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Types of Hit and Run Cases We Handle
Every driver is taught early on that if they are involved in an accident, they should remain at the scene. Not only is this part of the standard of care when driving, but it’s also Missouri Law that all parties must exchange information. If another driver causes an accident and then only stays for a short period without fulfilling this basic legal requirement or they purposely give you false information, then this is considered a hit and run accident.
Furthermore, sometimes drivers may flee the scene entirely for any number of reasons from drunk driving to driving without a license or insurance. The other driver’s actions are against the law and can be considered evidence of negligence.
At The Hayden Law Firm, we have seen a wide range of hit and run accidents, but the most common types of cases we handle include:
Regardless of whether you were in a vehicle, on a bicycle, or crossing the street at the time of your hit and run accident, personal injury attorney Amanda Hayden can provide you with the highest standard of representation and personalized support throughout your unique claim.
What To Do After a Hit and Run in Missouri
After a hit and run, you may be feeling panicked, confused, and unsure of what to do in the weeks following. In these situations, gathering as much information as possible will be your best asset; meanwhile, any misstep you take could jeopardize your claim down the line.
Step 1: Call first responders if you or anyone else are hurt – Your number one priority is getting immediate help if there are any injuries.
Step 2: Call the police – We know that it can be scary after the other person has fled and you are all alone. You might be eager to remove yourself from the situation, but we urge you to stay there until law enforcement arrives. They will be able to conduct a report that will be valuable to your case.
Step 3: Record everything you can remember about the at-fault driver – Understandably, you were probably unable to take note of everything about the negligent driver before they left. Do your best to write down from memory the make, model, and color of the car. Even just remembering the state on the license plate can be helpful.
Step 4: Take photographs of the scene – This will back up your version of events as well as help jog your memory. Take photographs of any injuries you sustained, your passengers’ injuries, your damaged vehicle, roadway pictures of skid marks, debris, etc.
Step 5: Get contact info of any witnesses – Ask other drivers or pedestrians if they witnessed the crash and saw anything that could help identify the driver. Plus, getting in touch with them afterwards might be necessary if you need someone to give an account of the events.
Step 6: Call a personal injury lawyer – Whether you are still at the accident site or it’s the first thing you do when you get home, you should get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO, as soon as possible.
Step 7: Report the incident to your insurance company – When reporting the events of your hit and run, do not editorialize. Keep it factual, simple, and to-the-point. Depending on when you get a personal injury lawyer involved, we may be able to represent you whenever speaking with the insurance company.
Step 8: See a doctor – Not only is this good for your physical health, but it may be invaluable to strengthening your claim. Try to get a long-term prognosis which will project the kind of rehabilitation and ongoing medical treatment you’ll need.
Step 9: Take the time you need to recover while we take care of the rest – As an experienced hit and run lawyer in St. Louis, MO, Amanda Hayden will handle all communication with your insurance, file the correct documents, and keep you informed of the whole process while you recover from your injuries.
How Can I Get Paid After a Hit and Run?
A police investigation may be conducted and, in some fortunate cases, the police can recover evidence left at the scene leading them to track down the at-fault driver. If law enforcement are unable to find out who caused the crash, this does not mean that you are out of options.
In these cases, you can have assistance in paying your medical bills and lost wages by filing what is called an “uninsured motorist claim.” This works the same way as if you were pursuing the other at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover damages. You should speak with an uninsured/underinsured motorist accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Hayden Law Firm to find out more and get started.
Filing a Uninsured Motorist Claim After a Hit and Run Accident
Missouri law dictates that anyone who operates a motor vehicle should have an insurance policy that contains at least $25,000 of uninsured motorist coverage. That way, if you are injured by a reckless driver who flees the scene, your uninsured motorist coverage should pay for all or a portion of your injuries, lost wages, and other damages sustained in the accident.
It’s important to note that you may be offered an amount that will not cover all of your expenses. In fact, sometimes claims are denied altogether and the insurance company offers nothing for your injuries.
In cases like these, you should speak with a St. Louis hit and run lawyer as soon as possible. With someone on your side carefully reviewing your injuries and calculating your damages, you can decide whether the insurer’s offer is fair or not. If it is too low, then you are entitled to negotiate a more appropriate sum with our help.