Hit-and-run is a serious crime in the state of Texas. In 2013, hit-and-run crimes in Texas became second-degree felonies punishable by up to twenty years in a Texas state prison. Another Texas law makes the failure to stop and render aid after an accident that may have caused injury or death a crime punishable by up to ten years in a Texas prison. Texas requires drivers in any and every vehicle accident to stop, determine if medical help should be summoned, and exchange contact and insurance information. Anyone who leaves the scene of an accident or fails to take reasonable steps to help an injured person can face serious criminal charges. If you are injured by a driver who then leaves the scene, call the police and speak at once with an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney at the Weaver Injury Law Firm. Whether or not the person who injured you and fled is arrested and charged, you’re going to need considerable legal assistance.
Fault and Compensation
In Texas, if you or someone that you love has been injured by a hit-and-run driver, you have the right to sue that driver for your personal injuries. When the person who injured you is charged with a crime, information from the criminal case can help prove liability in your personal injury case. When negligence is established, the focus then turns to the amount of your compensation. If the at-fault driver doesn’t carry enough insurance to cover your injury claim, an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney with the Weaver Injury Law Firm can explore alternative sources of compensation: your own underinsured motorist coverage, for example, or possibly the compensation provided by Texas crime victim programs. The Weaver Injury Law Firm will use every available legal tool to see that you receive the resources you need after being seriously injured.
You Have Rights and Options
After evaluating your particular case, an experienced personal injury attorney with the Weaver Injury Law Firm can explain your rights and options and help you make the choices that are in your own best long-term interests. If you are injured in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by a hit-and-run driver, call the Weaver Injury Law Firm immediately at 214-238-9000, and take the first step toward the justice you deserve.