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The Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Texas

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The most recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation tells us what we already knew – that motor vehicle crashes are a common occurrence on Texas roadways. According to TXDOT, 242,092 people were injured in traffic crashes in 2022, including 18,880 serious injuries and 4,481 deaths. Not a day went by in 2022 that someone didn’t lose their life on a Texas road. Although any crash can be fatal or cause serious injury, some kinds of crashes are more likely than others to result in harm. Below we discuss the most common types of car accidents in Texas and the negligent driving behaviors behind why they happen. If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident in Dallas, statewide or beyond, reach out to Turley Law Firm for help from our team of dedicated and successful Texas personal injury lawyers.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents in Dallas. They often occur when a driver fails to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them, resulting in a rear-end collision. This can happen during stop-and-go traffic on city streets during rush hour, or due to a sudden slowdown on the highway. These accidents can cause whiplash, back injuries, and other serious injuries.

T-Bone Collisions

T-bone collisions, also known as side-impact collisions, occur when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. These accidents often happen at intersections when one driver fails to yield the right of way. T-bone collisions can cause serious injuries, especially to the occupants on the side of the vehicle that is hit. Depending on the height and weight differential of the vehicles and the speed upon impact, T-bone crashes can result in fatalities as well.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are some of the most severe types of car accidents and often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. These accidents occur when two vehicles collide front-to-front, usually at high speeds. They can happen due to a variety of reasons, including distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence which cause a driver to drift, veer, or swerve into oncoming traffic. Unsafe lane changes on undivided highways can also result in front-end crashes, particularly at the tops of hills or around curves.

Side-Swipe Collisions

Side-swipe collisions occur when the sides of two parallel vehicles come into contact with each other. These accidents can happen when a driver changes lanes without checking their blind spot or fails to properly signal their intention to change lanes. Drunk or drowsy driving can also cause a driver to drift out of their lane and into an adjacent lane occupied by another vehicle. Side-swipe collisions can cause minor to severe injuries, depending on the speed and angle of the impact.

Multiple Vehicle Pileups

Multiple vehicle pileups occur when three or more vehicles collide with each other, sometimes in a chain reaction. These accidents often happen on highways or freeways and can result in multiple injuries and significant property damage. Poor weather conditions, such as fog, ice or heavy rain, can contribute to these accidents.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents occur when a vehicle collides with a pedestrian. These accidents can happen at intersections, crosswalks, or parking lots, and are often caused by driver negligence or inattention. Pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries or fatalities more often than other motor vehicle accidents, as pedestrians are more vulnerable to injury than vehicle occupants.

Contact Turley Law Firm for Help After a Car Accident in Texas

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Turley Law Firm can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation for your injuries and damages. Call 214-691-4025 or email for a free consultation. Our zealous Dallas attorneys serve clients throughout Texas and multiple Southern and Southwestern states.

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