Monthly Archives: December 2013

3 Steps For Avoiding Rear-End Collisions

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.

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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.

Texas Teen Dies In Texting Related Car Accident

San Antonio Car Accident Attorney Stacey M. Barrus Discusses Dangers of Texing and DrivingAs 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.

Semi-Truck Drivers Caught Texting While Driving Face Criminal Penalties.

San Antonio Truck Accident Laywer Discussed Dangers of Distracted Truck DriversIf you are anything like me, driving in front of, behind, or anywhere near an 18-wheeler gives me anxiety.  Maybe the anxiety is natural, or maybe it’s because as a San Antonio truck accident lawyer I am all too familiar with the devastation these massive trucks can cause when involved in an accident.  However, even for those of you who don’t handle Texas truck accident lawsuits, to some extent you likely share my anxiety while traveling anywhere hear these large semi-trucks.

However, as someone who has seen the devastating effects that a truck accident can have on a family who has lost a child, spouse, parent, or sibling as a result of a trucking accident, I believe the anxiety and fears associated with sharing the road with 18-wheelers is well justified.

To make matters worse, it’s not uncommon to look up at a semi-truck driver and see them texting, or fiddling with their GPS or phone in some manner.  And, unfortunately, more semi-truck drivers are texting behind the wheel than you might imagine. 

6 Important Pieces of Information EVERY San Antonio Car Accident Victim Should Collect

San Antonio Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses Properly Documenting A Car AccidentAs a San Antonio car accident attorney, I’m all too familiar with the fact that thousands of car accidents occur in San Antonio every month.  Because so many car accidents occur on Texas roadways, it’s likely that you or someone you know has been in a car crash.  Fortunately, not all car accidents result in injuries, however regardless of whether or not you feel you were injured in the accident, it’s important to collect the following 6 pieces of information after ANY car accident, no matter how seemingly minor it may have been:

  1. The other drivers contact information
  2. The license plate number of the other vehicle
  3. Insurance information from the other driver

3 Reasons People Who Slip and Fall At Walmart May Need to Retain A Lawyer.

San Antonio Injury Lawyer Explains Slip and Fall AccidentsIf you slipped and fell at a Walmart store in the recent past, chances are that the following apply to your slip and fall accident:

  1. Walmart isn’t taking your claim seriously,
  2. They promised to have someone call you back, but you haven’t heard from anyone, or
  3. They denied your claim outright.

As a San Antonio injury lawyer, I have noticed that there appears to be an increase in slip and fall accidents at Walmart stores over the last couple of years.  This is likely due three factors:

  1. The rapid growth of Walmart,
  2. A quickly growing customer base, and
  3. Cost cutting measures taken by Walmart.

Over the last ten years Walmart has been one of the fastest growing grocery store chains in the United States, bringing in new customers and building new stores with alarming frequency.  As such, Walmart is now one of the largest grocery retailers in the United States.

Regular Visits To Your Doctor Can Improve Your Chances of Gaining Social Security Disability Benefits.

Disability Claims Lawyer in San Antonio Discusses Important Medical Records.Whether you file a claim for Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Social Security Income Benefits (SSI), it’s imperative that you demonstrate that you have a medically determinable condition that is preventing you from working. This means that a doctor or other medical expert must have evaluated your case, and determined that you are unable to work.  As a San Antonio disability lawyer, I have seen meritorious disability claims denied because of significant gaps in medical treatment during the evaluation of the claimant’s application.

Additionally, you must show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your disability will last at least 12 months or result in death.  Therefore, no matter how severe your injuries are, you must “show” the SSA that you are disabled, and that this disability will last 12 months or more.  “Showing” means providing evidence, which is why continuous medical visits with your doctor are important.  Statements you provide to SSA are probably not sufficient to meet the burden of “showing” them that you are disabled.  In almost all cases, you will need well-documented medical evidence to persuade the SSA that your disability claim should be approved.

Regular visits to your doctor, regardless of whether or not there are new findings, can demonstrate that your symptoms are real, have not improved, or perhaps have grown worse over time.

Additionally, it’s important to help your own doctor to properly document your disabling conditions.  Because the notes your doctor makes in your medical record, along with his or her recommendations, appear in the records sent to the SSA, it’s important that you help your doctor properly document your conditions by doing the following:

Negligence May Have Led to Wrongful Death of High School Football Student

San Antonio Injury Lawyer Discusses Wrongful Death Actions in Texas.A recent tragedy in a high school football game has once again drawn attention and criticism of the lack of oversight regarding medical injuries in high school sports.  Recently, Fox Sports reported that 17 year old Chad Stover of Tipton High School in Tipton Missouri suffered a severe injury during a high school football game. Stover was taken to the hospital by Ambulance, where he later died from the injuries sustained on the football field.

As a San Antonio personal injury lawyer, the lawyers at my firm are no stranger to the grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one – we help our clients through these difficult circumstances, but it never gets easier.

Unfortunate events like the death of Chad Stover have brought a considerable amount of awareness to the lack of preparedness, policies, and workable procedures that high schools and school districts have in place to deal with severe injuries. 

Truck Accident News: New Study Finds High Rate of Drug Abuse Among Commercial Truck Drivers

San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers of Barrus Law Group Discuss Drug Use Among Truck Drivers.As a Texas truck accident lawyer, I’m always interested in news about the trucking industry, and trucking rules and regulations.  Last week I read a recent university study, which found that commercial truck drivers suffer from a high rate of drug, use, specifically drugs that are considered to be “mind altering” substances.  While the study does state that the high rate of drug use among truck drivers is likely linked to high hours, insufficient sleep, and poor working conditions, none of those reasons helped put my mind at ease.  For those of us that share the road with these behemoth 18-wheelers, the “reasons” that commercial truck drivers abuse controlled substances probably doesn’t do much to calm our fears regarding safety, nor should it.  In fact, Reuters Health cited a recent study that showed that the “consumption of psychoactive substances” is a risk factor that could lead to a substantial increase in the number of trucking accidents.

In fact, there are more than 500,000 trucking accidents each year in the United States according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Moreover, these accidents resulted in the death of more than 3,700 people, with another 88,000 people being severely injured in 2012 alone.