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TX injury lawsRecently, a female cyclist was struck by an SUV on East Martin Luther King Boulevard, just east of I-35. The woman was immediately transported to Dell Seton Medical Center, with injuries that law enforcement called “life-threatening,” though no further details exist as of this writing. The driver of the SUV remained on the scene, and as of this writing it does not appear that any charges will be filed against them. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents can certainly be life-threatening, and if you have been involved in an accident like this, you will almost certainly have significant medical bills that need paying. Contacting an attorney is a good way to increase the odds that the person who injured you will pay them.

Bicycle Accidents on the Rise

For a variety of reasons, bicycle accidents in Texas have risen in frequency for the past few years, especially in urban counties. Statistics from Share The Road Texas show that Travis and Bexar counties rank in the top counties for both fatalities consistently, as well as in total bike crash numbers overall. Both counties also have notoriously high traffic levels, as well as more bicyclists than in past years.

Because there are so many different scenarios in which a bike accident can happen, multiple types of injuries are common. Some of the most frequently seen injuries in bicycle crashes include so-called ‘road rash’ (cuts, scrapes, and bruises, which may contain gravel or pavement), broken bones, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs, in particular, will happen even if a bicyclist is wearing a helmet in some cases, just because the sheer velocity with which a bicyclist and a car often collide will cause physical trauma even with protection.

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TX injury lawyerA crash on San Antonio’s northwest side recently left one injured, and one detained by police after a van crashed into a pole. The crash occurred near the intersection of West Hausman Road and University Heights Boulevard, with the passenger from the vehicle being transported to University Hospital for their injuries. Witnesses described the driver as ‘straddling the median’ before the vehicle crashed, and police detained the driver, though as of this writing there is no word on the exact reason for the driver’s detention. This type of single-vehicle accident can be difficult to recover from, though having an attorney by your side can help the process go more smoothly.

Single-Vehicle Accidents Are Deadly

Statistics show that single-vehicle accidents contribute a high number of fatalities to the overall yearly total of road deaths because many single-vehicle crashes involve rollovers. Rollovers are by far the most deadly type of car accident; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that while rollover crashes only comprise about two percent of the yearly total, they are responsible for as much as 35 percent of the fatalities.

Even in those single-vehicle crashes which are not rollover in nature, the injury and fatality count can be high. Many are head-on collisions, like the crash on West Hausman Road, which often leads to whiplash and brain injuries, though fewer fatalities than rollover accidents occur. In 2017, Texas was second in the U.S. in the number of single-vehicle crash deaths (1,863), which made up exactly half of the state’s total road deaths. If you have been in a single-vehicle accident, it is critical to get checked out immediately, even if you think you have escaped unscathed.

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TX injury lawyerTwo-wheeled electric scooters have become omnipresent in Austin and many other metropolitan areas in the past year or so, purporting to offer commuters a little extra boost to their travels. However, they have been controversial, causing issues for disabled pedestrians and also, allegedly, leading to injuries on a regular basis. There has not been a completed study of scooter injuries as of this writing, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has requested Austin’s data on the issue as they work on theirs. If you have been injured by a person on a scooter or while using a scooter yourself, data like this can be very relevant if you decide to bring suit to try and recover for your medical bills.

Weekends Downtown Have Highest Risk

A pattern of injuries sustained in scooter accidents has been occurring ever since their installation in Austin some months ago. In January, an Irish exchange student died after being struck by a car while using a scooter; anecdotal evidence suggests at least a handful more have died while using scooters in traffic. Injuries have numbered in the hundreds at Dell Seton Medical Center alone since the end of September 2018, with head injuries, cuts, and bruises being the most common.

The data shows that if one breaks down the number of injuries logged by Austin/Travis County EMS, one can see the most injuries occurred on nights where crowds downtown are at their largest - Friday and Saturday nights’ totals were significantly higher than those for other days. It is also indicative that almost two-thirds of the injury accidents in the data occurred in Austin’s Congress District, with the remainder scattered throughout the city limits - like with any other type of vehicle, more traffic will mean a greater risk of injury.

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TX injury lawyerRecently, a New Braunfels man was struck by a car and killed while he was pushing a shopping cart across I-35 South. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing, and the young driver did not see him until it was too late to take evasive action. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. As of this writing, no charges are being filed against the driver, but in many pedestrian accidents, this will not be the case. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills.

Pedestrian Fatalities on a Net Rise

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report a very slight decrease in pedestrian fatalities in 2017, with just under 6,000 being reported. Many of the reported correlations from past years remained the same, however - for example, over two-thirds of those killed in pedestrian accidents were male, which has been the case for several years running. Another notable correlation is timing - for the last few years, the highest percentage of fatal accidents with pedestrians occurred between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm.

Generally, pedestrians have a fairly high injury and fatality rate simply because they have little to no protection from the heft and velocity of an automobile. However, certain demographics tend to be injured or killed more often, for a variety of reasons, many of which have to do with lower income and/or poor infrastructure. For example, those in lower-income neighborhoods are more likely to be in accidents because streetlamps and sidewalks are more likely to be in bad repair.

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TX accident lawyerAirplane crashes are statistically rare, but when they happen, it can be devastating. A small plane crashed near the intersection of Lakeway Boulevard and The Hills Drive recently, killing one of its passengers, and leaving the other in critical condition at Dell Seton Medical Center. Small planes are statistically more likely to crash than larger craft, and when they do, you may wind up sustaining significant medical bills if you are involved. You will need an experienced aviation accident lawyer to help you get what you are due.

Many Causes of Aviation Crashes

While commercial airline crashes get the bulk of the publicity in the media, small plane crashes occur at a depressingly common rate. Approximately 400 people died in 1,335 'general aviation' accidents, which includes small planes and other craft like gliders, in 2016 (the most recent available data). This works out to roughly 26 accidents per week, with 4 of those being fatal. While small planes are not inherently unsafe, there are several factors that make flying in one, as opposed to in a larger commercial aircraft, more likely to result in injury or death.

One of the most significant differences between small planes and larger commercial airlines is that pilots are not required to log as many hours to be certified to fly small planes, which can conceivably lead to increased incidences of pilot error. Landings can also be more difficult in small planes, which often land at smaller airports which may not be well maintained. These are in addition to the more standard causes of any accident, such as dangerous design or defective parts. No information has been released regarding any causes for the Lakeway crash, but if you are involved in a small plane crash, you may be able to bring suit against someone if you suspect the accident was due to their negligence.

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