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TX injury lawyerIn early February, a driver fled the scene after a series of collisions near I-35 and New Braunfels Avenue in San Antonio, leaving his vehicle behind. The first crash involved two other moving vehicles, and the driver then collided with multiple parked cars before removing his car keys and leaving on foot. This chain of events raises questions regarding what victims can do when they suffer injuries and property damage in a hit-and-run accident, especially one involving more than one victim.

Police Can Often Locate Hit-and-Run Drivers

While it is certainly more difficult to identify and locate a driver who flees the scene after a car accident, it is by no means impossible. Law enforcement officers responding to the accident are often able to use evidence from the scene of the crash to establish a trail that leads to the suspect. For example, if the driver’s vehicle is left behind as in the aforementioned case, officers can check the license plate and vehicle registration information to determine to whom the vehicle belongs. Even if the driver leaves with the vehicle, the police may be able to obtain footage from local security or traffic cameras, as well as testimony from witnesses who saw the driver leave. If the police are able to locate the driver, injury victims may have a more clear course of action for recovering compensation.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Can Help

When the driver responsible for a crash cannot be located, it may be necessary for victims to explore other means of covering the costs of medical bills and property damage. One option in many cases is to file a claim with your own car insurance provider. Insurance companies in Texas are required to offer uninsured motorist coverage, which can take effect when the at-fault driver does not have insurance or cannot be identified after a hit-and-run.

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TX injury lawyerLast weekend, a car crash on I-35 in Schertz affected the occupants of four vehicles and took the life of a 21-year-old woman. The devastating series of events began when a car collided with a disabled vehicle that was stopped on the road. The driver of the disabled vehicle, who was standing outside of the car at the time of impact, was thrown into traffic and hit by another passing car, while her vehicle was pushed into the path of a fourth car traveling on the highway.

Cases such as this not only involve complicated questions of liability, but also draw attention to the dangers a driver faces when his or her car breaks down on a busy highway like I-35. The affected drivers, as well as other drivers passing on the road, can all do their part to prevent the risk of accidents and severe or fatal injuries.

Preventing Accidents After a Vehicle Stops on the Highway

It is not uncommon for drivers to have problems with their vehicles while traveling on the highway. Flat tires, engine troubles, and fender benders can all lead to the unfortunate situation of having to stop your car on a busy road, exposing yourself to the risk of injury from a passing vehicle. If your car does break down on the interstate, here are some things you can do to reduce the risk:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wheelchair-crash.jpgWhile attempting to cross a street in his wheelchair, a San Antonio man was recently struck by a car and seriously injured. Liability, in this case, is unclear as of yet, but in many car accidents throughout Texas and the United States, wheelchair occupants are injured due to the negligence of drivers. Like bicyclists and pedestrians on foot, wheelchair occupants may be entitled to compensation for damages in these cases.

Prevalence of Wheelchair User Injuries in Car Accidents

Data regarding wheelchair occupants in car accidents is relatively sparse compared to other categories of car crash victims, but a 2015 study sheds some light on the issue. By reviewing police reports and news stories, researchers estimated that over 500 wheelchair occupants were killed in car crashes from 2006 to 2012, indicating a significantly higher fatality rate than the general population.

The study also found that men between the ages of 50 and 64 were the most susceptible to fatal car accident injuries. Intersections and places without traffic control were common locations, and low visibility of the wheelchair user was also a frequent contributing factor.

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TX crash lawyerIn late November, a construction zone accident on Travis County’s MoPac Expressway left a driver dead and four construction workers seriously injured. Unfortunately, accidents in work zones are not uncommon, as the driving conditions in these areas increase risks for both drivers and workers. Anyone who is injured in a construction zone due to the negligence of another party may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and other damages.

The Dangers of Driving in Construction Zones

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates, over 120,000 vehicle accidents happened in work zones in 2018, resulting in around 45,000 injuries and 750 fatalities nationwide. Texas was responsible for more of these fatalities than any other state, with 157. While the majority of those affected are vehicle occupants, pedestrians are also at risk, many of whom are the people working in these construction zones. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in the same year, 124 workers were killed in roadway work zone accidents.

Many different factors contribute to car accidents in construction zones. Some are related to the road conditions themselves. For example, narrow roadways, debris in the road, and improper lighting or signage can all increase the risk of a collision. Driver behavior is often also a contributing factor, including drunk driving, distracted driving, or failing to adjust to a safe speed.

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TX crash lawyerWhile some rear-end collisions are minor fender benders, others can result in severe injuries for the people involved, as a recent case in San Antonio demonstrates. This month, a woman was killed on Highway 281 after her car was rear-ended by a speeding driver, with the force of the impact pushing her 300 feet. The driver in question is now facing charges of intoxication manslaughter. If you or a loved one is injured in a rear-end collision, it is important to know how you can hold a negligent driver accountable.

Common Contributing Factors in Rear-End Crashes

Speeding is a common factor in many rear-end accidents, as it makes it more difficult for the driver to slow down or change course in time to avoid the crash. The intoxicating effects of alcohol are also a factor in many cases, impairing the driver’s physical and mental abilities and making it harder for the driver to notice or react to a sudden need to stop. However, these are far from the only examples of negligent behavior that may be involved in a rear-end crash. Others include:

  • Distracted driving: Mobile phones, passengers, and other distractions can remove a driver’s attention from the road for crucial seconds, during which they may fail to notice a need to stop, and in doing so collide with the vehicle in front of them.
  • Drowsy driving: A tired driver may have dulled reactions that keep them from being able to avoid a rear-end collision, or they may even fall asleep at the wheel for a long enough time to cause an accident.
  • Following too closely: Also known as tailgating, this behavior can be dangerous even if the driver is traveling at a legal speed. Failing to leave enough distance between vehicles means there may not be enough time to stop to avoid a collision.

Personal Injury Claims After a Rear-End Collision

A rear-end crash can leave you with whiplash, head injuries, broken bones, and other, more serious injuries depending on the circumstances. If you have been injured, you should work with an attorney to gather evidence to build your case for compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Often, rear-end crashes involve a combination of factors, and evidence of as many negligent behaviors as possible can strengthen your claim.

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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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