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TX injury lawyerOn the night of August 22, the passenger in a black sedan was attempting to leave the car when it was T-boned in the intersection of the I-35 S service road and Koenig Lane in Austin. The passenger was killed, and the driver sustained minor injuries, along with the driver of the vehicle that hit the sedan. This type of accident is among the most difficult to experience or witness, because it can come completely out of nowhere, and create tragic consequences. If this happens to you, it is imperative that you understand your potential liability.

T-Bone Accidents

T-bone accidents are common and can cause real problems. Unlike front and rear collisions, side impact crashes can be particularly dangerous because there is very little between passengers and the crash. Recent data states that approximately one-quarter of all crash deaths in 2016 were due to side-impact collisions. In most situations, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault in a side-impact collision, just because so many scenarios are possible, though in a situation such as the Koenig Lane accident, the record shows fault, and this may be true in your accident as well.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerOne boy was biking in Austin on February 13 when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, collapsing in a neighbor’s yard while dragging his damaged bicycle. Two days later, he died in hospital, without the driver ever being located. While leaving the scene of an accident is a crime, it is also worth noting that many bicyclists are unaware of their rights and the dangers they might face on the road.

Risk of Injury Is High

As one might expect, the risk of injury is greater for bicyclists and pedestrians on public roads than it is for drivers. Travis County is one of the top ten in Texas for both bicycle crashes and fatalities, and in general, more accidents will occur on urban roads. However, rural accidents are more likely to be fatal. The boy mentioned above was struck on Teri Road, in a relatively populated area of Austin, and walked away from the scene, which is in keeping with the statistics, even though he later died of his injuries. Urban areas tend to enforce a slower speed limit, and increased traffic also tends to impede cars from traveling as quickly as they do in rural areas.

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Teas accident lawyerIn late September 2017, a pedestrian was struck as he crossed 36th Street in San Antonio, sustaining injuries that put him in critical condition. The driver did stop to provide assistance, and no charges were filed in the accident, but it is worth noting, if only because such stories are depressingly common in San Antonio. Besides the obvious precautions a pedestrian would normally take, though, it can be difficult to avoid accidents, and it can be difficult to obtain compensation if you are injured.

Statistics Show Increases

The most recent available statistical data for Texas pedestrian fatalities show increases over time, and quite significant ones - from 2014 to 2015, the number jumped approximately 14 percent, up to 558 deaths in one year. This is among the highest in the nation for that time frame, and while some of the high numbers may necessarily be explained by just how many people live in Texas, some can only be explained by less care being taken on both drivers’ and pedestrians’ part.

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Texas wrongful death lawyer, Texas motorcycle crash lawyerIn early June 2017, , a man was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a truck on FM 973 in Austin. His passenger was injured, but her unborn child did not survive. The driver of the truck that hit him was later charged with intoxication manslaughter, which may rise to two counts after the fetus was declared no longer viable. This is a sad yet common story in Texas, but it nevertheless reflects just how dangerous motorcycling can be even when one does everything right.

Statistics Show Significantly Higher Risks

The most recent available data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows a slight uptick in motorcyclist deaths from the previous year at 4,693. That constitutes approximately 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, which is more than double the amount seen a decade before. One notable trend is that almost two-thirds of the fatalities were sustained in multiple-vehicle crashes, which is slightly higher than previous years, but roughly in keeping with trends.

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New Braunfels personal injury attorneyEarlier this month, multiple vehicles were involved in a wrong-way crash on I-10 near San Antonio, Texas, in the early hours of the morning. The police believe the driver of the pickup truck was driving drunk when he headed the wrong way down the road. He hit a sedan on the side causing it to spin and then hit another vehicle before he stopped. Multiple people were taken to the hospital with injuries. A separate wrong-way accident a few weeks ago on I-35 led to two fatalities - the driver of a truck driving against traffic and the driver of the car he hit.

If you have been involved in a similar type of accident, do not hesitate to seek legal advice from the skilled Texas personal injury attorneys of the Bettersworth Law Firm. When you are injured because of someone driving the wrong way on a neighborhood street or highway, you deserve to recover from that person.

Wrong-Way Auto Accidents Plague Texas

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

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