After Being Injured In A Hit-And-Run Car Accident
Indiana hit-and-run laws state that anyone who fails to stop when involved in a car accident can be charged with a hit-and-run offense. Failing to stop will result in a warrant out for the driver’s arrest. If you have been injured in an accident involving a hit-and-run driver, you have the right to pursue compensation from that driver once he or she is found. The hit-and-run status of the accident may strengthen your claim for compensation once the driver is located.
According to Indiana Code 9-26-1-1.1, all drivers have a legal obligation to do all the following when involved in an accident:
- Immediately stop, either at the scene of the accident or as close as possible without blocking traffic more than necessary
- Remain at the scene until all driver information is exchanged
- If there are any injuries or fatalities, all drivers are expected to provide reasonable assistance and call for help by either dialing 911 or calling local authorities.
- If the accident involves an unattended vehicle or damage to property other than a vehicle, then the driver is required to take reasonable steps to locate or notify the owner, and/or contact law enforcement.
An accident accompanied by a driver’s failure to follow these steps is considered a “hit-and-run” accident.
Attorneys Are Ready To Fight For You After A Hit-And-Run Accident
Car accidents can be scary; but when the driver responsible for your accident flees the scene, pursuing compensation can be extra frustrating. By leaving the scene, the motorist displays a blatant disregard for your safety and the law. If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Indiana or Illinois, our experienced personal injury lawyers in Terre Haute can help you file a personal injury claim.
At McGlone Law, we are committed to ensure that your personal injury case yields the maximum amount of benefits. Unlike other law firms, we work with a full-time investigator. We pride ourselves on our quality attorney-client relationships. We do not pass clients on to paralegals or junior associates.
Reasons For Hit-And-Run Accidents
It can be difficult to understand why anyone would leave the scene of a car accident where someone could be wounded or fatally injured. Here are some common reasons for which drivers leave the scene.
- Driving while impaired
- Unlicensed driving
- Self-preservation and fear of consequences
- Aggression and road rage
Claiming Compensation After Suffering Injuries In A Hit-And-Run Accident
It is common for victims of hit-and-run accidents to fear they will be unable to collect compensation if the driver leaves the scene. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, call the police as soon as possible and provide them as much detail regarding the incident and the vehicle that hit you. If the police are able to catch the person who hit you, he or she will be prosecuted. You can then file a civil lawsuit against
the individual to recover damages.
If the other vehicle is not found, you may be able to recover compensation through your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UI/UIM) coverage. However, your insurer may demand evidence that you searched for the other vehicle. Our law firm is ready to help you meet this requirement.
Contact A Car Accident Attorney Who Will Focus On Getting Results
If you incurred injuries from a hit-and-run accident, the legal team at McGlone Law could help you recover compensation today. From the moment you walk through the door or communicate with our firm by phone or in a web conference, we are ready to do everything in our power to help you get the compensation you need to move forward after your injuries.
We are local attorneys with over eight decades of experience in the Terre Haute area.