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Obtaining Compensation for a Hit-and-Run Accident

Posted on in Hit-and-Run Accidents

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.

What Remedy is Available for Victims of Driver in Hit and Run Accident?

While a driver who flees an accident scene in violation of the law is subject to criminal prosecution, nabbing the driver and sending them to jail is good, it does nothing for you as the victim of the accident. For example, you may need immediate medical care, and, in some cases, it could be the difference between surviving an accident or not, if the driver does not wait to render aid or call for help.

Of equal significance are bills and other damages you will incur following the accident. Just because a driver has fled the accident scene does not mean there is nothing you can do. Quite the contrary, there is much you can do to make sure driver who fled the scene is not only nabbed and held responsible but also to ensure that you are able to at least get some compensation from him or her for causing your injuries.

A Lake County Lawyer Can Help

If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident caused by a person who fled the scene, contact a Waukegan personal injury lawyer to explore your available options. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case by calling 847-662-3303 to set up an appointment at one of our convenient offices in Wheaton, Waukegan, Chicago, and Richmond. At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., we collect our fees only when you collect compensation.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-402

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