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What to Do When Another Driver Runs a Stop Sign and Hurts You

Stop sign at an intersection with large trees and sky in the backgroundCar accidents can happen anywhere on the road, but intersections are particularly dangerous locations for crashes. Even when there’s a traffic control device such as a stop sign that should have been obeyed, accidents in intersections can still occur—and they frequently lead to terrible damage and severe injuries to victims. However, proving that another car ran a stop sign can be a legal challenge. Here’s how to get started making your personal injury case against a car that failed to stop, and how you can get legal help today.

Proving Your Car Accident Case

Though it may seem obvious to you from the facts of the crash, in many cases it can be challenging to prove to an insurance company that the other car didn’t stop, unless the other vehicle rear-ended you. If it was a side-impact or head-on collision and there were no witnesses, the other driver may try to deny responsibility. His or her insurance company may also fight your claim, especially if there were no witnesses who saw the crash.

Insurers don’t make money by paying out on claims, so it falls on you and your legal team to press the issue and make your case. Here’s what you can do to protect your rights:

  • Call the police. Texas law states that you must contact the authorities if someone has been injured or if there is more than $1,000 in damage. When you contact the police, the responding agency (such as the local police, county sheriff, or highway patrol) will create a police report that details what happened. Even if the other driver claims to have stopped, you’ll be on the record as stating that he or she did not, which may help later in court.
  • Locate witnesses. If someone else saw your crash, ask for names and contact details. An eyewitness who wasn’t involved in the crash but saw what happened can provide crucial evidence to back up your claim.
  • Take photographs. If you or someone with you can safely take pictures of the accident, do so. Try and include both cars and their license plates, the damage done, any injuries, and the intersection itself.

Your health and safety always come first, so if you can’t do these things yourself, it’s okay to ask someone you know for help. A family member or friend can take pictures of the damage to your vehicle for you, as well as the intersection where the crash happened. Even if it’s after the accident happened, it could be useful as evidence in court—but remember that time is critical, so act as fast as you can.

When you’re pursuing your legal claim against the other driver, your attorney may also suggest that you engage the services of an expert witness, such as an accident reconstruction specialist. Using an expert witness can provide important testimony that shows a judge and jury how the accident most likely happened, and how the other driver was responsible for the crash.

Make Your Claim Today

By putting together all the available evidence and using expert advice, you and your legal team can make a claim that shows the truth about how the other driver’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness lead to the accident that caused you harm. Your attorney can help you build your case so that you can seek the compensation that you may be owed for your medical bills, physical therapy or rehabilitation, repair or replacement of your vehicle, pain and suffering, and more.

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, Wayne Wright LLP would like to hear from you today. We’ve spent years standing up for the rights of those who have been injured in serious accidents, and we’re here to help you and your family get the justice that you deserve in a court of law.

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