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Car Accident

In 2017 there were 16,446 car accidents reported in Fort Worth. Injury information is not accurate and available for all accidents, but the Texas DOT reports that there were over 5,500 possible injury accidents. People injured in car accidents are not limited to motor vehicle occupants; they can be others such as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and scooter riders. Car accidents can range from inconvenient to devastating and sometimes it is hard to know exactly what to do after you have been involved in a car accident.

Common car accident questions

We receive a lot of questions from people who have been involved in car accidents and below are listed some of the most frequently asked questions.

  • Who will pay my medical bills? If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, medical expenses should be included in your recovery.
  • What if I cannot work? Lost wages are recoverable when you are injured in a car accident caused by someone else. Also recoverable are damages for loss of earning capacity if you sustain debilitating injuries that limit your ability to earn as much in the future as you would have had the accident not happened.
  • I may have been partially at fault. May I still recover? Texas is what is known as a “modified comparative fault” state which means that as long as your fault is 50% or less, you may recover for your injuries and damages which will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if your injuries and damages were $100,000 and you were 25% at fault, your recovery would be $100,000 – $25,000 (25% of your total damages) = $75,000.
  • What can I do if a loved one was seriously injured or died in a car accident? Depending on the circumstances, close family members may recover when their loved one has sustained serious incapacitating injuries or death. See below for wrongful death and survival claims related to car accident fatalities.
  • What do I say when insurance companies call? You do not have to talk to defendant insurance companies and if you do, it is important to remember that they are not there to protect you. They are looking out for their own interests and anything you say to them may be used by them to argue that you were at fault or your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
  • Should I accept a settlement offer? It is important you understand that insurance companies may pretend that they want to help you, but the truth is that if they know their insured was at fault, they will want to settle as quickly as possible for as little as possible and they do not have the goal of seeing that you are fully compensated for your injuries.

Common causes of car accidents

There are some common factors that are often a cause or contribute to the cause of car accidents. See below for a description of these factors:

  • Speed – Speed can relate to driving over the speed limit or driving too fast for the conditions present such as weather and traffic.
  • Distracted driving –Drivers often engage in activities such as talking on the phone, texting, emailing, and watching videos when their focus should be on the road instead.
  • Drugs and alcohol – Unfortunately, car accidents often involve a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Failure to keep in proper lane – Whether it is leaving the road or entering someone else’s lane, a car negligently leaving its own lane is a common cause of car accidents.
  • Failure to yield the right of way – Failure to yield often results in accidents when a driver fails to yield according to the traffic signal, when making a left hand turn and fails to yield to oncoming traffic, failing to yield to traffic when entering from a private drive, or when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Types of car accidents

Rear end – Rear end collisions occur when the front of one car strikes the back of the vehicle in front of him or her. Rear end collisions are extremely common and depending on the circumstances and impact, injuries and damages can be minimal or they can be extremely severe. The Insurance Institute of Highway safety reports that 33% of car accidents are rear-end collisions.

Side impact collisions – Also known as t-bone collisions, side impact collisions occur when the front or back of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that side impact collisions account for about 25% of car accidents.

Head on – Head on collisions are extremely dangerous because injuries are often severe to fatal. Head on collisions usually occur when one vehicle leaves its traffic lane and enters into the oncoming traffic lane.

Rollover – Rollover collisions are as common as other types of collisions, but they are very dangerous and account for about 1/3 of car accident fatalities. Roll over accidents often involve excessive speed and/or alcohol impairment.

Fatal car accidents

In 2017 there were 3,721 car accident fatalities in Texas and 110 of those car accident fatalities occurred Fort Worth. Close family members that may recover for the loss of a loved one are generally children, spouses, and parents. There are two claims that are often brought related to the death of a loved one:

  • Wrongful death claim – The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to compensate the plaintiffs for their damages resulting from losing a loved one. Damages that may be recovered include loss of love, companionship, guidance, financial support, funeral, and burial expenses.
  • Survival action – The purpose of survival actions are to compensate the decedent’s estate for damages and injuries he or she suffered as a result of the car accident before his or her death. Damages may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damages, and lost wages.

These claims may be brought separately or they may be brought together depending on case circumstances and plaintiffs in the claims.

Injuries and damages

If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, contact Forth Worth car accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to schedule a consultation. Our car accident team wants to see that you are fully compensated for your injuries and damages which may include lost wages, lost future earning capacity, medical bills, pain and suffering, property damages, and loss of consortium.

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