Recently, a two-car crash in the 600 block of North Business in New Braunfels killed one man and sent a couple and their four children to the hospital with “non-life-threatening” injuries. Law enforcement found that a Ford Focus was struck by the family’s Ford Transit 350 van after the Focus went over the road’s median and into the van’s path. The Focus driver was killed on impact, but the parents and their four children were only injured. It can be difficult to determine how best to proceed if you have been injured in an auto accident, especially if the person who caused your injuries is deceased. It is possible, though, and having an experienced attorney on your side can help make the process seem less intimidating.
Stats and Causes Vary
Because of Texas’ high population and high-speed limits (among other factors), the state posts high collision numbers every year. In 2019, almost 13,000 serious injury crashes occurred, with approximately 15,800 people sustaining a serious injury; this is a slight drop from the previous year, where only about 12,100 accidents occurred, with 14,900 individuals injured seriously. There was also a decrease in traffic fatalities from the previous year by about one percent. Still, a staggering 256,000 people were injured, overall, in Texas traffic crashes. Any type of drop-in injury and fatality statistics is a good thing, but it must be said nonetheless that Texas roads can be quite dangerous.
Auto accidents can be caused by any number of events, but some appear more often than others. The driver of the Ford Focus on North Business was found to have been speeding when he lost control of his car, and speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents in Texas. Others include failure to yield, operating your vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and distracted driving. If you can establish that any of these were happening at the time of your crash, you may have a case to argue negligence....