Filing a Hit and Run Case: What You Need to Know
October 5, 2015
Among personal injury cases, hit and run accidents are the most common. Nevertheless, these cases are often difficult to defend because the person at fault usually is unidentified. Furthermore, the accident victim normally has to undergo medical attention and the claims process.
Involvement in a hit and run accident is necessarily followed by key steps. The first step is to immediately report the incident to the police. In many jurisdictions, the victim has a legal responsibility to contact the police if they become involved in an accident that resulted in any form of injury or property damage (to a certain damage). This police report will help initiate the claims process and also strengthen the legal case filed against the defendant.
Personal injury lawyers also require victims to undergo medical attention. Certain injuries are not self-evident, and medical documents that directly link the accident to a specific injury (or injuries) are necessary for any injury claim.
Lastly, individuals should be aware that hit and run accident claims are usually processed under the victim’s automotive insurance policy. This is mandatory for many states; however, some areas waive deductibles for these types of accidents. Victims should speak with their injury lawyer to determine coverage in their specific state (these can include medical payments or even collision coverage depending on location). If the driver is identified, the claim is processed under that person’s car insurance coverage.