Accidents can cause immense distress, injury and financial burden, but when the other driver flees the scene, it can make the situation even more intolerable. Sometimes the driver might leave early due to shock or trauma, but other times they leave because they simply don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. It’s important that both drivers remain at the scene of the accident until they have exchanged information and until both have received medical attention.
If you have been the victim of a hit and run car accident, you may not be aware of the compensations you are entitled to, such as medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Personal injury lawyer Willie Powells has a reputation for obtaining favorable settlements for his clients and he can help you to navigate the complexities of your accident, exploring all your options for compensation.
What is a hit and run car accident?
In Houston, a hit and run occurs when one of the motorists involved in a crash leaves the scene of the accident. All motorists are required to stop and exchange information when there is a collision, regardless of whether anyone is injured or there is property damage.
Hit and run accidents often happen when:
- A driver doesn’t have insurance
- A driver has a suspended license or is wanted for violations
- A driver has been drinking or using drugs
- No matter why the other driver fled the scene, they may be held criminally responsible for their actions. Finding them is another matter, however. Even with smartphones and surveillance footage, it can be difficult to locate someone who perpetrated a hit and run. Your first call should be to the police, and your second call should be to an experienced hit and run car accident lawyer such as Willie Powells.
How can I be compensated after a hit and run?
If it is possible to find the hit and run driver and identify them, your lawyer can file a personal injury claim against them. Willie Powells can seek medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other compensations.
If you are unable to locate the hit and run driver, you may be able to collect compensation from your insurer, provided you have UM (Uninsured Motorist) coverage. This type of insurance makes it possible for you to file a claim in the event that you are the victim of a hit and run driver.