The number of hit-and-run crashes recently rose to an all-time high. Some drivers believe that the chances of being caught are so slim that It makes much more sense to run. It’s true that ifs difficult to convict hit-and-run drivers in criminal court. But civil court Is different, and that’s where an experienced hit-and-run lawyer can help.
At Abrams Trial Law, our diligent attorneys start work to locate cowardly negligent drivers who flee the scene of an accident. We focus on clues that emergency responders may have overlooked. Then, we put this evidence together to create a compelling picture for the jury. This approach generally produces results that can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Tracking Down the Tortfeasor
When emergency responders arrive at hit-and-run accident scenes, they Immediately secure the site and tend to injured victims. Collecting evidence Is not one of their top priorities. So, we must often build your claim for compensation from the ground up. This process includes collecting important evidence like:
Additional Witness Statements: Many people do not like talking to police officers. However, they will likely talk to a lawyer, especially when they find out how bad the wreck was and what Is at
Nearby Surveillance Video: Sometimes, a red light, security, or other camera several blocks away from the crash scene catches a bit of a license plate number. That bit of evidence may be enough to hold the tortfeasor accountable in civil court, as outlined
Stakeout: There is nothing glamorous about waiting in one spot for hours and looking for the tortfeasor’s But this method works more often than many people believe.
Many times, a lawyer partners with a private investigator during this part of the process.
Your Claim for Damages
Victims in these cases usually receive compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additionally, many Dallas County jurors Intensely dislike hit-and-run drivers, especially in a pedestrian case. So, these jurors often award additional punitive damages.
The Burden of Proof
In criminal court, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s the highest standard of proof in Texas courts. In simple terms, the prosecutor must have a witness or other evidence that places the defendant behind the wheel at or near the accident scene.
But in civil court, the burden of proof is only a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not).
Absentee Tortfeasor Claims
Even if you cannot locate the tortfeasor, many victims still have legal options. These options normally include a claim against one’s own insurance company.
Most people have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If that’s the case, the victim may be able to obtain compensation in this way. Since the insurance company wants to keep its customer happy, these claims often settle rapidly and on victim-friendly terms. If the claim does not settle, it generally will go to mediation and if necessary arbitration or trial.
Get Legal Help Today
Hit and run victims may be entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Dallas, TX hit-and-run lawyer, contact Abrams Trial Law today.
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