There are many causes of car accidents, such as distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding. All of these are examples of driver negligence.
Avoiding this type of behavior is even more important on dangerous roads. San Antonio, like many cities, has many roads and highways that are more dangerous than others.
Loops 1604 and 410
Loop 1604 is one of the most congested roads in San Antonio, as it is a convenient way to travel around the city without using city roads. However, the high number of cars on the road results in many serious and fatal car accidents.
Loop 410, also known as highway 410, is dangerous for many of the same reasons. This is a popular road for commuters and like loop 1604, allows drivers to avoid driving directly through the city.
Distracted driving is an especially major problem on Interstate 10 due to the high number of tourist attractions. This causes drivers to become distracted while searching for their destination.
Interstate 10 is generally considered the busiest highway in San Antonio, with approximately 200,000 vehicles traveling on it every day. It is also the 4th largest interstate in the country.
Naturally, the higher number of drivers on these busy roads means there is a greater likelihood of an accident.
In addition to these highways, recent data shows that Culebra Road is proving to be one of the city’s most dangerous roads. In 2023, the number of accidents averages out to more than one per day and in a 2022 survey, more than half of the respondents said they thought the road was not safe.
Although the city eventually plans to make changes to the road, for now, city leaders are focusing on spreading the word about the road’s dangers and encouraging drivers to drive safely.
The damaging impact of a car accident
An accident on one of these roads or highways can change your entire life. No matter how safely you drive, you cannot control other drivers on the road.
When you suffer serious injuries in a car accident, you have a long road ahead of you. Car accident injuries are often incredibly painful and take a long time to heal.
Sometimes, the injuries may even be permanent, leaving you unable to do your job or engage in your favorite hobbies or activities. The cost of treating the injuries is also often enormous.
A car accident can also cause extensive mental and emotional trauma. You might require therapy or counseling to help you recover or even be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Know your options after a car accident
If you do not believe you were responsible for the accident, you could recover compensation for these types of losses by proving the other driver was negligent.
This means showing that the driver failed in their legal duty to drive safely, and that failure caused your accident. You must also prove your damages through evidence such as medical bills or wage statements.
Putting a number on mental or emotional suffering is more challenging. The other driver might also claim that you were negligent, which could reduce your compensation.
It is important to have your situation evaluated by a professional, so you have a realistic idea of what to expect and how to prove your case.