Did you know that over 682,000 hit and run car accidents happen every year in America? Unfortunately, many of those cases end in dead ends without locating the fleeing driver. However, there are some things that you can do to increase your chances of being compensated for your injuries and property damage.
Why Drivers Flee the Scene
There are many reasons that drivers flee the scene of an accident. They may not have the state mandated insurance coverage. Being caught in an accident without insurance is a criminal offense that could lead to license suspension.
Other drivers flee the scene because they are under the influence, have warrants, or have drugs in their possession, all of which can lead to an arrest. In these cases you are much more likely to get compensation for the accident because the driver may still have insurance to cover the damages, that is, of course, if the driver can be found.
Finding the Fleeing Driver
The police will launch their own investigation to locate the missing driver, but the harsh reality is that they don’t have the time or resources to hunt down every hit and run driver. Your case may not be at the top of their list of priorities. For that reason, it can be helpful to launch your own investigation. A personal injury attorney can help you hire a private investigator to uncover facts about the case that could lead to apprehension of the driver.
If the driver is found and has insurance, a personal injury attorney can guarantee that you get full compensation for your injuries and losses. If the driver is found and doesn’t have insurance, we can assist you in suing the driver to recover whatever assets they have available. This is likely to be much less than your actual losses.
If the driver doesn’t have insurance or can’t be found, you still have the option of using your uninsured motorist coverage, if you opted for it. However, your insurance company cannot be trusted to give you full compensation. As a personal injury attorney, we can work with the insurance company on your behalf to make sure that all of your losses are completely covered.
If you were the victim of a hit and run accident, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.