New Braunfels Attorney for Hit-and-Run Accidents
Representing Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents in Hays, Guadalupe, and Comal Counties
Few incidents leave victims feeling as helpless as hit-and-run collisions because it sometimes seems as if there is no one to blame, no way to obtain financial compensation for personal injury and property damages, and no hope of closure. However, about half of all hit-and-run drivers are very quickly identified, and even if the police take no action, for whatever reason, these drivers can still be sued in civil court. If the driver is never caught, injured victims may invoke their uninsured/underinsured motorist clause and obtain compensation from their own insurance companies.
It is nearly impossible to obtain compensation in these situations without an experienced and assertive attorney. Our professionals at The Bettersworth Law Firm routinely practice in all area courts, so we are familiar with all the procedural rules including the ones that are unwritten. Because of this experience, we are free to vigorously pursue maximum compensation in a personal injury case.
A significant number of hit-and-run drivers are apprehended immediately after the collision and within just a few blocks of the accident scene. Furthermore, peace officers have a wide array of investigation tools, and since leaving the scene of an accident is a priority with many departments, negligent drivers are hard-pressed to hide.
An attorney often partners with a licensed private investigator in these cases, to track down leads and potential witnesses. These individuals are often more subtle and flexible than police officers, and they often have contacts in the neighborhood that law enforcement does not have, so they can find people quickly.
Punitive damages are often available in hit-and-run cases, because of the defendant's intentional, wrongful conduct. Most jurors take a very dim view of hit-and-run drivers, so the award may be substantial. As a side note punitive damages are awarded in addition to any consequential economic and non-economic damages.
These actions nearly always transform friendly insurance agents into unfriendly foes, and once-generous adjusters into almost miserly individuals. In addition to the highly adversarial nature, many of these claims involve very strict time deadlines, and any delay can completely derail the case.
These matters proceed much like any other car wreck case, with one important exception. Since policyholders cannot sue their own insurance companies, if the two sides cannot settle the case, it typically moves to binding arbitration. There is no jury, and very little possibility of appeal. It takes a uniquely-qualified attorney to handle an arbitration matter, because of its unusual nature.
Hit-and-run victims may be entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation in this area, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm at 830-606-0404. Attorney James Bettersworth is a member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum and maintains a Superb rating on Avvo.