Evansville Hit & Run Lawyer
A hit and run collision, also known as leaving the scene, adds considerable insult to injury; not only did a driver’s actions potentially cause a needless, life-threatening incident that could have been prevented by driving more prudently, but leaving the crash without offering aid or checking on the status of the other party is downright immoral. Unfortunately, hit and runs happen every day. In fact, hit and run fatalities have increased by 60 percent since 2009, according to AAA. The majority of these deaths are pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users because hitting a person leaves the driver’s vehicle intact and capable of driving away. Whether you were hit as a pedestrian, a driver, a cyclist, or another road user, you have options when it comes to compensation, and the skilled Evansville hit & run lawyers at Indianapolis Injury Lawyers can help.
If the Other Driver is Eventually Tracked Down or Located
If the other driver is caught or comes forward—both rare events—there is a good chance they will be held liable for your damages. However, negligence still must be proven. For example, if you were drunk or texting at the time of the crash, it could be difficult to prove that the other driver was at fault. But in most cases, the fact that the other party fled the scene helps build a case against them and for their negligence.
If the Other Driver Is Never Found
Unfortunately, most hit and run drivers get away with the crime. While data is limited in most cities and states, for an example of how few hit and runs are solved, the LAPD only solved eight percent of hit and runs in 2012, according to the Daily News. If the other driver is never found, your own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (your UM policy) can be activated. Your UM coverage can be used to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and everything else that you would be able to sue the other party for. However, your insurance company will act in its own best interest, and will attempt to limit your compensation, just as another party’s insurer would, so it is wise to work with an attorney who can help maximize your compensation for fair payment. Furthermore, UM coverage can be applied to you as a pedestrian or cyclist—you did not have to be driving a car at the time of the hit and run for your UM coverage to apply.
Call an Evansville Hit and Run Lawyer Today
Recovering from the physical and emotional trauma of a hit and run crash is a challenge. It can be eye opening in terms of one’s faith in humanity to see another person have such a blatant disregard for your safety and well being. A personal injury claim can at least restore the financial burden that has been put upon you. To learn more about your legal options for compensation, call the Evansville hit and run lawyers at Indianapolis Injury Lawyers today at 317-455- 4043 to schedule a consultation at no cost.