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Protecting Your Rights: Houston Car Accident Lawyers

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The statistics regarding car accident injuries are shocking. In 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 32,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents, and 2.3 million were injured. Someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident every 15 seconds, and someone is killed approximately every 16 minutes. Of the fatalities in 2013, 11,977 involved fatalities to occupants of passenger cars, 9,155 to occupants of light trucks, 691 to occupants of large trucks, 4,668 to motorcyclists, 4,735 to pedestrians, 743 to cyclists, with the remaining falling into different categories.

In 2013, of the 32,000 approximate people killed in motor vehicle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 10,000 were killed in alcohol-related incidents.

While no amount of money can fairly estimate the true cost of a car accident that results in serious injury, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that the annual cost of motor vehicle accidents costs the country a staggering $871 billion per year.

Some states have better track records than others when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. For example, South Dakota has 15.99 car fatalities for every 100,000 members of its population. By comparison, Texas has 12.79 car fatalities for every 100,000 members of its population. And Alaska has 6.94 car fatalities for every 100,000 members of its population.

Motor Vehicle Accidents: Common Causes & Injuries

Common causes of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Alcohol
  • Distracted driving
    • Not watching the road
    • Checking email
    • Accessing the internet
    • Checking social media websites
    • Using a cell phone
    • Texting
    • Other distractions within vehicle (talking with passenger, radio, etc.)
  • Running red lights
  • Driver fatigue
  • Not properly responding to road conditions
  • Not properly responding to weather conditions

Common injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Mild, moderate, or severe brain and head injuries as a result of hitting an object violently in a car accident
  • Neck injuries ranging from whiplash and neck strain to cervical dislocation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Lower back injuries, herniated discs, and fractured vertebrae
  • Facial injuries resulting from contact with airbags, steering wheels, dashboards, side windows, car seats, etc.
  • Internal injuries (bowels, kidneys, spleen, ribs, liver, lungs, aorta, etc.)
  • Leg and knee injuries
  • Foot injuries
  • Psychological injuries

There is not necessarily a direct correlation between the severity of the accident and the severity of the injuries sustained. Everyone has heard the miraculous story of the person that walks away from an accident in which all cars involved are destroyed or totaled. Likewise, what might seem like a minor fender-bender can cause serious head injuries under certain circumstances. It is important to analyze each accident specifically to fully understand what when wrong, what damage was caused, and how to make it right.

Getting Help After the Crash

A severe injury from a car accident is likely to result in very expensive medical and rehabilitation bills, and other damages. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, you need a Houston auto accident lawyer. The law firm of Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please contact us now for a free, confidential consultation.

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