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Does it surprise you that it is most common for a truck accident or car accident to take place within 25 miles of home? Our comfort zone is not necessarily the safety zone when it comes to our roads and highways. That trip to drop your child off at school is statistically more dangerous than taking a weekend road trip out of town for a little bit of family fun.
When drivers are more aware of the risks, they’re more likely to account for those risks and get to their destination (and home) safe. Ryan L. Thompson and the experts at his practice are dedicated to helping auto accident victims recover and gain their rightful compensation after an accident. If you’re in need of Ryan’s help, start by reading on for some of the important facts about Texas motor vehicle accidents, what to do after the crash, and then reach out to us using the contact form below. If you need help now, don’t delay.
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Texas Car Accident Fatalities
Texas car accidents can cause serious injuries. Sadly, they can also cause fatal injuries. According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s 2019 report, one person in Texas is killed in a car accident every 2 hours and 26 minutes and one person was injured every 2 minutes and 3 seconds.
One of the most common types of accident that causes fatal injuries in Texas is single-vehicle collisions where the vehicle runs off the road. In fact, in 2016, that accounted for more than 1/3 of all car accidents. The second most common fatality in that year was related: driving under the influence, or DUI.
Almost 1,000 people were killed as a result of intoxicated driving. Notably, most of these wrecks occurred between 2:00 am and 3:00 am. Over 800 people died in car accidents that occurred in an intersection. Almost 700 people died as a result of a head-on crash. These trends continue to the present.
If someone you love died as a result of a Texas car or truck accident, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the involved parties. You may be entitled to receive financial compensation for the funeral expenses, wrongful death, medical bills, and loss of companionship, and other financial impacts to your family following the debilitating injury or death from the crash.
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What Causes Texas Car Accidents?
In both fatal and non-fatal Texas car accidents, some of the most common causes of collisions include making unsafe lane changes, running stoplights and stop signs, speeding, driving while fatigued, intoxication by drugs or alcohol, following another vehicle too closely, moving your vehicle in reverse, or distracted driving such as using a cell phone, dealing with passengers, or adjusting the music or GPS. These common reasons as evaluated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, (NHTSA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are generally behaviors that we all have control over when we’re choosing to get behind the wheel and in how attentive we are on the road.
What Should You Do If You’re Involved in a Car Accident?
If you’re involved in a car accident on Texas roads, there are some things that you can do to protect your potential legal claim. You must understand that car accident claims can only be made for a certain amount of time under Texas law. This is known as a statute of limitations. If you fail to file your claim during that time, you will be excluded from bringing a claim in the future.
- Document the Scene, Exchange Information and Get an Incident Report. Even if it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt, call the authorities to have an accident report made. While waiting for an officer to arrive, you can take photos of the property damage, injuries, accident scene and anything else related to the crash. Exchange ID’s and insurance information with drivers of the other vehicles involved. When a police report is created, it is important to obtain and save this document. The report is important because your insurance company will use it to help determine liability. Having an officer at the scene can also assist in the exchange of personal and insurance information and documentation process. Always be careful and stay safe during this process. Once photos are taken and if possible, move cars and people out of the way of traffic to complete this process at a safe distance from the road.
- Get medical care. You may not feel like you’re hurt, but it is important that you get medical care soon after an accident. If you have a medical emergency (which includes hitting your head or hurting your neck or back), call 911 and go to the ER. If you believe that your injuries are minor, you can go to your own doctor or go to an urgent care facility. The shock of car and truck accidents causes the body to release adrenaline. You may be hurt and not realize it since adrenaline can mask feelings of pain. Getting medical care right away can help find injuries and prevent them from worsening due to a lack of care. Additionally, if you don’t seek medical care right away and you choose to file a legal claim, the other side may claim that you really weren’t hurt since you delayed seeking medical attention.
- File your insurance claim. Contact your insurance company and the insurance company of the other driver(s) to get your claim started. This can get the ball rolling. However, do not provide a statement and definitely do not sign anything given to you from an insurance company until you talk with an attorney. Insurance adjusters use tricky tactics to minimize or dismiss claims. Blindly following their instructions could hurt your case, and you could even sign away your valuable right to sue.
- Talk to an attorney. If you’re involved in a car accident in Texas, call an attorney like Ryan L. Thompson as soon as you can. An attorney can help evaluate your specific circumstances, explain your options, and fight to protect your legal rights.
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Which Texas Car Accident Attorney Should You Choose?
In times of stress like the period following a serious car accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn. The benefit of living in large cities like Dallas and Fort Worth, and a huge metroplex like DFW, means that you have a wide array of options for nearly anything you need. On the other hand, this can lead to confusion, analysis paralysis and indecision. When it comes to selecting a lawyer, there are three criteria you need to evaluate.
Do they have great results? Do they have a great reputation? And do they feel like a great fit for you? Ryan L. Thompson has a track record of success for his clients and is an award-winning client service provider with hundreds of 5-star reviews. Only you can make that first call to determine if he and his practice are the right fit for you.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident due to the negligence of another party, you should feel confident going after the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free, no-risk consultation. In 15 minutes or less, Ryan’s team can evaluate your accident, get you signed up and get to work on your case.
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