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TX crash attorneyOn a recent night, a woman exiting I-35 South onto Frio Street lost control of her car, causing it to flip over the side of the ramp and land in the grass below. Law enforcement stated that she was not wearing a seatbelt, and was thus ejected from the vehicle, sustaining severe injuries. Sadly this is all too common in rollover accidents, which are disproportionately responsible for car crash fatalities for a variety of reasons. If you survive one, and you believe that your crash was caused by another person’s negligence, it may be good to consult an attorney who is versed in this type of case.

The What and Why of Rollovers

Statistics done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) paint a grim picture. The NHTSA estimates that the fatalities from rollover crashes make up approximately 20 percent of all traffic deaths; in general, rollover accidents are more likely to cause fatalities than any other type of crash. Most rollover crash victims are male and under the age of 40, driving on two-lane roads without any dividing barriers.

There are several different reasons for the deadliness of rollover accidents; most notable is the sheer fact that a car’s worth of metal and glass rolling over, end over end, involves immense weight transfer, none of which is controlled. In addition, speeding drivers are infinitely more likely to roll over than those going the speed limit - it is not uncommon for rollover crashes to happen when a driver loses control due to speed and flips over a freeway ramp or guardrail, and when an accident occurs at that speed, fatalities are more likely.

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TX accident lawyerRecently, Round Rock police arrested a man who had been intentionally running into other vehicles with his car on I-35 S. The man had been deliberately causing accidents until he wrecked his car in a ditch between the highway and frontage road. Once his car was in the ditch, he barricaded himself inside, requiring a SWAT team’s intervention. Eventually, he was arrested on criminal charges, but the people whose automobiles were damaged can also file civil suits. Damage to your vehicle caused by another person gives rise to potential liability, even if a typical accident has not happened.

Many Different Types and Causes

Texas’ large population leads to a disproportionately large amount of car crashes each year, and a number of fatalities that are roughly proportional, with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reporting roughly 3,600 fatalities in 2018. Different factors affecting collision frequency can also be tracked via statistics - for example, in 2018, approximately 55 percent of all fatal crashes occurred on rural roads - which generally boast higher speed limits and fewer lanes, which can make the odds for a crash higher.

Different types of collisions can also lead to different injuries. While most of the accidents caused by the man in Round Rock were rear-end collisions, there are several ways that cars can collide with each other or with other fixed objects - front-end, sideswipe, broadside or T-bone, and rollover crashes all can lead to severe injuries and fatalities, especially if drivers and their passengers are not wearing seatbelts (as 43 percent of accident fatalities were not at the time of their crash).

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b2ap3_thumbnail_truck-accident_20191014-234021_1.jpgRecently, a man was struck by an 18-wheeler as he tried to run across Loop 410. While the pedestrian’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, he was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center as a precaution, The truck driver did stop at the scene of the accident, though as of this writing no charges are expected. While the pedestrian involved in this accident thankfully escaped serious injury, this kind of accident is not uncommon, and very often, pedestrians involved in accidents like this will be stuck with significant medical bills. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contacting an experienced attorney can help you in seeking compensation.

Statistics and Causes

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that approximately 5,700 crashes that involved pedestrians happened on Texas roads in 2018, which was roughly a two percent decrease from 2017. Fatalities in those accidents rose just barely - not even one percent - and suspected serious injuries were almost identical. While it cannot be assumed that all of these were pedestrians, it is reasonable to assume that a majority are - after all, drivers and passengers of automobiles have infinitely more protection between them and the road.

There are many different causes of pedestrian accidents, though many are sadly preventable. Certainly, some pedestrians may act recklessly - it is generally not recommended, for example, to try and jaywalk across Loop 410 - but at the same time, drivers are just as capable of acting recklessly. For example, many pedestrian accidents occur because drivers do not slow to a complete stop at crosswalks, or they may not sufficiently check their surroundings when turning, especially with left turns. Liability differs with each case.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-injury.jpgTexas experiences quite a lot of auto accidents, which can lead to a variety of different injuries. One of the most common types is brain injuries, ranging from mild whiplash and concussions to serious long-term traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that require lifelong treatment. If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury as a result of an auto accident, it is important to know that you do have options in terms of how best to seek compensation.

Causes and Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those aged 15-34 and those over 75 years of age nationwide, as well as being the second most common cause of TBI-related hospitalizations. These statistics are understandable when one considers the sheer weight of metal, glass, and plastic that is forced to move at a very rapid speed when one or more vehicles collide. Brain injuries, in particular, are common in vehicle accidents because even with a seatbelt, they are always a risk.

It can sometimes be difficult to determine when you have sustained a brain injury because the symptoms are so diverse. Some commonly seen signs of a potential TBI include blurred vision, confusion, seizures, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and slurred speech, among others. Some of these symptoms are more common in ‘mild’ brain injuries than in severe examples, but any brain injury is serious and should be checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible - both for obvious health reasons and to preserve records of your injury if you decide to bring suit against a negligent driver.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bus-accident_20191014-233934_1.jpgThree people were hospitalized, with four more treated for injuries at the scene, after a van crashed into a VIA bus that had been turning onto northbound Highway 181 South, near Laguna Road. There were no life-threatening injuries, but the driver and some of the passengers in the van were transported to the nearest hospital as a precautionary measure. While this accident was clearly the fault of the van driver, bus accidents can go very differently, causing serious injury and even death. If you have been involved in an accident with a bus, and you have been injured, you may have a case against the driver or the bus company.

Same Causes, Different Effects

The number of fatal bus accidents nationwide have decreased steadily in recent years, with a 22-year low of 86 crashes. However, injury crashes have steadily risen by almost two-thirds between 2009 and 2017, leading to a high of 116,000. Busses are much larger than most automobiles, and between their weight and their larger driving radius, the potential for an accident is significantly higher than that of a lower vehicle, especially if the vehicle is in the hands of an untrained driver.

Many of the general causes of accidents involving buses are similar to the reasons for automobile or truck accidents. Speeding is one of the most commonly seen reasons, as well as poor maintenance on the bus (which can, in turn, lead to vehicle or part failures). Negligence on the part of the bus driver or the bus company can easily lead to a potential cause of action against the driver or their employer - transport companies have a duty to take reasonable care for their passengers’ safety and well-being, and an accident can imply that duty has been breached.

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