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Texas Accident Lawyer
Texas accounts for the most number of fatal accidents in the United States after California. On May 30, 2012, a fatal collision between a car and a tractor-trailer rig in East Texas resulted in the death of three persons. Rusty, the lead singer of music band Bow Prometheus, was injured and roadie Blake Gassett was killed in a serious car accident in Harrison County’s Marshall City on June 2. Two days later, a deputy of the Anderson County sheriff received serious injuries in an accident involving three vehicles. In April 2011, Times Square Church pastor and author of "The Cross and the Switchblade" died after his car veered off the road and collided with a tractor-trailer rig. Other high-profile Texas road accident fatalities include ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Ernie Holmes (2008), father of NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson (2007), legislator Joe Moreno (2005), and basketball star Eddie Griffin (2007).
Harris County leads the tally in the number of total Texas car accidents. The county accounted for 17 percent of total Texas car accidents in 2010. Dallas County was second with 35, 811 car crashes and 181 fatalities in the same year. Tarrant, Bexar, and Travis Counties were among the other top five areas with a high number of auto accidents and fatalities. Houston was the most unsafe city in Texas with 40,323 car accidents leading to 217 deaths in 2010. San Antonio was second in the number of traffic crashes while Dallas stood at the third place with 23,648 auto accidents. Austin and Fort Worth were two other most prominent cities that accounted for a high number of car crashes in Texas.
According to Texas Department of Transportation, the IH-35 stretch running from Austin to the Dallas-Fort Worth area via Waco witnessed the most number of road accidents in the state. Almost half of the total Texas car accidents occurred in areas with permissible speed limit above 60 kmph. This highlights speed as the most important reason for car crashes in the state. Almost one in every three fatalities was attributed to alcohol consumption by the driver. While the New Year Day was the most fatal with 25 deaths, 280 people were killed in May 2010. The high number of single road accidents indicates distracted driving as another major cause for car crashes in the state. Head-on and rear-end collisions involving two or more vehicles contributed to one-sixth of total fatalities. One in every five accidents occurred at intersections or were caused by intersection-related traffic problems. Pedestrian and fixed road side objects were factors in about 10 percent of total crashes.
Texas Accident Claim for Damages, Compensation
The state law allows accident victims to claim following types of compensation from those responsible for the accident.
Texas law requires an accident victim to establish negligence, causation, and damages to seek compensation from the at-fault drivers. A victim can claim damages in the following three ways:
Texas follows the comparative negligence principle to decide award in an auto accident lawsuit. Officially known as "proportionate responsibility," the law entails that any award is to be decided on the basis of defendant’s negligence. If the court finds that the plaintiff is also responsible for the accident, an amount proportionate to his responsibility in the incident is deducted from the total compensation awarded. No damage is awarded if the plaintiff’s negligence in the accident is over 50 percent.
In June 2012, a Texas auto accident lawsuit resulted in $21 million award in favor of a woman. The plaintiff was injured after driver of a Coca Cola vehicle smashed into her car. In December 2010, a Texas jury ordered Los Paisanos Autobuses Inc. to pay $124 million in damages in a 2005 accident involving its vehicle that left two dead and five injured. A Houston man seriously injured in a car accident received $120,000 in damages. The plaintiff had neck and back injuries after an intoxicated SUV driver struck him at Deer Park. Another Houston resident injured at an intersection accident got 14 times of compensation earlier offered by the insurance company. A pick-up truck driver won $500,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed after he was hit by an ambulance that ran the red light. In 2008, a Texas jury awarded $600,000 to a correction officer who claimed discectomy following a near-fatal accident at a Houston intersection.
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