Common Types of Car Accidents in Texas
Car accidents could occur in an instant and leave victims little to no time to react. According to a crash statistics report by TxDOT, more than 256,000 people sustained various injuries in motor vehicle collisions in a recent year. Understanding different car accidents is vital to establishing who’s liable for them. The specific kind of accident is likewise relevant to car accident claims, as it may impact the nature and scope of your injuries, which can help our Plano car accident attorney determine the best strategy for your claim.
T-Bone Car Accidents
Also called side-impact collisions, these occur when one car hits the side portion of another vehicle. T-bone accidents could cause minor scratches on the car or imploding the car doors completely, depending on the severity of the impact and how fast the liable party was driving.
Rear-End Car Accidents
These are the most common and occur when another car bumps the rear end of another vehicle. The driver at the rear is usually found liable for not leaving a sufficient stopping distance. However, this isn’t always the case.
Single Car Accidents
These are accidents that result in damage to only one car, even if another party might have contributed to the car accident. If you are not responsible for the accident, you can hold other parties, which can be another motorist, the manufacturer of your car (product liability), or a government entity, responsible for your damages.
Head-On Car Accidents
Head-on collisions typically occur when a car is traveling the wrong way down an exit ramp or one-way street or when crossing highways. These are the most catastrophic and potentially deadly car accidents. Liability is often clear and evident since one of the drivers was driving in the wrong direction.
Hit & Run Car Accidents
These happen when a negligent driver hits another person, motor vehicle, property, or animal and just drives off without providing help or leaving their insurance information. In Texas, a hit and run is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment, depending on the specific facts of the accident. Hit and run victims can pursue compensation for their losses via a personal injury claim.
Intersection/Traffic Control Device Accidents
Drivers depend on traffic control devices to ensure safety on the streets. But just like all electronic devices, these traffic signals and lights could malfunction, leading to accidents. The state usually owns and maintains these devices, so if a poorly programmed or maintained traffic control device caused your car accident, you could file a claim against the government.
If you were an innocent and negligence-free passenger, you have the right to file a claim against the driver (taxi, bus, Uber, Lyft driver, etc.) driving the car you were riding in and other motorists that contributed to the accident.
Call an Experienced Plano Car Accident Attorney Today
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Reach out to our Plano car accident attorney to learn more about rights and what your claim could be worth. Call The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C. at 972-380-4444 or schedule your free car accident case review online.