Hit and Run

Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney In El Paso, TX

Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can be shocking and confusing. In El Paso, and in Texas at large, drivers are required to stop, remain on the scene, and provide certain information to the other driver and law enforcement after a crash occurs. Unfortunately, some drivers who cause accidents will flee the scene to escape liability or legal consequences.

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident in El Paso, contact our knowledgeable car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC today for a free consultation. We’ll help you understand your rights and legal options for pursuing the compensation you need.

Get Legal Help Now

Schedule Your Free Consultation at The Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • Community-Rooted Advocacy
  • Personalized, Compassionate Legal Representation
  • Round-the-Clock, Dedicated Service

Accident Reporting Requirements in Texas

When an accident occurs, drivers are required by Texas law to stop at the scene of the accident, render aid, if necessary, and provide certain information to others involved in the collision and to law enforcement. If a driver fails to stop and provide this information, that could constitute a hit-and-run, even if the driver wasn’t at fault for the accident.

After an accident, drivers must provide their:

  • Name and address
  • Insurance details
  • Vehicle’s registration number
  • Driver’s license, if asked

If an accident involves injury, death, or vehicle damage to the extent that the vehicle can’t be driven safely and normally, then the drivers are required to immediately report the accident to law enforcement. However, any driver involved in a hit-and-run should immediately contact the police.

Any motorist who hits a stationary car is required to stop. They must also locate the owner or operator of the vehicle or leave a written notice in a conspicuous place, including their name, address, contact information, and an explanation of the collision.

Steps to Protect Yourself After a Hit-And-Run Accident

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident in El Paso, you should follow these steps directly after the accident:

  • Make sure that everyone is okay – The first thing you should do immediately after the accident is move your vehicle out of harm’s way and then ensure that no one is injured, including yourself.
  • Call 911 – Call law enforcement to the scene of the accident. Getting law enforcement involved from the outset increases the chance that you will eventually locate the hit-and-run driver. You will also need a copy of the police report when you file a claim with the insurance provider.
  • Write down details you can remember – Make a note of as many details as you can while you wait for the police to arrive on the scene. Write down a description of the vehicle and its license plate number if you saw it.
  • Collect information from eyewitnesses – If there are any bystanders nearby who may have witnessed the accident, ask them if they remember anything about the vehicle. Get their contact information in case they remember any more details later.
  • Gather evidence – If you’re able to, take photos or videos of the accident scene. If any parts of the hit-and-run vehicle came off in the accident, document them. There might even be evidence on your own vehicle that can help identify the hit-and run-vehicle, such as paint scrapes.
  • Call your insurance provider – You are likely required to promptly notify your insurance company of the hit-and-run accident. They can also review your coverage options with you.
  • Contact an experienced hit-and-run lawyer – A skilled El Paso car accident attorney can begin collecting evidence to support your case for compensation, even if you must turn to your own insurance provider for coverage.

Will Insurance Cover Your Damages?

If law enforcement officers are able to track down the hit-and-run driver, you could file a claim against their liability insurance or a lawsuit against them. However, if you’re not able to track down the driver, or if they don’t have liability insurance, you may have other options.

As a hit-and-run victim, you can potentially turn to your own uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) policies to seek compensation for losses you sustained in the accident, such as medical expenses, lost income, car repair costs, and pain and suffering. Insurance companies in Texas are required to offer drivers UM/UIM coverage, though drivers may reject it in writing.

In addition, your Texas auto insurance policy may include personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This coverage can be used to compensate you for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you incur because of the hit-and-run accident.

In need of legal help?

We can help! Call the attorneys you know.

On This Page

We are experienced El Paso personal injury lawyers. Give us a call and you’ll be taken care of! (915) 333-3333

Michael J. GopinReviewsout of 5 reviews
"Awesome staff.

Worked hard for my case. Bills paid and I got highly compensated.”


Mr. Marshall had a premises liability accident in an El Paso restaurant where he took a pretty hard hit to his shoulder. Thanks to the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, he was able to get in a timely matter a settlement that was beyond his expectations!

"I was badly injured in an accident and the insurance was refusing to pay.

Michael Gopin settled my case and got my car fixed, medical bills paid and I got a great settlement too. The staff was caring and attentive to me. I couldn’t be happier. Go see Michael Gopin.”

"I was in bad shape when I hired Michael Gopin.

He and his staff quickly took care of my issues and settled case. I am beyond happy with their services.”


Cruz was involved in a terrible car accident and his car was totaled after the traumatic event. With the help of the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC., fate sided with him and the following legal processes went in his favor.

"Awesome settlement.

Everything smooth and easy. They fought hard for me and negotiated large discounts on my medical bills.”

"The staff and Michael Gopin were totally professional and caring.

My case settled and I received an excellent settlement. This office cared about me. Thanks Michael Gopin. I highly recommend.”


John and his son were involved in a traumatic car accident. Thanks to The Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC., the Shamley Family had the support they needed to turn this painful experience into one of hope and triumph.

Related Practice Areas We Handle

Accidents can happen in a number of different ways. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer in El Paso, Texas as soon as possible. Contact our law office today to set up a free consultation.

  • Highway Car Accidents

    Highway car accidents can be devastating. Cars and trucks travel at high speeds on El...

  • Drunk Driving Accident

    Drunk driving car accidents shatter thousands of lives in Texas every...

  • Rear-End Car Crash

    A rear-end accident in El Paso can happen suddenly, even to the most cautious driver....

  • Rideshare Accident

    During the last few years, rideshare services have completely revolutionized the...

  • Rollover Accident

    Texans like to drive big vehicles like SUVs. These big vehicles can get through all types...

  • Texting and Driving Accident

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that an average of nine...

  • Car Accident

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how responsible and cautious you are behind the...

How An El Paso Hit and Run Lawyer Can Help

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident here in El Paso, don’t wait to reach out to our car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC. We have more than 30 years of combined legal experience we will put to use to help you after a hit-and-run accident. We will fully explore all of your potential legal options for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get Legal Help Now
In The News