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Damages sustained in hit-and-run accidents may be compensable

Sadly, a pretty significant number of Texas residents are hurt or killed in automobile-related collisions every year. While all accidents that have such severe consequences are difficult for those negatively affected, hit-and-run accidents may seem particularly challenging to overcome. Not only is it tough not knowing who may be responsible for any damages sustained, but having to take on the financial responsibility, along with everything else, may simply seem too overwhelming.

When an accident occurs, all parties involved are supposed to remain at the scene. While minor cases may only require the sharing of insurance information, in the event of serious damage, bodily injury or fatality, authorities must be contacted. Failing to stop after a collision that results in injury or death is a criminal offense, and the driver, when found, will face criminal charges and any civil claims -- if filed.

Hit-and-run accidents may involve multiple vehicles or pedestrians. In either case, the end result may be to the detriment of the victim and -- in the event of fatality -- the victim's family. Even though it may take time to find the person believed responsible for a hit-and-run accident, legal recourse is available when that individual is identified.

Texas residents who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in hit-and-run accidents are not alone in their want of justice. Law enforcement officials, too, want to resolve these cases. As soon as the allegedly responsible party is found, victims or their surviving family members may file personal injury, wrongful death or any other applicable legal actions in civil court. Those whose cases are successfully managed may be granted monetary relief for their losses and suffering.

Source: FindLaw, "Leaving the Scene of an Accident/Hit and Run", Accessed on April 12, 2015

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