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Being in a car accident can be traumatic and in the case of serious injury, life changing. In most cases, both drivers involved tend to blame the other driver for the accident and no one wants to take the blame themselves. So how is the fault determined in an accident? THeresaThere are several factors that are considered. The law enforcement agency is just one part of assessing the fault. While a law enforcement agency does not actually determine who was at fault, they are the ones that will collect evidence that will support the decision of who was at fault. It is usually an insurance investigator that will gather the information that is collected by law enforcement and determine fault. This evidence will include things such as the statements that are made by the drivers as well as any eye witnesses that were at the scene. There will also be photos taken and if applicable any video footage that was obtained at the scene as well as any other physical evidence that is available. Once all of the evidence has been collected, the next step is to determine if either party acted in a negligent manner. Each person that sits behind the steering wheel of any motor vehicle is obligated to follow certain rules while driving. The first is that the driver must pay attention to the roadway. A driver should always be aware of their surroundings. The second responsibility that a driver has to do what is necessary to avoid an accident. Even if the driver is not the one causing the accident, he/she must act within reason to avoid the collision. The third responsibility is to follow the Texas rules of the road. It is the duty of the driver to follow every law and statute that are set forward regarding traffic laws. If any of the three rules are breached, then the investigator will try to link the breach of the driver duties to the accident and establish causation. If you have been injured because of the negligence of another driver, a Texas personal injury attorney can assess the case for you and represent you in your lawsuit.
Most people use cars daily to go to work, run errands, and visit friends and family.  While cars allow us to get to where we need to be in a timely fashion, they sometimes create more of a hassle.  If the cars are involved in accidents with other cars, then there could be increased traffic for other drivers and headaches for those involved in the wreck.  Following these instructions can limit the opportunities for car crashes to create more problems.
The first step in dealing with a car accident is to assess the well-being of those involved.  If anyone is injured it is important to call 911 and receive medical attention, even if there is any doubt.  It may also be necessary to move your vehicle out of harm’s way or set up cones and signal flares to warn other motorists and eliminate additional accidents.  Also, call the police and your insurance agency to have a record of the accident. While tempers may be heightened, it will not help to let the situation get out of hand.  Be as polite as you can while gathering information such as the other party’s insurance information, notes about the accident or damage, information concerning the police report and potential witness contact information.  It is also necessary to refrain from signing any documents unless required by the police officer or insurance agency. Also, while you might know that the accident is your fault, admitting any guilt is a bad idea.  It will be up to the police to assign guilt. Hopefully everyone involved in the crash will be uninjured.  But if that is not the case, it is important to have the support of a lawyer experienced in personal injury law.  Contact a skilled personal injury attorney today in New Braunfels if injuries you have sustained in a car accident resulted in hospital bills and missed income from your job. image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
LucyWhile their truck was being pursued by police, six suspected undocumented immigrants were killed and nine were injured after crashing into a security barrier at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville Texas. Spokesman for the Naval Air Station Jon Gagne said that the gate guard tried to greet the vehicle, a 1996 GMC Sierra pickup, as it approached the gate that night, but the driver sped through without stopping. According to Senior Cpl. Charlie Ramirez, pop-up barriers were activated beyond the gate, which the vehicle crashed into. “There are two guardhouses when you enter the grounds of the base,” said Ramirez. When the vehicle did not stop at the first door and tried to enter the naval base, the guards activated the safety barrier, and the car crashed head on. Accidents involving undocumented immigrants on or near the border have become more frequent as U.S. border security has been improved and immigrants have taken more drastic measures to enter the country. In April 2012, four undocumented immigrants who were traveling in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley were injured when their truck rolled over several times. Just days later, nine more undocumented Mexican immigrants were killed when a minivan carrying 19 people rolled over in Palmview, Tex. Palmview authorities reported that the accident happened only blocks away from where the Border Patrol had conducted a traffic stop. The driver had stopped for a brief moment but then sped off in a failed attempt to get away with his human cargo. All of these accidents were caused due to smugglers overloading their vehicles in order to maximize their profits. Captain Tom Copeland from the Goliad County Sheriff’s Officer said, “The more people he can pack into a vehicle and get through, the more money he makes.” Following a July 2012 accident in which 15 people were killed. He added, “It’s a tragedy for the families that are wondering if their family members made it.” If you have been injured in a car accident, perhaps caused by these smugglers, contact an accidents attorney today. Attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm can assist you in Texas court today.
Emergency service crews in Comal and Bexar counties responded to numerous traffic accidents last week in what proved to be an unusually busy time.  In New Braunfels, crews responded to several accidents, with the first occurring at 1:45 Thursday afternoon.   Following the accident that occurred in the 1600 block of Highway 46 near Independence Drive, one of the vehicles involved flipped upside down as a result of the collision.   EMS transported the driver to University Medical Center in San Antonio with what were termed non life-threatening injuries.   The debris from the accident was so severe that crews took over two hours to clear the road and allow normal traffic to resume.   There were two additional wrecks reported on Thursday afternoon.  The first was a two car accident that occurred in the 1400 block of Huisache just before 2:30 pm.  One driver was later sent to Christus New Braunfels with non life threatening injuries.  The final incident occurred at the 3000 block of FM just before 5pm.  One person was also transported to Christus New Braunfels with non life-threatening injuries.  Crews worked the scene of the accident for half an hour before the roads were cleared.   In Bexar County, however, drivers were not so lucky.  A total of nine people lost their lives on San Antonio roads by the end of the week.  On Monday, four children and their mother lost their lives to a drunk driving accident, with the forth child being taken off of life support on Thursday afternoon.  Also on Monday, a motorcyclist lost his life while speeding and weaving between traffic on I-35.  Tuesday, a man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a parked bulldozer.  And on Thursday, a truck driver was killed on I-10.   If you or a loved one are the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney today. A knowledgeable injury and wrongful death lawyer can help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.  Call our office for a consultation about your case.

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

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