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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.


Texas accident lawyerOne Austin woman witnessed a hit-and-run accident on October 8, 2017, and instead of ignoring it, she acted - she followed the car for miles on her moped, eventually getting close enough to write down a plate number. The driver was arrested and charged with intoxication assault with a vehicle, and is awaiting trial as of this writing. While it is rare to see Good Samaritans like this woman, it is sadly less uncommon to see hit-and-run accidents, especially if substances like drugs or alcohol are involved.

Criminal Charges in Texas

In Texas, hit-and-run is referred to in law as the charge of leaving the scene of an accident, and it is either a second or third degree felony if injury or death has occurred, depending on the specific nature of events. It can be a difficult cause of action to bring, if only because many times, witnesses or surveillance footage does not exist - many hit and runs occur at night - or because hit-and-run victims are commonly painted as being complicit in their own injuries. However, the same rules apply as would apply for any felony, meaning that evidence proving the requisite intent (or failure to comply) is still what matters.


Texas car crash attorneyOn October 3, 2017, US 90 in San Antonio was closed for hours as crews cleared debris from a single-vehicle accident that killed one person when she drifted and hit the guardrail. Other drivers struck the car as it flipped, but no other vehicle played a role in the accident itself. The woman was taken to University Hospital with critical injuries, but no one else was harmed. This type of accident is depressingly common in Texas and indeed in the U.S., for a myriad of reasons, and while no other drivers were harmed in this recent example, it is also depressingly common for injuries and fatalities to other drivers to be caused by these single-vehicle accidents.

Causes of Single-Vehicle Accidents

As one might imagine, there are many reasons single-vehicle accidents happen, though some are more foreseeable than others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a series of statistics and fact sheets on this topic and found a variety of factors that can contribute to single-vehicle crashes. The most common issue  was substance abuse, especially alcohol, but many other issues such as poor road maintenance, speeding, weather conditions, or driver fatigue were also found to help cause these accidents.


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Texas accident lawyerLearning that someone was injured in a preventable automobile accident is bad. Learning that a helpless child was injured in a preventable auto accident only exacerbates the feelings of agony and frustration. Take, for example, a car crash that occurred at the Primrose School of Frisco, which is in a suburb of Dallas. The driver of a vehicle reportedly hopped a curb and crashed into a fence at the daycare center which feel on the children.

Reports indicate that five children and one adult were harmed. In fact, one child is listed in critical condition. Two children were transported to a Dallas hospital by helicopter.

Recoverable Damages in a Child Injury Case


Texas car crash lawyer, Texas personal injury attorneyLast month, a Texas man was killed after being struck by a vehicle on State Highway 155, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). The DPS is looking for a dark-colored truck, potentially a Chevrolet, which was traveling west on SH 155. The victim was standing at the end of his driveway when the truck apparently veered onto the shoulder and hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle did not stop at the accident and render aid as required by law. The DPS is looking for the driver who may be charged with hit and run.

The Criminal Consequences of a Hit and Run

Texas law requires that any individuals who are involved in an accident stop immediately, keeping their vehicle out of the way of traffic. For an accident involving damage to another vehicle, a driver must stop, provide their information, and if possible, render aid. If an individual does not stop and fulfill these requirements, then they can be charged with a misdemeanor. The level of the misdemeanor depends on the amount of damage to the vehicle. For a minimal amount of damage valued at less than $200 it will be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine. A greater amount of damage results in a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.


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

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