A hit-and-run accident is when a driver hits a pedestrian or another vehicle and leaves the scene without exchanging information or assessing the situation. Sometimes, the motorist may be unaware of what they’ve done. Other times, they may actively try to flee the area after the collision.
In either case, negligent conduct followed by an irresponsible escape has significant consequences. So, suppose a motorist hits you and flees the scene. In that case, Loncar Lyon Jenkins and our Texas hit-and-run accident lawyers are here to help you identify the motorist, bring them to justice, and collect the financial recovery you rightfully deserve.
Decades of Experience Serving Personal Injury Victims Like You
Since 1988, our team has represented thousands of clients across Texas in personal injury cases for car accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, paralysis, and more. We tackle all the necessary steps in a personal injury claim—we’ll investigate, handle your paperwork, protect your rights, determine fault where necessary, and help you determine what you should receive to ease your mind, body, and wallet.
Physical and mental recovery is just as important as financial recovery. So, if you’re not in a position to come to our office, we’re also available for virtual meetings and will answer any questions you may have for us during our time together.
We’re prepared to take your case to court if necessary and will deal with insurance companies on your behalf. We understand what you’re going through and will aggressively fight to see your at-fault driver found and made accountable for their actions.
How Much Will It Cost Me to Hire a Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer In Texas?
Loncar Lyon Jenkins offers readily available legal aid to clients via a contingency fee contract. Under this contract, you only pay attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for you. Your fee is a small percentage of your awarded damages as payment. If we’re unsuccessful, you owe us nothing.
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Loncar Lyon Jenkins Won’t Let You Settle For Less Than You Deserve
Your damages should reimburse all medical expenses related to your accident—which could be very expensive depending on your injuries. You also might have vehicular repairs, potential property damage, costs to transport you to the hospital, and lost wages from being unable to work. Even the costs to get to and from your job if you can still work should be accounted for in damages if the insurance company totals your car in the collision.
Still, financial relief goes beyond just paying bills. It also considers how another person’s reckless behavior has affected you, and your compensation should reflect that effect. Thus, claimants may also be eligible for damages unrelated to their monetary costs, such as compensation for their pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, scarring, and other effects on their daily lives.
Wrongful Death From a Hit-and-Run Accident
If a loved one died in a hit-and-run accident, your family might qualify for damages from a wrongful death claim. These include funeral and burial expenses and the lost financial and emotional support your family member provided.
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Our Lawyers Will Investigate Your Case, Even If Proving Fault Is Not Needed
Proving fault can be straightforward in a hit-and-run case. The driver fleeing the scene signifies guilt or fear of consequence. However, if the driver fled the scene without stopping or exiting the vehicle, an investigation may be necessary to determine their identity.
The steps to identify the at-fault driver include the following:
- Filing a police report
- Questioning witnesses
- Examining dashcam footage
- Discovering the motorist’s license plate number
We don’t expect our clients to submit extensive testimony; all we ask is you provide us with whatever information you can, and we’ll take it from there. Then, once we’ve identified the motorist, our job is to help you prove fault and determine whether any other parties involved could share blame for the accident.
Hit and Run Criminal Implications
In Texas, the punishment for a hit-and-run will depend on the victim’s condition after the accident. If the victim’s injuries were not severe, hit-and-run is a felony punishable by up to one year in county jail or five years in state prison, along with a potential $5,000 fine.
However, if the hit-and-run inflicted serious injury or killed the victim, it is a third-degree felony, and the driver could face 2 to 10 years in prison.
Keep in mind that neither the extent of your injuries nor the criminal charges the driver may face will affect your ability to pursue financial compensation.
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You Have a Finite Window to Seek Legal Action
Texas residents can file a personal injury claim within the first two years of the accident per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. However, they cannot take legal action against any negligent parties for their injuries once the deadline passes.
Hit-and-run accidents could involve circumstances that “toll” or delay when the clock starts on the statutory time limit. For example, if the hit-and-run driver fled the state, the clock would pause until they either returned or were brought back to the state.
Notwithstanding these potential exceptions, we strongly advise you to file your claim as soon as possible. Waiting to present your claim against the motorist could make it more challenging to track down the perpetrator. In addition, while it will not shorten the time you have to file a claim, obtaining the compensation you need to pay your medical costs and other obligations could take longer.
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Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today to Get Started on Your Hit and Run Case
Leaving the scene of a car accident is unacceptable, and the driver who hit you should have to answer for their actions. Need help identifying the at-fault driver and paying for the resulting damages from the accident? Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help.
Don’t wait; contact us today. We are available 24/7 and offer free, no-obligation consultations.
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