This is the first post in a series of articles related to handling intersection accidents in Fort Worth, Texas. On today’s busy roadways, serious traffic accidents are all too common. Consider how often during any given day that you find yourself at a four-way stop or intersection with traffic lights. Unfortunately, serious collisions frequently occur at intersections when drivers are distracted, confused or simply in violation of the traffic laws. Establishing who caused the accident can be challenging. The goal of this series is to review common issues that arise following a serious intersection-related accident. If you have been injured and need assistance, we recommend that you contact a law firm as soon as possible after the accident to preserve your legal rights.
This series will discuss the following topics:
- How liability disputes arise in intersection accidents
- Dealing with insurance companies following an intersection accident
- The process of establishing liability
- The need to retain accident reconstructionists or other expert witnesses
- What to expect at an intersection accident trial
It is important to have an understanding of these points after an intersection accident has occurred. First, one can imagine that in the aftermath of a serious car accident at a busy intersection, multiple drivers and witnesses may become involved in the investigation. If the vehicles are moved from the site of the crash by the authorities, it may be even more difficult to accurately recount the details. It is easy to envision how disputes about liability may become a challenge. Second, following the incident, the parties’ insurance companies may attempt to investigate the crash. Insurance adjusters may quickly deny responsibility. If serious injuries are involved, they may attempt to offer financial settlements to victims. Consulting with an attorney to manage this process on your behalf is often the best approach to preserving your legal rights. Third, as previously noted, it can be challenging to establish which party (or parties) are responsible for an intersection accident. Understanding how liability may be determined will be essential to your case. Fourth, expert witnesses commonly play an important role in intersection accident cases. Accident reconstructionists, physicians or economists may be required to establish liability or calculate potential damages. Finally, if a settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial. It is important to have a general understanding of what to expect during the litigation process.
A catastrophic car accident can have a serious physical, emotional and financial impact on victims and their families. It is important, therefore, to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the collision to assist you through the legal process that follows. When selecting a law firm to represent you, we suggest locating a firm with multiple attorneys who are board certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We also recommend law firms who employ on-site investigators and have the financial resources available to manage your case from beginning to end. These recommendations apply regardless of whether the incident took place in Fort Worth, Dallas, or another Texas area.