Hit and Run Accident Lawyer San Antonio TX
Every Texas driver should know that if you are in any kind of vehicle accident, you are required to stop and exchange contact and insurance information with the other party (vehicle driver, pedestrian, etc.). If a person drives off and leaves the scene of the accident without doing so, they are breaking the law and could face criminal charges. These types of accidents are referred to as hit and run accidents. If you have been a victim of a hit and run, a hit and run accident lawyer San Antonio TX victims trust may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Should Hit and Run Accident Victims Do?
The first thing you should do, if you are physically able, is to call 911 and request police come to the scene. If there are any injuries, you should also relay that information to the dispatch operator, and they will also send EMTs to the scene. Although the driver has fled the scene, it is important that police come to the accident site. Even if they cannot find the driver, the police report is a critical piece of evidence in any car accident claim you file.
The police will ask you questions about the sequence of events that led up to the crash and any details you remember about the vehicle and/or driver that fled the scene. If there were any witnesses, the police will also interview them and document any information they have to offer about the accident and hit and run driver. The make, model, and color of the vehicle and even a partial license plate number can provide enough information to track down the fleeing driver.
The next thing you should do – even if you don’t think you have really been injured – is to seek out medical attention, whether at the emergency room of the local hospital or with your own primary care doctor. A car accident lawyer San Antonio TX clients recommend knows that it is not uncommon for car accident victims to have delayed symptoms for injuries, often because they are in a state of shock. It’s the “fight or flight” syndrome our bodies go through when we experience traumatic events.
Not only is seeing a doctor important for your own health, but you also need medical documentation to prove that you were actually injured in the hit and run accident. If you wait too long after the accident to verify your injuries with a medical professional, it is harder to prove you were actually injured in the crash and the insurance company could have grounds to deny your claim.
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If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, do not get discouraged that you will not be able to collect any damages for your losses. Contact the Law Office of John W. Shaw, PLLC, and schedule a free consultation with a skilled San Antonio TX hit and run accident lawyer.