Who Pays for Damages After a Hit and Run?

After a hit and run, you may have no idea what to do next. When the other driver takes off, you’re left picking up the pieces. All the damages might just land squarely on your plate.

In most cases, your only option is to utilize your own insurance policy. But insurance companies have a reputation for wanting to reduce their payout amounts — at the policyholder’s expense. Even with uninsured motorist coverage, it may be difficult to receive the compensation you need to cover the damages. 

Working with an attorney who is experienced in hit and run car accidents can make a huge difference to the outcome of your insurance claim. 

Hit and Run Damages

The effects of a hit and run accident might range from a few small scratches to life-altering injuries. In the aftermath of a hit and run, you may find yourself dealing with:

  • Vehicle damage
  • Injuries 
  • Medical bills 
  • Lost wages
  • Long-term disabilities
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish

In the most severe cases, a hit and run can even result in death.

How a Lawyer Can Help 

After a normal car accident, a car accident attorney can help you to navigate the process of seeking compensation through the other party’s insurance company. When the insurance company isn’t willing to provide a payout that sufficiently covers the damages, it might be necessary to take the other driver to court. 

When there’s no other driver to hold accountable, the process of receiving compensation for damages becomes much more difficult.

An attorney who has extensive experience in handling hit and run accidents and insurance claims can help. An attorney will conduct an investigation into the accident, speak with any witnesses, and build a case to help you gain compensation when your insurance company wants to deny or minimize your claim. 

Even when your insurance company cooperates, it’s still smart to speak with a hit and run lawyer before you call a claims adjuster. After all, insurance providers routinely minimize their payouts, delay or deny claims, and pressure policyholders into taking lowball settlements. 

Get Help After a Hit and Run

If you’ve been involved in a hit and run, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at Harlan Law Firm. You won’t pay a thing unless we win or settle your case. 

Contact Harlan Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney. We’ll discuss the facts of your case and help you to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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