Houston Car Accident Attorneys
Are you looking for a Houston auto accident attorney? Have you been injured in a car accident? Does the accident involve a multi-car collision? If you have an injury due to an auto accident in Houston or in any other place in Texas, you need to contact a Houston car accident lawyer from Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm as soon as possible.
With the help of our Houston car accident attorneys, you can recover:
We Can Help You With
Gathering evidence to prove liability for the collision
Find caring and compassionate medical providers
Covering your medical bills
Avoiding financial difficulty while out of work
Communicating with the insurance company, so you don't have to
Recover full and fair compensation for your injury
Texas Auto Accident Statistics
The most recent report was issued in 2016 and it records Traffic Crash Statistics. Although the statistics decreased from the previous year, the results are still astounding:
There were 3,773 crash fatalities
Over 1,500 of those fatalities are passengers in a car.
Speeding was a factor in approximately 1,022 fatal crashes!!
Alcohol was a factor in 987 fatal crashes!!
As a result of auto accident crash deaths, the medical and work loss costs in the state of Texas amount to $4.89 billion! (www.cdc.gov)
You or a loved one is very likely to be involved in at least one auto accident during your lifetime.
These unfortunate statistics are created every day. Sometimes these car accidents are caused by the negligence of the other driver, leaving you as the victim. In addition to the emotional shock that car accidents cause, car accidents can also result in major injuries or even death. Injuries from an auto accident can be devastating producing physical pain and suffering and may have a long-term financial impact. If the accident resulted in a death, family members of the deceased may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit to get compensation for their loss, grief and pain. In an unfortunate situation like this one a knowledgeable Houston car accident attorney from Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm can help.
The following factors may be considered negligence in an auto accident:
The Driving Speed: A person driving either too fast or too slow may cause an accident.
Drunk Driving (DUI)
Failure to observe traffic ordinances such as stop signs, red traffic lights and other traffic signs
Reckless or careless driving
Failure to use headlights
Text messaging or talking on a cell phone
Safe Driving Tips
With all of the traffic in Houston, Texas, trying to avoid auto accidents can be difficult. Practicing safe driving can greatly decrease your chances of being involved in an auto accident. Below are some safe driving tips that every driver should be aware of:
Always be alert!—avoid driving when tired to keep from dozing off at the wheel and losing control of your vehicle
Maintain your focus, NO CELL PHONES—people who talk on cell phones while driving are four times more likely to have an accident
Be aware of severe weather conditions!—Florida is known for its unpredictable weather. Sudden weather changes have the potential of making driving conditions very different
Avoid driving in heavy storms and be cautious of high winds. If you must drive, decrease your speed.
Drive slow in foggy weather, keep your lights on low beam and be wary of vehicles and pedestrians that you may not be able to see.
Always use your turn signals
Avoid tailgating— In the event that a car has to stop suddenly, driving too closely behind a vehicle can result in a rear end collision
Try not to cut in front of vehicles—cutting in front of vehicles can cause serious and sometimes fatal auto accidents.
Avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol—alcohol impairs one’s ability to make split second decisions and can negatively affect one’s ability to judge distances when driving
Be aware of other cars on the road—while you may be practicing safe driving, other drivers may not. It is important that you always remember you are not the only car on the road!
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers may find themselves involved in an auto accident. If that driver is you, or a loved one, Help is Here!!! Contact our Houston car accident lawyers for a no-cost evaluation of your case.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Head on Collisions
As experienced Houston car accident attorneys, we are all to familiar with the ordeal an injury victim and his/her family goes through following a head-on collision. As reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, head-on motor vehicle collisions can be the most harrowing and fatal of motor vehicle collisions. The resulting injuries from these accidents often include permanent disfigurement, permanent immobility, and even fatality. Pusch & Nguyen makes it our priority to begin our investigation on the outset in order to understand and ultimately bolster the basis of your motor vehicle collision case.
When a motorist is driving unsafely, with intentional disregard for safety, and knowing that their driving may cause a motor vehicle collision; that motorist is a reckless driver. When a reckless driver is found to be reckless, he/she could have been driving in a threatening or harassing manner out of “road rage” and caused a motor vehicle collision. This interaction is an assault committed at the hands of the reckless driver. Like any assault, criminal charges may follow from this type of conduct.
Aggressive driving is defined as a pattern of conduct involving illegal driving conduct such as speeding, illegal/improper lane changes, excessive lane changes, erratic lane changes, failing to properly signal, and/or illegal/improper passing.
If you find yourself on the road with an aggressive driver avoid the driver when safe, avoid any eye contact or other non-verbal communication, do not impede said driver, when safe report said reckless driver to law enforcement.
High Speed Collision
Excessive speed is a contributing factor for almost a third of all motor vehicle collisions involving or causing a fatality. Traveling at excessive speeds at the time of collision may put your vehicle under such unanticipated force that the structural integrity of the vehicle can’t possibly protect its passengers. Travelling at excessive speeds causes diminished reaction time to avoid a collision, creates the need for a greater stopping distance, increases crash force, reduces effectiveness of safety devices such as airbags and seatbelts. Surviving a high-speed collision leaves the victim with grueling and costly recovery process in terms of both physical and emotional recovery.
Texting While Driving
Despite the obvious hazard of texting and driving, the number of motor vehicle collisions caused by texting while driving is on the rise. This is clearly one of the most precarious driving distractions we face. Pusch & Nguyen have seen many fatal motor vehicle collisions that could have been simply avoided by keeping eyes on road and off of the phone. Make it a point to prevent yourself from making a terrible mistake, and keep your phone stowed while driving; it is not worth it.
Side Impact Collisions
Side impact motor vehicle collision happen on a regular basis, are very serious, and regularly result in fatalities. Side impact collisions, or t-bone collisions, usually take place at intersections as a result of one driver’s failure to yield the right of way. The seriousness of a side impact collision depends on various factors, such as the speed and vehicle weight of the oncoming vehicle, and the point of impact. Side airbags can reduce the likelihood and severity of injuries. However, never allow a child twelve or under to sit in the front seat; regardless of impact, the impact of an airbag can be lethal for children.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Operating a motor vehicle after drinking is elective 100% of the time. Anyone who has a had a drink, followed by a drink, and then maybe another knows full and well the impact of alcohol on one’s cognitive capacity. Shockingly, drunk driving remains one of the preeminent causes of injury and fatality on U.S. roadways. But, people still gamble with their life and the lives of others by driving drunk and/or under the influence of alcohol.
Motor vehicle collisions involving drunk driving result from said driver’s diminished cognitive capacity; the drunk driver is unable to maintain a single marked lane of traffic, unable to stop in time, or even realize the impending collision. In certain cases, liability for the collision may also lie with the provider of alcohol. Surviving a motor vehicle collision caused by a drunk driver can impart on the victim a terrible ordeal involving a painful and expensive recovery process, and can many times leave victims of fatality.
Asleep at the Wheel
Driver fatigue is fairly common across the county, and frequently causes deadly collisions with even more collisions resulting in serious bodily injuries. Motor vehicle collisions due to driver fatigue are avoidable. Anyone who finds themselves driving a vehicle and is fatigued or feels sleepy should pull over into the nearest rest stop facility.
Unfortunately, drivers motivated to stay on the road for extended periods of time regularly drive with unreasonable amounts of driver fatigue. For example, truckers are a huge concern as them staying on the road means more compensation. However, there are laws regulating the hours a driver may be on the road, and the violation of those laws, when a motor vehicle collision results, can lead a jury to a finding of negligence per se.
If you or a family member has been injured, or even killed, in a vehicle rollover incident, the road conditions or the motor vehicle design itself could be a cause of the accident. Unsecured loads or gravel, or other debris can create extreme angles when deposited on roadways, which can easily lead a vehicle to flip or become airborne. Any defect in vehicle design that would allow for easier rollover collisions would require a fair amount of investigation and proof. Either way, Pusch & Nguyen’s car accident expertise is a start in the right direction.