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TX accident lawyerRecently, a three-way crash happened at Interstate 37 and Pecan Valley Drive after one driver drove the wrong way down the northbound lanes. The wrong-way driver was hospitalized in serious condition, while the other drivers were treated by EMS at the scene. It may seem rare, but accidents involving wrong-way drivers do happen, and they are statistically more likely to cause serious injury than most other types of accidents. If you have been injured by a wrong-way driver, enlisting a dedicated attorney to help you try and recover damages is crucial.

Wrong-Way Crashes Are Deadly

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that wrong-way crashes only comprise around 3 percent of accidents on divided highways (though more do happen on roads with no median), though studies estimate they cause far more injuries and fatalities. Casualty rates for wrong-way accidents have been estimated to be between 12 and 27 times higher than for other types, and one Michigan study found the fatality rate for wrong-way crashes to be around 22 percent, versus a rate of 0.3 percent for all other types of auto accidents in the same time frame.

There are several different reasons for someone driving the wrong way, and many of them involve them being in a compromised state. Examples include substance use (alcohol or drugs), drowsy or distracted driving, and physical or mental conditions such as epilepsy. Other possible causes include being unfamiliar with the roads, or not seeing signs or other indications as to the flow of traffic such as lights. If you are involved in a wrong-way crash and you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you can use this to try and recover for the harm you have suffered.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX injury lawyerWhen you are driving in Texas, you are required to obey the general rules of the road, including allowing other drivers ahead of you when it would be reasonable or appropriate to do so. However, sometimes you may get confused, or you may decide not to stop or yield, and an accident may happen. This kind of behavior is called failure to yield, and if someone is hurt by your failure, the City of Austin now requires that the matter be dealt with in court. This is a change made recently that may escape the average person, and if you do not know of the change and fail to appear in court, the consequences can be serious even if you plead ignorance.

Too Many Injuries and Fatalities

Historically, the City of Austin would allow anyone charged with failure to yield to pay the citation off online or at the Municipal Court, but that is no longer allowed if your failure to yield caused another person’s injuries. Those accidents are now going to be held to “higher minimum and maximum” financial penalties, with fees reaching up to $4,000 if the degree of injury is serious. These are not criminal charges - that may be another headache for drivers entirely - but these types of civil infractions can be quite costly in the long run.

The reason for the increased charges is because failure to yield has become more and more of a factor in fatal and serious injury crashes, with roughly 1 in 6 being affected last year. In 2016, Austin created its Vision Zero program in 2016, aiming for no traffic deaths within city limits, but so far numbers have not been lowering. Some of the reasons for this are out of the city’s control - for example, many accidents happen on I-35, which the City of Austin does not oversee.

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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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Posted on in Car Wrecks

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 accident lawyerRecently, Round Rock police arrested a man who had been intentionally running into other vehicles with his car on I-35 S. The man had been deliberately causing accidents until he wrecked his car in a ditch between the highway and frontage road. Once his car was in the ditch, he barricaded himself inside, requiring a SWAT team’s intervention. Eventually, he was arrested on criminal charges, but the people whose automobiles were damaged can also file civil suits. Damage to your vehicle caused by another person gives rise to potential liability, even if a typical accident has not happened.

Many Different Types and Causes

Texas’ large population leads to a disproportionately large amount of car crashes each year, and a number of fatalities that are roughly proportional, with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reporting roughly 3,600 fatalities in 2018. Different factors affecting collision frequency can also be tracked via statistics - for example, in 2018, approximately 55 percent of all fatal crashes occurred on rural roads - which generally boast higher speed limits and fewer lanes, which can make the odds for a crash higher.

Different types of collisions can also lead to different injuries. While most of the accidents caused by the man in Round Rock were rear-end collisions, there are several ways that cars can collide with each other or with other fixed objects - front-end, sideswipe, broadside or T-bone, and rollover crashes all can lead to severe injuries and fatalities, especially if drivers and their passengers are not wearing seatbelts (as 43 percent of accident fatalities were not at the time of their crash).

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