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How to respond to a hit-and-run in Texas

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Personal Injury

If you find yourself in a car accident, you know about the standard procedure that involves exchanging information with the other driver and then calling the authorities. But what if the other driver flees the scene?

In 2021 alone, a staggering 2,783 fatal hit-and-runs occurred in the United States. This statistic is a sobering reminder of the disturbing reality of hit-and-run accidents on U.S. roads. In such situations, knowing how to respond and what steps to take is crucial to ensuring your safety and protecting your rights.

Stay safe and call 911

If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, your first instinct should be to prioritize your safety and that of your passengers. Move your vehicle to a safe location if possible. Assess the situation and check for injuries. If anyone is hurt, do not hesitate to call 911 and seek medical attention right away. Your health and well-being are the top priority at this moment.

Gather evidence and information

After ensuring everyone’s safety, gather as much information as possible. Try to remember the license plate number or any distinguishing features of the other vehicle. Do not worry if you cannot recall every detail – even partial information can be incredibly valuable later on. If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information and a brief statement of what they saw. Take photos of the damage to your vehicle and any visible injuries.

Work closely with law enforcement

When law enforcement arrives, provide them with as much information as you can. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense in Texas and can result in felony or misdemeanor charges, so it is vital to cooperate with the police investigation. A police report can also be a valuable part of your insurance claim and any legal action you might pursue.

If you sustain a serious injury from the accident, inform your insurance company right away and check your policy to see if you can file a claim for financial support. You may also be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver if the police manage to identify them. Knowing your legal options can help you effectively navigate this challenging situation.