What Is A Hit-And-Run Motorist Case?
When someone causes an accident and flees the scene, or gives you fraudulent identification, you will have a hit-and-run case. A hit-and-run case is treated similarly to an uninsured motorist case. Many times, our clients or witnesses are able to get a license plate of the car which caused the accident. While this can be important, it is not necessary in order to present a claim for damages in a hit-and-run accident.
What should I do in a hit-and-run accident?
Like all accidents, you should properly document your accident. In a hit-and-run accident, you must file a police report within 24 hours. Failure to do so will likely result in your uninsured motorist claim being denied by your insurance company. If you have a license plate, allow the police to do their job. If they are able to identify the car, they will do so. You should also contact a hit-and-run attorney familiar with hit-and-run and uninsured motorist cases.
Your insurance company will take the place of the hit-and-run motorist.
Many people believe that if they are in a hit-and-run accident, they are unable to make a recovery. This is untrue. Your insurance company steps into the shoes of the hit-and-run vehicle. As such, your insurance company is responsible for not only your medical bills and lost wages but also your pain and suffering, as well as other damages caused by the hit-and-run vehicle. But do not expect that your insurance company will fairly compensate you simply because they are your insurance company.