The Texas Department of Transportation provides a yearly summary regarding crash statistics throughout Texas. For urban areas such as Houston, Texas, the most common causes of crashes include:
- Failure to control speed: 146,884 crashes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol: 9,305 crashes
- Failure to drive in a single lane: 39,033 crashes
- Driving while distracted: 77,271 crashes
- Changing lanes when it's not safe to do so: 37,523 crashes
- Following too closely: 26,954 crashes
- Not yielding on the road properly while driving: combined estimated 90,000 crashes
If you have been injured because the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. While weather, poor road conditions, and animals can play a part in any accident, the majority of accidents are caused by driver error.
When you are hurt because a driver was speeding or driving while intoxicated, it is easy to establish who is at fault for the accident. While determining your injuries is important in a car crash personal injury lawsuit, so is figuring out the percentage each driver is responsible for the accident.
Your compensation will depend on the percentage you are responsible for your own injuries. If the other driver is found 100% at fault, your compensation will be awarded at 100% of the total damages assessed.
If you are found partially at fault for the accident, your compensation will be reduced accordingly. Take a careful look at the accident report that outlines exactly what happened to cause your injuries. If you believe there are mistakes on the accident report, address this immediately with the reporting officer.
With driver distraction, driving under the influence and speeding some of the top factors in causing car crashes in Houston, determining fault is important. When you are hurt because of the drunk driving or speeding of another driver, you deserve to be compensated fairly.
When you are suffering from injuries sustained because of the negligence of another driver, it's time to take action. Our Houston auto accident attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation they deserve for the injuries they have sustained.