Hit-and-run accidents in Texas are truly devastating. These accidents often leave victims with significant property damage and serious injury, all as the liable party attempts to shirk responsibility by fleeing the scene of the crash.
Fortunately, with or without the identity of the driver, the victims of a hit-and-run crash in Texas may still be able to recover payment for their damages. Taking the following steps can ensure that a crash victim has the opportunity to be compensated in the future.
Stay at the Scene and Call the Police
Most importantly, a hit-and-run crash victim should stay at the scene of the accident, and call the police immediately. Even if the liable party flees the scene, the injured party should remain (unless immediate medical attention is necessary), otherwise their departure may be considered a criminal act. Furthermore, the victim should contact the police immediately; with the victim’s help, as well as any witness testimony, the police will create a report of the wreck, which can be of use in a civil case, and could help law enforcement identify the driver responsible for the crash.
Consider Filing an Uninsured Motorist Claim
If the liable driver is never apprehended, then the accident victim has no ability to sue them in civil court. That doesn’t mean, however, that the victim is unable to recover compensation for damages.
Per Texas law, hit-and-run victims may file an uninsured motorist claim for any personal injury or other damages that might have arisen during the accident. This does require the victim to have uninsured motorist insurance within their policy, although the law strictly states that insurers must offer this type of insurance each time a policy is issued. Uninsured motorist insurance is optional and can be paramount to the collection of damages in a hit-and-run accident.
Consult an Attorney
While it is not necessary to utilize the services of an attorney when filing an uninsured motorist claim, it can greatly help the outcome of the case. An attorney can use their knowledge of the law to handle insurance adjusters and anyone else who may be involved in the case, allowing the victim to recover from their injuries. Additionally, a lawyer can ensure that all specific deadlines and statutes of limitations are followed, which may be vital to the success of the case.
Ultimately, if you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, it is imperative that you take these steps in order to secure monetary compensation for any injuries you sustained. Furthermore, hiring an attorney for help in this troubling time will only increase your chances of receiving money to help provide for you and your loved ones in the future. If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident contact Tate Law Offices, P.C., today by calling 888-769-1086 for a free case review.