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Types of Accidents

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the U.S. had 2 million car accident-related injuries. In addition to this, a 2017 report by the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) reported 3,700 people died from car accident-related injuries in Texas annually.

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are commonplace in the United States. Areas with high population density are even more susceptible, like Houston. Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States. With so many people, accidents are bound to happen.

Injuries from motor vehicle accidents can be deadly. You may have even developed an injury a long time after your accident occurred. This is why it’s incredibly important that you gain legal representation. A motor vehicle accident can have a long-lasting impact on both your health and financial stability.

If you have been injured due to a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Attorney Explains Types of Accidents in Houston, Texas

Juggling an injury and legal issues can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important that you have a skilled attorney on your side. The attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC understand the complexities of civil law. We want to use our legal experience and knowledge to help you gain your strength back.

The attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC want to assist with your recovery. We will collect documents, negotiate with your insurance and litigate for you if necessary. Our attorneys don’t back down from any challenge. You can expect high quality legal service if you hire the attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC.

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Overview of Types of Accidents in Texas

Statistics for Motor Vehicles Accidents in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) ran a 2017 report that details motor vehicle accident statistics and data. The data collected from TxDOT illustrates how deadly Texas roads are. The following are those statistics:

  • 254,853 people were injured in a motor vehicle accident;
  • 14,299 people reported serious injuries from a motor vehicle accident;
  • 3,721 people died due to a motor vehicle accident;
  • 761 people were killed at an intersection;
  • 449 people were killed due to distracted driving;
  • 552 people were killed in a head-on collision;
  • 501 motorcyclists died because of a motor vehicle accident; and
  • 614 pedestrians were killed due to a motor vehicle accident.

Common Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents can result in a variety of injuries. The severity of the injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious life-altering brain injuries. Motor vehicle accident injuries typically depend on the seriousness of the crash and the vehicle they were driving.

Some common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Disfigurement
  • Lacerations
  • Internal bleeding
  • Abrasions
  • Facial scars
  • Road rash
  • Severe burns

Car Accidents in Texas

Most accidents on Texas roads involve at least one car. Car accidents can happen anywhere and may result in serious injuries. Some of these injuries are obviously detrimental because they are stemmed from catastrophic accidents. However, some “harmless” car accidents can also result in serious injury such as a rear-end collision.

Head-On Collisions

When two cars hit facing forwards it’s referred to as a head-on collision. Head-on collisions are rare, but they’re also one of the deadliest types of accidents. A head-on collision usually happens on high speed roads, so the damage can be devastating. The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 13 percent of all fatal accidents are head-on collisions.

Head-on collisions are usually caused by  negligent drivers. Drivers who are texting, under the influence, reckless, or too fatigued have a high risk of getting into a head-on collision. In addition, the injuries from a head-on collision can be detrimental. Those involved in a head-on collision have reported injuries as serious as broken spines.

Rear-End Collisions

In 2014, NHTSA reported that the most common type of accident is a rear-end collision. Most rear-end collisions occur at intersections, but they can also happen on freeways and slow zones. The severity of a rear-end collision depends on how fast the cars were moving.

A rear-end collision may seem minimal to some. However, some rear-end collision injuries show up days or even weeks later. Whiplash is a common occurrence in rear-end collisions. A whiplash injury is when a person’s neck is unnaturally stretched. This stretch is usually from the force of the two cars hitting. Whiplash isn’t the only thing reported in a rear-end collision. Some have stated broken bones or brain injuries from the impact of a rear-end collision.

Many rear-end collision victims were hit by negligent drivers. Drivers who follow other cars too closely or tailgate commonly get into rear-end collisions. Other factors that may cause a negligent driver to hit your back bender is faulty brake lights, sudden stops, distracted driving or driving under the influence.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Traffic accidents involving two or more vehicles are dangerous. The more vehicles involved, the higher the risk that the occupants involved sustain serious injuries. Many multiple vehicle accidents have repeat impacts which can be deadly. Additionally, multiple car accidents can create issues with emergency medical personnel. First responders may not be able to reach injured victims before their conditions worsen.

It can be hard to determine fault with a multiple vehicle accident. One type of multiple vehicle accident is a chain-reaction. Chain reaction crashes are when one rear-end collision creates a whole chain of rear-end collisions because of the proximity of the cars. The majority of chain-reaction accidents happen on crowded highways. Discovering fault for a chain-reaction crash can be difficult because there are so many vehicles involved.

Chain-reaction crashes usually happen because one of the drivers is negligent. They may not be paying attention when the driver in front of them stopped or the first driver may have made a sudden stop. A multiple vehicle accident can also happen from inclement weather. Drivers who don’t slow down for poor visibility or appropriately turn on their hazards could induce a multiple car accident.

Bus Accidents

Texas citizens trust bus drivers to transport them every day. However, not all bus drivers follow the rules and regulations of the road. Negligent bus drivers or faulty buses can lead to serious bus accidents. These accidents can create severe injuries such as disfigurement or third-degree burns.

Texas bus drivers and bus manufacturers are required to follow rules and regulations set forth by the Texas Transportation Code. If certain light fixtures, brake warnings or other required equipment aren’t installed, then the manufacturer is negligent. Bus drivers who don’t follow Texas road rules and drive recklessly are also endangering the safety of others.

Truck Accidents

Accidents involving trucks can cause serious injury or death. Large commercial trucks can create even more lasting damage due to their size. A 2016 report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) stated that 4,440 trucks were involved in fatal crashes.

Truck drivers must follow regulations set forth by FMSCA. These regulations help ensure that the general public is safe from truck accidents. An important regulation is a trucker’s hours of service. Truckers must follow certain hour duty limits when working. However, some drivers drive over this limit and create a high risk of injury. Fatigued truck drivers are being negligent and could be putting your health in jeopardy for an extra buck.

In addition to following regulations, truck drivers must be vigilant on the road. Trucks are much larger than standard cars, and even some buses. Road hazards such as pot holes or debris can be the cause of an accident. Truck drivers must be trained and ready to avoid road hazards. If the truck driver isn’t aware of their surroundings, he or she may be considered negligent.

Additional Resources

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration | FMCSA – Visit the official website for FMSCA, a division of the Department of Transportation. Find more information about FMSCA regulations for safety hazards, truck cargo, trucker’s hour duty limits and more.

Texas Department of Transportation | TxDOT – Visit the official website for TxDOT, an organization that works with various employees to create a reliable, safe and integrated transportation system. Access the site to find articles about road hazards, common causes for crashes, safety laws and school bus regulations.

Lawyer for Types of Accidents in Montgomery County, Texas

Have you been injured in a recent motor vehicle crash? Are you unsure on what to do next? There’s no reason that you should be weighed down by bills because of another’s negligence. Don’t let negligent drivers go without any consequence. Call the attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC today.

The attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC are experienced in handling all types of civil cases. With our help, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Don’t hesitate. Call Evans & Powell, PLLC at (713) 622 - 2000 today to get some peace of mind today.

Evans & Powell, PLLC represents citizens throughout Montgomery County including Willis, Panorama, Shenandoah, Patton Village, Conroe, and Magnolia.

This article was last updated on February 13th, 2019.

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