What does it mean to be “ghosted”? Typically refers to someone who has stopped communicating with a friend or possible love interest. It’s confusing to believe someone seemed to have good intentions, then they just disappeared without any explanation. It can be hurtful, but we move on with life, right?
On the other hand, if you’ve been in a car accident in or around Brownsville, Texas, (https://jvlawfirm.net/practice-areas/auto-accidents/), it’s not so easy to move on after being ghosted by the other driver. There are costly damages and injuries to recover from. Here’s a typical story: the other driver hits you but stops and is willing to exchange phone numbers to look like a good person. They could promise to call with their insurance or flat-out tell you they have no insurance. Your neck hurts, and the car is banged up, but you’re not sure what the damage is yet. You agree to “keep in touch.” You don’t call the Brownsville Police Department (though you should, especially if there are any injuries).
But the driver gets cold feet and doesn’t return your calls. Meanwhile, your car insurance carrier must offer a fair offer to cover the medical and auto repair bills. The physical and emotional costs are now impacting your life. Other bills can’t get paid, and there may be time off work without a paycheck. That’s when it’s hard to just “move on.”
Hit & Run Accidents in Brownsville, Texas are Rising
Worse than being ghosted is when the other driver doesn’t even stop to apologize; they just drive off. Anyone with this type of experience needs to know they are not alone. Car crashes in the Rio Grande Valley are becoming more common. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t end up walking away. Fatalities have increased, too. A report by KRGV News (https://www.krgv.com/news/rio-grande-valley-traffic-fatalities-increase-txdot-data-shows/) made a public records request and found the following increase in deaths along the RGV roadways;
2019 – 69 Fatalities
2020 – 81 Fatalities
2021 – 113 Fatalities
Data shows many car crashes happen due to drunk driving, increasing during the holidays. Hopefully, no one was killed in your car crash. But if they were, we also manage wrongful death cases (https://jvlawfirm.net/practice-areas/wrongful-death/).
You are entitled to total compensation, whether it was a hit-and-run or disappearing act.
Top Brownsville Lawyer Shares 3 Things Not to Do After a Car Accident in the Rio Grande Valley
Javier Villarreal has been fighting insurance companies to get fair compensation for RGV residents for over twenty years. If your insurance company isn’t cooperating, don’t try to “compromise” with them. That approach puts the power on their side, and insurance adjustors will take advantage. Contact us instead. You deserve the payment of a claim that fully covers those medical bills after a car crash. You also deserve compensation for anything else related to the accident. But that’s not the end of it. If you’ve been ghosted by the other driver but did collect some information, Javier Villarreal will find out if there’s an insurance company on the other side and talk to them, too.
Any evidence helps us, including street cameras with video of the crash and police reports. Those are not things you need to worry about attaining; we know how to get them quickly!
If you’ve been in a car accident, there are a few things you can do. Javier Villarreal recently posted a new video about the three most important steps to take after being in a hit-and-run accident in Brownsville.
The best response to any car crash is to contact a lawyer immediately. Avoid haggling with an insurance adjuster. Their job is to save the insurance company money, and it happens at your expense.