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Hit and run accidents are on the rise in the United States. Since 2009, the amount of hit and runs has risen by 7.2 percent. These accidents occur when the party leaves the scene of a car collision without first exchanging drive documentation. Not only is this a crime, but it can be a major frustration for you. When a negligent driver flees the scene of your accident, your recovery process becomes far more complicated. This complication may scare off other attorneys, but a qualified hit and run lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm is ready to take on your case.
For more than 40 years, The Carlson Law Firm has represented victims of personal injury claims. Our firm has the resources to properly investigate your case and find the driver responsible for your injuries and property damage. A hit and run lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you through every part of the process. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. Meaning we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Contact our team today for a free consultation. We are available to speak 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is Considered a Hit and Run?
A hit and run is an accident in which the driver intentionally leaves the scene without providing contact information. According to Texas law, every individual must immediately stop their vehicle after an accident involving personal injury, death or property damage. Failure to do this act is frequently known as hit and run accident or leaving the scene. The Carlson Law Firm has a hit and run lawyer who can help you navigate the aftermath of a hit and run.
Drivers may leave the scene because they don’t have auto insurance or a driver’s license. Also, they may have an outstanding warrant for their arrest.
After a hit-and-run accident causes serious injury or takes the life of a motorist, passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist, authorities will attempt to find the motorist who left the scene of the accident. If found, police are likely to charge that person with a crime.
But those drivers leave behind injured people who need medical treatment. In addition, they face mounting expenses for health care and property damage. Further, it is difficult for victims to receive fair compensation for their hit and run injuries and losses.
If you have uninsured or under-insured motorist protection (UIM) on your insurance policy, we can make sure you receive full compensation for damages. If the at-fault driver was identified, we can help you pursue a claim. There may also be other options a hit and run lawyer can investigate for you.
Why Are Hit and Run Accidents On The Rise?
There are several factors that contribute to the rise in hit and runs. For starters, laws have become more strict in some states requiring motor vehicle operators to carry insurance. When drivers are uninsured, they may be more likely to flee the scene. Further, drivers distracted by cellular devices may cause accidents by running a red light or stop sign. In many cases, these drivers then flee the scene for fear of consequences.
In addition to these examples, there are several more driver factors that contribute to the rise in hit and run accidents.
- Increased cell phone use
- Invalid or suspended license
- No insurance
- Alcohol use
- Improper driving, such as following too close
In general, hit and runs have risen by 7 percent since 2009. An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred per year over the last 10 years. There are several factors that come into play when establishing the rise in hit and runs. For starters, hit and run accidents are most likely to occur in densely populated areas. Additionally, they are more likely to occur on low-speed sections of roadways such as curved roads, bends, overpasses and ramps.
If you have suffered an injury in a hit and run crash, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have a hit and run lawyer ready to investigate your case. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation today!
What are the Civil Remedies for Hit and Run Victims?
In many cases, hit and run victims are unsure if they can receive compensation for their damages. Particularly those victims who only carry liability insurance. By contacting a hit and run lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you find the responsible party. In fact, because of the nature of a hit and run case, the damages a court order will likely increase. Many states impose “treble damages” on a hit-and-run motorist. This means that any damages the jury awards to the plaintiff are automatically tripled. These damages serve mainly to punish the defendant’s bad behavior.
For example, if the jury in a civil suit awards the plaintiff $20,000 in damages; the judge may automatically triple that amount to $60,000. Treble damages are levied because hit and runs are considered reckless and egregious. In most instances, care insurance policies do not cover treble damages. Or put another way, the perpetrator will have to pay the excess amount out of pocket.
The Carlson Law Firm has a Hit and Run Lawyer who can help.
Determining Fault After a Hit and Run Accident is Key
Suffering an injury in a hit and run cases can leave you with some anxiety surrounding the claims and investigation process. This is especially true when there is difficulty locating the other driver. Fortunately, you still have a chance to take legal action. Always remember to call the police and provide as many details as possible about the case. They will handle the criminal aspect while a hit and run lawyer can focus on obtaining restitution.
A driver convicted of a hit and run charge may be faced with the following:
- Fines for criminal penalties
- Paying compensation to you, including attorney fees
- Jail time or probation
- Lose his or her driving privileges
We can help you obtain compensation for your injuries and any damages, such as:
- Medical care
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
It is important to note that criminal repercussions aren’t the only consequences for a hit and run driver. You can also seek punitive damages for your hit and run case. Many lawyers aren’t willing to take on hit and run cases because they involve such in-depth investigation. However, The Carlson Law Firm has a successful history of tracking down hit and run drivers. Contact a Carlson law Firm hit and run lawyer to discuss your case.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Involved in a Hit and Run?
When you are the victim of a hit and run, it’s natural to feel angry and confused. While it may be unclear how to get compensation for your damages and injuries there are several steps you need to take to ensure your safety. These steps will not only keep you safe, but they will make sure you have built the case possible in a civil hit and run lawsuit.
- Stay as calm as possible.
- Don’t try to follow the driver. The person behind the wheel may be dangerous. Further, you’ll miss the opportunity to collect important information from witnesses.
- Try to get as much information about the vehicle as you can, such as the model, make and license plate number; as well as other identifying factors such as damage to the other vehicle.
- Call 911 to report the event. Offer as many details as possible, including anything you can recall from the vehicle, such as the license plate number.
- Speak to witnesses and obtain their contact information, including their full name, address and phone number.
- Photograph your car and the scene of the accident.
A victim of a hit and run should seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is always important to ensure the health and safety of anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident. The best way to do this is to seek the appropriate medical attention from the nearest emergency room immediately.
It is also vital for any person who suffers an injury during a hit and run accident to follow the advice of healthcare professionals. Not only will following doctors’ advice give a person a better chance at recovery after a traumatic car accident, it will also protect the plaintiff from any arguments the defense might make about how their injuries were received.
Is Hitting a Parked Car a Hit and Run?
In the U.S. more than 64 percent of hit and run occur in parking lots and nearly 70 percent of hit and runs in the U.S. involve parked cars. Even if you have hit a parked vehicle, it is important that you stay on the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is against the law in every state and can be considered a hit and run. In some states, you are legally required to find the vehicle’s owner.
Compensation Following a Hit and Run Accident
Those who suffer injuries in a hit and run can often receive compensation. This compensation is attainable through an appropriate investigation of the hit and run driver. Or this compensation may occur potentially through his or her own insurance company.
Your personal injury or wrongful death claim will, of course, be impacted by whether police identify the person who hit you or your family member and left the scene of the accident. If the person remains unknown, any claim for compensation will likely be made against your own insurance company. Your insurance company, in turn, may launch its own investigation in an effort to find the hit-and-run motorist and hold that person responsible.
This process is complicated and may last a long time. There are a lot of legal statutes and terms that a person will need to familiarize themselves with if they want to fully understand the scope of the situation.
If the victim of a hit and run was on foot or on a bicycle, it can be a challenge to determine all the insurance policies are that you can tap into. You are likely to need legal advice to know where to turn to make a claim for compensation for your injuries, expenses and losses.
Identifying and pursuing sources of compensation after a hit-and-run accident is a job best handled by an experienced hit and run lawyer. The Carlson Law Firm can evaluate your case and make recommendations.
Does Car Insurance Cover a Hit and Run Accident?
Even though Texas law requires all drivers carry liability auto insurance, not everyone follows the law. Even if they do, many drivers buy only the minimum requirement. If you are hit by someone who doesn’t carry insurance or who doesn’t carry enough to cover your damages, the liability insurance you have will not help you. Liability insurance can leave you owing medical bills and lost income even though you weren’t at fault for the accident.
What is Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM)?
However, opting for uninsured/under-insured motorist cover (UM/UIM) can protect you in the event of a hit and run. you can receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages if you are hit by an uninsured or under-insured driver. If you carry UM/UIM coverage on your own auto policy, then you can turn to that for protection. UM/UIM insurance covers you and any household family member riding in any car as well as any non-family members riding in your insured auto.
If you do file a claim under your UM coverage after a hit and run, an adjuster from your insurance company will handle the claim just as though it were a regular liability claim. That means you will have to negotiate with the adjuster about the other driver’s liability, your comparative negligence, and the extent of your injuries and damages.
UM/UIM can also compensate you for your damages when the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies coverage or when the at-fault driver’s insurer is insolvent. UM/UIM can provide benefits not only for accidents that happen while you were driving but also for wrecks where you were a passenger in another person’s car; as well as for accidents when you were walking or riding a bike under certain circumstances.
Call A Carlson Law Firm Hit and Run Lawyer For Help Today
A hit and run lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will work tirelessly on your behalf to identify the person responsible for your damages. Our firm has the resources to fully investigate the ins and outs of your case. Get the honest answers and dedicated legal representation you need after your life has been turned upside down by hit-and-run offender’s negligence. Contact us for a free consultation with an experienced hit and run lawyer at any of our locations across the state of Texas.
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