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Types of Car Accidents

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Knowing what to do after an auto accident in Texas can be confusing. You may be side-swiped while driving along Loop 410 at Highway 151 in San Antonio. The driver may flee the scene, leaving you with questions about how to get compensated. Our attorneys know car wrecks happen without warning for so many different reasons.

Get your life back on track. Contact a tough, no-nonsense San Antonio lawyer with decades of experience. Contact the Herrera Law Firm, Inc. Call 1-800-455-1054 and schedule a free case evaluation today. The lawyers at the Herrera Law Firm have dedicated their careers to serving as aggressive advocates for victims and fighting for maximum compensation for clients.

Click on any of the following links for more information about types of car accidents and what you need to do to protect your rights.

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents are among the most common types of car accidents in Texas and across America. But nothing feels ordinary about these auto accidents when you're the victim of one. Rear-end accidents can result in very serious injuries.

Rear-end accidents happen for many reasons. Tired drivers often cause rear-end collisions due to slow reaction times. In recent years, cellphones have been the cause of many rear-end accidents. With more drivers using cell phones to text behind the wheel, texting while driving accidents have become increasingly more common, especially when it comes to rear-end accidents in Texas. Many states have created laws that prohibit drivers from texting while driving. Texas does not have a ban on texting while driving, but some studies have concluded that texting while driving can be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.

 "Why should I hire a rear-end accident attorney in San Antonio?" We explain why

In a rear-end crash, the driver who strikes the car in most cases is the responsible party. But proving that the other driver caused your accident can often be extremely complicated - even if your accident seems straightforward. At the Herrera Law Firm, we work hard to investigate the circumstances of every crash and make sure the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. We fight for justice in every case.

As your accident attorney, your lawyer at the Herrera Law Firm will fight vigorously for your rights. We know how to investigate accidents, and we have the track record to prove it. Case results matter here. That's why we work tirelessly on every rear-end accident case we handle at the Herrera Law Firm. We understand that the work we do today can make a dramatic difference in the lives of our clients for many years to come.

A rear-end collision does not have to occur at high speed to lead to serious injuries. Even a rear-end accident at moderate speeds may result in whiplash, a head injury or other serious injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to downplay the impact of a rear end crash.

Highway Accidents

Car wrecks on highways in and around San Antonio, Texas, are not unusual. Whether you were hurt in an accident on I-10, I-35, I-37 or another major highway in Texas, you need to take your legal case seriously right from the start.

Located in San Antonio and serving clients throughout Texas, the Herrera Law Firm has a well-earned reputation for winning cases for people injured in highway accidents. Call 1-800-455-1054 for your free evaluation.

Speeding is a major contributing factor in highway accidents in Texas. But the accidents happen for many other reasons, too. Texting while driving has become an increasingly common cause in recent years, due to the large number of people texting while driving in Texas.

Highway accidents involving tractor-trailers often occur because of the significant number of 18-wheelers traveling on Texas' highways. When these accidents happen, they can often be extremely serious and very complicated. That's because you're not just dealing with the truck driver. Often, highway truck accidents involve trucking companies, insurance companies and teams of lawyers working for them. You need to level the playing field.  Talk to us today at the Herrera Law Firm.

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions are some of the most severe auto accidents we handle at the Herrera Law Firm. That's why we work so hard on these types of car accidents. We know that families rely on us to help them hold reckless and careless drivers accountable for their actions. We take our work very seriously. We're proud of results, and we will not rest until justice is served.

Head-on collisions account for roughly 2 percent of all auto accidents nationwide but normally result in 10 percent of car accident fatalities every year. A head-on accident often leads to serious injury or a wrongful death due to the combined force of each vehicle's weight and momentum. With such significant forces involved in a head-on collision, a driver or the front-seat passenger is vulnerable to catastrophic injuries, despite airbag protection.

A head-on crash may lead to any of the following serious injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Loss of vision due to damage to the face/eyes caused by broken glass

In 1999, the government started requiring automakers to install frontal airbags. Airbags, however, are no guarantee against severe injury. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a head-on collision, you will need a seasoned head-on crash lawyer by your side. The accident attorneys at the Herrera Law Firm in San Antonio have experience handling serious head-on accident cases and obtaining compensation for survivors of accidents.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents are extremely frustrating. That's why the Herrera Law Firm, Inc. works so hard on such car accidents. When someone leaves the scene without exchanging information or producing any documents, it's likely that person is going to fight any settlement an injured party may seek. Hit-and-run accidents may lead to severe injuries with expensive medical bills and significant property damage. They're also among the most complicated types of car accidents.

Hit-and-run accidents in Texas and elsewhere are considered serious legal matters. It's against the law to leave the scene of an accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, a driver who flees can face serious consequences. For example, if a wrongful death occurs as a result of the hit-and-run collision, the driver could face jail time.

Hit-and-run collisions can be a major factor in any kind of accident, from a motorcycle accident or truck accident to an accident involving a bicyclist. Our firm knows how to obtain compensation in a hit-and-run case, which can be difficult when the person at fault can't be tracked down. Often, your own insurance coverage may pay for damages associated with the accident. You can help strengthen your case.

If you are in a Texas hit-and-run accident:

  • Don't try to stop the hit-and-run driver after you have tried to make an identification of the driver.
  • Inform the police and give them plenty of details about the car or driver, including the vehicle's license plate number and make and model of the vehicle.
  • Obtain contact information from any possible witnesses.
  • Take pictures of your car and the accident scene if you have a camera.
  • Get in touch with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

Intersection Accidents

Intersections are common locations for all types of accidents, including head-on collisions and bicycle and pedestrian accidents, despite traffic lights and stop signs. Because of dangerous driving behavior, including distracted driving or reckless driving, tragic collisions and car wrecks occur at intersections in Texas.

San Antonio intersection accident attorneys understand how serious car wrecks can have a devastating impact.  Collisions in intersections - whether it's a t-bone accident or an accident involving a pedestrian - demand the skills of a focused and determined car accident lawyer.

Intersections in Texas may be controlled by traffic lights, stop signs or yield signs. In some cases, drivers may encounter a four-way stop sign, or a two-way stop sign. It only takes one driving error or bad judgment to lead to a serious intersection accident.

In San Antonio, one of the most difficult intersections to negotiate is Loop 1604 at Braun Road, where a light suddenly appears at the end of the expressway. Drivers often are not prepared to stop after traveling at highway speeds.

In other cases, drivers may try to run a red light or a stop sign, which is negligent behavior that can involve serious injury or lead to a wrongful death. In other cases, the negligence may be on the part of poorly posted signage or a faulty traffic signal. While signal malfunctions happen, it's the responsibility of the governing body overseeing the upkeep of the road to fix the light in a timely manner.

SUV Rollovers

We know how serious car accidents can be involving sport-utility vehicle (SUV) for safety reasons. That's because we have worked with numerous Texans who were involved in such accidents. People regularly rely on us because we have a proven track record of success. We're proud of our case results. And we're eager to work with you.

SUV rollover crashes often lead to complicated insurance claims.  Some SUVs are more likely to be involved in a rollover accident than sedans and other small cars. SUVs, light trucks and minivans tend to have a high center of gravity and are top heavy, which means they have a high rollover risk during sudden turns or lane changes. A study found that about 36 percent of fatal SUV crashes in 2003 involved a rollover, while about 16 percent of fatal passenger car accidents involved a rollover.

SUV rollovers can cause catastrophic injuries. The roof may crush, which may lead to traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage. Sometimes, occupants are thrown from the SUV due to the windows becoming weak and breaking under the pressure of the rollover.

SUVs need to be designed to protect passengers in rollovers. This includes strong supports or roll bars to keep the integrity of the roof intact. In some cases, defective tires on the SUV may be a contributing factor in the rollover.

What Types Of Car Accidents Require a Lawyer?

What types of car accidents require a lawyer? That's a question we hear from time to time at Herrera Law Firm. The answer is not so simple. Car accidents happen every day in San Antonio, from fender benders to rear-end collisions on Loop 410 at Highway 151 resulting in injuries. If you were in a minor fender-bender and were not injured, you may not need an attorney. On the other hand, if you were seriously injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, you should not hesitate contacting a legal professional.

Do Insurance Companies Play Fair?

Insurance companies in some cases will try to downplay the seriousness of an accident. Representatives for insurers might sound friendly and claim they are going to do what's best for you. Keep in mind, they are in business to make profits. They might offer an unreasonably low settlement or deny your claim outright. For example, let's say you are in a rear-end accident and are experiencing back and neck pain. You hear from an insurance company that wants to offer a quick settlement to fix your car, but refuses to pay for your medical bills or lost time from work. In such a case, you would want to contact us to learn about your rights. In some accidents, they might deny your claim, saying you were somehow at fault. We know it's not fair, and that's why we are committed to helping clients get their lives back on track. With so much at stake, it's critical to have an experienced lawyer on your side.

Ask Yourself These Questions After Your Accident

The following are some important questions to think about after a car accident:

  • Are your medical bills skyrocketing?
  • Have you lost income because you can't go to work or you must take time off from work?
  • Are you getting pressure from an insurance company to accept a quick settlement?
  • Is the insurance company trying to deny your claim?
  • Is the insurance company delaying processing your claim?
  • Does an insurance company adjuster want you to give a recorded statement?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, contact Herrera Law Firm to learn about your rights. Call us at 1-800-455-1054 today. We provide experienced representation to Texans injured in car accidents. Your consultation is absolutely free. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us only after we obtain a financial recovery.

Car accidents in Texas vary widely. We will fight to win your case

You might think you don't need a lawyer. You might think your insurance company will simply take care of everything after your car accident. Don't be so sure. In most cases, insurance companies are the ones standing in your way in your pursuit of justice. Insurance companies don't intimidate us. We know how to negotiate with them and get our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve.

As your attorney, we will explain your legal options. That way, you can make an informed decision about what's the right legal strategy for your specific case. We take this approach because we respect our clients. We believe you should be actively involved in your car accident case every step of the way.

Demand justice. Contact us for a free case evaluation about your car accident

Expect more. Rely on a law firm with decades of experience fighting for car accident victims in Texas. Call us at 1-800-455-1054. Free advice. No obligation. Pay nothing unless we win. Our attorneys are well aware of the tactics used by insurance companies to limit the amount of money they pay to accident victims. We aggressively stand up to them and fight for every penny our clients are owed.