If another driver caused a car crash you were involved in and fled the scene, you may be feeling frustrated and concerned about who will pay for the damage. If you were injured, you are naturally even more concerned. The good news is that Texas takes hit-and-run car crashes very seriously, and there are steps you can take to protect yourself and hopefully catch the driver who was responsible. It is important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney soon after the accident, so they can collect evidence and ensure you recover full damages for all of the harms you suffered from the other driver, or file a claim with your own insurance company.
Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, you should first see if anyone is injured and get to safety. If your vehicle is still drivable, try to move it off the road to prevent another accident. Do not try to follow the driver who caused the crash—in Texas, every driver involved must stay at the scene of an accident.
You should also call the police, and if needed, an ambulance. If there were any witnesses who saw the hit-and-run crash, ask them to wait for the police or at least leave their contact information. With any luck, they may have taken photos or videos of the driver leaving the scene.
While you are waiting for the police, start writing down everything you can remember about the other car and its driver. If anybody saw the license plate number and remembers even part of it, this is very helpful. Other important details to make note of include:
- The vehicle’s make, model, and color.
- The vehicle’s apparent age and any damage.
- Any notable bumper stickers or other decorations on the vehicle.
- Any identifiable details about the driver’s appearance.
Sharing these details with the police may help them identify and locate the driver so that you can file a claim for compensation.
Once everyone is safe and the police have taken their report, it is a good idea to contact a qualified personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help you gather additional information and evidence that may help you identify the other driver and demonstrate their negligence. If the driver can be found, you can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your medical expenses and any other damages related to your injuries. If you cannot locate the other driver, you may still recover compensation through the uninsured motorist, personal injury protection and med pay coverage components included in your own car insurance policy.
Contact a Plano Personal Injury Lawyer
Our Collin County car crash attorneys have substantial experience investigating hit-and-run accidents and other crashes to help our clients recover the greatest possible compensation for their injuries. If you have been the victim of a car crash, call Burress Injury Law today at 214-726-0016 for a free, confidential consultation.