Car accidents can be extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 10 million car accidents in 2009. Nearly 36,000 of those accidents resulted in the death of someone involved. However, it doesn’t stop there; in addition to being life-threatening, car accidents can also leave victims severely injured, causing third-degree burns, broken bones, head trauma, paralysis, or even permanent disability. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a wreck, consider filing a car accident lawsuit to fight for your rights.
Typically, if your accident was caused by another driver’s error, negligence, or reckless driving, you could have a successful car accident lawsuit on your hands. Types of errors or negligence that could cause the other driver to be liable include:
- Going slower than the posted speed limit
- Failing to heed a stop sign or stoplight
- Not following traffic laws, regulations, or posted signs
- Failing to use a turn signal when turning or switching lanes
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If you can prove liability, your claim could compensate you for your car repairs and property damage, any medical bills for injuries you sustained, lost wages if the wreck kept you from work, and even for the pain and suffering you endured. If the other driver was operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or they were driving particularly recklessly, you could even be awarded punitive damages. These are intended to punish the driver and to discourage future reckless behavior.
Were you or a loved one hurt in a car wreck? Consider filing a car accident lawsuit to recoup the costs you’ve incurred. Call (210) 934-6609 to speak to the San Antonio personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney about your case.