Houston is the fourth largest city in the country in population but it is also one of the most sprawling, with numerous highways, freeways, and other high-speed roads that residents regularly traverse as part of their commutes from place to place. A high percentage of people you know have likely been involved in car accidents, whether a parking lot bump or a catastrophic high-speed collision. If you or someone you know suffered physical injuries due to a car accident, you should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer in evaluating your case and determining the most effective strategy for moving forward.
In Texas, we love our cars; and, as such, we spend a lot of time driving. The total number of roadway accidents in Texas in 2019 was 68,682, which is quite high, but even more scary is that Texas had more traffic deaths than any other state in 2018 and in 2019, with 3,294 fatal crashes that led to 3,615 deaths in 2019 alone. In addition to fatalities, car accident injury victims also suffer from whiplash, head and brain injuries, chest injuries, abdominal injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
The Dangers of Driving Under the Influence
One of the biggest problems with keeping those on or near the Texas roads safe is the propensity for our local drivers to drive under the influence. In fact, Houston leads Texas in the number of accidents involving driving under the influence. For years, Harris County has led not just the state but the country in drunk driving fatalities, and tens of thousands of DWI charges are filed here each year. That’s why it’s important for those who may celebrate with mind altering substances like alcohol to always designate a sober driver or use a ride-sharing service. Those of us on the roads with drunk drivers need to look out for drivers who are swerving, driving the wrong way down the street, or otherwise exhibiting atypical driving behavior.
In addition, bars, restaurants, and clubs can also be liable for over-serving patrons who later cause crashes under a theory of liability called dram shop law.
Houston Attorneys for Car Accidents
Car accident cases are often complex and require the help of experienced personal injury attorneys. Insurance companies offer inadequate settlements to victims who may not know the real value of their claim in an attempt to resolve things quickly, knowing victims need to pay for medical bills and other expenses. Even if an insurance company has made an offer to settle with you, it’s worth it to have it reviewed by a lawyer to ensure you are getting everything you’re entitled to.
The legal team at Dax F. Garza, P.C. is here to help Houstonians with all types of personal injury claims. Our commitment to our clients never wavers as we fight for your rights and to get you the financial compensation you deserve after being injured in a car crash. Reach out and contact us today so we can get started investigating your claim at no cost to you.
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