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Hit and Run Car Accidents

Most common hit and run injuries

Hit and run accidents can lead to serious injuries including:

  • Bruises

  • Broken bones

  • Brain injury

  • Spinal injury

  • Internal injuries

  • Fracture

  • Disfigurement (loss of limbs)

  • Paralysis

  • Death

What should I do if I'm involved in a hit and run?

If you've been involved in a hit and run, you should do the following:

  • Call 911. If a police officer isn’t called to the scene of the accident, call them yourself.

  • Get medical attention. This is especially important if your injuries are severe or life-threatening. If you don't need immediate medical help, it's still wise to make an appointment to be checked out at least once by a doctor after your accident.

  • Get information from the other driver and any witnesses. The more information you can get about the car that ran into you, who was driving it, where they went afterwards and if anyone saw their license plate will all help in finding them later on down the line.

  • Contact your insurance company. Calling them right away means they'll start working on your case right away as well as informing you of what to do next in terms of filing claims or getting estimates for damages done to your vehicle.

How can a lawyer help me get a settlement for my hit and run accident?

Getting in a hit-and-run accident can be scary and confusing, but getting the compensation you deserve doesn’t have to be. If you’ve been injured in a hit and run, you are likely entitled to compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, rehab costs and any other expenses or losses related to the accident.

In addition to helping you file an insurance claim with your insurance company, a lawyer can help ensure that you also recoup money from the driver who caused the accident. A lawyer is a licensed professional with training in personal injury law and knows how to get full value for your case.

He or she will gather evidence by:

  • documenting your accident with photographs

  • obtaining medical records

  • finding witnesses to talk about his or her side of the story

At What Point Should I contact an Attorney?

After you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident, you may be wondering what to do next. The first thing we recommend is contacting an attorney who can help you understand your rights and the process of a personal injury claim. We are available to speak 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that someone is available to answer your questions at any time.

It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident because any delay could hurt your chances for a fair settlement. Our car accident attorney has over 12 years of experience throughout Texas.

What questions should I ask an attorney who is helping me with my hit and run case?

I hope you’re doing well. As I see it, there are three things that are important to consider when choosing an attorney who is helping you with your hit and run case.

  • Are they familiar with local and state laws?

  • Do they have the necessary experience?

  • Do they have a proven track record of success?

Of course, if you find some lawyers who meet those requirements, you’ll want to ask them one or two more questions before making your decision. Here’s what I suggest:

  • What is your rate and retainer fee structure? (Don't forget to ask about their hourly rates and any up-front costs.)

  • How long have you been in practice? (And how much time do they actually spend doing this kind of law?)

  • Are you a member of the Bar Association?

How long after the accident should I contact a personal injury attorney to discuss my case?

It's never too early to contact a personal injury attorney with questions about your accident. If your insurance company has already sent you a settlement offer, it is also in your best interest to consult with an attorney before accepting or denying the offer.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a hit & run driver, it is important to know that you have rights. A qualified attorney can help you.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a hit & run driver, it is important to know that you have rights. A qualified attorney can help you.

Finding an attorney who specializes in personal injury and car accidents is important because your case will be handled properly and with the care it deserves. It’s also important to find an attorney who specializes in hit & run accidents, as this area of law can get complicated quickly. You need to find an attorney who will fight for you.

Getting the compensation you deserve after being victimized by a hit & run driver won’t make your injuries go away, but it does provide some peace-of-mind during a difficult time—and maybe even some closure. Having money can help pay for medical bills, lost wages from missed work and future treatments or therapy that may be needed for a full recovery.

Contact your Texas car accident attorney at the Law Office of Daniel M. Gonzales, PLLC today at 361-881-4806.

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