Hit and run accidents are collisions between a negligent driver of a vehicle and another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian where the guilty party drives off before sharing any information or staying to report the crash to police.
In Illinois, it is a criminal offense to leave the scene of an accident, and the at-fault driver could face additional charges, as well as be accountable for financial damages to be paid for inflicting physical, financial, and emotional harm to you.
These types of accidents are all too common, sadly. Hit and run crashes are not only cowardly actions, but they make it even more difficult to recover compensation for injuries suffered by people in car crashes. Plus, hit and run violations add an extra burden for police to find and arrest the guilty driver.
If you have suffered serious injuries by being hit by a hit and run driver, and need legal assistance, a Chicago hit and run accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC might be able to help you. Our team can help you figure out a way to seek financial restitution for the medical, emotional, and physical costs you have endured in the accident. Receive a free consultation when you call 800-959-1444.
Hit and Run Accidents
Nearly 700,000 hit and run crashes occur each year, according to the AAA, and the numbers have been rising. There were about 60% more hit and run crashes in 2019 than a decade earlier. More worryingly, about 65% of hit and run accident fatalities involved accidents with bicyclists or pedestrians.
The AAA notes that every U.S. state now has laws in place that make it a criminal offense for a hit and run driver to leave the scene of an accident. Depending on the type of crash and the severity of the accident, drivers could face charges ranging from losing their license to going to jail.
For a free legal consultation with a hit and run accidents lawyer serving Chicago, call 800-598-7557
Reporting an Accident
Drivers in Illinois who have been in a car accident causing injuries or deaths are required by state law (section 5/11-401 of the Illinois Vehicle Code) to report the accident. For accidents that cause more than $1,500 in damages, but no injuries or deaths, drivers have 10 days to report these accidents. It is a felony offense if a driver does not report, and the driver can face additional fines as well as criminal charges.
In a car accident in Illinois, car drivers must stay at the accident scene until the police arrive, take testimony from the drivers (and sometimes passengers), and driver information is exchanged. Those who do not report might get their license suspended.
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Insurance Claim in a Hit and Run Accident
Many drivers are unsure of what to do when the other driver leaves the scene. In the case of a typical highway hit and run, you may recall only that a type of powder blue SUV sideswiped yours and caused damage. However, that may not give the police much to go on once they arrive at the scene of the accident. The only recourse police might suggest to you is to report the accident to your insurance company to try to recover any property damage losses caused by the hit and run driver.
However, it is important for any future possible lawsuit to file an accident report with the Chicago Police Department after a hit and run accident. The guilty driver may have sped off, and you only saw the color and type of car, but not a license plate. But any bit of information can be helpful down the road.
This is where a Chicago hit and run accident lawyer can assist you. The attorneys at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can work with you to try to locate the hit and run driver. Highway cameras may be able to show the accident. Our team may be able to locate witnesses who saw the accident and the car drive away, and it is also possible that the hit and run driver may be overwhelmed with guilt after a few days and report the accident to the police. This admission could help you in a hit and run lawsuit to recover compensation for damages.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage
One of the forms of insurance that could help you if you have been hit by a hit and run driver is uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage is part of a car insurance policy that gives you protection against uninsured drivers.
Not having auto insurance is often one of the main reasons why hit and run drivers leave the scene of an accident. Instead of the insurance company of the hit and run driver paying for your medical costs, car damage, and more, you would likely get stuck paying all the bills from an accident that was not your fault. Having uninsured motorist coverage will cover the costs of medical bills or auto repairs if the other driver is uninsured.
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Illinois Statute of Limitations on Car Accidents
In Illinois, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit after getting injured in a hit and run car accident, according to the statute of limitations 735 ILCS 5/13-202. Two years may seem like a long time, but it can take a while to build a strong case, so it’s best to connect with a Chicago hit and run car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-959-1444 for your free consultation with a member of our team. We want to learn how we can help and get started on your case today.
Choosing the Lawsuit
Too many drivers will settle with their insurance companies for a small dollar amount after a hit and run accident. That is unfortunate because you should be provided with more compensation for damages than just property damage to your car.
In a hit and run accident, your health may have been impacted, your income halted, your mental state of wellness disrupted. Your insurance company will not fight on your behalf for these other effects of the accident. But the Ben Crump Law, PLLC team will fight for you.
That is why it can help after a hit and run accident to reach out to a Chicago hit and run accident lawyer. Our firm will work with you to develop a lawsuit that seeks claims for damages related to:
- Hospital fees, doctor’s office visits, and other medical bills
- Lost income from your job as a result of the hit and run accident
- Trauma from the accident, including damages for pain and suffering
- Wrongful death in the event of a fatality
- Punitive awards for reprehensible behavior by the hit and run driver
Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you in your fight against the hit and run driver. Do not give up hope. Call us for a no-fee consultation at 800-959-1444.