Recently in Tomball, Texas a woman in her 40s was hit by a vehicle as she walked along a road near Spring Cypress. She was reported to be in critical condition after the accident and was taken by air ambulance to a local hospital. According to Harris County deputies, the driver left the scene. At the time this post was prepared the identity of the driver and the make and model of the vehicle were unknown.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle the resulting injuries are often devastating. If a negligent driver leaves the accident scene without stopping to identify themselves or render aid, the injured victim may be left wondering how they can possibly recover compensation for their injuries.
If the negligent driver is located they can be criminally charged with leaving the scene. The victim can also sue the driver for damages in a civil lawsuit. The driver's auto insurance company will be responsible for paying any damages up to the liability limits of the policy.
Unfortunately negligent hit and run drivers are not always identified. In that situation, injured victims still have a potential remedy under Texas law. If the victim owns a motor vehicle and has insurance on that vehicle, the victim can make a claim against the uninsured/underinsured coverage of their own policy. The coverage is available even if the policyholder was a pedestrian at the time of the accident. Uninsured/underinsured coverage is mandatory in Texas, although the policyholder has the right to reject the coverage in writing.
When a victim is injured in a car accident, one of the most important steps is identifying all available sources of recovery. An experienced Texas personal injury law firm can help a victim recover all the compensation they are entitled to.
Source: abc13.com, "Woman Hospitalized After Hit and Run Crash," Oct. 6, 2014