Hit and run accidents in Texas are particularly traumatic. They often leave victims without the same legal options as in typical car accidents where the other driver is known. There are, however, some legal options available for hit-and-run car accident victims in Texas that a car accident attorney can help you navigate.
What are my options if I’m unable to locate the other driver?
The Insurance Research Council has found that around 13% of drivers do not have appropriate insurance, which can be the reason some drivers do not stop after an accident. If another driver hit you and fled the scene, your only recourse will be to file a claim with your car insurance provider. The amount you can seek in compensation correlates to what type of coverage you have. Your car accident attorney can help you review your policy and negotiate on your behalf to get the most compensation possible for your injuries and property damage.
What should I do if I find the other driver after a hit-and-run accident?
If the other driver is found, you can seek to prove liability so that you can substantiate a claim for compensation. Even if the driver at fault left the scene of the accident, police are sometimes able to locate that driver, especially if someone saw the license plate number or if there were security cameras in the area.
You will still have to prove liability, meaning that you must prove that the other driver was at fault. Even if you were partially at fault, if the other driver is found to be more at fault, they can be liable for damages.
Texas’ statute of limitations for negligence claims is 2 years. This means that from the time of the accident you have two years to file your claim. But you can begin working with an attorney immediately after the accident.
Getting the Legal Help You Need After Your Accident
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have car accident attorneys who help families recover compensation after a hit-and-run accident. Contact one of our car accident lawyers for a free consultation today at (877) 446-9001.