A hit and run crash, in Hurst or anywhere in Texas, leaves the victim with more questions than answers. Too often, the driver gets away and isn't caught for weeks, if ever. While it seems a hit and run crash is unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself both before and after a crash.
Avoiding An Accident
A few simple steps can help you avoid some accidents. These common sense techniques are good reminders that paying attention to the cars around you can help you avoid serious injury, even death.
- 1. When crossing the street, look both ways: then look again. Scanning the street as you cross can help you avoid any cars that have entered the roadway since you began crossing it.
- 2. Properly use crosswalks. Doing so gives you the advantage of having a traffic signal that helps keep cars from hitting you. Still, always look both ways to ensure that vehicles are stopping when they should.
- 3. When stopping in traffic, be sure you can see the tires of the car in front of you. This should give you enough room between the car in front of you and your car so that in the event you are hit, you will not hit another car. If the other driver speeds off, you may still be responsible for hitting the car in front of you.
- 4. If you are hit, and you are able to move, quickly note the car type, appearance of the driver and, if possible, license plate number. Do not rely on witnesses; quickly gather as much information as you can, even taking a picture of the car with your cell phone, in case the driver takes off.
If You Are Involved in a Hit and Run Accident
Though the police may not immediately apprehend the driver who caused the crash, there is still a chance that he or she will be caught. Not only will the driver be facing criminal charges, you may be able to file a Texas personal injury lawsuit, allowing you to pay your medical bills, repair or replace your vehicle and regain lost wages or diminished earning capacity.
Have you been injured in a hit and run accident? We represent clients throughout the great state of Texas including Irving, Grapevine, Arlington, Colleyville, North Richland, Bedford, Hurst, Euless and all points in between. Contact us online or call us directly at 817.830.4888 for your free consultation.