Even minor car accidents can result in serious and debilitating injuries.
This can be extremely frustrating and financially draining for injured parties, especially for those who were not at fault for their accidents, but were injured as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or unlawful conduct.
Fortunately, accident victims who can provide evidence of negligence are often eligible to recover damages compensating them for their accident-related losses, including lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering. So, if you were injured in a Texas car accident, it is critical to contact a firm with experienced Houston car accident lawyers who can help you seek compensation for your losses.
How Common are Texas Car Accidents?
Although most of us are aware that car accidents occur far too often, many motorists are still surprised to learn just how common car accidents actually are in Texas. In fact, the Texas Department of Transportation estimates that around 14,282 serious injury crashes occurred in the state in 2017 alone. The statistics for non-serious injury crashes are even more alarming, with the Department of Transportation estimating that as many as 254,415 people were injured in car accidents in the same year, which breaks down to:
- One reportable collision occurring every 59 seconds; and
- One reportable car accident-related injury occurring every two minutes and four seconds.
Tragically, these accidents resulted in the untimely deaths of 3,727 motorists, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
Types of Car Accidents
At Milano Legal Group Accident Attorneys, our team has experience handling cases based on a wide range of different types of car accidents, including:
- T-bone collisions, in which one vehicle strikes another broadside and usually occur in intersections;
- Head-on collisions, which tend to be particularly dangerous, as they involve two vehicles striking each other head-on and almost always occur at high speeds;
- Single-vehicle accidents, in which a driver collides with another object or runs off the road, either due to mechanical failure, driving while intoxicated, or falling asleep at the wheel;
- Rear-end crashes, which occur when the front end of one vehicle strikes the rear portion of another vehicle and often result in head and neck-related injuries;
- Rollover accidents, in which a vehicle flips over, usually as a result of mechanical failure, unsafe roads, or negligent driving;
- Sideswipe crashes, which occur when one vehicle scrapes alongside another vehicle and tend to result in few injuries, but significant property damage; and
- Hit and run accidents, in which a vehicle strikes another car or person and immediately leaves the scene of the crash.
Although all of these types of accident can end up causing serious injuries, head-on collisions, t-bone crashes, and rollover accidents tend to result in the most severe injuries, costing victims thousands of dollars in medical bills and property damage.
Hit and Run Accidents
Of the many types of accidents in which drivers and pedestrians can be involved, hit and run crashes tend to be some of the most frustrating, as recovering compensation in these kinds of cases is often more difficult.
Ultimately, how much and from whom an injured party can recover in hit and run accident cases depends in large part on whether:
- The at-fault driver struck a parked car;
- The at-fault driver collided with another vehicle; or
- The at-fault motorist struck a cyclist or pedestrian.
In all of these situations, Texas law requires drivers to take certain steps, including:
- Immediately stopping their vehicle at or returning to the scene of the accident;
- Obtaining medical attention for any injured parties; and
- Remaining at the scene of the accident until emergency personnel have arrived.
Drivers who fail to abide by these rules could face criminal penalties in addition to being required to compensate injured parties for their medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Common Car Accident Injuries
The kinds of injuries that car accident victims often sustain depends on a number of factors, including the parties’ ages and general health, the type of collision in question, the number of vehicles involved in the crash, and the speed at which the cars were traveling prior to the accident.
There are, however, certain types of injuries that tend to crop up again and again in car accident cases, including: concussions, whiplash, broken bones, lacerations, nerve damage, and emotional distress.
If you sustained one of these, or another type of car accident injury, please call our legal team today to learn more about recovering compensation for your losses.
Contact Experienced Houston Car Accident Lawyers Today
To speak with an experienced Houston auto accident attorney about recovering compensation for your own collision-related injuries, please contact Milano Legal Group Accident Attorneys via phone or online message today.