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Have you ever been in a hit and run accident? Hit and run accidents–whether you are a pedestrian or driver, can be very traumatic. But what happens when the driver who hit you doesn’t stop?  Who pays for the damages to your vehicle? What if you have a medical issue due to the accident?

In every state, there are hit and run laws. All states require that a driver stop, whether the accident is small (such as bumping into a car) or catastrophic (where damage or even worse is a result from the accident). These laws generally invoke “criminal” penalties for a hit and run, but really don’t help much regarding the damages that result to the injured victim.

 

If the “at-fault” driver can’t be located, what happens?  Here is where it can get complicated.

Your uninsured motorist coverage will end up paying for the damages such as medical treatment, rehabilitation, and even lost wages. Policies will almost always vary, the same goes with the state requirements. Be sure to take a look at your policy to ensure it covers uninsured motorist coverage.

To guarantee your protection amongst everything else we’ve included a few tips to help keep you safe after a hit and run accident:

1. Try to remember as many specifics as you can concerning the other driver’s vehicle, including the make, model, year, color, bumper stickers, dents, scratches, and even license plate numbers if possible. Anything that can stand-out will really help in finding the at-fault party.

2. Many times, injuries won’t show up until later. Stay attentive to how your body feels, and see a doctor as soon as possible. New rules limit the amount of time you have to be treated after an accident!

3. Get in touch with a lawyer who can help you understand what options you have in compensating for your damages through auto insurance.  Find one that is willing to file a lawsuit if the at-fault driver is found.

Understanding your rights is always the first step. The better informed you are, the better you can improve your own chances of recovering for your losses. If you have any questions or concerns on this topic or have been a victim or a wrong way or drunk driver please feel free to contact Tindall Law Firm, LLC at 203-755-0018 or visit us online at http://tindall.webozy.net.

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