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TX injury lawyerOne person was injured in a recent car accident in north San Antonio’s Stone Oak neighborhood after another driver crashed into their vehicle and pushed it off the road. The car slid down an embankment and collided head-on with a boulder, after which the injured person had to be extricated. Since the accident, the driver who allegedly caused the crash is facing intoxication assault charges, but this crash also serves as a reminder that stationary objects near the road can be a major contributing factor in the severity of resulting injuries.

Car Accident Injuries From Stationary Objects

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), fixed or stationary objects are a factor in about 20 percent of fatal car accidents. These crashes include a variety of objects, including trees, rocks, ditches, phones and light poles, medians, barricades, guardrails, and more. While most of these crashes involve just one vehicle, 5 percent of them involve multiple vehicles, like in the recent case in San Antonio.

Can Someone Else Be Liable If I Collide with a Fixed Object?

If you are struck by a negligent driver, you may be aware that you can pursue compensation for injuries and damages that you suffer in the collision. However, you may wonder whether this also includes injuries from a collision with a stationary object after being hit by another car. In many cases, the answer is yes, especially if you can demonstrate that the actions of the driver caused you to crash into the object.

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TX injury lawyerIn late December, an eight-car pile-up on Loop 410 in San Antonio left several people injured, with law enforcement reporting that street racing may have been responsible for the collision. Fortunately, none of the injuries were serious in this case, but racing is an extremely dangerous activity that puts everyone on the road at risk of severe injury and even death. Texas law makes street racing a crime, but if you are injured in a car wreck caused by racing drivers, you need an attorney who can help you recover compensation.

Texas Laws Regarding Street Racing

The Texas Transportation Code includes several statutes that may apply when a driver is racing on the road. Street racing often involves driving in excess of the speed limit, for which a driver can be charged with fines up to $300 depending on the miles per hour above the limit. It may also be considered reckless driving, which is defined as operating a vehicle with “wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” and may result in penalties including a $200 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Texas law also specifically prohibits racing on the highway, which includes any contest of speed, acceleration, or a driver’s endurance. This offense is considered at least a Class B misdemeanor, with penalties including fines of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail. Repeat offenses can result in more significant penalties, and if racing results in injury or death, it is considered at least a third-degree felony.

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TX accident lawyerIn early January, a car accident on Bandera Road in Helotes, just northwest of San Antonio, claimed the lives of the parents of four children. All four children were in the car at the time and also suffered minor injuries. Since the crash, San Antonio’s COPS Metro Alliance, a coalition aimed at bettering the lives of families, is advocating for the lowering of the speed limit in the area, which they believe can help prevent similar tragic accidents in the future.

Speeding Often Leads to Deadly Accidents

Excessive speeds are a safety concern throughout the San Antonio area and the state of Texas. According to 2019 statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, out of the 3,610 traffic fatalities that year, 715 involved speeding, a figure that amounts to nearly one in five. Twenty-eight of those fatalities happened in Bexar County. In addition to the consequences of fatal accidents, thousands more Texans are injured in accidents involving speeding each year. High-speed collisions can result in severe and catastrophic injuries, including to the brain, spinal cord, extremities, and internal organs.

Speeding and Driver Negligence

Posted speed limits on Texas roads are meant to ensure that drivers travel at a safe speed for regular road conditions. A driver who exceeds the posted speed limit is potentially breaching his or her duty of care to others on the road, and if an accident happens as a result and someone is injured, the speeding driver can be considered negligent.

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TX accident lawyerPolice officers often spend a significant portion of their day on the road, and as a recent Texas car crash demonstrates, this can put them at risk of injury. A Houston officer suffered a leg injury when another driver failed to yield the right of way at an intersection and collided with the officer’s vehicle. In the case of an on-the-job car accident such as this, an officer may be entitled to both workers’ compensation benefits and compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against a third party.

The Limits of Workers’ Compensation in Texas

Police officers and any other employees who are injured while driving on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if their employer offers them, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. However, employers in Texas are not legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance, so these benefits may not always be available. Even when they are, they can only cover reasonable medical expenses and a portion of the employee’s weekly wages if he or she misses more than seven days of work due to the injury. In many cases, injury victims must look elsewhere to receive full compensation for their damages.

Personal Injury Lawsuits for Work-Related Injuries

If your work-related injuries were caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, you can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim against the third party. In the case of an on-the-job car accident, this often means filing a lawsuit against the other driver, especially when you know or suspect that the driver was speeding, distracted, under the influence of alcohol, or otherwise responsible for the crash.

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TX car accident attorneyRecently, 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.

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