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Hit and Run Accident Claims in Southern Maryland

 

If you have been injured in a hit and run accident in Southern Maryland, you probably have a lot of question, principally how are you going to be compensated for your losses?  In a “normal” accident case, there is an injured person and a person who caused the accident.  The at-fault party’s insurance company pays for the injuries suffered by the injured person and everyone moves on with life.  When the person responsible for the injuries flees the scene, the normal plan doesn’t work.

        People may flee the scene of an accident for various reasons.  For instance, they may be impaired or intoxicated, may be driving without a license, or may be driving without insurance.  It is also possible that a person may leave the scene unaware that they have caused an accident.  They may have caused an accident without having made actual contact with another vehicle or object.

        In some cases, you or another person may be lucky enough to get either a complete or partial tag number.  Using this information, the police may be able to track down the at-fault party.  If a report is made quickly enough, the police may be able to post a lookout and nab the at-fault party. 

        If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, you can make a claim against your own insurance policy to recover compensation for your injuries and property damage.  All insurance policies in the state of Maryland require a minimum of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident in uninsured motorist coverage.  You can and should purchase more uninsured motorist protection than the required minimums.  In addition, you should purchase personal injury protection (PIP) coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. 

When an uninsured motorist claim is made, your insurance company essentially becomes the insurance for the uninsured driver.  This might seem counterintuitive – why are you paying to protect someone that has caused you harm? – but it really isn’t.  The insurance company still has to compensate you, the individual who has suffered the loss.  Furthermore, your insurance company will, in most cases, seek to recover whatever they pay you from the at-fault party, when that party can be identified.

        An uninsured motorist claim is very similar to a normal car accident claim in the way that it is resolved.  It is simply a different party standing in the shoes of the defendant.  You are still legally entitled to the same compensation that you would be able to recover if the at-fault driver were the defendant in the case.  What you can recover is normally based more on the severity of your injures and your economic losses, rather than the issue of who is ultimately writing the check. 

        When a Hit and Run is not a Hit and Run – In some cases, the party causing the accident flees the scene without having made contact with another vehicle.  Maryland attorneys generally refer to these cases as “phantom vehicle” cases.  A phantom vehicle case can occur when another vehicle cuts you off, or forces you off the road, resulting in an accident.  The at-fault driver may not even have been aware that an accident occurred. 

        Regardless of the nature of the accident, the plaintiff must prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the at-fault driver caused them injury.  In a hit-and-run or phantom vehicle case, usually only the plaintiff will testify about what happened.  The person who caused the accident will not be in court to offer the judge or jury an alternative explanation as to how the accident occurred.

        If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, call us to schedule a free no-obligation consultation.  You may also want to check out the rest of our website for more information on making a personal injury claim:

http://www.baldwinbriscoe.com/sd/pgs/Personal-Injury.aspx

 

The information contained on this page is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice.  The experienced attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can assist you if you or a love one have been seriously injured or killed.  Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation, in-office-consultation for any injury related claim.  The law offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. handle accident claims in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

 

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