Baytown, Texas, Car AccidentsTexas is a large state with the second-highest population in the nation. As such, it’s fertile ground for car accidents. What’s more, the rate at which Texans are involved in car accidents increases by the year. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, between 2015 and 2016, the state experienced an increase in the total number of vehicle traffic fatalities, from 3,578 in 2015 to 3,773 in 2016. That’s an increase of more than 5 percent in just one year. Thus, if a traffic accident injured you, you are far from alone. If your accident took place in the Baytown area, consult with a local personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible to explore your options. For a free case evaluation to see if Texas law entitles 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.
The Most Common Types of Car Accidents on Baytown RoadsCommon accidents we see around town include:
- Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions occur when the front ends of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions hit each other. These types of accidents are among the most dangerous and can often kill people, especially if one or both cars is traveling at a high rate of speed.
- Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions take place when one car crashes into the back of the car in front of it. These types of accidents are most often caused by distractions, such as when the leading car suddenly decelerates or stops and the following car does not have time to brake. In these instances, the driver in the following car is almost always at fault for the accident.
- Side-impact collisions: Also known as T-bone accidents or broadsides, side-impact crashes occur when the side of one vehicle hits the front or rear of another vehicle traveling perpendicularly to the first vehicle. Usually, the passengers sitting on the side of the vehicle that was hit suffer the most severe injuries in these crashes.
- Sideswipe crashes: A sideswipe crash occurs when two cars are traveling in the same direction and one veers into the other. These accidents are especially common on busy interstate highways, since they often occur as a result of improper merging. As long as both drivers remain in control of their vehicles after a sideswipe collision, serious injuries rarely occur.
- Vehicle rollovers: Vehicle rollovers take place when a driver loses control of a vehicle and the vehicle’s center of gravity rapidly shifts, causing it to roll over one or more times. These accidents often occur when the driver attempts to turn too fast. While all vehicles can roll over, sport utility vehicles pose a greater risk of rollover accidents because they are taller than other vehicles and thus have higher centers of gravity.
- Single-vehicle crashes: Single vehicle crashes, as their name suggests, involve only one vehicle. In most cases, single-vehicle crashes involve the driver striking a fixed object, such as a tree, light post, fire hydrant, or building. These accidents often involve heavy property damage and can result in serious injuries, depending on how fast the driver was going at the time of the crash.
Typical Car Accident InjuriesSome of the most common injuries that our clients experience include:
- Head injuries: Head injuries are among the most serious types of injury that can result from a car accident, especially head injuries that cause damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in particular can often cause severe impairment to the sufferer’s speech, vision, concentration, and emotional control. Other types of head injuries include eye injuries, which can cause blindness, ear injuries (which can lead to loss of hearing), and jaw injuries (which can cause the loss of teeth).
- Chest injuries: The impact of a car accident can break an occupant’s ribs or sternum, especially if that occupant was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Chest injuries are particularly dangerous for drivers due to their position behind steering wheels. Although airbags have greatly reduced the severity of chest injuries, fractures and internal organ injuries do still occur.
- Neck and back injuries: The most common type of neck and back injury is whiplash, which occurs when the next stretches violently and then snaps back into place. Whiplash can damage the vertebrae, ligaments, and the spinal cord itself in the neck and back. Severe spinal cord injuries can result in partial or total paralysis or other loss of function in the limbs.
- Pelvis and abdominal injuries: Hip fractures and injuries to the liver, spleen, and kidneys are common in car accidents, especially in front- and side-impact collisions.
- Arm and leg injuries: Injuries to the arm and leg are most often caused by the limb smashing into a part of the vehicle or getting crushed by impact. This can result in injuries that range from minor bruises to major bone fracture.
When to Contact an Attorney After a Car AccidentEven if you suffered a less-serious accident—but especially if your injuries were serious or if you become engaged in a dispute with your insurance company or the other driver, you want a lawyer to help navigate you through the tangled thicket of the American legal system. If your insurance company has the luxury hiring professionals to represent it, then why shouldn’t you? Once you decide to hire a lawyer, then face the daunting choice of choosing one, and you have no shortage of lawyers from which to choose. While you may be familiar with certain personal injury attorneys due to their advertisements in various media, you shouldn’t choose an attorney just because you recognize their face or phone number. After all, the most prominent lawyer is not necessarily the best lawyer for YOU.
Ask each of your potential lawyers a few questions.
- How long have you practiced? You don’t want an attorney who is too green and inexperienced representing you, but you also don’t want an attorney who has been practicing for too long and has lost his passion for the work. Ideally, your lawyer will have a years of practice as well as a passion for the work and a desire to prove himself.
- Has your license ever been suspended or revoked? License suspensions or revocations are red flags and often indicate unethical behavior. If a potential lawyer has had his license revoked or suspended, ask questions about it. What happened and how was the situation fixed? Most importantly, trust your instincts.
- Who will I work with? While it is perfectly fine for a paralegal or associate to work on your case, you want an accessible, knowledgeable lead attorney. After all, you are hiring the attorney for his experience, not his staff’s.
- Can you provide me with references that I can contact? If an attorney is good, then her former clients will speak well of her and will happily speak to potential clients. If your potential attorney cannot provide any positive references, you might want to look elsewhere.
- What will you need me to do during the case? An attorney-client relationship is a partnership where each party works toward a common goal. This means that you will need to communicate and consult with each other frequently on numerous issues during the case. Make sure you are willing to give your attorney all of the information and cooperation he needs to win your case.
If a Baytown, Texas, Car Accident Injured You, Call the Attorneys of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident LawyersIf you were injured in a car accident in Baytown, consult one of our Baytown personal injury lawyers as quickly as possible to explore your options. For a free case evaluation to see if Texas law 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.
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