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Teax car crash attorneyOn September 12, a 60-year old Austin man was killed when his pickup rolled into the center barrier on I-35 while en route to Waco. Witnesses reported the truck had been drifting and the driver over-corrected. The driver died at the scene, though no other injuries were reported, which is quite unusual for a rollover accident. It is sadly common for rollover accidents to result in severe injuries and death to more than just the driver of the rolled car.

One of the Most Severe Types of Accidents

Rollovers are more likely to be deadly to those inside the car than any other type of auto accident. Consumer Reports cites statistics that only approximately 3 percent of all car accidents are rollovers, but as many as 30 percent of passenger deaths are attributable to them. One can simply examine the physics - the most likely vehicles to roll over are tall and narrow, which gives them a higher center of gravity. The average car is built quite low to the ground, but a pickup truck, sport utility vehicle (SUV) or transit van, for example, will be taller and thinner.

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Texas accident attorneyThe sheer size of the state of Texas means that the automobile accident rate will always be quite high - in 2016, approximately 3700 fatalities were registered as a direct result of car accidents, a rise of approximately 5.5 percent from the previous year. With a variety of accidents and accident types come a variety of injuries, largely based on the type of accident (rear-end, head-on, and so on). Some traumas are more common than others and are more likely to be taken seriously by a judge or jury if you decide to bring suit against the other driver.

Brain Injuries - Especially in head-on and rear-end collisions, the potential for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is very real. TBIs can run the proverbial gamut, from concussions to permanent brain damage. Generally, if your car is struck from behind or head-on, it can make the neck snap backward or forward, causing soft tissue trauma, but also allowing a passenger or driver to strike their head on the windshield or dashboard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named car accident injuries as the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury in its most recent available data.

Soft Tissue Injuries - Whiplash is arguably the most common injury seen in Texas auto accidents, but whiplash is not the only injury to the soft tissue that an accident victim can sustain. Simple sprains and strains of the neck or other limbs occur with regularity, and torn ligaments or tendons are only somewhat less common. Whiplash occurs in crashes of great severity, as the head and neck are ‘whipped’ forward and back, or to one side, with severe force. Soft tissue injuries have the possibility of being anywhere on the medical continuum, from mildly inconvenient to debilitating.

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Texas injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerNot every driver and passenger is physically similar. Just as everyone has a unique set of physical features, like eye and hair color, each person’s health is a bit different. Some individuals involved in a car accident will have no pre-existing health conditions. Others will suffer from serious illnesses or conditions. This means similar collisions will not cause the same types of injuries. If one person has brittle bone disease, hemophilia, or another serious condition, then a relatively minor or moderate collision could result in that individual suffering catastrophic injuries no one could expect. The driver who caused the accident will be responsible for all of that individual’s injuries even though they are more extreme than could be anticipated. People who are negligent and hurt others must take the victims as they come. This is known as the eggshell skull rule.

Understanding the Eggshell Skull Rule

Under Texas personal injury law, individuals who cause injury due to their negligence are responsible for all of their victim’s injuries – even those that are unexpected or rare. It does not matter if someone has a pre-existing medical condition or vulnerability that made his or her injuries worse than they would have been in other circumstances. It does not matter that the consequences of the accident appear disproportionate compared to the severity of the accident.

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Texas injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerIn April, a 17-year-old Texas student was killed in a rollover accident on 183-A tollway in Cedar Park. The SUV she was driving collided with a barrier and rolled over. She was thrown from the vehicle and passed away at the scene. Her passenger was seriously injured in the incident and taken to a local hospital. It has been reported that neither the driver nor her passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The incident is a tragic reminder of the importance of safety belts within vehicles and ensuring teens wear them.

Seat Belt Facts

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of teenagers and adults who died in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained at the time of the accidents. That equates to more than 10,000 fatalities that could have been avoided with the proper use of a seat belt. That same year, seat belts were credited with saving 12,802 lives.

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Texas injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerTexas is not known for its safe roads. In fact, it is becoming known for its car and pedestrian accidents that lead to far too many injuries and deaths. While the state has a bad reputation, certain highways, local roads, and intersections are more dangerous than others. Certain cities even have a disproportionate number of particularly dangerous roads and intersections.

Dangerous Texas Intersections

Using data from the Texas Department of Transportation, a Texas data visualization company found the 279 most dangerous intersections in Texas, each of which witnessed at least 48 crashes between 2012 and 2015. In addition to determining the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths at the intersections, the partnership developed a danger score for each intersection. The higher the danger score, the more dangerous the intersection.

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