I’ve written about hit and run accidents before, but the problem just seems to be getting worse.
The Austin American Statesman is reporting on two more hit and run accidents from last week.
In the first accident, Lacey Marie Seljos was charged with intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid after she allegedly hit a bicyclist just off of I35 last Thursday morning. Fortunately for the victim, a police officer saw the wreck and was able to stop Ms. Seljos. She was apparently so intoxicated that she didn’t know that she had hit anyone.
The second victim wasn’t as fortunate. Friday morning an elderly man was struck and killed while walking on the I35 access road.
As I’ve written before, in most hit and run cases, the other driver is never found. But just because you can’t find the driver doesn’t mean that you can’t obtain a recovery. If you own a vehicle and purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your insurance, that policy will likely provide you an avenue of recovery.
In fact, I just resolved a similar case. Our client was a bicyclist who was hit by a car. The driver stopped, but gave our client false information. Even though she was riding a bike, she was able to make a claim on her uninsured motorist policy covering her car. And even better, through some hard work, we were able to identify the driver of the vehicle and ultimately make a claim against his insurance.
So if you’re the victim of a hit and run accident, don’t give up. There are potential avenues for recovery.
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