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TX crash attorneyOn a recent night, a woman exiting I-35 South onto Frio Street lost control of her car, causing it to flip over the side of the ramp and land in the grass below. Law enforcement stated that she was not wearing a seatbelt, and was thus ejected from the vehicle, sustaining severe injuries. Sadly this is all too common in rollover accidents, which are disproportionately responsible for car crash fatalities for a variety of reasons. If you survive one, and you believe that your crash was caused by another person’s negligence, it may be good to consult an attorney who is versed in this type of case.

The What and Why of Rollovers

Statistics done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) paint a grim picture. The NHTSA estimates that the fatalities from rollover crashes make up approximately 20 percent of all traffic deaths; in general, rollover accidents are more likely to cause fatalities than any other type of crash. Most rollover crash victims are male and under the age of 40, driving on two-lane roads without any dividing barriers.

There are several different reasons for the deadliness of rollover accidents; most notable is the sheer fact that a car’s worth of metal and glass rolling over, end over end, involves immense weight transfer, none of which is controlled. In addition, speeding drivers are infinitely more likely to roll over than those going the speed limit - it is not uncommon for rollover crashes to happen when a driver loses control due to speed and flips over a freeway ramp or guardrail, and when an accident occurs at that speed, fatalities are more likely.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX rollover accident lawyerRecently, a San Antonio police officer was injured in a rollover crash that took place on I-10 West near Callaghan Road, having struck the guard barrels dividing lanes on the interstate. Officer Noel Ortiz managed to escape the crash with only minor scratches and bruises, but most of the time, if you are involved in a rollover accident, you may not be so lucky, as they can be very deadly. Contacting a dedicated auto accident lawyer can help you sort out what to do to seek compensation.

High Percentage of Fatalities

While any automobile accident can be potentially dangerous, rollover accidents routinely cause a higher percentage of fatalities because of the sheer amount of weight, glass and metal involved - if someone is involved in, say, a head-on collision, they will not have to contend with the inversion of their vehicle or the subsequent total loss of control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that roughly two percent of all car crashes are rollovers, but nearly 35 percent of all traffic fatalities in passenger vehicle crashes occur in rollovers.

There are numerous causes for this, including the usual factors that can contribute to any accident - speeding and substance abuse chief among them. In addition, the vehicle type can be a factor (for example, vans or sport utility vehicles are notorious for tipping over due to their higher center of gravity), as well as location - more rollover accidents in Texas occur in rural areas, both due to higher speed limits in may locales and due to more routine driving opportunities (rollovers are almost more common in routine driving, given that drivers can get distracted or ‘zone out’ more easily).

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b2ap3_thumbnail_motorcycle-crash_20190215-224805_1.jpgRecently, a man on a motorcycle ran a red light going north on South General McMullen Drive and then promptly collided with a dark-colored pickup truck. The motorcyclist was taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. While this accident appears to have occurred due to the motorcyclist’s reckless driving, sometimes a motorcyclist can sustain grievous injuries in an accident that is no fault of their own. If you have been in a motorcycle crash and been harmed due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that can help cover your medical bills.

Motorcyclists Are In Danger on the Open Road

While statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a drop in the number of motorcyclist fatalities between 2016-2017 (the most recent available data), the number of motorcycle riders killed in accidents in 2017 is still over 5,000 people. This number is proportionally higher than the number of auto passengers killed in crashes - stats estimate that motorcyclists are a whopping 28 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger car occupant, primarily because motorcyclists simply do not have as much protection between them and the road.

There are, unfortunately, trends that show some motorcyclists add to their own danger on the road. Many do not wear helmets (Texas does not require them for those over 21, but data has shown their ability to save lives), or speed recklessly. Another disturbing trend that also contributes to motorcyclist fatalities is alcohol usage. The NHTSA found that approximately one-fourth of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes showed signs of being ‘alcohol-impaired’ - as one might imagine, driving any type of vehicle while intoxicated will cause one’s risk for an accident to skyrocket.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX injury lawyerOn the night of November 4, a two-vehicle accident killed one person when an automobile going the wrong way down I-10 struck the tractor-trailer of an 18-wheeler, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The truck driver was relatively unharmed and able to walk away from the crash, but the driver of the car was killed on impact. This is sadly common in wrong-way accidents; while they are relatively uncommon, they cause serious injuries and death with regularity when they do occur. If you are lucky enough to survive one, it is a good idea to understand just what you may be up against.

Alcohol and Substances Often a Factor

Wrong-way crashes, more than most other types, are disproportionately affected by alcohol and drug use. Statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that of 1,566 wrong-way drivers in the dataset surveyed (2004-2009), approximately 60 percent had “indications of alcohol involvement.” On some level this makes sense to a layman; unless the sign is obscured, there are very few reasons for a sober person to drive the wrong way down a street. The same statistical set also showed that approximately 10 percent of those wrong-way drivers surveyed had been convicted of driving under the influence (DWI) within the three years immediately prior to their wrong-way collision. In other words, even for those drivers who did not show signs of alcohol or drug use at the time of their wrong-way crash.

Of course, other reasons besides alcohol and drug use can account for a wrong-way collision. It is plausible for a street to be poorly marked, or for the “wrong way” sign to have been damaged, thus providing little indication to drivers which way traffic flows. Visibility may also be a factor, both in regard to weather and to the fact that most wrong-way crashes occur after dark. Drivers may also drive while distracted, rather than intoxicated, thinking it safer when in reality, distracted driving plays a major role in countless collisions around the state (and the country).

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TX injury lawyerOn the night of October 14, a driver turning onto Larkdale Drive from O’Connor Road was struck by a motorcyclist traveling at a “high rate of speed,” killing the motorcyclist and damaging the automobile. The driver had no injuries, but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Sadly, this is all too common in San Antonio motorcycle accidents, with motorcyclists being killed much more often than automobile drivers, and those that survive are much more likely to be severely injured than auto drivers. There are multiple reasons for this.

Statistics Show Heightened Danger

Motorcyclists simply have to do more with less, given the comparative lack of protection surrounding them compared to the protection an automobile gives its driver and passengers. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that motorcyclists are up to 29 times more likely to die in a wreck than those in an automobile. This is compounded by Texas’ helmet law, which only requires such protection for those 20 and younger, meaning that many older cyclists are not wearing helmets when they are involved in a wreck if they choose not to. While this is their choice, it does contribute to a high fatality rate, as helmets have been shown to prevent approximately 37 percent of fatal injuries.

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