Hit and Run Car Accident

Hit and Run Accident Attorney in Dallas-Fort Worth

If you are involved in an automobile accident in the state of Texas, there are a few things you should do immediately. If people are hurt, tend to them immediately and call for help when necessary. Move your vehicle off the road if possible, so it will not be in the way of other drivers and possibly even cause another crash.

You are required to call the police and file a report if there is an injury or fatality if the driver does not have insurance, if you suspect the other driver may be under the influence, or if the other driver leaves the scene without providing his or her information.

You may want to call the police anyway to protect yourself if the other driver contradicts your version of the events. You will need to file a crash report with TxDOT within ten days if there are injuries, property damage that could exceed $1,000, or if the other driver is violating the law by being under the influence, unlicensed, uninsured, or attempting to leave the scene of the accident. Failure to file the report could result in fines up to $500, not including court costs.

Hit and Run Accidents

Any driver who fails to fulfill all the above requirements may be charged with failure to stop after an accident which is a serious offense under Texas law. You can be punished by jail time, fines, and probation. You could also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim of the accident.

Unlike most other states, Texas has a written statute that drivers are required to render aid to the other drivers if it is reasonable to think they are injured. It isn’t enough to call for help if there is something else you can do to help. A hit and run accident involving a dead victim is the most serious and can be punished as a second-degree felony. Violators can be punished by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. A property damage accident will either be a B or C misdemeanor, depending on whether the damage was more or less than $200.

The specific information you must give as a driver is your name, the registration number of the vehicle you were operating, and the name of your insurer. If the other driver asks, you will also have to show your identification to the other driver.

Reporting a Hit and Run

You will need to call the police if the other driver leaves the scene. You should call 911 and stay at the scene of the crime so that the officer can come and investigate. The officer will need all the information you have, including any information you can provide about the other driver, how and when the crash happened, and if you were injured.

Parking Lot Accident Hit and Run

Even if the vehicle you hit was unattended, you must notify the other driver if you damage his vehicle. Once you have collided with and damaged an unattended vehicle, such as in a parking lot or on parked on a street, you must immediately stop and either locate the other driver so that you can provide your information, or leave a conspicuous note with your name and address and an explanation of how the damages occurred.

If you do not provide your information to the other driver and you are caught and convicted, you could go to jail, pay fines, or get probation. You can be charged with either a B or C misdemeanor depending on whether the damage was more or less than $200.

Legal Help after a Hit and Run Car Accident

If you or a loved one have been involved in a hit and run car accident, you are probably dealing with serious injuries. You need competent care and help to deal with the legal system. It is very likely the person who caused the injury is a co-worker or a loved one.

At The Dashner Law Firm, we understand the complex issues you are dealing with. We can make sure your loved one receives the care he or she needs while working within the law to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, call The Dashner Law Firm today.

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Slip and fall in Tarrant County, Texas on a sidewalk after a business left their sprinklers on overnight when the temperature got below freezing, which resulted in significant soft-tissue injuries. (Pre-Litigation costs were $1,327.13 and attorney's fees were $66,666.66, medical bills and liens $7,131.92, net to client $124,874.29)
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(Policy Limits) Motor vehicle collision in Harris County, Texas resulting in multiple lumbar and cervical herniations and corresponding neck and back surgeries. (Pre-litigation costs $1,105.03 and attorney's fees $101,666.66, medical bills and liens $98,989.93, net to client $103,238.38)
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Bicycle wreck where client suffered fractured wrist and corresponding surgery. (Pre-litigation costs were approx. $1858.79, and attorney's fees were $112,500, medical bills and liens $18,017.59, net to client $205,123.62.)
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Pit Bull attack with disfiguring scars to client’s upper arm. (Pre-litigation costs were waived, attorney's fees $90,000, medical bills and liens $4,807.19, net to client $205,192.81.)
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Slip and fall in a restaurant in Tarrant County, Texas that resulted in a serious elbow injury and surgery.(Litigation costs $13,139.11 and attorney'’s fees $80,800.00, medical bills and liens $16,871.29, net to client $116,189.60)
Recent Settlement: $250,000
Motor vehicle collision, which resulted in a severe knee injury and rotator cuff tear. (Pre-litigation costs were approx. $1,000 and attorney's fees were $83,333, medical bills and liens, $70,071.07, net to client $95,044.29.)
Recent Settlement: $79,500
Motor vehicle wreck where client suffered soft tissue injuries (Pre-litigation costs were approx. $701.06, attorney's fees $26,500, medical bills and liens $15,987, net to client $36,311.94.)
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Motor vehicle collision involving a drunk driver, which resulted in a fractured shoulder and pelvis. (Pre-litigation costs were approx. $13,500 and attorney's fees were $316,666, medical bills and liens $44,568.90, net to client $531,225.13).
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Motor vehicle collision involving an uninsured driver. Client suffered severely fractured leg and corresponding surgeries. (Pre-litigation costs were approx. $1629.05, and attorney's fees were $245,158.81, medical bills and liens $84,916.62, net to client $403,771.97.)
Recent Settlement: $450,000
Personal injury lawsuit involving a slip and fall, which resulted in a fractured ankle and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). (Litigation costs were approx.. $11,250 and attorney's fees were $180,000 medical bills and liens $52,758.23, net to client $241,950.06.)
Recent Settlement: $2,000,000
Wrongful death 18-Wheeler motor-vehicle collision in Martin County, Texas. (Pre-Litigation costs were $12,397.69 and attorney's fees $666,666.66, zero medical bills or liens, net to client’s family $1,320,935.65)

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