Accident hit and run: Discover what a hit and run accident is, why car drivers in such accidents are often uninsured or cannot be found, how to claim compensation for your injuries from the MIB (no, not those MIB) and how much compensation you could be entitled to.
What is a hit and run accident?
A hit and run accident is the term used in the UK to describe a type of road traffic accident in which the driver responsible leaves the accident scene without stopping or providing contact and insurance details.
It is a criminal offence in the UK to leave the scene of a road traffic accident without providing your details. The most common types of hit and run accident involve car drivers who wish to make a quick exit unnoticed.
What is the motivation behind an accident hit and run?
The majority of hit and run accidents are not caused intentionally. However, a motorist who is uninsured or wishes to escape criminal prosecution for dangerous or careless driving will sometimes seize the moment to make a fast get away.
Many motorists who leave the scene of an accident will be traced from witnesses who might have spotted the car registration number or from CCTV evidence.
If a driver is not found he is classed as an ‘untraced driver’ and if a driver is found, but does not have motor insurance he is classed as an uninsured driver.
The Motor Insurer Bureau (MIB) is charged with making payouts, including compensation, in cases where a driver is uninsured or cannot be found.
How much compensation could you receive?
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on which part of your body is injured, the severity of your injury and the long-term effects of your injury.
As for applying for compensation in the first place, an internet search for a local law firm (such as accident hit and run) may be the first option that springs to mind. While local knowledge can be helpful, it is sometimes better to head for a national firm.
Instead of running a search like the accident hit and run mentioned above, something along the lines of national accident advisor might be more appropriate.
Expert solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have our own team of legal experts that have a vast array of experience covering all aspects of personal injury law; if we can’t help you, then it’s likely that nobody can.
You can find out how much you could be awarded by making use of our 30- second test, or by simply giving us a call using our free telephone helpline.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to one of our advisers today. This is a no-obligation call, so don’t feel that there is any pressure at all. You’ve been through one traumatic experience already and Accident Advice Helpline is here to help make it right.