Why You Need an Attorney After a Hit and Run
Hit and run accidents are different than typical car accidents. You may not find the responsible party. Ultimately, you may have to file a claim with your own insurance company. It’s important to exhaust all your resources before giving up and accepting that you must foot the bill for damages someone else caused.
Your San Antonio hit-and-run accident attorney can help in many ways.
Conduct an Investigation
Your lawyer knows how to gather information to determine who caused your hit-and-run car accident injuries. Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers will interview witnesses, review the police report, look at video footage (if available), and find as much evidence as possible to identify the at-fault party.
File a Hit and Run Accident Insurance Claim
Once we determine who caused your damages, we can file a claim with their insurance company and get compensation for your losses. If we can’t recover compensation from a third-party insurance company, we help you file a claim with your insurance company. Your uninsured motorist coverage should cover your damages.
Negotiate With the Insurance Company
After we determine the value of your claim, we will send a formal demand letter to the insurance company. We will get as much money as possible for your hit-and-run accident. Our lawyers know how the settlement process works.
Typically, the insurance company’s first offer is a lowball offer. Your San Antonio hit-and-run car accident attorney will aggressively negotiate to reach a fair settlement that will pay all of your bills.
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Hit & Run Car Accident Compensation
Your hit-and-run accident punitive damages. You could recover as much compensation for a hit and run that you could for a standard car wreck.
The Law Giant can help you recover for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (spousal relationship)
Punitive damages are awarded in cases to punish someone who has done something particularly reckless. A driver who flees the scene after a car crash may receive significant penalties by the court as well.
How Do I Recover Compensation If I Can’t Identify the Driver?
If police cannot locate the liable driver, you may have other options for compensation. One of the best options is filing a claim with your own insurance company. A first-party insurance claim through your uninsured motorist coverage will cover the same losses that a third-party claim would have.
You might think a claim through your insurance will be more straightforward, but that’s not always the case. Every insurance company’s goal is to pay out as little as possible. It’s essential to work with a hit-and-run lawyer to maximize your potential payout.
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Hit and Run Lawsuit
If we can find out who is responsible for your damages, we can file a claim with their insurance company. However, if their insurance company denies or delays your claim, we may need to file a hit and run lawsuit.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Time is of the essence. You may have spent months or more than a year investigating the crash and trying to find the responsible party. In Texas, you only have two years after the accident to file a lawsuit. You forfeit your right to a verdict if you miss that deadline, even if you have a strong case.
Hit & Run Car Accident Statistics
Hit and run accidents happen every day in San Antonio. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there is a hit-and-run accident every minute in the U.S. Texas ranks eighth in annual hit and run crashes.
AAA reported that more than 2,000 deaths in the U.S. result from hit and run accidents every year. That rate has increased by more than 7% every year since 2009.