Recently, a major car accident near Lake Travis killed one person, and left five with injuries ranging from “minor” to “life-threatening.” The accident occurred near the 5200 block of North RM 620, killing one adult at the scene. Very little information was released about the crash, with law enforcement officials citing privacy concerns for the injured, though it was reported that one of the transported was unconscious, with another being pinned in their vehicle for some time. If you are unfortunate enough to have been involved in this type of accident, your medical bills are likely mounting, and you need a dedicated attorney on your side to help ensure they will be covered.
Statistics Show Accidents on the Rise
Texas roads have been getting more and more dangerous over the last few years, with Department of Transportation (TxDOT) statistics showing a small increase (between one and five percent) in the number of traffic accidents each year, with the number of serious injuries increasing by around the same amount. There are too many possible causes of serious injury accidents to count, but some examples include distracted driving, substance use (drugs or alcohol), speeding, and failure to share the road – behavior like failing to check mirrors or stay within the lanes while driving.
The Lake Travis accident could have been any type of crash, but the evidence would seem to suggest that it was a head-on or side-swipe crash, because these are the types of car accidents most likely to leave drivers and passengers pinned in their vehicles. Head-on collisions make up around 10 percent of all fatal crashes, while sideswipe or T-bone type accidents comprise only about three percent, but because of the point of impact, more people are likely to be pinned in the vehicle in these sorts of crashes.
If You Are Injured
If you have been in an auto accident and you believe that the other driver’s negligence caused your injuries, Texas law allows you to file suit against the driver to try and recover for your bills and other losses. Most personal injury cases are brought under a theory of negligence, where the plaintiff must establish a series of facts before they can recover any monetary damages from the defendant. They must show that the defendant breached their duty to exercise reasonable care toward the other motorists on the road (which exists by law in Texas), and they must establish that the defendant’s breach of duty led directly to your injuries, with no other intervening cause.
Keep in mind that the defendant may try to argue that you played a role in causing your own injuries. However, even if the court finds that your own negligence was a factor in your getting hurt, you can still recover as long as your percentage of fault is less than 50 percent. If you are deemed, say, 60 percent at fault, you cannot recover any money from the defendant or defendants – but if you are held to be only 20 percent at fault, you are able to recover 80 percent (you cannot recover for damages that are held to be your own fault).
Call a New Braunfels Auto Accident Lawyer
While no word exists as of yet regarding the status of the Lake Travis accident victims, your own situation requires quick action and a compassionate ear. The dedicated New Braunfels car accident attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm are ready to work hard for you and your family, to ensure that you get the fairest possible outcome for your case. Call our offices today at 888-392-0039 to schedule a free consultation.