Hit and run car accidents can result in life-altering and devastating consequences. Take the recent tragedy involving a young couple and their unborn baby.
A driver of an SUV was reportedly traveling down Brooklyn Street at 60 mph when he crashed into a hired car transporting a couple on their way to the hospital. The couple died on the day of the accident and despite the fact that the mother’s baby was delivered by C-section, the child died the following day.
The driver of the SUV has been charged not only with leaving the scene of an accident, but negligent homicide, excessive speed and reckless driving. He faces a minimum 15 year imprisonment if convicted.
Recovering Damages after a Hit and Run Accident
Not all hit and run accidents cause tragedies such as this one. But they can still leave victims dealing with physical and emotional injuries, along with a huge financial burden.
This can leave a victim to wonder if compensation is recoverable and if so, from where it might come. Some auto insurance policies will provide coverage. This depends on the type available and if there are any exclusions that would prevent it.
One option is uninsured motorist coverage, which provides protection in the event of an accident involving not only a driver who has no insurance, but in a hit and run accident as well. The amount of compensation available depends on the policy limits.
Another option is to pursue legal action against the driver, if he or she is ever caught. In this case it may be in the victim’s best interest to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
The attorneys at Gacovino, Lake & Associates can provide legal assistance to individuals who have been in a car accident. The firm can even help an injured person explore options for filing a claim after a hit and run.