Hit and Run Accidents and Insurance

Very few people who have been involved in a car accident, no matter how minor, are capable of remaining calm for the vital few moments after the accident has happened. There are a million thoughts that cross their mind – Did I hurt anyone? Is anyone in my car injured?
Hit and Run and Insurance

Only after the car driver has ticked off that basic check list do they begin to worry about their own physical state as well as the damage caused to their car. Although it may only take about thirty seconds it can seem like a very long time. However, those thirty seconds can be vital when the other driver involved in the accident decides to leave the scene, for whatever reason.

Who’s responsible if I’m a victim of a hit and run accident?

There may be a number of reasons why a driver involved in an accident will rapidly leave the scene without exchanging any details for insurance purposes with none of them being excusable

Overall it is a very callous act to do as there may be people injured in the other car in need of attention. Leaving the scene of an accident without contacting the authorities is a criminal act in the United States.

By leaving the scene of an accident a driver is more or less automatically regarded as being at fault. However, this should never be taken absolutely for granted. The onus of finding proof will always fall on the person who wants to claim for accident damage. The chances of someone who has left the scene of an accident without exchanging details later trying to submit an insurance claim is very slim indeed, but can happen. That’s why it is of the utmost importance for the person who has been the victim of a hit and run accident to find objective witnesses.

Hit and Run Insurance-What if there is no proof?

In many cases hit and run incidents involve stationary cars. There is no worse feeling than returning to your car to discover that it has been involved in some form of accident, and there is no one around who is prepared to admit responsibility. The first thing to do is keep your head. If the car was parked in the street outside your home or anywhere else don’t be slow in knocking on doors to see if there were any witnesses.

In a lot of cases you might find that a well meaning person would have either witnessed the accident or at least seen the hit and run driver flee the scene. If you find them and they have taken note of their license number you are in a very strong position. In these cases you have to take full details of the witness, as they will probably be asked to appear in court at some time.

If the hit and run accident took place in a car park, either in a shopping mall or airport car park for example, the chances may be that bit slimmer of finding a witness. What can be done, however, is to approach the company who manage the car park to see if they have any close circuit TV cameras that were working in the area at the approximate time when the accident occurred. You will have to move fast on this as these tapes are usually wiped fairly quickly.

If there are no witnesses to be found then the victim of the hit and run accident will need to face their insurers on the strength of their word alone, and with as many details as they can provide. Insurance companies will not be so willing to pay out if they cannot claim against a third party’s insurance and they chances are that the victim of the accident will have no option but to claim against their own insurance. That’s why it is so vital to find witnesses.

What if the driver drove away, only because of an emergency?

Under any circumstance, having an objective witness is a major bonus when it comes to settling the case.

One of the great anomalies when it comes to car insurance is that if the hit and run driver had not committed any crime other than leaving the scene, they may contest your insurance claim, and their insurance company will almost certainly back them up. They may claim that they were under some kind of stress or in shock or any one of a hundred other reasons. In that case it will be their word and against yours and your insurance company against theirs. It will come down to the person who can produce reliable and objective witnesses that will win out in the end.

Final Word On Hit And Run Accidents

Being involved or being a victim of a hit and run driver can be a very harrowing event. Coming out of the experience without any financial damage is only reasonable to expect, as long as you remember that it is not a foregone conclusion. If you were to blame for the accident, even if the driver left the scene, but can later produce witnesses that you were the guilty party, you may have to operate your policy and lose your no claims bonus and pay part of the cost of repair. That’s why it is so important to keep your head, and find witnesses that will speak up for you, if and when the case comes to court.


  Comments: 6

  1. What if I was involved in a hit and run and it wasn’t my fault? I don’t have car insurance, I filed a police report, I have witnesses, and there are surveillance cameras on that street. They towed my car away. My case is still being investigated. Would I receive a penalty for not having insurance even though it wasn’t my fault? And who will pay for my damages? This is in the state of Rhode Island.

  2. I was in a accident where I hit the person from a intersection which I was in the middle of the 4 way trying to see the oncoming traffic but due to shrubs that blocked viewing I pulled up a little and hit the vehicle that was coming down the road. No damage was done to my car other then my licence plate came off my vehcile. I pulled up to the parking area to move out the way from the intersection so police could be contacted and the vehicle that I hit fleed the scene once the establishment which is a neighborhood bar ( bouncer on scene) told the other driver to go to the parking area so police can speak with us there fleed the scene of the accident. I made a police report and was given a warning since the party left the scene of accident. I didn’t see how many people where in the vehicle nor damage to vehicle but the bouncer did. I recieved a call in reference to the accident and by my insurance with a add on attatchment of the police report of a individual who claimed they were the vehicle I had hit even though I did not get any information at the scene since they left. And was made aware much later after the incident had happened. What can I do in regards to this? Also at the time I was using the UBER forum as a driver on my way to pick up a passenger so my insurance is not taking my claim since I was unaware of rideshare insurance that I needed to add on to my insurance.

  3. In the shopping mall parking somebody hit my car and run and I saw in CCTV camera but i can’t see that car number plate because in Night . I have third party insurance tell me how i claim to insurance

  4. I was on my motorcycle when a car came across three lanes hitting my front tire which flopped my bike down and somehow three me over the handle bars. The driver took off and i was taken by ambulance to the er. My registration was expired and my license wad suspended and that was all chp was focused on; abd apparently not the other driver. I was found not at fault but i didnt have uninsured motorist coverage. What do i do? My injuries were minimal considering what had happened. I had road rash all over my body and tore my rotator cuff and am looking at having to have surgery. Ive been out of work for a month now and my doctor doesnt have any idea how much longer i will be inable to work. I had to pay 500 to get the bike from the tow yard and im losing 700 a week that im not working and am in danger of losing my job alltogether and luckily my medical insurance is covering my medical costs. Im lost as to what to do weve already lost our place to live because we couldnt cover rent without my income.

  5. Someone hit me and begged for me not to call his insurance company because he’s a bad driver and that he will cover all the costs, which I also have in txt messages. Now 2 weeks later he has submitted a claim against me stating I hit him, and now both claims are being declined based on able to prove Liability. Can I call this into the Police to file a hit and run?

  6. Someone hit and run on me but when he tuck off he left parts of his car in the seen and his plates felt I dint did a police report because I have no license… what is recommended

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