Hit and run accidents are traffic collisions resulting in damage or injury in which the negligent driver flees the scene of the collision without providing information about their identity. In most hit and run accidents, the identity of the negligent driver goes undiscovered despite any attempts to determine the negligent driver’s identity.
Hit and run accidents account for the vast majority of pedestrian fatalities. In fact, by some estimates, hit and run accidents accounted for 83% of pedestrian fatalities in the first part of 2012.
Fortunately, there are also tools available to help find hit and run motorists, including:
- Reviewing surveillance tapes of the scene. Often times, parking lots and busy intersections are monitored by surveillance video cameras, which can provide information about the negligent driver.
- Working with news media to solicit information from the public.
- Offering rewards for information regarding the hit and run accident.
- Using information provided by the victim.
Even if the identity of the party responsible for the hit and run accident is unknown, you may still be able to recover compensation under your own insurance policy’s uninsured motorist provisions. Although insurance companies are obligated to fulfill their obligations in hit and run accidents, insurers frequently do not act with the victim’s best interests in mind. Moreover, legal claims involving hit and run accidents can be complex and difficult to pursue due the lack of information regarding the accident.
If you do not have auto insurance and you were the victim of a hit and run accident, your options are a bit more limited. Illinois law requires that all motorists meet the following minimum insurance requirements:
- $20,000 to cover the injury or death of one person in an accident
- $40,000 to cover the injury or death of more than one person in an accident
- $15,000 to cover damage to property of another person
Failure to meet Illinois’ minimum insurance requirements could result in a suspension of your license plates, along with a fine of $500 to $1,000.
For these reasons, it is incredibly important to consult with an experienced hit and run accident attorney like those at Ankin Law Office, LLC. Our experienced Chicago hit and run auto accident attorneys have considerable experience dealing with insurance companies and we can effectively advocate on your behalf to obtain the money that you are owed.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident attorneys if you have been involved in a hit and run accident.