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The person who hit me left the scene of the accident. Now what?

Many hit and run drivers turn out not to have insurance or were driving while suspended or disqualified. You may still be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation under your insurance policy’s underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage.

Each case like this is different and to know your options, it is best to discuss your accident with an Austin car accident attorney. By talking to a lawyer, you also get a general idea of how much your claim may be worth. The more serious your injuries, and the longevity of them, for instance, if you are paralyzed, typically means that you may get more compensation. But again, each case has its own set of circumstances and no two injuries are alike in severity and longevity.

Also, be aware that you can still seek damages in a car accident even if it was partially your fault. There are a few things to know if you were partially at fault and one of them is do not “ever” say anything that would incriminate you at the scene of the crash, or to anyone else, including insurance adjusters. Speak “only” to your attorney

It’s best not to say anything because you do not know what happened. You do not know if you had a mechanical failure or another kind of vehicle defect that caused the accident. For instance, a defective steering wheel or brakes that gave up without warning. The driver of the other car may have been distracted, or a traffic signal may not have been working properly. Do not make any statements about the accident to anyone but your attorney.

If you are partially liable, you may still be able to receive damages, provided you are not 51 percent or more responsible for the crash. If you are more than 51 percent at fault, you cannot recover damages.

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