Motor vehicle accidents occur every day in the United States, and many of these collisions prove to be catastrophic or even deadly. In 2005, there were 43,443 fatalities attributed to motor vehicle collisions in the U.S., with 3,504 of those deaths occurring in Texas. Although residents of highly populous cities such as Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas are more likely to be involved in an auto accident, the attorneys at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, also know that off-road and rural accidents are common occurrences in the state. Our lawyers have experience investigating a wide range of motor vehicle accident scenes, from busy city intersections to secluded country roads.

Our firm understands that you and your family have enough to worry about in the aftermath of an accident without the added stress of negotiating insurance claims and trying to reach an equitable settlement with the at-fault party. For families who have been affected by a serious personal injury or wrongful death because of an auto accident, our attorneys are prepared to help ease that burden. We can provide accident investigation and reconstruction services, insurance and settlement negotiation, and courtroom representation.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Texas and across the country are as follows:

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Austin Area Bicycle Accidents

Austin is known as the most bike friendly city in Texas, and from amateur athletes training on the hills around 360 to the students navigating West Campus on their fixed-gears, thousands of Austinites ride their bicycles every day. Unfortunately, while most motorists respect the rights of bicyclists and go out of their way to “share the road,” accidents do happen – and often the motorist is to blame.

According to Austin Police Department reports, around 500 people are injured in bicycle-car collisions every year in the city alone, and the Texas Department of Transportation reports nearly 50 cycling fatalities statewide annually – a number that’s increasing every year. In virtually all of these cases, the size, weight, and speed of a motor vehicle plays a contributing factor in the severity of the incident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a bicycle accident, the Austin bicycle accident attorneys at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, understand that you have enough to worry about without the additional tribulations of filing insurance claims and reaching a fair settlement with the at-fault parties. Our commitment is to provide you with the experienced legal assistance you need, from accident investigation to settlement negotiation to in-court representation.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Texas and across the country are as follows:

Driver Negligence and Inattention

One prominent cause of car, motorcycle, and truck accidents in the United States is driver inattention, which was responsible for 6.4 percent of crash fatalities in 2003 (U.S. Department of Transportation). Whether it stems from cell phone use, talking, eating, or other distractions, the failure to exercise an appropriate amount of caution on the road can have far-reaching and often tragic results. Another risk arises from the failure of some truck drivers and the companies they work for to exercise appropriate caution on the road. Because truck drivers usually work long hours and drive for hundreds of miles without stopping, they are more prone to fatigue and inattentive driving. Although there are strict laws governing the practices of American truck operators, some drivers and their employers choose to ignore these regulations by assigning or driving longer hours than the law allows, using amphetamines, or neglecting to repair faulty vehicles or equipment in order to save time. If you have been involved in a truck accident that you believe may have been caused by such negligence, our Austin, Texas truck and auto accident attorneys can thoroughly investigate your case.

Drug and Alcohol Use

Another extremely common cause of motor vehicle accidents is alcohol and drug use. Drunk driving is a huge problem in the United States that, in spite of stringent regulation and increased public awareness, continues to take thousands of lives each year. In 2005 alone, 1,569 Texans lost their lives in alcohol-related collisions—45 percent of all crash fatalities in the state for that year. Clearly, drivers who put their lives and the lives of others at risk by choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol should be held responsible for their actions. Our Austin and San Antonio-area firm provides Texas with auto accident attorneys of the highest caliber. We will investigate your case and determine who can be held liable for the financial and emotional damages you and your family have suffered.

Manufacturing and Design Defects

Even a small mechanical defect can have huge consequences for the driver and passengers of a motor vehicle (this is also the case with many aviation accident cases). Although auto companies and manufacturers are bound by certain federal standards regarding automobile design and assembly, many vehicles on the market still suffer from major structural and mechanical defects. Tires, airbags, and seatbelts are some of the most common vehicle components to exhibit problems. Another common and highly-publicized design defect is the lack of stability and structural integrity in some cars and sports utility vehicles, which often results in roof-crush and rollover crashes.Our personal injury attorneys have successfully obtained outstanding results for many clients involved in motor vehicle accidents. In a notable defective auto product case, we secured a $5,500,000 verdict for the family of a 19-year old killed by a Mack truck. After an extensive investigation into the auto accident, our lawyers determined that a defect in the brake valve of the truck was responsible for the truck driver’s inability to stop.

Case Results

You can look at our national reach page to see our success in states across the United States. You can also see our full results on our case results page. Here are some of the cases that we have won on behalf of clients:

$7,450,000 Settlement

Truck Accident $4,309,199 received by clients $2,980,000 attorneys fees $160,800.68 litigation expenses Los Angeles, California Moments before a jury was selected in Los Angeles County, a delivery truck owner settled this case, with our Austin clients recovering in excess of $4.3 million for injuries he received when he was crushed…

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$1,750,000 Settlement

Car Accident $1,166,507 received by clients $583,333.34 attorneys fees $159.51 case expenses Austin, Texas Settlement on behalf of a family of an 18-year old passenger in a vehicular accident that resulted in his tragic death. Our firm was able to negotiate a settlement before filing suit.

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$2,000,000 Settlement

Trucking Accident Travis County, Texas Wrongful death $2,000,000 recovery $$1,424,400 received by clients $533,600 attorneys’ fees $42,000 case expenses A head-on collision between an SUV and an eighteen-wheeler resulted in the death of a 43-year-old businessman. Our firm’s investigation into the accident revealed that the driver of the eighteen-wheeler was…

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