A hit and run is an accident in which an involved motorist flees the scene.
In Texas, the state’s transportation code is more specific. The state defines a hit and run accident when a driver hits another car, person, animal, or property, then flees the scene without giving insurance information or first aid. Under Texas law, a driver must stop after an accident that results in bodily injury or property damage or face serious legal consequences.
You Could Recover Damages for a Hit and Run Accident
If you or a loved one were injured in a hit and run accident, you could qualify for compensation. Victims of hit and run accidents who suffer physical or emotional injuries may be entitled to compensation for expenses such as:
- Past and expected medical bills
- Property damage
- Car rental or alternative transportation reimbursement
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity (if your injuries keep you from returning to work, require you to work fewer hours, or take a lesser-paying job)
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Potential Sources for Recovering Compensatory Damages
In a “normal” car accident, motorists obey the law and exchange insurance information. You would then file a claim against the other driver’s insurance coverage for injuries and property damage.
If the police apprehend the hit and run driver, you could seek compensation through the driver’s insurance. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, there may be more than one responsible party. For example, if you were injured in a hit and run accident by an employee driving a company car, both the employee and employer could be liable.
If the police do not apprehend the driver, your personal auto insurance policy might cover your accident-related expenses.
You Can Recover Compensation for Hit and Run Accident Injury Through an Uninsured Driver Claim
You likely have uninsured motorist coverage through your personal auto policy. Insurers must offer this protection, and you must reject it in writing. It is important to note that you will most likely need an accident report to file a hit and run claim. A hit and run accident attorney can review your insurance policy, help you determine if you have this coverage, and file a claim on your behalf.
A Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Protects Your Rights
Dealing with an insurance adjuster, whether it is a person representing you or another driver, can be frustrating. You should not have to deal with an insurance claim while you are recuperating from your injuries. A hit and run car accident lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC will pursue a claim on your behalf and protect your rights under Texas negligence laws.
No Recovery, No Fee
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing unless and until you recover compensation.
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