How to Determine Liability in a Hit-and-RunHit-and-run car accidents are extremely frustrating for the participants of the remaining vehicle, as not only does a hit-and-run make it more difficult to determine liability, but also, it makes it more difficult for the other driver to file a personal injury claim and to collect damages. Without a liable party, insurance companies are hesitant to take the word of the driver that stuck around. That is why it is imperative that, if injured in a hit-and-run car accident, you take action immediately, and that you do so with caution. Tracking Down a Hit-and-Run Driver Sometimes the police are able to track down the other vehicle of a hit-and-run through witnesses, surveillance cameras, or even just a thorough description of the vehicle. If the police are able to find and identify the vehicle, they can run the plates and not only see to whom the car is registered, but also learn which insurance company insures the vehicle. Once you have this information, you can go ahead and file an insurance claim with the hit-and-run driver’s insurance company and continue with the suit as normal. In addition to a personal injury lawsuit, a hit-and-run driver may be charged with anywhere from a class two to a class five felony for fleeing the scene of the accident, in accordance with Arizona State Legislature 28-661. In the event that the police are unable to track down the hit-and-run driver and its vehicle, you may have to file a personal injury insurance claim with your own insurance company. If you have to resort to this, it may be in your best interest to work with a Tucson car accident lawyer who can assist you in recovering the damages you rightly deserve. Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Hit-and-Run Accident In order to file a successful personal injury claim with your insurance company in the event of a hit-and-run car accident, you want to be sure to do the following immediately after the accident:
- Record every detail of the car that hit you, as you remember it;
- If you cannot remember key details such as make, model, color, and license plate number, try to jog your memory to at least remember how the driver was positioned (i.e. high, as if they were in an SUV, or low, as if they were in a sedan);
- Take photos of the scene to support your version of events;
- Seek medical attention ASAP, and have your physician give you a long-term diagnosis that projects what kind of ongoing treatment you are going to need to fully recuperate; and
- Consult a Tucson personal injury lawyer right away.
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