Hit and Run Accidents
According to a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11% of all car accidents involve hit and run. More alarming, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that there has been a 13.7% increase in the number of hit and run car accidents that resulted in death in the last few years. Alcohol and the ever-increasing penalties associated with being found guilty of drunk driving is one of the primary factors in this alarming increase in hit and run car accidents.
What Is a Hit and Run Car Accident?
A hit and run car accident occurs any time someone causes a car accident and then fails to stop to provide the other person with their contact and insurance information or flees the scene of a car accident. Hit and run car accidents can involve two motor vehicles, a motor vehicle and someone’s personal property or a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.
What You Should Do If You Are The Victim of a Hit and Run Car Accident?
The single most important thing you can do immediately following a hit and run car accident is to call the police.
It is important to remember, that regardless of the extent of your personal injury or property damage, leaving the scene of a car accident is a crime.
If you have been charged criminally with "hit and run," please contact attorney Julian Allatt of Rehmeyer & Allatt to discuss legal representation. Under Pennsylvania law "hit and run" typically involves the following charges under the PA Vehicle Code: Accidents Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle or Property, Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicle or Property, or Duty to Give Information and Render Aid.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Hit and Run Car Accidents
As the owner of a car or truck in State College, you are required to maintain motor vehicle insurance. As part of your motor vehicle insurance, you may elect to purchase Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage. Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage is known as first party car insurance coverage. This means that your car insurance company provides with personal injury, medical costs, lost time at work, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering insurance benefits in the event that you are the victim of car accident with an uninsured driver or you are the victim of a hit and run car accident.
In order to make a claim for your personal injuries in the event that you are the victim of a hit and run car accident, you must be able to prove that you were actually involved in a hit and run car accident. Unfortunately, your car insurance company will not simply take your word for it and your car insurance company will demand actual evidence that you were involved in a hit and run car accident.
The vast majority of car insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania contain a provision that a hit and run car accident must be reported to the police immediately after the hit and run car accident or shortly thereafter. Typically, the hit and run car accident must be reported within thirty (30) days after the car accident. However, the victim of a hit and run car accident should be aware that many Pennsylvania and local Centre County police agencies will not issue a police car accident report after the driver has left the scene of the car accident. Because of this, you must report the hit and run car accident to the State College police before you leave the scene of the car accident. This is especially true even if you do not immediately think that you have sustained personal injuries in the car accident, as your car insurance company may also deny your claim for property damage to your car or truck if you fail to report the car accident to the State College police.
How We Can Help?
Reporting the hit and run car accident to the police is often not enough to ensure that your car insurance company will provide you with the benefits that you are entitled to following a hit and run car accident. At Rehmeyer & Allatt we have represented numerous victims of hit and run car accidents in State College that involve personal injury and property damage. The lawyers at Rehmeyer & Allatt employ a dedicated staff of investigators who can identify and track down the driver of the car or truck who has left the scene of the accident. Likewise, the attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt possess the knowledge and experience in presenting first party insurance claims and trying cases on behalf of our clients who have sustained personal injury and property damage as a result of a hit and run car accident.
If you or a loved one has sustained person injury in State College as a result of a hit and run accident, please contact a State College hit and run accident lawyer at Rehmeyer & Allatt for a free consultation and case evaluation.