This is the next post in our discussion on the handling of stop sign and intersection accident cases in Austin, Texas. Our last article provided an overview of subjects we will be discussing and stressed the need to speak with an attorney immediately if you have been injured by another’s negligence. Contacting counsel sooner, rather than later, helps to ensure that your rights remain protected. In this article we will discuss why liability is often disputed in such cases. If you have questions then contact our office today to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Intersection accidents often result in situations where it is not clear as to which of the parties was at fault. There may be a dispute in which each driver honestly thinks they had the right of way. There may be few witnesses. And in matters involving a stop sign, rather than a traffic light, there may be a disagreement as to which driver arrived at the intersection first. These issues create situations in which a law enforcement officer, who arrives on the scene, may not have a clear opinion as to who was at fault. The officer may also assign partial blame to both parties. This lack of clarity may leave a victim believing that they cannot recover for their injuries. The fact of the matter, however, is that one should contact counsel as soon as possible in such situations.
Counsel can take steps to help you establish that the other side was at fault for the accident. Your lawyer can send an investigator to the scene to measure skid marks and find possible witnesses. If necessary an accident reconstructionist can be retained to visit the scene, analyze the wrecked vehicles, and issue a report as to who they believe was responsible for the collision. Another possibility is that the discovery process will show that the defendant was engaging in distracted driving (such as texting while behind the wheel). Such conduct can be shown by acquiring their cell phone records. These are just a few examples of how it may be possible to establish liability. Furthermore, as we will discuss in our next post, Texas’ comparative fault laws may allow you to recover even if it is shown that you were partially responsible for the accident.
If you have been involved in an auto accident then it is crucial that you retain representation. Our Austin intersection accident lawyers have extensive experience in handling such matters and are ready to assist you. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service and we have the resources necessary to retain the investigators and experts necessary to prove your case. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
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