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TX injuey lawyerCar crashes in Austin involving pedestrians and bicyclists often are debilitating and even deadly. Often, negligent motorists are responsible for these accidents and resulting injuries. For example, texting while driving might mean that a motorist fails to see a pedestrian who is crossing the street, or an aggressive driver who is speeding cannot stop in time to prevent a collision. Given that electric scooters came to Austin, Texas relatively recently, users of these devices are now at greater risk of involvement in a collision with a motor vehicle. Recently, a foreign exchange student at the University of Texas, Austin was killed while riding an electric scooter. The crash occurred between the student and a motorist in a 2006 silver Volkswagen Jetta.

Motor vehicle collisions can happen quickly and without warning. If you believe your injuries resulted from another driver’s negligence, it is important to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation by speaking with an Austin car accident lawyer.

Collision Results in UT Student Fatality

The fatal collision occurred when a UT foreign exchange student from Ireland was riding an electric Lime scooter the wrong way while northbound in the southbound left lane of the I-35 service road. The 21-year-old scooter rider was struck by an Uber driver. Emergency medical responders rushed him to Dell Seton Medical Center, but he later died from his injuries.

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TX injury lawyerOn October 8, tragedy struck in Bastrop County, when a speeding pickup truck hydroplaned on Texas 95 and struck a sedan with children in the backseat. Three of the sedan’s passengers and the driver were killed, pronounced dead at the scene, two of them juveniles. Another child in the sedan was critically injured, with their fate unknown as of this writing. The pickup driver was in stable condition at an area hospital. While sometimes these types of accidents are unavoidable, many times they are not, and an avoidable tragedy may wind up resulting in significant civil liability for the responsible party. If you are in an auto accident that can be chalked up to another person’s recklessness or negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

Texas Negligence Law

In every negligence case, one has to prove certain things occurred in order to establish that the defendant was actually negligent. One must establish that a duty to exercise reasonable care existed between the plaintiff and the defendant - this is generally stipulated, as past cases have postulated the existence of this duty. It must also be established that the defendant breached that duty of care by their conduct, or lack of conduct (for example, failing to brake in the appropriate amount of time would be considered conduct). That conduct, that breach, must also be shown to have caused actual harm to the plaintiff. Actual harm generally means anything worse than cuts and bruises - broken bones, head injuries, or emotional problems like post-traumatic stress are some common examples.

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Texas injury lawyerThe morning of April 30 was both lucky and unlucky for a San Antonio motorist, who was involved in a rollover accident near Interstate 10 and Boerne Stage Road as she failed to notice that the street came to a dead end. She was not seriously hurt, sustaining only a possible broken arm and assorted scratches, and while this is obviously positive news, it is remarkable. Rollover accidents are by far the most potentially likely of all crash types to cause fatalities, and if you or a loved one is involved in a rollover crash, you may not be as lucky as the woman on Interstate 10.

Many Reasons for Increased Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s safercar.gov website reports that in 2010, only around 2 percent of reported auto accidents were rollovers, but those accidents made up almost 35 percent of all car crash fatalities. There are many disparate causes for statistics like these, but vehicle type can play a large role in turning a standard sideswipe or rear-end accident into a rollover. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as certain passenger vans or sport utility vehicles (SUVs), are much more likely to tip over when struck because they are not as low to the ground.

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Texas injury lawyerA woman was killed on January 18, when a passing motorist hit her stalled car from behind near I-37 and Donop. Her vehicle had stalled, and she had stayed inside to keep warm, but it rolled as it was rear-ended. Unfortunately, she was pronounced at the scene, and while the driver of the other car is not expected to be charged, it is still worth asking why events unfolded as they did, and why things did not go differently.

Rear End Collisions

The Washington Post quotes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in stating that approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions happen on U.S. roads each year, with Texas having its relatively proportional share of those accidents. This does make rear-end collisions the most common type of auto accident, but at the same time, the NTSB and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimate that as many as 80 percent of them could be avoided from making collision-avoidance equipment standard in automobiles.

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Texas accident lawyer, Texas wrongful death attorneyTexas is known for its traffic congestion and dangerous roads. Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Lubbock, and Plano have the greatest number of dangerous intersections. Accidents across the state grow even more common when bad weather strikes. Early March of 2017 was no exception to the rule and multiple accidents throughout the state caused injuries and fatalities. If you were involved in a crash in Texas, contact a personal injury attorney for assistance. An experienced attorney can help you gain compensation for your injuries.

Deadly Traffic Accidents in Mid-March 2017

  • On March 11, a six-vehicle crash on I-35 led to the death of a four-year-old girl. The child was properly buckled into a child safety seat, yet the impact was too great. An RV collided with the Kia SUV carrying the child. The incident caused three other individuals to be hospitalized, but they are all expected to be okay. The death of a toddler in a car accident may lead to a wrongful death by her parents against the driver of the RV.
  • On March 12, a Texas woman and her male passenger died when her van was in an accident with a tractor trailer on Farm Road 1434 at U.S. 67. The van was traveling west when it was hit by the tractor-trailer moving north. The women died at the scene, though the passenger was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died approximately eight hours later. The accident is still under investigation and it is unknown who was at fault.
  • On March 14, a 22-year-old woman was killed in a drunk driving collision. According to initial reports, a Dodge Charger ran a red light moving north on Highway 151 Access Road. A Ford Fusion headed west on Hunt Lane collided with it. The driver of the Charger, a 22-year-old man, was arrested for intoxication manslaughter after it was found that he was inebriated at the time of the crash. Whether or not the driver is convicted of criminal charges, he may be liable for a civil wrongful death suit brought by the deceased woman’s estate.

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