Car accidents are always upsetting and frustrating. When a driver leaves the scene of the accident, it is even worse. Drivers sometimes leave the scene of a crash because they do not have insurance, do not want to be held accountable for their actions, or simply because they are scared. Still, those left behind at the accident scene have to deal with serious injuries, and may not know whether or not they will ever find the driver that fled the scene. If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, it is important to speak to a Texas car accident lawyer that can help.
What is a Hit-and-Run?
Under Texas law, anyone involved in an accident must stop at the scene and check on the other people involved in the crash. Drivers are also expected to remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives and exchange information with the other driver. Anyone that fails to do this can be found guilty of a hit-and-run.
The only time drivers are not expected to remain at the scene is when they hit a parked vehicle. Still, these motorists are expected to leave their contact information in a visible place, such as underneath a windshield wiper. The same rules apply when a driver hits an object that is not owned by them, such as a fence, mailbox, or retaining wall.
Criminal Charges vs. Civil Damages
Drivers that flee the scene of an accident may face criminal charges if they are caught by law enforcement. When the accident did not result in injuries, a person will likely face misdemeanor charges. However, any time an accident results in serious bodily injury or death, the person that fled the scene can be charged with either a state jail felony or a third-degree felony.
Criminal charges can hold individuals that flee the scene of an accident accountable. If a person is found guilty of this crime, they may have to spend time in jail and pay high fines. Unfortunately, those consequences do very little to help you when you have been hurt as a result of a hit-and-run driver.
To secure damages that can help with your injuries, you must file a claim in civil court. The burden of proof that shows the driver that fled is much lower in civil cases and most of these cases settle out of court, although sometimes a trial is necessary. It is always important to speak to a car accident lawyer that can help you recover the damages you need to help with your injuries.
Call Our Texas Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been the victim of a hit and run, it is important that you speak to one of our Houston car accident lawyers at Husain Law & Associates, P.C. today. We will conduct a full investigation to find the driver that hit you, and hold them liable for paying the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at (713) 804-8311 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.