INJURY OR WRONGFUL DEATH FROM A HIT & RUN?
It is against the law for a driver to leave the scene of any accident they have caused. Nevertheless, hundreds of Indiana motorists do just that every year. If you have been hit by a driver who flees the scene, you might be worried about how you will obtain compensation for your losses. Without knowing the identity of the driver, it can be hard to sue for medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs.
At Delventhal Law, we help hit and run victims get the compensation they need so they can move on with their lives. Contact one of our hit and run accident attorneys in Fort Wayne right away.
Car accidents can be expensive. You might need thousands of dollars in medical care and need repairs to your car. If you knew the identity of the other driver, you could file a lawsuit against him or her and then reach a favorable settlement. Since the driver’s identity is a mystery, what can you rely on?
Fortunately, most drivers have several options, which we summarize below:
- Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Indiana requires that insurers offer this insurance, which will cover injured motorists after a hit and run. You can receive compensation by filing a claim with your UM insurer. Check the policy limits. Indiana requires that you have at least $25,000 in uninsured bodily injury coverage, up to $50,000 per accident. However, you can also decline UM coverage in writing, so check whether you did so.
- Health insurance. You can also rely on your health insurance to pay for medical bills.
- Collision coverage. Collision insurance can pay for any damage to your car caused by the accident.
If you don’t have any of the above insurance policies, then your options for receiving compensation are much more limited, especially if the police do not ultimately identify the driver who sued you.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A HIT & RUN
Injured motorists should protect their rights after a crash, and there are some things you should and should not do. Remember the following:
- Don’t chase after the driver. What do you think you will do if you catch him? Chances are you will break the law speeding after someone, and you might even end up causing another accident. You also do not need to get into a fist fight with someone, which could result in assault charges.
- Try to obtain identifying information. Instead of speeding after a driver, you can quickly document as much about the car and driver as possible. What is the make, model, and year of the vehicle that hit year? What did the driver look like? Where did the accident take place? Write down as much of the license plate as you were able to see.
- Report the accident to the police. An officer can issue a police report, which your insurer will want to see. The police might also be on the lookout for the hit-and-run vehicle, though tracking down the suspect might not be a priority with the amount of crime in Indiana these days.
You should also receive immediate medical attention. Going to the doctor or hospital can help document the severity of your injuries. You also need to try and limit the damage. If you don’t, then you might not receive all the compensation you were expecting.
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HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP
If you have uninsured motorist insurance, you might think all you need to do is fill out a few forms with your insurer and wait for a check to arrive in the mail. However, insurers sometimes question whether you were really the victim of a hit and run. Instead, they might claim you actually caused an accident yourself and are claiming to be the victim of a hit and run to be eligible for compensation.
Other insurance companies refuse to investigate the collision or pay out compensation in a timely manner. You will need to take control of the situation, which often requires an attorney’s assistance. Your lawyer can speak with the insurance company and prod them to pay out benefits. You might also have other legal rights, which an attorney can advise you about.
CONTACT DELVENTHAL LAW OFFICE TODAY
Hit and run accidents leave victims in considerable pain and with thousands of dollars in unexpected bills. It is perfectly normal to feel outraged that the other driver was too cowardly to stick around and offer assistance. Fight back the correct way today.
At Delventhal Law Office, our Fort Wayne hit & run accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you need. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. (260) 238-8608.
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