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What to do When You're Involved in a Hit and Run Accident

Posted by Anthony Mancini | Feb 14, 2023

If you are in a car accident, one thing you and the other driver typically do is share auto insurance information. This is especially true if you have been injured. But in a hit and run accident, the other party runs off before you or the police have a chance to identify them and/or obtain insurance information. These types of accidents are unfortunately very common.

If you are the victim, expenses may quickly add up. The problem is, who pays? Securing a hit and run accident attorney can help you in many ways. Your insurance company may drag its feet to provide a payout, but with an attorney representing your rights and interests, your chances increase for full and fair compensation. Second, a personal injury lawyer can investigate the accident, so you don't have to wait for the police to find answers. Third, you can get support immediately. Contact the Mancini Law Group P.C. today at 773-745-1909 to schedule a Free Consultation and speak to our hit and run lawyer about your case.

Why Drivers Leave the Scene of a Crash

In the immediate aftermath of a car crash, a driver, scared of the repercussions of causing an accident, may flee the scene. Common reasons include: 

  • Driver's license suspension
  • Expired driver's license
  • No auto insurance
  • Driving a vehicle without permission
  • Driving a stolen vehicle
  • Warrant out for the driver's arrest
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substance
  • Driver is in the country illegally

These are not the only reasons. For some people, they may have a genuine fear for their safety. Commercial drivers may fear the loss of their commercial driver's license (CDL). Whatever the reason, the problem for you is that they left the scene of the accident. 

What to Do After a Hit and Run Crash 

Victims who have been hit by a driver who left the scene of the accident should:

  • Stay calm
  • Stay at the scene, but in a safe place
  • Call the police and report the accident
  • Look for any witnesses who saw the crash and get their contact information
  • Take photos of the scene of the accident
  • Make notes of the car and/or driver, any details could be useful later (car make, model and color, license plate number if possible, drivers description)

Never, Never, Never follow or chase the Hit and Run driver. It can be a very dangerous. 

Personal Injury Claims Involving Hit and Run Drivers

If the police locate the hit and run driver, you can file a lawsuit against the individual. However, in this day and age with many Police Departments low on manpower, locating the hit and run driver becomes extremely difficult to nearly impossible. If the hit and run vehicle and driver are not found, you may have other options. For example, you can use your Uninsured Motorist Coverage to make a claim for your injuries. The Mancini Law Group P.C. will identify what those options might be, and if it is through your insurance company, we will work with the insurance adjuster directly. As you may know, even if it is your own insurance company, it does not mean that they have your best interests at heart. Insurance companies main concern is their profits. Therefore, they will go to great lengths to minimize their claim payouts. As strategic negotiators, our hit and run lawyers will counter those attempts, and obtain you maximum compensation.

If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, you should first seek help for any injuries you may have suffered. As soon as possible, however, it is in your best interests to speak to a lawyer. At the Mancini Law Group P.C., our personal injury and auto accident team will review your case, and help you identify your best options.

Remember, Your Need for Justice is Our Passion For Justice, Contact us today at 773-745-1909 for a Free Consultation

About the Author

Anthony Mancini

Mr. Mancini has 30 years of experience representing thousands of individuals in all types of personal injury matters. He has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his injured clients. Mr. Mancini is a member of the Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin Bars, and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Mancini is also a National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyer. Mr. Mancini received his B.A. from The University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law.