You’ve been injured in a hit and run accident. What are the next steps?
By Greg Kaminsky, Staff Writer
As anyone who has been involved in a personal injury case knows, personal injury claims can be very complicated. There are a variety of factors that can affect your case and the results, and insurance companies will pressure you to settle out of court as soon as possible in order to avoid the possibility of having to pay you more. When you do go to court, you will have to demonstrate how and why you were injured, and how your injury has accounted for past, present, and future pain and suffering. Not to mention being able to clearly demonstrate who exactly was at fault for your injury and said pain and suffering.
Now, imagine doing all that without knowing who it was that caused your injury. That is one of the biggest challenges for anyone filing a personal injury claim in a hit and run accident. Most of the time, the person injured will have to fall back on his or her own insurance, because the person who caused the accident fled the scene and didn’t provide their information. And instead of having your insurance company on your side, you could actually end up fighting with your own insurance company to get the full compensation that you need and deserve.
That’s why it’s important to have the help of a dedicated and experienced accident attorney to represent you in a hit and run accident claim.
In an ideal world, everyone would be held accountable for their own actions, and those who cause accidents would make things right by taking responsibility for their actions and accepting the consequences. However, that is not always the case, and those consequences can be too intimidating for some to bear, causing them to run and hide when they should be facing the music. Sometimes they get caught, and sometimes they don’t.
Regardless of what happens to the hit and run driver, most auto insurance policies do include uninsured motorist coverage for this sort of scenario. The question is – do you trust your insurance company to accurately and honestly assess the damages when it’s your well being on the line? Remember, your insurance company is supposed to cover your mistakes, not the mistakes of others, and will try to minimize the amount of compensation you receive.
So if you have been injured in a hit and run accident, you should hire a personal injury attorney who won’t look at you as a mathematical equation, but will stand up to the insurance companies to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.