Nearly every morning, the local news reports about the details of the most recent tragic car accident that has claimed the lives of residents. Car accidents have become so commonplace that the question is no longer “if I get into a car accident,” but “when I get into a car accident.” Despite the frequency of car accidents, many victims who sustain serious injuries in car accidents end up walking away with only a small portion of what they are entitled to receive after the accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a rear-end collision, you are likely entitled to receive compensation to cover your resulting injuries.
Texas Accident Statistics
Texas is no different from the rest of the country, and all accident rates have risen and fallen over the past few decades. Cars are now equipped with further safety measures, aimed at protecting passengers, although driver distractions lead to car accidents now more than ever. While cars may be safer to drive, drivers have not become more safety-conscious. In fact, drivers have become increasingly distracted over the past decade, due to the advent of smart phones which provide instant internet access. These distractions often lead to rear-end collisions throughout the state, as the number of distracted driving accidents increased to nearly 20,000 in 2014. Distracted drivers can easily lose track of the vehicle in front of them while they are looking down at the phone, or elsewhere in their vehicle, which can lead to a severe rear-end collision.
Rear-End Collision Recovery
While it seems to be a commonly-held belief that the driver of a car who causes a rear-end collision is liable for the accident, this is not always the case in Texas. If the claim goes to a jury, both sides will be able to present support for their claim that the other party was more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Since Texas is a comparative negligence state, if the victim of an accident is found to be more than 50 percent at fault, their recovery options will dissipate. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the rear-end collision to begin building up your claim.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end collision, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling car accident claims, including rear-end collisions. Whether you were in the car which was rear-ended or in the car which caused the rear-end collision, you may be able to bring a claim for damages. With the number of distracted drivers out on the roadways, rear-end collisions are becoming increasingly common since it may be difficult to abruptly stop when the driver in front of you is distracted, or a distracted driver may run directly into your vehicle. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation and we will begin discussing the details of your claim.