Hit and run collisions occur when the driver of a vehicle strikes another vehicle, a pedestrian or property such as a fence, traffic sign or home. The offending driver either flees the scene or fails to provide the necessary information needed to follow up after the crash. Hit and run collisions can be particularly difficult for victims to deal with. It can be hard to know how to seek compensation if you’ve been injured or your property has been damaged by another driver.
Who is at Fault for a Hit and Run Crash?
According to Section 69 of the Traffic Safety Act a driver is required to remain at, or immediately return to the scene of an accident. Drivers involved in a collision are required to provide their name, address, driver’s license number, license plate and proof of insurance. Failing to follow these important steps after a collision, will most often lead to liability and would be classified as a hit and run collision.
To help you piece together the circumstances of a hit and run collision it’s important to speak to an experienced accident injury attorney. At Tarrabain law we’ve represented clients in a number of hit and run collisions and we are here to help you reach a fair settlement in your case.
Common Causes Of Hit And Run Car Accidents
- Impaired driving
- Driving without a license
- Driving while uninsured
- Striking an unattended parked car
- Striking property
Oftentimes at-fault parties in hit and run collisions flee the scene of an accident to avoid more serious penalties. More serious consequences may occur if they are driving unlicensed, under the influence, don’t have car insurance or think they can get away with it because the vehicle or property they’ve hit is unattended.
In the case of a hit and run, you are often dealing with your own insurance company to recoup the damages you’ve suffered. It’s important to understand that some insurance companies may make efforts to settle a claim quickly or compensate with a settlement that’s less than what you deserve.
“In a hit and run, oftentimes people trust that their own insurance company is taking care of them. It’s recommended that victims seek experienced representation to ensure the settlement they’re receiving is fair and covers all losses as a result of the crash,” says Founder of Tarrabain Law, Senia Tarrabain.