A hit and run accident can be permanently harming but may have less opportunity to collect compensation than other accident cases. A Tulsa hit and run accident lawyer may be able to track down the at-fault party and hold them accountable for the damage and harm they may have caused. Call a car accident attorney to get started on your case today.
Hit and run accidents are defined when one driver leaves the scene of the accident either before the authorities arrive or before the parties involved in the accident have a chance to exchange contact information, insurance information, and things such as that.
Inattentive driving is a large part of what causes a hit and run accident. What distinguishes hit and run from just a normal accident is that one of the drivers leaves the scene of the accident before authorities arrive. Common locations of hit and runs are where many pedestrians are present. While in an auto on auto accident cars may be disabled but in a pedestrian accident, normally the car is functional so that they can drive away.
The run part of the accident adds some difficulty because for an injured person to recover damages, they must find the at-fault driver. If they cannot find that driver, it is very difficult to recover for those damages from that person’s liability carrier or insurance carrier. In certain instances, if the driver who stays at the scene and does not run has underinsured insurance coverage on their policy, that coverage may work even if the other driver cannot be found.
A Tulsa hit and run accident lawyer might help with hit and run accident claims as an attorney has many resources to locate that driver. Attorneys often have professional investigators on staff in order to do that. Hopefully, the person that stays at the scene can collect some information that the investigator can work with such as a license plate number or statements from witnesses that saw the accident. The number one priority of an attorney in a hit and run accident is going to be to find the at-fault driver.
The same types of damages that are available at a normal accident are also available in a hit and run case. There are economic damages and noneconomic damages. Since the at-fault party left the scene of the accident, there may also be punitive damages. If there is any property damage in a hit and run accident, whatever the value of that property damage claimed is automatically tripled because the other person left the scene of the accident.
After being injured in a hit and run, you should contact an attorney immediately to locate the other driver. If the person who is injured is not able to, have a family member contact an attorney to immediately start taking statements from witnesses and running license plates.
The presence of a police report, even in a hit and run accident, is absolutely imperative, so that it is documented with the police officer who arrives on the scene. They should attempt to get the license plate of the car. Sometimes that is not possible, but it is very beneficial to collect contact information from all the witnesses and get the model, make of the car, and color of the car as all those traits could help identify the driver of the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, there is no time to lose. Call a Tulsa hit and run accident lawyer today so they can start working on your case. The sooner you call, the sooner an attorney may be able to fight for your justice and compensation.
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