Types of Car Accidents in Texas
The majority of car accidents are caused by negligent driving behavior. Some accidents are caused by the failure of a critical safety system or part on the vehicle. In either case, a lawyer undertakes all necessary legal actions to protect the right to fair compensation. Almost all auto accidents are preventable, and innocent people can suffer serious or permanent injuries or die due to the negligent actions of another driver.
Because Texas insurance law involves the “comparative fault” system, one of the critical points in a car accident case is determining the percentage of fault of each driver. In many cases, just one driver is at fault. Even in these cases, the insurance company may attempt to reduce the settlement by claiming the other driver was responsible for some degree of fault. A good lawyer is very familiar with the tactics employed by insurance companies. Your lawyer needs to have access to some of the most respected professional accident reconstruction experts to call on when it is necessary to get the case moving in the right direction. A full evaluation of police reports, accident scene photos, a full inspection of the vehicles involved, and interviews with eyewitnesses may all be necessary in the pursuit of justice for the injured.
Types of Car Accidents in Texas
The Texas Department of Transportation lists various types of crash contributing factors, which include:
Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents in Texas continue to occur at a shocking rate. The highest percentage of drunk drivers falls in the 21-25-age range. In 2013, there were 509 fatal car crashes with 579 fatalities, 2,521 serious injury crashes with 3,637 people injured, and 1,863 people suffering other injuries due to the illegal actions of drunk drivers.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Drivers who do not signal, weave from lane to lane, or drift out of lanes are responsible for many deadly or serious car accidents. An unsuspecting driver can be involved in one of these accidents through no fault of their own.
Speeding, Failure to Control Speed
Many drivers make a habit of exceeding the posted speed limit. These drivers put all others sharing the road at risk, as they cannot bring the vehicle to a stop when necessary, among other dangers. There were 24,958 traffic accidents in 2013 related to speeding.
Disregard of Traffic Lights, Signals or Stop Signs
Drivers who disregard traffic lights, speed through yellow lights too late, or do not stop at stop signs are responsible for causing many serious or fatal car crashes that occur in intersections. There were 1,061 total accidents in 2013 related to these violations.
Drunk drivers make serious mistakes, one of which is entering a street or highway and driving into oncoming traffic. It may be impossible to avoid one of these drivers, with tragic consequences. Inexperienced drivers may also make this often-fatal mistake.
Distraction in Vehicle
In-vehicle distractions are a serious issue, and were responsible for causing a total of 3,307 accidents in 2013 related to these distractions, which can include conversations, manual distractions such as adjusting in-car systems, eating, and applying makeup. There are many other types of distracted driving. Drivers who are daydreaming, listening to music, talking on a cellphone, texting, eating or generally failing to remain focused and attentive to the road ahead were responsible for 18,459 auto accidents in the state in 2013.
Many drivers take risks when passing, either with not enough room to do so safely, or passing illegally on the right, endangering all others sharing the road.
Failure to Yield
A driver who fails to yield when entering a highway or merging can cause a serious injury crash. The consequences in these accidents are often tragic, with one or more people suffering serious injuries or loss of life.
Drivers who back out of driveways, parking lots and other areas unsafely have injured others by their actions.
Negligent Driving Resulting in Fatal Car Crashes is the Critical Factor to Resolving a Corpus Christi Car Accident Case
In order to achieve a positive outcome in a car accident injury case, it is necessary to fully establish driver negligence. Negligence is legal concept that is the basis of all personal injury cases, and is defined as a failure to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others, or conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A driver who speeds, drives drunk, races, tailgates or changes lanes without a signal, uses the wrong turn signal, makes an unsafe merge or fails to yield has engaged in negligent driving conduct. This breach of duty is the pivotal issue in how your case will be resolved.