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Houston Car Crashes During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted by Jimmy Sunosky | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

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According to, despite a significant reduction in the number of cars on Houston roads after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order was issued, the rate of auto crashes in Harris County, Texas remained the same.  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, between March 16 and April 22 of 2019, there were 2,100 reported auto crashes in Harris County.  During the same time frame this year, with 50% less cars on the Houston roadways, there were approximately 1,000 auto crashes.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales stated:

It's concerning to me that we have less cars on the roadway, yet crashes are still occurring.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is still being called to crashes on a daily basis- not what we want to see. Many of the crashes occurred during non-essential trips. While there is less traffic on the road, some of the drivers are still displaying undesirable behavior, including speeding.

Harris County is the third most populous county in the United States.  Even with less cars on the roadways, the roads will still be traveled daily by thousands of motorists. Accidents can still occur.

A car crash during normal times can be challenging enough.  However, with the current coronavirus pandemic, it can be even more stressful and complex.  If you're involved in a car crash in Houston during this time, do the following:

  • Call the police to report the accident.  If there are injuries, request emergency medical services

  • Remain at the scene, but maintain the recommended social distance of at least 6 feet from others

  • Wear a protective mask or face covering and gloves, if you have them

  • While practicing social distancing, get the names, addresses, telephone numbers and driver's license numbers from all drivers.  If available, use your own pen and paper.  If not, use text or email on a cell phone to record the necessary information.

  • To minimize physical contact, request the other driver(s) place their drivers' license and insurance card on the hood of the car or other surface and ask them to step back so you can take a photograph.  Allow the other driver(s) to do the same.  This will ensure everyone gets the needed information without violating social distancing recommendations

  • Take photographs of the property damage and accident scene with your cell phone

  • Seek necessary medical attention.  If you don't require immediate emergency medical treatment, at minimum, contact your primary care physician.  They may be able to address your medical needs, at least initially, through a telemedicine appointment or video call.  Insurance companies will argue your injuries were not serious enough or unrelated to the accident if you fail to report your injuries immediately after the accident. Calling your doctor after an accident will ensure your injury complaints are documented.

  • Contact an experienced Houston car crash lawyer to help you.  Don't let the insurance companies pressure you into settling your case early or for less than full value.

Call Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP for Help!  100% Free Consultation.

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident during the COVID-19 crisis, contact Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP to protect your rights.  Our phone number is (713) 981-4100. You will have immediate access to our attorneys, not case managers, by phone, email, text or video conferencing.  Our experienced Houston Car Accident Attorneys will review the details of your case and determine the best course of action.

We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront fees for our services. You only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your case.

About the Author

Jimmy Sunosky

Jimmy Sunosky is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, a Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine and a Top Lawyer H by Texas Magazine. He is dedicated to helping accident victims and their families find justice and obtain financial compensation after suffering serious injuries or death. Before co-founding Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP, he worked as an insurance defense lawyer. He applies the knowledge and experience gained while working with insurance companies to his work as an advocate for the injured.


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