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Does Texas have a high rate of car accidents?

Texas does have a high rate of car accidents, as do the other states in the U.S. In the Lone Star State, TxDOT indicates that there is a vehicle crash every 71 seconds, a death due to a collision every 2 hours and 36 minutes, and injuries sustained in a car accident every 2 minutes and 16 seconds. 

In most of those cases, the causes were driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, driving while tired, driving negligently, and poor or hazardous road conditions.

Being in a car accident is highly stressful, but there are some things that it is best to do, provided you are not critically injured. Call the police, obtain as much information from others involved in the crash as you can, including eyewitnesses, snap pictures of the accident scene and the damage done to the vehicles involved, and get the name of the police officer who fills out your accident report, and a copy of that report. It is really important to get information from witnesses. Police officers too often fail to get that information, and if you do not get the information at the scene, then the witnesses could be lost forever. All of this information needs to be taken to a personal injury lawyer to file a claim seeking compensation. 

The one strict rule of thumb for those involved in a car accident is if you are hurt at all, even if it is minor, go see a doctor, even if the injuries do not show up for a couple of days. The sooner an injured person sees a doctor, the sooner and better the doctor can help the victim. We frequently see people who delay going to see a doctor, and by the time they see the doctor, their condition has deteriorated such that it’s much more difficult for the doctor to help.

It is important to know that you may not need to go to court, but that option remains open if it becomes necessary to do so. This often happens if the insurance company is being difficult about offering a reasonable settlement according to the seriousness of your injuries. Some car accident cases are settled out of court so the insurance company does not take the risk of having to pay more when a jury decides the case.

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