Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents are tragic. On top of the physical and emotional toll the accident may take on you, there is the added fact that the driver did not care enough to stop the car to see if you needed help. Typically, the at-fault driver’s insurance would pay for your damages, but in a hit-and-run crash, you face the stressful question of who will cover your medical bills, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident, you are rightfully upset and angry. With close to 40 years of experience, Fort Worth accident lawyer William Berenson understands these feelings and treats you with compassion and respect as he recovers the compensation you deserve. He pursues all available resources of compensation and negotiates for a reduction in your medical bills so you are not unfairly saddled with health care debt because of a fleeing driver.Hit and Run Accidents in the DFW Area
Being the victim of any auto accident is a horrifying experience. However, hit and run accidents can be even more upsetting because they show an extreme lack of caring on the other driver’s behalf. Texas law imposes a duty on all drivers to stop and render aid when they are involved in an accident. This common sense law is based on the basic dignities we all share. This law also reflects the legal premise that drivers should be held responsible for the injuries they cause.
A hit and run driver faces criminal charges as well as civil liability. The potential sentence for fleeing the scene of an accident that caused fatal or serious injuries is comparable to that imposed for a drunk driving accident. These higher criminal penalties are meant to dissuade drunk drivers from fleeing the scene to avoid a DWI charge. Because fleeing an accident is against the law, the act is also considered negligence per se. In addition, if you sustained additional damages as a result of the driver’s failure to stop, you may be entitled to punitive damages based upon the gross negligence of the hit and run driver.
However, drivers routinely flee the scenes of the accidents, acting selfishly and out of fear of being found at fault for the accident. These drivers consciously disregard their legal obligation and actually end up putting themselves and others in even greater risk. When the law catches up to these hit and run drivers—and it usually does—you can hold them accountable for their selfish and reckless actions with the assistance of a hit and run accident attorney in the Fort Worth area. A jury often awards punitive damages as well.Hit and Run Accident Liability
Victims of hit and run accidents have the right to recover compensation for the damages caused by the other driver. In order to do so, an accident victim needs to prove that the other driver acted negligently, or carelessly, and that this negligence caused or worsened the victim’s injuries. Damages include medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement, disability and pain and suffering.
Even if the hit and run driver is never caught, you have options. Our attorney assists you with recovery through your personal injury protection (PIP) and your uninsured/ underinsured motorist policies.Have You Been Involved in a Hit and Run Accident?
If you or a loved one have been involved in a hit and run accident, you should speak to an experienced Texas personal injury attorney immediately. In hit and run cases, the hardest part is often finding the driver. Once the driver is found and charges are pressed, juries rarely have sympathy for them or their actions. And, remember, even if the driver is never located and arrested, you may still have options to recover damages.
Fort Worth hit and run accident attorney William Berenson has close to 40 years of experience representing accident victims, and is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Berenson is dedicated to helping accident victims throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area pursue their claims and heal from their injuries. Not only will Mr. Berenson skillfully represent you in court, but he also has a comprehensive support system for accident victims, making the recovery process that much easier. Contact us online, or call us toll free at 1-888-801-8585 or locally at 817-855-8000 to set up a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Fort Worth.