According to a recent report by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, (MIB), the number of hit and run accidents is on the increase. This is despite the fact that failure to stop at the scene of an accident could result in penalty points, a large fine or even a prison sentence.
A high percentage of offenders claimed that they simply ‘did not realise’ that they were legally obliged to stop. While some of them did not consider the accident to be ‘serious enough,’ others simply panicked and drove away.
Even a relatively minor bump is counted as an accident. So if you are wondering how you could become involved in a hit and run accident, it could be easier than you think.
If another vehicle simply scratches yours while in a car park, then they are legally obliged to stop. Usually, the motorist will place a note on the windscreen of the damaged car, with details how to contact them.
If you were actually in the car at the time of the collision, then you could also have sustained injuries that the other driver will have been responsible for. If they do not stop, then you should try to make a note of their vehicle details so that the police will be able to locate them.
Pedestrians are also at risk of being injured in a hit and run accident. They are among the most vulnerable to road users and any injuries sustained could have life-changing consequences.
How you could become involved in a hit and run accident
Unfortunately, an increasing number of drivers have fled the scene of a very serious accident. This could mean that the injured victims do not get help as quickly as they otherwise would, and the resulting impact could be far more serious. In any kind of accident, the first priority should always be to get medical attention to those who need it. So even if a motorist is unaware of their legal duty to stop, they should not ignore their moral obligation.
Have you been involved in a hit and run accident?
If you have suffered as a result of a hit and run accident, thankfully there is some good news. If the police were able to locate the offender, then you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against them, in order to get compensation. If the police are not able to find them, you claim would be referred the the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
You can find out more about how you could become involved in a hit and run accident, and how you can make a claim, by calling Accident Advice Helpline today. One of our advisers will be delighted to discuss your situation in more detail and answer any questions that you might have.
Simply dial 0800 689 5659 phone to connect with Accident Advice Helpline today.