Reuters reports on a head-on collision that killed 13 members of the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 80.
According to Fox 7 Austin, all 13 victims were senior citizens who were returning home from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment. According to authorities, the bus was hit by a white pickup truck that crossed the centerline.
Although the exact cause of this tragic accident has not yet been disclosed, human error was most likely a contributing factor. Driver mistakes cause approximately 94 percent of all crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence in Texas, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Although no amount of compensation can undo the emotional hardship, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
An injury attorney from the Robson Law Firm will evaluate your case, gather evidence, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 512-345-8200 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Austin.
Read on to learn three alarming facts about motor-vehicle wrecks in Texas:
- Between 2003 and 2012, more than 13,000 people in Texas died in alcohol-related accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 13,138 people in Texas died in collisions that involved a drunk driver between 2003 and 2012. A CDC survey estimated that 2.1 percent of adults in Texas had driven after consuming too much alcohol during the 30 days prior to the survey. This was higher than the national average – 1.9 percent.
- More than 580 people died in head-on collisions in Texas in 2015.
Data from the Texas Department of Transportation shows that 581 people in our state died in head-on collisions in 2015.
- There are more large truck accidents in Texas than in any other state.
In 2015, there were more than 34,000 accidents in Texas involving at least one commercial vehicle. These took the lives of 601 people and injured more than 6,100.
What these statistics do not show is the immense emotional and financial hardship faced by accident victims and their families. In addition to the initial pain, the costs of medical bills and lost income can add up quickly after an accident.
If you lost a family member due to a negligent driver, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. An accident lawyer from the Robson Law Firm will help you fight for the maximum compensation and avoid mistakes that could harm your claim.
We have been representing the injured for more than 20 years, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 512-345-8200 today to schedule a free consultation with an injury attorney in Austin.