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Motor vehicle accidents are, unfortunately, relatively common in the United States. Texas is no exception. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you will need a knowledgeable attorney by your side to help you negotiate with insurance companies and get you the car accident settlement you deserve.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call our experienced Arlington car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation.
CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
In 2018, there were 33,654 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States. These accidents resulted in 36,560 deaths. The main causes of these road accidents include driver negligence, driver error, and unexpected road dangers.
Of the total number of fatal motor vehicle accidents, 22,891 involved passenger vehicles. Thirty-nine percent of these deaths occurred in single-vehicle crashes, while 61% occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes. Seventy-five percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed were the drivers. Further, 71% of these drivers were male.
In 2019, the National Safety Council reported that 38,800 people died in automobile crashes. Further, 4.4 million people needed medical attention after a motor vehicle accident in the same year.
Based on reported motor vehicle crashes in 2019, the Texas Department of Transportation has reported that:
- One person was killed every two hours and 26 minutes
- One person was injured every two minutes and three seconds
- One reportable crash occurred every 56 seconds
- There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2019
There were a total of 439,388 reported crashes in Texas in 2019. Of those crashes, 7,051 occurred in Arlington. In Arlington, there were:
- 26 fatal crashes
- 28 fatalities
- 144 suspected serious crashes
- 164 suspected serious injuries
- 1,817 possible injury crashes
- 2,838 possible injuries.
With these statistics, it is clear that car accidents are relatively common occurrences. It is important to always stay vigilant while you are behind the wheel and never drive while distracted, or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Further, if you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, it is vital that you call an experienced car accident attorney to help guide you through the legal process and get you the compensation you deserve.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
With modern technology, distracted driving temptations are endless. You can text, play games, search the internet, and much more, all from your phone. While this may seem enticing while stuck in traffic or on long road trips, distracted driving can be extremely dangerous, and sometimes deadly. The United States Department of Transportation has found that 2,841 people died in car accidents resulting from distracted driving in 2018 alone. If you have to send an urgent text or make a phone call, pull over to a safe location,f or let a passenger send the message for you.
Distracted driving is not limited to technology, however. Distracted driving can include applying makeup, talking to others, or even eating. It is important to remember to always stay focused on the road when you are behind the wheel of any motor vehicle.
Although it may be tempting to get to your next location quicker, speeding is responsible for thousands of car accidents every year. The United States Department of Transportation has reported that in 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people. Further, in 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.
Speeding not only endangers the life of the driver, but of every other driver or passenger on the road. Speeding leads to many consequences above driving quickly. For example, speeding leads to an increased potential for loss of vehicle, as well as aggressive driving. While you may be frustrated with your busy schedule or running late to work, you should never put yourself or others at risk with dangerous driving, such as speeding.
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If you are fatigued, you may have impaired cognition and performance, which may lead to a motor vehicle crash. Therefore, driving while drowsy is extremely dangerous. There were 795 deaths from drowsy driving-related crashes in 2017 alone. There were 4,111 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes involving drowsy driving between the years 2013 and 2017. Further, in 2017, there were 91,000 motor vehicle crashes involving drowsy driving.
The United States Department of Transportation has multiple tips on how to avoid driving while drowsy, including:
- 1. Get adequate sleep. Experts urge you to make it a priority to get seven or eight hours of sleep each night.
- 2. Avoid consuming alcohol before driving. Alcohol increases drowsiness and impairment.
- 3. Check any medications for side-effects of drowsiness. If you take any medications that may make you drowsy, you should use public transportation.
Drinking and driving is always a bad idea. Almost 30 people die every day in the United States due to drunk-driving accidents, according to the United States Department of Transportation. That equates to approximately one person every 50 minutes. In 2018 alone, 10,511 people lost their lives due to a drunk-driving car crash. Drinking may impair thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination. These abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely. If you have been drinking, always call a friend or ride-share service to get you home.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact an attorney immediately to see what your case may be worth.
It is very important to seek medical attention after any motor vehicle accident. The minor injuries you believe you have may actually be a symptom of something more serious. Further, your adrenaline will most likely be high after an accident, which may mask your pain. Common injuries received due to a car accident include:
- Cuts or lacerations
- Broken bones
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back, and spine injuries
Not all injuries will present themselves immediately. Some injuries, such as torn ligaments or soft tissue damage, may take days to detect. Always seek medical attention from a medical professional after a motor vehicle accident, no matter how minor you believe your injuries to be.
If you are the victim of a car accident and suffered injury or property damage, you may be entitled to compensation. There are two main categories of damages you may be able to collect:
Economic damages are those damages that are easily monetized. These damages may include ambulance transportation, hospital fees, or pharmacy medication. Further, you may be entitled to compensation for any lost wages. This includes bonuses, vacation time, or loss of earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are more subjective and are not easily monetized. These damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, or loss of consortium.
The amount of compensation you may receive is different for every case. It is important that you hire a knowledgeable car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries or property damage. Zinda Law Group Arlington attorneys have the experience necessary to negotiate with insurance companies and at-fault parties to seek a favorable settlement for your car accident case.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
With any lawsuit, you will have a certain amount of time to actually file a claim. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations,” and it will vary from state to state. In Texas, if you have been injured in a car accident, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. You also have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for any property damage you sustained as a result of the crash. This time limit is important, as you may not be able to receive any compensation if you don’t file your claim on time. Hiring a Zinda Law Group attorney in Arlington will give you peace of mind knowing your car accident lawsuit has been filed on time.
GET HELP FROM ONE OF OUR ARLINGTON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY
The last thing you should have to worry about after a car accident is how to pay your medical or legal bills. If you have been the victim of a car accident and sustained personal injury or property damage, you should contact a knowledgeable Arlington attorney today. Our Zinda Law Group lawyers are here to fight on your behalf.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group attorney today for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers can help you with your Arlington car accident lawsuit and may work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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