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If you’re hit by a driver who ran a red light or a stop sign, do you have a legal claim against them?
Josh Hopkins is a personal injury attorney with the law firm Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., which has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley.
In this Quick Question, he explains that you might have a claim, but you will need to collect some evidence at the scene to support your claim. This could include photos or videos of the accident scene and the vehicles, as well as witness testimony if anyone nearby saw the accident.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-1283 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Traffic rule violations always open up drivers to liability. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident in which another driver ran a red light or stop sign, you may be eligible to file a claim to seek damages including medical bills, lost wages, and more that resulted from the accident.
The trouble in these situations is that the driver at-fault rarely admits they violated a traffic rule. While law enforcement may be called to handle the aftermath of an accident like this, it is unlikely that their report will reflect evidence that the other driver violated a traffic rule resulting in the accident because they were not present when the accident occurred.
Due to this common problem, it is important for the injured party or another on their behalf to collect whatever evidence they can at the scene of the accident. Evidence in this situation may include pictures of both vehicles and the damage sustained, pictures of injuries, any other property damaged in the accident, the location of the traffic lights or stop sign, and anything else which might have played a part in the accident. Additionally, it is important to collect the testimonies of anyone who might have witnessed the accident occur, and can attest that the other driver did, in fact, run a red light or stop sign.
If someone is too injured to collect evidence on their own, loved ones of the injured party or a car accident attorney may collect this and other evidence on their behalf. Car accident attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means a client doesn’t pay unless they win; these attorneys know exactly what kind of evidence is likely to exist and how to collect it in order to prove that the other driver violated a traffic rule resulting in the accident which caused injury to another party.
However, evidence tends to disappear quickly after an accident like this, so it is important to make sure evidence is collected as soon as possible, whether by yourself, a loved one, or a car accident attorney.
To learn more, contact Josh Hopkins directly by calling 888-981-1283 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Do I have a personal injury claim related to a driver who disregarded a traffic signal? We asked Texas attorney Josh Hopkins in this AskTheLawyers.com™ Quick Question.
Well, you know the simple answer Leslie is yes, of course you do, but the more complicated part of that is that often the police don't come to scenes of accidents, of minor accords, or some car accidents in some cities, and they require the citizens that were involved in the accident to report it to the police.
So obviously, the person who ran a red light or disregarded of the stop sign, he's just not gonna admit to what he or she did, so it's really important in that situation that you as the injured party out there, and hopefully it's an accident that you're not seriously injured in, you can maybe find a witness, maybe you can take some pictures and you preserve a little bit of the evidence because it's guaranteed that the person who ran the light is not gonna admit to it, and it's a guarantee you they won't. They never do.
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