Where Car Accidents Happen
It is very rare to find a car accident that does not involve mistakes by one or more drivers. A typical car crash involves negligent driving of some kind. Some places are more likely to see at-fault car accidents than others.
A recent review of car accidents in 2021 identified a Dallas suburb as one of the more likely places to suffer an at-fault car accident.
Examples of Negligent Driving
A driver can be legally responsible for an accident based on something they did or didn’t do. Perhaps the most common form of negligence when it comes to car accidents is speeding. Driving too fast is far from the only cause of crashes, however.
Negligent driving can also include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Driving with unsafe equipment
- Driving too fast for the conditions
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Failure to obey other traffic laws
Negligence can be as simple as not checking your mirrors when you should. When it comes to liability for an accident, finding and proving all the forms of negligent driving is key.
Better Than California
Flower Mound was the Texas city with the most at-fault car accidents in 2021. The percentage of at-fault accidents was nearly 1.5 times the state average. While that number could definitely use improvement, it was still far short of the most dangerous area in the country.
Simi Valley, California, found that 16.84% of drivers had a prior at-fault accident. That number was top in the country, 3.66% higher than Flower Mound.
Why Fault Matters
There are some states with no-fault laws when it comes to accidents. Texas is not one of them. To collect compensation here, you must be able to show that the other driver was at fault for your accident.
In Texas, if you are more than 50% responsible for a car accident, you can’t recover compensation from the other driver. Determining who was at fault and how is vital to protecting your rights after a crash.
Speak to a Lawyer Right Away
Proving negligence gets harder and harder the longer you wait after an accident. If possible, you want to get to work collecting and preserving evidence immediately after the crash. The sooner you get an experienced personal injury attorney, the more likely you are to prove you deserve compensation.
If you have been involved in a car accident in the Dallas area, call Ted B. Lyon & Associates at 800-TedLyon or send us a message to schedule a consultation.
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