Car accidents are common in Texas. Of the 560,952 that occurred in Texas in 2019, at least 25,545 were caused by speeding and 17,751 injuries or deaths were caused by drunk drivers.
In these and many other types of car accidents, the fault of the accident rests primarily with one party. Most likely the accident you were in was caused by someone else who was driving recklessly.
To be the victim of someone else’s careless driving is unfortunate, but it’s not the end. You still have the option to sue the other driver and get compensation for what you suffered.
If you need help in a car accident you were not responsible for near Fort Worth, contact a Patterson Law Group attorney today.
What if another car causes you to hit another car?
There are many situations where carelessly driving a third car could cause you to hit another car. In this situation, it can be difficult to know what to do in order to properly deal with the other drivers and prove that the case wasn’t entirely your fault.
For example, you are driving down a multi-lane road and a car is turning into your lane. When this happens, your instinct (and possibly your only option) is to dodge in order to avoid them. However, if there is a car in the lane next to you, it could lead to an accident.
You may also stop your car and someone will leave you behind, causing your car to shoot forward into the car stopped in front of you. This is known as a chain reaction accident and can result in a major multiple car accident.
If another car causes your car to hit another car, here’s what to do after a car accident:
- Stop as soon as possible and try to get your car out of the way if you can.
- Make sure everyone is fine and call the ambulance if necessary.
- Call the police for an official report on what happened.
- If the other driver is still there, speak to them and get insurance information.
- Get testimony – as many as you can. In such cases, witness statements are essential to prove the cause of the accident.
A non-contact car accident is an accident in which a car crashed you without ever touching you.
It’s similar to the case above where a car pulled into your lane and caused you to run into someone else.
The most common type of non-contact car accident is when you are swerving to avoid someone pulling into your lane and about to hit you. Your car will then pull off the road, hit a tree or other object, and be damaged or totalized.
This type of accident means that you did not make contact with the vehicle that caused your accident, but it also means that you cannot prove that you were coerced into the accident. This driver is often referred to as the “phantom driver” when it refuses to stop and see what happened.
If you have a contactless accident, do your best to obtain the make, model, and license of the car in question. Unfortunately, this is quite difficult to do if the vehicle does not stop. You likely focused on staying alive rather than jotting down marks. Do the best you can, then contact a personal injury attorney to decide what to do next.
It can be difficult to prove liability in a non-contact car accident. However, this is especially possible with the help of a lawyer.
First, you want to call your insurance company and let them know what happened. You likely have some uninsured driver coverage on your plan that is typically used to pay for damages if a driver causing your accident is uninsured or underinsured. In a no-contact case, the insurance company will likely use this policy to pay for your accident.
The only problem is, you have to prove that the accident wasn’t your fault. The best (sometimes only) way to do this is to have a confirmatory witness. This person usually can’t be a family member or friend in the car with you. Instead, it has to be a third party.
If you have a contactless accident, you will need to get testimony immediately after the crash. You want to get as many as possible to make sure your insurance company makes your claim.
What if the at-fault driver doesn’t stop?
If the culpable driver does not stop, then you must make an uninsured or underinsured claim in Texas. If neither you nor a witness caught the license plate of the car that caused the accident, you will not be able to make a claim.
You should call 911 and get an emergency service as soon as possible.
To make sure the insurance company pays, gets testimony and evidence, you need to prove that the accident wasn’t your fault. Insurance companies must offer you insurance to cover uninsured drivers. You should therefore receive compensation to pay in this situation.
Talk to a personal injury attorney about your accident
Having an accident is no fun. It can be extremely difficult to deal with injuries, auto damage, insurance companies, and all the high costs that come with these things.
If you’ve had a touchless accident or one that wasn’t your fault in Texas, you shouldn’t be doing it on your own. Contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are and how to get compensation.
At Patterson Law Group, we’re happy to help. We will not make you pay a dime until you have won the money you made from your claim. Contact the Patterson Law Group now. We will help you to clarify your case as soon as possible.