Texas has more highway miles than any other state: 675,580 to be exact. That number far outstrips second place California’s 394,608 highway miles. As you might expect, having the most roads also means dealing with a fair number of traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities. In fact, in 2016, Texas led the U.S. in the number of fatal crashes, with more than 3,400. It is a good thing that personal injury attorneys, like the Law Offices of David M. White, stand ready to help victims deal with the fallout from serious vehicle accidents.
Driving can be dangerous anywhere.
Of course, driving anywhere in Texas (or elsewhere in the United States) has its risks. Deadly crashes can happen anywhere for any reason (just ask the gentleman who crashed his truck while choking on a piece of apple).
In 2016, Texas accounted for fully 10 percent of the deadly car crashes in the country, and not a single day went by that was free from traffic accident related deaths. The cause of these crashes? Everything from distracted driving to inexperienced drivers to impaired driving. And the results of those crashes? Everything from minor vehicle damage to lifelong injuries and even deaths.
No matter where these crashes happen, it is possible that victims can benefit from the assistance of a personal injury attorney, who can help them win the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
I-20 holds a reputation as one of the deadlier roadways in Texas.
However, not all of these crashes occur evenly over all of Texas’ roadways. Some spots are more dangerous than others, thanks to population, road conditions, road design, or other factors. A crash on busy US 75 is more likely, for example, than on scenic Route 118 by Fort Davis.
And, if you have lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth or Odessa area for any length of time, you know that one of the most dangerous locations in the state is I-20. If you have ever felt that certain stretches of I-20 were particularly dicey to drive, there is evidence to back you up.
For example, I-20 earns 80th place in a list of the 100 most dangerous highways in the United States, based on information from the NHTSA. That’s a sobering designation. Places where I-20 meets significant interchanges, such as I-35 in Fort Worth, often have a reputation for deadly crashes. Another location that often results in accident and injury are the stretches of I-20 around Odessa, where heavy truck traffic and inexperienced truck drivers often lead to bad accidents.
Real people are affected by I-20 accidents.
Statistics are sobering, but they can be rather vague. For example, 337 fatal accidents between 2004 and 2008 on I-20 might sound bad, but what really drives home the seriousness of these accidents are stories like the one that occurred in March when two girls, 11 and 14, were killed when their car was rear ended by a truck.
These more specific examples show the gaping holes that the death of loved ones leave in their families, the futures that are forever changed, and the hopes that are dashed because of a moment of inattention or negligence on the part of someone else.
Even accidents where no one dies can leave lifelong scars, both literal and figurative. Life flights, surgeries, hospital stays, permanent scars and disfigurement, chronic pain, disability and more can take a toll on victims’ bodies, families, lives, and wallets. There are no winners when serious crashes occur on Texas roadways such as I-20.
Personal injury attorneys stand ready to support victims of I-20 car crashes.
That is why personal injury lawyers, such as the Law Offices of David M. White, stand ready to support victims of serious car crashes, such as those that often occur on I-20. When you or a loved one are faced with the tragic and life-altering effects of a serious car crash, you need an advocate who will help you find out the truth of what happened and hold those responsible to account.
In particular, you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. And, that compensation should go beyond money for the medical bills you accrue. If you have lost a loved one, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recoup funeral costs, lost wages, and emotional distress. If you are permanently disabled, they may be able to help you win the lifetime of lost wages you are facing.
No amount of money can restore your health or the life of a loved one. And, we can’t reverse time and prevent life-changing vehicle accidents from happening. However, a personal injury attorney may be able to help ease your financial suffering and earn you the compensation you deserve when you or a loved one suffer injury or death in a car accident.
If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered serious injury, or if you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle accident, do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Offices of David M. White. We work compassionately to help you recover while simultaneously managing the complexities of a personal injury claim so you don’t have to. We aggressively collect evidence, pursue your case in court when necessary, and win you the most favorable outcome possible for your case.
With the support of an experienced Texas personal injury attorney, you may be able to get the compensation you deserve for suffering you experienced because of a vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another person. Do not allow accidents such as those that often occur on I-20 to keep you from the compensation you deserve.