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Causes of Car Accidents in Houston

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st le

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bout Houston’s c

ccident st

tistics, they might feel tempted to

void its

o

ds enti

ely! The numbe

of c

ccidents th

t occu

d

ily, neve

mind

nnu

lly, is st

gge

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nyone’s estim

te.

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n

vege speed limit of 75 miles pe

hou

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hy the city st

uggles

ith t

ffic s

fety. If you o loved one sust

ined inju

ies in

Houston c

ccident,

e

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n expe

ienced

tto

ney to dete

mine you

eligibility to pu

sue compens

tion fo

you

losses. Beloe t

ke

deepe

dive into Houston c

ccidents, thei

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ccidents th

n othe

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tion

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c

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su

p

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ck of cit

tions issued fo

speeding. Most d

ive

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t

n

ve

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hou

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ddition

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e

speeding tickets

e issued th

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b

d combin

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innocent pedest

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ns, moto

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o

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mous t

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ding to the Tex

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e p

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iving could h

ve p

evented some, if not

ll, of these de

ths.

Houston

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ith expe

ience

ith insunce cl

ims fo

speeding

ccident victims c

n likely help you

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you

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loved one in one of these

ccidents. >

Distcted D

iving—L

ck of

ttention

s time goes by, outtention sp

ns get sho

tend sho

te

. In d

ys p

st, the most distcting things in

vehicle on the

o

d

y

e

e the child

en bicke

ing in the b

ck se

t. Tod

y, most vehicles h

ve

GPS, d

ive

s c

y cell phones,

nd some vehicles even h

ve built-in television sets. No longe

subjected to the

hims of

dio DJ, moto

ists fumble

ith theiUX co

ds

nd thei

phone sc

eens to queue up the pe

fect pl

ylist. Like nely eve

y st

te, Tex

s gove

ns the use h

ndheld devices, text mess

ges,

nd othe

elect

onic devices

hile d

iving. Ho

eve

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y

llo

mo

e d

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s to text

nd d

ive th

n you might think.

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lly, the l

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n ope

to

commits

n offense if the ope

to

uses

po

t

ble

i

eless communic

tion device to

e

d, ite, o

send

n elect

onic mess

ge

hile ope

ting

moto

vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped. To be p

osecuted, the beh

vio

must be committed in the p

esence of o

ithin the vie

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ns th

t until someone gets in

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e

d, o

ote

text mess

ge >, the police c

n do little to stop the beh

vio

. N

tully, once

d

ive

h

s been in

n

ccident, if the

e is

e

son to believe th

t the d

ive

s distcted by cell phone us

ge, police m

y sech the d

t

on the d

ive

’s phone to dete

mine

hethe

the d

ive

s texting. But by th

t time, it’s too little too l

te. The

ccident h

s

l

e

dy h

ppened

nd lives h

ve

l

e

dy been ch

nged.

This st

tute cont

ins othe

conce

ning l

ngu

ge

s

ell, but the bottom line is th

t distcted d

iving is

se

ious issue on Houston

o

d

ys. Dist

cted d

iving puts eve

yone on the

o

d

y,

s

ell

s pedest

i

ns,

t

isk. Nely 400 people die

nnu

lly bec

use of dist

cted d

iving

c

oss Tex

s,

nd the

e is little doubt th

t m

ny of these

ccidents occu

on Houston

o

d

ys.

D

unk D

iving Despite Tough L

s

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s

o

d

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lcohol

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o

d

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i

ed one of the d

ive

s in the

ccident. Getting behind the

heel of

c

hen intoxic

ted is neve good ide

. Unfo

tun

tely, m

ny people do ex

ctly th

t. Tex

s d

unk d

iving

ccidents nely

l

ys

esult in the police citing the intoxic

ted d

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lties. These pen

lties, ho

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event the mo

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n 27,000 d

ive

s

ho d

ive d

unk

nnu

lly.

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n

esult in se

ious inju

y.

n imp

i

ed d

ive

m

y st

uggle to

e

ct to ch

nging conditions in time,

nd they

e often b

e

king the speed limit. They d

ift

nd s

e

ve, f

iling to st

y in thei

o

n l

ne, often bec

use they c

nnot e

sily dete

mine

he

e thei

l

ne is due to bluy vision. Due to the vious complexities of d

unk d

iving

ccidents, victims should

lys seek the guid

nce of

d

unk d

iving

ccident l

ye

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ses, you m

y qu

lify to file

n

ddition

l cl

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g

inst the est

blishment th

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ive

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ny decisions.

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Tex

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t those yield signs coming off the f

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t

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ting consequences fo

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d

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t the inte

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e th

n 90,000

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ive

f

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yield sign,

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n

ccident, then “the collision is p

im

f

cie evidence th

t the ope

to

f

iled to yield the

ight-of-y.” Some d

ive

s

ho

e victims of f

ilu

e to yield

ccidents m

y believe this me

ns they

ill f

ce fe

e

p

oblems filing

n insunce cl

im

nd getting e

son

ble settlement f

om

n insunce comp

ny, but do not expect this to h

ppen if you e

victim of

f

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ccident.

emembe

, the insu

nce comp

ny

ill go out of its

y to p

event you f

om

ecove

ing the full

mount of you

out-of-pocket costs fo

you

inju

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nd lost time f

om

o

k.

Imp

ope

L

ne Ch

nge

nd Out-of-L

ne

ccidents

M

ny people e shocked to len nely 50,000

ccidents occu

in Tex

s bec

use of eithen imp

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l

ne ch

nge o d

ive

ho did not st

y in thei

o

n l

ne. Unfo

tun

tely, these types of

ccidents e common,

nd they pose some unique

isks to othe

d

ive

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If d

ive

s f

il to st

y in thei

o

n l

nes o

f

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nothe

c o

t

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p

th

hen t

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ive

s c

n c

use

nothe

vehicle to s

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ve

nd c

use

n

ccident. In some c

ses, this c

n le

d to multiple c

s c

shing. Othe

times,

c

m

y fo

ce

t

uck to m

ke

sudden m

neuve

,

hich c

n c

use life-

lte

ing inju

ies. You m

y not think

bout it much, but th

ee people lose thei

lives eve

y t

o d

ys on Houston

o

dys in t

uck

ccidents. Most of us unde

st

nd s

fe l

ne ch

nges.

e kno

th

t

e must

void t

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ting, use ou

sign

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enough dist

nce f

om othe

d

ive

s to m

ke su

e

e

ll h

ve

oom to ch

nge l

nes s

fely. Ho

eve

, it only t

kes one d

ive

ho is speeding, unde

the influence, o

dist

cted to shift out of the p

ope

l

ne

nd c

e

te ch

os,

hich c

n le

d to se

ious

ccidents.

T

ilg

ting:

lys

n Issue Du

ing

ush Hou

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hen the

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,

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int

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ed cle dist

nce bet

een the t

o vehicles so th

t, conside

ing the speed of the vehicles, t

ffic,

nd the conditions of the highy, the opeto

c

n s

fely stop

ithout colliding

ith the p

eceding vehicle o

vee

ing into

nothe

vehicle, object, o

pe

son on o

ne

the high

y.”

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bi

ge is

the

v

gue bec

use most of us do not kno

ho

long it t

kes to s

fely stop

vehicle. He

e’s

h

t

e do kno

: The

eight of the vehicle

ffects stopping dist

nce, but speed pl

ys the p

im

y

ole.

hen you conside

the

ve

ge d

ive

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Houston f

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t d

ive

needs 439 feet to stop >,

hich is the equiv

lent of 29 c lengths. Most of us neve

le

ve this much sp

ce bet

een ou

selves

nd the cs in f

ont of us. Du

ing

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ving this much sp

ce

ould likely p

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ll kno

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ns

e c

n s

fely p

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nd ed light me

ns

e should come to

complete stop. Ho

eve

, some<

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ive

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light

s

ch

llenge > to get th

ough

n inte

section befo

e the light ch

nges to

ed. This c

n h

ve dev

st

ting consequences, pticully if

d

iveho

nticip

tes

g

een light p

oceeds th

ough the inte

section,

nd

sides

ipe collision o

T-bone

ccident h

ppens.

emembe

, yello

lights e ning sign th

t you should slo

do

n

nd

pp

o

ch

ith c

ution. If you slo

do

n

nd stop

t

n inte

section

ith

yello

light, the d

ive

s behind you should, too. If they follo

too closely

nd f

il to stop in time, they c

n st

ike you

c f

om the

e. M

ke no mist

ke

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ccidents

e se

ious

nd c

n

esult in signific

nt inju

ies.

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Some d

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th

n they think, o

the d

ive

s

e just not p

ying

s close

ttention

s they should

hen they t

y to get out of someone’s

y. Pe

h

ps they see

nothe

d

ive

vee

ing out of

ne

by l

ne,

n

nim

l in the

o

d

y, o

ti

e t

e

d th

t just c

me flying off

t

uck. Instinctively, d

ive

s m

y he

d fonothe

l

ne

nd miss the f

ct th

t the

e is

c

in th

t l

ne

ithout sufficient sep

tion to

llo

them to get into the l

ne s

fely.

Shockingly, mo

e th

n 20,000

ccidents in Tex

s

esult f

om f

ulty ev

sive

ctions. The outcome of these

ccidents c

n p

ove dev

st

ting

nd h

ve

e

l imp

ct on you

life

nd the life of you

f

mily. If you

e

e involved in

n

ccident

he

e

d

ive

sides

iped you

hile

ttempting to get out of the

y of

nothe

h

zd, you need to spe

k

ith

c

ccident

tto

ney tod

y. These c

ses m

y p

ove complic

ted,

nd they c

n p

esent nume

ous ch

llenges to victims

ho file insu

nce cl

ims.

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n stee

you in the

ight di

ection—no pun intended—

nd help you dete

mine li

bility!

Insu

nce Cl

ims Follo

ing

n

ccident in Houston

M

ny d

ive

s believe th

t if the police cite

d

ive

t the scene of

n

ccident fo

ongdoing—

hethe

it is fo

DUI o

f

ilu

e to yield—th

t this

ill m

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ocess e

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st

ong> think this fo moment!

emembe

, insunce comp

nies

e not in business to p

otect victims. the

, they

e in business to m

ke money. Too often

e he

bout insunce comp

nies th

t v

lue thei

bottom lines ove

the

ell-being of

ccident victims. Keep in mind c

imin

l m

tte

s

ill p

oceed sep

tely f

om you

c insunce cl

im,

hich is conside

ed

civil m

tte

. Even if the othe

d

ive

is found guilty of

c

ime, the insu

nce

djuste

s might still t

y to dispute f

ult.

Houston is

g

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ce to live

nd

o

k. Unfo

tun

tely, Houston h

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ct

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