Hit and Run Accidents in Texas
A 21-year-old woman was skateboarding with her boyfriend on De Zavala Road near the Interstate 10 access road when she was run over and dragged by a car. The motorist reportedly stopped as the young woman appeared out from under the car. Did the driver check on the health of the woman and call the police or an ambulance? No. He decided to speed off and leave the young woman to fend for herself.
Fortunately, another motorist caught the entire collision on their dash cam. The young woman’s boyfriend also saw the collision and chased after the negligent driver. The boyfriend was able to discern that there were two people in the vehicle that ran over his girlfriend.
The young woman suffered serious, debilitating injuries including over a dozen bone fractures, lacerations, and road rash. Her injuries were so bad that she will have to undergo skin graft surgery on her hip since it was skinned off entirely while she was being dragged by the car.
Police investigating the accident spoke to the witness and was obtain the car's license plate number. The police also indicated that the driver and passenger could face charges for failure to stop and render aid.
Leaving the scene of an accident scene is against the law in Texas. In fact, if you flee the scene of a wreck and someone is injured or dies, you might be charged with a third-degree felony.
Pursuing Justice Through a Personal Injury Claim
Suffering a serious injury in a hit-and-run accident can leave the victim seriously damaged physically, emotionally, and financially. These types of accidents can be particularly stressful and angst-ridden because you may not have an idea of who hit you and you are left to fend for yourself financially to cover medical bills and other expenses stemming from the accident.
You May Still Be Able to Obtain a Financial Recovery in a Hit-and-Run Accident
It is extremely important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney shortly after the accident. Why? Because they can conduct an independent investigation to try and track down the negligent motorist that hit you and fled the scene. If, for some reason, the at-fault driver cannot be found, you can still obtain a financial recovery through the uninsured motorist (UM) coverage of your auto insurance policy. In effect, your own insurance company steps into the proverbial shoes of the negligent motorist and you will file a claim seeking financial restitution for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Speak to an Experienced San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer Today
The experienced and aggressive New Braunfels personal injury attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm are here to help you or a family member if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident. We offer top-notch legal counseling and guidance and will work tirelessly to get the monetary compensation and justice you rightly deserve. Contact our office today to a schedule a free, confidential, and comprehensive case review.