Pearland, TX – A motorcyclist was involved in a hit and run accident at the intersection of Manvel Road and Bailey Road in Pearland, Texas.
ABC13 reports Sam Snow was riding his motorcycle through an intersection with a green light when a white pick-up truck failed to yield to Snow while making a turn. Snow attempted to swerve to avoid the pick-up truck but ended up making contact. The force of the accident crushed his leg. The driver of the pick-up truck left the scene of the accident leaving Snow seriously injured in the middle of the street.
Off-duty Pearland Assistant Police Chief Kevin Nichols was nearby and ran to Snow's aid. He immediately placed a tourniquet around Snow's leg to slow the bleeding. Even though Snow's leg required amputation, Nichols saved his life. Snow was thankful for Nichols saving his life.
Police continue to search for the driver of the white pick-up truck. Pearland Police is asking the public for any leads in helping to apprehend the pick-up driver.
What Is The Law In Texas For Hit And Run Accidents?
A “hit and run” accident is when a motorist strikes a pedestrian, bicyclist, unattended vehicle, fixed object or another motorist and leaves the scene. In Texas, it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident. Under the Texas Transportation Code, the driver of a vehicle has certain legal responsibilities after an accident that results in or reasonably likely to result in injury or death of a person including:
- Immediately stopping the motor vehicle at the accident scene or as close as possible;
- If not stopped at the scene, immediately returning to the accident scene;
- Identifying everyone involved in the accident and determining if anyone needs medical attention;
- Staying at the accident scene and providing the driver's name, address, registration number for the vehicle, insurance information and drivers' license; and
- Providing any injured person at the scene with reasonable assistance including transportation or making arrangements for transportation to receive medical care.
Anyone who fails to follow the hit and run law in Texas can be subject to criminal liability including jail time and fines.
How Do I Recover Money For My Injuries And Property Damage After A Hit And Run Accident In Texas?
Hit and run accidents are not uncommon. People who leave the scene of the accident have a number of excuses for failing to follow the law and stay at the accident scene. These include:
- Leaving the scene out of fear or confusion
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Being an unlicensed driver
- Not having the required car insurance
- Having an outstanding arrest warrant
- Indifference for causing the accident
The driver of the vehicle that caused an accident and left the scene is legally responsible for your injuries and property damage. It can be difficult, and even impossible, to track down the responsible driver. Unless the driver has a great sense of remorse and comes forward later, the driver will likely never be identified. However, in some instances, a victim of a hit and run accident may have some evidence at the scene to help identify the at-fault driver. In a recent hit and run case, the lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP handled for a hit and run victim, we were able to identify the at-fault driver who rear-ended our client. The violent impact caused the front bumper to fall off along with the license plate. We were able to identify the owner of the vehicle by the license plate and hold the company responsible for their employee's negligence and “I don't care” attitude.
After any hit and run accident, immediate investigation is needed. A lawyer can begin an investigation to help identify the at-fault driver by:
- Searching the area surrounding the accident scene;
- Looking for surveillance cameras at nearby convenience stores, businesses or houses; and
- Searching social media for any posts from people boasting about the accident or actually witnessing the accident.
If the at-fault driver can be located, a legal claim can be brought against him or her for monetary damages to compensate for any injuries, property damage or loss.
What If I Can't Find The Hit And Run Driver?
Texas law requires motorists to be covered by liability auto insurance. Unfortunately, however, not everyone follows the law. Texas auto insurance policies are required to offer optional coverage of uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). The purpose of this coverage is to protect motorists who are involved in an accident with someone who doesn't have enough insurance coverage or none at all. UM/UIM is optional coverage, but if purchased, it can provide insurance coverage as long as there is actual contact with another vehicle and the accident was timely reported to the insurance company.
UM/UIM isn't required to be purchased. However, in Texas, an automobile insurer must have a signed waiver expressly showing you refused the optional coverage. If the automobile insurer doesn't have they signed waiver, coverage is implied. Many people don't know they have UM/UIM coverage while others think they have it, but don't. An experienced lawyer can help identify if UM/UIM coverage is available.
Even though UM/UIM coverage is purchased and intended to protect you following an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, recovery under this policy can be difficult and complicated. Your insurer is less likely to pay you, their insured who paid the premiums, for injuries under a UM/UIM auto policy than a driver that you hit in an accident. The insurance company will happily take your premiums for UM/UIM coverage for years but will be reluctant to pay you when you need it most. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you fight for the coverage your paid for.
HRSLawyers.com posts these articles to keep the Greater Houston community informed about traffic accidents and other news. These blog posts are not intended to give legal advice. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a similar accident and need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact the Pearland, TX Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP. Our lawyers can help you find answers and obtain monetary compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Categories: Motorcycle Accident; Hit and Run Accident; UM/UIM