Unfortunately, car accidents happen. While most crashes could have been prevented, there are some accidents where it is hard to identify the driver because he or she takes off after the crash. If you have been involved in a hit and run, you still have rights and you can still recover compensation for your damages.
Always stay on the accident scene and call the police. Try to remember as many details as you can about the other vehicle, such as make, color, and model and direction of travel. If possible, get the license plate information – even if you can only get a portion of the license plate number.
Sometimes the other driver can be identified, and if that is the case, the personal injury claim will be filed against them and their insurance coverage. If the other driver isn’t identified, or if they don’t have insurance, the claim can still be pursued, but it will be filed against your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.
Your insurance might try to deny the claim and say there wasn’t another vehicle, but with the help of witnesses and an investigation conducted by your personal injury attorney, evidence can be gathered to show what happened and how it happened, proving that the accident was indeed a hit and run crash.
If a hit and run in the Portland/Vancouver metro area has left you with damages, schedule your free case review with personal injury lawyer Beau Harlan at the Harlan Law Firm.