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Texas car crash lawyer, Texas accident attorneyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that in the year 2015 alone, an estimated 13,941 lives were saved due to seat belt usage. The usage rate throughout the country further backs this statistic up: The latest reported national seat belt use rate sits impressively at 88.5 percent. Still, the United States Department of Transportation reports that an astounding number of drivers - around 27.5 million - neglect to buckle up when they get behind the wheel.

Making Your Seat Belt Work for You

If you are among the 88.5 percent of drivers across the nation who chooses to buckle up for safety, you can give yourself a pat on the back, as you are instantly safer than those 27.5 million drivers who do not. If you are wearing your belt incorrectly, though, you may actually be placing yourself at just as much risk for injury as those who neglect to wear their seat belt entirely. How can this be possible? Your belt is engineered and designed to protect you according to certain specifications, so when you wear it the wrong way, you are preventing the design from doing its job.

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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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New Braunfels motorcycle crash attorneyEarly in July, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash that occurred on I-35 in New Braunfels. According to a news report published by KVUE ABC, a pickup truck and New Braunfels fire truck were involved in a minor accident earlier that morning. Both vehicles pulled to the shoulder, however, the fire truck was blocking two lanes of traffic. A 33-year-old Austin woman who was driving a Honda CRV swerved to avoid the fire truck and came to a complete stop. This is when the motorcyclist slammed into the back of the Honda.

Car Versus Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are thrilling and exciting, often bringing adventures that would not happen in other types of transportation. While this may be true, it is also true that motorcycles are less stable and less visible than automobiles. Motorcycles also often have higher speed capacities than most cars. These reasons, among other factors, contribute to the statistic, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that the number of motorcycle deaths is 30 times higher than vehicle accident deaths. Approximately 4,667 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2012. Studies show that more than 40 percent of these deaths were involved in single-vehicle crashes; over 50 percent involved multiple vehicles. Ninety-one percent of motorcyclists killed in that same year were male. Moreover, 63 percent of the females who died in these crashes were motorcycle passengers.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

New Braunfels personal injury lawyerAlthough speed limits on most state roadways are set at the state maximum as required by Texas law, the maximum is not there as a symbol to encourage drivers to push the limit. Unfortunately, though, many drivers take advantage of these limits and operate under the assumption that it is acceptable to drive over those magic numbers. This mentality often results in careless collisions, needless injury, and, at times, tragic fatality.

Basis for Speed Limits

The state of Texas determines highway speed limits using what is known as the 85th percentile method. This method is based on an engineering principle that estimates the speed that a majority of drivers usually travel. It has been used for the past 60 years to set highway speed limits across the nation. These limits reflect speeds that drivers travel at or below, and they continue to be a country-wide standard.

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New Braunfels car crash attorneysWhiplash, which most often occurs in rear-end collisions, is usually a temporary injury. However, an estimated 25 percent develop chronic, debilitating pain that can last for months, sometimes even years. Sadly, these same sufferers are often accused of fraud, of “faking” their injuries or somehow trying to get more out of the insurance companies. Thankfully, science may have finally found a way to validate their injuries, and the cause.

Whiplash Still a Highly Misunderstood Condition

To date, medical and scientific understanding of whiplash has been limited. This is due, in part, to the lack of visible signs of injury in victims. Chronic whiplash is even less understood since most other body strains and sprains heal within a matter of weeks. In fact, most doctors must simply diagnose and provide treatment to the best of their abilities, despite truly knowing if chronic whiplash is the cause of their patients’ pain. A new study, conducted by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, could soon change all of that.

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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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