Car Accidents | Lenahan Law Firm Blog
All of us have experienced drivers who follow too closely, riding our bumpers and trying to force us to speed up or change lanes. This puts the driver in front in a dangerous position, as he may risk being rear-ended due to another driver’s impatience. It also puts the lead driver at risk of being run off the road, hitting objects in the road, or have difficulties stopping at red lights.
Even low-impact car collisions can be traumatizing to the victims. In fact, recent studies have shown that an alarmingly large number of crash victims develop a serious anxiety disorder following the crash. Yet, in general, few people seem to realize the damage that these kinds of accidents can cause to the victims’ brains.
COVID-19 has made a heavy impact on our way of life. Where most schoolchildren would be in the classroom, now they stay at home on video calls all day. When you would expect to see trick-or-treaters, you instead find empty sidewalks. Hospitals are full, and offices are empty. America under lockdown is a strange sight to see. However, a place that people may not realize is impacted are the roads and highways. With empty streets, many drivers have opted to speed, increasing the level of danger on the road.
Every year, during the winter holiday session, car accidents spike. This also means a spike in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. The holidays are supposed to be the happiest times of the year – why are they so dangerous, even deadly?
Unfortunately, a lot of that danger can be chalked up to negligent drivers shirking their duty of care toward other on the roads.
While you may expect a “phantom driver” to pop up in a bad horror movie, these negligent drivers are all too real. Phantom driver accidents, otherwise known as miss-and-runs or hit-and-runs, happen when one driver causes an accident and flees before exchanging proper information, thus making their identity a mystery, like a phantom. They may do this by neglecting to wait for their right of way, taking a turn too quickly, or swerving into a different lane, forcing other drivers to take evasive maneuvers to avoid them. This can include swerving into other traffic or off of the road. Both hit-and-runs and miss-and-runs are dangerous. Unfortunately, they are not treated equally under Texas insurance laws.
Speeding is a fact of life for many people. So few bother with speed limits these days, unless they know they’re a police officer for reckless drivers. As cars get faster, so do their drivers, and more and more people are willing to push the limits of driving. However, speeding is incredibly dangerous.
Driving is dangerous at the best of times, but if you encounter an aggressive driver, the risks are even higher. The number one cause of death for people between the ages of 3 and 33 years old is automobile collisions, 50% of which involved aggressive driving. Watch for the signs of aggressive driving, so you know what to do and are able to remain calm, in control, and safe when sharing the road with an aggressive driver.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently released a report covering the causes of car accidents across the state, including the number of accidents each situation caused. Driving can be incredibly dangerous, and car accidents rarely end with no damage or injuries. That is why we at The Lenahan Law Firm compiled the top three causes, so that you would know what to be on the lookout for while driving throughout our state.
The school bus is supposed to be an easy, safe way to send your child off to their school for the day. But sometimes, that trusted mode of transportation ends in horror. It’s a question no parent wants to ask, but what should you do if your child was injured while on the school bus?
Texas weather ranges from hot and humid over the summer months, to cold winters, bringing icy streets and dangerous driving conditions. Operating a vehicle on icy roads is challenging, and the cause of many avoidable accidents. Homeowners are asked to turn off their sprinkler systems during freezing temperatures, but not everyone listens, creating sheets of ice and severe driving hazards in residential neighborhoods.