Hit and run accidents can be quite dangerous, causing severe injuries and having the potential to be fatal. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 737,100 hit and run accidents in 2015, and 2,049 deaths from these accidents in 2016. If you have been involved and injured in a hit and run accident, you do not need to handle it alone.
Rather, you can work with a Portland hit and run accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Contact us today by calling (800) 598-7557 to learn more about how our team can help you.
Hit and Run Instances
A hit and run accident can occur in several different ways. One instance is when you are driving and are hit by another driver, who then fails to stop and continues to drive away. Depending on where they hit you, it can be hard to specifically determine any identifiers, such as the make of the vehicle they were driving, its color, and its license plate.
However, hit and run accidents can also occur to pedestrians as well. Those who are walking on the sidewalk or biking in a bike lane and are struck by a vehicle which fails to properly stop afterward would be considered to have been in a hit and run accident. These scenarios tend to involve a driver hitting the pedestrian from behind.
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Hit and Run Compensation
A hit and run accident can result in quite severe injuries. As such, those who are the victim of one of these accidents are eligible to receive compensation. This compensation can help them cover costs related to things such as:
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering that they endure because of the accident
- Medical bills they receive due to stays in the hospital and any surgeries
- Ongoing care costs for matters like physical therapy, visits to the doctor, and medical prescriptions which stem from their injuries
- Property damage incurred because of the accident
There may also be additional types of damages that you could be eligible for based upon other factors in your accident. Our team can help you determine what these damages may be.
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Causes of Hit and Run Accidents
There are several reasons as to why someone who causes a hit and run accident would not want to stop afterward. While there are many reasons, they do not serve as excuses for those who cause these accidents. These reasons can include:
- The driver was panicked following the accident and fled as they feared the potential legal repercussions
- The driver was driving while under the influence and did not want to get caught
- The driver was distracted and believed they could get away from the scene
- The driver had an active warrant and did not want to be identified and arrested by law enforcement
- The driver did not have proper car insurance and was afraid of the expenses which they could incur.
Portland Hit and Run Laws
Under Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) §811.705, the party which is responsible for an auto accident that injured one or more other parties is legally required to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the accident until they are released by a police officer. Violation of this statute causes the accident to become a hit and run accident.
Additionally, Oregon Revised Statute § 811.700 allows for those injured in a hit and run accident to seek legal recourse for their injuries and other damages. Other parties who were also in the vehicle or involved in the accident are able to do the same.
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Working with a Portland Hit and Run Accident Attorney
A Ben Crump Law, PLLC Portland hit and run accident lawyer can help you in many ways with your case. Some areas in which our team can assist you in include:
A hit and run accident lawyer can help you with proving that the person who caused the hit and run accident was acting in a negligent manner and should be liable for your damages. We can also assist in proving that the driver was indeed the one who caused the accident. This is done by getting important evidence, like any eyewitness accounts or photos, license plate information, and any relevant information from the police investigation.
Fighting for Compensation
Following a hit and run accident, you have three options available to you. If the driver has not been identified, then you can file a claim with your own insurance company to receive compensation. If the driver has been identified, then you may file an insurance claim against their insurance company or file a lawsuit against them directly should you feel an insurance claim will not cover all of your damages properly.
However, all of these options can be challenging to perform by yourself. Your insurance company may attempt to limit how much they are liable for owning you, and the driver’s insurance company or attorney may attempt to offer you settlements that do not adequately provide the compensation you are entitled to. Our team can work to manage whichever option you choose and help you get the proper amount of damages which you are entitled to.
Reach Out for Legal Assistance Today
You do not need to manage your hit and run case by yourself. Instead, you can choose to work with a Portland hit and run accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC. Call our team today at (800) 598-7557 and schedule a free consultation.