Common Types of Austin Car Accidents

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In the state of Texas in 2011, one person was killed in a car accident every 2 hours and 54 minutes and someone was injured every 2 minutes and 29 seconds. The Texas Department of Transportation also reported that there were 1.28 traffic deaths for every 100 vehicle miles traveled within the state. In total, 3,015 people lost their lives in Texas car wrecks in 2011 and 79,573 people suffered serious injuries.

These car crashes occurred on rural, urban and suburban roads throughout Texas. Some were single-car accidents, and others were multi-vehicle pile-ups. They killed and injured drivers, pedestrians, passengers, bicyclists and motorcycle riders. In most cases, they could have been prevented if drivers had been more careful.

When an accident occurs, it is important to determine several things, including who was at fault and what damages resulted from the crash. Understanding these factors is essential, because you may have a right to take legal action when someone has injured you or killed one of your loved ones by causing a car wreck.

Different Types of Car Accidents

  • Multi-vehicle accidents – While this term can technically apply to any situation where at least two vehicles are involved in an accident, it most commonly refers to a multi-car pile-up with three or more cars involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 40 percent of all accidents in the U.S. involve multiple vehicles.
  • Single-vehicle accidents – The Texas Department of Transportation indicated that single-car accidents resulted in 1,208 of the statewide traffic deaths in 2011. Single-vehicle accidents can injure passengers as well as drivers. If a driver was negligent, an injured passenger could be entitled to compensation.
  • Read-end collisions – In the United States, a rear-end collision occurs approximately every eight seconds. In total, between 29 and 30 percent of crashes are rear-end accidents, and around 2.5 million of these types of crashes occur every year. Even low-speed rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries.
  • Intersection accidents – These types of accidents are typically side-impact collisions, and they frequently involve failure yield right of way. In Texas, the Department of Transportation reported that 692 people were killed as a result of intersection accidents in 2011.
  • Head-on collisions – According to the Traffic Crash Facts, there were 419 people killed in head-on accidents in Texas during 2011. Head-on collisions are among the most deadly of crashes as a result of the combined forces that result when two vehicles hit directly in the frontal area.
  • Roll-over accident – SUVs and trucks are particularly susceptible to roll-over accidents because of their higher center of gravity. Any vehicle, though, can roll over if a driver attempts a turn at a high rate of speed, swerves to avoid hitting something or over-corrects. Collisions can also lead to rollovers.
  • Sideswipe accidents – A sideswipe collision can occur when a car drifts out of its lane or when a driver makes an unsafe lane change.  In Texas in 2011, unsafe lane changes caused 3,316 car accidents, including 313 wrecks that caused serious injury and 13 that caused death.
  • Back-over accidents – Back-over accidents happen when a driver exits a driveway or parking space or when a driver reverses in any situation without checking behind. According to NHTSA, 300 people are killed on average in the U.S. each year, and another 18,000 are hurt in back-over accidents. Children under 5 account for 44 percent of fatalities in back-over crashes, and adults ages 70 and up account for a third of fatalities.
  • Hit-and-run accidents – Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver involved in a crash leaves the accident scene. Not only is it illegal, but hit-and-run drivers can create complications for anyone who was injured in the crash. Even if the responsible driver is never found, people hurt in a hit-and-run accident could be entitled to compensation under their own uninsured motorist coverage.
  • Pedestrian accidents – In 2011, 418 pedestrians died as a result of auto accidents. This is a 17 percent increase from the number of pedestrians who were killed in 2010. Pedestrians are more likely to be injured or killed in car accidents due to the absence of any protection.
  • Bicycle accidents – Bicycle riders, like pedestrians, have little protection when they are hit by a car. Unfortunately, many drivers do not know how to share the road in a safe way with bicycle riders, causing accidents as a result.
  • Motorcycle accidents – 479 motorcycle operators and passengers lost their lives in accidents in Texas in 2011. Motorcycles are more difficult to see than other motor vehicles, and some drivers do not make an effort to check for motorcycles.

Compensation for Car Accidents

Any of these accidents can have a life-changing effect on those who are involved in the wreck. It is not uncommon for people involved in car accidents to suffer permanent injuries, reduced quality of life, limits on ability to work, and significant pain and suffering.

If you are a car accident victim, you could be entitled to compensation for all of your losses by bringing a car accident claim.

Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases. Depending on the parties involved in your accident, the deadline for taking action may arrive even sooner. That’s why it’s important to contact a skilled and experienced Texas car accident attorney immediately after you’ve been involved in a wreck.

Call a car accident lawyer at The Bob Richardson Law Firm today toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation.

Sources:

  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Traffic Crash Facts