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TX accident lawyerLate last month, four people were injured in a car accident on Highway 71 in Austin, with first responders mentioning dangerous road conditions after a rainstorm as a possible contributing factor. While South Texas drivers are rarely exposed to the dangers of winter snowstorms that plague states further to the north, rainy conditions can create serious hazards of their own, making it important to take steps to promote safety on the roads.

The Driving Hazards of Texas Rainstorms

Throughout the year, drivers in South Texas are exposed to severe weather conditions, both from weather fronts traveling east across the U.S. and tropical storms that develop in the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rainfall can affect road safety in a number of ways, primarily related to reduced visibility and slippery or flooded road surfaces. In order to lower your risk of getting in an accident, you should take the following safety precautions:

  • Make sure your car is ready for the road conditions. This includes checking your tire tread, keeping your brakes maintained, and ensuring that your lights, windshield wipers, and defoggers are all working properly.
  • Use your lights when driving in the rain. Due to decreased visibility during a downpour, it is important to turn on your regular-beam headlights whenever you are driving in the rain, no matter the time of day or how light or dark it is outside.
  • Travel at safe speeds. Wet roads are more dangerous for drivers traveling at high speeds. In many cases, it is best to reduce your speed below the posted speed limit during or after a rainfall so that you can maintain better control of your car.
  • Avoid sharp turns and braking. Similarly, it is best to keep most driving actions slow and gradual, including turning a corner or coming to a stop. Sharp adjustments can often send your vehicle into a skid from which it may be difficult to recover.
  • Be careful of standing water. Even a fairly shallow pool of water on the road can significantly increase the risk of losing control and causing an accident. Whenever possible, you should steer around standing water, or consider taking an alternate route entirely.

Contact a New Braunfels Car Accident Lawyer

Even when rainy conditions are a factor in an accident, if you are injured, you still have the right to pursue compensation from another negligent driver who fails to take the necessary precautions to protect your safety. At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we can help you gather evidence pointing to the other driver’s fault and present your case for recovering damages. Contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney today at 830-606-0404 for a free consultation.

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TX injury lawwyerA collision between a semi-truck and a car in Austin earlier this month left the driver of the car dead after his vehicle was engulfed in flames. Many serious car and truck accidents result in vehicle fires and explosions, and even those who survive are often left with severe, permanent injuries and scarring. If you or a family member has suffered burn injuries in a car accident, an attorney can help you understand your options for compensation.

The Effects of Burn Injuries

The extent to which a burn injury affects your life and health often depends on the severity of the burn. While first-degree burns often heal completely over time, second-degree burns can result in permanent scarring, and third-degree burns, which penetrate to the fat under the skin, can damage nerves. Burn wounds can also result in significant blood loss, infection, and decreased mobility in joints near the burn, and the smoke that accompanies a fire can also cause respiratory problems. Some accident victims are killed due to being trapped in a burning car, while others may die after the accident due to complications from their injuries.

Personal Injury Lawsuits Involving Burn Injuries

If you have lost a loved one due to burn injuries from a car accident, you may have a case for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent driver who caused the crash. This could be the case if the driver was drunk, distracted, or otherwise unsafely operating the vehicle at the time of the collision. Through your lawsuit, you can seek compensation for the victim’s medical expenses and pain and suffering, as well as burial expenses, income that your family has lost, and your grief and loss of a companion.

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TX accident lawyerLast week, two 18-wheeler trucks and one passenger vehicle collided on I-35 in Austin, impeding traffic and, as happens in many large truck crashes, injuring the driver of the passenger vehicle. Whenever you travel on I-35 in Texas, you should be aware of the accident risks and be sure to know how to contact an attorney if you are injured.

Accident Risks on I-35

Interstate 35, especially the stretch between San Antonio and Austin, has been a source of trouble for Texas drivers for decades. Despite attempts at improvements over the years, collisions on I-35 are still common due to the high amount of traffic and congestion that the road sees every day. In 2019 alone, there were 562 fatal crashes on Texas interstate highways, 80 of which occurred in Bexar, Comal, Hays, and Travis Counties.

As a major north-south U.S. highway that extends from the Mexico border and through six states, I-35 is also a common shipping route for commercial trucks. When operated negligently, trucks can cause accidents resulting in severe injuries due to their size and weight, and while truck drivers themselves are often injured, the occupants of other passenger vehicles tend to bear the brunt of the injuries in many cases.

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TX injury lawyerLast weekend, a car crash on I-35 in Schertz affected the occupants of four vehicles and took the life of a 21-year-old woman. The devastating series of events began when a car collided with a disabled vehicle that was stopped on the road. The driver of the disabled vehicle, who was standing outside of the car at the time of impact, was thrown into traffic and hit by another passing car, while her vehicle was pushed into the path of a fourth car traveling on the highway.

Cases such as this not only involve complicated questions of liability, but also draw attention to the dangers a driver faces when his or her car breaks down on a busy highway like I-35. The affected drivers, as well as other drivers passing on the road, can all do their part to prevent the risk of accidents and severe or fatal injuries.

Preventing Accidents After a Vehicle Stops on the Highway

It is not uncommon for drivers to have problems with their vehicles while traveling on the highway. Flat tires, engine troubles, and fender benders can all lead to the unfortunate situation of having to stop your car on a busy road, exposing yourself to the risk of injury from a passing vehicle. If your car does break down on the interstate, here are some things you can do to reduce the risk:

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TX accident lawyerIn late November, a 3-year-old child was killed when the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle traveling in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, child injuries and fatalities are all too common in car accidents, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that over 97,000 children age 12 or younger are injured and over 600 are killed in the U.S. each year. Ensuring the safety of your children while on the road is of the utmost importance, as is knowing what to do if they are injured.

Promoting the Safety of Child Passengers

Although you cannot control the behavior of another driver, you can control the safety measures you take to protect your children from car accident injuries. Some of the most important steps you can take include:

  • Make sure your children are properly secured. According to the CDC, one-third of child fatalities in car accidents occur when the child is improperly restrained. Ensuring that your child always wears a seat belt can significantly reduce injury risk, but depending on your child’s age, a seat belt alone may be insufficient. For example, the CDC recommends that children under the age of 4 be secured in a rear-facing car seat and that a front-facing car seat or booster seat should be used until a seat belt fits your child properly.
  • Keep your children in the back seat. The CDC also recommends that children under the age of 12 ride in the back seat of your vehicle, in the middle if possible. Passengers in the front seat or near the outside of a vehicle are at greater risk of injury, and front passenger airbags can also be dangerous to young children.
  • Avoid driving with your children after drinking alcohol. Around 20 percent of child passenger fatalities result from accidents involving drunk drivers, often the driver of the vehicle in which the child is traveling. Driving under the influence is dangerous under any circumstance, but when your children are involved, you are putting more than your own life at risk.

Personal Injury Claims for Minors in Texas

If your child is injured in a car accident, you can file a personal injury claim on his or her behalf. With the assistance of an attorney, you can work to obtain compensation for your child’s medical expenses and other damages and to ensure that the case is settled or resolved in your child’s best interests.

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

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