Have you been in a car accident? If so, you should be familiar with the laws of the state in order to file a claim. Since every driver in Texas has a responsibility to exercise caution, if you feel that a car accident you were involved in was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may have cause for a lawsuit. You should get the advice of a lawyer experienced in handling Texas car accidents to represent you.
NHTSA Statistics on Automobile Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. These cases are typically governed by the law of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence.
What are the most common causes of car accidents in Texas?
Car wrecks can be the result of driver inattention, excessive speed, distractions and impairment. Accidents that are the result of driver impairment are quite common. The more serious your injuries — especially if they require surgery, extended treatment, or time away from work — the more you need a personal injury lawyer to advocate for your rights.
Alcohol & Car Accidents
With a significant number of youth being introduced to alcohol at a young age, it is necessary for some action to be taken to help keep these teens off the roads. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens and 60% of these fatal car accidents involve alcohol.
Automobile Accidents Involving Livestock
If you were injured in an automobile accident involving livestock, you are not alone. Texas is a “free range” state, which means that livestock owners are not generally required to keep their animals contained. This may seem surprising, given that most people associate free-ranging livestock with a bygone era in the West. However, when a free-ranging livestock animal causes a car accident, determining liability becomes complex.
It is very common for horses, cattle, goats, and other livestock to wander onto a roadway. Every year, there are thousands of car accidents between livestock and motorists. Accidents with large animals can cause severe bodily injury, property damage, or even death. Determining liability in such an accident depends on whether the Texas county has enacted a stock laws.
Texas counties that have voted for stock laws are “closed range.” In these counties, landowners with stock have a higher obligation to ensure that their animals do not escape onto a highway and cause an accident. In “open range” counties, victims of an accident involving livestock must prove that the owner knowingly allowed his animal to roam onto a highway. Throughout Texas, the law permits animals to range freely on 40,000+ miles of rural farm-to-market roads.
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