Houston Auto/Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer
Houston Hit and Run Attorney
Drivers in Texas are required to share the road with others, including pedestrians. This duty obligates them to maintain a proper lookout for people crossing the street and/or walking by the road or working along highway shoulders.
Accidents involving automobiles striking pedestrians often result in severe injuries such as spinal injuries, paralysis and even death. According to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there were 4743 pedestrians killed in auto-pedestrian accidents in 2012. If you have been injured as the result of someone who failed to keep a proper lookout, you need a serious injury lawyer on your side today.
The law in Texas says that a driver who is involved in an accident must stop his vehicle and render aid when injury or damage to property occurs or may have occurred. (See Texas Laws Pertaining to Hit-and-Run Accidents for more information.) If a driver fails to stop, the driver is guilty of a crime—failing to stop and render aid. Unfortunately, if you have been injured by a hit and run driver, you may find yourself hurt with no way to identify the guilty party unless witnesses are located to come forward.
If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident, you need to explore all of your options for recovering compensation for your injuries. One option, for example, may be to take advantage of uninsured or underinsured motorist protections. Another might be for your attorney to hire an investigator to track down independent eyewitnesses.
At Simmons and Fletcher, we have experience representing clients in auto-pedestrian and hit and run accidents. We can work with you to do everything possible to get the compensation that you deserve and that you are entitled to under Texas law.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Accident Coverage and PIP
Drivers in Texas are required to carry liability insurance, and the law in Texas dictates that a driver who is responsible for causing an accident has to pay for the consequences of that accident including medical costs, lost income/wages of the victim, pain and suffering, and emotional distress experienced by the accident victim.
Unfortunately, in order for someone to be held responsible for an accident, you have to know who that driver is. In a hit and run, you often do not have the information you need to hold a driver accountable. If the driver is identified by law enforcement and you can prove they were the cause of the accident, then you can make a claim against him/her. If not, you may be limited to making a claim using your underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage and your personal injury protection if you have purchased this type of protection from your own insurance company. Generally, this coverage is offered unless customers expressly waive it. Learn more on our uninsured accidents page.
How an Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help After a Hit and Run
When you are making an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim, you are making a claim against your own insurance. This does not, however, mean that your insurance company is going to look out for your interests or ensure they are paying you the full amount you could receive under the law. Instead, the insurer may make a lowball offer or try to get you to settle your claim for the least amount possible.
A Houston auto accident lawyer can help you to negotiate a fair settlement with your insurer. If your insurer does not pay appropriately, then a Houston car accident lawyer can take action against the insurer.
Let Our Hit and Run Accident Lawyers Help You
If you have been the victim of a hit and run as a pedestrian or a driver of another vehicle, you deserve to be compensated so you don’t have to bear the burden of your injuries. At Simmons and Fletcher, we have the experience necessary to get fair compensation for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.