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car accident lawyer in new braunfelsA major crash in San Antonio that involved three cars miraculously resulted in only minor injuries to the eight people involved. Even with minor injuries, however, there may still be medical expenses and property damage to account for. In cases of multi-vehicle accidents, how is liability determined and who is responsible for victims’ losses?

Out-of-Town Driver Gets Lost

The San Antonio crash occurred around 11 p.m. on a Friday night at the intersection of East Commerce St. and East Houston St., near Interstate 10. According to police, a woman who was not from the area become confused at the intersection, trying to figure out which stop light she was supposed to obey for the street she was on. In her confusion, the woman ended up running a red light and smashing head-on into another vehicle. A third vehicle was unable to stop in time and ended up slamming into the woman’s car. Police say all eight occupants in the three vehicles involved in the accident were able to get out safely.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents

There are a number of reasons why multi-vehicle accidents occur. One of the most common reasons is due to distracted drivers who do not see the vehicles in front of them because they are not paying attention and fail to stop, or they lose control of the vehicle and end up creating a pileup of vehicles. Poor road conditions and bad weather can also play a factor. Or, as the above accident shows, a driver who is unfamiliar with an area can easily become confused and cause a crash.

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Hays County car crash attorneyFor many children and adults alike, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer. However, it is also the beginning of what has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” due to the increased number of teen fatalities that occur on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that during the summer months, there are three times as many fatal car accidents among teens when compared to adults.

Any car accident has the potential to be serious and cause injury to yourself or others, but a car accident with a teenager may be particularly severe. If you have been in a car accident with a teenager, here are a few different things that may have contributed to the accident:

Distracted Driving

One of the most common reasons for car accidents in general is distracted driving. The AAA states that distractions play a role in around six out of 10 car crashes, which is much higher than previously thought. There are many different things that could distract a person while they are driving, both inside and outside of the vehicle. Things such as changing the radio, adjusting the temperature controls, directing attention toward another passenger, putting on makeup, eating and/or drinking, and using your cell phone can all pose as distractions while driving.

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Comal County motorcycle crash attorneyEach year in the United States, May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This is an important time to reflect on how motorcycles and other vehicles can more safely share the road and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, but it is also a good time for motorcyclists to learn about their options if they are injured in an accident. Motorcycle crash injuries often result in lasting consequences, and it is important for motorcyclists and their families to be aware of all the damages they may be able to recover through a personal injury claim.

When Can I Recover Damages?

When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident and requires medical care, two things must be true in order for them to recover compensation. First, their injuries must have been caused entirely or partially by the negligence of another party. Often, this means another driver may have caused the crash because they were drunk, distracted, or otherwise driving recklessly in breach of their duty of care to others on the road. In some cases, other parties may also be liable, such as employers of commercial truck drivers or manufacturers of defective motorcycle parts.

Second, the motorcyclist must have been 50 percent or less responsible for their own injuries. It can be much more difficult to recover compensation from another party in a single-vehicle accident, or an accident in which the motorcyclist was intoxicated, speeding, or otherwise violating traffic laws.

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New Braunfels truck wreck lawyerWhen you get into an accident with a commercial truck or a semi-truck, the situation can be rather serious. Trucks that weigh tens of thousands of pounds are no match for cars and other vehicles that usually only weigh a couple of thousand pounds. Pursuing a personal injury case after you have been hurt in a truck accident is often a necessity, but truck accidents can be complicated. Before you can proceed with your case, you and your attorney will have to determine who should be held liable for the accident.

Possible Negligent Parties in a Texas Truck Wreck

Some of the entities that you may be able to hold liable for your injuries include:

Texas car crash lawyerIt is late afternoon when you are sitting in traffic while on your way to pick up the children from school. The car in front of you starts to inch forward when, suddenly -- Bang! The car behind you lurches forward and crashes into the rear end of your car, sending your head flying forward and then suddenly back again. As you brush your hair out of your face and try to gather your thoughts, you scrunch your face up in pain as your hand moves to your neck, rubbing it as you look around, wondering what happened.

This is an all-too-familiar story for many victims of rear-end crashes. What likely occurred as a result of the above crash is an injury called whiplash. Whiplash is an injury that occurs to the soft tissues in the neck that is uncomfortable and can cause long-term issues. Luckily, the state of Texas allows you to seek compensation from the person responsible if you have been unjustly injured. If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention to determine whether or not you have been a victim of whiplash.

Understanding Whiplash

The motion that a whip makes when it cracks is very similar to the motion that your head and neck make during a whiplash injury, hence the name. Whiplash occurs when the head is very forcefully thrown backward and then forward, causing strain and damage to the soft tissues. A whiplash injury can cause damage to various tissues in the neck, such as the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves. The majority of whiplash cases occur just like the case above -- from a car accident. However, it is also possible to get whiplash from other activities, like sports. 

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