Can You Still Recover if You are Injured in a Hit and Run Accident?
Even if the driver who caused the collision and fled the scene is never found, you can still recover for your injuries in most cases. If you or the vehicle you were traveling in is insured, then it is very likely that you can recover for any injuries you suffered in the hit-and-run. That is because most insurance policies in Virginia contain uninsured motorist coverage. This type of insurance coverage kicks in if you are involved in a collision, through no fault of your own, with a vehicle that is uninsured. This also applies to drivers who are unknown, such as hit-and-run drivers.
How Do You Recover In a Hit-and-Run Collision?
Recovering in a hit-and-run collision requires filing a claim with your own insurance company, or the insurance company of the vehicle in which you were riding. But there is great news! Under Virginia law, an insurance company cannot raise rates just because you were involved in an automobile accident.
Can my Insurance Deny the Claim?
Just like any other auto claim, an insurance carrier can deny your claim and refuse to negotiate – yes, even if it is your own insurance company to whom you pay your premiums. Under Virginia law, however, there is a statutory mechanism that allows an injured person to file a lawsuit against “John Doe” (a fictitious person) to force the insurance company to litigate the case.
Talk with an Attorney for a Hit-and-Run Case
When you are already a victim in a hit-and-run, there’s no reason to be a victim again by losing in court.
At Halperin Law Center, our top-ranked hit-and-run accident lawyers have the law experience and knowledge of the law necessary to ensure that you get full representation in court and that all the evidence you have is presented clearly and convincingly.
If you have been recently involved in a hit-and-run, call us at 804-531-6063 or fill out our contact form for an assessment of your case.