A hit-and-run occurs when a motorist flees an accident scene without notifying law enforcement, identifying themselves to the other driver(s), calling 911, or providing aid to anyone injured or endangered. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, you know how devastating these accidents can be.
Our Dallas hit-and-run accident lawyer will help you navigate the complex insurance and legal process and pursue fair compensation to cover your accident-related losses. Allow Domingo Garcia to take care of your case while you prioritize your health and spend time with your family.
What Our Dallas Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer Can Do for Your Case
A Dallas car accident lawyer from our firm will complete all the legal tasks necessary for a solid case. On your behalf, we will:
- Review the details of your insurance policy and explain what damages you could recover with a claim
- Investigate your accident and attempt to locate the hit-and-run driver
- Speak to witnesses
- Gather evidence, including the police report, video footage, and photos of your vehicle damage and injuries
- Complete all the paperwork in your case
We have experience helping our clients reach multi-million-dollar verdicts, and we’re ready to fight your case, too.
What does It Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer from Domingo Garcia?
Our firm does not wish to add to your financial burden. We understand that the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident is often costly. This is why we offer our legal services on a contingency-fee-basis.
With this fee structure, you do not owe us anything upfront. You only pay our team when we win or settle your case. Then, we receive a percentage of your compensation as payment, allowing you to avoid spending any money out-of-pocket.
Dallas Hit and Run Accidents and Auto Insurance
Typically, after a collision in which you are not at fault, you could file a claim with the other driver’s insurer to receive compensation. When the at-fault driver flees the accident scene, however, your pursuit of compensation becomes more complex.
If the driver who fled the scene of the accident was eventually found and has insurance, you can expect their liability coverage to help you with financial losses. Unfortunately, this becomes problematic if the other motorist is unidentifiable or without insurance.
Even in a worst-case scenario, you might have other options, including filing a claim with your insurance provider. Your attorney will look at your insurance policy and explain the coverage you purchased. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM), you can generally file a claim to seek compensation for your medical bills and property damage.
If you are not offered a fair settlement from your UM/UIM insurance, our Dallas Hit-and-Run Accident attorneys can file a lawsuit. Texas law allows a recovery of attorneys’ fees in addition to your economic and non-economic damages when an insurance company fails to pay a fair UM/UIM settlement. This is a unique time when you can recover attorneys’ fees on top of the money damages for your injuries.
Damages You May Recover After a Hit and Run Accident in Dallas
If we identify the hit-and-run driver, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit seeking damages for your injuries and other losses. We will investigate your accident and work with police officers in an effort to locate the liable party. If we locate them, you may be able to recover both the economic and intangible losses you suffered.
Some recoverable damages in a hit-and-run case include:
- All medical bills, including emergency care, hospitalization, and doctor’s visits
- Rehabilitation, medical equipment, medication, and other outpatient costs
- Current and future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Attorneys’ Fees in a UM/UIM lawsuit
Wrongful Death Lawsuits After a Dallas Hit-and-Run Crash
Certain family members who’ve lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident can initiate a wrongful death case. Potential beneficiaries include spouses, biological and adoptive children, and parents of the decedent.
Recoverable damages for wrongful death cases in Dallas include the following:
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional anguish the decedent’s surviving family members experience
- Loss of the decedent’s support, love, guidance, and services
- Loss of the decedent’s income, benefits, and potential inheritance
- Attorneys’ fees if UM/UIM insurance fails to pay all of your damages
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Lawsuit in Dallas
If we locate the at-fault driver, we will need to act quickly to file your lawsuit. Each state limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit with a law called the statute of limitations.
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you have two years to file both a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit. If you do not file your case on time, you may not be able to recover compensation. With enough notice from you, our team can collect time-sensitive evidence and get started on your case. We will make sure you are aware of this filing deadline when you hire us.
Reasons Why Dallas Drivers Flee an Accident Scene
All drivers must remain at the scene of an accident, according to Texas Transportation Code § 550.023. They must also provide information such as their name and address, along with their vehicle registration number. When a driver decides to leave the scene of an accident, it may be because they:
- Do not carry insurance
- Have a restricted, suspended, or revoked license
- Have a warrant out for their arrest
- Drank alcohol or took drugs before driving
- Have drugs or other illegal items in the vehicle
- Do not have permission to be driving the vehicle
- Have reason to fear violating probation or parole
Call Domingo Garcia for Help With a Dallas Hit and Run Accident
It is difficult to handle a hit-and-run case on your own. Luckily, you do not have to take on the legal process by yourself. With Domingo Garcia by your side, you can focus on addressing your injuries and restoring your life while we work to secure you the compensation you deserve.
To learn more about your hit-and-run accident recovery options, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.