Hit and run accidents are some of the most upsetting road traffic accidents to be involved in. It means that the person who caused you to be hurt has not stopped and identified themselves after the accident. It is estimated that there are over a million uninsured drivers in the UK. If you are unlucky enough to be injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you could easily suffer the further misfortune of it being a hit and run.
This leaves you, the injured person, with a big problem. Normally, you would make a compensation claim against the person who caused the accident and it would be paid out of their motor insurance policy. In a hit and run, though, there is no insurance policy for you to claim from, so what can you do? Here are some simple steps that you can take if you are looking to make hit and run accident claims in Scotland.
Five steps for dealing with hit and run accident claims in Scotland
- If it is at all possible, try to record the registration number of the vehicle that has hit you. Also, you should ask any witnesses for their contact details. This information is immensely helpful for all hit and run accident claims in Scotland.
- Contact Accident Advice Helpline – we are a law firm with great experience of handling hit and run accident claims in Scotland who will be able to answer all of your questions. You can contact us online or through our 24-hour hotline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. It is always a good idea to get this sort of case started as soon as possible, so it is not wise to delay making your first contact.
- We will be able to advise you on your hit and run accident claims in Scotland. This may involve putting your case to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, an organisation set up to provide people just like yourself with compensation. There will probably be a claim form to complete and a legal process to go through. Your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer will keep you updated about how your case is proceeding.
- You will have to provide some evidence to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of both your injuries and your financial losses. This may involve having to retrieve some records from your doctor. You may also need to supply wage slips or some other evidence from your employer to show that you have lost money in wages as a result of your injuries.
- It can take some time for all the evidence to be collected and for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau to consider your case. Some cases take longer than others to sort out. Finally, you will be informed of the amount of compensation that you will receive.
Date Published: 14th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry