Car accidents happen every day in Fort Worth and across the country. In 2016, 4.6 million Americans sought medical treatment for injuries sustained in car crashes and nearly 40,000 people were killed. Ten percent of those deaths occurred in Texas, making it the deadliest state in 2016.
The odds that you will be involved in a car crash at some point in your life are high. You can reduce the odds by driving defensively and never allowing yourself to be distracted behind the wheel, but that doesn’t mean another careless driver won’t cause a crash.
Common Texas Car Crashes
When you are seriously injured or a loved one is killed in a car crash, and the other driver is at fault, you may be owed compensation by his insurance company. The following are the most common multi-vehicle crashes reported to the police and insurance companies:
The national fatality rate for truck accidents in 2016 is the highest it has been since 2008. While truck crash fatalities had been in an overall downward trend since a peak at over 6,000 deaths in 1979, this recent spike may indicate a new era of truck safety issues. As the infographic on this page illustrates, 250 more people were killed in 2016 than in 2015, and 350 more people died than in 2013.
- Rear-end. This is the most common crash and often causes injuries that are not discovered until days later. When a driver is not paying attention or is purposely following the car in front of him too closely, a crash can happen when the driver in front slows or stops suddenly.
- T-bone. This potentially deadly crash often happens at intersections when a negligent driver runs a red light and hits a car that is passing through the intersection. When there is an occupant on the side of the impact, this type of crash can be fatal.
- Head-on. When a drunk or distracted driver allows his car to cross the center line into the path of an oncoming vehicle, a head-to-head collision can occur. This kind of crash is the equivalent of driving straight into a brick wall at a high speed. Often, occupants of both cars are seriously injured or killed.
- Rollover. When a car is forced off the road or must make a sudden maneuver to avoid another car or an obstacle, it can roll over, especially if it is a high-profile vehicle like an SUV. These crashes can be fatal for the occupants as they are tossed over and over. If another driver’s actions caused the rollover, he can be held accountable.
- Hit-and-run. Any time a negligent driver leaves the scene of a crash, it is considered a hit-and-run. If the driver is never found, an injured victim must seek compensation from another source such as his own insurance coverage.
If you are the victim of one of these types of crashes, a personal injury lawyer can help protect your right to the compensation you’ll need for a full recovery.
What to Do After a Crash
No matter what kind of crash you are involved in, what you do right after the crash can make the difference between getting full compensation and struggling to pay your medical bills. We advise our clients to do the following, if possible, after a car accident:
- Call the police.
- Take pictures of the cars involved and the surrounding area.
- Get the names and numbers of any witnesses at the scene.
- See a doctor and follow his instructions.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Call an experienced car accident attorney.
Even if you are unable to do all of these things after a crash, an attorney can help you make the strongest possible claim for compensation.
Have You Been Injured In A Texas Area Car Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free consultation. We help car accident victims throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington as well as all areas of Texas.
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