Austin Traffic Accidents
Roughly 10 million drivers are involved in traffic accidents annually in the United States. Austin residents should be extremely cautious when driving in and around Austin and Travis County. Traffic accidents in Austin, Texas are at an all time high. The influx of corporations into Texas, the recent oil exploration in West and South Texas, I-35 corridor, the incredible amount of commercial trucking fleets traveling through Austin highways, illegal immigrant drivers, drug trafficking, and uninsured motorists are only a few of the road hazards you face every day when driving in Austin traffic. Additionally, this doesn’t include road conditions, inclement weather, driver’s texting, and your own driving habits. Lastly, although traffic accidents have declined in recent years, traffic accidents are still the second leading cause of death in the United States.Distracted Driving
A majority of Austin’s population consist of college students, information technology employers and employees, and a generation of information age resident drivers. Distracted drivers are one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Austin. Drivers who use hand held devices are 4 times more likely to get in a traffic accident with you and those who text message while driving are 23 more times likely to be involved. Regardless of how conscientious or defensive driver you are; your chances of being involved in a accident in Austin or Travis County are extremely high. If you are involved in a traffic accident with a distracted driver, you should consult and hire a qualified experienced traffic accident attorney to represent you.SPEEDING
If you have ever driven on Austin highways, especially with the number of 18 wheelers and semi-trucks on the road, maintaining you speed and driving safely can be a monumental task. Many times you have to speed just to get yourself in a safe position to avoid accidents with an 18 wheeler or semi-truck barreling down on you. It’s not a good feeling for even the safest of drivers especially if you are one of those distracted drivers. Speeding accounts for one-third of all the traffic accidents that occur. Unfortunately, with the budget constraints on our police departments, commercial drivers are under pressure to deliver goods and services using our highways which only makes driving in Austin that much more difficult and unsafe. Remember, if you are involved in a traffic accident with a 18 wheeler or semi-truck, you should hire and consult an attorney to protect your interests and property. Attempting to barter with corporations on your on is just asking for trouble.DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI)
Texas remains one of the highest states for DUI fatalities. In 2012, nearly 40% of a ll traffic deaths involved DUI. Austin is a huge and somewhat liberal college town with, unfortunately, a large number of drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs when operating their vehicles on the highway at any given time. DUI drivers increase the likelihood that you will be involved in a traffic accident in Austin and Travis County. Furthermore, it is extremely likely that you could be the victim of a hit-and-run accident or someone leaving the scene of an accident involving DUI. DUI drivers realize the consequences but choose to drive anyway, may be driving with a suspended license, or have multiple violations on their driving record. This is why it so critical that if you are ever unfortunate enough to be involved in any type of collision and suspect the driver was under the influence; you should consult an experienced qualified attorney who specializes in these types of traffic accident cases. IF YOU OR LOVED ONE HAS SUFFERED AN INJURY OR SERIOUS LOSS AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT, CALL CARABIN SHAW, DAY OR NIGHT. THE CONSULTATION IS FREE 1.800.862.1260.