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.
Takata Airbag Injuries
Takata Corp., a Japanese auto parts company, went bankrupt after recalling more than 67 million airbag inflators worldwide because they can explode all at once, blow apart a metal canister, and shoot out deadly pieces of metal shrapnel at a driver’s face and neck. At least 33 deaths and more than 400 injuries have been reported worldwide, with most of the victims located in the United States.
In recent years, millions of vehicles have been recalled because they can roll away without a driver in control. Many of these recalls involve vehicles with defective gear shift systems. A growing number of rollaway accident lawsuits involve people who were crushed, suffered other severe injuries, or family members of people who died when the vehicle rolled over them.
Ford Truck Rollovers & Roof Crush Accidents
In August 2022, Ford was hit by a $1.7 billion jury verdict in favor of a couple from Georgia who were killed when the roof crushed in a rollover accident. The lawsuit alleges that the roof is dangerously weak on over 5.2 million Ford Super Duty pickups (F-250, F-350, and F-450) vehicles built between 1999 and 2016.
Snapchat Car Accidents
Snapchat is facing a growing number of car accident lawsuits involving drivers who were injured, died, or killed innocent people while using the controversial “Speed Filter.” Between 2013 and 2021, Snapchat had a Speed Filter which let users post their current speed on photos and videos to gain trophies and social recognition. Not surprisingly, the result was that many young drivers engaged in reckless high-speed driving, causing numerous deadly car accidents.
Delivery Driver Accident Lawsuits
Delivery drivers are becoming increasingly common on Texas roads, bringing us everything from Amazon packages to groceries and takeout food. Unfortunately, so are injuries involving bad delivery drivers and pedestrians or other drivers. In March 2021, a mother in Texas was awarded $1.7 million after her son was hit and killed by a delivery driver for a Chinese restaurant as he crossed the street near his apartment.
Drunk Driving Accidents
The victims of drunk driving accidents can file dram shop lawsuits against bars, restaurants, clubs, and other alcohol-serving businesses that continue to serve alcohol to customers who are clearly intoxicated.
Outdoor Dining Car Accidents During COVID-19
A growing number of people have been hurt in auto accidents involving new outdoor dining areas for restaurants that moved to the streets and sidewalks due to COVID-19.
Electric Car Accident Battery Fires
Teslas and most other electric cars are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which contain highly-flammable chemicals that can explode after car accidents. Several lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured or killed in these tragic accidents.
Ride-Sharing Car Accidents
Ride-sharing apps claim to offer a “Safe Ride,” but a growing number of lawsuits have been filed over devastating injuries and deaths in car accidents. Uber and Lyft have a $1 million insurance policy to cover passengers and drivers who are injured in car accidents.
Vehicle Defects & Recalls
- 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator
- Airbag explosions
- Airbag failure
- BMW 7-Series (2005-2008)
- BMW Airbags
- Ford truck rollovers & roof crush accidents
- GM airbag failures
- Hyundai fires
- Kia fires
- Polaris ATV
- Polaris RZR
- Polaris Sportsman
- Ranger ROV
- Rollaway accident
- Subaru Sudden Acceleration
- Yokohama RY023 Tires
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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