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TX crash lawyerRecently, a multiple-vehicle rollover accident occurred in the 6200 block of Loyola Lane, in East Austin. One adult was ejected from their vehicle, and was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with injuries “thought not to be life-threatening.” Another adult, as well as three young children, were taken to hospitals as well, though their injuries appeared to be less serious. Law enforcement originally thought that a third vehicle had left the scene, but later revised that assumption. If you are injured in this potentially deadly type of accident, the harm you suffered is likely extensive. If you believe that someone else was responsible for your injuries, you may be able to bring suit against that person and seek compensation for their negligence.

Causes and Effects

Rollover crashes are some of the most deadly, making up a disproportionate percentage of road accident deaths in most years. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that deaths in rollover accidents make up as many as 30 percent of the total, while the number of overall accidents only registers around two percent. There are many reasons for this increased lethality, though a major reason is that rollover crashes tend to be extremely sudden and violent events, which gives passengers little time to react, especially if they are not wearing seatbelts, which many are not.

Causes of rollover crashes are many, though multi-vehicle rollovers tend to be rarer than single-vehicle accidents. Rollover accidents disproportionately occur at night, on rural roads, at high speed, and very often alcohol is involved. While the Loyola Lake accident did occur in the wee hours of the morning, law enforcement did not report any alcohol usage or high speed. It is possible that these factors were apparent and just not reported, but there may also have been other reasons that one or both vehicles lost control.

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TX accident lawyerRecently, a three-way crash happened at Interstate 37 and Pecan Valley Drive after one driver drove the wrong way down the northbound lanes. The wrong-way driver was hospitalized in serious condition, while the other drivers were treated by EMS at the scene. It may seem rare, but accidents involving wrong-way drivers do happen, and they are statistically more likely to cause serious injury than most other types of accidents. If you have been injured by a wrong-way driver, enlisting a dedicated attorney to help you try and recover damages is crucial.

Wrong-Way Crashes Are Deadly

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that wrong-way crashes only comprise around 3 percent of accidents on divided highways (though more do happen on roads with no median), though studies estimate they cause far more injuries and fatalities. Casualty rates for wrong-way accidents have been estimated to be between 12 and 27 times higher than for other types, and one Michigan study found the fatality rate for wrong-way crashes to be around 22 percent, versus a rate of 0.3 percent for all other types of auto accidents in the same time frame.

There are several different reasons for someone driving the wrong way, and many of them involve them being in a compromised state. Examples include substance use (alcohol or drugs), drowsy or distracted driving, and physical or mental conditions such as epilepsy. Other possible causes include being unfamiliar with the roads, or not seeing signs or other indications as to the flow of traffic such as lights. If you are involved in a wrong-way crash and you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, you can use this to try and recover for the harm you have suffered.

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TX crash lawyerA serious accident occurred on a recent, involving five separate vehicles and sending at least two people to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with injuries that were significant but not life-threatening. The multi-vehicle crash occurred near the intersection of River Place Boulevard and RM 2222, to the west of Loop 1. Multi-vehicle accidents can be difficult to address in terms of compensation because it can be hard to accurately assess liability, but if you enlist an experienced attorney, you may have an easier time seeking compensation for your injuries.

Causes Of Multi-Vehicle Crashes

Because multi-vehicle crashes happen so quickly and involve so many people, it is not nearly as easy to try and find fault or apportion liability than it would be with a simple two-car crash. There are several common causes for multi-vehicle crashes, any of which can, in theory, be combined together or occur alone. Some examples include driver inattention or recklessness, poor road etiquette like following too closely or speeding, and poor weather.

The potential for injury or fatality is obviously very high, given the number of vehicles that can be involved in an average multi-vehicle accident. However, many injured victims think twice about bringing suit against a negligent driver because they are afraid that they might be judged wholly or partially liable for their own injuries. Be advised that in Texas, you can only be denied a potential recovery if it is found that your percentage of fault is greater than 50 percent. If it is less, you may still be able to be compensated for your injuries.

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TX injury lawyerOn the night of November 8, a multi-vehicle crash near Pope Bend Road shut down eastbound I-71 for a significant period of time. Injuries were sustained, but luckily no deaths - which is remarkably lucky for a multi-vehicle crash. Crashes with more than two automobiles or trucks can be extremely dangerous simply because of the amount of metal flying around, and it can also be difficult to determine just who was at fault for an accident given how many actors are involved.

Multiple Causes

There are countless reasons why a multi-vehicle accident might occur at any given time, many of which are similar to the causes of single and two-vehicle accidents but are perhaps magnified. For example, adverse weather can cause many a car crash, but in a multi-vehicle situation, it may be magnified because one car may crash, and then another may crash into it, and so on. Someone who drives distracted or under the influence of alcohol may crash their own car, but other drivers shocked by the impact, or unable to react quickly enough, may crash as a reaction of sorts.

In certain crash situations, it may be possible to explore the possibility of a Texas Tort Claims Act lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) alleging poor road maintenance or construction. If, for example, an accident occurs around a bend, and no signs are posted to warn of the obstacle, TxDOT may wind up being held liable if another wreck occurs. The Texas Tort Claims Act grants citizens the right to bring suit against governmental entities if they do so over specific alleged negligence.

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TX accident lawyerA San Antonio police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a car crashed into the vehicle he had pulled over on August 1. A driver coming up to I-10 W, between Huebner and Zavala, failed to slow down for the backup that inevitably results from a traffic stop and crashed into a car. The eventual chain reaction made it to the police cruiser, causing moderate injury to the policeman. While these types of collisions are rare, they do bring up interesting questions about who can be held liable for injuries suffered.

Each Situation Is Different

Chain reaction car accidents generally involve at least three vehicles, though, in theory, any number may be possible, especially on slick roads. Very often, the first car in the chain will be ruled at least partly responsible, because if they had been able to avoid the crash, it is argued that others might have been able to follow their example. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes another driver will be held to have been following too closely, or sometimes, the public agency that maintains the road (in this case, the Texas Department of Transportation) may not have adequately posted signage, or in some cases, the weather will be ruled to have caused the accident itself.

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