It may be possible to make a hit and run accident claim following an accident where you are injured by someone else who then leaves the scene without exchanging details or waiting for the police to arrive. It may be difficult to imagine how you could become involved in a hit and run accident, since no one expects to be caught up in an incident like this. They are very rare, but we all know these things can and do happen.
How do hit and run accidents happen?
A hit and run accident is generally the fault of the driver who hits you. They could be speeding, driving without a licence, or even driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or they could simply have failed to pay attention to the road. You could be knocked over by a reversing car or hit as you cross the road at a pedestrian crossing. Hit and run accidents don’t just happen on the street – they can happen anywhere. For example, you could be hit by a car in a supermarket car park or the parking area of a shopping centre, and the driver could flee the scene. In cases like these, making a hit and run accident claim should be possible as there will normally be witnesses to your accident.
What should I do after my accident?
Identifying what to do after a hit and run accident should be your priority. Call the police and get medical help too, if you have been injured. Both these things will ensure the incident is properly reported and investigated, and could help with making a compensation claim later, too. If you have not been seriously injured, you should try to take contact details for any witnesses to the accident and, if possible, the vehicle details for the car which hit you. It may be that you have sustained serious injuries, in which case it won’t be possible to get these details, but you should still be eligible to make a hit and run accident claim, so it is well worth getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to explore your options.
Elements to consider when making a hit and run accident claim
People will experience different symptoms of hit and run accident injuries. Some may have broken bones, while others may suffer head, neck, or back injuries. Treating hit and run accident injuries appropriately will depend on the injuries sustained and on working out what injuries a person has. Here are just a few of the most common injuries which we have handled hit and run accident claims for:
- Minor head injuries like concussion
- Serious head injuries such as a fractured skull or brain injury
- Back and spinal injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Lacerations and road rash
- Crush injuries
- Facial injuries
- Eye injuries
- Loss of teeth
- Shoulder injuries, such as a dislocated shoulder
- Loss of limbs
Whilst some of these injuries are more serious than others, you could make a hit and run accident claim for almost any type of injury, provided you sought medical attention and somebody else was to blame for your accident.
It is impossible to imagine what the long-term effects of being involved in a hit and run accident could be unless you’ve been in this harrowing situation. The police will look for the culprit and hopefully bring them to account. Yet even if this is the outcome, you may still have injuries to cope with, and long-lasting effects mentally and emotionally, too.
How much compensation could you get for a hit and run accident claim?
It’s practically impossible for any personal injury lawyer to give you an accurate figure for what your settlement could be if you make a successful hit and run accident claim. But why is this? Well, every claim is different because everybody’s situation and injuries are different. Even two people who have both sustained a head injury after a hit and run accident could receive different personal injury settlements, as a number of factors are taken into account when working out what you could receive. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 16 years’ experience in the personal claims industry and our lawyers draw on this experience when calculating your settlement, taking into account the following factors:
- The severity of your injuries
- How your injuries have impacted your life
- Whether or not you are able to return to work now or in the future
- Your prognosis for the future – will you make a full recovery?
- Your pain and suffering
- Any financial losses you have suffered, such as loss of earnings
- Expenses you have incurred, such as the cost of travelling to medical appointments
As you can see, there is a lot for us to think about when working out how much compensation somebody is entitled to, which is why we’re unable to give you an exact figure. However, we realise that sometimes you want to get an idea of how much compensation you could receive before you go ahead and make a personal injury claim. That’s why we’ve developed our 30-second test, which you’ll find right here on our website. This will ask you just a few simple questions and give you a rough idea of how much compensation you might be able to claim, if your claim is successful.
Contact us today for further advice
Claiming for a hit and run accident may have occurred to you early in the process of going through this experience. If you are in hospital recovering from the injuries you sustained, your mind may be replaying the incident and thinking about what to do next.
Making a hit and run accident claim is straightforward with the right help. The cost of claiming for a hit and run accident may have occurred to you, but it is not something to be concerned about. Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so there are never any upfront legal fees to worry about. This means that anybody can afford to make a claim, even those in financial difficulties after their accident. Ring our team today on 0800 689 0500, or use your mobile to call us on 0333 500 0993 now for all the advice and support you need. Legally, it makes sense to understand your position.
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