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TX injury lawyerThe Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) performed sign maintenance work on I-35 recently, which forced many commuters to seek alternate routes as lanes were closed on Eisenhauer Road. All appeared to go well, with lanes reopening on schedule, but there were certainly enough honking commuters to infer that the closure caused problems. This type of maintenance is critical, despite the potential issues it may cause - obviously because road breakdowns cause problems, but also because failure to fix those breakdowns can put governments and other state entities like TxDOT on the proverbial hook for liability in the event of an accident.

More Than One Cause for Accidents

While the majority of car accidents can be ascribed, at least in part, to driver error, there are some incidents where neither driver may be at fault. Unforeseen road condition problems are recognized under Texas law as being grounds for liability, usually on the part of the state government or that of a city or town. Examples include potholes, construction zone-related issues, failure to prepare roads for inclement weather, faulty or absent guardrails, and missing or unusable signs or signals. In some rare cases, the design of the roadway itself (its overall visual plan) may be grounds for liability if a pattern of traffic crashes emerges there.

In most cases, a government entity has a duty to exercise reasonable care in maintaining the roads that fall under their jurisdiction. If they fail in that duty of reasonable care, the rationale is that they may then be held liable for any damages that occur as a result. This is a common-law theory still honored by Texas law. However, it is not unheard of that a private contractor may be responsible, especially in cases involving construction zones. In these cases, private contractors may be sued under a theory of premises liability. Bringing suit against a governmental entity is a different matter.


Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX accident lawyerTexas has weather that is often changing, especially during this time of year when rain or even snow can come out of nowhere. If you are in a car crash on Texas roads during the winter months, it is a definite possibility that poor weather or conditions have played a role in the accident occurring. Consulting an experienced attorney well versed in these types of cases is a good idea, as sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether you have a case or not.

Bad Weather Can Be Deadly

Statistics from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show very clearly that the risk of having an accident in poor weather is quite serious. “Weather-related” auto accidents in the years studied made up approximately 21 percent of all the crashes that occurred in the United States, and roughly 16 percent of the fatalities. Precipitation and wet pavement were the conditions that consistently impacted the highest number of traffic factors, both for drivers on the roads and for those planning around them. Examples include driver stopping distance and traction, but also traffic signal timing, road treatment strategy (to salt or not to salt?) and the like.

This may not sound like much, but the data averages out to a significant loss of life and overall casualty count, with over 5,000 killed and over 410,000 injured per year. That is a serious amount of potentially avoidable injury, with countless hours of productivity lost. Employers find their workforce tied up at one of the busiest times of the year in many industries. It is incumbent on every driver to exercise due caution when on the road in these types of conditions - however, many simply do not, and if you are injured by one of them, you may be able to make them regret it.

Texas car accident attorney, Texas personal injury lawyer, road rage,Everyone knows that automobile accidents can be deadly. According to national statistics, the chances of dying in a car crash are roughly one in 85. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of accidental death, so preventing them should be a top priority for all Americans. One of the first steps in avoiding a crash is to understand the main causes of car accidents, and this article will introduce you to three of them. Distracted Driving Distracted drivers contribute to thousands of accidents every year in the United States. In fact, these drivers cause nearly one-quarter of all crashes. Distracted driving includes texting behind the wheel, talking on a cellphone, putting on makeup, and slowing down to observe other accidents Drunk or Drugged Driving People who drink alcohol or use drugs while driving also contribute to a large portion of car accidents, and they are often fatal. These types of accidents rise in frequency during weekends and holidays. Speeding and Aggressive Driving Drivers who speed are more likely to end up in an accident, and there is a higher probability that the crash will be fatal. Like speeding, aggressive driving habits also contribute to many motor-vehicle accidents. There are several behaviors that fall under the umbrella of “aggressive driving.” These include cutting off other drivers, tailgating, saying verbal insults, and even displaying vulgar gestures. Accident and Personal Injury Law in Texas Car accidents can impact victims and their families for a lifetime. The legal technicalities surrounding these crashes can be quite confusing. After a wreck, it is often helpful to speak with an accident attorney to find out if you may be entitled to compensation. If you have been involved in a recent car accident, either as a driver or a pedestrian, and you wish to speak with an experienced New Braunsfels personal injury attorney, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm at 830-606-0404.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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