In Texas, like most other states, it is illegal to flee the scene of a car crash. However, this doesn’t always deter people from doing a “hit and run.” People are supposed to stay at the scene of a crash so those who are injured can get the help they need and change insurance information. Hit and run laws also try to prevent a person from escaping criminal or civil liability. Unfortunately, hit and run crashes still take place. So, if you’re involved in one, what should you do?
What to do.
There are a lot of reasons in which a person chooses to run away from the scene of a crash. They could have a warrant out for their arrest, they could be intoxicated, and fear being arrested for a DUI, or other leave because they don’t feel like waiting for the police. Whatever the reason, it is important to stay calm. Remember, your health is your highest priority. Getting help should be the first thing you do. If you are fine, there are some steps you can take to get the at-fault person caught.
Get Any Identifying Information.
Getting into a car wreck can leave you in shock and disoriented. However, it’s important to remember as much information as you can about the at-fault driver. Anything that can help identify them so the police can find them. License plate numbers, make, model, and year of their car, even bumper stickers. All of this is crucial information that will help track down the owner of the vehicle. Do not chase after the vehicle. It is far too dangerous. Call the police and emergency services.
It is also important to remember as much as you can about the crash. Your recollection will most likely be one of the few things that can help support your claim. If there were any witnesses, be sure to get information from them as well. It’s possible that you didn’t get a good look at the at-fault driver’s car. However, others who witnessed the accident might have seen the whole thing. It’s important to speak with them to get any information they might have. Be sure to get their names and contact information. If there are witnesses, be sure the responding police officer knows. That way, they can include the witness in their report.
If the crash occurred around a business or house, they might have security cameras. If you contact the property owner, they will probably be more than happy to provide you with any footage relating to your crash.
What If You Can Not Identify the At-Fault Driver?
If the police cannot find the person who fled the crash, what can you do? Thankful, you do have options. You still may be able to file a claim under your uninsured motorist coverage. Your UM coverage is there to protect you when there is no liability insurance available to compensate you. This can cover your property damage or injuries you sustained as the result of your crash. However, Hit and run cases are highly disputed. If you are in this situation, it’s best to hire a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will be able to identify any available insurance policies, evaluate your claim, and help guide you through your case.
In a Serious Car Crash? Contact The Law Giant for Help
Any car crash can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. After receiving medical attention, contact Begum Law Group right away. We can handle the legalities of your case while you focus on recovering. With our skilled legal representation by your side, you may be able to secure full and fair compensation for your damages. Contact us at (866) 523-4167 to schedule a free case evaluation at our Brownsville, McAllen, or San Antonio offices.