USA Today discovered that hit and run accidents in the nation rose from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. Individuals fleeing an accident scene do so to avoid penalties and prosecution, but failing to exchange information and render aid is a 3rd-degree felony if the victim dies or suffers a serious injury.
In a Texas car accident, the law stipulates for every party involved to stop and render aid. If the negligent driver fails to do so, the accident is considered a hit and run. Victims of hit and runs often encounter feelings of anger and frustration left to deal with the injuries – spinal cord damage, brain damage, deep lacerations, broken bones – and mounting medical costs. Who will cover the damages if not the reckless driver? Although all seems lost, you have legal options.
You may be able to make a claim with your own insurance company, called uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, or UM/UIM coverage. Most Texas auto insurance policies have UM/UIM coverage to help hit and run accident victims recover the maximum monetary award available based on their policy limits.
Deceptive insurance companies, unfortunately, look out for their best interests and not yours. They pocket as much cash as they can to leave you with nothing more than a minuscule award amount. Take action and fight against claim denials and poor compensation. You may be eligible to file a bad-faith claim against your insurance company if they fail to offer the fair compensation that is in accordance with your insurance policy contract.
Victims often dread this stressful and complicated negotiation process. This is where a hit and run accident attorney comes in handy. John will listen to your story in-depth and will proceed to compile vital evidence that will help design a strategic negotiation to counter the insurance company. If an insurance company has professionals protecting its interests, then why not have a lawyer protecting yours?
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with John to get the ball rolling. And keep in mind that John can connect you with doctors within the Austin medical community who can help treat your painful injuries.