Motor Vehicle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents cost each American $900.00 in 2014, regardless of whether they were in an accident or not. However, those who are part of the millions of crashes and collisions per year can find the cost to be much higher when it comes to medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and even death. With millions of registered vehicles in Texas alone, more people are on the road and are more distracted than ever. Below are just a few of the types of accidents that our Houston motor vehicle accident attorneys help clients with.
The most common type of motor vehicle accident, passenger vehicle accidents or car accidents, accounted for just over 2 million total accidents resulting in injury in 2013, with 93,000 motorcycles and 25,000 large trucks involved. The causes of these types of accidents often involve alcohol or another illicit substance and/or the use of a cell phone while driving, making the accident more tragic given that it could have been prevented. Night time driving also has a higher risk of accidents.
In 2012, 3,921 people were killed in the United States as the result of large trucking accidents, or when they collided with a truck that weighs 10,000 pounds or more. Another 104,000 were injured as the result of such trucking accidents for the same year. Truck accidents are far more likely to result in severe injury or even fatalities, and it is the occupants of the vehicle the truck hits who suffer most.
In the state of Texas, there were nearly 500,000 registered motorcycles for the year 2013. Unfortunately, drivers of motorcycles and their passengers are not only more susceptible to road hazards, such as potholes and uneven surfaces, they are also more susceptible to devastating injuries as the result of such an accident, even if they are wearing helmets. Motorcycles are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers, which contributes to the number of collisions.
Whether a passenger of the bus, driver or passenger in another vehicle, or pedestrian, bus accidents can be devastating. This is because like large trucks, they are much larger in size than the average passenger vehicle. However, bus drivers are heavily regulated and are held to high standards, that when not met can result in devastating crashes.
Get Help From Our Houston Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
When you or a family member is injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, whether car, truck, ambulance or other vehicle, it is common for the other driver to deny fault or even pass it along to you. The other party may also attempt to file a claim against you, even if you are the victim. As a result, the victims of motor vehicle accidents are highly advised to get an attorney of their own to take on the other driver, the company they work for, their insurance company, and any of their attorneys.
If you or a loved one has been in injured in a car, large truck, motorcycle, or bus accident, there is a limited time to act. Please contact one of our Houston motor vehicle accident attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case and your options at no cost to you.