Hit and run accidents may be caused by negligent drivers who were drinking and driving or were otherwise careless. Hit and run accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities. When a hit and run driver was driving drunk in Massachusetts, several parties may be liable to the victim and the victim’s family for the harm and damages they have suffered. Criminal charges may also provide a basis for proving negligence in a civil claim for damages.

In circumstances when the hit and run driver is never found or identified, options may still be available through the victim’s uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance coverage. The process of seeking compensation for damages through the victim’s insurance company can be complex and challenging at times, however, so it is important to be familiar with the process and how to handle it. Victims may be able to file a personal injury claim for damages and family members may have a wrongful death claim for damages, depending on the circumstances.

Victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering. Likewise, family members of victims may be left facing medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages. The legal system affords options to help victims facing damages associated with the negligent behavior of a careless party.

Whether victims of a hit and run accident are pursuing a claim for damages or seeking compensation from their insurance company, it important for them to understand their rights. The legal process provides protections they should be familiar with in the event they are harmed in a hit and run accident.