After an accident, every driver understands their duty to pull over into
a safe area, call 911 in case of emergency, and exchange information with
the other person involved. However, some irresponsible and careless drivers
choose to leave the scene of the accident, even knowing the potential
to face civil and criminal consequences if caught.
Most hit and run drivers leave the scene of an accident because they are
intoxicated, uninsured, avoiding being arrested, driving a stolen vehicle,
or otherwise behaving unlawfully. These reasons alone are incentive enough
to pursue a claim and file a police report. Immediately after a hit and
run accident, you should contact law enforcement. Filing a police report
will go far in establishing the details of the accident and to ensure
your road to obtaining compensation is as uneventful as possible. Not
only that, but it will help police potentially catch the perpetrator based
on the vehicle description, witness accounts, etc.
What Are My Legal Options?
You may be wondering how to hold the at-fault driver responsible if he
or she cannot be found, which is a valid concern for victims of these
types of accidents. However, there is no need to feel hopeless about your
chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. If the police can locate
the driver, you can choose to pursue your claim against them or their
insurance company. Even if the perpetrator is not found, you can still
fight to obtain compensation from your own insurance company.
Injured by a Hit & Run Driver? Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys
For Aggressive Representation Today
The Law Office of James M. Stanley is led by a legal team with unparalleled
knowledge and tenacity to fight on behalf of the injured. We will explore
every option so you have the means to put this traumatic and stressful
chapter of your life behind you.
Are you interested in scheduling a free consultation?
Call (817) 591-4222 to learn how we can assist you today.