Experienced Denton Car Accident Attorneys Ready To Serve You
Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a vehicle comes careening toward you, leaving you no time to react. The vehicle crashes into you, shattering your windows, and the force from the collision sends your car across the intersection, where it finally comes to a stop. As it turns out, the other motorist wasn’t paying attention because they were texting while driving. And as a result of that driver’s negligence, you are dealing with serious, potentially life-changing injuries. Not only that, but you cannot work and find it challenging to enjoy the things you used to love doing. This horrifying scenario is a reality for thousands of Texans every year.
If you were injured in a Denton, TX car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help you cover your accident-related costs. This includes medical expenses and lost wages, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering. At the Hartley Law Firm, our Denton car accident lawyers are here for you. Attorney Austin Hartley is someone who cares deeply for his clients and their families. Denton, TX car accident attorney Hartley will aggressively pursue the compensation you need and deserve after suffering serious injuries in a car accident.
Causes of Denton Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injury or death in Texas and across the United States. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were more than 12,000 Denton car accidents in 2019. These accidents resulted in 52 fatalities, more than 250 serious injuries, and nearly 1,500 non-incapacitating injuries.
Although car accidents are common, they are also preventable. In most cases, a car accident is the result of one or more drivers’ negligence. Some of the most common causes of Denton car accidents include the following.
Speeding and other forms of aggressive driving, such as frequently changing lanes and cutting other drivers off, are responsible for a shocking number of accidents. According to the most recent data from 2019, there were more than 500 speeding-related Denton car accidents. Notably, this figure only considers accidents related to speeding and not other types of aggressive driving behavior.
Distracted driving is defined as any type of behavior that removes a driver’s attention from where it needs to be—the road. Cell phone use, daydreaming, grooming, eating, and talking with passengers are all considered distracted driving. In 2019, there were more than 1,600 Denton car accidents caused by distracted driving.
While any car accident is hard to accept, drunk driving accidents are among the most challenging, as they are so easily preventable. Yet despite decades of driver education programs aimed at eliminating drunk and drugged driving, drivers continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. In 2019, there were 545 Denton car accidents involving drunk drivers.
Regardless of the type of accident you were involved in, Denton car accident lawyer Austin Hartley can help. Attorney Hartley is a skilled negotiator who understands how to deal with even the most difficult insurance companies to help get his clients the money they need to move on with their lives.
Common Types of Car Accidents in Denton, Texas
Car accidents come in all shapes and sizes. The Denton car accident attorneys at Hartley Law Firm put together this list of the most common types of accidents in the Denton area.
Sideswipe collisions occur whenever one driver’s car impacts the side of another’s car. Sometimes, the crash occurs at a perpendicular angle, but not always. Sideswipes most commonly lead to neck, head, and shoulder injuries. However, other injuries are always possible. The cause of sideswipes is most commonly something like distracted driving or failure to obey traffic signals. When someone runs a red light and crashes into another car, it’s typically a sideswipe. You may see reference to “t-bone” collisions as well. A t-bone collision is a sideswipe that happens at a perpendicular angle.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents in the world. As the name suggests, a rear-end collision occurs when one car runs into the rear end of another one. Distracted driving or texting and driving can easily lead to a rear-end crash. Without their eyes on the road, a driver can easily hit the car in front of them if they don’t expect the driver to come to a stop. Drunk driving, following too closely on the highway (“tailgating”), and brake failures can all lead to rear-end collisions. Another common cause of rear-end collisions is icy or wet roads. Injuries in rear-end collisions are typically related to the head and neck area of both drivers. Broken ribs from seatbelt restraints are also common injuries in rear-end collisions.
Head-on collisions are those that occur when two vehicles’ front ends collide with one another. Head-on collisions may be the most dangerous type of accident there is. Their danger is particularly high when people don’t wear seatbelts. If you are in a head-on collision and not wearing a seatbelt, you have a very high chance of being thrown through the windshield of your vehicle. Fatalities can easily occur in such situations. Because something needs to go seriously wrong to get into a head-on collision (like driving in the wrong direction), head-on collisions are less common than the other types of accidents in this list. Still, you should always stay aware and vigilant when driving so you can avoid head-on collisions.
Clipping collisions are similar to sideswipes. In fact, many people consider clipping to be a type of a sideswipe. Clipping happens when the sides of two vehicles collide. Typically, the front side of one car collides with the back side of another at an angle. This usually happens when one driver is merging. They might merge into another driver’s blind spot, or one driver may just be unaware that the other car is so close to them. Clipping often happens on the freeway, where the high speeds can cause dramatic injuries.
Recovering Compensation After a Denton Car Accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can bring a personal injury claim against the drivers responsible for your injuries. To succeed in a car accident claim, you must show that another driver violated a duty of care they owed to you and that the driver’s negligence was the cause of your injuries. It is also imperative that you precisely identify the damages you suffered due to the accident; otherwise, you risk accepting an inadequate settlement offer.
Meeting with a Denton car accident attorney is the first step on your road to recovery. When you work with a Denton personal injury legal practitioner, they will handle everything related to your case, so you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track.
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If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident, contact Denton, TX car accident lawyer Austin Hartley at the Hartley Law Firm. We are available to discuss your case 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So when you are ready to speak with a lawyer, do not hesitate to give us a call to schedule a free consultation. Our Denton car accident attorneys handle cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not charge you any fees for our representation unless we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. To learn more, give our lawyers a call or contact us through our online form.