A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver flees the scene of an accident. In Connecticut, when an accident occurs, the driver of each car must stop and exchange insurance and other relevant information with the other driver or with the owner of the property that was damaged in the accident. It is a crime for a driver to leave the scene of an accident.
Despite these laws and the severe penalties they carry, hit-and-run accidents continue to be very common.
Many hit-and-run drivers are often identified after the fact, typically through an eyewitness by way of the license plate number; paint scrapings or car parts may be left behind; and occasionally, the drivers themselves turn themselves in to the authorities. However, the fact that the culprit fled the scene and cannot be identified, does not mean that you have no legal recourse or ability to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. The uninsured motorist portion of your automobile insurance policy, typically will cover for your personal injuries and other losses, even if you were a pedestrian, cyclist or passenger in someone else’s vehicle when the accident occurred.
There are multiple reasons drivers flee after an accident:
- The driver is intoxicated and fears being charged with a DUI or other criminal penalties associated with causing injury or death while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- The driver is without a license, registration, or automobile insurance
- The driver is in a stolen vehicle or is wanted by the law for some another unrelated offense
Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident can be more devastating than when the driver who caused the accident stops to take responsibility.
For example, injured parties often need immediate medical care, and the failure of hit-and-run drivers to render or summon immediate aid may cause further injury or death. If left without aid, parties injured or left unconscious due to traffic accidents can be exposed to further hazards: subsequent oncoming vehicles, exposure to weather, excessive bleeding, a leaking fuel tank, and more.
There are time limitations for bringing a civil claim against a hit-and-run driver and for pursuing an uninsured motorist claim, so it is best to consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident contact The Scalora Law Group for a free legal consultation. We are experienced in handling personal injury cases and have an established track record for obtaining compensation for victims of hit-and-run accident injuries. Contact us today at 860-344-9051 or fill out our contact form to have an attorney call you back immediately.