If you are driving in Texas, plan on buckling up. In a single year, 19,448 road users suffered serious injuries in the Lone Star State.
The car accident attorneys at TK Injury Lawyers would like to discuss the five leading causes of vehicle crashes and options for recovery.
In a recent year, the number of miles driven on Texas roads was 228.227 billion, an increase of 10.61% from the previous year. With an increase in travel comes a higher probability of vehicular crashes.
Some notable statistics include:
As of 2022, Austin, Texas, surpassed its previous record for the number of fatal vehicle crashes. There were a reported 122 deaths in 2022 (the previous record being 120 deaths in 2021). This marks the highest number of deaths in a single year in four decades.
Every 1 hour and 57 minutes, someone is killed in a car accident in Texas. Every 2 minutes and 12 seconds, someone is injured, and there is a reportable crash every 57 seconds. But why are accidents taking place so frequently?
The five leading causes of vehicle crashes in Texas are:
Distracted driving plays a large role in vehicle accidents. When a driver is not giving his or her full attention to the road, mistakes are bound to happen.
Among the highest-risk distractions are:
There are three forms of distractions:
Driving intoxicated is a prime example of distracted driving. Drunk driving covers two of the three forms of distracted driving. If you are driving while inebriated, your mind is not on the road (cognitive), and your vision is likely impaired.
In car accident cases, a plaintiff may be eligible to receive relief in the form of compensatory damages. Compensatory damages come in two forms, economic or non-economic.
Economic damages are expenses that already have a monetary value and are, therefore, easily quantifiable.
Economic damages include:
Non-economic damages are expenses that do not have a specific price tag but affect the victim’s quality of life.
Non-economic damages include:
A plaintiff may also seek punitive damages with the intention to punish the defendant for his or her wrongful actions. If a judge or jury finds the defendant’s behavior to be malicious, they may award the plaintiff punitive damages.
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.008, the damage cap for punitive damages may not exceed the following:
In an attempt to save money on legal fees, a victim may try to represent themselves while pursuing a car accident claim.
In the long run, you will end up losing money if you do not hire counsel. A car accident lawyer is equipped to handle the following:
If settlement negotiations come to a standstill, a car accident attorney will advise you on what next steps to take. This may include continuing negotiations or taking your case to trial.
Even taking all proper precautions, accidents still happen. The car accident lawyers at TK Injury Lawyers are ready to help. We will conduct an investigation to better understand the circumstances of your case and determine what damages are due to you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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