Texas Car Accident Lawyers

Texas roads are among the most dangerous in the country.

Based on 2020 data:

  • One person was killed every 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 34 seconds
  • One reportable crash occurred every 1 minute and 7 seconds

These are sobering statistics, and for every number, there is a real person who has suffered devastating, perhaps life-changing injuries in a car accident — if not tragically, died.

Being in a car accident can be terrifying. You’re likely in shock, and getting back behind the wheel or even riding shotgun might be the last thing on your mind right now.

On top of that, you might be unable to work, wondering how you might continue to provide for your family without a steady income, and then you have medical bills mounting up.

But if your car accident wasn’t your fault — and even if it partially was — you might be able to claim compensation for the costs of your medical care and car repairs and to cover your lost wages, allowing you to focus on getting better. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you might be entitled to a settlement to help you pay for funeral costs and to compensate you for your grief.

Our car accident lawyers in Texas can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Why Hire Our Texas Car Accident Lawyers?

The best personal injury lawyer is someone you can trust to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve — not someone who will happily push you into accepting an offer less than you deserve just so that they can collect their share of legal fees and move onto the next client.

Our Texas car accident lawyers understand how difficult it can be to find the right law firm for you.

That’s why, at Patino Law Firm, we do things a little differently.

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  • We’re a veteran-owned personal injury firm. Founder Dr. Louis Patino has decades of experience in an impressive career path that has taken him through the medical and legal fields. Before embarking on a career in law, Dr. Patino served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic for the 10th Mountain Division during the Gulf War era and practiced as a licensed chiropractor. Today, he uses his educational and personal experience in both fields to offer a unique perspective on personal injury law and empathize with victims of accidents with severe injuries.
  • We offer a personal approach. Right from the moment you book a no-obligation case review through to negotiating your settlement or taking your case to trial, you’ll meet directly with your dedicated car accident lawyer. They will be your point of contact and will always be there to update you on your case and answer any questions you might have.
  • We’ve secured millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We’ve secured six-figure-plus settlements for our clients for a range of accidents, including car accidents.
  • We can help you get access to the best medical care. Evidence is the cornerstone of any successful truck accident claim, and the burden is on you to provide it. That’s why our expert car accident lawyers in Texas make sure our clients get the best medical care for their injuries. We will discuss your case with your doctor and, if necessary, can refer you to a specialist for expert treatment. We can also help you delay payment for medical treatment until after you receive a settlement, meaning you’ll never be left with expenses you can’t afford.

You don’t pay unless we win. Our Texas car accident lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay a cent until we win your case.

What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

Car accidents can result in many injuries, including:

  • Cuts, sprains, and bruises: Car parts, steering wheel bumps, and shrapnel from your accident can cause cuts, bruises, and severe lacerations that can not only affect your ability to work and do everyday activities but may also leave you permanently scarred. If your cuts and bruises require medical attention, our car accident lawyers can help you recover compensation for your hospital bills, medication, and more.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can affect how your brain communicates with your body — or completely hinder it. A spinal cord injury can have a permanent, life-changing impact, causing numbness, muscle weakness, and even paralysis.
  • Head and brain injuries: Head and brain injuries are incredibly common in car accidents, whether from striking the windshield or side-paneling or from the pure force of the collision. The brain is a delicate organ, and even the slightest blow or shunt can give you a concussion, skull fractures, or a severe traumatic brain injury, which can cause headaches or, in worst cases, put you in a coma or kill you.
  • Neck and back injuries: Even crashes at a low speed can do a number on the neck and back. A common injury is a herniated disc, which can cause significant pain and require extensive rehabilitation.
  • Internal injuries: Internal injuries such as a punctured lung or internal hemorrhage are severe. When internal damage doesn’t prove fatal, it often leads to extensive, long-term health problems.
  • Dental and facial injuries: The force of a car crash can cause accident victims to sustain trauma to their face. Dental injuries can include cracked or chipped teeth, while a severe facial injury could cause disfigurement, which can have a life-changing impact.
  • Whiplash: Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end car accidents. It’s caused by the forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement that often occurs in this type of accident. Because a rear-end shunt is rarely anticipated, the body can’t brace itself for impact, causing more damage. Whiplash can lead to soreness, headaches, and fatigue, with more severe symptoms including a limited range of motion, memory problems, and concussion.
  • Wrist and arm injuries: Just as when we fall, it’s our natural instinct to reach forward to break it; when we see an oncoming car, we often place our arms on the steering wheel to brace for the impact. However, this often does more harm than good, and the additional tension in the body can cause broken bones and painful dislocated joints.

These are just several of the common injuries sustained in a car accident. Others include nerve damage, loss of limbs, and mental conditions such as depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the most tragic cases, a car accident can also cause wrongful death.

If you’ve been in a car accident, your first step after seeing a doctor to receive treatment should be to contact a personal injury attorney. Our auto accident lawyers in Texas can help you retrieve copies of your medical records to support your claim and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

What Are the Top Causes of Car Accidents?

The most common causes of car accidents are related to driver error, but vehicle error and environmental factors also contribute their fair share of car accidents.

Some of these causes include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can constitute a range of behaviors, from eating or drinking to sending a text or talking to other passengers while driving. Many of us think we can multitask, but instead of doing both tasks simultaneously, the brain rapidly toggles between them, leading to neither being done properly. When driving a car, you might still have one eye on the road, but your reaction speed will be affected, and it can cause you to miss hazards and end up in a crash.

Speeding

The faster you drive, the less time you have to react to hazards on the road, whether a pothole, sharp corner, or another driver. Speeding can be tempting, especially if you’re in a rush or the road is quiet, but even with Texas boasting some of the highest speed limits in the country, speeding is common — and deadly.

Driving While Intoxicated

Drunk driving is preventable but incredibly prevalent — one person dies every 52 minutes in the US because of drunk driving. But driving under the influence of drugs is also common. Even over-the-counter and prescription medication can reduce reaction times and focus, with side-effects of many medicines including drowsiness.

Tire Blowouts

If a driver doesn’t check their tires before driving and it punctures, they can be held liable for any accidents that occur. When a tire bursts, the driver becomes a passenger in their vehicle, unable to control their steering. If other vehicles are on the road, the results can be disastrous.

Brake Failure

While auto defects aren’t as common compared to driver-led incidents, brake failure is among the most prevalent. Whether you’re braking for a turn or to take evasive action against a reckless driver, if your brakes fail, there’s little you can do to avoid a crash. If a brake failure caused your accident, you might be able to claim compensation against the manufacturer.

Inclement Weather

We can’t control the weather, and sometimes, driving in snowstorms, icy conditions, high winds, or heavy rain is necessary. Such weather can make it near-impossible to see and difficult to drive, but drivers should exercise care when on the road. If a person continues to drive at the limit — or, worse, over it — on a slippery road, their behavior is reckless, which means they could be liable in a car accident.
Potholes
Research shows that Americans spend an average of $3 billion each year on repairs to damage caused by potholes. But the economic cost isn’t the only one. Potholes are a major hazard. Hitting a pothole can blow a tire, causing the driver to skid into another vehicle, but even taking evasive action can cause deadly crashes. If a driver swerves to avoid a pothole, they might plow into oncoming traffic.
Obscured Signs
We rely on road signs to tell us how fast we can drive when there’s a turn, intersection, or school zone up ahead, and more. If these signs are obscured — or missing entirely — it can cause a car accident.

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What Compensation Can a Texas Car Accident Lawyer Help You Get?

A car accident can leave you with injuries that require significant time off work or a lengthy, painful recovery, but you don’t have to struggle alone. A personal injury claim can allow you to receive a monetary award to cover your medical expenses and lost earnings and compensate you for pain and suffering.

Our Texas auto accident lawyers can help you file for compensation if you’ve been injured in an accident. 

Want to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to? Try our quick and easy personal injury calculator.

Who Is Liable for Your Car Accident?

Texas is a fault state, which means that a person injured in a car accident can seek compensation from the driver responsible. If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness (for example, if they were driving while distracted or intoxicated), you could get in touch with their insurance company after the accident to begin negotiating a settlement.

Even if you were partly responsible for your car accident, Texas is a modified comparative negligence state, which means you may still be able to claim compensation if you were no more than 50% at fault.

If your accident was caused by a road defect, such as a pothole, or a faulty car part, you might be able to claim compensation from the party responsible for maintaining the road or the manufacturer of the defective part, respectively.

After getting in touch with the at-fault party’s insurance company, you’ll likely hear from a claims adjuster, who will determine how much the insurance provider should pay based on the severity of your accident and injuries.

This is a complicated task, and it can be daunting dealing with insurance companies. Our experienced Texas car accident lawyers can help you determine who is liable for your accident, talk to insurers on your behalf, and negotiate the best settlement for you.

Get Compensation with the Help of Our Texas Car Accident

Having an auto accident lawyer in your corner gives you an advantage when going through the complex process of claiming compensation.

Working with insurance companies and negotiating a fair settlement can be an uphill battle, and you have to watch what you say, as they will be looking for any opportunity to dispute your claim so they can pay you less.

Our car accident lawyers in Texas are experienced in negotiation and defending our clients’ rights. We can also guide you through the settlement process and advise you on whether an offer is fair or if we strongly believe you have a strong case and could secure a higher payout by taking your case to court.

At Patino Law Office, we work for a contingency fee, which means you’ll only ever pay legal fees if we win your case.

The statute of limitations for personal injury in Texas is two years from the date of your accident. There are exceptions to this law, so if you’re not sure how long you have to make a claim, contact our personal injury lawyers in McAllen and San Antonio today.

Our car accident lawyers are dedicated to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve while you focus on your recovery. We’ll never encourage you to settle for less than your case is worth. To see if you have a claim, get in touch with the Law Ninja at Patino Law Firm by calling 855-LAW-NINJa or filling in our contact form.

Contact Our Texas Car Accident Lawyers Today

For a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate Texas Car Accident lawyers, call us today at 855-LAW-NINJA or send us a confidential message through our contact page.

We’ll do our best to help you and your family through this difficult time.

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