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new braunfels car accident lawyerSan Antonio police say two men escaped serious injury when the SUV they were in hit a utility pole and flipped over onto its roof. The rollover crash occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the intersection of Ingram and Callaghan roads. Police say that distracted driving may have played a role in the crash and are investigating.

SUV Rollovers

While any vehicle has the potential to roll over under certain circumstances, SUVs (sport utility vehicles) carry a much higher risk of flipping over. This is because these vehicles are narrower and taller than sedans and other types of passenger vehicles, and they have a higher center of gravity.

SUV rollovers are particularly dangerous for any passengers in the vehicle. While rollover accidents account for only three percent of serious accidents, they are responsible for approximately 30 percent of all vehicle passenger fatalities. Many occupants are violently thrown inside the vehicle when it flips over, often causing serious injuries to the head and neck. If the victim is not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, there is also an elevated risk of being flung from the SUV, an event that is often always catastrophic.

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texas car crash lawyerTwo men are lucky to be alive after their SUV struck a utility pole and flipped over. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the accident occurred on the Northwest Side at about 2 a.m. July 21, 2021. In addition to the police, the EMS and fire department also responded to the accident, which took place at the intersection of Callaghan and Ingram roads. Both men suffered only minor injuries and were treated by EMS at the scene. While police do not believe that alcohol played a part in the car accident, they do believe that distracted driving may have been to blame.

Distracted driving has long been an issue not only in San Antonio but also across Texas and the rest of the U.S. As a result, Texas has made it illegal to text while behind the wheel. Additionally, some cities in Texas have prohibited any type of cell phone use while driving. But regardless of the law, texting, like any type of activity that distracts the driver, is unsafe.

Cell Phone Laws in Texas

Since using a cell phone while driving can be so dangerous, Texas has implemented laws to reduce distracted driving. While you are behind the wheel you should never:

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texas car wreck lawyerA San Antonio family almost suffered unthinkable tragedy Saturday night when an SUV came crashing into their home. The accident sent the driver of the SUV and a nine-year-old child who was in the home to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Residents of the East Southcross neighborhood where the crash occurred say this is the fifth time in five years a vehicle has gone off the street and into a house or tree and that something needs to be done to address the speeding drivers who drive through the area.

The Crash

According to accident details released by San Antonio police, at approximately 2 a.m., the female driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and hit a curb. This caused the SUV to roll into the front of the home. The crash impact ejected the driver, resulting in serious injuries.

Multiple children were sleeping in the room in which the SUV crashed. The 9-year-old victim was sleeping in a bed that became buried under the rubble from the crash, injuring his arm. Just moments before the accident occurred, the mother had removed another child who had been sleeping in a crib next to the boy’s bed. The crib was completely destroyed, and had the child still been in the crib, would have likely suffered severe to fatal injuries.  

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texas car wreckIf you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another driver, you may have the right to pursue compensation. However, in order to receive fair compensation, you have to show sufficient evidence that the other party’s actions caused your injuries. One way to demonstrate liability, causation, and damages in a car accident claim is to use witness testimony to validate your claim.

Witnesses Who Can Help Your Car Accident Claim

If you are trying to pursue damages for a car accident, your own testimony may not be sufficient enough to receive adequate compensation. Witness statements can add additional information about the accident, your injuries, and how the injuries affected your ability to work. Witnesses that may be useful in your case include:

  • Witnesses to the car accident - Passengers in your car, pedestrians, and bystanders can be helpful witnesses in your car accident case. They can back up your testimony and even provide information that you may have missed. For example, a bystander at a nearby location might have seen the driver who hit your vehicle texting before the accident occurred. 

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texas car accident lawyerBeing in any kind of car accident is traumatizing. If the driver who hits you takes off before exchanging contact and insurance information, it can make the situation even more devastating. In Texas, leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense and can result in up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you can also take legal action to pursue compensation for your damages. 

Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Accident

Being involved in a hit and run accident is definitely shocking. However, it is important to remain calm and take the necessary steps to improve your chances of obtaining fair compensation. 

  • Write down details about the vehicle. If possible, write down everything you remember about the vehicle that fled the scene, such as the make, model, color and license plate number. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to track down the vehicle.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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