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Posted on in Truck Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerSometimes, drivers simply drift off. On January 31, a driver of a semi-truck did just that on IH-35 near San Marcos, running into the bridge columns that support the Blanco River access road in the early morning hours. While normally, single-vehicle crashes do not take out bridge supports, semi-trucks are significantly larger than the average car. Either way, many people tend to underestimate the amount of damage that a single-vehicle accident can cause both to the vehicle and to its environs, and they tend to not understand that sometimes, others may be liable for the conditions that caused the crash.

Causes and Statistics Vary

While they may not be as flashy as multi-car accidents, single vehicle accidents can be just as dangerous. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 2016, approximately 52 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide were single-vehicle accidents, with Texas figures reporting exactly half of all fatal accidents as involving only one vehicle. While correlation is not necessarily causation - there are many factors that can explain the frequency of single-vehicle accident fatalities, including high-speed limits and so-called “highway hypnosis” - it is nonetheless noteworthy as many simply assume single-vehicle accidents are somehow less dangerous when they are not.

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Texas injury lawyerAccidents involving trucks can be even more dangerous and cause more injury than those with standard automobiles, due to their size and heft. Because they can be such dangerous instruments, they must also be maintained well. However, among the many possible causes of trucking accidents, improper truck maintenance is a major factor in many. It can be difficult to prove, though, so any information you are able to obtain may be of help.

Federal Violations Are Common

In the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) propagates a set of rules and regulations that both trucking companies and their drivers are intended to abide by. These include routine equipment tests for everything from tires to brakes, with potential fines for missed tests and other violations. However, studies in the most recent handful of years have shown that these guidelines, as well as the rules about driver fatigue and limits on hours, are routinely violated, usually in the name of trying to save money (or make more, depending on the situation).

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerOn January 24, 2018, in Seguin, a seven-car accident injured four, sending two to the hospital. The accident occurred on I-10, while a patrolman was conducting a routine traffic stop - two cars collided near the stop zone, and then others were unable to stop in time to avoid the collision itself. Only one or two of the automobiles involved struck the police car, with the others hitting the private cars that had piled up. Striking a police vehicle and causing an accident is not exactly a positive event, but if one must be involved in an auto accident, having it be with a police car actually does have some small advantages.

Coverage Will Be Present

While police departments do not generally carry car insurance in the same manner as any private driver, they will be insured by the government they protect. This matters because Texas requires a certain amount of insurance to be carried, yet many people do not, and uninsured or underinsured motorist claims are common. Recent available data from the Insurance Information Institute reports as many as 14.1 percent of Texas motorists are uninsured or underinsured - which means that if they are involved in an accident, they lack the relevant insurance that would pay their medical bills or that of anyone they injure in the accident.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerThis year, Texas has seen its share of cold weather. With cold weather tends to come ice and unfamiliar driving conditions, and when conditions are unfamiliar, accidents result - one report had as many as 230 crashes occurring in San Antonio during the week of January 15-19. If you have had the misfortune to be involved in one, it may simply be bad luck, but it may also be the result of someone’s negligence.

Deceptive Road Conditions

One of the most common reasons for accidents in Texas winter weather is that the roads may still appear to be in normal working order. For example, in areas further north where feet of snow may fall at any moment, it is a large, bright warning sign that caution is required in driving. Texans almost never have this, even if temperatures are below freezing. Black ice is very difficult to detect on the roadways, and it is one of the leading causes of accidents on non-snowy roads. It can even play a role in accidents that are in theory not caused by sliding; many people do not realize that rain is freezing until it has hit the ground.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerIn the wee hours of January 6, 2018, two people were injured when a car turned the wrong way on Texas 151, striking another driver head-on. Both drivers sustained significant injuries, with the wrong-way driver’s being more serious. While both drivers are expected to make a full recovery, they are lucky in that sense, given that wrong-way accidents kill significant numbers. If you are injured in a head-on collision, the odds are against your recovering to the same degree of health you enjoyed before the accident.

Fatalities Are Common

Wrong-way collisions are, by definition, head-on collisions, given that one driver is going against the flow of traffic. Texas roads can be dangerous, with almost 3,800 fatalities in 2016, but if one examines the statistics on head-on collisions, one can see that consistently, they account for a higher percentage of deaths than they do for crashes overall. There are many reasons for that, not least of all that the majority of vehicles simply do not have enough protection in the front, due mostly to the shape and style of car being driven more nowadays. A small, snub-nosed vehicle will protect less efficiently than a car with a long, reinforced hood.

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