It is illegal for a driver to flee the scene after an accident, though, it is not uncommon. In 2011, there were 1,449 fatal hit-and-run accidents in the U.S. Whether you have been the victim of a minor or major accident, a-hit-and-run can leave you feeling hopeless. Our team at Rubin & Machado Ltd. is here to help. A hit and run lawyer can help you identify the driver and secure compensation from the individual responsible or from your insurance company. Our Chicago, IL, firm has built a reputation on our ability to handle even the most complicated personal injury cases, and we are ready to fight for you. Contact us today to discuss your case in more detail.
When a driver flees the scene of an accident involving another vehicle, property, or human being without providing information to the injured party or law enforcement, it is deemed a hit-and-run. Though you may be tempted to leave the scene if you are under the influence, distracted by a device, or do not have insurance, you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony. Neglecting to provide your name, phone number, license plate, and address can lead to serious repercussions including:
The more severe the accident, the greater the consequences. In Illinois, a hit-and-run that results in property damage can be deemed a Class A Misdemeanor, while a hit-and-run that causes personal injury or death is a felony offense.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a hit-and-run, you have options.
Our resourceful car accident attorneys can carefully investigate your accident and compile evidence that can bolster your claim. In some cases, eyewitness interviews can be especially useful. Other individuals may have had the time to gather pertinent information about the driver, their car, or their license plate number. They may also recall which direction the vehicle went after the incident. This information can be examined in conjunction with local traffic cameras to establish the identity of the driver.
Our firm has built a reputation on our ability to handle even the most complicated personal injury cases, and we are ready to fight for you.
Additionally, it is not uncommon for parts of the car to be left behind. In these cases, the car can be recognized by a damaged mirror, scratched paint, or a missing bumper. If the driver can be identified, we will help you pursue a personal injury case to ensure that the negligent party is held responsible for your pain and suffering.
If you purchased uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance policy may cover damages even if the driver is not identified. Unfortunately, many insurance companies are more interested in reducing their payout than compensating victims. If your insurance provider attempts to deny a valid claim, we can help you file a bad faith claim against your insurance provider.
As an established firm for over 50 years, Rubin & Machado, Ltd. has built a dedicated legal team, vast resources, and proven strategies. If you have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, contact us online or by phone at (312) 327-1840 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.