BACKGROUND

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Texans traveled a total of 248.824 billion miles in 2014. With a number this high, car accidents are happening at an alarming rate and Texas is the leading in state in the nation for car accident fatalities. There has not been a single deathless day on Texas roads over the course of a year. Everyone is affected.

There are various reasons that lead to car accidents on the road. According to the US Census Bureau, the following are the causes of accidents, which typically lead to fatalities as shown in Figure 1.

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According to the statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • A car accident in the United States happens every ten seconds.
  • A crash is reported every 71 seconds
  • Someone is injured every two minutes and 16 seconds.
  • A person is killed in a car accident every two hours and 26 minutes.
  • 237,941 persons were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
  • The 2014 death toll of 3,534 was an increase of 70% from the 3,408 deaths recorded in 2013.

Let that sink in.

The time after a car accident can be full of anger, frustration, and pain. The lives of those involved in severe accidents are forever changed. You are forced to worry about the bills, loss of income, and damage to your automobile. You ARE NOT alone.

There are various reasons that lead to majority of the car accidents in the country. It could be from a reckless drunk driver swerving into incoming traffic to an animal running in the middle of the road. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, here are the leading causes of car accidents in Texas in a recent year:

  • Failed to control speed: 108,466 collisions
  • Driver inattention: 82,833 collisions
  • Failed to drive in single lane: 27,073 collisions
  • Failure to yield – turning left: 25,981 collisions
  • Unsafe lane change: 23,572 collisions
  • Following too closely: 23,333 collisions
  • Faulty evasive action: 22,151 collisions
  • Failure to yield (stop sign): 22,144 collisions
  • Unsafe speed (under limit): 21,006 collisions
  • Disregard stop sign or light: 16,800 collisions
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol: 15,113 collisions

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These statistics can help one understand and the dangers of not obeying the traffic laws, and avoid reckless behavior which can put both your and an innocent life at stake.

In 2013, there was:

  • 5,687,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes.
  • 32,719 people died in vehicle collisions.
  • 1,591,000 crashes caused injuries
  • 4,066,000 crashes caused property damage

To give you an insight on various types of crashes…

Alcohol Related Crashes: In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in an alcohol-impaired accident, or any accidents caused by a driver who had a .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) or higher. This accounted for 31% of traffic related deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving resulted in 1.99 billion dollars in “direct or quality-of-life” economic loss.

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Speeding: NHTSA reported that in 2013, 6913 lives were lost due to accidents caused by speeding. Speed related collisions cost the American economy a total of $40.4 billion every single year. Speeding was a contributing factor in about 29.3% crashes that resulted in fatalities.

Running the Red Light: Over 900 people are killed each year and nearly 2,000 are injured due to collisions caused by running a red light. Over half of these deaths are made up of pedestrians, and the passenger in the car that is hit by a red-light runner.

Fatigue: Drivers falling asleep is one of the most dangerous and common factors leading to collisions. A study carried out by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation stated that 37% of the drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel. 21% of fatal crashes and 13% of crashes that resulted in severe injury was caused by a driver, which reported drowsiness as one of the causes.

Overall, Fatigue is a major cause of car collisions all throughout the country. Symptoms of crashes involving fatigue include:

  • Drifting off the road
  • Frequent and Unnecessary speed changes
  • Slow reaction times
  • Zoning off

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Distracted Drivers: The NHTSA’s study based on distracted driver consists of habits which lead to distraction while driving such as dialing a cell phone, texting or talking on the phone, and eating. In 2013, nearly 3,154 people lost their lives and another 420,000 were injured in distraction-led crashes. A study led by State Farm stated that among drivers in the age range of 18 and 29, 48% used Internet on their cell phones while driving. That is almost half of the young adults. Think about that for a second.

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You were just in a car accident. Don’t Panic! Follow these steps:

Step 1: Stay calm. Seek medical help immediately if needed.

Step 2: Do NOT say sorry.

  • Even though you might not be at fault, you could be tempted to apologize. Do not say sorry. This is an admission of guilt, which could later be used to hold you liable for the accident.

Step 3: Gather the necessary information:

  • The other driver’s name, cell phone number, and address.
  • Note the driver’s license number of the other driver.
  • Note the license plate of the car involved in the collision.
  • Names and numbers of all witnesses present.

Step 4: Take photographs of:

  • Resting place of the vehicles before moved.
  • The damages to your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you.
  • Each side of the car.

Step 5: Call 911 to file an official crash report.

  • The reports are credible and can avoid the change of statements from the time of the accident.

Step 6: Contact your insurance company to record the accident.

Were you injured?

No matter what the cause was for your accident, your injuries are the biggest concern. Severe accidents can cause long-lasting injuries which could bring pain and suffering for years to come. Here are some of the most common injuries resulting from accidents:

  • Broken Bones
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Head, Neck, and Spinal Injuries
  • Internal Bleeding and Organ Damage
  • Paralysis and Nerve Damage

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If even the slightest bit of pain exists, seek medical help. These injuries could take time to develop and could significantly worsen.

Was Negligence the Reason?

Most people come straight to the conclusion that an accident between two vehicles is always the result of negligence. This is not always true. An accident can be caused by various other factors, such as poor maintenance of either vehicle, the inability of the traffic light to function, or an object left on the road.

In these cases, it is vital that the firm representing you has the resources and skills to put together a legitimate case consisting of accident reports, witness statements, police reports and other documentations. This requires a firm with years of experience who fights hard and produces results. This is what is guaranteed from Weaver Injury Law Firm.

The Insurance Research Council states that the individuals who hire an attorney get three times the money than those who settle cases on their own.

Let us at the Weaver Law Firm take care of YOU, YOUR interests and YOUR loved ones. At the Weaver Law Firm, we work with you in dealing with car accidents and are adamant that the victims are rightfully compensated for their suffering. We work with you every step of the way to get every single penny you DESERVE.

If you or your loved one has been in a car accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation. To analyze your options and rights, call the Weaver Law Firm at

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