A hit-and-run accident poses special challenges with regard to accident reconstruction, determination of liability and collection of compensation from appropriate sources. Leaving the scene of an accident in this manner is of course illegal, and if the offending motorist is found, there will likely be criminal charges. However, if he or she is not found, and if the accident was a result of that motorist's error, it may prove to be impossible to collect compensation from that motorist or his or her insurance carrier.
The first order of business is to make every effort to find the car or truck that was involved in a collision. (In some cases, there may not have been an actual collision, but the motorcycle, car or truck that disappeared may have obviously caused a crash — such as by forcing another vehicle off the road). In some high-stakes, high-dollar cases, it may be worthwhile for the injured person's attorney to hire a private investigator to increase the likelihood of tracking down the missing offender. Sometimes private investigators will work harder and follow more leads than law enforcement departments will do before giving up.
If you were injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident and the other motorist has not been found, talk to an attorney with experience handling hit-and-run accidents. At Rittgers & Rittgers, we will not give up as we pursue every avenue of recovery of compensation for our injured clients. After a hit-and-run accident, that is likely to include the injured person's own uninsured/underinsured motorist accident insurance coverage.
What if an injured bicyclist, pedestrian, motorcycle rider or occupant of a car, truck or bus has no uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage? Sometimes we find available resources in a family member's insurance policy. And sometimes we discover that our clients actually do have such coverage but their insurance companies' claims adjusters do not even mention it when our clients contact them after an accident.
The bottom line after a hit-and-run accident is clear: There is no substitute for working with an experienced plaintiff's lawyer who is on your side. You cannot count on another motorist, or police, or your own insurance company to disclose all the information you need to maximize collection of compensation. An attorney with experience, persistence and interests aligned with yours can fill the gap inherent in a hit-and-run accident.
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