A driver involved in an accident has a legal obligation to stop and report the collision to the police as quickly as possible. However, in some cases, a driver who causes a crash flees the scene, leaving a person in another vehicle who may have been injured to call for help or wait for someone else to provide assistance.
Victims of a hit and run collision can suffer from concussions, broken bones, deep lacerations, or other serious injuries. If unable to call for an ambulance, victims may have to wait for someone else to see their damaged car and call for help.
If injured in the accident, victims sometimes need to be treated in a hospital and may need to undergo physical therapy or receive chiropractic treatments. This can leave them with an ever-growing pile of medical bills and the possible need for ongoing care.
If unable to call for help right away, the delay in receiving treatment can cause a victim’s injuries to worsen. Such worsened injuries can lead to permanent damage requiring long-term care from an in-home aide or full-time care in a nursing home. Some may even need to find child care while they heal.
Some victims of a hit and run accident may suffer from injuries severe enough that they cannot return to work in their former profession and may have to endure a loss of wages.
If you suffered from such damages following a hit and run accident, it can be costly to recover and have an enormous financial, emotional, and mental burden on you and your loved ones. A Milwaukee hit and run accident lawyer may be able to assist you in securing the compensation you deserve. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has helped people across the United States pursue justice. We may be able to track down the person who hit you and fled the scene and work to hold that individual accountable. Call our office at (800) 598-7557 to speak with a member of our team today.
Wisconsin Laws That May Apply to a Hit and Run Accident
A person who is involved in an accident is legally required to report the incident. Under Wisconsin Statutes § 346.70, the operator or occupant of a vehicle involved in an accident that resulted in injury, death, or property damage must contact the city, county, or state police immediately to report it.
Unfortunately, drivers who cause accidents do not always follow the law. A driver may panic and flee the area or may try to evade responsibility because they were intoxicated, uninsured, driving without a valid license, or running from the scene of another crime.
Uninsured motorist coverage can protect people who were injured by others who fled the scene of the accident. According to Wisconsin Statutes § 632.32(4)(a), all motor vehicle operators in the state must have uninsured motorist coverage with minimum coverage amounts of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Drivers may opt to pay more in premiums in exchange for higher coverage limits.
If you were injured by a hit and run driver, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company and seek compensation via your uninsured motorist coverage. If you were severely injured, your policy may not have high enough coverage limits to pay for past or future healthcare costs or compensate you fairly for your lost income and pain and suffering.
For a free legal consultation with a hit and run accident lawyer serving Milwaukee, call (800) 598-7557
How a Milwaukee Hit and Run Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help
It is often challenging, but not necessarily impossible, to track down the driver responsible for a hit and run crash. A Milwaukee hit and run accident lawyer may be able to find the person who caused the collision and left the scene.
We will start by interviewing you, anyone with you in your vehicle during the collision, and possible witnesses. Anyone who was able to get a good look at the other car may provide useful information. Even a general description can give us a place to start. Someone may have noticed a detail, such as a bumper sticker, that can help us identify the car involved in the crash.
Many busy intersections have traffic cameras to catch people who drive too fast or run red lights, and businesses and private residences are often equipped with security cameras. We may discover that one or more cameras recorded the crash itself or the seconds immediately before or after it. If so, the video footage from these cameras may show the other vehicle’s license plate or help us get a better description.
If the other driver was hurt in the crash, he or she may have sought medical treatment. Healthcare providers may have become suspicious if an individual did not want to file an insurance claim or provided an explanation that did not seem consistent with their injuries.
If the other vehicle was seriously damaged, the driver may have taken it to a body shop for repairs. Workers may have had doubts about the individual’s story and may have become suspicious if the other driver did not want to submit an insurance claim.
Our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can conduct an investigation and look for these and other forms of evidence that may help us track down the driver who hit you. If we succeed in identifying the individual liable for your accident, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses.
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Contact a Milwaukee Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we do not shy away from tough cases. A Milwaukee hit and run accident lawyer from our team may be able to find the person who was liable for your injuries and work to seek justice for you. We may be able to sue that individual to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
You have only three years to file a personal injury lawsuit related to a motor vehicle accident, according to Wisconsin Statutes § 893.54. Identifying the person who hit you may be a lengthy and difficult process. The sooner you contact us, the sooner our team will be able to get to work. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557.