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TX injury lawyerA woman was killed when her vehicle rolled over early one morning, landing in a field near Highway 151 and Pinn Road. There were two car seats found in the back of the vehicle, though no evidence of passengers was immediately clear. Law enforcement said that the woman was ejected from the vehicle because she was almost certainly not wearing a seatbelt and that the immediate cause of the accident was most likely the vehicle hitting the curb and rolling. While no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash, this fact pattern does not always repeat itself in rollovers. If you or a loved one has been in a rollover accident, it is possible that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, and if this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation.

Rollover Accidents Are Deadly

Because of the sheer nature of rollover accidents, with so much weight moving around, rollovers are generally more likely to cause injuries and deaths than other types of car crashes. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that while only about two percent of accidents are rollovers, those accidents cause as many as 35 percent of all car crash fatalities. This number may even be higher if one factors in a lack of seatbelt usage - approximately 70 percent of those killed in rollovers were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their accidents.

Because rollover crashes can be so violent, the types of injuries that a rollover victim can sustain, even if they survive, are varied and will often be quite severe. They can be as simple as broken bones, cuts, and bruises, or they can be as complex as traumatic brain injuries, total or partial amputations, and spinal problems. Either way, if you believe that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, bringing suit may be an option.


Texas injury lawyerOn the evening of March 30, one person was killed in a crash with an 18-wheeler in Caldwell County, southwest of Lockhart. That person has since been identified as a San Antonio man, who was the driver. He was killed when his truck flipped and struck a guardrail, and was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt. While it can often be stereotyped as a problem only seen in reckless teenagers, not wearing a seatbelt can contribute to injury and death, especially when dealing with enormous vehicles like 18-wheelers.

Seatbelts Save Lives

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) name auto accidents as one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. for those between ages 0-54 every year, and since statistics have been kept regarding seatbelt use, they have been illuminating, to say the least. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that approximately 14,000 lives can be estimated to have been saved through seatbelt use in 2015, with even more being saved if usage were 100 percent. While this percentage might drop somewhat if one examines only truck crashes, given an 18-wheeler’s heft and forward velocity, it is still noteworthy.


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Texas accident lawyerOn the morning of October 31, a rare ejection accident occurred on U.S. 90 when the driver of a white sedan swerved into another car, then bounced off the median into the path of an 18 wheeler. He was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene, while the drivers of the other car and the big rig were unharmed. While this is obviously a tragic event for all involved, it is important to note that the driver was almost certainly not wearing a seat belt. If that precaution had been taken, it is reasonable to assume he might still be alive.

Seat Belt Use Is Mixed

While Texas law is stringent with regard to seat belts and the fines levied if belts are not warned, this does not prevent many from going without. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that since 2003, motor vehicle deaths have consistently been above the national average in Texas, by as many as 3.8 per 100,000 drivers in some age groups. Seat belt use in Texas is generally above the national average, but this does not necessarily correlate to lower deaths and injury counts.


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

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