Hit and Run Accidents FAQ
How do I prove that a hit and run accident was someone elseâ€™s fault if that person has left the scene of the accident?
In order to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit, the injured party must be able to prove that another person was at fault for the accident. In order to help prove the fault of the hit and run driver it is important to contact the police so that a report of the accident can be taken. Witnesses to the accident can provide valuable information to help determine who was at fault in a hit and run crash. Be sure to get the names and telephone numbers of witnesses. If possible take photos of the damages to your car and as well as the crash scene in general including any skid marks. You should speak to a skilled hit and run accident lawyer as soon as possible because evidence of the scene and of the automobile damage should be preserved as soon as possible.
A passenger riding in my car was also injured when the car was struck by a hit and run driver. Can my passenger be compensated for injuries?
Yes, your passenger can be compensated for injuries. Your passenger may file a claim through their own car insurance or the car ownerâ€™s insurance if available.
If a bicyclist or pedestrian is hit by a hit and run driver how are they compensated?
A bicyclist or pedestrian injured by a hit and run driver can seek compensation through their own automobile insurance policy or through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund if they do not have their own automobile insurance policy.
How long do I have to file a claim either with my insurance company or through a lawsuit in a hit and run accident?
If you are involved in a hit and run accident you must report this accident to your insurance company within seven days of the accident. You have up to two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.