Negligence is defined as the failure to take proper care in doing something and failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another. Negligent driving is the operation of a vehicle in a negligent or careless manner which endangers themselves and their fellow motorists.
A driver may behave negligently for many reasons including distractions within the vehicle. Distracted driving as well as negligence of the situation can lead to a serious car crash and personal injuries.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2012 there were more than 416,000 motor vehicle accidents reported and between 2011 and 2012 the number of fatal accidents increased. Harris County specifically accounted for 18 percent of all collisions and had the highest number of fatal collisions reported.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a no-obligation evaluation of your claim, contact our experienced Houston car accident attorneys by filling out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right – it’s 100% FREE to submit.
Types of Negligent Driving
When a driver is behind the wheel of any vehicle, it is important that all their focus remain on the task at hand. Drivers should have their focus on the road and be situated in a comfortable position prior to getting onto the road.
In a fast-paced world many drivers believe they can multi-task when in fact they are simply being careless. Some common types of negligent driving include:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Texting & Driving
- Day Dreaming
- Fatigued Driving
- Passenger Distractions
- Looking at Scenery/Car Collisions/Broken Down Vehicles
Every day drivers engage in activities such as eating, applying make-up, and looking up directions while attempting to also focus on driving. These types of distractions often lead a driver to take their hands and eyes off the road.
The Texas Department of Transportation has several negligent actions noted as crash contributors including:
- Backing Up Unsafely
- Failing to Pass Properly
- Disregarding Traffic Signs/Signals
- Improper Turns
- Failed to Yield
Overall, distractions a vehicle accounted for more than 3,000 motor vehicle accidents in Texas in 2012.
Common Negligent Driving Accidents
One major factor in negligent driving collisions is how in control a driver is of their vehicle and the type of action that led to the collision. Oftentimes when a driver is distracted they are not in control of their car which means once they realize a collision is about to occur they are more likely to brake suddenly or oversteer which can lead to a more serious collision.
Some common types of negligent driving accidents include:
- Read-end Accidents
- Side-Impact/T-Bone Crash
- Highway Accidents
- Pedestrian/Cyclist Accidents
Additionally, head-on collisions could also occur on roads where no barrier is present to protect one negligent driver from colliding with another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. The Texas Department of Transportation notes that more than 500 fatalities were the result of head-on accidents.
Contact our Houston Car Collision Attorneys Today
Car crashes are an unfortunate everyday occurrence that often results in serious injuries to all parties involved. The attorneys at Arguello, Hope & Associates sympathize with how difficult it can be to cope with injuries in an accident caused by no-fault of your own.
Our knowledgeable attorneys are ready to provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific situation and can help guide you through the entire litigation process. We are proud to represent accident victims and help them fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation they deserve. Our main office is located in Houston, Texas and we are pleased to serve the following areas as well:
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