Texas has more deaths on its roads annually than any other US state. Learn how to legally protect yourself should you get into an accident.
When it comes to total fatal crashes, Texas’ 2014 death toll was 3,534, ranking us number one in the nation. That even ranks us ahead of California, despite the fact their population is 38.8 million, while ours is 26.96 million.
In more relatable terms, we had one person die on our highways every 2 hours and 29 minutes. A reportable crash happened every 66 seconds.
And when seatbelt usage was applicable and known, 43.8% of people who died were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.
All these stats come from the Texas Department of Transportation.
We’re Not Here to Preach to You about Highway Safety!
Many other organizations cover that. But we will help you deal with the facts.
And one of the facts is our population, and these auto accidents, are increasing. Remember the 3,534 death total referenced earlier? It was a 3.7% increase from the 3,408 that died in 2013.
It’s not likely you’re going to see a sudden and dramatic drop in death and accident stats anytime soon.
Since you’re reasonably likely to get in a car accident at some point in your lifetime, and potentially a serious one, it makes sense to know what to do should it happen.
The Difference Between Any Personal Injury Lawyer…And a Good One
Now, keep in mind we’re not saying you should be ready to call a Dallas personal injury lawyer at the drop of a hat. You shouldn’t abuse the system. You shouldn’t look for a million dollars, when your case is worth $50,000. Stay away from “ambulance chaser” type lawyers.
But when you do get hurt, and financial consequences happen in your life, you should be compensated for that fairly.
With lawyers, just like every profession, there’s good ones, so-so-ones, new guys, and even a few outright dirty rotten scoundrels.
So you have to choose your lawyer carefully. Because, armed with the exact same facts, a good lawyer may be able to get you six figures or more. But a volume lawyer who has too many clients might only get you $10,000, slamming you through their process as fast as possible to maximize their own profit margin.
How to Find a Good Car Accident Lawyer
These rules apply to any service professional, including (but not limited to) lawyers:
- Learn as much as you can from sources not coming from the lawyer (the BBB, Google Reviews, Avvo reviews, etc…)
- Always talk to more than one lawyer before hiring and compare their answers to your questions (develop your own questionnaire using online resources – just Google “questions to ask a personal injury lawyer”)
- Never hire a lawyer who pressures you in any way to use their services on the spot
- If you think you’re talking to a dishonest lawyer, or one who mostly cares about their own interests, you probably are
- Search for awards from notable organizations – especially highly credible awards from organizations like Thomson-Reuters’ Super Lawyers
- Research your state bar to make sure your lawyer has a clean discipline record.
And make sure you download our free auto accident app so you know exactly what to do to legally protect yourself immediately after a car accident. You can also find out by watching the video below.