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TX accident lawyerOn May 8, an unidentified pedestrian was struck by a car and died at the scene on I-35’s service road, just off the US 183 flyover. While police have no information regarding the age or gender of the pedestrian, such accidents are sadly quite common on I-35, and bringing suit against anyone to recover for your injuries can be somewhat difficult. However, it is not impossible, depending on the situation.

Statistics Pinpoint Multiple Reasons

The Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA)’s 2017 report on traffic safety in metropolitan areas puts Texas as the 13th most deadly state for pedestrian deaths, with 0.93 per 100,000 people. Texas, Florida, and California accounted for almost 45 percent of all pedestrian fatalities during the relevant time period, which is indicative - all three states have multiple major highways, and all experience similar traffic patterns, at least in major cities. It is not unreasonable to assume that the infrastructure of these states may contribute to pedestrians being harmed.

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Texas accident lawyerA motorcyclist was left in critical condition after being hit by a car on March 19 in South Austin. While no definitive cause has been stated for the accident, the scene indicated that the driver did not see the motorcyclist coming and struck him from the side. As of this writing no charges have been filed, but it is important to remember that all drivers should be especially alert for motorcyclists on Texas roads, with a failure to do so having serious consequences.

Motorcycle Accidents Happen Frequently

Texas is a state that loves its motorcycles, and with a higher number of riders comes a higher number of accidents. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation shows nearly 500 motorcyclists killed in 2015, while only California and Florida had comparable numbers in that year - the next highest number was almost 300 fewer, in South Carolina. While laws about helmet use and other safety measures may affect fatality numbers, issues such as visibility or speed do not have such easy fixes as others.

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Texas school zone laws, Texas wrongful death lawyerA MacArthur High School student was struck by a truck and killed outside of his school in late October. The student lived in an apartment complex close to the school and had to cross a busy five-lane road without a crosswalk to get to his class before 7 a.m., according to the Houston Chronicle. The student had crossed the first two lanes and was waiting in the turn lane for a break in traffic when he was struck by a truck driven by a 33-year-old woman taking another student to the school. Investigators believe the truck may have been traveling up to 40 mph at the time of the collision. This is the third fatality in a Houston-area school zone, the Chronicle reported.

Texas School Zone Laws

Local towns and municipalities have the authority to impose special driving laws for vehicles in school zones when children are present. These laws can significantly change the way a motorist drives. For example, a road that may normally have a 30 mph speed limit may have a 15 mph speed limit during school hours. Schools located on highways with speed limits of 55 mph or more may have a buffer zone with a speed limit of 35 mph before and after the actual school zone.

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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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Posted on in Car Wrecks
DUI crash, Texas injury lawyer, Texas car accident attorney,An increasing number of medical professionals and media outlets no longer use the term “accident” when describing or referring to a vehicle collision, because most of the time, these incidents are not “accidents” at all. A recent tragedy in Mexico serves as a sobering reminder. A 22-year-old grupera singer was killed when his speeding car skidded off the road and into a ditch after a concert in Sinaloa. Details are sketchy, but it appears that Mr. Camacho was in the car with three other people. Some sources indicate that other occupants were killed as well, while others relate that they were hospitalized in critical condition. Reportedly, the car itself was totally destroyed. Mr. Camacho had just performed “El Karma” at a Clave Azul concert in Mocorito. He and his band, Los Plebes del Rancho, were scheduled to play several concerts in Southern California over the next few weeks. Their songs often reflect the culture of Mr. Camacho’s native Sinaloa, which is the home of one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels.

Contributing Factors in a Car Crash

No one plans to get in a car crash, but the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has identified a number of contributing factors to crashes. Most all of these factors are preventable, to one extent or another:
  • Alcohol and Drugs: Statistics vary, but somewhere around a third of vehicle collisions in the San Antonio area involve drivers who were impaired by a legal or illegal drug. These substances delay reaction times and make it difficult to multitask.
  • Excessive Speed: Much like motorists impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding drivers have less time to react to changing conditions. Speed also increases force during a collision, transforming a fender-bender into a serious wreck.
  • Fatigue: Driving after 18 hours without sleep is like driving with a .05 BAC; driving after 24 sleepless hours is like a .10 BAC, which is above the legal limit in Texas.
  • Distracted Driving: Anything that causes drivers to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or their minds off of driving is, by definition, distracted driving. Although most people know that it only takes a momentary lapse to cause a tragedy, many people still talk on their phones, read text messages, and practice other bad driving habits.
  • Mechanical Defect: Sometimes the owners know nothing about the defective parts, and sometimes they have ignored recall notices urging them to have their vehicles repaired.
Damages in a car or truck crash case may include compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Punitive damages may also be available in some cases. If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney for a free consultation. A lawyer may be able to get you in to see a doctor, even if you have no money and no insurance.

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

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