U.S. Auto Accident Fatalities in 2020 Surpasses 2019 Fatality Numbers

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As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States resulted in many of us simply staying home for the majority of 2020. However, despite having fewer motorists on the road in 2020, there was still an increase in auto accident fatalities; in 2020, 42,060 people died in auto accident crashes, up from 39,107 in 2019. This is a harrowing statistic, and while there may be multiple causes, it can be inferred that many of these accidents were caused by motorists failing to observe the rules and regulations of the road as diligently as before the pandemic. Unfortunately, as you can see, doing so has resulted in serious consequences. Please continue reading and speak with our Dallas personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you if you’ve been injured in an auto accident and how we can also help if you recently lost a loved one as a result of another driver’s negligence. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do after an auto accident?

If you are injured in an auto accident in Texas, it is critical that you take the necessary steps to document the accident. They are as follows:

  1. Call 911. They will write up a police report of the accident and call emergency services to the scene.
  2. Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information.
  3. Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
  4. Ask witnesses for their contact information.
  5. Ensure you receive medical treatment immediately.
  6. Retain the services of a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney.
  7. If it was your loved one who was injured and lost his or her life, ensure you speak with an attorney as soon as possible, as witness contact information, pictures of the accident, etc. may not have been recovered. Our firm can work to obtain all of the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your wrongful death claim.

How long will I have to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of my loved one in Texas?

In most cases, the statute of limitations for both wrongful death claims and standard personal injury claims in Texas is two years, which means that you will only have two years from the date of the accident or the date of death to take legal action against the liable party. If you wait any longer than two years, there is a very good chance that you will permanently lose your right to sue. Our firm is ready to assist you and your family today. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

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If you or someone you know has been wrongly injured, you must not wait. Our firm is ready to help you through each step of the legal process to help ensure you recover the financial compensation you need to move on with your life. We are ready to help–all you have to do is contact Brock & Goetzmann, PLLC today.

 

 
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