Maryland Hit and Run Car Accident Attorney
Protecting Your Rights after a Driver Leaves the Scene of Your Accident
When you first started driving, you likely learned about what to do in the event of an accident. You pull over to the side of the road, safely get out of your car, and exchange information with the other drivers involved. Often, this is exactly what unfolds after a crash, though in other situations, you may be shocked when another driver who hit you speeds off into the distance instead of stopping.
All car accidents can be traumatic, but the element of hit-and-run can make an accident especially stressful. Who will pay for your vehicle damage? What happens if you need medical treatment? Will you be responsible for all of these costs?
In this situation, you do not have to panic. Instead, call Alpert Schreyer, LLC Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. We regularly work with clients in this situation and help them find legal solutions to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. Call (844) 632-7274 to schedule a case evaluation right away.
Duties After a Traffic Accident
Traffic crashes happen on a regular basis throughout Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Transportation reported the following in a single year:
- 106,682 accidents
- 74,320 accidents causing property damage
- 31,897 accidents causing injuries
- 466 fatal accidents
With an average of 292 crashes happening each day, it is important for everyone to understand what to do following an accident, as well as their rights as accident victims.
Maryland law specifically requires drivers to stop and remain at the scene of any car accident that results in property damage or injuries, though in general, you should stop after every crash. However, many people instead decide to flee the scene for many reasons. Maybe a driver does not have the required insurance or a valid driver’s license. A driver may have been drinking or might possess illegal drugs in the vehicle. Whatever the reason may be, it is an unfortunate reality that drivers leave accident scenes on a regular basis.
Trying to Identify Hit and Run Drivers
After a hit and run accident, you should proceed as you normally would after a crash. Call 911 right away and report the hit and run, including any details you remember about the make, model, and color of the vehicle. Sometimes, witnesses will stop after a hit and run and report a license plate number or other identifying information about the driver. You want police officers to have as much information as possible regarding the hit and run driver and their car.
Sometimes, people are shocked when the police call and announce they found the hit and run driver. The driver will likely face criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident. However, the criminal case will do very little to compensate you for your accident-related losses. It is important that you contact a car accident lawyer who understands how to proceed in hit and run cases.
Insurance Claims After a Hit and Run Crash
After a hit and run, you should always seek medical attention right away if you believe you suffered any injuries. Even if no obvious injuries exist, head to the emergency room or the doctor if you feel sore, stiff, or disoriented, as these could be signs of soft tissue injuries or a concussion. Many people fail to get the medical care they need after a hit and run due to concerns over the medical costs. However, getting a timely diagnosis and treatment can actually help with a future insurance claim.
No matter whether police officers found the driver or not, you will need to prove two things for a successful insurance claim:
- That the other driver was responsible for causing the accident
- The amount of damages you claim
Our attorneys work to prove liability and damages in the same way we would in any car accident case. We investigate the circumstances of the crash, interview witnesses, seek out video footage, and more. Often, the fact that the driver fled the scene can be important evidence of their fault. We then use your medical records, pay statements, and other evidence to prove your losses, which can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If police officers found the driver who hit you, the insurance claim will proceed like any other auto accident claim. We will file a claim with the other driver’s insurance and fight for the settlement you deserve. Insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of injured accident victims by offering minimal settlement amounts, delaying claims, or wrongfully denying claims altogether. Even if authorities identified the hit and run driver, you should still have the help of a skilled car accident lawyer from the start of the claims process.
If no one was able to identify the driver who fled, you can still seek compensation for your losses. Maryland law requires you to have a minimum amount of uninsured motorist coverage, which also kicks in after a hit and run. Because you do not know the driver’s identity or insurer, the claim is treated similarly to accidents with uninsured drivers.
Always remember that your own insurance company can be difficult, as well. This is especially true when it comes to uninsured motorist claims stemming from hit and run accidents. You should seek representation from an experienced personal injury lawyer who can handle your insurance claim on your behalf. This not only protects your rights but also allows you to focus on recovering from your injuries instead of the frustrating insurance process.
Contact Our Maryland Hit and Run Accident Lawyers for More Information
A hit and run accident can be upsetting, but you still have the same rights as any car accident victim. The legal team at Alpert Schreyer, LLC Injury Attorneys is ready to help, and we can evaluate the best course of action following your hit and run. Call (844) 632-7274 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.