Fighting to Recover Compensation from Hit and Run Car DriversBy Stewart J. Guss on August 30th, 2018
Imagine being involved in a car accident and then simply taking off—you wouldn’t do it, and it’s hard to imagine the kind of driver who would. Nevertheless, hit and run accidents happen. If you were injured in a hit and run, you need an experienced car accident attorney.
The experienced and dedicated legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve, and we’re not about to give in to the tactics of any insurance company. When the negligent driver disappears after a crash, your own insurance coverage should kick in, and insurance companies aren’t averse to using every trick in their arsenal to minimize their payouts. Our skilled and knowledgeable hit and run law firm has what it takes to help you. We are open, for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may WRITE TO US NOW for a free case evaluation!
Hit and Run Law
When drivers get behind the wheels of their vehicles, they shoulder a huge responsibility to help keep the roads safe for everyone on them. When a motorist not only drives dangerously but also refuses to accept responsibility by leaving someone with significant property damage and/or injuries, the law doesn’t take kindly.
After a car accident, drivers are required to stop, to provide aid (if appropriate), and to exchange both contact and insurance information with the other driver. If a driver takes off instead, that driver can be charged with anything from a misdemeanor to a felony—depending on the severity of the injuries and/or the degree of damage that ensues.
Every accident is as unique as the circumstances and the drivers involved. A driver who flees the scene of an accident is always in the wrong, but there are several common factors that often play a role:
Aggressive drivers are dangerous drivers who engage in many bad driving practices (often in tandem):
- Changing lanes erratically and often
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Ignoring the road’s condition Passing dangerously
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Challenging other drivers by tailgating, flashing headlights, and/or using obscene gestures and language
We’ve all encountered an aggressive driver or two on the road, and we know instinctively to give them all the room that we can afford. If a driver is willing to engage in aggressive driving, he or she may also be willing to leave the scene of the accident.
- Impaired Drivers
There isn’t a driver on our roads who doesn’t know how dangerous drinking and driving is. Many drivers, however, continue to try and cheat the odds by driving under the influence. These drivers endanger everyone with whom they share the road. When an impaired driver hurts someone in a car accident, he or she may lack the impulse control to stop and take responsibility. Furthermore, knowing that the other driver is over the legal limit likely contributes to said driver’s motivation to flee.
- Speeding Drivers
Speeding is a form of aggressive driving—the most dangerous form. Speed does, in fact, kill. Because speeding is so dangerous, it deserves attention of its own. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finds that speed has been elemental in almost a third of all traffic fatalities in the United States over the last 20 years. When drivers speed faster than the legal limit, they are at increased risk of losing control, they increase the likelihood that any accident that does occur will be more serious, and they decrease the effectiveness of their vehicles’ safety features. Speeding is dangerous all around. Because speed is closely associated with serious accidents, speeders may be more inclined to flee the scene of an accident.
While these are all terrible reasons for engaging in hit and run behavior, they nevertheless often factor in.
Your Hit and Run Claim
You’ve been injured in a hit and run accident that was caused by a negligent driver. Unfortunately, you don’t have that driver to hold accountable. Unless the at-fault driver can be identified and located, your own insurance provider will be covering your claim. Further, your damages could well be extensive. There are property damages to your vehicle, medical expenses, lost hours on the job, and the emotional devastation of being injured by someone who didn’t have the human decency to stop and provide aid or anything else. It’s a lot. You need and deserve compensation that addresses the totality of your
The Insurance Company
You’re dealing with your own insurance company, so there’s no problem—you pay for this coverage. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t work that way. Insurance companies are in business to make money, and they have plenty of mechanisms (and resources) to help them minimize payouts. Do not take on the insurance company on your own—that’s what your dedicated car accident law firm is here for.
If a Hit and Run Driver Has Left You injured, Call an Experienced Hit and Run Law Firm for a Free Consultation Today
You suffered an injury in a car accident, and the other driver simply drove off. This obviously isn’t acceptable—or even decent—behavior, but unfortunately that doesn’t help you get the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver. These claims are complicated, but your rights matter!
When a negligent driver takes off and leaves you injured, you may feel stunned to realize that this person values you and your welfare so little. While you get down to the important work of recovering physically and emotionally, allow the dedicated legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, to aggressively advocate for the compensation you are not only entitled to but also deserve! Our compassionate car accident law firm is here for you.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured car accident victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in a car accident, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE and schedule your free consultation!