Houston Hit and Run Accidents
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Without Stopping is a Crime
A hit and run accident occurs anytime you are hit by a vehicle that then leaves the scene without stopping to render aid or provide the legally required insurance information. Texas law requires a driver who is involved in an accident to stop his vehicle and immediately 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, you need to explore all of your options for recovering compensation for your injuries. One option is for your hit and run attorney to try to track down independent eyewitnesses using an investigator or subpoenaing video recorders from nearby stores. A second avenue of recovery your attorney must consider is to pursue an uninsured motorist claim. You should explore all potential avenues of recovery.
For a hit and run accident you need to hire a PI Lawyer who has experience dealing with insurance companies.At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.,we have experience representing victims of a hit and run. Whether you were in a car at the time or you were a pedestrian hit by a car, we will 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 Our Lawyers Can Help You
Hiring an attorney to help you with your case has two benefits. First, they can help you look into whether there is any way to track down the hit-and-run driver based upon any information you or witnesses may have observed.
Second, when the other driver cannot be found you must make an uninsured or underinsured motorist 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. Our attorneys will:
- fight to maximize your settlement or verdict,
- negotiate your outstanding medical bills, subrogation claims and hospital liens to put the most money in your pocket possible out of the settlement proceeds.
If you have been the victim of a hit and run, you deserve to be compensated so you don’t have to bear the burden of your injuries. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.,we have the experience necessary to get fair compensation for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.