Compensation when You’ve Been Involved in a Hit and Run Accident
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, you may be wondering what your options are. It’s important to know that anyone who has been involved in an accident that results in property damage or personal injury must stay at the scene, he cannot leave. If he does so, it’s considered a crime. So, now only is his individual who caused the accident reneging on his responsibility to pay the compensation for the damages he caused, he’s also fleeing the law.
You’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you are left to wonder how you ever receive money for the damages sustained as a result of that accident.
It is important for you to know that you do have some options. It’s best if you contact and experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine what your options are. There may be a witness to the accident who can better able identify the driver, helping the police eventually locate them. If they are found, not only are they facing a lawsuit from you for the injuries you have sustained, but they also face criminal charges. If someone is involved in a hit-and-run accident and a fatality is the result of that accident, the individual who left the scene could also be charged with felony manslaughter.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, and the driver who caused the accident is not located, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. You will have coverage under your own insurance policy referred to as “uninsured motorist” coverage, and what this means is that if you’re in an accident with someone who does not have automobile insurance, this part of your policy kicks in and covers your damages and injuries. Because you are unable to identify the driver of the other vehicle, this portion of the policy takes place.
Now, the only issue here is that you will be fighting for money from your own insurance company, which can be difficult. This is why the services of TJ Smith will come in handy, as their firm can fight for what is rightfully yours and get you the compensation you deserve. Your insurance company may tempt you with “fast cash”, which is a settlement offer that is probably not the amount of money you need in order to be properly compensated for your injuries. Do not accept any money until you’ve had a chance to talk it over with your lawyer.
If the Driver Is Located
If the driver is located, then you would file a claim against his insurance company. Keep in mind that, while the driver may be charged with a crime for leaving the scene of the accident, it will still be your responsibility to prove that the driver did, in fact, cause the accident that caused your damages and injury. Call an experienced lawyer today for more information.