Hit & run accidents in the U.S. have increased by 15 percent over the last 5 years. Motor vehicles are involved in about 3.5 million hit and run accidents each year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hit and run incidents account for 1 out of 5 pedestrian deaths. There are many reasons that a driver will flee the scene of an accident. The three most common reasons are:
The first priority in handling a hit and run accident case is to identify the driver and owner of the vehicle that leaves the scene. It is necessary to get identifying information such as license plate information, make and model of the vehicle, and a description of the people in the vehicle. Often times the people involved deny that they were involved when they are tracked down. So that identifying information is critical to prove that they were responsible for the accident.
If the involved vehicle was not insured or can not be identified, you may have rights to be compensated under your own auto insurance policy. You have coverage for uninsured motorist protection under your Minnesota automobile policy. This provides coverage to compensate you for damages that the hit and run driver would have been responsible for. Your lawyer will help you investigate your case and present the claim to the appropriate insurance carrier.
If you have been injured by a hit & run driver, you need legal representation. Contact Terry, Slane & Ruohonen, at 612-TSR-TIME, and speak directly to an attorney. Our partners are skilled, aggressive litigators with years of experience.