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Fatal Car Accident

Texas is a large state with many roads and unfortunately, many serious and fatal car accidents occur on these roads each year. In 2017 there were 3,721 car accident fatalities in Texas and 110 fatalities were right here in Fort Worth. Being a cautious and safe driver helps in avoiding these accidents, but it does not help when other drivers on the road do not exercise that same safety and caution while driving. There are some common fatal car accident scenarios reported by the Texas Department of Transportation described below.

Common causes of fatal car accidents

  • Distracted driving – More and more accidents are being caused by distracted drivers. Our state laws may have helped, but not stopped everyone from emailing, text messaging, watching videos, and social media use while they are driving and serious and fatal car accidents occur on our roads as a result.
  • Lane or road departure – Whether it is a single vehicle or multiple vehicle accident, an accident caused by one car leaving its lane or the road is a common cause of fatal car accidents.
  • Drug or alcohol impairment – In 2017 there were almost 17,000 Texas car accidents involving drug or alcohol impairment and over 750 of them were fatal car accidents.
  • Reckless/careless driving – Reckless and careless driving are often contributing factors in fatal car accidents.
  • Improper turn – Improper turns cause fatal car accidents, often when a pedestrian is struck crossing the street and a turning driver does not see him or her or when a driver turns across traffic and is struck by an oncoming vehicle.
  • Speeding – In 2017 there were almost 650 Texas fatal car accidents that involved at least one driver either driving over the speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions present.
  • Bad weather –15,500 Texas car accidents occurred during unfavorable weather conditions such as blowing sand or snow, rain, hail and fog, and almost 200 of them were fatal accidents.

Damages and injuries

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, call Fort Worth fatal car accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to schedule a consultation. Our car accident fatality team will conduct a thorough investigation including speaking with witnesses, reviewing accident reports, and gathering other facts and evidence that help support your case.

We will also help you gather information related to injuries and damages such as property damage, medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, loss of consortium, disability, and disfigurement. This information will help us value your case to determine an amount that will compensate you for your losses. Wrongful death and survivor actions are often brought in fatal car accident cases, sometimes together and sometimes separately depending on the parties to the actions. Wrongful death actions are brought to compensate loved ones who have suffered as a result of losing the deceased. Survivor actions are intended to compensate the deceased’s estate for injuries and damages that the deceased suffered.

Car accident fatality experts at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde have the experience, skill, and compassion to see you through this difficult time so that you may be fully compensated for your injuries and damages.

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