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A hit and run accident is any accident in which the driver intentionally leaves the scene without providing contact information. A hit and run accident occurs when:

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  • The driver flees the scene of an injury-causing accident; or
  • Hits an unoccupied, parked car and drives away without either waiting for the car’s owner to return or leaving his contact information on the windshield.

Why People Run After an Accident

The reasons people flee an accident scene can vary. Over the years these are the reasons we see the most after a hit and run driver is caught.

  • Scared and don’t know the right thing to do
  • Worried about their insurance rates
  • Do not have insurance
  • Outstanding tickets or other
  • A truck driver worried about his livelihood
  • Undocumented worker
  • Drunk driver

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What to Do if you are the Victim of a Houston Hit and Run Accident

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you, or a passenger in the vehicle, if possible, should do the following:

Gather information. Write down as much information about the hit and run vehicle as you can, including the make, model, and color of the vehicle, the license plate number, and any other distinguishing characteristics. Note the time and place of the accident, the weather, lighting and traffic conditions, and any other information that could assist your Houston car accident lawyer in building a case against the hit and run driver.

Check for witnesses. Get the name and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. This will help your hit-and-run accident attorney be able to locate these potential witnesses and secure their testimony in the event of a trial.

Take photos. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, including a photo of the hit and run vehicle as it flees the scene.

Contact your insurance company. Ask for a declaration page for your auto policy and review the coverage or contact a car accident lawyer for a consultation about your rights and options.

Recovery in Hit and Run Car Accidents

If you or your loved one was injured as the result of a hit and run accident, there are different ways you may be able to be compensated for the personal injury claim.

If the police or your hit-and-run accident lawyer can track down the driver of the other vehicle, you can file a claim against the driver’s automobile insurance policy to seek recovery. If your injuries exceed the driver’s policy limits, you can file a lawsuit against them to recover the excess or go after your underinsured motorist coverage on your auto policy.

If the driver did not have automobile insurance, you may be able to file a claim against your own insurance company to recover damages, provided you had uninsured motorist coverage. Again, if your damages exceed the policy limits, you may file a lawsuit against the driver to recover the difference.

A Houston personal injury lawyer can help you determine whom to file a claim against, and the amount of damages you may be entitled to recover.

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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish

An Interactive Guide

CRUNCH!

You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.

Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.

All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.

A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.

A Guide For All Car Accident Victims

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
  • How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
  • What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
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Get To Safety

Prevent Further Damage & Injury

If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.

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Survey The Damage

Call The Police + Gather Evidence

After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.

As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:

  • Identify Extent of Injuries
  • Identify Witnesses
  • Identify Vehicle Damage

Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.

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Get Medical Help

Your Health Is #1

After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.

Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.


Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.

Common Internal
Injuries

  • Whiplash
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Broken Ribs
  • Punctured Lungs
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Hire An Injury Lawyer

Save Time. Get Compensated.

Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.

At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.


Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.

Time Is Of The Essence

 

In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.

Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.

If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.

If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.

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File Your Claim

Notify Your Insurance Company

It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.

Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.

Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.

Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.


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Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.

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Get To Safety
Survey The Damage
Get Medical Help
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Hire a Houston Hit and Run Accident Lawyer to Help

If you or a loved one sustained personal injuries in a hit and run car accident, you need an experienced Houston car accident lawyer. The car accident lawyer at Baumgartner Law Firm has over three decades of experience investigating and bringing successful lawsuits against hit and run drivers or auto insurers. Our Houston personal injury law firm is very proud of the results we have obtained for the clients we choose to represent.

Call a hit-and-run accident lawyer at Baumgartner Law Firm today at (281) 587-1111 to discuss the facts of your case and your rights and options. NEVER A CHARGE FOR AN INJURY ACCIDENT CONSULTATION!

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