Hit And Run Accidents
The Bellovin Law Firm, PLLC in Tucson, Arizona
There are different types of hit-and-run accidents. Some have an at-fault driver that leaves the scene and is tracked down and identified immediately with a determination of insurance coverage.
Then there is the other type of hit and run accident where it is unknown who the hit and run driver is.
Why Did They Hit-And-Run?
Drivers hit-and-run for a variety of reasons:
These can include being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not having a driver’s license, no insurance, having a criminal warrant outstanding, immigration issues, panicking, escaping responsibility, or for a variety of other reasons.
Concerning the 1st type of hit and run accident, where the driver is identified, it is similar to other accidents if the driver that left the scene has insurance. Then the liability portion of that insurance policy is pursued for compensation on behalf of our injured client or clients.
In the other scenario where the at-fault driver either hits you as a pedestrian or bicyclist or in your vehicle and cannot be identified:
If you have insurance on a vehicle even if you are not in the vehicle at the time of the accident and you have uninsured motorist coverage you can make an uninsured motorist claim under your own policy. Your policy will provide coverage and will substitute as coverage for the unknown vehicle that caused your injury.
Experienced Auto Accident Injury Lawyer
It is very important to have an experienced attorney to help you with these cases. Experienced attorneys can hire investigators to track down records from the department of motor vehicles if they have a plate number. They can interview witnesses to determine if they can locate the at-fault driver who left the scene.
Often, if the at-fault driver who left the scene cannot be tracked down right after the accident, they can be found later with enough vehicle description and investigation.
There are many complexities and issues surrounding hit and run accidents. It is best to have an experienced attorney from the very beginning assisting you with your case.
Barry Bellovin of the Bellovin Law Firm,
PLLC has experience with these types of cases.