Car accidents are unfortunately becoming an increasingly regular occurrence throughout Texas streets. While car manufacturers are constantly upgrading the safety features on their models to provide better protection to passengers and drivers, it is often difficult to protect against devastating car accidents which completely crush victims. Many of these accidents are easily preventable if car drivers continue to operate their vehicle as intended. However, in the age of increased distractions such as smart phones and GPS systems, it becomes easy for drivers to get side tracked from the road. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Texas Car Accidents
It is difficult to go more than a day in any city throughout the state without hearing the news report about a devastating car accident. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, over 200,000 people were injured in car accidents throughout Texas in 2014. Out of this number, approximately 17,000 injuries were classified as serious injuries. Unfortunately, the number of people killed in car accidents rose to approximately 3,500 in 2014, with many the result of distracted driving. The statistics are staggering, including the fact that over 500 people were killed in head-on collisions in 2014.
The Texas Department of Transportation carefully analyzes crash statistics, and noted that in 2014, the largest crash contributing factor in fatal collisions in rural areas was the influence of alcohol. However, in urban areas, the largest crash contributing factor was speeding. Statewide, alcohol remained the leading cause of most fatal car accidents, while speeding remained a close second.
Car Accident Recovery
Most car accidents are often tied to specific driver behavior or outside influences, including:
- Driver distraction
- Vehicle malfunction
In the majority of car accidents, one party is directly responsible for the injuries to the other party. While this can be relatively easy to note, especially after a police report is filed, in some cases it may lead to litigation to resolve which party was responsible for the other’s injuries. Texas is a comparative negligence state, which means that the injured party may be held up to 51% responsible for the resulting car accident, but may still recover damages for their injuries. However, the total amount of a settlement will be reduced based on the percentage of fault you are in the accident. If you are held to be more than 51% at fault for the accident, you will not be eligible to receive damages for your injuries.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their personal injury claims and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Distracted drivers should be appropriately punished for their actions, as both a punitive method and a preventative method to prevent future car accidents from occurring. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.