San Antonio personal injury lawyer, Stacey Barrus, of Barrus Injury Lawyers has received the Avvo.com Client’s Choice Award for the second consecutive year. The Client’s Choice Award is reserved for those attorney’s who are highly rated by their own clients on a consistent basis throughout the year. Congratulations to Stacey Barrus and his team at Barrus Injury Lawyers.
Recently, Barrus Injury Lawyers received a client’s choice award from Attorney rating site, Avvo.com.
Barrus Injury Lawyers received the 2014 Clients Choice Award as a result of the exceptional client experience they provide, and the client satisfaction created by the firm. They have multiple reviews on Avvo.com, each of which gives the San Antonio Injury Attorney firm glowing 5-Star Reviews.
Most people will be involved in some type of car accident during their lifetime. And, in spite of people’s love for sports cars, and traveling at a high rate of speed, it’s impossible to ensure that the other drivers on the road is as skilled or attentive as you are. In the majority of cases, car accidents are more of a nuisance than a major catastrophe, and those involved end up with only property damages, or minor bumps and bruises. However, many accidents are more serious, leaving injured persons with long-term injuries such as herniated discs, broken bones, and sometimes even result in death.
If you were not the driver at fault in causing an accident in which you were injured, and would like to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and your pain and suffering, it’s important that you obtain a skilled attorney who specializes in accident and injury cases. This is because insurance companies (including your own) will try to screw you every chance you get. They will often offer you a low-ball offer, and if you don’t accept it they will fight you tooth and nail, often denying your claim outright. This is why you need an experienced attorney on your side who knows how to fight the tactics employed by insurance companies. A skilled San Antonio car accident attorney provides you with the following advantages:
Recently, one of our experienced San Antonio auto accident lawyers wrote a helpful FAQ article regarding a question we frequently get calls about: GAP Insurance. What is it? Do you need it? Is it worth the money? So…Do you Need Gap Insurance or Not?
In this injury article, one of our injury lawyers in San Antonio discusses GAP Insurance, including factors that may indicate when purchasing GAP insurance may be beneficial.
I guess there’s no such thing as a bad time to take a picture…at least not for one elderly couple in California. The couple were involved in an car accident that caused their car to flip on it’s side. While the husband managed to escape from the vehicle, the wife was unable to escape on her own. While they waited for help to arrive, the couple had the presence of mind (or sense of humor rather) to catch a quick picture of the scene.
The picture depicts the elderly man standing next to the flipped car, and the elderly woman can be see still trapped in the vehicle, yet stopping to pose for the picture. As an injury attorney, it’s nice to see a flip-over accident in which there were no serious personal injuries. If you’ve been involved in a serious roll-over accident, you can have your questions answered for free by Barrus Injury Lawyers. Call them at (210) 593-8709.
Why Awareness About Perils of Distracting Driving Isn’t Necessarily Reducing Distration Related Car Accidents
As a San Antonio car accident attorney, I probably notice more than most the number of distracted drivers behind the wheel here in Texas. And, while it’s common knowledge that distracted driving costs lives, many people are still unaware of just how widespread the problem is. This is greatly due to the fact that the popular media has simplified the issue by focusing on “texting” and use of other electronic devises. However, distracted driving has been a problem long before such electronic devices were so widespread. In fact, in talking about distracted driving in terms of only “texting” we ignore the multitude of distractions that existed before the advent of smart phones and GPS devices. Distractions such as eating while driving, putting on make-up, passenger distractions, rubbernecking, adjusting dashboard controls, and sightseeing are among some of the distractions that existed long before “texting,” and which have just as great a tendency to cause an automobile accident as modern distraction.However, there is a good reason that many city and state law makers have zeroed in on electronic devices when drafting laws aimed at curbing distracted driving. Mainly, because the solution to the problem is so blatantly obvious – put the phone down!
Many cities, such as San Antonio, Texas have taken the lead in banning “texting” while driving. If public education and threats of criminal prosecution can persuade drivers to exercise greater care to avoid distracted driving, then perhaps we have a chance to eventually target other forms of distracted driving as well.
With the price of travel, and the status of today’s economy, more and more families are opting for vacations that involve road trips rather than vacations that require airplane travel. Whether you’re headed to visit friends, family, or just exploring a new destination, a road trip is a fun and economical way to get to your destination. However, spending long hours in the car has its negative aspects. As a San Antonio car accident lawyer, I’ve seen how many of the negative aspects of road trips can lead to car accidents. Here are four of the most common causes of San Antonio car accidents during a road trip:
- “Are We There Yet?” – Whether you’re fed up with little ones asking the question every ten minutes, or you’re hoping to make the drive a little faster, it’s tempting to speed on a long drive. Unfortunately, high speed is one of the top three causes of motor vehicle accidents in Texas.
Texas trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents that occur on Texas roadways. However, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents. Due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks, injuries and fatalities resulting from trucking accidents are far greater than most car accidents. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes. As a San Antonio truck accident lawyer, I have seen the devastating effects that a trucking accident can have on victims and their families, and I’m not alone in recognizing the devastation caused by trucking accidents.
According to 2012 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2011.
Like motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents can occur as a result of a variety of factors. Most trucking accidents are caused by driver error, and fatigue and sleep deprivations are the leading contributors to such error. Another common cause is equipment failure, which might occur in the form of brake failure due to improper maintenance. Maintenance issues such as tire blowouts as a result of wear and tear, defective lighting, or an improperly attached trailer top the list of maintenance issues that lead to trucking accidents Other factors can also contribute to trucking accidents, including adverse weather, road conditions, and traffic signal failure.
It’s been my experience that the majority of clients seeking a San Antonio car accident attorney have been involved in a rear-end collision. In fact, getting rear ended is by far the most common type of auto accidents in San Antonio. There are a lot of reasons for this, but mainly, rear end collisions occur out of negligence. In today’s society more and more drivers are distracted behind the wheel, whether it be text messaging, or using a GPS system – many drivers today simply aren’t paying attention to what they’re doing behind the wheel. And, while you can’t prevent every rear end collision, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances that you’ll be involved in such a collision:
1:Give Your Brakes a Tap. What catches other people’s attention about brake lights is not the fact that they’re bright or red. It’s the fact that they are noticeably brighter than your regular taillights and that they flash that catches people’s attention. If you want to increase the chances that you’ll be noticed when you are about to stop, tap your brakes a couple of times before you actually start slowing down for your turn. The flashes tend to catch people’s attention.
2: Give Plenty of Warning. Make sure you give people plenty of warning when you’re going to make a turn. Put your turn signal on at least a couple of seconds before you intend to turn off. This ensures that there is enough time for the people behind you to notice your turn signal and to give them a chance to get ready to brake so that they can accommodate you making your exit off of the road. If you uldon’t do this, it’s much more likely that you’ll end up getting hit.
Slow Down Gradually
. Make sure you slow down for your turns gradually. This gives people time to slow down and to match your speed so they don’t end up jamming on the brakes just before you make the turn. If they lockup their brakes, there’s a chance that they’re going to end up sliding into you and causing damage or injury.
Provided that you are driving responsibly and that you were giving everyone around you adequate warning that you are about to turn, you shouldn’t be rear-ended. If you are, you may want to speak with a San Antonio car accident attorney about filing a lawsuit. In some cases, these lawsuits end up paying out considerable sums of money in settlements and awards, depending upon how strong the case you have and how good of a lawyer you have. That is why we strongly recommend hiring an attorney that specializes in car accident cases, because a car accident specialist will know the ins and outs of insurance law as it relates to automobile accidents, and will know how to overcome the tactics that insurance companies employ to reduce or deny settlment claims. A “jack of all trades” lawyer, sometimes referred to as a general practitioner, will probably not be able to get you as large a settlment as a attorney that specializes motorvehicle accident cases.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you probably have questions abour your rights. We offer a FREE, no obligation consultation to help answer your important questions after a car accident. To speak with one of our experienced automobile accident attorneys in San Antonio, call us at (210) 593-8709, or visit our car accident info website to schedule your FREE consultation.
As a Auto Accident Attorney in San Antonio, I’m continually perplexed by the growing number of text messaging-related automobile accidents that occur on our Texas roadways, especially given the national attention, legislation, and campaigns to bring awareness to the dangers of texting while driving.
Recently, the dangers of text messaging while driving hit very close to home for many residents of Allen Texas. Recently, a 17 year-old Allen High School senior died in an automobile accident while texting and driving. It was reported that the teen was texting when her car veered off of the road and slammed into a wall.
Many people are perplexed that texting and driving still occurs with such frequency, especially given the widespread attention and awareness that national figures, like Oprah Winfrey, have tried to bring to the issue. However, as a San Antonio car accident lawyer, I see the dangers of texting and driving first hand in the many car accident victims that the Barrus Law Group and other San Antonio injury lawyers represent.