Drivers always need to be mindful of the possibility of hitting other vehicles or pedestrians while on the roads, but sometimes collisions are difficult to avoid. Following an accident, it is important to get assistance from both an insurance company and a lawyer to avoid further problems.
A fatal incident involving a vehicle and one pedestrian occurred on Loop 1604 in San Antonio.
Pedestrian killed while crossing a local road
The San Antonio Police responded to the scene and found that a pedestrian had been hit while walking through the main lanes of Loop 1604 on the far west side of the city. Part of the intersection near Culebra and Shaenfield Roads needed to be blocked while an investigation was taking place. The pedestrian who was struck died shortly after the crash from their injuries.
No information was released regarding the identity of the victim or whether the driver responsible would be charged with any traffic violations.
Getting in touch with your insurance company after an accident
One of the first things that must be done after an accident is to contact your insurance carrier. This will help by both creating a record of the incident that may be used in court or elsewhere later, as well as starting to process to receive money for repairs and other problems. The insurance company may conduct their own investigation or send out an agent after the accident to protect against fraud and verify the value of the damages. This information can be especially important for drivers who have to pay a deductible or defend against a lawsuit.
Retaining an accident lawyer for additional help
Sometimes, when the damages associated with a crash are severe, or there is trouble with getting a hold of necessary funds after the collision, it may be necessary to contact an attorney who focuses on helping individuals affected by car accidents. Lawyers who file personal injury cases can bring an action against the driver or business at fault. They may be able to collect money for things such as vehicle repairs, medical costs, missed time from work, or other problems that can be traced back to the initial accident. In cases involving severe injuries or death, the victim or their family can potentially collect large sums of money to pay for the long-term effects of the damage.
These types of civil lawsuits are called negligence cases. They can be brought regardless of whether the driver at fault was given any traffic citations or criminal charges at the scene of the accident. This is because deciding fault as a matter of law in a civil court is different from any conclusions that may be made during an accident investigation.
The state of Texas has its own negligence laws, but these cases are fairly similar everywhere in the United States. If the state law has any special importance to your case regarding fault or other matters, your lawyer or insurance company can explain these issues further.
Learn more about the process to get paid after a crash
To get help after an accident in the San Antonio area, contact the Will Peterson Agency. You can learn more about the insurance process and other issues that need to be addressed after an automobile collision.