Sometimes, unexpected things happen while driving, and pulling to the shoulder of the road is your only choice. Staying parked on the shoulder of the road, however, can be dangerous. Cars that drift out of their lanes can collide with your car, or worse, crash into you as you are attending to your vehicle. When these accidents occur, the thought of filing a San Antonio personal injury claim may feel overwhelming. Indeed, the recovery process can be a complex one, and it is crucial that you know what is required in a Texas personal injury claim.
According to a recent news report, two separate car accidents on a major roadway left two drivers dead. On the day of the first accident, a Chevrolet veered from its lane and crashed into an abandoned vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road. As a result of the crash, two other cars collided and struck the Chevrolet, whose driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the other two vehicles were taken to a local hospital, according to authorities. In the second crash, a woman died while she was on the shoulder, trying to repair a tow strap when a car collided with two disabled vehicles where she was standing.
When you are involved in a car accident in Texas, the law requires that you must first file an accident report with the local police department or sheriff’s office within 10 days of the crash, if you are able. In addition, following an accident, the sooner you file a claim with your insurance company, the better. This way, your insurer can investigate and, hopefully, get you the compensation you deserve as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you may be giving up your chance to report the accident and receive coverage for your losses.
In accidents involving a parked car on the shoulder or being struck while outside of your vehicle on the shoulder, proving fault or liability can often be complex. Like other accidents, however, the best way to prove that the other driver was at fault is documenting evidence through photographs from different viewpoints. It is also important to ensure that photographs can show a clear picture of how the accident occurred.
To build a strong case, it is crucial that in addition to photographic evidence, that you talk to bystanders who may have witnessed the accident and get the other party’s information. If police are on the scene, they can help with this process by obtaining the information from all parties involved and making sure there is a paper trail. If you have suffered an injury from the accident, it is crucial that you get medical attention immediately. Keeping track of medical records following a collision is also important, as it can help build a case against the at-fault party and assist in proving liability.
Do You Need a Texas Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or someone you know has been recently injured in a Texas car accident, contact the attorneys at Carabin Shaw today. Our attorneys have years of experience representing individuals and families in all types of personal injury claims. We will advocate tirelessly on your behalf to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 800-862-1260 today.