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IL accident lawyerBeing involved in a car accident is a distressing experience regardless of the circumstances. However, hit and run accidents are often especially traumatic. Illinois law requires motorists to stop and exchange contact and car insurance information whenever they are in an accident causing property damage or personal injury. Unfortunately, some drivers attempt to evade responsibility for an accident by speeding away from the accident scene. If you or a loved one were hurt in a hit and run accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the compensation you need to cover accident-related costs.

Can I File a Claim Even if the At-Fault Driver Cannot Be Located?

In the moments after a traumatic car accident, most people are in a state of shock. They may be disoriented or even knocked unconscious by the force of the impact. Taking note of the at-fault driver’s vehicle or license plate number may simply not be possible. Without this information, it can be difficult for law enforcement to catch the driver and for you to recover compensation through the driver’s insurance company. Footage from dash cameras or nearby security cameras and other types of evidence may help to locate a hit and run driver, but there are many cases in which hit and run drivers are never brought to justice. Fortunately, you may still be able to recover compensation after a hit and run accident even if the driver cannot be located.

Bringing a Claim Against Your Own Insurance Company

The at-fault driver’s car insurance company is typically on the hook for costs resulting from a car accident. In a hit and run accident, obtaining compensation from the at-fault party’s insurer may not be possible. However, you may be able to recover financial compensation through your own insurance company. If you have liability insurance in Illinois, you also have uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is intended to cover costs caused by someone without insurance or someone who has too little insurance. Unfortunately, insurance companies often offer settlements that do not fully compensate injured victims for their damages. A personal injury attorney can help you negotiate with the insurance company and seek compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost income, property damage, and more.

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IL accident lawyerMost drivers know that stopping and exchanging contact information after a car accident is the right thing to do. Leaving the scene of an accident is not only unethical, it is also against the law. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a hit and run accident, you may feel confused and frustrated. You may also be completely unsure of what to do next. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take after a hit and run that will improve your chances of recovering compensation for your damages.

Get Medical Help Immediately

Many people do not realize the extent of their injures after being in a car accident because they are in a state of shock. Your injuries may be much worse than you realize. Injuries to the brain and spinal cord are often especially insidious. Your injuries may result in only subtle symptoms at first but then get much worse over time. Without documentation of the injuries after the accident, it may be hard to prove that your symptoms are in fact the result of the accident. Getting evaluated by a medical professional is the best way to ensure that your injuries are properly treated and that you have records of your injuries immediately after the accident.

Call the Police and Collect Evidence

Even if you think that the driver who hit you is long gone, it is imperative that you call the police. A police report is almost always needed for a personal injury claim. Furthermore, the information you provide to police may enable them to catch the person who committed the hit and run. If you are able to, write down every detail you can remember about the accident. Note the make, model, and color of the vehicle that hit you as well as any license plate information you can remember. Even a partial license plate number can help police catch the responsible party. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the location of the accident. If your injuries enable you to do so, collect contact information from any witnesses to the accident. These individuals may be able to provide valuable information to police.

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Waukegan injury attorneyIt is the law in Illinois that a driver involved in an accident must remain at the scene, except if he or she needs immediate medical attention. It is also the law that the driver must provide specific information to law enforcement and to the other drivers and/or passengers involved in the accident.

A driver who leaves the scene without meeting these requirements may be found guilty of a felony and have his or her driver’s license revoked. The consequences are more severe if the accident results in death.

Reasons Why Drivers Leave Scene of Accident

One reason drivers flee an accident scene that they have caused is intoxication—they may fear being charged with a DUI. Another reason is already being in violation of other laws such as driving without a license, registration or insurance. It may also be the case the vehicle is stolen, and the driver takes off before the cops come. A driver may also flee because he or has arrest warrants for other, unrelated alleged crimes.

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Lake County Car Accident Lawyer

On Saturday, January 5, two Chicago police officers were injured when their vehicle was struck by a vehicle believed to have been stolen. After the collision, the driver fled the scene, leaving the officers with severe but non-life threatening injuries. For Illinois drivers, the hit and run collision served as a reminder that some drivers will attempt to flee the scene of an accident even when it involves law enforcement.  

After a hit and run accident, one must act quickly and calmly to help ensure law enforcement officials are equipped with the requisite information to find the perpetrator. 

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Posted on in Hit-and-Run Accidents

Lake County Personal Injury AttorneysEarlier this month, a man was charged in a hit-and-run crash that occurred last summer which ultimately resulted in the death of a 64-year-old man. The accident happened in Cook County’s Cragin neighborhood when the driver struck a pedestrian while traveling at almost twice the speed limit. The driver, who continued home after the accident, was caught largely due to surveillance footage and the cooperation of an eyewitness. 

This tragic accident is a reminder to Illinoisans that hit-and-run accidents do occur. Here are some important steps you should take if you are involved in a hit-and-run collision

Immediate Action 

In the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash, it is important to act as quickly as possible. Your ability to react to the accident, contact medical professionals and law enforcement, and gather information can make all the difference in ensuring your physical well-being and helping build a case against the perpetrator.  

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