Recently, an accident on one of San Antonio’s busiest roads resulted in the death of a woman when her vehicle was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler. The accident happened early in the morning, around 5:30 A.M. The vehicles were traveling on I-10, eastbound, when the collision occurred. The driver of the semi ran into the back of the woman’s vehicle, and then sped off after the crash.
When police responded to the accident, they discovered that the driver of the passenger vehicle had died. Traffic was backed up for most of the morning while officials investigated, and law enforcement across the city was looking for the truck involved in the accident. Residents spotted a suspicious semi parked near downtown, and called police. Officers noticed that there were apparently pieces of the passenger vehicle still underneath the 18-wheeler. The driver of the truck was arrested shortly thereafter.
What you need to know about the aftermath of an accident
This trucking accident demonstrates how quickly an accident can happen at any time on area roadways. If you commute to work or drive frequently in the area, it might be a good idea to take some time to refresh your memory about what you should do if you are involved in a crash. After an accident, if you are able, you should move your vehicle over to the side of the road to prevent other cars from colliding with yours. Call 911 to report the crash, and be sure to note any injuries suffered by the occupants of any of the vehicles.
Do not make any statements at the scene to the other parties. Wait for police to arrive to begin their investigation. Often, initial impressions of an accident can be incorrect, which the other side may use to attempt to discredit your story. Anything that you say may be used against you by the insurance companies involved to reduce the value of your claims.
Once everything at the scene has been resolved, and you’ve received the necessary medical attention, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss whether or not you may be entitled to recover compensation from the other parties in the accident. This will help you make sure that you have a clear idea of the options available to you, and what you need to do to hold insurers accountable for the damages you have suffered in the accident.