Types of Car Accidents in Texas

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In Austin, Texas, the highway system is crowded which makes car accidents seem inevitable. But sometimes car wrecks are unavoidable, and they almost always happen because someone was careless, reckless, or disregarded the safety of others.

If you were hurt in an Austin car accident, you need an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer on your side who will guide you through the process, protect your rights, and maximize your financial recovery.

The personal injury lawyers at McKinney Vos have years of experience representing people who were hurt in car wrecks. We will ease your burden by dealing with the insurance companies so you can focus on what matters most: your health and well-being.

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

Car crashes almost always come down to the fact that someone was careless. But when someone else’s negligence causes serious injuries, you deserve to be compensated.

While every car crash is unique, there are common types of car accident claims. Understanding the types of car accident claims and how they occur can help you avoid a car accident. And if you were hurt in a Texas car wreck, understanding the different types of car accidents can help you understand the claims process and how our lawyers will work to resolve your case.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car crash. They often occur when a driver follows too closely, failing to maintain a clear distance between vehicles, resulting in a collision.

Rear-end car accidents range in severity. Depending on how bad the accident is, they can cause injuries to the head, neck, and back. They can also result in broken bones, head trauma, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

To avoid a rear-end car accident, drivers should maintain a safe following distance and avoid tailgating. If you notice someone driving too closely to your vehicle, do what you can to get out of that car's way so you aren't injured as a result of their negligence.

Head-on Collisions

A head-on collision happens when two vehicles driving in opposite directions crash into one another. Most head-on collisions are caused by a driver traveling the wrong way, either because they crossed the center-line or were driving in the opposite direction of traffic.

The force of the impact is stronger than other impacts because the vehicles are traveling toward one another, which magnifies the forces at play. As a result, head-on-collisions are the most dangerous type of car accidents and are the most likely to cause severe injuries, including damage to the head, neck, and back, puncture wounds, and broken bones. Head-on-collisions are also the most likely types of car accidents to result in catastrophic injuries or death.

Side-Impact Collisions

A side-impact collision, also known as a T-Bone accident, occurs when one vehicle hits another vehicle from the side. Side-impact collisions are often caused when a driver failed to yield, made a U-turn or another illegal maneuver, or because of a failure to exercise appropriate caution during bad weather.

Single Vehicle Crashes

Single-vehicle car accidents are surprisingly common. They can happen when a driver hits something in their path, such as dropped cargo or road debris from another vehicle, or swerves to avoid something in the road. These types of car accidents can cause severe injuries if the car runs into a stationary object, goes off the road, rolls over, or falls into a ditch.

Even though only one vehicle is involved, another party could be responsible for causing your injuries. For example, a truck driver or a trucking company could be liable for failure to secure a load properly, a road crew could be responsible for an improperly designed work zone, or another driver could be responsible if they were driving recklessly and forcing you off the road.

Multi-Vehicle Crashes

Accidents involving three or more vehicles are sometimes catastrophic. Because there are multiple parties, more insurance companies will be involved, which can make it more complicated to resolve the claim.

Determining fault in a multiple-vehicle crash can be challenging, and insurance companies often try to shift the blame. If this happens to you and the insurance company starts pointing fingers in your direction, an experienced personal injury law firm will know how to fight for your case.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

A hit-and-run occurs when a driver hits another vehicle and leaves the scene of the accident without stopping to check if anyone was hurt or to exchange information with the other driver.

In Texas, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information with the other driver. Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to criminal prosecution, which could result in hefty fines or jail time, depending on the severity of these types of car accidents.

If you were hurt in a hit-and-run accident, you still have options even though the other driver fled. Our lawyers will work to identify the other driver and find insurance that they can use. Even if they cannot identify the other driver, they can still help you obtain the compensation you deserve by filing an uninsured motorist claim, so long as your personal insurance has that type of coverage.

McKinney Vos: Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting to Maximize Your Recovery

If you were hurt in a Texas car crash, the personal injury lawyers at McKinney Vos can help. We will independently investigate the cause of the accident, indicate the types of car accidents, evaluate the nature and extent of your injuries, and negotiate with the insurance companies to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. And if the insurance company is unwilling to make a reasonable offer, we have the experience, resources, and expertise to take your case to trial and win.

To learn more, contact McKinney Vos today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help.

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