• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: May 2022

Suffering injuries in a car accident can be painful and overwhelming. These frustrations can be amplified if the person responsible for the accident refuses to accept responsibility by speeding away from the scene. Fortunately, victims of hit-and-run accidents are still eligible to recover compensation for the damages they have endured.

Many victims of hit-and-run accidents suffer severe injuries and assume that they must foot the bill for their own recovery. If you sustained any injuries in a hit-and-run collision, you deserve to have a passionate and professional attorney on your side. Your attorney will fight relentlessly for your rights to ensure you are able to collect the maximum compensation possible for the physical and emotional losses you have suffered.

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What to Do Following a Hit and Run Accident

A hit-and-run accident can leave victims feeling jarred and confused. However, how you behave in these moments can significantly affect your safety claim for compensation. After being injured in a hit-and-run accident, be sure to follow the steps below:

  • Write down any details you can remember about the driver or the vehicle that hit you
  • Call the police to the scene of the accident
  • Get contact information from witnesses to the crash
  • Take several photos of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Contact an experienced attorney

Gathering crucial evidence from the scene, such as witness testimonies, photos, and details about the other driver’s vehicle, may help the police locate them. If the police are able to locate the driver, you may be able to hold them accountable for your injuries and other damages with the help of a seasoned attorney.

How to Collect Compensation Following a Hit and Run Accident if the Driver is Not Found

If the driver is found, you and your lawyer can hold them responsible by filing an accident claim with their insurance company. If they are not found, however, the process becomes more complex. In these circumstances, you would file a claim for compensation with your own insurance company. This is possible through uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. While UM insurance is not required in Texas, your insurance company must offer it to you so you can be covered in situations like hits and runs.

While many Texans may assume their insurance company has their best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Often, insurance companies will attempt to pay accident victims the lowest amount of compensation possible for their losses. Before signing a settlement from your insurance company, it is essential to speak to an attorney. They will review every aspect of your case, including your medical bills and other expenses, to determine the total value of your claim. Your attorney will also be your fierce advocate when negotiating with your insurance company to ensure your claim is not devalued or denied.

Discuss Your Case With a Premier Car Accident Attorney

Dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident can be stressful and emotionally exhausting. Fortunately, you do not have to fight for justice alone. The skilled Houston car accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout understand how challenging recovering from an accident can be and are committed to making the claims process as straightforward as possible. Our award-winning legal team takes a personalized approach to every case to meet each client’s unique needs. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with a seasoned legal professional, give us a call at (713) 987-7111 or complete our contact form today.

About the Author

Hank Stout co-founded Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm, to protect and pursue the rights of people who were harmed by the carelessness of others. Mr. Stout is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been actively trying cases for over fifteen years. In recognition of his accomplishments and results, he has been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas) and has been selected as Lead Counsel. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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