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Texas Pedestrian Accident LawyerBeing involved in a car accident is often a shocking experience. After the collision, vehicle occupants may be confused and traumatized. They may leave the vehicle to find out what happened despite the danger of doing so. Unfortunately, two people recently lost their lives in San Antonio when they exited the vehicle after being involved in an accident.

Highway Collision Leaves Two Dead on I-35

Motorists on the highway are often traveling upwards of 60 or 70 miles per hour. This makes the highway an extremely dangerous place to be a pedestrian. Motorists may be traveling too fast to see a pedestrian and stop in time – especially at night. At approximately 1am on November 6, 2021, A man and a woman were traveling in an SUV when they were struck by a pickup truck. The crash victims got out of the vehicle and were struck by a driver in a van. This accident was fatal.

Liability in a Fatal Car Crash  

The driver of the van who struck the man and woman on I-35 is not facing criminal charges as of this blog’s publication. However, the situation serves as a reminder of just how complicated car accident liability can be. Often, the actions of multiple individuals lead to a fatal accident. In this situation, both the driver of the pickup truck who caused the original accident and the driver of the van are involved.

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Texas Red Light Accident AttorneyMost drivers can relate to the frustration of being delayed by a red light. However, stop signals are crucial elements to a safe and functioning traffic flow. When a driver runs a red light or stop sign, he or she can easily collide with another vehicle or pedestrian. Just recently, a driver running a red light on Loop 410 in San Antonio caused a major car accident. The driver ended up pinned inside the car while another motorist suffered a head injury. Fortunately, both individuals survived the collision. However, other red light accident victims are not as lucky.

Accidents Caused by Running a Red Light

There are many reasons that a driver may fail to stop at a red light. Some drivers are simply in a hurry and hope that running the light will get them to their destination faster. Others are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Drivers may also miscalculate the amount of time they have before the light turns red. A driver who sees a yellow light may hope that by stepping on the gas, they can make it through the intersection before the light turns red.

Distracted driving can also lead to running a red light. A driver who is looking down a cell phone, attending to passengers, or using the GPS may not see the red light in time to stop. These types of oversights can lead to severe and fatal crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that nearly 1000 people died in red light accidents in 2019 alone. Red-light cameras may reduce the incidence of red-light accidents by as much as 21 percent. Unfortunately, these measures do not eliminate the chances of being struck by a driver who runs a red light.

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New Braunfels Car Accident AttorneyJust under 3,900 individuals lost their lives in Texas car crashes in 2020. This figure represents a significant increase from 2019 traffic fatalities. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that speeding and not wearing a seatbelt are some of the top contributing factors in these fatal accidents. Unfortunately, a fatal car crash can happen to anyone. Recently, a San Antonio accident left three critically injured and two dead. Like many collisions, the accident is thought to have involved speeding.

Crash Caused Both Cars to Roll Over

Police say that a man driving a Volkswagen Jetta was traveling above the speed limit when he struck a pickup truck exiting a restaurant. According to the police report, the crash was so intense that it caused both drivers to lose control of their vehicles. The Volkswagen Jetta and pickup truck rolled over several times before coming to a stop. Sadly, both of the Volkswagen’s occupants died during the collision due to blunt force injuries. The individuals in the pickup truck were rushed to the hospital.

Speeding Continues to Be a Major Contributor to Texas Crashes

Many people admit to driving above the speed limit from time to time. However, speeding is much more dangerous than most people realize. Speeding reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to a dangerous situation and increases the force applied to vehicle occupants in a collision. The National Safety Council reports that speeding was a contributing factor in over a quarter of all fatal accidents in 2019. Speeding is especially dangerous on gravel roads and during adverse weather.

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New Braunfels Car Accident AttorneyThe last thing any family would expect when they are relaxing in their own home is a vehicle smashing through the wall. However, this is exactly what happened to one San Antonio family. The crash, which occurred just before midnight on October 6, 2021, left a 3-year-old child injured and a home in complete disarray. Fortunately, no one died from the accident. The shocking pictures of the accident scene are a stark reminder of just how lucky the home’s residents are to be alive. Sadly, many car accident victims are not as fortunate.

Pictures Show a Dramatic Accident Scene

The pictures from a recent San Antonio accident are unlike typical car accident photographs. Images show a vehicle surrounded by debris partially inside of a residential home. The front of the car crashed directly into the front of the home, leaving a massive hole. A young girl and her father were home that evening, but fortunately, they both survived the stunning experience. A nurse heading home from work witnessed the accident and ran into the rubble to help care for the injured toddler. The girl was taken to the hospital for her injuries and is reportedly in stable condition. The father and other occupants were unharmed.

Driver Allegedly Missed a Turn at an Intersection

The driver who crashed into the home is in police custody as of October 7, 2021, however, the consequences he may face for the crash are currently unknown. The man allegedly missed a turn at a T intersection which sent his car speeding toward the house. He then fled from the accident scene but was caught by police shortly after. Police suspect that the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.  

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Texas car crash injury lawyerNeedless to say, the last few years have been some of the hardest times in recent history. Texans are juggling COVID-19 fears, demanding work schedules, family concerns, financial difficulties, and other worries on a daily basis. For many, finding the time to get adequate sleep is simply not possible.

Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can lead to serious consequences, including severe auto accidents. One San Antonio woman learned this lesson the hard way after falling asleep at the wheel and colliding with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 35.

Sleep Deprivation and Drowsy Driving is a Major Contributor to Accidents

Doctors recommend that adults get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. However, many of us fall short of this goal. Sleep deprivation can reduce cognitive functioning and increase reaction time – two major concerns for drivers. When drivers are sleepy, they may make crucial errors behind the wheel or even fall asleep for seconds or minutes at a time. Sleepy driving or drowsy driving is estimated to contribute to almost 100,000 car accidents each year. These accidents cause an estimated 1,500 deaths and 70,000 injuries.

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