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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 accident lawyerOn February 11, 2021, Texas experienced one of the largest vehicle pileups on record in the United States, with more than 130 total vehicles involved in the accident on I-35W in Fort Worth. The pileup, which occurred during the morning hours when many drivers were on their way to work, has resulted in at least six fatalities and over 60 people requiring treatment for injuries. The initial cause of the accident is still under investigation, but icy road conditions are suspected to be a contributing factor.

While collisions of this magnitude are fairly rare, multi-vehicle pileups are not an uncommon occurrence, especially on busy interstate highways and during times of low visibility and dangerous weather conditions. If you are injured in such a crash, it can be complicated to determine who is at fault and how you might be able to recover compensation. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

Determining Negligence in a Multi-Car Pileup Accident

Typically, a driver whose negligent behavior causes an accident is liable for damages related to injuries suffered by the people involved. However, there are a few complicated issues when it comes to negligence in a multi-vehicle pileup. First, an injury victim may need to determine whether their injuries were caused by the incident that started the pileup, or a subsequent accident in which a driver failed to react appropriately to the pileup that had already started.

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Texas accident attorneyA 21-year-old woman was skateboarding with her boyfriend on De Zavala Road near the Interstate 10 access road when she was run over and dragged by a car. The motorist reportedly stopped as the young woman appeared out from under the car. Did the driver check on the health of the woman and call the police or an ambulance? No. He decided to speed off and leave the young woman to fend for herself.

Fortunately, another motorist caught the entire collision on their dash cam. The young woman’s boyfriend also saw the collision and chased after the negligent driver. The boyfriend was able to discern that there were two people in the vehicle that ran over his girlfriend.

The young woman suffered serious, debilitating injuries including over a dozen bone fractures, lacerations, and road rash. Her injuries were so bad that she will have to undergo skin graft surgery on her hip since it was skinned off entirely while she was being dragged by the car.

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Texas injury lawyer, Texas car accident attorneyA family from Austin, Texas, is learning the hard way what it is like to be hurt by a drunk driver who does not have insurance. Two parents were driving with their son when they were struck from behind by a truck. The driver of the truck was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated. Neither she nor the owner of the truck had up-to-date insurance on the vehicle, though the lapse in their insurance payments was too new for it to be picked up by the police. The victim family is now trying to physically and financially recover from the accident that sent their son to the ICU for a time without the at-fault party’s insurance to cover the damages. Every year, families across Texas find themselves in this position. If you were in a car accident caused by a driver without insurance, call the Austin personal injury attorneys at our firm to learn your legal options.

Uninsured Motorists across the U.S.

Some basic level of auto insurance is required in every state. Texas requires drivers to have liability insurance of at least $30,000 per person injured, so $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage. The entire purpose of this requirement is to ensure drivers can be financially responsible for any accidents they cause.

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Texas personal injury attorney, Texas accident lawyerHaving to endure the stress of any car accident is hard enough, but what happens when you are the victim of a hit-and-run driver? What steps do you need to take and where do you turn for help? The moment you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, you do not have the luxury of making contact with the other driver to exchange license and insurance information, let alone the opportunity to speak with them to determine the cause of the crash.

Immediately after the crash.

The moment you experience a hit-and-run, your first course of action should be the same as with any other collision: Assess yourself and any passengers for signs of injury and call 911 right away if someone is hurt. Once you have tended to any injuries and have made sure help is on the way, try your best to recall any details regarding the moments before the crash, including a description of the driver that hit you and drove away. While it may be difficult to recall such details, especially in the wake of the commotion and possible injuries, any details you can provide may prove to be valuable tools later on.

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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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