Austin’s streets are full of drivers from every walk of life from university academics, tech gurus, film producers, actors, musicians and you. Car accident injuries can range from minor incidents to life-altering, catastrophic events.
Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data
From all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015.
The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, and resulted in a fatality rate of 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT – a 2.6-percent increase from the previous year.
Distracted driving and drowsy driving fatalities declined, while deaths related to other reckless behaviors – including speeding, alcohol impairment, and not wearing seat belts – continued to increase. Motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths accounted for more than a third of the year-to-year increase.
The 2016 national data shows that:
- Distraction-related deaths (3,450 fatalities) decreased by 2.2 percent;
- Drowsy-driving deaths (803 fatalities) decreased by 3.5 percent;
- Drunk-driving deaths (10,497 fatalities) increased by 1.7 percent;
- Speeding-related deaths (10,111 fatalities) increased by 4.0 percent;
- Unbelted deaths (10,428 fatalities) increased by 4.6 percent;
- Motorcyclist deaths (5,286 fatalities – the largest number of motorcyclist fatalities since 2008) increased by 5.1 percent;
- Pedestrian deaths (5,987 fatalities – the highest number since 1990) increased by 9.0 percent; and
- Bicyclist deaths (840 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 1.3 percent.
INJURIES FROM VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
The most common types of auto accident injuries:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Strained ligaments
- Back muscle sprains
- Scrapes and Cuts
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chest injuries
- Broken ribs
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Jaw injuries
- Loss of teeth
- Neck injuries
- Crushed larynx
- Crushed trachea
- Broken neck
- Pelvic injuries
- Penetration injuries
Personal injury lawyer Scott S. Vasquez has helped Austin’s victims of auto accident injuries for 30 years obtain the optimal compensation for injuries and damages. Call Vasquez Law Firm if you were injured in a car accident caused by:
- Drunk driving
- A distracted driver
- Underinsured or uninsured driver
- A negligent bus driver
- An Uber or Lyft driver texting
While one of Texas state mottos is “drive friendly,” not all drivers drive carefully.
If You’ve Been Injured In An Auto Accident, An Attorney Can Help You Get A Fair Settlement
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, don’t try to handle things with the insurance company alone. Their job is to make sure you get as little as possible for your vehicle and any injuries sustained from the accident.
If you try to settle your own case, it is highly likely you will undervalue your claim compared to what an attorney can achieve for you.
Aggressive Legal Action For Auto Accident Injury Compensation
The pain and suffering caused by auto accident injuries is compounded for many people by the burden of financial hardship. They may not be able to return to work but their car payments, home mortgages and medicals expenses still need to be paid.
Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, attorney Vasquez has the personal injury trial expertise you need to recover the maximum amount of compensation if you were injured by another driver’s distracted driving.
We Are Prepared To Fight In Court For You
It is ultimately the client’s choice whether to accept a settlement offer or go to trial. While many personal injury cases settle before going to trial, we offer expert advice and counsel so you can make the best choice for recovering the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Are There Up-Front Costs Or Charges For Hiring An Auto Injury Lawyer?
We charge clients no up-front money, but instead work on a contingency fee basis. That means if the firm fails to settle a case, it’s paid nothing. And when it does settle a case, the firm is paid only from a part of the total recovery or settlement, and nothing from a client’s own pocket. You will never write us a check.
How Do Settlements For Car Accidents Work?
Settlements are paid out by the insurance company and usually in a lump sum.