Fort Worth Car Accident Statistics
Every day, millions of Texans use public roads and highways to drive to work, to visit family, and to pick up groceries from the store. For most, these journeys are relatively unremarkable. However, as the most recent batch of car accident statistics show, these trips can end in severe injury or even death for some people.
An Overview of State and National Car Accident Statistics
To fully understand the dangers of driving in Texas and throughout the United States, one must look at two sets of statistics – state and national:
Texas Car Accident Statistics
Every year, the Texas Department of Transportation releases a report that provides more information about the thousands of accidents that occur on its roads and highways. The most recent version of this report showed that:
- 249,241 people were injured in a motor vehicle crash in Texas in 2018
- 14,908 of those people sustained injuries that were classified as “serious” by the state
- 3,639 of those people were fatally injured
Of course, reporting the sheer number of car accidents, injuries, and deaths on Texas roads and highways only tells a small portion of the story. To gain a more fulsome understanding of the dangers of driving in the Lone Star State, one must also learn more about how and why these crashes are occurring. Per the report:
- 1,289 of the crash deaths in 2018 occurred as a result of a single-vehicle run-off
- 701 people died in accidents at or around an intersection
- 548 people died as the result of a head-on collision
The report continues by explaining that:
- 940 people died in crashes involving drunk driving
- 398 people died in accidents involving distracted driving
- 43.06% of those who were killed in crashes on Texas roads were not wearing a seat belt at the time of their accident
Finally, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, 418 motorcyclists were involved in a fatal crash in the Lone Star State in 2018. Of those who died, 49% were not wearing a helmet.
National Car Accident Statistics
To more fully understand the dangers of driving, one must also look at the statistics for the entire nation. Much of this information can be found by reviewing the annual Traffic Safety Facts report that is published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This report uses data from the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and other sources to show how many people are killed and injured on American roads each year.
According to the most recent version of the report:
- 4,530,000 people were involved in traffic accidents that caused property damage in the United States in 2017
- 1,889,000 people were injured in car crashes in 2017
- 34,247 were killed on America’s roads and highways in 2017
The report continues by explaining how those traffic deaths occurred:
- 13,416 people were killed as the result of a collision with another vehicle
- 10,230 people died after colliding with a fixed object, such as a post or guard rail
- 7,458 people died as the result of a collision involving a non-fixed object, such as an animal or pedestrian
- 3,124 people died as the result of rollovers and other accidents that did not involve a collision of any kind
It is also useful to know who is being killed in car accidents each year. To find this data, one must turn to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Their Yearly Snapshot indicates that:
- 25,841 males were killed in traffic accidents in 2018
- 10,676 females died in car crashes in that same year
- Males aged 20 to 24 are involved in fatal accidents more frequently than any other group
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also indicates that approximately 9,000 to 10,000 people die in America each year because of speeding. In 2018, 9,378 deaths were caused by drivers failing to adhere to posted speed limits.
Involved in a Car Accident in Texas? Our Legal Team Can Help
The thousands of Texans who are involved in car crashes every year don’t just have to endure a significant amount of physical pain. They must also handle the mountain of medical bills that is sure to pile up after their visit to the hospital.
If you currently find yourself dealing with this nightmare scenario, you will be happy to know that help is available. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another party, the attorneys here at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, may be able to help you file a lawsuit to recover some compensation.
Our team will work tirelessly to try to help you recover the financial restitution you deserve by:
Gathering Evidence on Your Behalf
To recover compensation after a car crash, it is not enough to simply claim that you were injured because of the actions of the other party. No, if you wish to emerge from your lawsuit with a check in your hand, you will need to prove your claims. Generally, this means:
- Proving that the other party acted negligently
- Proving that you sustained injuries as a result of their negligence
- Proving that your injuries are as severe as you claim
Having worked on countless car accident cases over the years, our legal team understands what courts and insurance companies need to see before they will cut a check. When you hire us to help you with your case, we will immediately get to work gathering this key evidence.
Negotiating with the Other Party’s Insurance Company
Shortly after your car accident lawsuit has been filed, you are likely to be approached by the other party’s insurance company with an offer to settle the case. Unfortunately, the value of their deal is likely to be quite a bit lower than the true value of your case. To get them to improve their offer, some negotiation will probably be needed.
The attorneys here at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, have been dealing with penny-pinching insurance companies for years. We know all of the best tactics to use to negotiate with them. When we represent you, we will work diligently to try to land you a fair deal.
Represent You in Court
Should the other party’s insurer be unwilling to agree to a fair settlement deal, you will need to take your pursuit of financial restitution to court. There, a judge will review your case and determine how much (if any) compensation you should receive.
Our lawyers have been representing clients in courtrooms throughout Texas for years. We understand how to argue a case in a way that will truly resonate with the judge. When you hire us, you can be certain that you will receive a fair hearing in court.
Would you like to have a Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, personal injury attorney help you fight for compensation after your car accident? If so, please do not hesitate to give us a call to set up a free consultation at our Fort Worth law office.
Common Injuries Sustained in Texas Car Accidents
Individuals who are unlucky enough to be involved in a car crash on a road in Texas can sustain a wide range of different injuries. Some of these injuries can be treated quickly and easily by a family physician. However, many require intensive surgery and months or years of rehabilitative care.
A short sampling of some of the most commonly sustained injuries in Texas car accidents would include:
- Fractured bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries
Were you one of the thousands of Texans that were injured on the road this year? If so, please reach out to the Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, as soon as possible. We would love to review the details of your accident to find out if you may be eligible for compensation.
How Much is an Average Car Accident Lawsuit Worth?
No two traffic collisions are ever alike. As such, the compensation paid out in car accident lawsuits can vary significantly from case to the next. Generally speaking, however, most victims receive financial restitution for at least a few of the following damages:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitative care
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
Over the years, the Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, team has represented countless Texans in their car accident lawsuits. As such, we fully understand how courts and insurance companies determine the value of a case. If you would like to have our attorneys study your case and let you know how much it is likely to be worth, just give us a call and set up a free consultation.
Turning Car Accident Statistics into Car Accident Compensation
The attorneys here at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, have been helping the people of Texas fight for compensation after their auto accidents for years. If you were recently involved in one of the thousands of car crashes that will occur in the Lone Star State this year, and you would like to file suit against the responsible party, please reach out to us today. We would love to meet with you to discuss your case in greater detail.