Hit and Run Accident Lawyer – Car Crash Victim Attorney
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A hit and run accident is an accident in which the driver intentionally leaves the scene without providing contact information. According to Texas law, every individual is required to immediately stop their vehicle after an accident involving person injury, death or property damage. Failure to do this act is frequently known as hit and run or leaving the scene.
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 and are faced with mounting expenses for health care and property damage.
It is difficult for victims to receive fair compensation for their injuries and losses when it comes to hit and run accidents.
If you have uninsured or under-insured motorist protection (UIM) on your insurance policy, we can help make sure you are fully compensated 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.
If You Are the Victim of Hit and Run Accident:
- Don’t try to follow the driver. The person behind the wheel may be dangerous and should not be confronted without the authorities.
- 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.
Determining Fault After a Hit and Run is Key
For those who are injured in a hit and run cases, there is some anxiety surrounding the claims and investigation process, especially 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 we 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
- Spend time in jail or be placed on 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
First Steps Following a Hit and Run Accident
A victim of a hit and run accident 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, and the best way to do this is to seek the appropriate medical attention from the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
It is also vital for any person injured 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.
Compensation Following a Hit and Run Accident
Those injured in a hit and run accident can often be compensated either through an appropriate investigation of the driver of the striking vehicle or 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 can be 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 accident 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 and resulting 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.
Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM)
Even though Texas law requires all drivers to be covered by 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. If liability insurance is all you have, you could be stuck owing medical bills and losing income even though you weren’t at fault for the accident.
However, there is a way you can get your medical bills and lost wages paid if you are hit by an uninsured or under-insured driver. If you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist (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 accident, 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.
Contact a Hit and Run Lawyer For Help Today
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.
We also serve injured clients statewide. No appointment is required during normal business hours, and bilingual staff members are available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Hablamos tu idioma.