A hit-and-run accident is when a driver is involved in an automotive collision and does not stop to identify him or herself at the scene of the collision. While the majority of these accidents are fender benders that only cause property damage, there are many instances in which people have been seriously injured as a result of the at-fault driver’s negligence. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of traffic crashes each year in the US involve a hit-and-run driver. Despite these cases being quite complex to handle, an injured motorist may still able to receive compensation from an accident, even if the at-fault driver leaves the scene. Here at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our team of attorneys can help determine if you are eligible to receive compensation for any injuries or damages that you may have sustained in a hit and run accident and if so, we can pursue the MAXIMUM amount of those damages on behalf of the injury victim. To find out more, simply fill out and submit the Free Case Evaluation form on this page– it’s free.
Common Reasons Why Drivers Flee The Scene Of An Accident
Generally, when a motorist leaves the scene of an accident, he/she will do whatever it takes to avoid paying a settlement. Hit and run drivers typically go to great lengths to circumvent any liability for the damages that they cause. There are many reasons why a driver might not stop after an accident, which can include:
- Driving an uninsured car
- Do not have a valid license
- Were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist
- On probation
- Had fallen asleep behind the wheel
Here in Connecticut, it is the law that drivers who involved in a collision MUST stop at the scene of an accident.
What To Do After A Hit And Run Accident
Being involved in a hit and run collision can be both stressful and overwhelming. Connecticut drivers often feel hopeless when they stop their vehicles after a crash – only to find that the at-fault driver is speeding off in another direction. However, while these situations are difficult to both prevent and stop, there are some important steps to follow after an accident has taken place, that can help authorities track down the offending driver. Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Try to identify the driver and car, including the license plate number and the make, model and color of the motor vehicle
- Do not chase or try to stop the hit-and-run driver
- Contact the police and give them as many details as possible about the accident and driver
- Seek medical attention for you or your passengers, if necessary
- Take photos of your car and the accident scene
- Talk to any witnesses, and obtain their contact information along with any statements that they are prepared to make
- Call an experienced car accident attorney
It’s important to also note that if you have been a victim of a hit-and-run crash in Connecticut, you may have a provision in your car insurance policy that covers you in the event of an at-fault driver either not having any auto insurance, or in the case of a hit and run accident – having no information about their policy at all. Here at our firm, we can help determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit to help recuperate any damages that may have been sustained (including medical treatment costs, outpatient treatment expenses, lost wages, etc.), and if so, we can advise on the best way to move forward with proceedings.
Hit And Run Consequences
In addition, to be being required to stop at the scene of an accident, the law in Connecticut also states that any involved motorists are required to exchange their name, address, license number, and registration number to the injured party or the owner of the motor vehicle and/or the owner of the damaged property. Following that information exchange, when an officer is present at the scene of the accident, they too will require the same information from the negligent party and the accident victim. Our team strongly believe that negligent drivers must be held accountable for the damages that they cause to innocent motorists. With this in mind, as liability is generally determined by a jury based upon the presented arguments and evidence in a legal trial, we can help to assemble a robust lawsuit that best demonstrates why you are eligible to receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation for any injuries and/or damages that you may have sustained in the accident.
Local Accidents In Connecticut
Auto accidents in Connecticut occur across many different regions in the state. While larger cities like Hartford and New Haven generally receive more attention, smaller cities are often plagued with equal if not more severe motor vehicle collisions. An example of this is Waterbury, Connecticut, which is a known hot spot for traffic crashes. The reason for this is largely attributed to the sheer volume of motorists that enter the highway and road networks throughout that particular area.
Need Help? Contact Our Firm Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, an experienced Connecticut attorney may be able to help you receive compensation from your uninsured motorist coverage. Having won MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we have the experience and resources to fight for your compensation benefits. We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut.
To find out more, please contact us at 800-PERKINS and a member from our intake team will collect some initial details about your case, and then connect you to one of our attorneys for your free case evaluation – it’s that easy. For your free case assessment, simply fill out the Free Case Evaluation at the top of this page – it’s free.