Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2011 – A driver going the wrong way slammed into two other vehicles, causing a horrific wreck. The wrong-way driver was killed in the raging inferno of her exploding car.
“This particular accident was a shock to all those involved. It happened when a wrong-way driver, in control of a Mercury Tracer, was heading south in the northbound lane of I-35 near Austin. She slammed into a Ford F-150. Just seconds after the first impact, a Toyota hit the Tracer. The second impact detonated the gas tank on the Tracer, trapping the driver inside,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P.
Emergency crews arrived quickly, but discovered the Tracer driver was dead. The survivors of the wreck were taken to the nearest medical facility for treatment. The police report had no further details pertaining to whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved in this accident and a full investigation would be launched.
The first thing most people think about when they have been in an accident is whether or not they will be OK – be able to walk and live a normal life. They are in shock and not thinking straight. When the chills wear off and they are medically assessed as being OK, or evaluated with serious injuries and will need extensive care, many then start wondering whether or not they can claim compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage.
“The answer to that is ‘Yes, they can file a personal injury claim for compensation.’ The first step in that process is to contact an experienced Austin personal injury lawyer and find out what your rights are and how a trial comes together and, as odd as it may sound, to find out if there was negligence involved and whether or not negligence may be apportioned between the other driver and the plaintiff,” Schuelke said.
In this particular case, any plaintiffs choosing to file a lawsuit would be filing against the estate of the dead Tracer’s driver. If drugs or alcohol did play a role in this wreck, this is information a lawyer may use to highlight the wilful negligence of the driver. “Mind you, the fact that she was already driving south in a northbound lane is a good start to indicate there was negligence,” Schuelke said.
Do not wait too long to seek legal counsel, as every state has a Statute of Limitations that will kick in and bar an action if a plaintiff waits too long to file. This is information that needs to be discussed with an attorney prior to proceeding with a personal injury case. “It is my job to deal with cases like this and to advise those who have been injured what their options are to recover compensation. If you have been in a car wreck and need help, I’d be pleased to talk to you about your case,” Schuelke said.
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