Baltimore Hit & Run Accident Attorney
Sadly, many drivers do the worst possible thing following a crash—flee the scene. While highly illegal, roughly 12 percent of all motor vehicle crashes are hit and run collisions, according to AAA. When the victim is a pedestrian or a bicyclist, that number jumps drastically. Pedestrians and cyclists are the victims in 65 percent of all fatal hit and runs, according to ABC News. In fact, in roughly 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, the driver flees the scene. This only happens in one percent of driver fatalities, because when two vehicles collide at high speeds, there is less chance of a driver being able to drive their wrecked car away from the scene. Whether you were a motor vehicle occupant, pedestrian, cyclists, or motorcyclist, if you are the victim of a hit and run, your situation can feel downright hopeless. But you do have options. Our Baltimore hit & run accident attorneys at Berman | Sobin | Gross LLP can help you pursue financial compensation whether the hit and run driver was later found by the police, or not.
Damages You Can Sue For in a Hit and Run Collision
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages/earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Property damage;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress; and
When The Hit and Run Driver Gets Caught
In any traffic collisions personal injury claim, you cannot be found at-fault in order to receive compensation. If you are the negligent driver (more than 50 percent to blame for causing the crash), you cannot recover any damages. This is true even if the other driver flees the scene, though they may owe you punitive damages following a criminal traffic hearing. Sometimes, the driver who flees the scene is not at fault for causing the crash, though this is rare. In fact, if the hit and run driver is found by the police, the chances of them being found fully at fault is generally increased, making it easier for you to receive the full compensation that you are owed.
What if The Hit and Run Driver is Never Found?
Most of the time, hit and run drivers are never found. If this happens to you, you can still pursue damages from your own insurance company under your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. This is true even if you were walking or riding a bike when you were hit. Through this policy, you can be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and everything else you would normally be compensated for in a personal injury claim. However, you still need to work with an attorney, as your own insurance company may attempt to deny your claim or reduce your compensation.
Call a Baltimore Hit & Run Accident Attorney Today
As the victim of a hit and run collision, you have rights to pursue damages from the at-fault driver, or your own insurance company. To get started today, our Baltimore hit and run injury attorneys are here to help. Call Berman | Sobin | Gross LLP at 800-248-3352 to schedule a free consultation.