Helping You Make Sense of a Frustrating Situation
Committing a hit and run – or leaving the scene of a car accident before you exchange insurance and identifying information with the other parties – is illegal in California. But that doesn’t stop countless drivers from committing hit and run accidents every day across the state. If you were injured in a crash and the other driver fled before you could identify them, you’re going to be frustrated, but don’t lose sight of the goal: your complete recovery.
Triumph Law, P.C. and our Folsom personal injury lawyers can help you form a claim and pursue compensation with as little stress on you as possible. Even though the other driver is unidentified, you might still be able to get a monetary recovery that keeps your finances afloat as you recuperate.
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What to Do After a Hit & Run
Ideally, you can stop a hit and run accident after it has happened. How? Notify the police immediately of your crash by dialing 911. Tell the dispatcher that someone has committed a hit and run and give them as much information as you can about the suspect.
When telling the police about the hit and run driver, try to include:
- Make, model, and color of the other car
- Any digits of the license plate that you can remember
- What part of the other car hit your car (and was damaged)
- Basic description of the driver
- Direction or road the other car used to flee
In some situations, the police can respond quickly to your hit and run report, track down the other driver, and make an arrest. In others, it might take a few weeks or even months before the suspect shows up again and is caught. What is important is that if the other driver is caught and positively identified, you can file a car accident claim against their auto insurance policy, just as you would have if they had never fled the scene in the first place. Your claim might be delayed, but it is still better to take legal action later than never.
First-Party Uninsured Motorist Claims
Most hit and run drivers get away with it, as frustrating as that is to learn. The police can try to figure out who hit you, but oftentimes, there just is not enough concrete evidence to identify the suspect and justify an arrest. If the hit and run driver is never identified, then you are still not automatically out of options. With the guidance of our hit and run accident attorneys in Folsom, you can see if there is another way for you to still make a recovery.
Specifically, after a hit and run accident, you might be able to use your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance policy, assuming you have one. UM policies are meant to be used against drivers with no insurance, but they can also be used when the other driver is unidentified
A UM policy can pay for a variety of damages, based on the policy you purchased:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repairs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Unlike a claim you file against another driver’s insurance policy, a UM claim for a hit and run is filed against your insurer. This results in a first-party claim, which has some subtle nuances to how they are handled and how they can progress. We would be happy to make certain you understand your options and utilize them to the fullest.
Take Legal Action Today – We Can Help
You don’t have to sit still and accept your financial fate after being hurt in a hit and run accident. If you live in Folsom or the surrounding area, our legal team can help you discover all the ways you can pursue compensation.
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