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Hit And Run Accidents

Hit & Run Accidents: Protecting Your Rights and Pursuing Justice

What Are Hit-and-Run Accidents, and Why Do They Happen?

Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver involved in a collision flees the scene without stopping to identify themselves, provide assistance, or exchange information with the other parties involved. These accidents can leave victims feeling helpless and uncertain about their legal options. Hit-and-run accidents happen for various reasons, including:

Fear of Consequences: Some drivers flee the scene out of fear of facing the legal and financial consequences of their actions, such as DUI charges, driving without insurance, or having outstanding warrants.

Intoxication or Impaired Driving: In some cases, drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents may be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances, impairing their judgment and decision-making abilities.

Lack of Awareness: Some hit-and-run accidents may occur when drivers are unaware that they have hit someone or caused an accident due to distractions, such as using their phones or being inattentive while driving.

No Valid License or Insurance: Drivers who do not have a valid driver’s license or insurance may flee the scene to avoid legal consequences, fines, or potential license suspension.

What Should You Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, taking the following steps can help protect your rights and increase the chances of identifying the responsible party:

1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Your health and well-being are of utmost importance. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injuries appear minor, to ensure proper evaluation and documentation.

2. Call the Police: Report the hit-and-run accident to the police and provide them with all the details you can remember, such as the make and model of the vehicle involved, the license plate number (if possible), and a description of the driver.

3. Document the Scene: If you are physically able, gather evidence at the scene. Take photos or videos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any visible damage to your vehicle or property. This documentation can be crucial for your insurance claim and legal case.

4. Gather Witness Information: If there were witnesses to the accident, obtain their contact information. Their statements may help establish liability and aid in identifying the responsible driver.

5. Notify Your Insurance Company: Report the hit-and-run accident to your insurance company and provide them with all the information you have. They can guide you through the claims process and assist in seeking compensation under your policy’s uninsured motorist coverage.

What If You’re Unable to Identify the Driver?

In hit-and-run accidents where the driver cannot be identified, pursuing a legal claim can be challenging. However, there are still potential avenues for seeking compensation:

Uninsured Motorist Coverage: If you have uninsured motorist coverage as part of your auto insurance policy, it may provide coverage for hit-and-run accidents. This coverage can help compensate for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the accident.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers: Consulting with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer is crucial in hit-and-run cases. They can assess your situation, review your insurance policy, and explore all available legal options to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Legal Investigation: Skilled pedestrian accident lawyers have resources to conduct thorough investigations, including reviewing surveillance footage, seeking witness testimony, and working closely with law enforcement to help identify the responsible driver.

How Will a Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Engaging the services of an experienced hit-and-run accident lawyer can provide you with the necessary legal support and advocacy. They can:

  • Investigate the Accident: A hit-and-run accident lawyer will conduct a comprehensive investigation to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and collaborate with law enforcement agencies to identify the responsible driver.
  • Negotiate with Insurance Companies: Your lawyer will handle all communication and negotiation with insurance companies, ensuring your rights are protected and advocating for fair compensation under your uninsured motorist coverage.
  • Explore Other Avenues for Compensation: Depending on the circumstances of your case, your lawyer will explore potential sources of compensation beyond insurance coverage, such as pursuing legal action against third parties who may share liability for the accident.
  • Litigate Your Case: If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will guide you through the litigation process, preparing your case for trial and advocating for your rights in court.
  • Provide Legal Guidance and Support: Throughout the entire legal process, your hit-and-run accident lawyer will provide you with compassionate support, answering your questions, addressing your concerns, and keeping you informed about the progress of your case.

At Paragon Law, our skilled hit-and-run accident lawyers in Edmonton, Alberta are committed to protecting your rights and helping you pursue justice. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

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Cyclist Accidents

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