Car accident injuries? So you've been hurt in an accident, what's the next step? Let's take a deep dive in what the car accident statistics are in Texas, and when you should contact an attorney or not!
Texas Statistics: Car Accidents
Car accidents in Texas are on the rise, that's no secret. Lately it seems like if you don't take extra precautions while driving, you could very well end up as one of the statistics. In 2016 the Department of Transportation reported that a new car accident occurred in Texas every 57 seconds, that's mind blowing! Of those accidents 265,076 people sustained injuries that same year!
T100 Texans will endure an auto accident in any given year.
Common Causes of car accidents in the Dallas and surrounding areas:
Distracted driving: Texting or multitasking while driving are the most widespread forms of distracted driving. The NHTSA estimates that 660,000 vehicles in the US are being driven by people using cellphones at the same time, at any given moment in the day. WOW!
Drunk Driving: One person dies in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes on average. Alcohol impaired driving crashes account for 28% of all traffic deaths in the US.
Aggressive Driving: Defined as operating a vehicle while: "the willful disregard for the safety of a person's property. This includes: road rage, running red lights, tail-gaiting, passing on two lane roads, etc.
Driver Fatigue: Driving while tired can be just as deadly as driving while impaired. Fatigued drivers cause an estimated 1,000 fatalities each year in the US.
When Should I Contact a Car Accident Attorney?
Car accidents, especially ones that you walk away from seemingly "unharmed," can come back to haunt you in the long run. People make the mistake to not seek medical help after an accident because they feel fine, but days later they're left with debilitating pain. Or, what if you find yourself caught in a legal battle over insurance coverage or responsibility for the accident?
Prepare yourself before the fact, and know your rights.
Let Ashmore and Ashmore deal with the insurance companies, adjusters and other attorneys to make sure YOU are protected.
Visit our website for more information: www. AshmoreLawFirm.com