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Distracted Driving Accidents

You Just Witnessed a Car Wreck: Here’s How to Handle It

By Grant J. Rogers, Associate Attorney


In Texoma, citizens look out for one another. Whether it’s a crisis related to criminal activity, inclement weather, or even a family burdened with unexpected medical bills—our community comes together.

If you’re crossing the Red River on I-44, or perhaps traveling down Kemp Blvd. in Wichita Falls, and you witness a car wreck, do you know the best way of handling the situation to be most helpful for those involved?

If you happen to witness such a crash, Altman Legal Group wants you to be prepared and informed. Below are some key dos and don’ts to keep in mind.


DO: Dial 911

As soon as you can safely do so, call 911. As accurately as possible, describe the location, the wreck scene, and any other details that might be helpful to first responders (such as if you see smoke or some other imminent danger.)

DON’T: Just Keep Driving or Assume Others Will Stop

If you saw what happened you are needed at the scene, even if you’ve called 911 and the wreck did not appear to do significant damage to the vehicles.

Be sure to pull your car off the roadway so you are not blocking traffic. Stopping your car in a lane of traffic places you in danger and risks blocking emergency vehicles from entering the scene.

Of course, stopping is most important because the severity of damage to the cars is not always an accurate indicator of if there are injuries. Never assume everyone is fine. There is no way of knowing the physical condition of the occupants without pulling over to check on them.

Secondly, beyond the health and safety concerns, eyewitnesses are a critical piece of the puzzle for investigating officers and for insurance purposes. If the two motorists involved in a crash disagree on facts such as what color the light was, or who had the right of way, an eyewitness can save victims from being unfairly burdened with thousands of dollars in property damage and medical bills.

DO: Stay Calm and Know the Law

You did the right thing in stopping to check on the occupants. But what should you do next?

If the victim is unconscious, do not move them unless you observe immediate danger requiring it. It is best to wait for medical professionals to move a victim so you don’t risk causing unintentional further harm.

If the victim is conscious, ask if they need assistance and go from there. Use your best judgment under the circumstances. Many of our injured car wreck clients have shared stories about calm, encouraging witnesses waiting with them for first responders to arrive; it meant to world to them in that moment.

Road & Travel Magazine shares more specific tips for when you’re the first on the scene of a crash. It similarly recommends doing things as simple as holding a victim’s hand while waiting on an ambulance.

Don’t be scared of the legal consequences of rendering aid. If it’s clear something needs to be done quickly, before first responders arrive, do it. While the wording varies by state, all 50 states have some type of Good Samaritan Law (such as Texas’ Good Samaritan Act) in place to protect you in these situations. Here in Texas, the law states, in part:

“A person who in good faith administers emergency care is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is wilfully or wantonly negligent…”

In other words, you can render aid in an emergency situation without fear of getting sued for it later, so long as you handle the situation reasonably, and don’t do anything blatantly negligent. (Exceptions to this general rule and more specifics can be found at the above link, with a focus on Subchapter D. Emergency Care)


Now you’re prepared for if you witness a wreck. Be sure to also read our blog post here, urging drivers to review their own auto coverage to be sure it’s sufficient for every possible situation.

And of course, if you or a loved one ever becomes the victim in such a devastating wreck, please contact our office immediately for a free consultation to explore your options.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s no secret that distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly epidemic in the United States. We hear about injury causing and fatal distracted driving crashes on an almost daily basis. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and public safety agencies in Texas and across the nation are doing everything they can to get the word out. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off their high visibility enforcement campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” which is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with distracted driving crashes.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay

The NHTSA has utilized television, radio and social media advertising campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. They’ve spent approximately $5 million in national advertising. The costs associated with distracted driving crashes are astronomical too. From medical bills to lost wages and property damage, distracted driving isn’t cheap. Drivers are reminded to put the phones down before they get behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An estimated 431,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014.
  • As of December 2014, 169.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. every month.
  • At any given daylight moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices behind the wheel.

Injury Causing and Fatal Distracted Driving Crashes

A heartbreaking article out of the Star-Telegram recently reported on a California teen who died in a distracted-driving crash almost one year to the day after she walked away from a very serious crash involving distracted driving. Texting is a triple threat behind the wheel. It’s what is considered a manual, cognitive and visual distraction. It takes your thoughts, eyes and hands off the task of driving. The NHTSA wants to remind motorists that if they’re texting, they’re not driving. This isn’t something you can safely multi-task with. You’re either doing one or the other. The phone call or text can wait, and you could save a life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a distracted driver in Wichita Falls or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Doughnut Distraction Crash in OKC

Earlier this week, a man in Oklahoma City crashed into a truck in an apparent doughnut-distraction related incident. According to KFOR News Channel Four, the collision happened overnight in Oklahoma City just as a man was pulling out of the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot near northwest 39th and Meridian. As he was pulling into the intersection, he reportedly dropped his doughnut. Distracted and in an attempt to recover the doughnut, the driver somehow crashed into a box truck.

Driver Distracted by Doughnut

The truck was hit so forcefully that it overturned and came to rest on its side. Both drivers and a passenger were injured in this crash. Thankfully, none of the injuries were initially reported to be life threatening. There has been no word on whether or not the doughnut-distracted driver has been cited in this case, or if the investigation is ongoing.

Different Forms of Distracted Driving

Although we hear about it a lot, texting isn’t the only form of distracted driving. Sure, texting, checking Facebook and reading emails are all very dangerous forms of distracted driving. There are a variety of other types of behaviors that can be considered distractions behind the wheel. In fact, eating, manipulating the radio, messing with your GPS navigation machine and putting on makeup are all considered distractions when performed behind the wheel. If your attention is on anything besides the task of driving, you’re distracted. Daydreaming is even a form of distracted driving. When you’re behind the wheel, you need to focus 100 percent of your attention to the road and to the task of driving.

Three Types of Distracted Driving

  1. Manual
  2. Cognitive
  3. Visual

The Types of Distracted Driving

There are three basic types of distracted driving. First, there are visual distractions. These involve any task that takes your eyes off of the road. Second, there are manual distractions, which involve taking your hands off of the wheel. Finally, there are cognitive distractions, which take your mind off of the task of driving. It’s important to note that many distracted driving behaviors can fall into more than one of these categories. For example, texting is a manual, visual and cognitive distraction.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in Wichita Falls, Lawton or any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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OK Bans Texting While Driving

Starting November 1, 2015, drivers who are caught texting behind the wheel in Oklahoma will be facing a $100 fine. The Oklahoman reported on the implementation of the new texting-while-driving ban. House Bill 1965 was signed into law earlier this year, and officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) have been getting the word out about the dangers of texting while driving. Oklahoma is the 46th state to enact some type of ban on texting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, Texas is one of the few remaining states that does not have a statewide law against texting while driving.

Oklahoma’s Ban on Texting Behind The Wheel

Reading and sending a text is illegal under the newly enacted law. This means you can’t read, compose or send a text message while driving a moving automobile. Captain Paul Timmons with the OHP reports that there will be no grace period associated with the new law, and the OHP intends to aggressively enforce the ban. They have spent the last two months educating the public about this upcoming ban. Under this law, hands-free applications are still permitted, but drivers are reminded that hands-free texting hasn’t proven to be substantially safer than handheld device use.

Distracted Driving Crashes by The Numbers

  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
  • An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
  • 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal wrecks were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of distracted drivers in fatal wrecks.

Distracted Driving Accidents in Wichita Falls

Five seconds is the average amount of time your eyes are off of the road while texting. If you’re going 55 miles per hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field totally blindfolded. Distracted driving accidents in Wichita Falls and across the nation are 100 percent preventable. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.

The team at the Altman Legal Group supports Oklahoma’s ban on texting while driving and hopes Texas will enact a similar law to protect motorists and other roadway users from injury causing and fatal distracted driving collisions.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Archer City Teens Learn About Distracted Driving

Last Wednesday, teens in Archer City participated in an event to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. According to KFDX News Channel 3, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) brought a distracted driving simulator to a school in Archer City. Students were able to simulate various distracted driving situations from behind the wheel of a special pickup truck. The truck was hooked up to a sophisticated computer system with video game interface technology.

Distracted Driving Prevention in Archer City

Each student got behind the wheel of the pickup truck and tried to navigate through distracted driving situations. TXDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Tish Beaver was on hand to show teens just how easy it is for distractions to cause car crashes. She is quick to point out that distracted drivers cause one in five crashes. Beaver also reports that this simulator is important because it shows teen drivers that they really can’t multi-task behind the wheel. Whether it’s the addition of peer passengers or smart phones, distracted driving is a recipe for disaster.

Teen Driver Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the parents of teen drivers a variety of resources to increase roadway safety. Through extensive research, the NHTSA has come up with five rules that address the largest safety concerns associated with teen drivers. Listed below are the “5 to Drive” rules for teens.

“5 to Drive” Rules For Teens

  1. No cell phone use or texting while driving.
  2. No extra passengers.
  3. No speeding.
  4. No alcohol.
  5. No driving or riding without a seat belt.

Although car crashes are the number-one cause of death for teens, a recent survey found that only about 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their children about the key components of safe driving. Officials with the NHTSA are hoping the “5 to Drive” rules will help parents to open a dialogue with their teen drivers. Additionally, parents are encouraged to have their teen drivers sign safe driving contracts to help hold them accountable.

If a distracted teen driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently participating in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the entire month of April, they will be publicizing the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” safety campaign that raises awareness about the dangers and costs associated with texing while driving. Public service announcements in English and Spanish will on television, radio and web platforms.

Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
  • At any given daylight moment in 2012, an estimated 660,000 drivers were manipulating cell phones behind the wheel.
  • Drivers in their 20’s make up nearly a third of all distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit having had extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

If You’re Texting, You’re Not Driving

Texting and driving don’t mix. You’re either doing one or the other, and if you’re texting, you’re definitely not driving. Texting is a visual, manual and cognitive distraction behind the wheel. The NHTSA reports that engaging in visual-manual subtasks behind the wheel (like texting or using a cell phone) increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times. Drivers take their eyes off of the road for an average of five seconds while texting. If you’re going 55 miles per hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field completely blindfolded.

Distracted Driving Ban in Texas

At the end of March, the Texas House tentatively approved a statewide Texting While Driving Ban. House Bill 80 (HB 80) would make texting behind the wheel a misdemeanor, punishable with a $99 fine for the first offense and a $200 fine for subsequent offenses. Pending a final approval from the House, the bill will go to the Senate. Texas may become the 45th State to enact a statewide ban on texting while driving.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

Texting or engaging in other distracted behaviors behind the wheel puts everybody on Texas roadways at great risk. Although there isn’t a statewide texting ban yet, distracted drivers can still be held accountable for crashes they cause.

If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Potential Texting While Driving Ban in Texas

Families from across the state gathered in Austin on Tuesday to raise awareness about the twin bills that could ban texting while driving in Texas. According to a Texas Tribune article reported on by KFDX News Channel Three, over 30 families showed up at the Capitol to meet with lawmakers about the proposed bills.

Banning Texting While Driving

Concerned citizens met with state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and other lawmakers to talk about House Bill 80 and Senate Bill 25, both of which would enact a ban on texting while driving. The House bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor in Texas, with an initial fine of $99 for first-time offenders. This isn’t the first time such legislation has been proposed though. Similar bills have been shot down by former Governor Rick Perry and others, who touted them as nanny-state micromanagement of adult behaviors.

Texting While Driving Bans Across the Country

At this time, 13 states prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellular phones, and 37 states have an outright ban on phone use for teens or new drivers. Additionally, 44 states have a statewide ban on texting while driving, leaving Texas as one of the few remaining holdouts.

Distracted Driving Crashes in Texas

  • In 2013, there were over 94,000 distracted-driving related crashes in Texas.
  • Those crashes resulted in over 18,000 serious injuries and 459 preventable deaths.
  • According to the NHTSA, over nine people are killed each day in distracted-driving related crashes.

Distracted Driving Crashes Widely Underreported

Although these numbers may be staggering, they’re thought to be widely underreported. Distracted-driving as a factor in crashes is still something we’re working on detecting. It’s not like there is a breathalyzer test for distracted driving. Sometimes, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if distracted driving was a factor in a fatal or injury-causing crash.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

It still remains to be seen if and when Texas will get a statewide texting while driving ban. Although it isn’t illegal at this time, texting while driving is still an incredibly dangerous behavior. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, or if you suspect distracted driving could have been a factor in your crash, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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Fatal Wreck on Highway 287

Last week, a fatal wreck involving one vehicle happened on Highway 287. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the crash happened between Fisher Road and Hammon Road.

A white Chevy SUV traveling northbound on 287 crashed into a light pole and concrete divider after apparently losing control. First responders were swiftly on the scene. The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver was airlifted to the 11th Street Emergency Room of United Regional Hospital.

Fatal Texoma Wreck Still Under Investigation

At this time, it’s still unclear why or how the driver, 39-year-old Michelle Doyle, lost control of the vehicle. Could it have been a case of distracted driving? Were drugs or alcohol factors in this wreck?

The deceased passenger has been identified as 35-year-old Richard Hines. Doyle and Hines were both residents of Haltom City, Texas. The driver was treated for unknown injuries, but they were described as serious. KFDX News also reports that the cause of this deadly wreck is still under investigation.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Although the cause of this crash hasn’t been determined yet, it’s not uncommon for distracted driving to be a factor in daytime one-vehicle wrecks. Any time a driver takes his or her attention away from the roadway, lives are put at risk.

Everybody knows that texting-while-driving is a dangerous behavior behind the wheel, but irresponsible drivers across Texoma engage in a variety of other distracted behaviors too. Anytime your cognitive, physical or visual attention is taken away from the task of driving, you’re distracted. Day dreaming, applying makeup, adjusting GPS machines and even eating fast food can all be types of distracted driving.

Wrongful Death Cases in North Texas

In cases where a driver’s negligent, reckless or careless behavior causes the death of a passenger, victim’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Although no amount of money can replace your loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help families who are facing extensive medical bills, funeral expenses and a loss of future earnings.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation. An experienced wrongful death attorney can be your family’s advocate during this difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Richard Hines.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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No Charges Against Driver Who Struck Children on Horseback

KFDX News Channel Three has recently reported on the new developments involving a fatal wreck that involved a pickup truck and a horse last summer. The criminal grand jury decided there was insufficient evidence to indict the driver of the truck. The wreck happened last July on McFall Road, just north of Highway 258. One of the children died, and the other one suffered from critical injuries. The driver was not injured in the wreck. The driver initially said that he swerved to miss dogs, prior to hitting the children.

Pickup Truck Strikes Children on Horseback

Last July, two children were riding a horse southbound beside McFall Road, when they were struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck. The 11-year-old boy, Jared Macias, died as a result of his injuries, and 11-year-old Destiny Doan suffered from serious injuries. The horse was also killed in the wreck. The collision happened around 1:00 p.m. on McFall Road near the Love Road intersection. Destiny Doan is still recovering from her injuries.

What About Criminal Charges?

According to KFDX News Channel Three, the reconstructionist’s report found that the driver was not speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision. The driver reportedly told Department of Public Safety Troopers that he swerved to avoid hitting a pack of dogs and ended up hitting the horse and children instead. Last week, representatives from the District Attorney’s Office announced that the Grand Jury declined to indict the 60-year-old pickup truck driver. This news didn’t sit well with some residents in Wichita Falls.

What’s Next?

Some Wichita County residents felt like the criminal justice system let these families down. Protestors were outside of the courthouse on Monday holdings up signs for passing drivers to see. The families may still have a remedy in the civil justice system though. Even though the Wichita County Grand Jury chose not to indict the driver, the burden of proof for civil cases is different. Unlike most criminal cases, where the state must prove criminal intent, civil cases use a negligence standard. A civil jury could find the driver is responsible for his actions that day even though the grand jury did not indict him.  If surviving loved ones don’t feel like justice has been served, the family should contact a personal injury attorney to learn about their other options to hold the driver accountable. The attorneys at the Altman Legal Group provide victims and their families with free initial consultations to discuss their cases and the likelihood of success in a civil trial.  If you or a loved one have been harmed and would like to discuss your rights, give us a call at 1-800-772-0828 for your free consultation.

 

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Hit-and-Run Crash on Flood Street

Last Thursday night, a hit-and-run crash injured at least one person in Wichita Falls. The wreck happened at the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Flood Street. At about 9:15 p.m., a driver in a Mercury Grand Marquis heading south on Redwood Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign. The Grand Marquis t-boned a Chevrolet Malibu that was heading east on Flood Street. According to KFDX News Channel Three, a passenger in the Malibu did sustain injuries.

Initial police reports and eye-witness accounts indicate that the driver of the Grand Marquis took off on foot. He allegedly ran north and got into a white car. The suspect wasn’t wearing a shirt, and both automobiles were impounded at the scene. Very little information has been released about this hit-and-run crash which is still under investigation, and anybody with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.

Hit-and-Run Crashes

Hit-and-run wrecks can be especially traumatic for victims. In addition to dealing with the traditional issues that go along with being injured in a car accident, victims have the added problem of an absent driver. It’s kind of difficult to exchange insurance information with somebody, if he or she took off on foot. Victims might be waiting to hear from local law enforcement agencies about investigative efforts. Even with uninsured motorist coverage, it’s common for victims of hit-and-run crashes to have a difficult time dealing with their own insurance companies. Everybody would like to think they are in “good hands,” but that’s not always the case.

Insurance Companies and The Bottom Line

Ultimately, big insurance companies are looking out for their bottom line. They’re often less concerned with covering their policy holders and more concerned with increasing shareholder profits. Initial low-ball offers are common. A well-documented tactic of many unscrupulous insurance companies is to delay claims processing as long as possible to wear down policy holders. In the mean time, victims are out of work, without transportation and stuck with expensive medical bills. After any type of car accident, whether a hit-and-run driver is involved or not, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney. If your insurance company isn’t treating you fairly, you need to speak up. If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of car accident, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation today.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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