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b2ap3_thumbnail_train.jpgTravelers on the morning Amtrak train from San Antonio to Houston on Friday, August 2 received an unpleasant shock when their train hit a pickup truck coming out of a private drive on FM 78. According to law enforcement, no one on the train was harmed, but the driver of the pickup truck was killed. The train could not stop immediately, but did eventually halt so that law enforcement could process the scene. Train accidents are very rare, thankfully, but they do happen in Texas, especially in the Houston-San Antonio corridor where the tracks can be extremely busy. If you have been involved in a train accident, and you believe the train was operated negligently, you may be able to try and seek compensation for your injuries.

Train Accidents Are Devastating

Train-car crashes are not always fatal, but often are. Those who survive are left with serious medical bills for a host of injuries, from broken bones, cuts, and bruises to whiplash and traumatic brain injuries. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics does not include highway-grade rail crossing accidents in their annual tally, but even without them, one can see that there are hundreds of train-related injuries and fatalities each year.

The causes are many, though most have to do with either carelessness on the part of the train operator or on the part of the auto driver. The most common examples include:

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerIn the wee hours of January 6, 2018, two people were injured when a car turned the wrong way on Texas 151, striking another driver head-on. Both drivers sustained significant injuries, with the wrong-way driver’s being more serious. While both drivers are expected to make a full recovery, they are lucky in that sense, given that wrong-way accidents kill significant numbers. If you are injured in a head-on collision, the odds are against your recovering to the same degree of health you enjoyed before the accident.

Fatalities Are Common

Wrong-way collisions are, by definition, head-on collisions, given that one driver is going against the flow of traffic. Texas roads can be dangerous, with almost 3,800 fatalities in 2016, but if one examines the statistics on head-on collisions, one can see that consistently, they account for a higher percentage of deaths than they do for crashes overall. There are many reasons for that, not least of all that the majority of vehicles simply do not have enough protection in the front, due mostly to the shape and style of car being driven more nowadays. A small, snub-nosed vehicle will protect less efficiently than a car with a long, reinforced hood.

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Texas injury lawyerA woman was killed on January 18, when a passing motorist hit her stalled car from behind near I-37 and Donop. Her vehicle had stalled, and she had stayed inside to keep warm, but it rolled as it was rear-ended. Unfortunately, she was pronounced at the scene, and while the driver of the other car is not expected to be charged, it is still worth asking why events unfolded as they did, and why things did not go differently.

Rear End Collisions

The Washington Post quotes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in stating that approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions happen on U.S. roads each year, with Texas having its relatively proportional share of those accidents. This does make rear-end collisions the most common type of auto accident, but at the same time, the NTSB and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimate that as many as 80 percent of them could be avoided from making collision-avoidance equipment standard in automobiles.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas accident attorneyFall and winter are the most dangerous times to drive in Texas, with inclement weather raising the risk of accidents. In late October, this was exemplified in San Marcos, when a young man driving an SUV skidded and hit the center barrier, causing his car to roll multiple times. The driver and one passenger sustained injuries, but the girl riding in the back seat was killed when the car flipped over. This is sadly common, as rollover accidents are among the most hazardous to experience, especially in less-than-ideal weather.

Common Causes and Statistics

The U.S. Department of Transportation states that approximately one-third of all passenger fatalities (as opposed to driver fatalities) occur in rollover accidents, despite rollovers only accounting for 2.1 percent of all auto crashes in 2010 (the most recent available data). Rollover accidents are more likely to be single-vehicle crashes, as well; because most impact accidents happen away from a car’s center of gravity, there is less likelihood of cars tipping over. However, if a car skids or the driver loses control, the center of gravity is irrelevant and the car may flip.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas accident lawyerOn November 17, a 55-year-old Austin man was killed when his motorcycle drifted across the eastbound lanes and wound up striking a utility pole. No other details about the accident were released as of this writing, but it is worth noting that a single-vehicle motorcycle accident is more than a little unusual, which is perhaps counterintuitive when one assesses the risks of motorcycling. That said, a single vehicle accident does not necessarily mean that no one may be held liable for events leading up to the cyclist’s death or injury.

Single-Vehicle Accident Causes

Single vehicle “run off the road” accidents made up approximately 34 percent of all traffic deaths in Texas in 2016. However, there are many different causes of these accidents. Obviously, very few single-vehicle accidents happen due to suicidality or mere chance, but most people are slow to be able to name a cause other than that. Examples include:

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