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Most drivers get into their vehicles and head out to work, school, or shopping fully anticipating a safe arrival. However, that is not always the case. Statistics provided by the Texas DOT show that in 2019, 3,610 people were killed and there were 256,338 persons injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes with 15,843 of them sustaining a serious injury. There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2019.

It is probable that you or someone you know has been involved in an accident while operating an automobile, motorcycle, truck, or even while riding a bicycle. In Texas, some people are compensated through insurance payouts. However, many people who have been injured do not know how to effectively deal with insurance and get compensation. If you have been involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident, you may have questions about receiving compensation for your injuries.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents Are Not Limited To Cars

While auto accidents may be the most common, there are several other kinds of vehicles that may be involved in motor vehicle accidents. These collisions can result in serious personal injuries or fatalities
Car Accidents
These are the most common type of motor vehicle accidents. An accident that involves one or more automobiles, this category also includes accidents involving SUVs, pick-up trucks, and vans.
Motorcycle Accidents
Crashes involving motorcycles are less common but they more often result in fatalities or serious injuries to the rider. In 2019, There were 410 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in Texas.
Truck Accidents
Due to their size and weight, crashes involving semi-trucks or other commercial vehicles can result in massive damage. Depending on what kind of material was being transported, these kinds of accidents may also pose environmental dangers.
Pedestrian Accidents
Texas pedestrian fatalities totaled 660 in 2019. This is a 5.43% increase from 2018. Since pedestrians have little or no protection during a crash, even slow-speed incidents can result in serious personal injury.
Bicycle Accidents
Similar in nature to pedestrian accidents, a bicyclist has little or no protection in an accident involving another vehicle. Pedal cyclist fatalities totaled 68 in 2019. This is a 4.23% decrease from 2018.

Does The Kind Of Motor Vehicle Involved Change My Right To Receive Compensation?

Regardless of the types of vehicles involved in accidents, victims who have been injured or the families of those killed have the right to receive monetary compensation. The process of claiming these monetary awards may vary depending on the type of vehicle, but the right to claim them is the same.

A motor vehicle crash can be a life-changing event for the person involved and for his or her family. In some cases, trying to manage medical bills, claim forms, and insurance company requirements can seem overwhelming. The assistance of an attorney who is experienced with all types of motor vehicle accidents can make the process much less stressful. If you have been injured or had a loved one killed in an accident, you don't have to handle the process alone.

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Car Accidents

Most people have been in a car accident at some point in their driving history. Quite often there are no injuries or damages. These minor accidents are often described as “fender-benders.” Other accidents can be more severe, resulting in serious injuries or even death. Crashes involving one or more automobiles are the most common type of motor vehicle accident. If you have been in a car accident and have questions about medical bills or lost wages resulting from the crash, call today.

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Car Accidents Injure Greater Numbers Of People

There are several reasons why more people are injured or killed in car accidents than in other types of motor vehicle accidents, such as those involving motorcycles. Some of these reasons are as follows:

  • More people travel in automobiles than in other types of vehicles.
  • Automobiles can carry a large number of people. Passenger vans and SUVs can carry as many as nine people at a time.
  • Automobiles offer a greater opportunity to engage in activities that may cause distracted driving such as eating, texting, or using the installed navigational or entertainment features.
  • According to law enforcement officials, most car accidents are caused by driver error. While mechanical difficulties and medical emergencies affecting the driver do happen, these issues are rare.
  • The majority of accidents, especially bicycle accidents and those involving pedestrians, are usually the result of inattention.
  • People ignore traffic laws or drive while impaired. In situations like these, the person responsible for the accident is also financially responsible to pay for the damage he or she caused.

I Was Injured In A Car Accident, Now What?

When a person is hurt in a car crash, the first priority is to get medical attention. Very often a person will not realize that he or she has been injured until several hours or even days after the accident. If you have been in a car accident you should document any pain you experienced or injuries you sustained. It is also helpful to record all medical history.

Insurance companies may not be helpful and the claims process can be lengthy and confusing. It is important to remember the following when dealing with insurance companies:

  • Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind.
  • It is the job of the representative to settle for as little money as possible.
  • The technical and legal jargon that comes with the insurance process may be overwhelming.
  • The insurance process is more easily navigated with the help of an attorney.
  • If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, recovering from your injuries is a top priority. Having an experienced car accident attorney on your side can help ensure that you receive the best possible medical care.

Truck Accidents

It is possible for drivers to safely share the road with semi-trucks, eighteen-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles, but trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents every day in Texas. When driving, many people do not consider that big trucks operate differently than other vehicles and that they require more complex maneuvering tactics. Lack of awareness may account for many of the truck accidents that take place on Texas highways.

If you have been in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may have questions about how to obtain compensation for your injuries. We can help. Call our office to discuss your case with one of our experienced car accident attorneys.

Why Are Truck Accidents So Common?

Most commercial truck drivers are trained to operate these large, heavy vehicles with skill and adequate care. In some cases, however, an inexperienced driver or one who has been behind the wheel for too many hours may collide with another vehicle or vehicles. When that happens the resulting damage can be massive.

Much of the damage that results from a trucking accident is related to the vehicle's weight and size. Even when traveling at low speeds, a big truck is difficult to bring to a stop because of its weight. This means that when a driver loses control, the truck's weight will continue to push it along until it meets enough resistance to stop.

Depending on what kind of freight the truck is carrying, damage to other drivers and vehicles may also come from flying debris, explosions, or chemical leaks. Pedestrians and motorcyclists in the vicinity of the crash may be especially vulnerable to these risks.

Is Insurance Different For Big Trucks?

Frequently, the person who is driving a truck is also the owner of the vehicle. In other cases, the truck may be leased or be a fleet vehicle for a trucking company. One of the initial challenges in filing a claim for injuries resulting from an accident with a truck is finding out who is responsible for damages. Trucks can be owned and operated in several ways:

  • Owner is the operator: The truck is owned and operated by the same individual
  • Independent driver: The truck is leased from a company and driven by an independent driver
  • Independent driver-contractor: The truck is owned by a company and driven by an independent contractor
  • Employee driven: The truck is company-owned and driven by a company employee

The truck is a state or county-owned vehicle

In each situation above, the truck is insured but determining who is responsible is not immediately clear. It is often helpful for the victim of an accident involving a commercial vehicle to have the assistance of an attorney who is familiar with truck ownership arrangements, fleet agreements, and commercial carrier insurance. Knowing where and with whom a personal injury claim should be filed is an important first step in receiving monetary compensation.

If you were hurt in an accident involving a truck, recovering from your injuries is a top priority for you and your family. An experienced car accident attorney can help ensure that you receive the best possible care and compensation.

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