It can be difficult to know where to turn or what to do after a Texas hit-and-run crash. A Richardson hit and run accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help you understand your options for pursuing damages following this type of crash. You may be able to get money damages for the expenses and losses you incurred regardless of if the at-fault driver is found.
If the at-fault driver left the scene of your Dallas or Collin County, TX, accident, our team can help you determine your options for seeking compensation to pay for your injuries, car repairs, and more. Our car accident attorneys provide free case reviews.
Recovering Damages After the At-Fault Driver Leaves the Scene
The damages recoverable after a hit and run collision are the same as in any other traffic accident, although the options for pursuing them may differ depending on the facts of the case. In general, if the at-fault driver is identified, you may be able to:
- File a claim based on their liability insurance; or
- Sue the negligent driver
If law enforcement does not identify the driver and we cannot determine who caused your accident, your options may include:
- Filing a claim based on your uninsured motorist coverage; or
- Suing another liable party; or
- Filing claims based on your other insurance policies
When it comes to recovering the damages you need and deserve, the best options are to identify the driver or ensure you have uninsured motorist coverage. These options could allow you to pursue damages that include:
- Medical treatment and related expenses
- Future care and support costs, including ongoing treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Additional expenses related to the crash and your injuries
- Pain and suffering damages
If the victim of a hit and run crash passes away after their Richardson, TX, accident, their family may be able to pursue a wrongful death action to recover additional damages. At Underwood Law Office, we help our clients understand the potential settlement value of their case and take steps to pursue compensation for the damages they deserve.
During an initial consultation with our team, we can evaluate your legal options and determine your best route to seeking and possibly recovering the fair compensation you need and deserve based on the details of your collision, injuries, and damages.
For a free legal consultation with a hit and run accidents lawyer serving Richardson, call (972) 535-6377
Underwood Law Office Helps Richardson Accident Victims Recover Damages
At Underwood Law Office, our team is here to help you when you need us. We fight for the rights of those who were hurt by another’s bad actions, getting our clients’ lives back for them by seeking compensation for their expenses and losses and managing their legal cases while they undergo treatment and recover from their injuries.
Our team represents clients from our office in McKinney, Texas, as well as serving many other areas of the state, including handling Richardson personal injury cases. Our case results show we know how to develop strong support for claims, value cases, and recover compensation. We are uniquely qualified to manage a wide range of injuries and accident types, especially where personal and workplace injuries are concerned.
We represent our clients based on contingency fees. We do not ask them to pay us anything upfront, and we only recover attorney’s fees when we win the case for them. If our clients do not receive compensation, our lawyers do not get paid.
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Pursuing Compensation in a Hit and Run Collision in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), all drivers in the state must carry a minimum amount of liability coverage to pay to repair the victim’s car and cover their related medical bills and other damages in an accident caused by the policyholder. This is the insurance policy that would normally cover your damages following a crash. However, you cannot pursue a claim unless you know who caused the accident.
This can be difficult if the driver left the scene before you got their name, contact information, or even a tag number. In some cases, the police or our team will uncover evidence to identify the driver. When this happens, we can move forward with a fault-based insurance claim or lawsuit.
Alternatively, we may have to build a claim and pursue compensation based on your
uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. This pays for damages in a crash when the driver does not have insurance, does not have enough insurance, or cannot be identified.
How does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Work?
Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is not mandatory in Texas, but you must opt out in writing if you do not want to pay for the additional policy. This means many people have coverage, which is good if you are in a hit and run.
We can gather evidence of your damages, value them, and submit a claim detailing what happened and what we expect as a payout to your insurer. We will then negotiate to reach a fair payout, when possible, up to the policy limits. This allows us to recover damages for our clients that include medical care costs, lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering.
Time Is of the Essence When Pursuing Damages
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, victims of any negligence accident, including car crashes, generally have a limited time to sue. This includes starting the lawsuit:
- Within two years of the accident date for injury cases
- Within two years of the death date for wrongful death cases
Missing this deadline, or additional deadlines set by your insurer or other laws, could jeopardize your ability to recover compensation at all in your case. For this reason, we recommend getting started on your claims as quickly as possible. Our team often meets with potential clients in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, or while they are still recovering at home.
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The attorneys from Underwood Law Office provide free consultations for accident victims and their families in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, including Richardson. We can assess your collision facts and determine your next steps and how we can help you recover compensation after a hit and run.
Connect with us to learn more. Get started today or as soon as your injuries allow.