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TX injury lawyerA crash on San Antonio’s northwest side recently left one injured, and one detained by police after a van crashed into a pole. The crash occurred near the intersection of West Hausman Road and University Heights Boulevard, with the passenger from the vehicle being transported to University Hospital for their injuries. Witnesses described the driver as ‘straddling the median’ before the vehicle crashed, and police detained the driver, though as of this writing there is no word on the exact reason for the driver’s detention. This type of single-vehicle accident can be difficult to recover from, though having an attorney by your side can help the process go more smoothly.

Single-Vehicle Accidents Are Deadly

Statistics show that single-vehicle accidents contribute a high number of fatalities to the overall yearly total of road deaths because many single-vehicle crashes involve rollovers. Rollovers are by far the most deadly type of car accident; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that while rollover crashes only comprise about two percent of the yearly total, they are responsible for as much as 35 percent of the fatalities.

Even in those single-vehicle crashes which are not rollover in nature, the injury and fatality count can be high. Many are head-on collisions, like the crash on West Hausman Road, which often leads to whiplash and brain injuries, though fewer fatalities than rollover accidents occur. In 2017, Texas was second in the U.S. in the number of single-vehicle crash deaths (1,863), which made up exactly half of the state’s total road deaths. If you have been in a single-vehicle accident, it is critical to get checked out immediately, even if you think you have escaped unscathed.


Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerOn April 19, San Antonio police responded to a single-vehicle accident on Alamo Ranch Parkway, with one person being pronounced dead at the scene. From what first responders were able to put together, the car struck a curb and went airborne, eventually colliding with a light pole and catching fire. There was no indication of any other driver being a factor in the accident. This is not uncommon, especially on Texas’s fast-paced roads - single-vehicle accidents are a major cause of traffic fatalities in the state, most often through no fault of any individual.

Common Cause of Accident Deaths/Injuries

Single-vehicle accidents, though seemingly uncommon, actually account for a surprising amount of injuries and fatalities on Texas roads. This is especially true of the variety where a single vehicle drifts off the road (referred to in studies as an ROR, or run-off-road accident) - statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that this type of accident accounts for as high as 70 percent of the fatalities in single-vehicle accidents. Texas figures report that single-vehicle accidents accounted for almost 1,300 deaths in the year 2015 (the most recent available data).


Posted on in Truck Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerSometimes, drivers simply drift off. On January 31, a driver of a semi-truck did just that on IH-35 near San Marcos, running into the bridge columns that support the Blanco River access road in the early morning hours. While normally, single-vehicle crashes do not take out bridge supports, semi-trucks are significantly larger than the average car. Either way, many people tend to underestimate the amount of damage that a single-vehicle accident can cause both to the vehicle and to its environs, and they tend to not understand that sometimes, others may be liable for the conditions that caused the crash.

Causes and Statistics Vary

While they may not be as flashy as multi-car accidents, single vehicle accidents can be just as dangerous. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 2016, approximately 52 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide were single-vehicle accidents, with Texas figures reporting exactly half of all fatal accidents as involving only one vehicle. While correlation is not necessarily causation - there are many factors that can explain the frequency of single-vehicle accident fatalities, including high-speed limits and so-called “highway hypnosis” - it is nonetheless noteworthy as many simply assume single-vehicle accidents are somehow less dangerous when they are not.


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.


Texas car crash lawyer, Texas wrongful death attorneyAn unidentified 34-year-old man lost his life in early October after failing to navigate a tight curve at a high speed in Austin, Texas. The police determined that the Honda Accord was moving at an excessive speed. Unable to make the turn, the vehicle went into the center median and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. While most people think of car accidents as multi-vehicle collisions, many crashes involve a single car and another object. A single-vehicle crash can be just as dangerous or deadly as an accident involving two or more vehicles. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, do not hesitate to call the experienced wrongful death attorneys at our firm. We can help you review your family’s situation to determine if there were contributing factors to your loved one’s death such as unsafe roads or a defect within the car. We can also advise you on whether another party may be partly responsible.

Single-Vehicle Crashes in Texas

Despite our belief that most deadly vehicle accidents include multiple cars or trucks, the truth is that 56 percent of motor vehicle fatalities across the U.S. in 2014 happened in single-vehicle crashes. In 2014, Texas saw 1,860 fatal single-vehicle accidents, which was 53 percent of all deadly car crashes. The figures were similar in 2013 when 52 percent of all fatal crashes only involved one vehicle.


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

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