Houston Car Accident Lawyer
The leading cause of death and injury in America is auto accidents. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be facing the long-term repercussions of an ongoing injury from neck or back pain, broken bones, or even something more catastrophic such as traumatic brain injury. It’s not unusual for injuries to not fully surface until days after an accident. It’s important that you receive medical attention as after the wreck as possible to protect your health. It’s also important to contact an experienced Houston car wreck attorney to protect your rights to recover damages for your injury. The car accident attorneys at Brian White & Associates have years of experience fighting for victims of auto crashes in Harris County and will do everything in our power to get you and your family a fair and just settlement.
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Houston Car Accident Resources
- Why Do I Need a Houston Auto Accident Attorney?
- Choosing The Right Accident Attorney
- Texas Car Accident Statistics
- Houston’s Most Dangerous Intersections
- Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Common Car Accident Injuries
- Types of Car Accident
- Fatal Car Accidents in Texas
- Request a Free Consultation from a Houston Car Accident Attorney
Why Do I Need a Houston Auto Accident Attorney?
Often injured parties hesitate to call an experienced car wreck lawyer because they believe most insurance companies will settle their claim in good faith. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case, and increasingly, even in smaller claims, where injuries are not catastrophic, insurers stall to settle. When they do, their initial offers can be less than an injured person’s medical costs. The insurance companies only have their own interests in mind when settling cases. Unless you are represented by an aggressive and knowledgeable auto crash attorney, you may end up paying some of the costs for your injuries and damages yourself. We will fight for your right to recover the full benefits you need and deserve. Whether you have been injured by a drunk driver, someone making unsafe lane changes, speeding or any accident where someone else was at fault, we can help.
Choosing The Right Accident Attorney
Choosing the right car accident lawyer isn’t just a question of getting a referral or looking in the phone book. In order to find the right attorney, you will have to do a bit of research. The last thing you want to do is to put your case in the hands of an unqualified law firm. Three things to look for when selecting the right attorney to handle your Houston car accident case are:
- Litigation Experience. Finding an accident lawyer with litigation experience will drastically improve your chances of resolving your case successfully. Many attorneys prefer to settle cases outside of the courtroom, and some will do anything to avoid trial even if that means settling for a lowball price. Finding an attorney that is not afraid of the courtroom and will apply pressure on the insurance company and adjusters will result in larger payout for your injuries. Before becoming an injury attorney, Brian White defended large corporations and insurance companies against personal injury lawsuits. He understands the sophisticated defense tactics that the insurance companies use to deny injury victims their right to compensation.
- Personality & Accessibility. When choosing a lawyer, it’s important that you work with someone you like! Some cases can go on for years and it’s smart to choose someone who makes you their number one priority. At our office, our clients always come first. In addition, it’s important to be able to get a hold of your attorney at any time to get status updates on your case or to answer any questions you may have. We hear many complaints about accident lawyers who do not call their clients back in a timely fashion. At our office, we make it a goal to call each and every client back the same day. Communication is an important part of every relationship, including the one you have with your attorney.
Texas Car Accident Statistics
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reports there was an automobile crash reported every 57 seconds on Texas roads in 2016. A crash injures one person every minute and 59 seconds. Tragically, Texas roads kill one person every two hours and 20 minutes. Not a single day went by in 2016 when there wasn’t at least one fatality from an auto accident in Texas.
There were 3,794 deaths on Texas roads in 2016, and 17,582 serious injuries throughout the state. There were 1.44 deaths for every hundred million vehicle miles traveled in the year, an increase of 3.59% over 2015.
October and November were the deadliest months for crashes, with 337 fatalities in October and 318 in November. Saturday and Sunday are the deadliest days of the week for auto accidents, with more than a third of all fatalities occurring on the weekend. However, there were more crashes on Thursday and Friday than any other day of the week.
The greatest number of crashes takes place during the evening rush hours between 4 and 7 pm, but fatal auto accidents are more likely to take place between 8 and 9 pm.
- Total vehicle miles traveled in 2016 equaled 261 billion, an increase of 1.5% over 2015.
- Fatalities increased by 5.45% over 2015.
- There were 814 fatalities from crashes at intersections.
- Approximately 44% of fatalities occurred when occupants weren’t wearing seatbelts.
- Crashes injured 265,076 people in 2016 in Texas.
- There were 987 fatalities, 26% of the total deaths, in crashes where at least one driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Crashes involving a distracted driver killed 455 people.
While more than half the fatalities and accidents occur in rural areas, most miles driven were also on rural roads. Congested areas, such as Houston, saw a much higher rate of crashes and fatalities per miles driven than rural areas.
In 2016, Houston experienced 67,241 crashes. There were 8,630 known injuries from crashes in Houston, with 1,304 of those being serious or incapacitating injuries. There were 237 fatal crashes in Houston, resulting in the loss of 245 lives. There were more crashes in Houston than in any other state in Texas.
Total Number of Car Accident Fatalities in Texas From 2007-2017
Car accidents are on the rise throughout the United States, and Texas is no exception. The number of car accident deaths that occurred in Texas has been steadily increasing since 2013. We recently saw a very small decrease in the number of lives lost in 2017. These fatalities are an outcome of distracted drivers, driving while texting, driving under the influence, and much more. However, a large amount of these lives were also lost due to dangerous intersections.
Houston’s Most Dangerous Intersections
Were you injured in one of the most dangerous intersections? This table below shows some of the most common accident hotspots in the city, according to a study our law firm recently conducted.
|HOUSTON||BISSONNET ST||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||335||263||0||1124|
|HOUSTON||HARDY RD||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||280||164||0||772|
|HOUSTON||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||WESTHEIMER RD||233||173||0||752|
|HOUSTON||MAIN ST||SOUTH LOOP||206||147||1||657|
|HOUSTON||GREENS RD||IH 45||176||156||0||644|
|HOUSTON||MAIN ST||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||166||154||1||638|
|HOUSTON||BEECHNUT ST||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||189||136||0||597|
|HOUSTON||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||WESTPARK TOLLWAY||147||117||0||498|
|HOUSTON||HAMMERLY BLVD||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||119||116||1||477|
|HOUSTON||IH 45||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||156||104||0||468|
|HOUSTON||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||VETERANS MEMORIAL DR||174||98||0||468|
|HOUSTON||CLAY RD||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||124||105||1||449|
|HOUSTON||HARWIN DR||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||128||106||0||446|
|HOUSTON||ANTOINE DR||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||126||98||2||440|
|HOUSTON||FM 1960||TOMBALL PKWY||147||94||0||429|
|HOUSTON||GREENS RD||JOHN F KENNEDY BLVD||99||105||0||414|
|HOUSTON||BELLAIRE BLVD||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||155||86||0||413|
|HOUSTON||SAM HOUSTON PKWY||W LITTLE YORK RD||108||101||0||411|
|HOUSTON||CHARTRES ST||MCGOWEN ST||86||86||1||354|
|HOUSTON||IH 45||RANKIN RD||122||74||0||344|
You can see a map of all of Texas and more information on our study of the most dangerous intersections in Texas here.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are so common, we come to think of them as a part of life. However, people could avoid most accidents if all drivers took reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of those with whom they share the road.
- Speeding Drivers Cause Most Crashes. Speeding is the cause of more accidents than any other factor. Drivers who either failed to control their speed or drove at an unsafe speed caused over 46,000 accidents in 2016. Drivers have less time to react and require more time to stop when driving too fast. Speeding can be either driving over the legal posted speed limits or driving too fast for the road or weather conditions. A driver who causes an accident through speeding is negligent in his or her duty of care for other drivers.
- Failure to Make Safe Lane Changes Can Be Deadly. Almost everyone has made an unsafe lane change at some point. A driver thinks the next lane is clear and begins to change lanes, only to have his or her attention caught at the last moment by a honking horn. Unfortunately, in many cases, a failure to safely execute a lane change results in an accident causing serious injury or death.
- Distracted Driving Still Causing Thousands of Crashes. Many companies and public service groups have made great gains in educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving in recent years. Lawmakers have enacted laws and police officers have cracked down on those who endanger other motorists by using cell phones and texting while driving. Because of these efforts, fatalities from distracted driving have gone down in recent years. However, the hundreds of deaths and thousands of crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016 show we still have many drivers who are careless in keeping their attention on the road as they drive.
- Failure to Obey Traffic Signals a Real Hazard. Stop signs, traffic lights, and other traffic control measures facilitate the flow of traffic safely. Drivers who are negligent in observing and obeying these signals create a hazard to everyone on the road with them. Negligence in properly obeying traffic signals results in many injuries and fatalities each year.
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance Can Be Deadly. Cars are incredible machines capable of driving thousands of miles across the state with only a few stops for fuel. Safe driving requires a car’s tires, breaks, suspension, and many other areas to receive regular maintenance and repair to function properly. A poorly maintained car may not stop at a safe distance or may lose control in an emergency. Drivers who fail to properly maintain their vehicles negligently cause accidents that injure and kill hundreds every year.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car manufacturers thoroughly test cars and include some of the most innovative safety measures in the history of automobiles. However, no amount of safety equipment can keep occupants safe from injury in all crashes.
- Neck Injuries. The soft tissues of the neck, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the head, are the most likely to suffer damage in even minor accidents. Neck injuries can result in pain and stiffness, headaches, difficulty sleeping, inability to turn the head, and shoulder or arm pain. In severe cases, damage to the neck can affect the spinal cord, causing numbness or tingling and possibly even paralysis.
- Head and Brain Injuries. A car accident produces forces that cause unnatural movements in the occupant. Even people wearing seat belts may find their heads slammed into side windows or the steering wheels of cars. Loose objects in the car may slam into the head, and foreign objects from outside may crash through the vehicle, striking the head and causing injuries. Damage to the skull can result in lacerations and blood loss, even foreign objects fracturing or penetrating the skull. When the head violently strikes an object, the brain may crash into the inside of the skull, causing damage. Concussions are one type of traumatic brain injury that result from these types of injuries. Victims may suffer severe headaches, migraines, sensitivity to light or sound, difficulty concentrating, and problems with memory. More severe traumatic brain injuries can result in difficulty with fine motor control, making basic tasks such as daily hygiene or feeding oneself difficult or impossible.
- Chest Injuries. The weight of the body thrown against a seat belt can cause severe bruising and pain to the shoulder, waist, and chest of passengers. Drivers are more likely to suffer severe chest injuries when the accident throws them against steering wheels. Bruised or broken ribs can result from an accident, which can lead to punctured lungs or other organs and potentially deadly internal bleeding.
- Limb Injuries. There is little room for movement in the passenger compartment of a car. In an accident, the arms, hands, legs, and feet may become trapped as the force of the accident crushes the vehicle. Bruises, cuts, and scrapes can be painful if not seriously threatening. Fractured bones occur in these situations, often requiring months of recovery and medical care.
Types of Car Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions. You stop at a red light and a vehicle slams into the back of yours. This can cause pain in your neck and back, and possible injury to your head, arms, or worse. The rear-end collision often takes place because a driver is not paying full attention to the road. He or she may have been distracted by a cell phone, adjusting the radio, or just not paying attention. In almost all cases, the rear-end collision is a result of negligence on the part of the driver who rear-ended the other vehicle.
- T-Bone Accidents. A T-bone accident occurs when one car runs directly into the side of another vehicle. This commonly occurs at intersections where a car fails to stop for a red light or a stop sign. In other cases, a car pulling into traffic from a driveway may fail to observe the vehicle crossing his or her path and crash directly into the side of a car. The occupants of the vehicle on the side of the crash are the most likely to suffer injuries in a T-bone accident. At high speeds, the T-boned vehicle may roll over, causing life-threatening injuries.
- Head-On Collisions. A head-on collision often takes place on two-lane roads when a vehicle drifts into oncoming traffic. The combined momentum of both vehicles results in horrific crashes with often fatal consequences. Head-on collisions may result from fatigued drivers nodding off at the wheel, distracted drivers unaware they have left their lanes, or drivers unsafely attempting to pass other vehicles.
- Sideswipe Accidents. Sideswipe collisions take place when two vehicles are traveling parallel to each other and one or both vehicles swipe the side of the other. Often this can cause one or both vehicles to lose control, resulting in crashes with other vehicles or running off the road.
- Intersection Collisions. Intersections are some of the deadliest places for accidents and see more crashes than any other accident scene. Crashes at intersections often occur when one vehicle is turning in front of oncoming traffic. Another common intersection collision occurs when a vehicle cuts the corner in a turn, colliding with vehicles outside his or her lane. Intersection collisions often result from a failure to heed traffic signals, or to obey traffic signs controlling turn lanes.
What to Do After a Car Accident
A car accident can change a person’s life forever. In a serious car accident, the aftermath can be devastating and confusing. Even minor car accidents can get complicated if the other driver claims to have an injury or doesn’t have insurance. Nobody plans on getting involved in a car accident, but thousands occur every day. If you were in a car accident, you need to know what to do directly after the crash.
- Stay at the Scene: Never leave the scene of an accident until the police have cleared you to go or until it’s appropriate to leave. You may have to face consequences of causing an accident, but the ramifications of a hit-and-run accident are substantially worse – resulting in criminal penalties and jail time. Check to ensure everyone involved in the accident is okay. If anyone appears injured, call for medical help immediately. Remain on the scene until help arrives. Never move an injured person. Moving an injured person can worsen his or her injuries.
- Don’t Admit Fault: It’s human nature to want to apologize after a car accident or say something like, “I’m sure that was my fault.” However, to do so is to admit fault and place yourself in a position to get sued by the other driver. Be polite, but never admit fault or apologize in a way that makes it seem like you’re to blame for the accident. The other driver may have also been distracted, and both of you are to blame, or an unsafe roadside condition may have caused the accident, and neither of you need to take the fault.
- Call the Police: If you’re able, call the police after a car accident. Even if your accident was minor, filing a police report protects you from liability. Don’t let your fear of getting a ticket prevent you from seeking help. A ticket is a minor risk compared to the chance of getting sued or failing to call for help when someone suffers an injury. Don’t rely on your own judgment to know if a crash is a true emergency or not. Leave it to trained professionals to decide, and call the police right away.
- Get the Other Driver’s Information: Whether you sustained injuries or not, always obtain the other driver’s information before leaving the scene. You may need to contact the other driver about the crash later. Gather insurance information, driver’s license number, license plate number, and contact information. It’s also wise to get the information of any vehicle passengers involved in the accident or eyewitnesses on the scene.
- Keep Detailed Records: Many car accidents result in personal injury trials. You may sense the other person is going to file a lawsuit against you, or you may want to be the one to make a claim. Either way, obtain as much evidence at the scene of the crash as possible. If you’re uninjured, take photos of the crash and the damage to both vehicles. Ask for a copy of the police report and record the contact information for the officer who filed the report. When you seek medical attention, keep detailed records of your injuries and treatment instructions.
- If Injured, Contact a Lawyer: If you or a loved one were injured in the accident, it is always advisable to speak to an attorney who has extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident claims. Take advantage of the free consultation offered by accident attorneys and find out what your legal rights and obligations are. One of the best things about attorneys handling car wreck cases is that they handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay a dime for their services unless they successfully recover money on your behalf!
Fatal Car Accidents in Texas
The Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Highlights illustrate that 3,377 people were killed in car accidents in Texas during 2013, a number that is noticeably higher than the rest of the country. While this number has decreased from staggering highs only a decade ago, it is still the highest in the country, and fatal car accidents continue to occur on a daily basis. About 767 of people killed in car accidents were killed at intersections, while 1/6 were killed in head-on collisions. Furthermore, 1/3 of all people killed were involved in a fatal car accident in which a driver was under the influence of alcohol. A little more than half of all fatal car accidents occurred in rural settings.
Fatal car accidents occur for a number of reasons. The top two factors for fatal car accidents in Texas involve speeding and the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many times the victim was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, and the victim’s family is forced to continue their life without an integral part of their family. However, as a member of the victim’s family, you have the right to bring suit against the person who was the cause of the accident.
Family members can bring a wrongful death suit in a fatal car accident case, and are entitled to damages for mental anguish, lost wages, and loss of consortium. No amount of a settlement will ever bring back your loved one, but it will work to restore justice and begin the healing process.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, contact accident lawyer Brian White to determine what rights you have and the amount of compensation you may receive as a result of your loss. Fatal car accidents are all too common in the Houston area, and you need to preserve your rights. Brian White has years of experience fighting for victim rights, and can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. The loss of a family member is a devastating, life-altering event, and Brian White can assist you in getting the justice you deserve.
Request a Free Consultation from a Houston Car Accident Attorney
Before becoming a Houston personal injury attorney, Brian White defended large corporations and insurance companies against personal injury claims. He understands how and why injured parties are denied their rights to just compensation by the use of sophisticated defense tactics. He pursues an aggressive strategy by using the foremost scientific, forensic, and medical experts to prepare your case for settlement within one year of your injury, or go to trial if it becomes necessary. If you are wondering if you may have a case, please contact our law firm today. We are ready to help!