The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that a hit and run car crash happens every 43 seconds in the United States. This type of accident can be very difficult to recover compensation for since the at-fault driver is unidentified after the accident.
If you or your loved one suffered injury or property damage in a hit and run collision, a Boston hit and run accident lawyer may be able to help you. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can investigate the accident, attempt to identify the driver who ran, negotiate with insurance companies for you to receive compensation, and file for you to recover your losses through a personal injury lawsuit if the at-fault driver can be identified.
Call (800) 598-7557 for your free consultation at no obligation and learn more about how the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to help you. We work on contingency, so you will not owe us anything unless we can recover compensation for you.
Recovering the Costs of Hit and Run Accidents
In Boston, Massachusetts, every driver is required to stop and exchange information after a collision. M.G.L. Ch.90 §24 explains that drivers who violate this law can be subject to fines and imprisonment.
When an at-fault driver fails to stop and/or provide his or her information after any type of car accident, this is a hit and run accident. Hit and run accidents can have many variations, such as a driver scratching a car in a parking lot and failing to leave their information, colliding with another vehicle on the road and speeding away, hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist and continuing on, or even causing an accident and failing to stop even if the car did not collide with another object or person.
In any instance where the driver who caused an accident or injury flees the scene, it can be challenging to recover compensation for the costs of the accident, such as vehicle repairs or replacement and medical bills. In many cases, the uninsured motorist portion of your insurance policy will cover an accident with a hit and run driver. However, your insurance company may resist paying your expenses, or your policy may not cover all your costs. A Boston hit and run accident lawyer may be able to help you receive compensation from insurance providers by representing your interests.
A law firm can also investigate the accident and attempt to identify the at-fault driver, and then file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages for your losses if the driver can be identified.
For a free legal consultation with a hit and run accidents lawyer serving Boston, call (800) 598-7557
Legal Options After a Hit and Run Accident
After any car accident that was not your fault, you have two ways to seek compensation for damages suffered in the accident:
- File an insurance claim. Typically, you would file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company to receive payment for the accident. In the case of a hit and run accident, since you do not have the other driver’s information, you can file a claim with your own insurance company instead. The amount you may be able to recover depends on the types and amounts of coverage you have, but an attorney can help you negotiate with insurance providers and attempt to get you the compensation you deserve.
- File a personal injury lawsuit. If the hit and run driver can be identified after the accident, you can pursue compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit to sue for damages. A lawyer may be able to help you identify the driver, file a suit on your behalf, and negotiate for a fair settlement.
The state of Massachusetts follows a modified comparative negligence rule for determining liability and compensation in personal injury cases. Even if you are able to identify the hit and run driver, you will still need to prove their fault for the accident in order to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
This modified comparative negligence law, M.G.L. Ch.231 §85, means that each party in an accident is responsible for their portion of fault. For example, if the car accident was 10% your fault, you would receive 90% of the damage award. If anyone is 51% or more at fault, they cannot recover any damages.
While recovering compensation after a hit and run accident can be challenging, a Boston hit and run accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC does not shy away from tough cases. Our team may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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The damages you could be able to recover through a personal injury lawsuit in Boston include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage, including vehicle replacement and repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The Statute of Limitations Can Affect Your Case
A statute of limitations is a state law that dictates when you can pursue legal action after a wrongful event occurs. According to M.G.L. Ch.260 §2A, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Massachusetts is generally three years.
If more than three years have passed since the accident, you typically cannot recover any damages. However, there can be rare exceptions to statutes of limitations, so it may still be helpful to consult a Boston hit and run accident lawyer to be sure you know your legal options.
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The Team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC Is Here to Help You
Car accidents are always stressful, and a hit and run one can be even more so. A Boston hit and run accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC is here to help you.
In addition to representing your interests with insurance providers, we can work to identify the at-fault driver by obtaining police reports, finding video or photos of the accident, interviewing witnesses, and gathering other evidence.
Call (800) 598-7557 today for your free consultation with the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Since we operate on contingency, you will not owe us anything unless we can earn compensation for you.