Common Causes of Car Accidents

A car accident can leave a driver and their passengers facing challenges that last a lifetime. Many collisions are the direct result of another driver’s negligent driving conduct. Some of the most common types of dangerous driving behavior include:

  • Distracted driving: Talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, daydreaming, and other actions that take the driver’s attention off the road ahead. 
  • Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents, as the vehicle cannot stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Drunk driving: Driving drunk or drug-intoxicated can cause a driver to drive erratically, reducing reaction time and judgment and leading to a serious or fatal accident.
  • Reckless driving: Drivers who tailgate, weave in and out of lanes, make unsafe turns, or take other risks while operating a vehicle pose a risk to innocent drivers sharing the road.
  • Poor weather conditions: Vehicle operators may drive too fast for poor weather conditions such as rain, fog, ice, and snow, causing an injury accident.

Who is Liable?

Liability in a car accident in Texas is determined by the legal concept of “comparative negligence.”  The compensation recovered by an injured party will be reduced by a percentage of the fault the injured party had in the collision. In determining fault after a crash, an accident investigation is performed by law enforcement. The support of a professional accident reconstruction expert could be necessary – the police report may be incorrect. At McCraw Law Group, our Amarillo car accident attorneys have the resources and legal skills to address even the most complex car accident cases.

Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents occur at an alarming frequency in Amarillo. TxDOT has reported on the rise in fatal car accidents in the region, with head-on collisions up 10 percent, along with an increase in intersection crash fatalities. Some drivers are lucky and can walk away unharmed, while others sustain serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. The most common types of injuries in car accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI): The impact between two vehicles, even when airbags deploy, can result in a brain injury caused by the jarring action of the collision, as the brain shakes within the skull. In other cases, such as head-on collisions, the impact is so extreme that the skull collides with the interior of the vehicle, breaking the skull and causing a brain injury.
  • Spinal cord injury: The nerve bundle in the spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae. In an impact with another vehicle, the spinal structure cannot withstand the force, causing damage to the spinal cord. It may be crushed, bruised, or severed, with the victim facing severe consequences, including paralysis.
  • Fractures: Broken bones, including feet, ankles, arms, and legs, can occur when vehicles collide. These fractures can be severe and difficult to treat, broken in several areas, and require surgical interventions with a long-term impact on mobility, comfort, and quality of life.
  • Internal injuries: When a vehicle is crushed in an accident, the driver or passenger may suffer severe internal injuries and organ damage. These injuries typically require immediate life-saving surgery and may lead to long-term health consequences or the loss of life.
  • Disfiguring injuries: Lacerations to the face and neck can leave visible scars. These injuries can become less visible with time or with specialized plastic surgeries, but living with visible scars can lead to severe emotional damage.
  • Amputations: Losing a hand, foot, leg, or arm affects all life activities. Losing a limb due to a vehicle accident takes a heavy toll on quality of life and physical abilities, causing severe pain and suffering. 
  • Burns: Some car accidents lead to igniting gas, causing an explosion or fire. Severe burns are among the most painful and challenging to treat, leaving an injured person with burn scars that affect mobility and quality of life.

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Types of Compensation in Car Accident Cases

You may be entitled to several types of compensation if you were injured in a car accident. The types of damages pursued in a claim or lawsuit include:

  • Economic damages: These are the financial losses from an injury accident, including all medical bills, lost income from work, reduced earning capacity, and all other actual monetary losses. 
  • Non-economic damages: These damages are more difficult to quantify but are often the most significant percentage of compensation in a personal injury settlement or jury award. These damages include pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional anguish, and loss of consortium (the loss of companionship, affection, guidance, support, and sexual intimacy).

Why Choose Our Car Accident Lawyers in Amarillo?

At McCraw Law Group, we have developed a specialized process to resolve serious injury cases. Our founder, Lin McCraw, is a board-certified personal injury trial law expert, a designation held by only 5% of personal injury attorneys. He and every member of the legal team bring an uncommon level of skill and dedication to every car accident injury case they take on.

By choosing McGraw Law Group, you’re selecting a team committed to unparalleled compassionate service. We bring hope to those who are left suffering the devastation of serious injuries after a car accident. With over two decades of experience, we combine the warmth of genuine compassion for our clients with a strategic ferocity when seeking justice for them.

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