Category Archives: Auto Accidents

Not If, But When You Are Involved in a Car Accident

car-accident-damagesMost 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:

Do you Need GAP Insurance When Purchasing a New Car?

Texas injury attorney discussed benefits of GAP insurance.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.

Elderly Couple Poses for Picture Following Car Accident

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.

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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

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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.

4 Common Car Accident Factors During Road Trips

San Antonio Car Accident Attorney Discusses Road Tip SafetyWith 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:

  1.  “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 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.

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

Can A Minor Fender Bender Lead to Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury? Yes….

San Antonio Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries.A car accident has the potential to negatively affect victims in many ways, most notably resulting in personal injuries.  Most commonly, victims suffer from soft tissue injuries that result in back, neck, and shoulder pain.  In extreme cases, victims may suffer broken bones, paralysis, or even death.  However, as an auto accident attorney in San Antonio, I’m painfully aware that in rare cases, these traumatic auto accidents can trigger unknown disorders that the victim was previously unaware of, which a David Moseley, age 31, is now painfully aware.

Moseley, who is undergoing treatment at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock Texas, is suffering from Syringomyelia, also known as SM.  SM is a rare disorder in which the spinal fluid cannot flow normally due to either a congenital defect, or as the result of back, head, or other trauma.

Even in cases where the disorder is congenital due to a malformation of the spinal canal, it often does not affect the patient until the patient experiences some sort of trauma, such as a car accident, or other trauma.

In the present case, Moseley went from being in perfect health to spending most of the last two years in a wheelchair, in and out of rehabilitation facilities, and has undergone numerous surgeries and procedures. 

New Automobile Technology Raises Safety Issues and Prompts Nissan Recall

San Antonio car accident lawyers - Barrus Law GroupJust as President George W. Bush stated that this country is “addicted to oil,” in the United States we are also addicted to technology.  A day without our smart phone would send most of us into shock.  Likewise, the automobile industry is also addicted to technology.

Automotive technology has led to some amazing advances in innovation and performance.  However, as a San Antonio car accident lawyer, I’ve seen firsthand the complex nature of these advanced technologies, which have the potential to malfunction, making safety a primary concern.  As a result, thousands of people are injured each year in automobile accidents that occur as a result of these types of automobile design defects.

In fact, recently Nissan Motor Company issued a recall on nearly 200,000 sport-utility vehicles, many of which are located in the United States.  The recall came about to fix malfunctioning brake control software that could make it difficult to stop vehicles, thus increasing the risk of auto accidents. The recall affects the following Nissan models:

Tips for An Accident Free Halloween in 2013

Halloween Safety Tips Provided by Texas Injury Lawyers at Barrus Law GroupEven in Texas, there is a nip in the air as Halloween is upon us.  For the kids, this is one of the most exciting times of the year – carving pumpkins, picking costumes, and of course – the loads of candy the come from trick-or-treating all add to the excitement of Halloween.  However, sadly, as a San Antonio injury lawyer, I have found that Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year, especially for our youngsters.  As such, the Barrus Law Group offers the following safety tips to keep you and your children safe this Halloween:

  1. Proper Supervision – while Halloween is a lot of fun for the kids, adults tend to party it up on Halloween night as well.  And unfortunately, many irresponsible drivers will choose to drink and drive on Halloween, especially in San Antonio, which has an unusually high number of drunk driving related accidents each year.  As parents it’s important to keep our youngsters safe by offering proper supervision during trick-or-treating.  Keeping children inside of residential areas, and shuttling them across busy roadways is one way to help keep the kiddos safe.