Hit and Run Accidents
An attorney helping injured motorists seek justice
A hit and run accident happens when a driver leaves the scene of the crash without following the proper procedure. Typically, when a car accident occurs, both drivers exchange insurance information and contact the police. The at-fault driver would be required to compensate the crash victim through his or her insurance company. However, when a driver takes off and can’t be identified, the crash victim must seek compensation from his or her own insurance company.
This process can be extremely frustrating and may leave crash victims confused about what course of action they should take. That’s why it’s important to discuss your car accident with an experienced attorney. With years of experience helping injured motorists, attorney Andras Szantho can help you explore all your legal options. Contact attorney Szantho today and find out how he can help you.
What to do after a hit and run accident
Drivers who leave the scene of a car accident often do so because they aren’t properly insured. Other times, they could be involved in criminal activity and may be attempting to evade law enforcement. If you're involved in an accident with a hit and run driver, don’t chase after them. You could put yourself in danger. Simply try to get his or her license plate number. You should also call the police and speak to witnesses. However, you should not leave the scene of the accident. Move your vehicle off the road and out of harm’s way if you can.
Hit and run drivers are often identified by street cameras and nearby witnesses. But in the event that the driver can’t be identified, you may need to file an uninsured motorist coverage claim with your own insurance company. New Mexico law requires insurance companies to offer this coverage to all drivers who purchase limited liability insurance.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses needed to recover from injuries and future complications caused by your car accident.
- Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and other complications related to your accident.
- Loss of income, wages and future earning capacity caused by your accident.
Don’t settle for anything less than your full recovery
While your insurance company is required to compensate you for any losses caused by a hit and run accident, they may not be as willing as you may expect to pay you. They might attempt to downplay your injuries in order to reduce their costs. They may even offer a small settlement that only covers a portion of your medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering.
You deserve better. Attorney Szantho can thoroughly investigate your hit and run crash. His approach often includes obtaining your detailed police report and medical evaluation. And if your insurance company refuses to pay for your recovery, he’s prepared to take them to trial.