Over the last few months, roadway traffic throughout the United States and here in Texas has lessened considerably due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many people simply assumed that this would mean that there would be fewer traffic injuries and deaths. However, the Texas Department of Transportation has released data that shows this may not be the case. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, our Dallas car accident attorneys want to discuss these findings.
Have Traffic Deaths Fallen?
As millions of Texans have stayed at home and significantly cut vehicle travel, the thought was that traffic injuries and fatalities would also decrease. In most major cities across Texas, vehicle traffic has been cut roughly in half. However, early reports indicate that traffic fatalities and injuries are not decreasing as much as expected.
According to a release from the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Department of Transportation says that there were 241 fatalities on Texas roadways over a one-month span that occurred while stay-at-home orders were in place. The DOT says that there were 305 fatalities during that same period last year.
Why, as traffic has decreased by more than half in many places, have roadway crash fatalities not dropped as precipitously?
The truth is that Texas roadways or not known for traffic safety. There are significant risks to motorists all year round, regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic. Data from there Texas Department of Transportation shows us that there were 3,639 total crash fatalities and more than 249,000 crash injuries during the latest reporting year across the state.
While we hoped there would be a reprieve from these incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic, that does not appear to be the case.
What Will Happen Now?
As we begin to rebound from COVID-19, we should do everything we can to remain safe on the streets. Right now, Texas, like the rest of the United States, is going through a phased reopening of its economy. We can expect that traffic will begin to significantly increase, particularly as both locals and visitors resume travel. Right now, we encourage every driver to be particularly aware of their surroundings. We ask that you take particular care around pedestrians or bicyclists who have become accustomed to operating around less vehicle traffic. These vulnerable roadway users are susceptible to sustaining severe injuries in the event they are struck by a vehicle.
We Can Help You Through This
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, we know that traffic accident injuries and deaths are still occurring throughout this ongoing pandemic. We are here to investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 214-290-8001.
Vehicle accidents are not uncommon, especially in and around the Dallas area. However, there are some incidents that are unexpected. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you if you are injured in a car crash. We know what it takes to secure the compensation you deserve. Today, our Dallas auto crash lawyers want to talk about a recent incident in which a pickup truck slammed into someone’s home.
Getting involved in a Dallas car wreck can be a terrifying experience. In the best-case scenario, there’s no damage and everyone is fine. Yet, in most Dallas car wrecks, there is damage to a vehicle as well as injuries to at least one of the people involved. While we hope that you never have to deal with the stress of being in an accident, we’re providing you this list of 6 things to do immediately after one so that you’re prepared.
Car accident lawsuits in Texas are used to help victims get their lives back after they’ve been hurt. The Law Office of Julie Johnson has over 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of car accident victims. Insurance companies don’t usually go out of their way to treat victims fairly when it comes to paying medical expenses, time missed from work, and the damage to the vehicle. Settlement offers are often unfair, and victims are left with very little choice other than to file a car accident lawsuit.
However, not all car accident lawsuits are successful. To win a car accident lawsuit in Texas, the facts involved in the case must meet fulfil certain elements related to a specific legal concept, negligence. In this post, you’re going to learn more about the elements of negligence. If you can recognize them in the facts surrounding your car accident, call The Law Office of Julie Johnson at 214-290-8001. We’re available 24 hours a day. The first consultation is confidential and free.
Got into a car accident?
Don’t handle it alone! Seek a lawyer for advice. It might sound expensive but the truth is you’ll save more money and achieve better results than you would without one.
Remember that getting injured because of a car crash due to other people’s negligence makes you entitled to compensation. Your insurance company’s goal is to reduce your claim’s value or dismiss it. To secure your claim, you need to get a lawyer to get the best legal options.
Attorneys can help you protect your claim from both the insurers and the lawyer of the opposing party. They help prevent them from discrediting your car-related injury. It ensures that you get the compensation you deserve especially if you have lasting injuries.
Here are some reasons for you to hire a car accident lawyer.
Whiplash is a common injury that occurs after an auto accident. Even if the accident was minor and you don’t feel pain or discomfort right away, you could still be hurt. And, it’s important to understand the dynamics of whiplash and what you can do about it in the aftermath.
Rear end accidents, even at low speeds, are the number one culprit for whiplash injuries. Insurance companies pay out billions of dollars per year for these injuries because they can cause severe pain and suffering. Not to mention lost wages or other financial pitfalls from medical bills and other costs.
Whiplash can be a serious injury that requires not only medical attention but also legal advice. In this article, we’re discussing how to file a whiplash compensation claim and why you should. Keep reading to learn more.
Car accidents are scary, and the aftermath is often stressful. This stress compounds dramatically when you find out the driver who hit you has no insurance. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence.
Across the U.S., 12.6 percent of drivers are uninsured. The state of Texas ranks third in the nation, with 1.6 million uninsured drivers on the road.
If you’re unlucky enough to find yourself in an accident with an uninsured driver, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Uninsured motorist laws vary by state, so the location of your accident will have a major impact on your legal rights and responsibilities.
Here’s what you need to know if you are hit by a driver with no insurance in the state of Texas.
Facial scarring can have a tremendous impact on the life of an accident victim. Most patients experience varying degrees of emotional distress after sustaining facial disfigurement, and their body consciousness may affect their career, relationships, and sense of well-being in general. If you or your loved one recently sustained facial scars from a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident than any other age bracket. According to the AAA Foundation, crashes involving teen drivers led to 371,645 injuries and 2,927 deaths in 2013 alone. Many of these injuries and deaths occurred during the summer when teens are out of school. AAA nicknamed the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the “100 Deadliest Days” for this reason. To help reduce the risk of your teen being involved in an accident, consider these teen driver safety tips: