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TX accident lawyerThe intersection of Braker Lane and I-35 in north Austin has seen 66 crashes in the last five years, according to the Austin Transportation Department (ATD), and the Department is set to try and remedy this issue. $1.25 billion in improvements will be made to the intersection over the next handful of months, including ADA-accessible curb cuts, improved pedestrian crossings, and the possibility of an extended median that would eliminate left turns into some of the retail parking, potentially cutting down on blind-corner accidents.

Road Improvements Mean Fewer Crashes

Despite the fact that construction can be annoying and difficult to navigate around for people in the area, the changes to the Braker Lane area are being made in order to minimize accidents, which have spiked after retail moved into the area. Because there are so many businesses and so much traffic at that intersection that was not there perhaps five years ago, the traffic demands have outpaced the lots’ and traffic lights’ ability to regulate it. Thus, ATD is using funds from the 2016 Mobility Bond to both regulate traffic and improve overall accessibility to the area, especially in specific improvements that will help the city comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

In particular, median extensions like the one planned for Braker Lane are thought to make a significant difference in the number of traffic accidents at a specific intersection. Statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation, citing the Federal Highway Administration, estimate that the intersection crash rate on divided highways is only 24 percent of the rate on undivided highways, and also show that on roads that see less than 24,000 vehicles per day, reducing ‘unrestricted’ left turns is generally a major key to reducing crashes overall.

driving distractedOne woman is dead after a pickup plunged five stories off a North Side overpass. Authorities say the wreck occurred on Highway 281 between Jones Maltsberger and Basse Roads at about 1:00 p.m. on February 12. A Ford pickup allegedly drove off the highway and landed upside down in a creek bed. First responders, including an off-duty paramedic, worked feverishly to free the two people trapped inside the vehicle. They were able to save the passenger, who was then rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.Both the victims are believed to be in their early or mid-20s. Distracted Driving Although it is far too early to speculate as to a cause of this tragedy, it appears that distracted driving may be a likely culprit because the driver allegedly drove the pickup truck off the road in the middle of the afternoon, resulting in the car accident. Every day, more than 1,153 people are injured in a car accident that involved a distracted driver. Even more disturbingly, nine people are killed in these incidents every 24 hours. As the opportunities for distraction have increased, that figure has steadily increased as well. Cell phones, and specifically text messages, draw the most attention because they involve all three forms of distraction:
  • Cognitive, or taking your mind off driving,
  • Manual, which is taking your hands off the wheel, and
  • Visual, or taking your eyes off the road.
Distracted driving is not limited to hand-held cell phones. Hands-free cell phones, as well as activities like tuning the radio, talking to a passenger, and adjusting the air conditioner, can all be dangerous forms of distracted driving. A vehicle traveling at 70 mph covers about 100 feet per second, so it only takes a moment to cause a serious or fatal crash. Damages in a car crash can include fair compensation for both economic losses, such as lost wages and medical bills, and non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment in life. Punitive damages may also be available in some situations. Distracted driving causes serious accidents every day on Texas roads. For a free consultation with a New Braunfels personal injury attorney, contact our office. Home and hospital appointments are available.

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drunken driving accidentThe statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are frightening. Every day, 300,000 people drive drunk, yet only 4,000 are arrested. Every day, 28 people are killed in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Why do so many people get behind the wheel of a car when they have been drinking? In surveys conducted in 2012, over 29 million people admitted to driving after they had been drinking. That number is more than the entire population of the state of Texas. The problem is many people who have had a few drinks do not always realize that they may be impaired. Alcohol impairment has nothing to do with the kind of alcohol you have consumed, but instead it is determined by the amount of alcohol you drink and the period of time you drink it in. In an effort to combat drunken driving accidents, there have been many apps developed that people can download on their smartphones, which will help them determine if they have had too much to drink and should not get behind the wheel of a car. One example is the BreathalEyes app, which uses the phone camera to record a user’s Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). This is what law enforcement checks during a sobriety field test. HGN is when a person’s eye twitches or jerks when they look to the left or to the right. This commonly occurs when a person has been drinking alcohol. Some states have developed their own apps to help stop drunk drivers. Maryland has recently launched the ENDUI app, which estimates users’ blood-alcohol level. The app also has two games which can test users’ cognitive abilities. Wisconsin developed the Drive Sober app, which offers several options. The app estimates what the user’s blood alcohol content is and gives either a red or green light to drive. The app also offers Find A Ride and Designated Driver Selector features. Whether a person uses an app or not, the responsibility of not getting behind the wheel of a vehicle unless a person is sober lies with the person themselves. If you have been injured in an accident caused by drunk driver, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the negligent driver.

worst driversA new study puts the state of Texas as the number three state in the country with the worst drivers. This ranking comes from a company which compares car insurance companies for consumers, CarInsuranceComparison.com, according to a USA Today article. The data was compiled utilizing statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The statistics for each state the company used was based on the following criteria:
  • The fatality rate for every 100 million vehicle miles which were traveled;
  • The percentage of crashes which were caused by a driver’s failure to obey traffic laws. (These laws included not wearing seat belts, driving with an invalid license, and not following traffic signals.);
  • The percentage of crashes which involved drunk drivers;
  • The percentage of crashes which were caused by speeding driver; and
  • The percentage of crashes which were caused by careless driving. The company used statistics based on the number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities per 100,000 people in the state.
Texas’ overall score put it at number three in this year’s study. Last year, the state came in at number four. The company says this was due to in having increased numbers of careless driving rates and fatality rates. The state did show some improvement in drunken driving rates and failure to obey traffic laws rates. Overall, Texas came in at number 22 in obeying traffic law rate crashes. For drunk driving, the state placed at number six nationally. The states of Montana and South Carolina tied at number one. The other top ten worst driver state, in order, were North Dakota, Delaware, Louisiana (tie), Nevada (tie), Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Missouri. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the fault of another driver, contact an experienced New Braunfels car accident attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.
bus accidentPublic transportation should always strive to offer safe and affordable means of travel for citizens. Sadly, this is not always the case. Accidents do occur, often as the results of neglect. Some passengers are lucky enough to walk away from a bus accident with little more than a scare; others, however, might suffer more serious injuries. All passengers have rights, and it is important to understand them—especially when accidents happen. Depending on the nature of the accident, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit. It is always beneficial to review the details of the incident and any injuries sustained with an experienced personal injury attorney. Sometimes, the cause of an accident is not always clear. Crashes may occur as a result of driver negligence, poor road design, inclement weather, bus or car defects, and more. Despite the reason, there are some important steps everyone should take after experiencing an accident—whether one appears to be injured or not. What to Do After a Bus Accident According to Bankrate.com, looking after one's own safety and health is the most important step to take. While the accident may have been completely preventable and a lawsuit might be in order, these concerns should never come before the immediate condition of a passenger. Be sure to contact a physician or even a local hospital emergency room to address injuries. Whether the city owned the bus or it belonged to a private company may influence the personal injury case. Cases involving city buses and public transit are sometimes more difficult to win, but they are still manageable if there is sufficient evidence of neglect. Another important factor when dealing with a bus accident is addressing the type of injuries sustained. Some injuries from a car accident might not be as apparent within a few days or weeks after the incident. This is another reason why it is so critical to consult a doctor after the accident; the information from a clinical analysis may be vital for your case. If you have recently been in an auto accident involving a bus or public transportation, it can be to your benefit to consult an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer. At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we can review your case and offer consultation and advice on the next steps. Contact us today at 830-606-0404.

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

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