Dangers Runners in North Texas Face

Running is extremely popular in DFW and the rest of Texas. Most runners in North Texas are not professionals, but people that get out on our roads and exercise for health purposes. Unfortunately, sometimes the drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth do not see or appreciate the necessary space that runners need. In those instances runners are hit or run over by cars. The resulting injuries can be extremely serious.

At the Anderson Law Firm, we understand the plight of runners. Fort Worth personal injury attorney, Mark Anderson is an avid runner and has completed six marathons to date. Through this training, he has spent many miles on the roads in and around Fort Worth, Texas. Despite Mark's best intentions and the use of every safety precaution available, he knows that he is sometimes put in a dangerous predicament due to a negligent or distracted driver. As a personal injury attorney, he understands the legal aspects as it relates to running/car injuries.

What To Do After You've Been Hit

If you have been hit by a car, obviously the first thing to do is seek medical attention. If possible, and you're able, call the police to have a crash report completed. Crash reports will be done by the local police department if the injuries are serious. These reports are a good starting point to investigate the claim. If you are not able to ask for a report to be done, at the least try to find out the insurance information from the driver who hit you, as well as the names and numbers of any accident witnesses.

After you have obtained that information, the next step is to either report the claim to that driver's insurance company or, as is the case with most serious injuries, contact a Board Certified personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Just as a car on-car crash, insurance will cover these types of claims. The car insurance for the at-fault driver is responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and any disfigurement. But it's not as simple as reporting a claim and then waiting for fair compensation. Unfortunately most insurance companies are going to be very stingy with any payouts and will possibly require that you file a lawsuit. After all, they are in the business to make money and the more they pay out in claims, the less money they make.

If the other driver does not have insurance, you may be able to pursue a claim for uninsured motorist on your own car policy. This will apply even though you were not driving a car at the time of the wreck. Your car insurance policy will cover you if it involves a car.

If you have been hurt by a negligent driver, you definitely have the right to be awarded fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. In Texas, you have two years to either resolve a claim or file a lawsuit at the courthouse. You should not wait until the last moment to look into this, as it takes time to accumulate and present evidence to the insurance company.

Why hire a runner as your lawyer?

As a runner, Mark Anderson understands the dangers associated with running on our roads. He understands how vulnerable runners can be. He also understands while trails are wonderful, they are not abundant in our area and sometimes, in fact most of the times, running on the street is the only way to get exercise. Mark also knows that the drivers, whether they are talking on the phone, listening to the radio or just flat out not paying attention, sometimes do not give runners the right amount of space they need.

If you would like to speak with a Fort Worth injury lawyer regarding your running injury claim, please contact the Anderson Law Firm at (817) 294 1900.