"I was hurt in a hit-and-run" - Best Advice
If you or a family member was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Houston, you should know your legal rights and how to get compensated for your injuries and losses, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income and salary, and property damage. We are a Full-service Law Firm can help you with with all of this.
In Texas, drivers are required by state law to stop and render aid at the scene of an accident. Unfortunately, per research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Texas ranks as having the eighth highest rate of hit-and-run crashes in the nation.
Hit-and-Run Accidents Can Be Costly
Generally, drivers who hit and run are at fault in an accident, and thus are responsible for compensating victims of hit-and-run accidents. In this situation a lawyer can first pull the surveillance footage from any nearby home or business if contacted before such evidence is erased, but there are still other options for recovery if the accident was not caught on tape.
If the driver is caught, that driver or his or her insurance company can be the target of a lawsuit or settlement claim. However, in many cases hit-and-run drivers do not have insurance, which may be one of the reasons they leave the scene.
Insurance Benefits Can Cover Your Personal Injuries
If such a driver is never apprehended, a lawyer can assist you in fully obtaining compensation from your insurer if you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage with your insurer. Whether you have full coverage or only liability insurance, you may still have this benefit option - our lawyers can examine you policy and inform let you know. Without UM coverage or you might be stuck paying large amounts of money out of your pocket for damages you did not cause. One benefit to using UM is that is does not raise your insurance premiums.
Fleeing an accident scene has criminal penalties in Texas, but liability for injuries sustained in a hit-and-run crash is a civil matter, not a criminal matter. Our law firm handles such civil lawsuit cases.
Hit and run compensation can involve your medical costs, lost salary and pain and suffering damages. It also can involve property damage. The maximum amount you can recover via uninsured motorist coverage depends on the limits of the car insurance policy you purchased.
Sadly, many insurance companies try to deny, delay or underpay their customers on claims for injury following a hit-and-run accident or other car accidents. Your insurer may try to “low-ball” you with a minimal settlement — or may refuse to pay at all.
Get a Personal Injury Lawyer For Your Case
In such cases, you can file a bad-faith action against the insurer. But in any event, it may be difficult and stressful to go head-to-head against your insurance company by yourself. That company will have lawyers to help the insurer keep your money, and you can have your own lawyer to get what you are legally due.
Our law firm has skilled, knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyers and hit-and-run attorneys who can handle your case, whether negotiating with a balky insurance company to reach a favorable settlement or filing an injury lawsuit on your behalf.
Call or write us today, and get a free case review.