Investigating Houston Car Wrecks: What Victims Should Know in Pursuing Damages
Houston car wreck lawyers of 1800 Car Wreck discusses various factors surrounding the investigation of a car crash.
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Recently, a Houston woman was arrested and charged in connection with a car crash that caused the death of a man in Marshall months after the crash occurred. The woman stands accused of acting negligently, causing the early morning accident.
Source: Marshall News Messenger Report “Houston woman arrested, charged with felony murder for car crash incident in Marshall”
“The warrant, issued by Harrison County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Nancy George, charged Hildreth with felony murder in conjunction with the May 23 crash that caused the death of Todd Lane Davis of Waskom…The two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 59 and U.S. Hwy 80 at 3:19 a.m. Hildreth disregarded a traffic light while traveling in her vehicle southbound and struck Davis’ vehicle, which was traveling eastbound.”
The crash took place in May; however, the arrest of the woman was not carried out until September following an investigation. Occurrences like these leave some to question why there is such a lengthy gap between the day of a car crash and the time it can take for authorities to take action. Particularly, with regard to the time it takes police to complete a car accident investigation, many question what impact, if any, this has on victims if they choose to pursue claims for legal damages and have to wait weeks or months to know the outcome of an investigation.
According to Houston car wreck attorney Amy Witherite, whose law firm, Eberstein Witherite LLP represents clients who have been involved in car crashes caused by acts of negligence like running a red light, there may be multiple types of investigations involved in probing the circumstances of a car wreck when pursuing personal injury claims in Texas.
The Houston attorney says, “many car accident victims believe that a police investigation is the only type that matters for their claims. In many cases this isn’t so because there are factors that can help determine liability that aren’t always included on a police report.”
Witherite says that in the same way that insurance companies hire investigators to assess damages and the circumstances of an accident to protect their own interests, it is important that individuals who have become injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of someone else also have resources on their side that can aid in proving who is responsible for paying for their claim.
According to the attorney “sometimes car wreck victims need an independent investigation to be conducted on their behalf when insurance companies are pressing the issue that they aren’t liable for paying for their medical expenses and other damages.” This is particularly true in cases involving serious 18 wheeler crashes, notes Witherite, and a black box assessment is needed to prove the speed, and other actions of truck drivers who may have taken steps to hide their tracks.
Witherite further asserts that although police reports are important, car wreck victims who want to pursue a legal claim for damages should not be discouraged by what is contained in them, or the time it takes for them to be completed. Individuals in these circumstances can contact a personal injury attorney very early on to understand what their legal options are and what type of investigations are needed for their case.
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