the country in the number of drunk driving fatalities. More recently, cell phone use while driving has been a contributing factor in car accidents.

Texting While Driving Accidents

Drivers who send or receive text messages face higher risks of accidents than drivers who are not texting. Studies find the risk of a car accident is 23 times higher than if a driver was not texting. Some studies have found that drivers who send or receive text messages pose more of a threat on the roads than drunk drivers. That might explain why cell phone-related accidents have become one of the leading causes of auto accidents in recent years.

In many cases, a rear-end accident can be traced back to a driver who was texting. If you were injured in a texting while driving accident, the Herrera Law Firm can put our experience and resources to work for you. Our San Antonio lawyers can pore over records and reports, including the driver's cell phone records to prove that he or she was texting at the time of the crash.

We have seen a variety of injuries resulting from text messaging accidents, including the following:

  • Neck injuries/whiplash
  • Back injuries
  • Head injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a texting while driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost time from work, among other potential types of damages. Rely on our experienced car accident attorneys in Texas for the experienced legal help you deserve.

Cell Phone Accidents

Auto accidents involving cell phones have become increasingly common in Texas. As a result, they're now frequently cited as a contributing factor. In particular, many drivers cause accidents texting while driving. Hold such drivers responsible for their actions with our help.

Cell phone use has exploded over the past several years. One survey found that eight out of 10 adults have cell phones. Anyone who drives regularly has likely seen another driver using a cell phone behind the wheel, and perhaps even driving recklessly. Many states don't allow drivers to use cell phones. Cell phone laws vary from state to state, and even from community to community in Texas. With some exceptions, most drivers in Texas can legally use a cell phone while behind the wheel and to send or receive text messages.

A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 85 percent of all people with cell phones talk on the phone while driving. Serious injuries due to a driver using a cell phone demand the attention of an aggressive personal injury attorney. Contact a San Antonio cell phone accident lawyer today to find out about your rights. At the Herrera Law Firm, we fight hard for our clients.

What Are the Top Causes of Car Accidents?

San Antonio, Texas, is a unique place to live, work and visit. The city has historic landmarks like the Alamo as well as the bustling river walk. But in some ways, San Antonio is like many other American cities. As they do in any major city, car accidents happen every day in San Antonio, and sometimes these collisions are severe and result in permanent injuries and even loss of life. As attorneys in San Antonio, we have seen just about every type of accident and would like to help you understand the causes of accidents and how to prevent them.

While there are many causes of car accidents, there are a few that tend to be factors in a large number of auto collisions, and we have listed them below. We encourage everyone to think about the responsibility of driving and understand the consequences of bad decisions. In San Antonio, people have busy lives, but that's no excuse for text-messaging while speeding down a highway or for driving recklessly to get to a late appointment. Too much is at stake to risk causing a car accident. Your safety and the safety of others depend on your choices.

Top 5 Causes of Car Wrecks

Distracted driving - From fiddling with a stereo or GPS to texting or talking on a cellphone, distractions come in a variety of forms. It only takes a split second for a distracted driver to cause an accident. Drivers should abide by the law and use common sense to avoid causing accidents.

Speeding - Drive on any highway for a few miles and you're likely to notice someone speeding or even see someone on the side of the road being ticketed for driving too fast. Going a few miles over the speed limit might seem harmless, but the reality is that a speeding vehicle can kill. It takes longer to stop a speeding car, and the force released in a collision with a speeding vehicle is always greater than it would be for a vehicle that is moving slower.

Drunk driving - The dangers of drinking and driving has been well-documented for years, but some drivers continue to make the reckless decision to get behind the wheel after having too much alcohol. A drunk driver puts everyone in danger, because alcohol impairs the driver's judgment. If you are drunk, you are likely to take more risks and may even become more aggressive toward other motorists.

Reckless driving - Driving carefully might sound like common sense, but many people will think nothing of making a sudden lane change to get to an approaching exit or tailgating because they are in a hurry. Other risky behavior like drunk driving or speeding can be forms of reckless driving. Even sober drivers might make reckless decisions behind the wheel. A driver who is late for work or an appointment might drive recklessly and put everyone on the road at risk. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. If you're running late, keep a cool head, abide by the law and drive safely.

Poor weather conditions - Rain can create slick road surfaces, which can cause a car to spin out of control or skid while braking. Fog can also create hazardous driving conditions due to the lack of visibility. When the weather is bad, it's important to adjust your driving. Use your headlights and slow down. You might need to pull over to a safe location if you don't feel comfortable driving.

Drunk Driving (DWI) Accidents

Drunk drivers in Texas put everyone at risk on the road. If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, demand justice. Don't settle for the insurance company excuses. You have too much at stake. Contact the Herrera Law Firm, Inc. We can put our experience and resources to work for you and take aggressive action against the insurance companies. Get in touch with our firm today. Call 1-800-455-1054.

We aggressively pursue compensation for medical bills, prescription costs, future medical care, car-repair bills, lost time from work and other costs related to a client's DWI accident. You may even be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish and other non-economic losses.

Drunk driving auto accidents typically involve steep medical expenses in addition to emotional trauma and pain and suffering. They're also one of the leading causes of car accidents in Texas. If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, a Texas attorney can advise you of your rights and discuss a course of action. We investigate every case thoroughly. That's how we often find compensation for clients that may have been overlooked. We leave no stone unturned.

Despite public awareness about the hazards of driving while intoxicated, drunk driving accidents continue to cause injuries and death on Texas roadways. Studies show that someone in the United States is injured by a drunk driver every two minutes and someone is killed every 30 minutes. The problem is especially bad in Texas, which leads in the nation in drunk driving fatalities. In 2012, a total of 1,296 people died in alcohol-related accidents in Texas.

Don't let a drunk driving accident ruin your life. A driving under the influence accident, or a DUI or DWI event, can be traumatic. But an experienced lawyer can help you recover financially so you and your family can move on. Intoxicated drivers may be the source of any type of collision, including truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Whatever kind of drunk driving accident caused your injuries, turn to the Herrera Law Firm for the legal experience you deserve.

In typical drunk driving cases, we pore over medical and police reports, question witnesses and thoroughly investigate the driver's background. The Herrera Law Firm represents clients in Odessa, Midland, Harlingen and throughout Texas.

Speeding Accidents

If you believe speeding was part of the negligent behavior that led to your auto accident injury, our experienced law firm can investigate to help you build a strong case. We have a network of accident experts we rely on. We know how to use police reports and other official documentation to leverage the most favorable possible settlement outcome for clients.

As any Texan knows, speeding is nothing unusual on major highways. Drivers commuting through cities such as San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo or Odessa often exceed the speed limits. About one in six drivers receives a ticket for speeding each year, according to studies.

Speeding can be a negligent factor in car accidents. When combined with risky behaviors, such as drunk driving (DWI) or texting, the risk of an accident is extremely high. A high-speed accident can cause severe injuries or even loss of life, which may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Not only does speeding contribute to accident frequency, it increases the severity of any auto accident injury that occurs, which may include catastrophic injury such as:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation or loss of limb
  • Traumatic brain injury

Reckless Driving Accidents

Driving at night without headlights, driving on the wrong side of the road, or entering the highway using an exit lane or ramp are all common examples of reckless driving. You are a responsible driver. Now, you're suddenly forced to deal with a serious auto accident in Texas due to a reckless driver.

Reckless driving accidents are among the leading causes of car accidents in Texas. The reckless behavior of someone else can result in injuries, missed work and other hardships on families. Such accidents also frequently result in serious injuries due to head-on collisions, rear-end accidents and other types of accidents. Injury victims often face extensive medical bills, costly physical rehabilitation as well the cost of replacing their vehicle.

If you were seriously injured, or a loved one was injured or died as a result of someone's reckless driving, contact a car accident lawyer today who fights for justice. Contact the Herrera Law Firm.  We can thoroughly investigate your accident and search for the facts you need to build a strong case.

Reckless driving accidents can happen at any time on the highways and interstates, or even on rural roads in Texas. Whether you were injured in San Antonio, Harlingen, McAllen or Del Rio, you deserve justice. Our attorneys know the law and understand how to present a winning case.

Reckless driving in Texas may occur under any of the following situations (these are just a few examples):

  • Excessive speeding or racing
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Driving with faulty equipment, such as faulty brakes
  • Passing on a crest of a grade or curve
  • Crossing double lines to pass a car

Asleep at the Wheel Accidents

Asleep at the wheel accidents happen more often than you might think. Fatigued driver accidents in Texas sometimes go unreported. A driver might deny he or she nodded off. That's why victims of tired-driving car wrecks need an experienced law firm on their side.

Falling asleep while driving results in hundreds of fatal crashes each year, giving rise to potential wrongful death lawsuits. It's not unusual for motorists to fall asleep at the wheel, even briefly. When an asleep at the wheel accident occurs, drivers and passengers in cars and on motorcycles may end up with severe injuries in Texas, including spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 49 percent of all men and 26 percent of women say they have fallen asleep while driving. Overall, 37 percent of U.S. drivers admit to falling asleep while behind the wheel at least once in their lifetime. An accident can occur in a split second - and that can be the moment the driver nods off. That's why tired drivers are just as dangerous as people who drive while intoxicated (DWI).

And like drunk driving, falling asleep at the wheel is a preventable situation. All drivers have the choice to pull over to the side of the road when they feel drowsy. While people who choose to drive while sleepy are not intentionally acting maliciously or with premeditation, their choice to not pull over nevertheless is negligent and irresponsible.

Contact an experienced Texas law firm today for your car accident

Put your trust in a law firm that puts your best interests first. Contact a San Antonio injury attorney with the Herrera Law Firm today. Our lawyers in Texas are determined to make sure negligent drivers and insurance companies are held accountable. Call 1-800-455-1054 and schedule a free consultation. You only pay us attorney's fees if we obtain compensation for you.