Police believe speed was a factor in a tragic accident that occurred earlier this week on Interstate 10 by Hausman Road. The collision occurred around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday near the University of Texas at San Antonio. According to police, the two men, Jovan Cruz, 24, and Kahlid Valencia, 25, were traveling south on Hauseman when they arrived at a dead-end at Interstate 10 that was barricaded off. There was an access road available for cars to turn onto, but it seems the vehicle was unable to make the turn, and instead plowed through the barricades, flying into the air, and landing in the main lanes of Interstate 10, where it crashed into a highway median, instantly killing both men inside of the car. Police say it was luck that none of the cars traveling on Interstate 10 collided with the vehicle, as that could have resulted in far more injuries and casualties.
Liability for San Antonio Car Crashes
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident that was not your fault, you have options for legal recourse that will allow you to receive the compensation you are entitled to under Texas law. Texas is an at-fault state, which means that whenever there is a car accident, it must be determined which driver is responsible for the crash in order to know whose insurance will pay for injuries. For every accident case that goes to court in Texas, the jury will be asked to determine what the total amount of damages are and the percentage of fault belonging to each driver. The total damages award will then be reduced by a percentage equal to the amount of fault determined to be attributable to the suing party. In order to receive any part of the judgment, the suing party must be less than 50% responsible for the accident.
For instance, say Driver A was driving under the influence and blew through a stoplight and partially collided with Driver B who had come to a rolling stop at a stop sign. If Driver B sues, the jury may find Jury A to be 95% responsible and Driver B to be 5% responsible for the crash. If they determine total damages to be $10,000, they will then be reduced by 5%, or $500, equivalent to Driver B’s percentage of fault.
How a Lawyer Can Help
It is important to know that if you are a passenger in a car that’s involved in a collision, you also have a right to sue the driver who is at fault, even if that is the driver of the car you were traveling in. Likewise, if a loved one is injured or killed in a car accident because the driver of the car they were traveling in was driving negligently or recklessly, you can bring a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the negligent driver to recover for damages suffered.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a San Antonio area car crash, you do not have to shoulder the burden of navigating this process alone. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Eric Ramos are ready to advocate zealously on your behalf, and present the best possible case to get you the compensation that you are legally entitled to for your injuries, pain, and suffering. Call today to schedule your free consultation. There is no fee until we win.