Last Thursday night, a hit-and-run crash injured at least one person in Wichita Falls. The wreck happened at the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Flood Street. At about 9:15 p.m., a driver in a Mercury Grand Marquis heading south on Redwood Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign. The Grand Marquis t-boned a Chevrolet Malibu that was heading east on Flood Street. According to KFDX News Channel Three, a passenger in the Malibu did sustain injuries.
Initial police reports and eye-witness accounts indicate that the driver of the Grand Marquis took off on foot. He allegedly ran north and got into a white car. The suspect wasn’t wearing a shirt, and both automobiles were impounded at the scene. Very little information has been released about this hit-and-run crash which is still under investigation, and anybody with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.
Hit-and-run wrecks can be especially traumatic for victims. In addition to dealing with the traditional issues that go along with being injured in a car accident, victims have the added problem of an absent driver. It’s kind of difficult to exchange insurance information with somebody, if he or she took off on foot. Victims might be waiting to hear from local law enforcement agencies about investigative efforts. Even with uninsured motorist coverage, it’s common for victims of hit-and-run crashes to have a difficult time dealing with their own insurance companies. Everybody would like to think they are in “good hands,” but that’s not always the case.
Insurance Companies and The Bottom Line
Ultimately, big insurance companies are looking out for their bottom line. They’re often less concerned with covering their policy holders and more concerned with increasing shareholder profits. Initial low-ball offers are common. A well-documented tactic of many unscrupulous insurance companies is to delay claims processing as long as possible to wear down policy holders. In the mean time, victims are out of work, without transportation and stuck with expensive medical bills. After any type of car accident, whether a hit-and-run driver is involved or not, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney. If your insurance company isn’t treating you fairly, you need to speak up. If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of car accident, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation today.