Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Can Give Hit-and-Run Victims Real Options
When you fall victim to a drunk driver or a motorist too busy talking on a cell phone to focus on the road, an unexpected collision can turn your life upside down. No one wants to be involved in an auto accident which can result in severe pain, physical disability, financial hardships, and more. However, the situation goes from bad to worse when the at-fault driver flees the scene of the accident without exchanging driver’s license, contact, and insurance information. The physical and mental anguish associated with a car accident can be exacerbated by the prospect of not being compensated for injuries and property damage. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, an experienced car accident lawyer can help you explore options for obtaining financial compensation.
In the immediate wake of a hit and run accident, you need to provide as much information as you can about the other driver and his or her vehicle. When you call for help from emergency responders, you should let the 911 operator know you are injured and request that both an ambulance and law enforcement respond. As soon as you have made this phone call, you should jot down all the details you can remember about the other vehicle/driver, such as:
- Color, type, make, and model of the vehicle
- Height, weight, gender, hair color/style, and eye color of the other driver
- Any part of the license plate you noticed
- Identifying features of the vehicle (e.g., scratches, body damage, unusual bumper stickers or decals, and other unique distinguishing features)
- Negligent acts by the at-fault driver
If any witnesses observed the accident, you should also see if they have additional information that might assist law enforcement in tracking down the fleeing driver. Witnesses will have seen the collision from a different angle, so they might be able to provide details about the other vehicle or driver that you could not see from your position.
Even if the police cannot track down the other driver, this does not mean you cannot obtain compensation for your injuries and other forms of loss. An experienced Hit-and-Run Accident Injury Attorney can review the accident report and other evidence to determine if parties other than the other driver might be financially responsible for your losses. For example, the owner of a vehicle who loans their car to a friend could be liable for failing to exercise reasonable care when electing to loan the car to the at-fault motorist.
Depending on where the accident occurred, a car accident lawyer can assist you in seeking compensation even if no viable defendant can be located and identified. Some motorists do not know that their own policy includes Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. Although this means making a claim against your own policy, your insurer might be less than helpful if you do not have legal representation. Insurance companies prefer not to pay on claims even when the claimant is their own insured. If you have been injured by a driver who fled the scene, an experienced personal injury attorney can explore every reasonable option to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries by a responsible party.
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