Like any car accident, a hit-and-run accident can result in substantial injuries and other losses to the victims. In many cases, accident victims might be eligible to seek compensation for their injuries from the insurance company for the at-fault driver or other liable parties.
A person who causes a hit-and-run accident, however, is not usually an available source of compensation. A hit-and-run accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can explore your options for compensation and help you choose the path that is most likely to be effective in your case.
What Should I Do after a Hit-and-Run Accident?
First, you should immediately seek medical care for your injuries. Even if you initially do not think you may need medical care, symptoms may not appear for a few hours or even days. As a result, you should have a doctor check you out for any injuries. You also can take pictures of your injuries to document them for future insurance claims.
If possible, you should take pictures of the accident scene and get a copy of the police report. If there are any witnesses to the accident, you should gather their contact information. You also should take steps to document the damages to your vehicle and get an estimate for repairs.
Next, you should report the accident to your insurance company. However, you should avoid speaking with the insurance company about the details of your accident until after you have received legal advice. Although you might think that your insurance company will automatically cover your losses, the claims process may not be as straightforward as you would expect.
Insurance companies, including your own insurance company, are likely to minimize or deny any claims filed with them resulting from an accident. They make money by limiting claims, so it is not unusual for insurance companies to try to deny you coverage or offer you a settlement amount that is less than the total amount of your losses.
For a free legal consultation with a hit-and-run accidents lawyer serving Macon, call (404) 888-8888
Who Is Responsible for the Costs of My Injuries?
OCGA §40-6-270 establishes that motorists have a legal duty to stop or return to the scene when they have been involved in an accident that causes bodily injuries, death, or vehicle damages.
However, people who cause hit-and-run accidents often do not stop because they have no insurance, are intoxicated, or have committed other crimes. So, even if the police eventually can identify the at-fault driver, the likelihood of that driver having insurance to cover accidents is low.
This is where we can come in and help. If the police can identify the liable driver, we can begin to build a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
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What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer?
Due to the nature of a hit-and-run accident, you must look to other options to potentially
get compensation for your injuries. A hit-and-run accident lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can investigate the circumstances that led to your accident and identify what options for compensation you may have.
We can outline the pros and cons of each potential avenue of relief and help you make the decisions that are best for you and your family.
We also can work to pursue any option that may get you compensation for your losses. For instance, if you have uninsured motorist insurance coverage as part of your policy, you may have a claim for compensation against your policy.
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How Much Will It Cost Me to Hire a Lawyer?
We know how stressful the aftermath of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident can be. You likely are concerned about your physical recovery from your injuries, but also your ability to pay your bills until you can heal and get back to work.
We are not here to add to your worries. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation that allows us to assess your case and help you understand your choices.
If you decide to hire us as your lawyers, you will pay us no money upfront. In fact, you will pay us no money at all until you obtain a settlement or damages award for your accident-related losses.
How Does Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Work?
Uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance policies provide coverage for your injuries and other losses in certain circumstances. The most common scenario is when the other party has no liability insurance or has insufficient liability insurance to cover your losses after an accident.
Maintaining this type of insurance is not mandatory, but insurance agents do have to offer it to you when you purchase an insurance policy under OCGA §33-7-11.
When unidentified drivers cause hit-and-run accidents, your UM/UIM coverage should apply. However, if your insurer denies or undervalues your claim, our lawyers can help you negotiate for fair compensation.
Contact Us Today for Help
A hit-and-run accident can leave you confused and uncertain where to turn for help. You may have options for compensation following a hit-and-run accident. An accident lawyer from our firm can assess your situation and help you understand the options that may be available to you.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 for a free consultation today. You can find out what alternatives you have for compensation and make a fully informed decision about how to go forward.