Hit-and-run accidents can be serious accidents and drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents may realize that they have done something wrong or behaved negligently. Hit-and-run accidents can cause serious injuries, such as brain injuries, and fatalities. Hit-and-run accidents may be slightly different than other types of personal injury accidents, however, that does not mean that injured victims and their families cannot pursue compensation for their damages and losses.
Hit-and-run accidents may involve investigations and insurance companies. Investigation can help identify parties responsible for the harm the victim suffered. In some circumstances, both a drunk driver and the establishment that served the drunk driver may be liable to compensate the victim for damages suffered. Additionally, if the negligent driver is never found or identified, options for recovery of damages may still be possible through uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy coverage.
Options may be available to victims and their families through personal injury or wrongful death claims, depending on the circumstances. Victims may be able to recover a number of different types of damages based on the specific harm the victim, and the victim’s family, has suffered. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, funeral expenses, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages.
A hit-and-run accident can leave questions in the wake of a difficult physical, financial and emotional time. As a result, it is important for victims to be familiar with the protections and options available to them and their families to help with the challenges they face.