As all Houstonians know, driving in Houston is practically unavoidable. As a city that is consistently growing in population and jobs, Houston’s 2.3 million residents will see more vehicles on the roads, which means there will be more car accidents. In 2019, there was a car accident reported every 56 seconds in Texas. Drivers, passengers, bikers, and all others we share the roads with deserve to be safe and not live in fear of the reckless actions of other drivers.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen out of nowhere. All of a sudden, a car may rear-end the vehicle in front of it and/or swerve off the road. Being in any car accident, minor or serious, can cause life-altering injuries, which means all drivers need to be extremely cautious and alert while driving. Some of the most common causes of Texas car accidents include the following:
The number of distracted driving accidents in Texas is steadily increasing and these crashes can occur in a variety of ways. Distracted driving involves a driver taking their focus off the road by doing something other than driving. These distractions can include reading or answering text messages on a cell phone, eating or drinking, checking on children in the back seat, interacting with the entertainment system, or a variety of other distractions. Even the smallest distraction can take a driver’s eyes off the roads and reduce the amount of time they have to react to changes in the road ahead. As of September 1, 2017, Texas state law prohibits driving while reading, writing, or sending electronic messages on a mobile device while driving.
Violating Traffic Laws
Drivers are expected to follow all Texas traffic laws at all times. Not following established traffic laws leads to dangerous and devastating car accidents. It is common to see drivers in Houston speeding through neighborhoods and on highways. When a driver goes above the speed limit, they are reducing the amount of time they have to react to changes on the road, including other drivers stopping suddenly or road conditions changing. Drivers who run through red lights or fail to stop at stop signs immediately risk hitting other cars that have the right of way.
Driving Under the Influence
Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are, sadly, a common sight along Houston highways. Any type of impaired driving is illegal in Texas; and, just about every 20 minutes someone is injured or killed in a car accident involving an impaired driver. A person in Texas is considered over the legal limit of intoxication if they register a .08 BAC (blood/breath alcohol concentration); and, if so, they can be charged with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). Being hit by a drunk driver is a terrifying experience and can cause devastating and even fatal injuries to all involved.
Other causes of car accidents include:
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Improper lane changes
- Road debris
- Road construction
- Malfunctioning or recalled car parts
- Road rage
- Tire blowouts
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way road
- Animal crossings
Common Car Accident Injuries
Unexpected car accidents cause extremely painful injuries that can impact you for weeks and years to come. Some types of injuries are very common in car wrecks, including:
Whiplash occurs when your body moves quickly and suddenly, faster than it can move on its own. That trauma can strain muscles and other soft tissue without breaking bones. Whiplash can be a long-lasting injury after being in a car accident.
Many victims of car accidents hit their heads hard on the wheel, windows, and seats of the car. This can cause traumatic brain injuries that can lead to long-term problems with brain function as well as headaches and sleeping difficulties. Concussions are an extremely common injury seen in car accident victims.
Scrapes, Cuts, and Bruises
Scrapes, cuts, and bruises are very common auto accident injuries. When a car accident victim hits part of the vehicle, broken glass, or flying objects, they can receive minor or major scrapes, cuts, and bruises.
Broken bones and fractures
Broken arms, legs, hips, and ribs are very common in car collisions. When an unnatural amount of force is placed on the body during a car accident and it is more than the body can take, bones can break. Bone breaks are very painful and require immediate emergency medical attention to be fixed.
When hit by a car, the force of the impact can move a human body in ways it cannot control, which may damage the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries, including disc herniations, are serious injuries and can cause severe pain and can even lead to paralysis. These types of injures must be treated quickly to prevent permanent damage.
While not immediately visible after a car accident, internal injuries and bleeding are common and require immediate medical attention.
PTSD and Other Psychological Pain
While many crash victims receive physical injuries, not all car accident injuries are physical. Many victims suffer from mental and emotional stress after an accident. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psychological disorders can prevent a victim from returning to their normal routine. Victims may also suffer from flashbacks, guilt, depression, and other mental distress.
Houston Car Accident Lawyers
Houstonians have a lot of road to cover, but no one should fear daily life on the road because of reckless or aggressive drivers. If you or a loved one is a victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Houston car accident lawyers at Dax F. Garza, P.C. to learn more about how we can help you recover financial compensation for your damages.