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OVER $1.8 BILLION RECOVERED FOR OUR CLIENTS

CLIENT'S NET RECOVERYCASE TYPEDAMAGE
$151,228,722Medical ProductHeart Damage
$104,479,115Prescription DrugDiabetes
$90,455,399Farming ProductTrade Disruption
$68,055,680Prescription DrugHeart Damage
$60,084,411Prescription DrugInternal Bleeding
$29,224,646Breach of ContractFinancial Loss
$26,923,200Medical ProductSkin Death
$25,384,216Medical ProductBladder Cancer
$19,116,024Breach of Fiduciary DutyFinancial Loss
$17,617,042Breach of Payment ContractFinancial Loss
$16,126,301D&O NegligenceFinancial Loss
$14,280,000Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$13,177,989Sale of Credit ReportsFinancial Loss
$11,991,670Commercial Vehicle AccidentDeath
$10,026,249Tile SealantPulmonary Injury
$9,512,498Chair Causing FireDeath
$9,187,114Industrial AccidentBurn Injury
$9,181,172Fuel System FailureTwo Deaths
$9,146,004Medical ProductCardiac Injury
$8,894,000Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$8,540,000Vehicle CrashworthinessDeath
$8,010,186Fuel System FailureDeath
$7,911,694Fuel System FailureDeath
$7,787,790Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$7,694,750Industrial AccidentDeath

Results above are cumulative total amounts net to clients. Past success does not guarantee future success.

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Why Hire a Auto Accident Attorney?

Were you or a family member injured in a car accident and find yourself in need of a San Antonio car accident lawyer? Are you worried about how you will pay your mounting medical bills, the wages you are losing from missed work, or getting your vehicle repaired after a collision due to another person’s careless driving? Then you need an experienced accident lawyer to fight for you. Thompson Law obtained 13 of the top 100 settlements in Texas in 2019 – more than any other law firm in Texas.

If you are without legal representation, the insurance company will do everything they can to pay as little as possible in claims. That’s because the primary job of an insurance adjuster is to reduce the amount that must be paid out in injury settlements and court-awarded damages.

Some of the tactics insurance companies use to minimize the value of an injury claim include:

  • Claim Denials – Insurance companies will deny claims due to issues like improper paperwork or policy coverage exclusions, with the hope you will get frustrated and go away.
  • Early Settlement Offers – Adjusters may offer you a lowball settlement early in your case before you know the true extent of your injuries.
  • Delay Claims – Insurers may drag out the claims process so an accident lawyer cannot take your case. That’s because the statute of limitations for filing an injury claim in Texas is 2 years after the accident. Two exceptions to the statute of limitations in Texas are the 2 year statute starts: 1) at time of death, if the accident results in death; and, 2) at age 18, if a minor was involved in an accident.
  • Partially Blame the Victim – Texas is a comparative negligence state, where an insurance company may try to hold a victim partially responsible for a car accident.
  • Minimize Injuries – Adjusters may try to claim your injuries were pre-existing, or the treatment was excessive.

Hiring a San Antonio car accident lawyer with extensive experience in motor vehicle wrecks will allow you to focus on healing from your injuries. Then, your accident attorney can help you find proper medical care, fill out the paperwork, negotiate with the insurance companies, receive compensation for lost wages, and later recover a settlement. In fact, an attorney may even be able to help you obtain a loan or receive consideration for the future cost of medical care in some serious auto collision cases.

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What Will a Car Wreck Lawyer do for You?

If you are injured in a car wreck, you should speak to a San Antonio car accident lawyer today to ensure your rights are protected. Attorney Ryan Thompson is a San Antonio car accident lawyer who can fight the insurance companies for you. Do not let an insurance adjuster take advantage of you when you are injured! Our San Antonio car accident lawyers offer FREE CONSULTATIONS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week no matter where you live in Bexar County. And, there is NO FEE unless we win.

You might not know all your rights after being injured in a car accident. But, our accident lawyers do. Thompson Law will protect your claim and negotiate with the insurers to ensure you receive maximum value for your auto accident injuries. We handle all automobile and other personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means accident victims do not have to pay anything unless we recover money for their injuries.

Our car accident attorneys will take care of every facet of your claim, including:

  • Holding the responsible party or parties liable for your injuries
  • Obtaining and processing supporting documentation for your claim
  • Gathering all relevant medical records
  • Proving up damages from your injuries
  • Calculating your claim’s value
  • Filing your claim with the insurer(s)
  • Acting as the primary point of contact with adjusters
  • Negotiating your claim to the top offer
  • Filing a lawsuit if a settlement offer is too low because a claim is misevaluated
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FAQs

What Should I Do When Injured in an Accident?2020-01-23T12:10:12-06:00

Get medical treatment! Your health and safety are the most important thing, and your first priority should be seeking immediate attention from a hospital or doctor. Not sure that you’re injured or how serious your injury might be? You should still seek immediate medical attention if you are in a car accident, truck wreck or any other type of accident. 

Getting immediate medical treatment does two things: First, it makes sure that any injuries you sustained are properly diagnosed and treated and second, it helps eliminate any doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident. Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injury, but making the mistake to skip getting checked out can have serious consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for medical bills and time off work, with the help of your attorney. 

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?2020-01-23T12:11:09-06:00

A competent and skilled personal injury lawyer is almost always necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you have sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. They are there to take care of the defendant (their customer) who caused your wreck or accident. 

An expert personal injury attorney should be able to help you not only force that insurance company to pay for the injuries and damages the defendant caused, but will also do their best to make sure that you are compensated for every category of damages you may be entitled to, some of which you may not even be aware of: medical bills, future surgical costs, time off work in the past or time you may have to take off in the future, as well as the pain, suffering, and impairment that many injured people experience. 

What Factors Affect My Claim’s Value?2020-01-23T12:12:12-06:00

The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win. 

Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different.  Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value.  An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.  

Who Should I Call Immediately After Leaving the Scene of an Accident?2018-11-18T21:52:31-06:00

Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.

Should I Conduct My Own Investigation?2018-11-18T21:53:20-06:00

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

How Long Do I have to File a Claim?2020-01-23T12:13:39-06:00

The real question here is how soon should you contact a personal injury attorney, and the answer is as soon as possible! In Texas, you generally have two (2) years to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. However, other states may have different time limits, and you may not always be able to tell on your own which state’s limitations apply to your case! The safest course of action for anybody injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of case, is to immediately consult with a personal injury attorney in your area.   

This will help you make sure that your claim will not miss the applicable limitations period.  But second, and just as importantly, it will make sure that the right investigations are conducted and the right steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim in court, should that become necessary. 

What Happens If the Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance?2020-01-23T12:25:11-06:00

If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insuranceyou are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.  

What Damages Can I Recover?2020-01-23T12:26:33-06:00

If you are injured in an accident, the robust team of attorneys, paralegals and investigators at Thompson Law is ready to fight to help you get the money you deserve. Damages can include doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and can include pain and suffering and even punitive damages in certain cases.  

What Is Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage?2020-01-23T12:27:41-06:00

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

What is Comparative Negligence?2018-10-18T11:20:51-05:00

Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.

A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.

What Happens When the Police Arrive on the Scene?2020-01-23T11:55:38-06:00

Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.     

The Insurance Company Says My Car Is Totaled. Now What?2020-01-23T11:58:20-06:00

In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if its close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss.  You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.  

A Family Member Was Injured in an Accident. Can I File a Lawsuit?2020-01-23T12:45:15-06:00

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

If I’m Partly to Blame for the Accident, Can I Still File a Case?2020-01-23T12:37:55-06:00

Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.     

Can I afford to hire a great attorney?2020-01-23T12:54:16-06:00

If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.   

How do I know you will take my case?2020-01-23T12:56:15-06:00

If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know.  Give us a call or reach out online anytime! 

I had a slip & fall accident. Do I need to hire a lawyer?2020-01-23T12:58:38-06:00

Absolutely.  Premises liability cases, sometimes called “slip and fall” accidents, can be difficult to prove and require prompt action to preserve the evidence and witness statements you will need to pursue a claim. Additionally, Texas law on premises liability has become extremely difficult to navigate and unfavorable for injured parties. Your chances of receiving fair and just compensation for your injuries from a slip and fall increase significantly with a tenacious personal injury lawyer on your side. 

How do I know you are the right personal injury attorney for my case?2020-01-23T12:59:54-06:00

The right personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case. Thompson Law, LLP has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers can assist you.  

Can I have a free consultation about my case?2020-01-23T13:00:51-06:00

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

I’m in the hospital or unable to travel. How do I meet with a lawyer?2020-01-23T13:01:23-06:00

Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.  

I was just in an accident. What do I need to do first?2020-01-23T15:44:56-06:00

Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start: 

  1. GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you. 
  2. CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.  
  3. TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.  
  4. GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.  
  5. FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.  
  6. CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.  
I was a passenger in an accident. Can I still claim damages?2020-01-23T13:01:51-06:00

Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too.  As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck.  Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.    

I was hit by a car while riding my bike. What do I need to do?2020-01-23T13:02:15-06:00

Bike accidents unfortunately occur more and more often and can cause serious and severe injuries to the cyclist.   

First, stay at the scene.  As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.  

Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention.  Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team. 

Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers.  DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.   

Fourth, document the scene.  Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc.  Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.  

Last, call Thompson Law Injury Lawyers today.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.   

After an accident, how do my medical expenses and other damages get paid?2020-01-23T13:02:50-06:00

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you. 

How long is the case process?2020-01-23T13:03:34-06:00

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, that process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss. 

How to Choose the Best San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer

The outcome of your case can be dramatically improved by selecting an attorney with significant trial experience and specialization in personal injury law. Thus, here are some tips for selecting the best San Antonio car accident lawyer for your accident injury case:

  • Results – Choose an attorney with a proven track record of winning recent settlements in Texas. For instance, Thompson Law had 6 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2019, according to TopVerdict.
  • Experience – Pick a lawyer with significant trial experience in the courtroom that is held in high esteem by their peers. For example, Ryan Thompson is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been selected as one of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers. The insurance companies track which attorneys are willing to take a case to verdict at trial and offer better pre-litigation settlements to clients of those law firms.
  • Resources – Ensure that the accident lawyer you select has the resources to employ field investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and traffic safety engineers. If liability is disputed or litigation is required, for instance, you may need experts such as these to do research and testify on your behalf.
  • Service – Talk to people in your community and see what they have to say about their experience using various car accident attorneys, or look at online reviews. Lack of communication and an understanding where a case stands in the process, for example, are some of the most common client complaints in car wreck cases. Accordingly, Thompson Law prides itself on offering the best client service in the personal injury arena. You want to select a law firm that puts your needs first.
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What to Do After a Car Accident in San Antonio

In 2019, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 42,786 auto accidents in San Antonio and 47,443 in all of Bexar County. Obviously that’s a significant number of car accidents, dropping San Antonio to 138th on Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report 2019. The average San Antonio resident goes only 8.2 years between accident claims compared to a national average of 10.6 years. Thus, given 37% of San Antonio auto collisions resulted in injuries in 2019, it is important to understand the steps you should take after a San Antonio car accident:

  • Stay at the Scene of the Accident – Do not drive away from any accident, even if it’s a minor collision, or you could be cited for a hit-and-run accident (Texas Transportation Code § 550.022. Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle).
  • Maximize Safety at the Scene – Put on your hazard lights, set up flares, and move to a safe location if your injuries allow you to do so.
  • Call the Police – A police officer can help redirect traffic, take witness statements, assess blame for the cars colliding, prepare accident reports, and call for medical attention. Further, the police can help you understand how to get an accident report in San Antonio.
  • Provide an Honest Statement – Be accurate describing how the wreck occurred without speculating. Accident injuries are often not felt immediately, due to adrenaline and delayed soft tissue swelling. Therefore, if asked about your injuries, it is preferable to say “I do not know”. If you say “No”, insurance companies will use your statement against you.
  • Exchange Information – If a police officer is present, they will usually obtain this information. However, if a police officer does not or will not come to the scene (e.g., police typically will not come to accidents in a parking lot or on private property without severe injuries), be sure you exchange names, insurance information, and license plate numbers.
  • Take Pictures – Take pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident, including their location(s) on the accident scene, property damage incurring, and identifying information, such as a license plate or vehicle identification number (VIN). Further, take photos or video of weather conditions, skid marks, and the location of debris from the accident in the roadway. Also, take pictures of the driver license and insurance card of the other party or parties involved. If the other party does not have a driver license, take a picture of them as proof they were driving the vehicle.
  • Scan for Evidence – If your injuries allow for it, search the area around the accident for any witnesses or cameras which may have caught the accident on video.
  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention – A medical professional can check you out and possibly diagnose any injuries you may have sustained. Many injury accident victims ignore pain or stiffness when they have soft tissue injuries requiring medical attention, such as concussions or whiplash. But, even short delays in treatment open the window for the insurance companies to argue you were injured by something other than the accident and deny your bodily injury claim.
  • Create a File – It is important to maintain an organized folder with information related to your car accident in San Antonio, TX. The time it takes to settle an injury claim can vary widely, and thus it is important you know the location of your documents.
  • Consult with an Injury Attorney – Studies show that personal injury cases handled by an attorney typically result in about 3 times more compensation to victims relative to victims without legal representation. Consequently, Thompson Law’s San Antonio car accident lawyers have recovered over $1.8 billion net for our clients. Further, we offer FREE CASE REVIEWS to assess your need for an attorney.

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San Antonio Car Accident Statistics 2019

San Antonians love their city due to the rich history and culture, low cost of living, increasing number of modern attractions, and the festive environment. Similarly, Texas is one of the top states for businesses according to a CNBC poll, due to the highly educated workforce, low cost of doing business, overall economy, and solid infrastructure. As a result, San Antonio led the nation in population growth in 2017, and had the second largest population growth in the US in 2018.

The large influx of residents has taxed the city’s infrastructure and roadways, greatly increasing traffic counts in San Antonio in 2019. According to TxDOT, 28.9 million miles are traveled by Bexar County drivers daily. The traffic congestion level in San Antonio increased 19% in 2019 according to the TomTom Traffic Index, with congestion on highways increasing 14% and non-highways rising 22%. This amounted to an average added loss of 4 days and 9 hours spent in rush hour traffic for citizens of San Antonio over the course of the past year.

San Antonio has formed ConnectSA to identify a series of proposed infrastructure projects to combat these transportation challenges by 2025. However, these increased traffic counts have led to more dangerous road conditions and more auto accidents in San Antonio.

In 2019, TxDOT tracked 42,786 auto accidents in San Antonio. Of these San Antonio car accidents, 144 were fatal accidents with 145 fatalities in total. Thus, there was only a 0.34% chance of being involved in a fatal car crash in San Antonio in 2019. For Texas as a whole, there were 439,388 auto accidents and no deathless days on Texas roadways. In total, there were 1,867 fatalities in 1,764 fatal crashes, amounting to 1 person being killed every 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Some interesting things to note regarding fatal accidents in Texas in 2019 include:

  • 25% of the accidents in Texas that turned fatal involved a driver under the influence of alcohol
  • Distracted driving was noted in 43% of the accidents involving fatalities in Texas
  • 660 pedestrians were killed when struck by motor vehicles in Texas
  • The deadliest month for fatal car accidents in Texas was December
  • The largest number of fatal crashes occurred between the hours of 9pm-10pm
  • 92% of fatal accidents were on clear/cloudy days (i.e., inclement weather was not a factor)
  • 613 fatal crashes involved a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)

The risk of being involved in a serious car accident in San Antonio was much greater: 540 of these San Antonio car accidents were known to be serious collisions (1.26%), with 618 people sustaining serious injuries. By comparison, the entire state of Texas fared much worse, with 12,897 serious injury crashes in 2019 and 15,843 people sustaining serious injuries.

The likelihood of being injured in a San Antonio car wreck was around 22%, with 9,341 of the crashes involving possible injuries, and 15,057 people possibly being injured. In fact, one person was injured every 2 minutes and 3 seconds in Texas motor vehicle collisions in 2019, and 1 reportable crash occurred every 56 seconds. In total, 256,338 people were reported to have been injured in traffic crashes in Texas in 2019.

Although the vast majority auto accidents in Bexar County occurred in San Antonio, almost five thousand accidents were outside the city of San Antonio, as noted in the table below.

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What Are the Leading Causes of San Antonio Car Accidents?

While San Antonio auto crashes happen for a variety of different reasons, TxDOT aggregates these causes at the county level for Texas.  Here are some of the main causes of car accidents and injuries for Bexar County / San Antonio (2019 data):

  • Distracted Driving Accidents – 23,552 crashes (5,042 injury crashes, 46 fatal)
  • Drunk Driving (DWI/DUI) Accidents – 2,108 crashes (328 injury crashes, 54 fatal)
  • Speeding Driver Accidents – 1,918 crashes (429 injury crashes, 28 fatal)
  • Construction / Work Zone Accidents – 2,679 crashes (575 injury crashes, 9 fatalities)

Although there are many dangerous intersections in San Antonio, nearly one thousand San Antonio motor vehicle collisions occurred at only 10 major intersections. As a result, the San Antonio car accident lawyers at Thompson Law are contacted by drivers who have been in motor vehicle collisions at these intersections on a daily basis.

The top 10 most dangerous intersections in San Antonio for car accidents in 2017 were:

  1. I-10 and Loop 1604 – 216 collisions
  2. I-10 and NW Loop 410 – 124 collisions
  3. I-35 and US 281 – 108 collisions
  4. Hwy 16 and W Loop 1604 – 92 collisions
  5. I-35 and NE Loop 410 – 90 collisions
  6. I-35 and N Loop 1604 E — 82 collisions
  7. Westwood Loop and Alamo Ranch Parkway – 79 collisions
  8. Walzem Rd and NE Loop 410 – 63 collisions
  9. Wurzbach Rd and NW Loop 410 – 61 collisions
  10. San Pedro Ave and NW Loop 410 – 61 collisions
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What Are the Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Texas in 2019?

At the state level, TxDOT tracks motor vehicle accident data at a much more granular level. So, here are the main causes of car accidents in Texas (2019 data):

  • Distracted Driving Accidents – 103,312 crashes (20,080 injury crashes, 356 fatal)
    • Cell/Mobile Device Accidents – 3,842 crashes (784 injury crashes, 61 fatal)
    • Distraction in Vehicle Accidents – 12,903 crashes (2,608 injury crashes, 55 fatal)
    • Driver Inattention Accidents – 86,567 crashes (16,688 injury crashes, 240 fatal)
  • Speed-Related Accidents – 167,604 cashes (34,772 injury crashes, 1,089 fatal)
    • Failed to Control Speed Accidents – 142,022 crashes (30,817 injury crashes, 450 fatal)
    • Speeding Accidents – 2,166 crashes (371 injury crashes, 251 fatal)
    • Unsafe Speed Accidents – 23,416 crashes (3,584 injury crashes, 388 fatal) 
  • Intoxication Accidents (DUI/DWI) – 26,751 crashes (4,766 injury crashes, 866 fatal)
    • Had Been Drinking Accidents – 8,770 crashes (1,484 injury crashes, 200 fatal)
    • Taking Medication Accidents – 277 crashes (86 injury crashes, 7 fatal)
    • Under the Influence of Alcohol– 14,806 crashes (2,524 injury crashes, 441 fatal)
    • Under the Influence of Drugs Accidents – 3,148 crashes (672 injury crashes, 218 fatal)
  • Moving Violations Accidents – 287,992 crashes (56,256 injury crashes, 1,622 fatal)
    • Backed Without Safety Accidents – 10,072 crashes (559 injury crashes, 8 fatal)
    • Changed Lane When Unsafe Accidents – 41,587 crashes (5,403 injury crashes, 52 fatal)
    • Disregard Stop and Go Signal Accidents – 20,073 crashes (5,763 injury crashes, 92 fatal)
    • Disregard Stop Sign or Light Accidents – 13,422 crashes (3,312 injury crashes, 90 fatal)
    • Failed to Drive in Single Lane – 39,599 crashes (5,376 injury crashes, 587 fatal)
    • Failure to Yield Right of Way – 97,610 crashes (22,636 injury crashes, 324 fatal)
    • Fatigued or Asleep Accidents – 9,198 crashes (1,702 injury crashes, 156 fatal)
    • Faulty Evasive Action Accidents – 21,055 crashes (3,831 injury crashes, 240 fatal)
    • Followed Too Closely Accidents – 24,486 crashes (5,720 injury crashes, 18 fatal)
    • Turned When Unsafe Accidents – 10,890 crashes (1,954 injury crashes, 55 fatal)
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Types of San Antonio Car Accident Injuries

According to the CDC, unintentional motor vehicle traffic deaths are the second leading type of unintentional injury death in the United States. As noted previously, the risk of dying in a San Antonio car wreck is low in any one year. Only about 0.34% of accidents in San Antonio involve a fatality and would need the services of a wrongful death attorney. However, the risk of being injured and needing a San Antonio car accident lawyer is about 65 times higher than the risk of dying, with roughly 22% of accidents involving injuries.

Although progress has been made in reducing motor vehicle injuries, they still occur all too frequently. At Thompson Law, our San Antonio car accident lawyers unfortunately see common car accident injuries every day, such as:

  • Brain Injury – Brain injuries typically involve either a blow to the head, or a rapid deceleration whereby the brain impacts the skull. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are generally classified as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the objective findings and symptoms. Brain injuries can have serious long-term consequences. Thus, it is important to work with a brain injury attorney that understands how to deal with insurers that try to minimize mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) by stating they are “soft tissue” injuries.
  • Spinal Cord Injury – Automobile accidents account for over 38% of spinal cord injuries in the United States since 2010. These types of injuries can range from mild bruising to severe (e.g., paralysis, quadriplegia). Thus, you should select an attorney that understands lifetime cost care requirements for spinal cord injuries.
  • Amputation – The loss of a limb is obviously a devastating injury and involves lifetime disfigurement for the victim. However, an injury attorney can help you obtain maximum compensation for an amputation injury and ensure the insurance companies do not minimize the trauma you have experienced.
  • Internal InjuryInternal injuries common to car accidents are more difficult to diagnose and treat, simply because they are unseen. So, if you think you have suffered an internal injury in a car accident, seek immediate medical help and then call Thompson Law.
  • Disfigurement or Scarring Injuries – People often remember to take photos of visible injuries after a car accident. However, it is also important to take photos after those injuries have healed, especially if you are left with a permanently altered surface to your skin. For injuries like these your attorney can help get surgical cost estimates for plastic surgery revisions, as well as compensation for the disfigurement you have suffered.
  • Burn Injury – Burn injuries can vary from airbag burns to car fires, and like other injuries to the skin it is important to document before and after photos for your attorney.
  • Lacerations, Cuts, Contusions, and Bruising – These visible injuries to the skin and underlying tissues are often ignored by victims and adjusters following a car wreck. Then, over time they heal, often with little or no residual scarring. As a result, if you have any of these types of injuries it is important to take pictures to document them for use later in your case.
  • Neck Injuries, like Whiplash – Whiplash is a type of cervical acceleration-deceleration injury to the neck that is typical of rear-end car collisions. Moreover, whiplash is the most common injury associated with car accidents, with 83% of people experiencing whiplash.
  • Back Injury – Back injuries are some of the most common car wreck injuries, and can range from soft tissue (e.g., muscle) injuries to nerve injuries to spinal disc injuries. Therefore, it is important to have an attorney that fully understands the nature of injuries to the back, so he or she can help correlate the mechanism of injury in the crash to the injury itself.
  • Other common injuries include trauma, such as broken bones and soft tissue injuries.

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Call Thompson Law’s San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers Today

If you’re asking yourself when is the right time to contact a personal injury attorney after an auto accident, the answer is NOW! Our San Antonio car accident lawyers offer FREE CONSULTATIONS. Further, we charge NO FEE unless we win. You will not incur any attorney fees, court costs, legal expenses, or any other costs unless we recover money on your behalf. If we do obtain a settlement for you, our fee will only come out of a portion of the settlement. When you have been injured, you need San Antonio car accident lawyers that are recognized as champions for their clients.

The statute of limitations in Texas is 2 years in most injury accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, call our experienced San Antonio car accident lawyers today for a ZERO COST, NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. The sooner you know your options, the faster you’ll be on the path to recovery.

 

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