What Options Are Available to Receive Compensation If a Hit and Run Driver Flees the Scene?
While any automobile accident can be traumatic, having the negligent driver flee the scene of the crash compounds your stress. A hit and run crash can also seriously limit your ability to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Options to Seek Compensation for Injuries in a Hit and Run Accident
Negligent drivers flee the scene of a crash for many reasons. They may not have the minimum automobile insurance coverage required by Idaho law; or could be afraid their insurance rates will increase if you make a claim because they already caused a number of wrecks; or they were intoxicated when they hit you and don't want to be arrested.
The good news is you may have options for obtaining the compensation you need, even if you're injured by a hit and run driver. You may be able to do the following:
- Locate the other driver. The bottom line is that you must identify the driver and his insurance company to make a claim. If you suffered injuries, the police may be more likely to investigate your accident as a crime and could locate the motorist for you. If he has insurance coverage, you can file a claim.
- Obtain restitution. If the driver is criminally charged, you can ask the judge to order him to provide compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses as part of his sentence.
- File an uninsured coverage claim. If you purchased uninsured motorist coverage, you can file a claim for compensation for your injuries under your own insurance policy. Even if you locate the negligent driver, he may have insufficient coverage to fully compensate you, and you may need to file an uninsured motorist claim—again, only available if you purchased this coverage.
- File a claim under your collision coverage. If you purchased collision insurance as part of your insurance policy, you can file a claim under this provision for your vehicle repairs and car rental expenses.
An experienced car accident attorney may be able to help you locate the negligent driver and can negotiate a settlement for you with your own insurance company—sometimes as challenging as resolving your claim with the other driver’s company. If you or a loved one was injured in a hit and run accident, contact Alan Morton to schedule a free consultation.