Were You Involved in a Hit and Run Auto Accident?

hit-run-accidentNot only are hit and run accidents dangerous, they often leave the injured victim frustrated and angry.  The negligent driver chooses to not follow the laws and then makes it even more difficult for you to receive compensation for your injuries.  This type of accident can also take its toll mentally because the responsible driver will probably never be caught or held responsible for his/her actions.

The term “hit and run” includes both cars that are driving and those that are stationary such as a damaged vehicle in a parking lot.  Regardless of the type of hit and run accident you were involved in, it’s important to be informed of your rights and what you should do following a hit and run.  Our auto accident attorneys at The Clark Law Office can help you understand your rights and we can also help you get the financial compensation you deserve.  Call us today for a free consultation at (517) 347-6900 to discuss your hit and run case.  No fees unless you win!

How Do I Seek Compensation If I Don’t Know Who The Other Driver Is?

Fortunately for drivers in Michigan, you can still collect no fault benefits as long as you are driving with auto insurance.  Because Michigan is a no-fault state, the identity of the other driver is not required for collecting medical related expenses.  Even though your own insurance should pay for your first party benefits, they will often contest hit and run cases.  Unfortunately, Michigan’s no fault benefits do not cover pain/suffering and excess economic damages for a hit and run accident.  In order to collect pain and suffering, you must rely on the uninsured motorist coverage on your own auto insurance policy.  This type of coverage is not required by Michigan law and many motorists are unaware that they are left unprotected.  If you are injured by a hit and run driver or injured by a driver with no auto insurance, you are forced to apply your own auto collision coverage to cover the costs.

What Should I Do Following a Hit and Run Auto Accident in Michigan?

  • Note the injuries and damages caused by the accident and seek medical attention if necessary
  • Call the police and give as much information as possible to the respondent
  • Write down all the information you were able to gather including any witnesses or license plate # of the other driver.
  • Contact an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer who can help you understand what will happen next and what rights you have.
  • Call your own insurance company and report the accident.

Contact Our Lansing Hit and Run Attorneys

Having a skilled attorney for a car accident lawsuit is important, but even more so with a hit and run accident.  You will be questioned about the accident from your insurance company and you will want an attorney to help you with police reports, conduct an investigation, and strengthen your case.  Our attorneys at The Clark Law Office have 30 years experience handling auto accident and traffic violation cases locally in Michigan.  Call us today at (517) 347-6900 to see how we can help you!