Hit & Run Accidents
Hit-and-run accidents are among the most severe in terms of injury and death and typically occur when a driver in a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, cyclist, or another vehicle and then flees the scene instead of staying and taking responsibility for their actions. Fortunately, many of these cases are still pursuable and compensable when you file a claim with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
Leaving the scene of an auto accident, especially one which resulted in injuries, is strictly illegal, but still happens on a regular basis: the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that about 11% of all auto accidents involve hit-and-run drivers. Here is Illinois state law as it applies to these accidents:
(625 ILCS 5/11-401) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-401)
Sec. 11-401. Motor vehicle accidents involving death or personal injuries.
(a) The driver of any vehicle involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in personal injury to or death of any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident, or as close thereto as possible and shall then forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident until the requirements of Section 11-403 have been fulfilled. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are especially vulnerable to hit-and-run accidents. In 2010 alone, nearly 800 pedestrians lost their lives after being struck by a driver who then fled the scene. These accidents are terrible enough, but for a driver to leave the scene and hope to not get caught injuring or even killing another person is reprehensible in an entirely different way and the drivers are eventually identified in a number of these cases.
However, even in cases in which the driver is not yet identified, a pedestrian or bicyclist who was the victim of a hit-and-run may still pursue compensation via their own auto insurance company if they carry uninsured motorist coverage; this can potentially cover medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the driver responsible for the hit-and-run doesn’t have enough insurance coverage to compensate the victim, an “under-insured motorist claim” (UIM) may be filed.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.