Hit and run car accidents are unfortunately way too common. Sometimes people just panic and leave the scene, and other times there is something that the hit and run driver is trying to avoid. Maybe the other driver doesn’t have a driver’s license, insurance, is driving while intoxicated, or just doesn’t want to get in trouble for the accident.
A “hit and run” accident can arise from many different situations:
Drunk Driver Intoxicated Driver
Police actually do a pretty good job finding the driver. But sometimes, the other driver does get away. So, what should you do if you are in an accident and the other vehicle leaves the scene?
- Call the police and report the accident
- Get a description or license plate of the vehicle
- Get eye witnesses
- Go to the hospital if you are injured
Then, call a lawyer. Your lawyer will also investigate the accident. If the other vehicle is located and the driver is identified, then the proper claims must be filed with the insurance companies.
When a driver leaves the scene of an accident, it looks as though the hit and run driver is at fault in causing the accident. It reflects some consciousness of guilt for the wreck. The theory is that someone who is truly innocent in causing an accident would not usually flee. Not only does leaving the scene of an accident make it look like the driver is at fault, it is also a crime. Depending on the seriousness of the accident and injuries, a hit and run driver can be charged with a felony even if the accident wasn’t their fault.
Uninsured Motorist Insurance
If you are the innocent victim of a hit and run, you should notify your insurance company right away. You uninsured motorist coverage is responsible for damages and injuries caused in these types of accidents. I have seen many cases where someone is forced off the road by someone who pulled out in front of them or suddenly changed lanes. In these situations, you better hope they find the other driver. If not, then you may not have uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist will provide coverage for a hit and run accident if there was either:
- Actual physical contact between the vehicles; or
- If the identity of the other driver is known.
Unfortunately, if the other driver gets away without being identified, you may not be able to get uninsured motorist coverage for your injuries.
Hit and run accidents can get complicated, which is why you need the help of an experienced car wreck trial attorney. Robert C. Slim, Attorney at Law, has been litigating motor vehicle accident cases throughout Dallas, Fort Worth and North Texas, since 1994.
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