Your life was turned upside down in a split second. Out of nowhere, a reckless driver hit your car and left you and your passengers seriously injured. You have a long road to recovery ahead of you, and you should not have to take on the cost of the recovery by yourself. With the help of an experienced Dallas car accident law firm, you can hold the negligent driver responsible for compensating you for what you have lost. You may never get back everything you had before the crash, but we can help you make a start.
Nine Common Causes of Texas Car Crashes
All drivers must follow traffic laws and drive in a manner that protects the safety of others on the road. In many ways, drivers breach this duty, which can cause a devastating crash in the worst-case scenario. The most common forms of negligence that cause car crashes in Texas include the following:
Using cellphones, texting, adjusting the radio, or engaging in any activity that diverts attention from the road is considered distracted driving and puts everyone in danger.
Driving above the posted speed limit or too fast for road and weather conditions is illegal and dangerous.
Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving between lanes, or ignoring traffic signals, can lead to a serious crash.
Driving under the influence
Operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications is not only illegal, but it is the cause of hundreds of crashes, injuries, and fatalities every year.
Failure to yield
Ignoring right-of-way rules and not yielding to other vehicles or pedestrians when required can cause a side-swipe or T-bone crash.
Running red lights and stop signs
Disregarding traffic signals and stop signs can lead to dangerous head-on and rear-end collisions.
Unsafe lane changes
Failing to check blind spots or using turn signals when changing lanes at highway speeds can cause violent collisions and multi-vehicle pile-ups.
Operating a vehicle while excessively tired or drowsy reduces reaction times and attentiveness. Falling asleep at the wheel is a form of careless driving.
Inadequate vehicle maintenance
Neglecting to maintain brakes, tires, lights, or other crucial components can lead to accidents. The driver who failed to repair their vehicle could be held liable for injuries that result from a crash.
Drivers who perform these negligent actions can—and should—be held accountable for the harm they cause. Victims of crashes can suffer devastating injuries that cost them medical bills, lost wages, and a life altered by permanent disability. You must take action immediately after a crash by contacting a car accident lawyer.
Serious Injuries Sustained by Car Accident Victims
Some of the more devastating injuries our car accident law firm has seen include the following:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Severe impacts to the head can lead to concussions, brain contusions, or more severe forms of TBI, resulting in cognitive impairments, memory loss, and changes in behavior or personality.
Spinal cord injuries
High-impact collisions can cause damage to the spinal cord, potentially leading to partial or complete paralysis and a loss of sensation or motor function below the injury site.
Car accidents can cause bone fractures, such as broken arms, legs, ribs, hips, and collarbones, which may require surgical intervention and lengthy recovery periods.
Internal organ injuries
The force of a collision can damage internal organs, leading to life-threatening conditions like internal bleeding or organ perforation.
A common injury in rear-end collisions, whiplash occurs when the neck is suddenly jerked back and forth, causing strain and damage to the neck muscles and ligaments.
The impact of a car crash can result in rib fractures, lung contusions, or other chest injuries, which can be particularly dangerous for vulnerable populations like the elderly.
Seat belt injuries or steering wheel impacts can cause abdominal trauma, potentially affecting organs like the liver, spleen, or kidneys.
Severe accidents can lead to traumatic limb amputations, requiring immediate medical attention and lifelong adjustments for the affected individual.
Car accidents involving fires or explosions can cause severe burn injuries, resulting in extensive scarring and potential long-term complications.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Survivors of severe car crashes may experience emotional trauma, leading to symptoms of PTSD, such as flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety related to driving or being in vehicles.
Beyond PTSD, car accident survivors may suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues stemming from the emotional toll of the incident.
If you have suffered any of these injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, our team can help you file a claim for damages with the negligent driver.
Have You Been Injured in a Dallas Area Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a Dallas area car accident, you should speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Dallas office directly at 214.559.7202. We help clients throughout the Dallas area with all their car accident needs and look forward to assisting you.