It may be hard to imagine getting involved in a hit-and-run accident. However, these accidents aren’t as rare as one might think. In the United States alone, hit-and-run accidents happen every minute, and about 2,000 of these accidents result in fatalities annually.
Have you or someone in your family been injured in a Massachusetts hit-and-run car accident? Your next move may well determine how favorable the outcome will be. This is a time for action, and the best course of action is to team up with an attorney who has experience defending victims of hit-and-run accidents.
The Massachusetts attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have been defending their injured neighbors for more than four decades, providing sound legal advice and winning more than $500 million for our clients. We love helping people navigate the potentially complex area of personal injury law – including cases involving hit-and-run accidents.
A Kiley Law Group lawyer is standing by, eager to help you reach your destination – a positive outcome that helps you recover and get your life back on track.
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, reach out to us today. Don’t let the guilty driver get away with fleeing the scene. Please call the Kiley Law Group at 888-516-2459 or fill out a free case evaluation form to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Securing Compensation For Your Hit-and-Run Accident
Any motor vehicle accident can leave people reeling, but what makes an accident a hit and run? The at-fault driver flees the car accident scene.
When the driver flees the scene of an accident, physical injuries are often compounded by emotional ones under the psychological burden of being traumatized and abandoned. The toll of mental stresses like PTSD, anxiety, and depression could well be exasperated following hit-and-run accidents.
Take heart: many victims of hit-and-run accidents are justly compensated for their injuries when they get the right help. You and your family can get justice too.
What kind of compensation could you be eligible for? Every motor vehicle accident is unique and can net different amounts and types of damages.
Here are a few examples of damages that you may be entitled to:
- Medical expenses including past, present, and future medical bills related to your injuries
- Lost wages due to recovery time away from work
- Loss of potential future earnings
- Property damage including vehicle repair costs or other personal effects
- Pain and suffering
Damages recovered after a hit-and-run car accident aren’t always equivalent to what was taken from the victim. By working with a personal injury attorney experienced in defending hit-and-run accident victims, though, you stand a better chance of maximizing compensation and getting what you deserve.
The personal injury lawyers at the Kiley Law Group work hard to defend our clients and make sure that each hit-and-run accident victim gets what he or she deserves. We keep fighting until our clients are satisfied with the results.
Don’t take any chances with your choice of legal representation. Work with a Massachusetts-based law firm with a winning track record – Kiley Law Group. We’ve earned the trust of countless neighbors because they know we care about them personally. Our attorneys look forward to successfully defending your rights as well.
Fill out the form to get a free case consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
You’ve Just Been Hit – Here’s What You Should Do Next
Victims of hit-and-run accidents are usually left reeling. Your health and safety are of prime importance, as well as that of anyone else in your car that may be hurt. While it may be difficult to think straight following hit-and-run accidents, remembering a few key steps can make the difference between a strong case and an accident claim that’s more challenging to defend.
If the at-fault driver of the vehicle has just fled the scene of an accident, here are some “next steps,” as recommended by our attorneys.
Call the police immediately
A police report can do much to help establish what happened and who was to blame. The officers can collect the necessary information surrounding the circumstances of the accident that may lead to criminal charges against the guilty party. In fact, many hit-and-run accidents involve a stolen vehicle.
What if your injuries are so severe that you are unable to make the call? Ask a bystander to call the police on your behalf.
Be a good historian
It’s been said that the devil is in the details. When it comes to hit-and-run car accidents, it may well be the details that save you. A detailed history of events that transpired during and after the collision can significantly strengthen your case.
Take pictures of your surroundings, such as:
- Property damage
- Vehicle damage
- Skid marks
- Broken glass
- Personal bodily injuries sustained by those in your vehicle
- The scene of the crash
Ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident. Eyewitness reports can serve as incredibly convincing legal evidence.
Make note of the other driver’s information
When a driver flees the scene, it becomes impossible to exchange insurance information with that person. However, you may be able to record important details by being observant and taking notes.
Try to recall and take note of the following:
- What color was the driver’s car?
- Where was the driver heading after leaving the scene?
- How would you describe the driver’s gender?
- Did you catch the driver’s license plate number?
Record anything that you remember about the driver and his or her vehicle. The more information you capture, the more likely that the authorities will be able to locate the driver.
Were You Hit By An Uninsured Motorist?
What if the at-fault hit and run driver is an uninsured motorist? During your free consultation with a hit-and-run attorney, you can find out whether you’re eligible to take advantage of uninsured motorist (UM) benefits.
UM benefits are included in many Massachusetts insurance company packages with the express purpose of helping those injured in uninsured motorist accidents. You may have more coverage available than you thought, and a Kiley Law Group attorney can help maximize the compensation for your hit-and-run accident.
Good News: Massachusetts is a ‘No Fault’ State
Under Massachusetts law, ours is a ‘no fault’ state. This is good news, especially if you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident. Why?
Living in a ‘no fault’ state means that your own personal injury insurance pays for medical expenses and other losses that your policy covers. Recovery of some losses is, therefore, not contingent on locating the guilty driver and filing an accident claim against that person nor his or her insurance company. If medical costs have you hemorrhaging money, these no-fault benefits can slow down or even stop the bleeding.
It’s important for you to understand that your personal insurance policy does not provide coverage for all losses. For example, if you are interested in pursuing non-monetary damages – such as a pain and suffering claim – you will need to file a third-party insurance claim against the other driver.
This is one of the reasons that we strongly urge you to connect with the Kiley Law Group and tap into our experience in this field. A free consultation with an attorney from our law firm can be your first step in maximizing the benefits of your existing insurance coverage. Your lawyer can also help you successfully recover compensation for injuries and lost wages due to time away from work.
Work With a Winning Team, Kiley Law Group
What will you find when you work with the Kiley Law Group? We are a law firm that is passionate about our work and eager to help our clients. The attorneys on our team have decades of experience in the personal injury practice area of law and our passion is using that experience to get our clients the justice they deserve.
Make no mistake: Your choice in legal representation matters. Don’t leave it to chance. Select a lawyer with a proven track record in Massachusetts and the legal know-how to win personal injury claims – choose Kiley Law Group.
If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, don’t delay. Please call 888-516-3740 today for a free consultation or fill out the form for a free case evaluation.