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TX accident lawyerA recent morning gave rise to a serious accident on County Road 110, near Rockride Lane in Williamson County. Law enforcement gave no indication that anyone was injured, but rollover accidents are among the deadliest types, causing disproportionate amounts of fatalities even though this type of crash is relatively uncommon. If you are lucky enough to survive a rollover crash, you likely have serious injuries and medical bills, but you may be able to obtain compensation for what you have been through.

Statistics Show High Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics on rollover accidents are somewhat outdated, but nonetheless very revealing of trends that do not appear to have changed over time. Roughly two percent of all accidents on the road are of the rollover type, but a shocking 35 percent of all passenger vehicle deaths during that time occurred in rollovers. There are different theories as to why, but most boil down to the common-sense fact that more simply happens in most rollovers - all that metal and glass actually overturning, and the physical forces involved, will do more to a human body than most other types of car wrecks.

Some drivers do contribute to their own injuries, most often by speeding or failing to wear a seatbelt. The NHTSA also noted an association between elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) and fatal rollovers, particularly fatal single-vehicle rollovers. It is also worth noting that many rollovers happen while the driver is engaged in routine maneuvers - which in turn leads to a possible conclusion that distraction or boredom can play a role as well.

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TX accident lawyerRecently, a man allegedly caused some criminal mischief on a Stone Oak street when he drove the wrong way, intentionally rammed a San Antonio police officer’s vehicle, and crashed in the lot of a car dealership, damaging three new vehicles. The driver was arrested at the Alamo Toyota dealership on Highway 281 and charged with several criminal offenses. If someone drives the wrong way on a public street, however, they can also be held liable under civil law by any person they allegedly injured.

Limited Time To File

It may be seen as common sense that drivers must drive on the right side of the road in the United States, but just in case, the state of Texas has codified that requirement. When someone drives on the other side, they are violating traffic laws in addition to whatever other offenses might occur. Wrong-way accidents are relatively rare, but the injury and fatality rate is much higher than that in most other types of crashes because they almost always involve a high rate of speed. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that approximately 14 percent of all wrong-way driving fatalities occur in Texas.

Because wrong-way accidents so often involve a head-on collision, they can cause severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and spinal cord problems, burns, and many others. It can feel overwhelming to try and contend with recovery as well as legal issues, but it is important to try and do both, especially since there is a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time an injured accident victim has to file suit. - usually within two years of the accident, which sounds like a lot, but in reality goes by very fast.

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TX crash attorneyTexas roads can be dangerous, especially when someone is driving at a high rate of speed. If enough speed and recklessness are present, crashes do happen, and sometimes, they can even be severe enough to cause a vehicle to roll over completely. Rollover accidents are among the most deadly that happen on U.S. roads in any state, and if your rollover crash was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring suit against that person to recover for your medical bills.

Statistics and Causes

Rollover crashes account for a disproportionate amount of all traffic fatalities simply because there is usually a disproportionate amount of metal and glass being thrown around, with a person or people inside the vehicle having little chance to escape. This is further compounded by not wearing a seatbelt or other restraint - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in the most recent available data, only around 2 percent of all accidents were of the rollover type, but nearly 35 percent of all traffic deaths were rollover accident-related. Roughly 70 percent of those deaths were not wearing a seatbelt.

Most rollover crashes occur when tires hit a surface like soil or the guardrail and ‘trip,’ or flip upward, due to their center of gravity. However, there are several different types of reasons why rollovers occur in the first place. Statistics show, for example, that many more rollover accidents are speed-related than non-rollovers. Rollover crashes are also more common on weekends and in the night hours (between 6 PM and 6 AM, generally).

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TX crash attorneyRecently, four people were injured in a serious wreck at 71 and Covered Bridge Drive, closing down Covered Bridge Drive for most of the morning. All of them were taken to nearby hospitals, with one having sustained life-threatening injuries and nature of the other three people’s injuries not specified. While no discussion of liability seems to have occurred in this particular case, it is important to be aware of your options after an accident. Too many people think that they have no case for one reason or another; in reality, you should be aware that there are ways to hold negligent drivers accountable.

Do I Need an Attorney?

If you have been in an auto accident and you or a loved one sustain serious or life-threatening injuries, hiring an attorney can feel like an overwhelming, insurmountable task. However, in reality, an attorney can be of great help with all of the sudden questions that pop up after a serious accident. An attorney can help negotiate with your insurer, search for evidence to support a personal injury claim, and handle the general legal questions while you focus on recovery.

Your attorney can also keep on top of deadlines that come up in this type of case. For example, Texas law allows two years from the date of the accident in which to file a personal injury lawsuit, which is very easy for an injured person to forget, given all the other situations on your proverbial plate during recovery. There are very rare exceptions to that two-year statute of limitations, but in general, that time is it, and an experienced personal injury attorney will be aware of that.

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TX accident lawyer= T-boning a police vehicle traveling westbound on West Martin Street. The police officer inside was treated for a head injury at University Hospital, and the driver was taken into custody, facing charges of evading arrest and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. An injured civilian could choose to bring a civil suit against the fleeing driver over any injuries they sustained, though on-duty police may not do the same thing. If you have been in a T-bone collision, your injuries are likely severe.

Causes and Definitions

A T-bone or side-impact collision is when the front end of a car strikes the side of another vehicle, usually causing severe injury to those sitting on that particular side of the second car. There are many different causes of this type of accident - that is, many situations where a side-impact collision will be more likely to happen than, say, a rear or front-end crash. Running a stop sign or a red light like the driver on West Martin Street is one of the most common causes of these types of crashes; traffic will have begun to travel on the green light and a driver with a red light may simply not stop.

A host of different injuries may happen with this type of crash, especially since victims in a T-bone accident do not necessarily have the same safety features available to them that those in a front or rear-end collision would. Studies have shown that seat belts or other restraints do slightly raise the survival rate of these crashes, but in most vehicles, no side airbags or other protection devices are present. Injuries may be as mild as broken bones, cuts, and bruises, or may be as severe as traumatic brain injuries and spinal damage.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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