As Texas continues to expand and remains a major throughfare state for the transportation of goods across the country, our roadways often need improvements, maintenance, and repairs. Construction workers are often found on and along Texas roads and highways working on modifications and upgrades designed to improve the flow of traffic; since their work is located where vehicles drive, they are at a high risk of becoming a victim in a motor vehicle accident, including a construction site hit and run.
Recently, a local driver accused of hitting a construction worker with his vehicle was identified and apprehended. Police say the worker was walking in the area of Marsha Sharp Freeway and Upland Avenue when he was hit by a motor vehicle and taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The offending driver faces multiple criminal charges, including failing to stop and render aid after the auto pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a hit and run accident takes place once every 43 seconds in the U.S. Despite efforts to extend penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident, hit and run crashes continue to increase each year.
Legal Responsibilities After a Texas Car Accident
Committing a hit-and-run is a serious criminal charge in Texas, particularly when a person leaves the scene of an accident that involves a serious injury, death, or significant property damage. All Texas drivers have specific legal duties when they are involved in an accident that results in property damage or injury. To avoid the criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident, the Texas Transportation Code requires a driver to stop or immediately return to the scene to render aid, provide personal contact information, and show their driver’s license if requested.
In Texas, if you were the victim of a hit and run accident and you can’t locate the at-fault driver, you can still make a claim against your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance policy with your provider. However, before your insurance company will pay the claim, you must prove that you were actually struck by another vehicle – which most often requires a police report.
Steps To Take After a Hit and Run
After being involved in a hit and run accident, stay calm and don’t follow the driver who fled the scene. The offending driver may be under the influence and/or otherwise dangerous. In addition, you should take the following post-accident steps:
- Call the police to report the car crash
- Seek medical treatment
- Talk to witnesses and gather evidence
- Notify your insurance carrier of the accident
- Call a Texas personal injury attorney
Lubbock Hit and Run Injury Lawyers
Our firm has been helping the injured in Texas for more than 20 years. We know an injury from a car accident can affect victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially. Liggett Law Group will take your accident seriously from the start to build a strong case and to help you recover the highest amount of compensation possible.
When you work with our law firm, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe us nothing unless we recover financial compensation for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers. We’ll review the details of your hit-and-run accident, go over your options, and answer any questions you have.