When an accident involving a motor vehicle occurs in Texas, all parties that are involved are required by Tex. Penal Code §550.023 (1995) to stop and disclose their name, provide their driver’s license and insurance information, and administer reasonable assistance to anyone injured. When a driver decides to flee the scene instead, the accident is referred to as a hit and run. At Annie McAdams, PC, an experienced Texas hit and run lawyer is available to help hit and run personal injury victims pursue compensation.
Coverage for Hit & Run Accidents
Determining who should pay for the damages caused by a hit-and-run driver can be tricky. If the fleeing driver is later apprehended, the injured party can seek compensation from their insurance carrier and/or the driver personally. If the guilty party is not later found, the options become more limited for the injured party. If their own insurance policy includes coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorists, this is typically the first place to seek restitution. Either way, a Texas hit, and run lawyer will be able to access each case to determine how an injured party can receive the compensation they need.
Hit & Run Accidents When the Victim is a Non-Driver
When we think of hit-and-run accidents, we generally think of a collision between two motor vehicles. However, there are hit-and-run accidents that involve bike riders, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Unfortunately, due to the lack of physical protection afforded to a non-driver, the injuries in these accidents are typically severe in nature. A Texas hit and run lawyer can assist non-drivers in obtaining compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Dismissal of Hit & Run Cases
After a driver that fled the scene of an accident has been apprehended, many victims fear that the case against the guilty driver will be dismissed. It is important to keep in mind that while the state may pursue criminal charges for the hit and run driver, victims are able to seek recovery through a separate, civil action. It is possible that the prosecutor may end up dismissing or reducing the charges in the criminal case for various reasons from lack of evidence or as part of a plea bargain. While a criminal conviction for a hit and run may help strengthen a civil action for compensation, it is not necessary. Also, the burden of proof is lower in civil actions than criminal ones, which increases the odds of recovery.
Consult with a Texas Hit & Run Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in a hit-and-run accident you need premier representation from a dependable Texas hit-and-run lawyer. At Annie McAdams, PC, we are legal professionals that take pride in assisting people injured in motor vehicle accidents obtain the compensation they are due. To find out how we can help you, call 713-785-6262 or contact us via our contact page.