What To Do After a Hit and Run Accident
If you are a Texas driver and you’ve been on the road for a few years, you’ve probably already experienced a hit and run accident. If you haven’t already been involved in a hit and run accident, you probably know someone who has been in the situation. It’s merely a reality on the road in Texas. Hit and run accidents are one of the most common types of accidents. They are also the most likely type of accident to involve claims that require extensive investigation.
When a driver leaves the scene of the accident, it can be challenging to track them down and even harder to prove that the victim was struck by the other vehicle. In a hit and run situation, it also becomes more challenging to deal with insurance companies since they can find so many reasons to deny the claim entirely.
In Dallas, if you are involved in a hit and run and you cannot locate the at-fault driver, you are still eligible to make a claim against your UM/UIM insurance coverage. The problem is that before issuing any money on the claim, insurance companies require that you prove the other car hit you. If you cannot provide proof of the accident, your insurance company is not legally obligated to submit payment.
The policies making this type of claim so difficult are intended to prevent fraudulent claims. For instance, if a driver is intoxicated, overtired, or otherwise careless on the road, and they are in an accident, they sometimes decide to make a false claim that they were hit by another driver who left the scene. The false claim is an attempt to get the costs of repairs covered by their insurance.
After a Hit and Run Accident: Try to Find the At-Fault Driver
- Use Social Media
- Search the Nearby Area
- Look for Cameras in the Area
Using Social Media to Find the At-Fault Driver After a Hit and Run:
People often get caught after breaking the law because of something they post on their social media or because of mutual connections with the victim of the crime. If you have no leads on how to identify the at-fault driver of a hit and run accident, social media can be an effective means of distributing the details of the situation and requesting help finding the missing driver. It’s useful, and it’s far-reaching.
Searching the Nearby Area to Find the At-Fault Driver After a Hit and Run:
Look for vehicles in the nearby/surrounding area that have incurred recent damage. Numerous cases have been resolved simply by working with police to complete a systematic search for damaged vehicles in a small area surrounding the scene of the accident.
Using Cameras in the Area to Help Find the At-Fault Driver After a Hit and Run:
Cameras can be beneficial for victims of a hit and run accident in Texas. When there are businesses nearby the scene, check with the business owners or managers to see if there are cameras that may have caught the accident on camera or that may have caught the at-fault driver or their vehicle on camera. The police typically take care of this particular avenue of investigation, but there’s no harm in covering all the bases.
If you are in a hit and run accident and you are having difficulty locating the at-fault driver, get in touch with Carrollton’s Hudson Law Firm immediately. We put the “personal” back into personal injury law.