It is a serious crime to flee the scene of an accident in Illinois. If you were injured in the crash though, knowing the hit-and-run driver could face criminal consequences is of little reassurance. The aftermath of any car accident is scary, but hit-and-run accidents are particularly traumatic and distressing. While you are suffering from serious injuries, lost income, high medical bills, and other losses, you may also not know how to claim financial compensation for those damages. Below, our Illinois car accident lawyer explains what to do after a hit-and-run accident, and how to claim the damages you deserve.
It is easy to become emotional after a hit-and-run accident, but it is important to remain calm. The steps you take now can either hurt or help your claim, so it is important that you take the right ones. The most important steps to take after this type of crash are as follows:
You should never leave the scene for any reason after a hit-and-run, particularly to chase down the driver that hit you. Doing so could put your safety, and your claim, in jeopardy.
A hit-and-run is a very unique type of accident because it may not be possible to collect compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance provider. Fortunately, you may still have options. These include:
A lawyer will review the facts of your case and pursue all options for claiming the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured by a hit-and-run driver, it is important that you do not file a claim on your own. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., our Illinois hit-and-run accident lawyer can help you pursue the full damages you are entitled to. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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