Muncie Hit & Run Accident Lawyer
Indiana has one of the highest percentages of uninsured motorists in the country. Because they fear the legal and financial consequences of a car crash, these tortfeasors (negligent drivers) often flee from accident scenes. That flight makes it more difficult for these victims to obtain fair compensation for their serious injuries.
Fortunately for these individuals, the tenacious Muncie hit & run accident lawyers at the office of Indianapolis Injury Lawyers do not give up easily. We know how to collect evidence in these cases, so we can hold these tortfeasors (negligent drivers) responsible for the injuries they callously cause. Once we locate the responsible party, because of our thorough preparation, we are usually able to settle these claims out of court and on victim-friendly terms.
Tracking Down the Tortfeasor
In many jurisdictions, only a small number of hit & run drivers are apprehended and successfully prosecuted in criminal court. That’s mostly because of the high burden of proof in these cases as outlined below. That’s also because, in many cases, investigators are not particularly diligent. Since many officers consider car crashes to be civil matters, they often do not follow up on leads like:
- Reviewing Surveillance Video: Cameras, such as security cameras and traffic cameras, cover many of the busiest intersections in Muncie. The footage, even if it was several blocks from the accident scene, often contains important clues about the tortfeasor’s identity.
- Collecting Additional Witness Statements: For various reasons, many people do not want to talk to police officers. Yet these individuals normally will share their knowledge with a Muncie hit & run accident lawyer.
- Stakeouts: There is nothing glamorous about waiting for hours to see if a hit & run driver returns to the scene of the crime. But since most tortfeasors live or work near the accident scene, there’s a good chance that will happen.
To collect this evidence, many attorneys partner with private investigators and other professionals. This additional investment of resources almost always pays big dividends in terms of the compensation the victim receives.
Burden of Proof in Civil Court
The standard of evidence in criminal court is beyond a reasonable doubt. In practical terms, unless the hit & run tortfeasor voluntarily confesses or a credible witness places the tortfeasor behind the wheel at the scene of the accident, it’s almost impossible to obtain a conviction.
However, this task is much easier in civil court. The burden of proof is only a preponderance of the evidence, or more likely than not.
So, in many cases, a Muncie hit & run accident lawyer must only identify the vehicle’s owner. It is more likely than not that the owner was also driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, especially if the owner does not have an ironclad alibi. So, a nugget of evidence like a partial plate number might be enough to establish liability in civil court.
Damages in a car crash claim usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Reach Out to an Experienced Lawyer
Personal injury victims have important rights. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Muncie, contact the office of Indianapolis Injury Lawyers. We routinely handle matters in Delaware County and nearby jurisdictions.