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TX crash lawyerDrivers in South Central Texas rarely have to contend with severe winter weather conditions, but this can mean that when such conditions do arrive, they can be all the more dangerous. In recent days, as a rare winter storm has brought about the accumulation of ice and snow, police departments in New Braunfels, San Antonio, and the surrounding areas have received more than 100 reports of car accidents related to the weather, and several of them have been fatal. During this difficult time, it is important for Texas residents to be aware that they can pursue compensation for car accident injuries through a personal injury claim, even when the weather is a contributing factor in the accident.

How Can Texas Drivers Stay Safe in Winter Weather?

Generally, the best way to avoid an accident in winter weather is to avoid driving entirely while conditions are dangerous, as many Texas officials are currently recommending. You should consider delaying any unnecessary trips outside of your home until the severe weather abates and the roads are cleared. However, if it is absolutely necessary to drive, you should take special care to drive safely.

Safe winter driving starts even before you leave your home. First of all, you should be sure that your vehicle is equipped for the weather. This means that your tires have substantial tread, your brakes are fully functional, and you have working lights, defrosters, and windshield wipers. You should also clear your vehicle of snow and ice as much as possible so that you are able to see your surroundings while you are on the road.

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TX crash lawyerWhile some rear-end collisions are minor fender benders, others can result in severe injuries for the people involved, as a recent case in San Antonio demonstrates. This month, a woman was killed on Highway 281 after her car was rear-ended by a speeding driver, with the force of the impact pushing her 300 feet. The driver in question is now facing charges of intoxication manslaughter. If you or a loved one is injured in a rear-end collision, it is important to know how you can hold a negligent driver accountable.

Common Contributing Factors in Rear-End Crashes

Speeding is a common factor in many rear-end accidents, as it makes it more difficult for the driver to slow down or change course in time to avoid the crash. The intoxicating effects of alcohol are also a factor in many cases, impairing the driver’s physical and mental abilities and making it harder for the driver to notice or react to a sudden need to stop. However, these are far from the only examples of negligent behavior that may be involved in a rear-end crash. Others include:

  • Distracted driving: Mobile phones, passengers, and other distractions can remove a driver’s attention from the road for crucial seconds, during which they may fail to notice a need to stop, and in doing so collide with the vehicle in front of them.
  • Drowsy driving: A tired driver may have dulled reactions that keep them from being able to avoid a rear-end collision, or they may even fall asleep at the wheel for a long enough time to cause an accident.
  • Following too closely: Also known as tailgating, this behavior can be dangerous even if the driver is traveling at a legal speed. Failing to leave enough distance between vehicles means there may not be enough time to stop to avoid a collision.

Personal Injury Claims After a Rear-End Collision

A rear-end crash can leave you with whiplash, head injuries, broken bones, and other, more serious injuries depending on the circumstances. If you have been injured, you should work with an attorney to gather evidence to build your case for compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Often, rear-end crashes involve a combination of factors, and evidence of as many negligent behaviors as possible can strengthen your claim.

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TX accident lawyerIn early October, a man died after crashing into a tree because he swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle. The accident, which happened in Austin near an I-35 exit, shows that crashing into another car is not the only way for serious injuries to occur. In some cases, another driver can be found at fault for your injuries even if he or she was not directly involved in your collision. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you establish liability in these often complicated cases.

When Can Another Driver Be Liable For a Single-Vehicle Crash?

In many single-car accidents, the driver of the vehicle that crashed is considered responsible, and there may not be a possibility of pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. However, this is not always the case. If the actions of another driver initiated the chain of events that led you to crash, they may be liable for your injuries. Possible situations when this could be the case include:

  • Another driver swerving into your lane on the interstate
  • Another driver pulling out in front of you at an intersection
  • Another driver approaching you head-on while driving in the wrong direction or making an unsafe passing maneuver
  • Another driver coming to a sudden stop in front of you
  • Another driver stalling or parking their vehicle in an unsafe location

If you are injured after trying to avoid another driver, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may worry that your own car or health insurance is your only option for helping to cover your expenses, but contacting an attorney early on can help you determine whether a personal injury claim may be a better option. We will also help you gather evidence of the other driver’s negligence, possibly including video footage and witness testimony of the time surrounding the accident, which is crucial in these cases in which there may be no physical evidence of another driver’s involvement.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_rollover_20190215-172143_1.jpgRecently, a young Dripping Springs man was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, after his car rolled over on Hamilton Pool Road. Lake Travis and Bee Cave police responded. Two men who happened to be passing played an integral role in getting the flaming vehicle upright, as well as extricating the driver from the flames, which is thought to have saved his life. While this young man appears to have been lucky, rollover crashes are among the most deadly types, and living through one can leave someone with significant medical bills. You may be able to seek compensation for yours if you believe that the accident was caused by another person’s negligent conduct.

Statistics Show Disproportionate Danger

Statistics from SaferCar, an initiative run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that while rollovers make up a relatively small portion of car accidents each year (roughly 2.1 percent), that small number of accidents was responsible for almost 35 percent of all traffic accident deaths in the most recent data studied. Rollover accidents, especially multi-vehicle rollovers, have the tendency to be deadly because of the sheer weight and volume of matter being thrown around, and the extravagant way in which the vehicle can change position - if a car flips end over end, for example, it will understandably cause far more damage to anyone inside the vehicle than, say, a sideswipe collision.

Data from the NHTSA also shows, however, that in many rollovers, the occupants of the vehicle neglect to wear seat belts, which certainly adds to the fatality count. Without a seat belt, any damage done to the vehicle is acted upon the person in its cab, as one might guess; while restraints might not necessarily entirely protect someone from injury, statistics show a much lower proportion of belted drivers losing their lives in rollovers than those who neglected to buckle up.

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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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