If you get injured in a hit-and-run car accident, it can be difficult to recover financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Without the at-fault driver to hold accountable, you may not know where to file your insurance claim.
A Henderson hit and run accident lawyer from Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers can help you and your family in the aftermath of an accident in Nevada. Request a free consultation with one of our attorneys today.
It is imperative to protect your rights as the injured victim of a hit-and-run. Your outlet for recovery is most likely a claim with your own auto insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are known for their ability to avoid large payouts.
Before you settle your claim, discuss its true value with a car accident lawyer. A lawyer is on your side. You can trust the case evaluation you receive from an attorney. You can also trust a hit and run accident attorney to handle complicated legal matters, such as investigating your hit-and-run accident, collecting evidence and hiring qualified experts, while you receive medical care.
A hit-and-run car accident describes a collision where instead of the at-fault driver stopping at the scene, rendering aid and exchanging information, the driver illegally flees the scene. A hit-and-run driver leaves without helping victims receive medical care. This makes it more likely that a victim will suffer serious injuries. The driver also does not give his or her insurance information for a claim, making it difficult to recover financial compensation.
A hit-and-run is a crime in Nevada. According to a Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 484E, all drivers in the state have a duty to stop at the scene of a crash involving vehicle or property damage, personal injury, or death.
While at the scene of the crash, drivers have a duty to give information and render aid to those injured. Drivers must also notify a police officer of the crash, in most situations. The failure to fulfill these duties can result in criminal charges, fines and jail time.
If you get injured in a hit-and-run accident, press criminal charges if the police find the driver. Then, focus on your civil claim. Rather than punishing the defendant, a civil claim aims to compensate you for your losses. It is up to you – not a police officer – to file a civil claim. The insurance company that receives your claim depends on whether or not the police locate the negligent driver.
Nevada is a fault-based insurance state. This means, after most auto accidents, the driver or party at fault for causing the collision must pay for economic and noneconomic damages through his or her auto insurer. If, however, the at-fault driver flees the scene without giving his or her information, filing a third-party insurance claim may not be an option.
Instead of recovering benefits through the other driver’s insurance carrier, your own insurance provider may pay for your losses. This is only possible, however, if you have purchased the right type of insurance. You must have an additional (not required) type of insurance on your policy, such as comprehensive, collision, uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist insurance to qualify for first-party benefits.
If you do not have the right type of insurance on your own policy to pay for a hit-and-run accident, your other option could be filing a lawsuit against a third party (a party that was not directly involved in your crash). You may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s employer, for example, or an auto manufacturer or the government. Speak with a qualified Henderson personal injury attorney to learn more.
Obtaining fair and full financial compensation for the damages you suffer in a hit-and-run car accident can be difficult. You do not have to take care of complicated legal processes on your own. You have the right to hire a hit and run accident lawyer in Henderson, Nevada to assist you with the claims process.
Find out how our hit-and-run accident lawyers can help you and your family today. Contact Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers at (702) 384-1414 or through our website for a free consultation.
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