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San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer

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San Antonio drivers are increasing and so are accidents.

Transportation in San Antonio revolves around the automobile. San Antonio is also among the fastest-growing cities in the country. Lots of trips by car, combined with a growing number of drivers on the roads, is a recipe for a lot of car accidents in San Antonio. Around 30,000 – 40,000 per year, to be exact.

San Antonio is a safer place to drive than Dallas or Houston—but not by much. The city’s drivers still rank among the worst in Texas and the worst in the country. If you live in San Antonio, your chances of experiencing an auto accident this year are well above the national average. San Antonians are involved in a crash every eight years on average.

The odds of avoiding a San Antonio car accident are not in your favor. The odds of recovering everything you’re owed from the insurance company increase substantially when you hire Jim Adler & Associates. There are many car accident lawyers in San Antonio, but there’s only one Texas Hammer. Let us put our 40 years of experience to work for you: call us at 1-800-505-1414 or fill out our form for a free case review.

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What Should I Do Right After A Car Accident?

There are several steps to take after a car accident to protect yourself and Texas has laws surrounding this. Let’s take a look at step by step instructions on what to do after a car accident.

  • Ensure that you’re okay and anyone else in the vehicle with you are safe. Also, if possible, check on the other parties involved in the wreck to see if they’re okay. Then, if you’re able to, move as far away from oncoming traffic as quickly as you can. The accident site itself may increase the odds of another accident. Keep yourself safe at all times.
  • Call 911 and request that a police officer come to the scene of the accident.
  • Even if there isn’t a direct emergency after the accident, you should still call the local police department to report the accident.
  • Take pictures of the damages to all vehicles involved.
  • Obtain the insurance information and driver license from all parties involved in the accident.
  • Get the police officer’s information and police report number.
  • Seek immediate medical attention to address and document your injuries.

Alamo City Car Dependency

San Antonio is famous for its Riverwalk. There are more than 140 miles of trails in parks across the city. Nevertheless, San Antonio is largely a car-dependent city. If you live and work here, chances are you drive a car to and from work. Commuters utilize their personal automobile more than 90% of the time in San Antonio, compared to 3% who use public transportation and 2% who walk. That’s the highest car commuter rate in Texas. And the overwhelming majority of the city’s commuters make the drive alone, according to the San Antonio Report.

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More People, More Cars, More Problems

San Antonio’s dependency on the single-occupancy vehicle is understandable when you consider the large land size of the city. Over the years, it’s continued to spread out as more people move to San Antonio, which is one of the ten fastest-growing cities in the nation. The Alamo City’s population grew by 1.3 percent from July 2019 to July 2020. By 2050, the San Antonio metro area is expected to have more than four million people.

The I-35 corridor is the nation’s fastest-growing region. But congestion along Interstate 35 could threaten San Antonio’s economy. Over the last two decades, the number of cars traversing the Loop 1604-Interstate 10 interchange doubled.

Bexar County is in line for major infrastructure projects, including expansions of I-35, Loop 1604, I-10, and U.S. Highway 90. Although this could ease congestion in the long term, in the short term, it increases the risks of work zone crashes and injuries. Bexar County has the second-highest number of work zone crashes in Texas, averaging more than 2,000 per year.

SA Tomorrow and Vision Zero

The City of San Antonio is striving to become less dependent on the single-occupant vehicle as part of its SA Tomorrow plan. San Antonio also embraces Vision Zero, a project to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on City roadways. Infrastructure enhancements, including those that focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety, are a central part of Vision Zero, but automobile accidents account for the majority of fatalities and serious injuries by a wide margin.

The Vision Zero crash map shows where San Antonio car crashes tend to cluster. A large number of crashes occur within the city core; along the northern portions of Loop 410 and IH-10; along south IH-35; and along the northern part of Loop 1604.

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Texas Traffic Safety

Statistics show that Texas has generally become a safer place to drive over the last 15 – 20 years. People are driving more miles, but proportionally suffering fewer fatalities behind the wheel. Cars have generally gotten safer. Drivers not so much. The reality is that car accidents are largely preventable. The top contributing factors to urban car crashes, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, are:

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Disregarding traffic signs and lights
  • Driver inattention
  • Failure to control speed
  • Crossing the lane boundary
  • Unsafe passing and turning
  • Failure to yield
  • Following too closely
  • Alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Speed

San Antonio Traffic Safety

There were more than 33,000 San Antonio car crashes in 2020, per TxDOT. The good news is, that number is down from more than 45,000 in 2014. The bad news is, there are nearly 100 crashes in San Antonio every day.

Compared to other Texas cities, San Antonio ranks eleventh for driver safety, with 8.81 fatal accidents per 100,000 residents. It’s the twelfth most dangerous city in the state for drunk driving and second most dangerous for speeding. The worst roads for speeding in San Antonio, reports Value Penguin, are I-410, I-35, I-10, US-90, and US-281.

San Antonians are generally known as a friendly bunch. On the road, their manners appear to be less cordial. A survey of 2,000 Texans gave San Antonio a score of 4.2 out of 10 for how drivers rate their relationships with other drivers. Nationwide, Allstate ranks San Antonio 138 out of 200 for its Best Drivers Report. San Antonio drivers go an average of 8.2 years between collisions and have a collision likelihood that’s 29% above the national average, says Allstate.

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Important Questions To Ask After A Car Accident

After a car accident, there’s often a lot of confusion as to what you should do. We stated earlier what to do immediately after the accident. What about in the days afterward? If you’re struggling with what you should do in terms of dealing with the insurance company or hiring a car accident attorney, ask yourself these important questions.
  • Did you seek medical care?
    If you or a loved one had to seek medical care for your car accident injuries, then we recommend speaking with us as soon as possible. If you were not at fault for the accident and do not have the money to pay for medical care, we can help.
  • Was your vehicle or anyone else’s vehicle damaged?
    When car accidents happen, depending on the severity of the crash, it’ll cause some serious damage to your car. Some vehicles become completely totaled from the car crash. Others obtain minor damage, but are damaging to the pocketbook. It’s important that you have a vehicle to transport yourself and your family to school, work, church, and other daily tasks and routines. Thus, if a car accident damages your vehicle or completely totals it, you need to quickly discern the best course of action to repair or replace the vehicle. This is usually not easy for the average person to do unexpectedly. Purchasing another vehicle is expensive. Vehicle repairs cost money. Let us help you receive the full amount owed to you so that you can afford to replace what you’ve lost from the car accident.
  • Were the police called and involved after the car accident?
    If the police were called to the scene of your car accident, this can help you tremendously in proving who should be held liable for your insurance claim. The police officers will document everything from the vehicles involved, the location, the scenario that caused the accident and the parties involved. If someone broke the law with something such as driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs, the police report will show that too. If any traffic violations caused the accident, they will also document that. All of these details will help you on your insurance claim.
  • Were there any insurance or medical costs due to the car accident?
    Remember that you’re seeking compensation for medical costs you did not cause. If you had to endure financial losses due to health insurance co-pays or medical bills, you’ll want to show proof of these amounts to support your claim. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you and lose out on what is rightfully yours. Call us today at 1-800-505-1414.

The Adler Advantage

There’s no two ways about it: San Antonio is one of the worst cities in the country for driving.

This fact does not excuse the actions of individual drivers. Car accidents happen for many reasons. The common cause in almost every case is drivers acting carelessly.

Statistically, during the time that you own your current car, you’ll be involved in a San Antonio car accident. After a crash, things may not get any easier as you deal with the insurance company. Insurance companies act like they’re on your side—until you need them to step up. Instead of paying you on time and in full, they might delay, deny, or underpay your claim.

The insurance company wants to pay you as little as possible. Jim Adler & Associates wants to make sure you get every cent of compensation you deserve. We don’t just say we’re on your side. You’re important to us, and that’s how we’ll treat you. Our 300-member team of San Antonio personal injury attorneys and support staff are on a mission: to make sure you’re treated fairly and compensated fully. That’s the Adler Advantage.

Jim “The Texas Hammer” Adler has helped thousands of injured Texans since 1973. Find out how we can help you and your family during a free case review. Call 1-800-505-1414 or fill out our form for a free case review.

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