Imagine getting into an accident where the other vehicle driver does not stop to exchange information with you, such as ways to contact them and relevant insurance policy details. These accidents can be highly stressful and frustrating on your part, especially if you face severe injuries and will likely struggle to progress through your daily life. But in addition to being confusing, leaving the scene of the accident before exchanging information is illegal. From a law perspective, you should not be in a position where you struggle to learn a liable party’s identity.
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident—especially if you suffer severe injuries and face steep medical expenses as a result—we want you to know you are not alone. While you may struggle to determine the exact identity of the liable party, we have resources and processes that we can use to your advantage to help. Further, even if the responsible party cannot be identified, we may be able to help you collect compensation for your losses. Please don’t hesitate to contact Mott & Moffett and connect with a hit-and-run lawyer who can help.
If you want to receive compensation for your losses after a hit-and-run, the legal system will generally require you to prove a few items are accurate. Allow us to give you a brief breakdown relating to these items, and consider the following:
In terms of a hit-and-run accident, you will generally be in a setting where others who are present owe you a duty of care. Other drivers are required to follow safety and traffic laws, obey traffic signs and signals, and avoid distractions that increase risks of harm. Often, the driver who leaves the scene will owe the other motorist a duty of care before, during, and after the incident takes place.
The court will require that you prove a duty of care was broken against the victim, at least in personal injury law. In a hit-and-run accident, the driver may have actively texted instead of paying attention to the road, started speeding, ignored traffic laws, or similar other items. You will likely need to collect evidence proving some duty of care was broken, like video footage of the incident showing the at-fault driver speeding.
To receive compensation, you must connect your injuries and other expenses to the incident. This can also be proven with evidence related to the hit-and-run accident. It would be best if you also kept tabs on related monetary losses, like decreasing incoming finances when you are forced to take time off work, medical bills, property damage cost calculations, and anything else that might be associated.
Hit-and-run accidents often require increased evidence collection and analysis, which can be challenging to face alone. We recommend you work with a hit-and-run accident lawyer for assistance during this difficult time. A lawyer will streamline and simplify the process of proving your case and receiving the compensation you need.
We recommend that everyone seeks medical attention after an accident, including hit-and-run incidents. This is because your injuries deserve care as soon as possible if you want to heal as quickly and fully as possible. Your doctor can also help you identify any latent medical problems that you may not have initially noticed and could have otherwise worsened over time.
There are many concerning signs that should push you to visit a medical professional, such as lingering pain, headaches, worsened focus, nightmares, or changes in personality or behavior. To be completely safe, we recommend you see a doctor after any accident that could result in injuries. If you need help finding a trustworthy and qualified medical professional, you may be able to receive a referral from a hit-and-run lawyer.
For most hit-and-run accidents, we recommend you begin filing a claim by contacting your insurance company and reporting the details to them. You will likely get a more accurate estimate for compensation if you collect relevant details and information, like photos, videos, witness statements, forms of contact, police and crash reports, and medical bills. You may also need to make a report to the DMV.
After filing a claim with your insurance company, we recommend working with a lawyer. Until you meet with and consult a lawyer, we strongly encourage you to refrain from accepting the settlement your insurance initially offers. In most cases, you will be entitled to far more compensation than they are willing to pay, and working with a lawyer can help you receive the financial assistance you truly deserve.
If you suffer injuries and related expenses after a hit-and-run incident, you will likely benefit from speaking with a representative at Mott & Moffett. One of our talented, experienced, and compassionate hit-and-run lawyers can help you with your legal matters in several ways. We invite you to contact us at your earliest convenience and simplify the process.
You can reach us by calling (713) 489-7907 or completing our contact form. When you partner with us, we can begin discussing the details of your case and working toward the success you deserve. Our team looks forward to hearing from you, learning more about your case, and helping you through your recovery process.