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Car Accident

In 2017 there were 422,695 reported car accidents in the State of Texas. 1,619 of those car accidents occurred in Mesquite with over 400 resulting injuries. Car accident injuries can be inconvenient causing short-term disruptions in your life. You may have to deal with things like temporarily being without a vehicle and focusing on medical care and therapy to help you recover. Car accidents can also be devastating and life-changing. You and your loved ones may have sustained injuries and losses that you may never recover from or that change the way you have to live the rest of your life. Seeking legal representation should be one of the first step you take towards your recovery.

Texas car accident statistics

With data reported by Texas Department of Transportation, we have gathered statistics related to common causes and contributing factors in Texas car accidents. Accident numbers related to specific contributing factors for 2017 are listed below.

  • 139,131- Driver failing to control his or her speed.
  • 100,798 – Distracted driving, which includes driver inattention, distraction in vehicle, and use of cell/mobile device including texting and talking.
  • 92,563 – Failure to yield, which includes failing to yield to pedestrian, left turn, turn on red, stop sign, private drive, yield sign, open intersection, and emergency vehicle.
  • 37,439 – Driver engaging in an unsafe lane change.
  • 32,373 – Driver disregarding stop sign, light, or signal.
  • 24,963 – Driver following too closely.
  • 23,973 – Driver traveling at an unsafe speed. This does not mean the driver was necessarily driving over the speed limit, just that he or she was driving too fast for the present conditions.
  • 23,123 – Driver engaging in a faulty evasive action.
  • 13,847 – Driver under the influence of alcohol.
  • 12,260 – Domestic or wild animal in the road.
  • 10,639 – Driver turning when unsafe.
  • 9,704 – Driving while fatigued or falling asleep.
  • 9,549 – Driver backed without safety.
  • 9,049 – Driver had been drinking.
  • 5,095 – Driver using cell including texting, talking, and other.
  • 2,601 – Driving over the speed limit.
  • 1,308 – Driver road rage.

When you look at just how many accidents are related to these contributing factors, you may wonder if you are doing enough to be safe on the road. Some of these contributing factors you cannot avoid, such as a wild animal in the road or the conduct of other drivers, but you are in control of your own driving conduct. You may occasionally speed or roll through a stop sign or talk on your phone while driving and not think much of it. Presumably, the people involved in these 2017 accidents did not think much of the contributing factors either. When you are aware of these contributing factors, you can make safer driving choices for yourself and you can also be on the lookout for other drivers who are engaging in these contributing factors.

Types of car accidents

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is likely that you were involved in one of the following types of car accidents:

Single vehicle accidents – Single vehicle accidents occur when there is only one motor vehicle involved in the accident. These accidents can happen due to various reasons including poor road or weather conditions causing you to lose control of your vehicle, falling asleep at the wheel, defective tires, and mechanical failures.

Side impact accidents – These accidents, also called broadside accidents, occur when one vehicle drives the front of his or her car directly into the side of another vehicle. This type of accident can cause serious injuries, especially when a passenger occupies the seat where the impact occurs, because there is hardly any impact protection (just a door) between the passenger and the other vehicle.

Rear end – This type of accident occurs when the front bumper of one vehicle strikes the back bumper of another vehicle. Rear end collisions are common accidents that can sometimes just be a nuisance, but sometimes they cause very serious injuries and even death.

Head on – When two vehicles strike each other head-on, it is usually caused by one driver leaving his or her lane and entering the lane of oncoming traffic.

Rollover – Rollover accidents often occur often when a driver loses control of a motor vehicle and rolls over. Some types of vehicles such as SUVs and buses are more likely to rollover than low profile vehicles.

Sideswipe – a sideswipe occurs when the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle often happening when a passing car gets too close to a parked car or vehicle in the neighboring lane.

Compensation and punitive damages

Compensation for car accident injury cases may include economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages may include lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and medical bills. Noneconomic damages may include pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship.

Punitive damages may be permitted in some cases. Punitive damages are not intended to reward or compensate the plaintiff; instead, they are meant to punish the defendant and deter the type of behavior and conduct he exhibited in the future. Punitive damages are generally only available when it is found that a defendant exercised gross negligence or reckless conduct.

Some of the above-mentioned damages may be applicable in your case while some may not be and there may be other damages not mentioned above that apply to your case as well. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Mesquite car accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde, for a review of your case and examination of your injuries and damages. We will conduct a factual investigation in order to build evidence that supports your case. We will negotiate with insurance companies and take your case to trial if we do not come to an agreement that fairly compensates you. Our car accident team understands how important financial compensation is to you and your family. Our goal is to help you secure a financial award that will help your accident recovery and protect your financial future as well.

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