Hit-and-Run and Uninsured Motorist Attorneys
Hit-and-run accidents are some of the most frustrating and confusing car accidents you can experience. After the pain and shock of the initial impact, it can often be difficult to think clearly and to know what your next step should be. Things become even more difficult when the other driver leaves the accident, leaving you vulnerable to further physical and financial injury. Just becuase the careless driver left the scene of the accident and was never found, does’t mean you can’t file an injury and insurance claim. At Christensen & Hymas, we are here to protect you and your family from the negative effects of careless drivers.
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How to Deal with a Hit-and-Run Accident
According to the American Institute of Stress, injury is the sixth most stressful life event. This stress level only rises when the person who is injured is left at the scene of an accident. An accident is disorienting. Regardless of the reasons or the fear that may have motivated someone to leave an accident, this is a violation of the law. After an accident, you must provide your name, address, registration number, and insurance information. Failure to do so is considered a class B misdemeanor which could result in up to six months in jail or $1,000 in fines. Despite these consequences, hit-and-run accidents occur with disturbing frequency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in one out of every five auto-pedestrian deaths, the driver leaves the scene before the accident is reported. That is why we have made it one of our firm’s priorities to do what we can to protect the rights of hit-and-run victims. In addition to our legal resources, we also help sponsor a Hit-and-Run Rewards Program. If you have witnessed a hit-and-run, call 1-800-644-8678 to report the accident.
What should I do if it happens to me?
It is difficult to know what to do since each situation is unique. Though it may be hard knowing where to begin, here are some tips that can help you after a hit-and-run: Record information – Though you may not have seen or remembered the license plate number, details such as color, make, and model are useful. Additional information, such as the location and time of the incident and the events leading up to the collision will be useful when it comes time to file a claim. Check for witnesses – If you can, exchange contact information with bystanders who saw the event. Even if they cannot provide additional facts, the simple act of witnessing the event may be a great help to your claim in the future. Do not pursue the driver – If your first impulse is to track down the driver, just sit tight. After a collision, you will most likely not be in a mental or physical state to chase cars through the streets. Doing this will just put you and others at risk. Call the police – Though you may have little information to offer, having an official report can cut back on the processing time of an insurance claim. File an insurance claim – If you have collected enough information to identify the hit-and-run driver, then you can settle your account with the driver or with his or her insurance provider. If not, you can use your own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage as well as your personal injury protection coverage to help pay for medical expenses and damages after your accident.
What penalties will the other driver face? When should I hire a lawyer? What resources are available to help me after the accident? Learn the answer to these questions and more by clicking the link above.
In the last decade, hit-and-run accidents have risen by 20%. This means that you or a loved one have a greater chance of being injured and then abandoned by the driver. With this in mind, we want to inform you of the basic laws surrounding these types of accidents in Utah. We cannot give you advice specific to your accident. However, we can give an overview of what laws will affect how you will be compensated for your losses.
How serious is the hit-and-run problem in the United States? Here are some facts and figures that might surprise you. For example, did you know that nearly 60% of hit-and-runs happen on weekends? Learn more by clicking the link above.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to another’s recklessness, please take advantage of our resources and schedule a free consultation or call (801) 506-0800. Our experienced lawyers would love to meet with you to discuss your questions and your options.