Aldine Car AccidentsAs the second most-populated state in the country, and a state well-known for its car-centric lifestyle, Texas is quite a busy place when it comes to car accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 14,202 serious injury crashes took place in 2016, with 17,582 people suffering serious injuries as a result of car accidents. The fatality rate on state roadways that same year was 1.44 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled, which represents a 3.59 percent increase from 2015. The state also experienced an increase in the total number of motor vehicle fatalities. The 2016 death toll of 3,773 was an increase of 5.45 percent from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015. While these statistics sound abstract on a large scale, think about them this way: Based on the reported crashes in 2016,
- 1 person died every 2 hours 20 minutes
- 1 person suffered an injury every 1 minute 59 seconds
- 1 crash took place every 57 seconds
The Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Aldine (and How to Avoid Them)There are too many different ways to get into a vehicle accident to count, but some of the most common types of car accidents we see include:
- Side-impact crashes: Also known as “T-bone crashes,” these account for 27 percent of passenger vehicle deaths in the United States. They occur most often in intersections where one driver fails to yield to the car that has the right-of-way and impacts the side of the vehicle. To avoid side-impact crashes, always look both ways for oncoming cars when you have the right of way and be sure to make complete stops at stop signs and lights.
- Rear-end accidents: A rear-end accident occurs when one car collides into the back of the car in front of it. The NHTSA estimates that rear-end collisions account for 29 percent of all accidents. Rear-end collisions are mainly caused by distracted drivers, which includes engaging in activities such as texting, eating, and grooming. In fact, a full 64 percent of those involved in rear-end accidents were not looking at the road at the time of the crash. It might sound simple, but paying attention to your surroundings can significantly reduce your risk of a rear-end accident.
- Hydroplaning: Hydroplaning takes place when you drive through standing water. To maintain contact with the road, your tires have to push water out of the way. If the car’s speed increases to the point where the tires cannot push the water away quickly enough, a thin layer will remain, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. To avoid hydroplaning, drive slower after it rains, and check your tire treads regularly to ensure that they are not worn down. If you do start hydroplaning, do not stomp on your breaks—instead, apply steady pressure to the breaks to allow the car to gradually coast down to a slower speed.
- Hitting parked cars: Hitting parked cars occurs quite frequently in parking lots and on crowded urban streets that are lined with parallel-parked cars. As a driver, you can avoid this type of collision by remaining aware of your surroundings and the size of the vehicle you are driving. Make sure to look behind you when reversing and don’t rely solely on rearview mirrors or backup cameras when reversing out of a spot.
- Collisions with animals: The risk of colliding with an animal, like a deer, increases when driving in rural areas, especially at night. While it may not seem like a very big deal, hitting an animal can cause serious damages to your vehicle or even to people inside the vehicle. To avoid hitting animals, take extra caution when driving at night and in rural areas by using your high beam lights and following the speed limit to make sure you have time to stop if an animal jumps out in front of you. In addition, some animals, like deer, travel in herds—if you see one, several others are probably nearby, so slow down and look for the rest of the herd.
Common Car Accident Injuries in AldineEvery auto accident is different, but we see a few common types of injuries quite often, including:
- Head injuries: Head injuries are caused by the same forces as whiplash. If the force of impact in the collision is great enough, it can cause an occupant’s head to strike nearby objects, including the steering wheel, dashboard, console, or windows.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck and upper back. It occurs when sudden movements stretch the muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back. The sudden jerking that results when one vehicle strikes another most often causes this stretching.
- Chest injuries: Just as with head injuries, chest injuries can also result when that part of the body strikes a nearby object as a result of the force of the collision. Chest injuries are particularly dangerous for the driver due to the driver’s chest’s position directly behind the steering wheel.
- Arm and leg injuries: Due to their exposure and relatively free movement unencumbered by seatbelts, an occupant’s arms are at great risk of striking nearby objects or getting scraped or cut by projectiles. One of the most common locations for leg injuries is to the knees, as the force of impact in an accident often causes an occupant’s knees to hit the dashboard or the seats in front of them.
- Scrapes and cuts: Items that can cause scrapes and cuts in an automobile accident include glass, airbags, dash-mounted GPS systems, cell phones, coffee mugs, purses, or anything else that is not physically attached to the automobile. Loose objects automatically become projectiles in a vehicle collision, and the severity of the injury depends on the type of object you are struck with.
After Your Accident, When Should You Talk to an Aldine Personal Injury Attorney?You might not think you need to hire an attorney, especially if your accident and car accident injuries are relatively minor. However, even then, and especially for more serious car crashes and injuries, a personal injury attorney can help you go up against big auto insurance companies and their lawyers. Your attorney already knows the personal injury laws and procedural rules and can effectively handle all of the legwork for you. Because insurance companies and their lawyers have the knowledge to reduce compensation and even deny a car accident claim altogether, hiring a personal injury attorney is a good idea for people who:
- Suffered severe injuries
- Are faced with expensive medical bills
- Have experienced significant loss of wages due to their injuries.
- Do your research: Try to talk with more than one lawyer before you choose the one to represent you. But find out if the attorney will charge you for an initial meeting. Be prepared to describe your problem in a brief, clear summary. Ask the various lawyers about their experiences, their fees, your options, your chances of success, who will do the work, and when the problem might resolve.
- Know who you will work with: A personal injury attorney should have experience representing clients in a similar situation as yours. Although you ideally want someone with many years of experience, newer attorneys can also competently represent their clients with the proper assistance of a more experienced attorney. Most law firms (including ours) offer free consultations to prospective clients, so take that opportunity to find a lawyer you connect with on a personal level.
- Get all the details: How often will the lawyer update you? What information will you need to provide? Do you understand all of your options? What will the total cost be? If you’re not clear on exactly what the lawyer is doing, ask for clarification. Although no lawyer can guarantee your chances of success, make sure you’re comfortable with your lawyer’s approach to your case.
- Understand your attorney’s fee structure: The most expensive attorney is not necessarily the best attorney for you, while a “bargain basement” attorney may not be the best deal in the long run. You want to find an attorney with the proper balance of experience and cost. Also, be sure that you understand how your lawyer want's to get paid for car accident cases—most lawyers use either a contingency fee, flat fee, or hourly rate fee.
If You Were Injured in an Aldine, Texas, Car Accident, Call the Attorneys of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident LawyersIf you were injured in a car accident in Aldine, consult with one of our Aldine car accident lawyers as quickly as possible to explore your options. For a free case evaluation to see if the laws in Aldine might entitle you to compensation for your injuries, contact the lawyers of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, at 281-664-6500, or send us an email through our online contact form. Remember, you pay nothing at the time we take your case, and you pay us nothing unless and until we’ve won financial recovery for your damages. Our car accident lawyers are proud to represent injured accident victims in Aldine, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Katy, and throughout Harris County and the state of Texas. Call our phone number today to learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time. Come in for our free case review and see why so many injured Aldine residents turn to us after a car wreck.
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