If you or a loved one were victims of a hit and run accident and now face medical bills and other expenses, you might think you have no options for collecting damages. A Phoenix hit and run accident lawyer could help you recover damages regardless of whether authorities find the fleeing driver.
One of the most important actions you can take after any car accident is to get medical care. Once you are safe, you might want to call the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC. We can meet with you at your home or the hospital for a free case review. We will give you our honest assessment of your situation so that you understand your rights and can make an informed decision.
Call us today at (800) 598-7557 for your free, no-obligation consultation with a team member.
Understanding What Makes a Hit and Run Accident
A driver who flees the scene of an accident (known as a hit and run accident) is not only inconsiderate, but they have also committed a crime. According to ARS § 28-663, drivers have a duty to stop if involved in an accident resulting in property damage or bodily injury.
The statute specifically states that all drivers involved in an accident with another moving vehicle must:
- Give their name, address, and registration information.
- Show their driver’s license upon request.
- Provide reasonable assistance to any person injured from the accident, including calling 911.
Drivers also have an obligation under ARS § 28-664 to leave a note with their name and contact information if they damage a parked vehicle with no occupants.
While most drivers involved in an accident act legally and correctly, some do not. The Arizona Department of Transportation estimates that over 11 percent of car accidents statewide in 2018, more than 14,500, involved hit and run drivers, injuring 3,348 victims and killing 73.
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How to Pursue Compensation After a Hit and Run Accident
There are a few ways to pursue compensation for a hit and run accident:
- If the police apprehend the driver, you could file a claim against their insurance policy.
- If the driver is caught but does not have insurance, you could recover damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, it is unlikely that an uninsured hit and run driver has many assets.
- If the police cannot find the driver, your most likely source of compensation is your personal auto insurance coverage.
Although police sometimes have success tracking down a hit and run driver, other times, the alleged perpetrator vanishes without a trace. When that happens, your best option for recovering compensation is from your insurance coverage.
We Help You Understand Your Insurance Coverage
Arizona requires drivers to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance. Some drivers elect to add uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage to their policy. You may have this protection, but few people are familiar with what their insurance covers. A Phoenix hit and run accident lawyer can read through your policy and help you understand your insurance coverage.
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What a Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Could Do for You
A hit and run accident attorney can take care of the many details involved in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit so you can focus on your health and loved ones. Regardless of whether police arrest the driver, our lawyers and investigators can help build a claim that includes necessary information such as:
- Medical bills, records, and proof of bodily injury.
- Repair bills, estimates, and proof of property damage.
- Police reports, witness statements, photos, videos, and other evidence of an accident that was not your fault.
- Pay stubs that establish how much income you lost while recovering from your injuries.
- Other documentation that proves your injuries and damages.
A personal injury lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can file, manage, and negotiate your insurance claim. It is our goal to help you recover compensation for your current and future medical and lifecare expenses.
Compensation for a Hit and Run Accident
You should know that some insurance companies balk at having to pay damages. A lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can negotiate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf. Depending on your injuries and losses, you could recover for such damages as:
- Medical care and treatment, including ambulance, emergency room, surgery, hospitalization, and specialists.
- Lifecare expenses.
- Lost pay while you recovered from your injuries.
- Property damage, including car repairs and temporary transportation.
- Prescription medication, physical therapy, and other follow-up care.
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
Our firm has recovered millions in damages from settlements and verdicts. While we cannot promise the outcome of your case, you have the peace of mind knowing that our legal team will protect your rights and pursue compensation.
Factors That Affect Compensation
Hit and run accident injuries range from moderate to life-threatening. Several factors affect your potential for compensation, including:
- The severity and extent of your injuries.
- How long your injuries will affect your ability to return to work and perform daily activities.
- If you will need ongoing care for your injuries.
In Arizona, you can recover damages even if you played a role in causing the collision. There might also be third-party defendants who contributed to the accident that you could hold financially accountable.
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We Accept Many Types of Accidents
There are many types of hit and run collisions. Our legal team could help if you suffered injuries in these types of crashes:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uber, Lyft, and taxi accidents
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in any of these collisions, a Phoenix hit and run accident lawyer might be able to help you recover damages for medical bills, lost pay, and other losses. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557 for a free, no-obligation consultation with a team member.