A General Look at Auto Accidents in Texas

The state of Texas is the second largest in the U.S.behind Alaska in the North West and has an area the size of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2). As of 2015 Texas had about 21.4 million vehicles & ranks 40th on vehicle per 1000 people at 720 per 1000. Wyoming has the highest at 1140 per 1000 people. There are over 49 car brands in the overall US market.

Houston & Texas Car Crash Statistics

Due to changes in the confidential nature of Texan law on crashes, crash reports data are now available online. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are the primary custodians of all crash reports in the state. In the period between 2009 and 2013 Texas traffic fatalities rose by 8% while fatalities by commercial vehicles rose 51% to 532 persons.

In 3 counties the rise in fatalities was rather dramatic. In Bexar County, which services the Eagle Ford region in the general vicinity of San Antonio, 188 people died. In urban Midland County fatalities hit 44 deaths in 2013. In Harris County, where Houston, Texas is located, traffic fatalities were 368, up 8%. The Texas Department of Public Safety has ruled that about 30% of Texas’ commercial traffic vehicles aren’t roadworthy. Their indictment ranges from defective brakes, bald tires, broken lights and intoxicated drivers.

Things to do After a Car Accident

If you or your loved one is involved in an accident resulting in damage, injury and even possible loss of life the first step is to protect your legal rights as well as your physical and mental health. We suggest that you follow these steps to avoid legal and financial entanglements.

  1. Make sure you Call 911 to the scene of the accidents. Even if you are in the wrong you do not admit fault until you have gotten the opinion of an attorney.
  2. Get the driver/passenger information. Make sure you have all the details necessary to enable you trace them later on or get in touch with their next of kin.
  3. Get witness information; if there is anyone around you who witnessed the scene and whose testimony is legally admissible then get them to make a binding account of what they saw. Gather physical evidence such as broken headlamps, burst tires, drunk or intoxicated drivers, or anything that could have led to the accident.
  4. Take pictures of the car, the positions and the points of impact. It’s even better if you have a dashcam. As you leave the site of the crash for the hospital, or before the car is towed, away pick up all of your belongings. If you can’t, ask the paramedic for assistance.
  5. Go to the hospital. You may have sustained injuries that may not be readily apparent, but they might threaten your life later. It’s critical to get a clean bill of health after a brief examination by medics. In line with that you have to get follow-up care. This will ensure that if you had any minor wounds they are well attended to.
  6. Take your time and return to the scene as soon as you can. That should enable you to recall critical facts that you will need later on, after which you sit down and summarize the accident.
  7. Report the accident to your insurance company within the stipulated time period and then get the estimates for the repairs or replacements needed on the damage.

Contact a Houston Car Accident Lawyer

Finally contact an experienced lawyer for legal assistance with processing medical fees, police reports, and other documents that you might need for future legal proceedings. On a more personal level start a recovery journal, and keep your personal injury attorney involved and aware of all updates made to that journal.