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What Do I Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm || 13-Jan-2016

The thought of a hit-and-run accident is a nightmare. Out of nowhere, another vehicle hits you or your vehicle and, instead of stopping to exchange insurance information or even ask if you’re okay, they’ve sped out of sight. If you found yourself in this scenario, would you know what to do?

If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to remember the following:

  • Pull over. While it may be tempting to pursue the fleeing driver, this will likely only make matters worse and may cause further damage.
  • Call the police immediately so that they can fill out an accident report. Try to remember as much information as possible about the accident and the other driver, including the make, model, and color of their vehicle, a physical description of the driver, if you saw them, and any part of the license plate that you can recall.
  • If you or anyone else in your vehicle is injured, call an ambulance. Document any medical treatment you receive to strengthen a potential personal injury claim.
  • Take photos or videos of damage to your vehicle and any injuries.
  • Take the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.

Victims of hit-and-run accidents not only have to deal with damage to their vehicles and possible injuries, but also have the added burden of handling a claim entirely on their own without the cooperation of the other driver. This begs the question: who is going to pay for all this? In many cases, if the at-fault driver is never identified, it may be your own Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. However, the amount your insurance company may offer you may not be sufficient to cover all of your costs. That is where our firm can assist.

Using the police report, law enforcement will be on the lookout for the person responsible for the hit-and-run. If they are able to find him or her, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit directly against the driver seeking damages for the accident. If not, an Austin car accident attorneys at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC may still be able to help.

By conducting a thorough investigation of your case, we may be able to maximize your compensation from your insurance company. We are well versed in the tactics used by insurance companies to diminish claims, and have years of experience negotiating fair and just settlements as well as litigating car accident cases in court. We are prepared to fight to make sure that you receive the compensation you both need and deserve.

Hit-and-run claim cases can be complex, which is why you owe it to yourself to obtain legal help from our experienced team. Consultations with The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC are free. To request yours, get in touch with an Austin car accident lawyer today at (512) 271-5112.

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