It seems like there are a slew of hit-and-run stories on the news lately. Drivers who cause injury to others as a result of their own negligence, indifference or disregard for the safety of those around them need to be held liable for their actions. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by a driver who fled the scene before providing his or her contact information, you may be wondering what to do next?
Securing legal representation from a car accident attorney (like me!) can give you a distinct advantage when seeking compensation in a hit-and-run accident. I am Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rated, acknowledged as one of the Detroit area SuperLawyers and have been an unwavering advocate for victims’ rights for nearly 30 years. I have also recovered millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of my clients.
How can I recover damages if the driver who caused my injuries fled the scene?
It does not matter whether you are injured while in a car, on a bike or motorcycle or walking as a pedestrian. If you are injured by a motor vehicle, you are entitled to wage loss, medical coverage, personal care, and in most cases, able to still make a claim for pain and suffering; even if the driver who caused your injuries flees the scene.
Will my insurance cover my injuries and accident-related expenses?
Yes, you will have Michigan No-Fault coverage through your own policy, or a policy in your household. But it is very important to have Uninsured Motorist coverage on your own policy. This “UM” coverage will step in the shoes of the uninsured, or fleeing driver, and provide you with the coverage you need to compensate you for the pain and suffering you endure. Call me so I can walk you through the steps.
Negotiating a settlement with your insurance company without first seeking legal counsel is never recommended. Your insurance company does not have your best interests in mind, and settling one claim may preclude you from making future or other claims. Many insurance companies use bad faith practices to deny victims compensation they are rightfully owed. If you want real results, you need an attorney like me on your side who is committed to protecting your interests.
Is there a way to obtain the identity of a hit-and-run driver?
There is no guarantee, however, there are many occasions which the identity of the vehicle or the driver can be determined. Often there are witnesses who may be able to provide information which could lead to the identity of the driver. Further, many accidents are now captured on cameras, whether those installed at intersections or often times the security cameras of businesses adjacent to the road. My firm’s investigators are the best in the business, and if there’s a way that investigative tools will help your case, they will be in action swiftly!
Allow Me to protect your rights!
Victims of hit-and-run accidents should not be harmed financially when their injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else! Further, many people who have never been down this road before don’t understand that their no-fault insurance will cover many benefits, even when their own car was not involved in the accident. If you have been injured in any accident, including a hit-and-run, I am ready to help you seek damages for all of your accident-related injuries and any losses you sustained. Contact me right away so I can get started on your case.