When an accident occurs, both parties involved should stop. Someone should notify the authorities and request medical help if necessary. Unfortunately, sometimes that does not happen. Being a victim of a motor vehicle collision can be devastating, but being hurt in a hit and run accident can compound the effects.
If you were involved in a collision with a vehicle, either while you were driving your own car, riding as a passenger, or walking or riding a bicycle, you may have suffered head trauma, broken bones, back or neck injuries, cuts, or other forms of harm. You may have received treatment in a hospital and may have to continue to undergo physical therapy or see a chiropractor for several months.
You may be facing an ever-growing stack of medical bills. Your injuries may have also left you unable to work. Without your income, you and your spouse may have exhausted your emergency fund, and you may now be struggling to cover your rent or mortgage and other essential living expenses.
The fallout from the accident may be taking an emotional toll on you and your family. Your physical injuries, the financial strain, and not knowing who was responsible for the accident or whether you will be able to hold that person accountable may be stressing you psychologically and affecting your relationships with your loved ones.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a driver who evaded responsibility, a Dallas hit and run accident lawyer may be able to help you seek justice. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can work to identify the driver who was responsible for the collision and may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation on your behalf.
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What Texas Drivers Should Do After an Accident
According to the Texas Transportation Code, § 550.021, a driver who was involved in an accident that caused or was likely to cause injury or death to a person is required to stop.
Texas Transportation Code, § 550.023 requires the driver to provide his or her name, address, vehicle registration number, and insurance information; to show his or her driver’s license, if requested; and to provide assistance to an injured person.
Texas Transportation Code, § 550.026 requires a driver involved in an accident that resulted in injury, death, or severe vehicle damage to report it to the local police.
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Why a Driver May Flee the Scene of an Accident
Sometimes, a driver who causes a collision decides instead to evade responsibility. A driver may flee the scene of an accident because of fear. The individual may be intoxicated or uninsured, or there may be a warrant out for that person’s arrest on an unrelated issue. The driver may have violated another law and may have been fleeing to escape responsibility for that crime when the collision occurred.
In a hit and run accident, an injured person may simply be left trapped in a car or lying in the road. A delay in treatment can allow a victim’s condition to worsen and can even lead to death. Hit and run cases are taken very seriously, and drivers who are caught can face stiff financial penalties, as well as criminal charges.
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How an Attorney May Be Able To Help You
A Dallas hit and run accident lawyer can investigate to learn the identity of the hit and run driver who injured you and work to bring him or her to justice. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can review footage from nearby surveillance or traffic cameras to try to identify the vehicle and driver.
We can interview you and witnesses to gather information on the vehicle and the driver. Even limited information, such as the vehicle’s make, model, color, partial license plate number, or bumper sticker, when taken together, may help us identify the driver.
The other driver may decide to come forward voluntarily. That individual may be plagued by guilt or fear of facing criminal charges and may decide that turning themselves in to the authorities would be a better option than waiting to be caught.
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How the Person Responsible for the Hit and Run Accident May Be Held Accountable
We may be able to seek a financial award to compensate you for your medical expenses related to the accident, lost income, and pain and suffering.
A person who flees the scene of an accident can also face criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances, the driver may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. A person who is convicted of a hit and run may have his or her license suspended or revoked. A criminal conviction may bolster your civil case.
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Get Help from a Dallas Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, may be able to help you seek justice against the driver who injured you and fled the scene. If you are concerned about legal fees, you should not be. We work on contingency and cover litigation costs ourselves. If you ask our firm to represent you in a personal injury case, we will only accept payment if we obtain compensation for you through a settlement or a trial verdict.
You do not have a lot of time to seek justice. Under the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, § 16.003, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of injury. Call our office today at 800-959-1444 to talk to a member of our staff.
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