In addition to the serious and sometimes lethal injuries that a hit-and-run accident can cause, the cases can be immensely confusing. Many people do not realize how they can be compensated or to what extent. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, methods for obtaining benefits/compensation may exist under your own insurance plan(s).
Pursuing these benefits in the best possible way, however, requires expert counsel. We at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., are here for you. We understand how difficult these cases can be, so our attorneys will partner directly with you to understand all details related to your case. From there, we can get in touch with our network of medical, investigative and accident reconstruction experts to build the strongest case possible.
This method allows us to explore all possibilities for obtaining the compensation and benefits you need to heal in the best possible way. Because we have more than a quarter-century of experience obtaining millions of dollars for clients in these and similar car accident issues, there is no case for which we are not prepared. We urge you to get in touch.
Pursuing Compensation After a Hit and Run Accident
How you may go about seeking compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and other such losses after a hit and run accident can vary based on numerous factors. One such relevant factor is where your accident occurred.
Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey are all no-fault states in regard to car accidents. This is good news for victims of hit and run collisions.
In states that use the “at-fault” or “tort” system, if someone incurs losses in an accident resulting from the negligence or actions of another party, in order to seek compensation for their losses, they must file a claim with the insurance of the party who caused their accident. This can render it difficult for them to secure compensation if the negligent party fled the scene of the accident before they could be identified.
In a no-fault state, your primary means of seeking compensation after a collision is to file a claim with your own insurance. This is your first option even if someone else caused your accident. After a hit and run, this is beneficial, as you don’t necessarily need to know who caused an accident to receive compensation in its aftermath.
However, it’s possible your insurer will attempt to minimize their financial liability when you file a claim by offering less compensation than you deserve based on the extent and severity of your losses. This is one of many reasons it’s wise to hire an attorney when filing a claim. Our experts can provide the representation you need if an insurer attempts to settle your claim for less than it’s worth.
Additionally, even in a no-fault state, a hit and run accident victim could file an additional claim or lawsuit against the party who caused their accident if their injuries are severe enough to meet a certain threshold. We can review your case and determine if this option is available to you.
How a Philadelphia Hit and Run Accident Attorney Helps
If you have grounds to file a third-party claim against a negligent driver after a hit and run accident, we may be able to help you identify the driver who fled the scene by:
- Interviewing witnesses
- Coordinating with police
- Reviewing photos, footage, or any other evidence that might lead us to the negligent party
No ethical Philadelphia hit and run accident attorney can guarantee they will track down the driver who caused your collision. That said, your odds of identifying the negligent motorist who put you in harm’s way will be much greater if you have representation from a legal professional who has the resources and expertise necessary to fully investigate the circumstances of your accident.
Our investigation may do more than simply confirm the identity of a negligent driver. It can also allow us to gather evidence proving your accident resulted from their carelessness. This is key to proving their insurance is liable for compensating you if your injuries are significant enough to qualify as “serious” under Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York law.
To schedule a free consultation where you can discuss your hit-and-run driving accident injuries in Philadelphia, Allentown, New Jersey, and New York with one of our lawyers, please call 215-929-7216 or email Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Phones are answered 24 hours a day.