One person was injured in a recent car accident in north San Antonio’s Stone Oak neighborhood after another driver crashed into their vehicle and pushed it off the road. The car slid down an embankment and collided head-on with a boulder, after which the injured person had to be extricated. Since the accident, the driver who allegedly caused the crash is facing intoxication assault charges, but this crash also serves as a reminder that stationary objects near the road can be a major contributing factor in the severity of resulting injuries.
Car Accident Injuries From Stationary Objects
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), fixed or stationary objects are a factor in about 20 percent of fatal car accidents. These crashes include a variety of objects, including trees, rocks, ditches, phones and light poles, medians, barricades, guardrails, and more. While most of these crashes involve just one vehicle, 5 percent of them involve multiple vehicles, like in the recent case in San Antonio.
Can Someone Else Be Liable If I Collide with a Fixed Object?
If you are struck by a negligent driver, you may be aware that you can pursue compensation for injuries and damages that you suffer in the collision. However, you may wonder whether this also includes injuries from a collision with a stationary object after being hit by another car. In many cases, the answer is yes, especially if you can demonstrate that the actions of the driver caused you to crash into the object.
You may even have a case for compensation from another driver after a single-vehicle crash with a fixed object. For example, if you react to avoid a crash with a reckless driver and lose control of your vehicle in the process, thus colliding with a tree or other roadside object, you may be able to make the case that the other driver caused your accident. In a case such as this, witness testimony, available video camera footage, and even a statement from an accident analyst can provide important evidence to support your claim. Your attorney can work with you to obtain this evidence and use it in a settlement negotiation or a personal injury trial.
Contact a New Braunfels Car Wreck Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a crash, it is always a good idea to explore whether you have options for pursuing compensation. At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we make this easier by offering a free consultation when you call us at 830-606-0404. We will investigate your case to identify any evidence of negligence and work to help you recover damages. Contact a New Braunfels, TX personal injury lawyer today to learn what we can do for you.