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BUCKS COUNTY HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
The Bucks County hit and run accident Attorneys at Kats, Jamison & Associates understand that being involved in a car accident is stressful enough, in worst cases the other driver could flee the scene of the accident causing even more damage and confusion. If you were involved in a hit and run car accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries by filing a claim with your own insurance company. Our Personal Injury Lawyers can help you recover form your hit and run car accident if you have uninsured motorist protection including in your insurance policy. Many insurance companies require you to file your claim as soon as an accident occurs, so time is of the essence. It is best to consult with a knowledgable and experienced attorney as soon as possible, in order to protect your rights.
After a Hit and Run Accident in Bucks County or Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Leaving the scene of a car accident is extremely dangerous and is also against the law. Pennsylvania law has set requirements that everyone must follow after a crash, which include:
- Stop your vehicle or remain stopped
- Give reasonable aid to anyone who appears injured
- Exchange contact & insurance information with anyone involved in the accident
- In the event of serious damage, or if anyone sustained any injuries or was killed, you must contact the police immediately
- If police do not respond, you must fill out an accident report and submit it to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- Failing to properly report a car accident to either party can result in serious consequences, including the suspension of your driver’s license.
In worst hit and run cases, drivers will not even stop to see if anyone was seriously injured, instead, they will drive off which leads the accident victim to fend for themselves. This abandonment could cause injuries to be more severe or can even cause death if emergency services are not contacted soon enough. Leaving the scene of a car accident is not only dangerous, but it is also a crime in Pennsylvania. If you leave the scene of an accident, you could be charged with the following crimes:
- Felony of the third degree, if serious injuries occurred
- Felony of the second degree, if someone was killed
- Misdemeanor. Only if no injuries occurred
Felony charges can determine time in jail and significant fines. Additionally, if authorities determine that the hit and run driver was drunk and or under the influence of drugs, the penalties will increase.
While the local law enforcement fines criminals penalties for drivers who hit and run, these penalties do not go towards damages the victims of these accidents. Due to this fact, victims of hit and run cases will likely need to file a personal injury claims against the driver or the drivers insurance company to seek compensation for all of their losses. This may include paying for medical bills, lost income and lost future wages.
In such cases, in addition to the requested damages, the court may award penalties to punish the driver who fled, in order to deter such behavior in the future. These are typically referred to as punitive damages. If the hit and run driver is found, an experienced attorney at Kat’s, Jamison & Associates can help you pursue the maximum compensation possible based on the circumstances of your car accident.
Hit and Run Drivers Can Disappear
Aside from the criminal implications of a hit and run, these accidents often cause serious issues for victims of hit and run accident. Unfortunately, a driver who flees the scene of an accident is often never found. Following a car accident, victims are often disoriented. The right thing to do is stop and make sure the other driver is okay, but sometimes this does not happen at all. The last thing on a car accident victim’s mind is writing down the other persons information. It is important to get the license plate number as soon as you can, just in case if the driver decides to suddenly flee.
If the other driver flees the scene of the accident and no other witnesses saw the license plate number, there is a slim chance of finding the driver after that point. In this case, victims of hit and run accident are left with few options. Drivers in hit and run accidents typically flee the scene because they know that they did something wrong. If a driver was drunk, the accident might of frightened them, so they flee the scene in order not to get arrested. Also, many hit and run drivers do not have the proper insurance coverage required by Pennsylvania law and therefore do not want to face the consequences. In the worst cases, drivers of stolen vehicles almost never stop as required.
Regardless of the reasoning stemming behind leaving the scene of an accident, this act causes unnecessary and extensive harm to victims. Besides the potential physical damages, there are also many financial consequences.
After you and your passengers are out of immediate danger. You should first call an experienced and knowledgable car accident attorney who has handled hit and run cases in the past. At Kats, Jamison & Associates we understand all relevant insurance laws in Pennsylvania and can help you file your personal injury claim. Our legal team will examine your circumstances and help you determine the best possible steps to claim and accident after a hit and run car crash.
Issues After a Hit and Run Accident In Bucks County, Montgomery County & Northeast Philadelphia.
In some instances, if your insurance policy does not contain a “no-fault” clause, it is then your duty to prove that you cannot identify the other driver. Additionally, you must prove that the other driver was at fault, beyond a reasonable doubt. Then finally, you must prove the monetary value of your claim by calculating the cost of your injuries, lost wages, and potential cost of future care, medications, and medical equipment.
It might be difficult to prove that a driver cannot be identified. This may include taking statements from witnesses and pulling surveillance footage from cameras in the area. Witnesses will have to be in agreement that the driver fled the scene and was not identified. Proving who was at fault is based on laws of negligence, which can include drunk driving, distracted driving, and or speeding. It is usually the case that leaving the scene of an accident creates the implication that the fleeing driver was at fault. Regardless, you must also provide additional evidence to prove negligence.
Providing all necessary medical bills detailing your losses is very important. If your have a successful personal injury claim, you will need to request the proper amount of compensation in order to cover your losses – even providing the future cost of care you may need. This is extremely important because after your first claim, you will not be able to file another claim in the future for the same accident. Your insurance company’s goal is to make and or save as much money as possible. This means that it is likely that the insurance company will try to negotiate down your. This is where an expert legal team can fight for your rights to claim fair compensation on your behalf. This may include proving that you truly deserve to have your medical costs, lost wages, and other losses covered in the settlement. At Kats, Jamison & Associates, we will conduct a deep investigation in order to ensure that victims of hit and run accidents recover all the money they are entitled.
Hit and run car accident cases will heavily rely on the details of your insurance policy. Unlike other personal injury claims, uninsured motorist cases are not tried in court. These cases can be held in an ordinary courtroom using a panel of three arbitrators: one is chosen by the insurance company, the second is chosen by your legal team, and the third is chosen by the other two arbitrators. The attorneys at Kats, Jamison & Associates have worked with a variety of arbitrators over the last 30 years. We understand how to pick the best arbitrator depending on the circumstances of your case. Once your hearing is concluded, the three arbitrators collectively reach a decision.
Discuss Your Rights With a Bucks County Hit and Run Accident Attorney Today
Hit and run cases are usually complex and require a great amount of attention to detail. At Kats, Jamison & Associates, our Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Northeast Philadelphia personal injury attorneys investigate every claim so we can obtain the best possible results for victims of auto accidents.
When you need a Bucks County, Montgomery County, or Northeast Philadelphia personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member, or a loved one who was the victim of a hit and run accident, contact Kats, Jamison & Associates today.
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