Hit and run accidents are not as rare as you’d think. Reckless drivers often cause serious accidents and then flee the scene irresponsibly, leaving the victims on their own. If you or a loved one have been involved in such a hit and run accident and the offender remains unidentified, you still have a fighting chance for assistance with both your financial and non-economic damages.
A qualified hit and run accident lawyer will be more than willing to review your case and help you at every step of the process of claiming your compensation. There are several loopholes and complications that insurance companies tend to play just to avoid paying up what they owe you.
If you get involved in this mess, the physical and emotional toll can be overwhelming. Dealing with the problem itself is very demanding, you don’t have to deal with the legal battle (and you shouldn’t). Let an expert pedestrian accident attorney or car accident attorney handle it instead.
Drivers often panic when they get involved in a motor vehicle accident, and instead of sticking around – which is the civic and legal requirement of any citizen, they flee the scene. The law dictates that after an accident, the person responsible must stop at the spot and exchange information (license, registration number, phone number, etc.)
But if they flee to avoid the legal responsibilities (or maybe they were intoxicated, uninsured, etc.), the law still offers support to the accident victims and will compensate you for any injury and property damage (damaged vehicle) you sustained, even if the offender is not caught.
Leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it (hit and run) is construed as a misdemeanor, and the driver may be charged as such. However, if the injury sustained by the victim turns out to be serious or fatal, we're looking at a felony.
Drivers suspected of hit and run may lose their license if caught by law enforcement and may even see jail time (difficult time if the accident was severe). Somewhere about 35 percent of traffic-related deaths involve pedestrians. Intoxication is a major catalyst in this hit and run equation.
If the at-fault driver remains unidentified, you can forward a personal injury claim for compensation to your insurance company.
The law dictates that insurance coverage must encompass uninsured/underinsured motorist protection in their insurance schemes. This applies in all cases except if you decline to have it covered in your insurance policy (which you should never do).
The uninsured motorist coverage will reimburse you for any damages sustained during a hit and run accident if the driver remains unidentified. This covers compensations for all economic and non-economic (physical, mental, etc.) losses sustained by you and others involved in the incident, such as passengers in your car.
However, insurance companies can and do dispute your claims. They may downplay your sufferings and losses so that they don’t have to pay as much for them, or they may refuse to help outright in bad faith. In either case, you should never handle this tussle alone.
Remember that anything you say or do can be held against you in the court of law, so be cautious. You don’t even have to say anything, just walk out and let qualified accident injury attorneys deal with the mess. You will have to sue the company to make it honor its commitment.
On average, hit and run cases get people a compensation of around $10,000 to $25,000. The police will do their best to catch the driver (however, the ratio of hit and run offenders caught is not very promising), and their efforts will be doubled if the accident involved some bodily harm.
To build a strong case for yourself, you’ll have to act. While your car accident lawyer will handle all the legal stuff, what you do immediately after an accident like this will decide how solid your case is. First things first, pull yourself together.
Call the police immediately and wait for the officers to arrive. Keep all the details, as far as you can remember, in your mind. When the cops show up, tell them everything you can recall.
You must provide the police with as much information about the offender as possible. This includes: Details of the at-fault driver's vehicle (color, model, and company)
Take photographs of damage sustained and share them with the police officers as well.
Since stuff like this is very unpredictable, you will need additional support to complete your narration. If there were any eyewitnesses on the scene, ask them for their contact information as they can prove to be valuable as witnesses.
Hold onto your police report and any bills and receipts, which can help your lawyer put an estimate on your total financial losses due to this event.
Going through hit and run auto accidents is highly traumatic. However, we must move on, and experienced hit and run accident lawyers can help you make all the difference in getting fair compensation for financial losses, bodily injury (i.e., spinal cord injuries), agony, disruption of mental peace, and so on.
But there is one thing that you should not worry about, and that is reaching out for the help of a legal team. We, at Firouzbakht Law Firm, have been serving our clients for years now. Our hit-and-run accident attorneys have provided justice for clients time and again.. Call us today to book your free consultation and case review session.
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