Since 2014, more than eighty rock-throwing incidents have occurred along I-35. Most have simply resulted in broken windshields and windows, but authorities believe there has been at least one traffic fatality and four injuries during that time. Police have yet to determine who the suspect or suspects may be, and that continues to leave Texas drivers at risk. If you have been a victim, the following can help you determine what your next steps should be.
Property Damage Only
If you were victim in a rock-throwing incident and only suffered property damage, you may be able to file for compensation from your insurance company. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to have comprehensive insurance to file such a claim. You will also need to provide your insurance company with important information about the incident, including the time and place. Photographs are also encouraged.
Personal Injury or Wrongful Death
Should a rock-throwing incident lead to personal injury (or an accident that causes personal injury), it is critical that you seek medical treatment and notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible. In the coming weeks and months, you will want to retain a copy of your medical records, keep receipts of your expenses, and gather any other pertinent information, including proof of time missed from work or school. Moreover, you should avoid settling with your insurance company at this time. They generally offer the least amount of compensation possible, and that could leave you with unpaid bills or expenses. Instead, contact a skilled personal injury attorney.
What a Personal Injury Attorney Can Do for You
Rather than settle for the least amount possible, an attorney works to aid you in ensuring that all of your expenses are accounted for in any negotiated settlement offers. Additionally, because the effects of an accident can extend well beyond expenses, a lawyer can help as you attempt to recover compensation for losses that do not carry a monetary value, such as loss of quality of life or the loss of a loved one.
The Bettersworth Law Firm will do more than just negotiate the best settlement for your personal injury accident claim. Dedicated and backed by nearly two decades of experience, we are proud to go to work for you and your loved ones. Schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced New Braunfels car wreck attorney who is willing to work tirelessly and aggressively to help you get the results you deserve. Call us at 830-606-0404 today.