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New Braunfels personal injury attorney car accident

Not all car accidents are the result of driver-related errors, negligence, or intentionally wrongful conduct. Sometimes, the fault lies with the vehicle itself—whether in its design, manufacture, or maintenance. Importantly, for victims in accidents caused by vehicle defects, recourse exists just the same as it does for “regular” accidents. Products liability law (rather than negligence or battery) governs this area of auto accidents in Texas and allows victims to rightfully seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income due to missed work, the cost of vehicle repair or replacement, and when warranted, punitive damages. With the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney, the existence of a defect can be proven and compensation sought for its adverse consequences.

Manufacturing Defects May Have Dire Consequences

Cars are complex machines, and with highway speed limits in Texas that are 85 miles per hour in some areas, injuries and property damage stemming from a vehicle defect-related accident can be severe. One common type of defect is “unintended acceleration,” which affected Toyota vehicles made in or around 2009 and Audi vehicles in the 1980s. There is also the problem of tire separation, which, due to poor quality adhesives, caused tire treads to separate while the vehicle was being operated. When tire separation occurred on Ford’s Explorer model vehicle, the result was improper maneuvering and accidents in which serious injuries resulted. 

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Hays County personal injury attorney car accident

A newspaper article from this past March revealed staggering statistics for Comal County drivers—and it may not stop there. After analyzing car accident statistics on FM 32, it was found that the Comal County portion of this may be more dangerous than its counterparts. According to accident data from the past six years, the number of accidents on this stretch of the roadway increased 60 percent from 2018 to 2019. The curviness of the road, drivers moving at 60mph around the bend, and a lack of guardrails are placing many Comal County drivers at risk.

Although statistics have not yet been released for the entirety of 2020, the National Safety Council (NSC) saw a 6 percent increase in the number of roadway deaths throughout the state of Texas so far this year. While you may think stay-at-home orders would keep people in their homes, freeing up the roads for fewer accidents, the NSC believes these open roads are leading to an increase in reckless driving. Now that things are beginning to open back up, rusty drivers are taking to the roads for the first time in months and careless driving behaviors may continue despite the increase in cars on the road. Whether you are driving down FM 32 in Comal County or navigating other roads throughout Texas, it is crucial that you remain vigilant while driving and be prepared for how you should handle an accident if you find yourself in a collision with another vehicle.

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