Are There Legal Options If You Are Injured By A Hit And Run Driver?

Following a hit and run accident, you could be left with few options for recovering compensation for your injuries and damages. However, you have the right to pursue a claim even if you do not know the identity of the other driver. If you were in a hit and run accident, here is what you need to know.  

What Can You Do to Identify the Driver?

One of the most important steps you can take is to file a report with the local police department. Provide an officer with as many details as possible. Even if the only thing you remember of the other driver is the color of his or her car, it could be a crucial piece of information that ultimately leads to finding the other driver.  

If you are proactively looking for the other driver, you can start by knocking on doors near the scene of the accident. Someone might have seen the other driver and can provide you with information that can be helpful in tracking him or her down.  

Any information that you receive should be provided to your personal injury lawyers. Even though the police are pursuing the other driver, your attorney might be able to help with tracking the other driver with the help of a private investigator and other professionals.  

What If You Cannot Find the Other Driver?

If you are unable to find the identity of the other driver, you could possibly file a no-fault claim with your insurance provider. In no-fault states, you do not have to prove you or the other driver were responsible for the accident.  

If you do not live in a no-fault state, you can still file an underinsured/uninsured claim with your insurance company. The claim would pay towards repairing your car and your medical bills.  

Although you are dealing with your insurance company, it is important to note that you might still have to fight for fair compensation. Your claim could potentially end up in court. Whether or not this is a possibility depends on the details of your policy. If your insurance provider is unwilling to pay the requested claim, you need to review your policy with your attorney.  

In the event that the identity of the other driver is discovered after the claim is filed, you can choose to pursue a lawsuit against him or her if you have not yet settled your claim. If you have settled your claim, chances are, your insurance provider required that you sign away your rights to take legal action in the settlement release.