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What happens if you suffer a hit-and-run?

| Oct 8, 2020 | Car Accidents

When you see a car chase in the movies, the camera concentrates on two parties: those being chased and those chasing them. Yet, in most of these scenes, there are various other vehicles involved. One of the cars in the chase inevitably crashes into a whole host of other cars along the way, usually at high speed. Yet the hero and villain never stop to check the people they have hit to see if they are injured.

Hit-and-runs occur in real life, too, and they do not require a death-defying chase for them to happen. You could be sitting parked outside the store or driving your kids home from school when a negligent driver crashes into you and fails to stop. It could also happen when you are riding your bicycle or walking.

The law says drivers must stop if they crash into you, to check if you are injured and help where possible. They must give you their insurance details, and if there is injury, death or a certain amount of damage, they must call the police.

Despite this, many drivers still flee the scene. Perhaps they do not have a license or insurance. Maybe the car is stolen, or perhaps they are scared of what will happen. However, failing to stop at the scene of an accident is an offense and highly irresponsible.

If a hit-and-run driver injures you, you may be worried about how you will pay your medical expenses. Your insurer must include some coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers as part of your policy, yet they may be reluctant to pay. An attorney can help you get the compensation you need.