When a serious crash occurs, it’s important that everyone stays at the scene until the emergency teams arrive. Those who are capable should help anyone who is injured until help arrives.
Unfortunately, some drivers seem to want to shirk their responsibilities, and they attempt to leave before they get caught. That’s completely unacceptable. Not only could that deprive their victims of the prompt medical care that they need, but it also makes it harder to hold the errant driver financially accountable for their mistakes.
Take for example a case that happened in Harris County. Two vehicles were involved in a collision at around 5:00 p.m. as they entered the intersection of Barbers Hill Road and Garth Road. It’s unclear how the accident happened, but one person was killed. The driver of the other vehicle then attempted to flee the scene, although they were quickly taken into custody by the authorities.
If a driver leaves the scene, you may have a better claim
If you are hit by a driver who decides to flee, it’s important to call 911 and seek medical care right away. Ask any witnesses if they remember the plate number and give the police the description of the vehicle or driver. Once the hit-and-run driver is caught, you can pursue a claim against their insurance or file a personal injury lawsuit against them directly.
While a hit-and-run driver may end up facing serious criminal charges for their actions, that’s a matter between them and the state. The criminal case does not provide you with the compensation you may need for your injuries. If they are convicted, however, that can increase the odds of a better settlement or a positive verdict at trial for their victims, since the conviction can be used as evidence of their liability.
When you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed by a negligent driver, take action. An experienced attorney can help you obtain the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and losses.