Double Hit-and-Run Accident Kills Texas Man

In a rare car-and-pedestrian accident, a victim was involved in two hit-and-run accidents along Austin route FM 969. The victim, who exited his vehicle to assess the damage after the first vehicle rear-ended his car, was hit and killed along the side of the road when the second vehicle struck him. Both cars fled the scene of the accident after hitting the victim. The victim's name has not yet been released.

KXAN news reported that this was the 43rd Texas motor vehicle accident fatality in 2010. While the number of fatal car accidents are down in Texas this year, these types of senseless accidents highlight increased need for cautious and responsible driving, especially during the early morning hours.

The accident occurred in the early morning hours on Friday, November 5. The first driver, who's Dodge Ram initially rear-ended the victim's vehicle, was later apprehended by police. The Dodge Ram had left its tire at the scene of the accident. The driver is facing DWI (driving while intoxicated) charges; additional charges are under consideration pending an investigation into the hit-and-run collision.

The driver of the second vehicle is still at large.

Recovery for Hit-and-Run Victims

The biggest concern following a hit-and-run crash is what happens when police are unable to find the driver. Victims often wonder how they will pay for injuries and medical costs without sharing the responsibility with the at-fault driver's insurance company.

Fortunately for hit-and-run victims, insurance coverage in Texas includes uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). This is the insurance that provides compensation for expenses related to a hit-and-run accident. All Texas car insurance policies automatically include UM/UIM coverage, unless the driver specifically rejects the coverage in writing. In order to use UM/UIM insurance coverage for injuries and property damage, the hit-and-run crash must be reported promptly to Texas law enforcement.

Many hit-and-run drivers are apprehended following an accident, in part because of extensive evidence often left behind at accident scenes. Apprehended drivers typically face criminal charges for fleeing the scene of the accident. An injured accident victim, or the victim's family, can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver in civil court once the driver is found. A personal injury lawsuit after a hit-and-run accident may allow the victim to recover compensation for injuries, medical costs and lost wages.

Additionally, if the victim died as result of the hit-and-run accident, the victim's family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death suit allows the victim's family to seek compensation for pain and suffering, funeral expenses and other costs related to the accident.

Regardless of whether the driver is caught or not, victims of hit-and-run accidents are highly encouraged to seek the advice from a car accident attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help victims and victims' families understand their rights and recover compensation for damages. For more information, contact a knowledgeable Texas car accident lawyer.